Indie Authors Celebrate Their Amazon Success Story With Kindle Fire Giveaway

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Groundbreaking Indie authors, and "Kings of the Serial," Sean Platt and David W. Wright, are celebrating their self-publishing success via Amazon by offering a free Kindle Fire via a giveaway to thank their readers.

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Yesterday's Gone - Episode 1

We feel so fortunate to have such loyal readers that support us and allow us to keep writing every week. We thought it was time to do something cool, so we decided what’s cooler than giving away a Kindle Fire?

Indie authors Sean Platt and David W. Wright, of the post-apocalyptic serial “Yesterday’s Gone,” are celebrating their self-publishing success via Amazon by offering a free Kindle Fire to thank their readers.

“We’d never be where we are now if it weren’t for Amazon and our readers,” said Platt. “Last year, we were unknown authors. Now we’re making a living doing what we love, writing for rabid readers. Amazon has given authors like us an unprecedented platform.”

While the writing duo isn’t yet in the rarified air of other Amazon breakout stars such as John Locke and Amanda Hocking, they’ve found a recipe for success and a rapidly expanding audience, thanks to their unique style and hectic writing schedule. The authors say they write non-stop every day to please their readers and publish one serialized book per week in 2012.

They treat their serials like TV shows, with “seasons” comprised of six books, or “episodes," with each episode averaging between 12,000 to 25,000 words. So far this year, they’ve published “Yesterday’s Gone: Season Two,” the young adult paranormal serial, “ForNevermore,” and are set to release the first episode of their newest adult horror serial, “WhiteSpace” in two weeks.

“We didn’t know if this serialization experiment would work,” Wright said. “Most opinions clearly stated that serials won’t or don’t sell any more. We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to make a connection with readers who love what we’re doing, and look forward to it each week.”

Wright and Platt didn’t bother pursuing a traditional publishing deal, since no publisher in the world would commit to a weekly seriali from two unknowns. So they took their stories directly to where the eBook readers were, to Amazon.

While the duo is making its books available on other platforms, such as Apple, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords, Amazon was the first place their serials truly took flight, and responsible for 95% of their sales.

So now they’re saying thank you to the readers responsible for their sales with a giveaway.

“We feel so fortunate to have such loyal readers that support us and allow us to keep writing every week. We thought it was time to do something cool, so we decided what’s cooler than giving away a Kindle Fire?,” said Platt.

HOW YOU CAN WIN: (THE RULES)

This contest is open to anyone in the United States 18 and over.

All readers have to do is answer the following SUPER EASY question:

What is the last sentence in Chapter One of “Yesterday’s Gone: Episode One?” Please write it as it appears.

Readers can get the answer by downloading and reading “Yesterday’s Gone: Episode One” currently available for free at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, or Smashwords.

Yesterday’s Gone Episode One download links:

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FHO9AU/
Barnes & Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yesterdays-gone-sean-platt/1105384097
Apple - http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/yesterdays-gone-episode-1/id462807689?mt=11
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82681

Winners can easily get additional points toward the contest by liking the blog post and tweeting about it from the form on the webpage.

You have from 12:01 a.m. April 11, 2012 through 12:01 a.m. April 19 to enter.

One winner will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter generator and announced at the authors’ website http://CollectiveInkwell.com on Monday April 23.

The winner will be notified via email and via http://collectiveinkwell.com on Sunday April 22. The winner will have 5 days to respond with a valid mailing address in the United States or they will be disqualified and another winner chosen.

No purchase required as the book can be downloaded for free at the following websites and does not require an eReader. Amazon offers a free Kindle app for your PC and Smashwords offers free reading on their website or via downloads in various formats. The sponsor, Collective Inkwell, is not responsible if any of the websites change the price or if the book is unavailable at any of the above websites.

To enter the contest, visit: http://collectiveinkwell.com/win-a-kindle-fire/

Collective Inkwell is the publishing company of Indie Authors Sean Platt and David W. Wright. Learn more about their books by visiting http://collectiveinkwell.com

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