Indie Authors Use Freemium Model To Become Kings of the Serial - Now Giving Away Free Kindle Fire To Say Thank You To Readers

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Bestselling authors Sean Platt and David W. Wright, of the post-apocalyptic serial “Yesterday’s Gone,” are using free to build a loyal following. They’re saying thank you to their fans with a free Kindle Fire giveaway, starting this week.

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Yesterday's Gone - Episode 1

By using a freemium style business model, of using free books to attract regular paying readers, the writing duo have pushed sales of all their titles, allowing them to work at writing fiction full-time.

Authors Sean Platt and David W. Wright have made it as writers by giving away tens of thousands of books of their post-apocalyptic serial “Yesterday’s Gone.” and are saying thank you to their readers with a free Kindle Fire giveaway.

By using a freemium style business model, of using free books to attract regular paying readers, the writing duo have pushed sales of all their titles, allowing them to work at writing fiction full-time.

“Freemium is hardly a new concept,” said Platt. “We learned a lot as we were coming up from writers like J.A. Konrath, Cory Doctorow, and Scott Sigler, who have all seen great success by giving their content away.”

By giving their titles away via Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and using Amazon’s KDP Select program, which allows authors to mark books down to free five days during a 90 day period, Platt and Wright have given away most of their catalog at one time or another. In doing so, they’ve attracted a large following of readers who connect with what they’re doing. Amazon readers have left more than 200 Five Star reviews for the “Yesterday’s Gone” series to date.

Platt and Wright are aiming to become Kings of the Serial with an ambitious publishing schedule of one book (ranging from 12,000 to 25,000 words each) per week in 2012.

“We’ve always wanted to write serials,” said Wright. “Before Amazon changed the publishing game, we would have never attracted a publisher willing to take a chance on serializing two unknown authors. But now writers can reach, and develop, their audiences in a way unlike ever before. We knew this was the shot we’d been waiting for.”

Platt and Wright don’t just serialize a full book, however.

They treat their serials like TV shows, with “seasons” made up of six books, or “episodes” each, which they sell for .99 (U.S.) each during the season. After they complete a season, they compile the full season into one large compilation, which they publish for $4.99. 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.

Platt and Wright are saying thank you to their readers with their first contest, giving away a free Kindle Fire.

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?”

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. To enter the contest, visit: http://collectiveinkwell.com/win-a-kindle-fire/ and enter your answers in the form to be entered.

Yesterday’s Gone Episode One is available from Amazon at the following link:

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FHO9AU/

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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