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Cairo on sale

Posted May 5, 2016 into Books by John Birmingham

Cairo went on sale today. Not that I expect to sell many copies initially, having just given away a couple of thousand freebies. But I do have my schemes and plots and cunning plans.

Initially, the book will only be available on Kindle, specifically in the KDP Select program. This means the Beast of Bezos get’s a grant of exclusivity for three months in return for some promotional juice and a better royalty deal. (Although, to be fair, Amazon’s royalty split is much more generous than any trade publisher).

I figure that having given away so many copies I’m better off parking it in Select for a couple of months until Paris comes out. I can then drop the price from $3.99 to either a buck or even to free. Why do this? Because free downloads count towards a books ‘popularity’ which helps with its visibility on various lists and charts. If you climb those charts you can generate enough momentum to sell a bunch of copies on the downside once you put the price back up again.

I could go into eye watering detail, but I won’t.

I sent out an email asking for reviews to the first 300 subscribers on my mailing list, which basically means to the regular readers of this blog . Again, these help with the arcane business of working the book’s mysterious popularity rating (but not it's sales rank. That is determined only by sales). So if you see this before you get the email, or if the email ends up in your spam trap, feel free to do me the courtesy of a decent reach around.

You'll find it here and on the other end of this Amazon link... (Unless, like me, you have an ad blocker installed. I really must get around to white listing my own site one day.)

I didn’t get much writing done today. I spent most of the day either working on this, writing a quick one-off column for The New Daily, and doing an interview for Channel 9 about Australia Post. Hoping to get back to Paris tomorrow.

30 Responses to ‘Cairo on sale’

pmacleod asserts...

Posted May 5, 2016
I received one of the freebies, thanks John as I really needed the fix. I rea enjoyed the story as it is as gritty and eatense and credible as all the others in the Axis of time series. The plot builds really strongly and we are faced with your incredible cruelty
To be continued. I realyy appreciate being in your bookclub. The Axis of Time Franchise is my favorite book series I would buy it as soon as it appears anyway

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted May 6, 2016
Thanks, Mac. Mochas gracias. Which is like the usual gracias, but with chocolate.

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Sharpy mutters...

Posted May 5, 2016
I have it stacked up on the Kindle ready to go this weekend. I've just finished writing the review on Amazon for you though. Just like most of my uni assignments I never really felt the need to read the source material before writing the task. I'm sure it will be just as good as my review says it will. Hopefully it keeps the Beast's little algorithms ticking along.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted May 6, 2016
Haha. This reminds me of that time at uni I got drunk with a girl I was chasing and had to write her essay on The Brother's Karamazov because she passed out. I had not then and have still not yet read The Brother's Karamazov, but I got her a good mark.
All I got for myself was a hangover.

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KreepyKrawly ducks in to say...

Posted May 6, 2016
Pimped at the beast, Have been telling friends, family and acquaintances of the great adventure within the digital covers that is Cairo.
Hope to see you in the new hovercraft soon... ß-Þ

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted May 6, 2016
I'll swing by in it and take you out for a spin.

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Surtac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 6, 2016
Amazon review done. I'd already pimped it at the SF message board I help moderate.

Have you seen the site k-lytics.com John? It supposedly does Kindle sales analytics and reporting. It may be worth a look - Damien Walter has been touting it on Farcebook as being potentially useful for indie authors/publishers.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 6, 2016
I'll have a look, Tac. There's a few of these tools around. Hadn't heard of this one.

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Rhino ducks in to say...

Posted May 6, 2016
Minion task completed, Master.

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Dave W mutters...

Posted May 6, 2016
Pimped on Amazon and Facebook. Work work work. It seems that there just really isn't such a thing as a free lunch.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted May 6, 2016
Ha! The only thing you get for free is the back o' me hand!

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Bondiboy66 asserts...

Posted May 6, 2016
I see how this works - give em a free taste or two until they are HOOKED, then jack the price up for the addicts hanging for their fix. Too late JB, I'm onto your plan! I bypassed all that and got the habit ages ago! Oh wait....


An aside - I've been rereading Leviathan after a lengthy break of years from the first read...the chapter Only The Strong about Sydney property developers is repeating itself once more here. Only without any form of union opposition. Same old story about greed, government complicity, vested interests and wholesale destruction of icons against the wishes of the majority. Fuck its depressing. You could rewrite the chapter with up to date names and it would ring true.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted May 6, 2016
I could do that, but it would be hard work.

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Don Bagert mumbles...

Posted May 6, 2016
So through your post above, you are inviting those not in the first 300 to review? :)

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 6, 2016
Go for it. I'm dividing the mail up into a couple of segments because The Beast's algorithm prefers steady growth to a suspicious spike in sales and reviews. If you're on the list, you will eventually get your begging letter.

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insomniac mutters...

Posted May 6, 2016
This is probably more a critique of the beta editing process, or perhaps how I approach the task, but I have read Cairo so many times with such a focus on the individual words that I find myself with only a vague idea of the story, and little desire at present to sit down and read it properly as a novel. The cliche about not being able to see the wood for the trees is very apt.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted May 6, 2016
Ha! Welcome to my life.

Rhino asserts...

Posted May 7, 2016
One does not whine when one is part of the JBBRHCRC (JB Beta Readers Hard Core Reading Corps).

You will read the story slowly, once, to appreciate our Master's mastery of plot and pacing. You will not read it twice for story as that would be for pleasure and we are NOT in that business.

Then, you delve into looking for the very, very rare typos, plot holes, etc. Most of which are inserted by bugs in the word processing code as our Master is well nigh perfect.

Most of all, you will toil without fail; without whinging; without recompense; and, without acknowledgment. You will be grateful for the opportunity.

Now, get back to it and don't let me see you doing this again.

insomniac puts forth...

Posted May 7, 2016
so I probably shouldn't mention the typo I found in SH: Rome?

HAVOCK21 reckons...

Posted May 8, 2016
that was a Rhino fk up NOT ME!!!

just sayin!!!>...

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GhostSwirv swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 6, 2016
My liege the deed is done - Cairo review is up, stack of marking is down, Twitter is live and the Cheese is sweet.

Two Brother's beer awaits

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Sparty mumbles...

Posted May 6, 2016
Birmo - The Brother's Karamazov- and I bet you wrote that review purely off having watched the movie cause the Shat and a West world robot was in it....

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted May 6, 2016
How do you know so much about me?

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pi mumbles...

Posted May 6, 2016
Hey JB, I learn so much about the whole publishing thing from you with these types of posts. It really is appreciated. The only dead-tree book I plan on buying for the foreseeable future is your how-to tome. Can't wait.

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Jeats is gonna tell you...

Posted May 6, 2016
I have a really dumb question - when purchasing ebooks, specifically in the epub format, will a need a specific reader or will google reader be able to handle it?

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Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 7, 2016
I gave you the double dip ... I bought it AND downloaded it on Kindle Unlimited.

The equivalent of a Publishing Reach Around.

You're welcome.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted May 8, 2016
This is why so many aspire to be The Rhino, but only one ever is.

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted May 7, 2016
Bought an e-copy through Amazon last week when you posted the announcement on facebook. Will add a positive review once they send me the in email, 'you recently purchased Cairo what did you think..?' so it doesn't look suspicious.

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AuntyLou mumbles...

Posted May 9, 2016
Reviewed as requested. Apologies for being tardy.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien mumbles...

Posted May 10, 2016
Read. Enjoyed. Posted review.

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