Earlier this year I set out to write a Science Fiction epic that I'd been thinking about for years. But a funny thing happened when I got around 20,000 words into it - another book interrupted. It was the last thing I expected to happen, to be working four or five hours a day on a book and be unable to resist the idea of an unrelated book intruding to the point that I had to stop what I was doing and write it.
I think the driving force was that the interrupting book, also science fiction, is a satire. In fact, it's a double satire, turning the standard zombie narrative on its head while holding the economic policies of the Federal Reserve bank up to ridicule. I ended up titling the book, "Zombie Master: You Can't Fight The Fed." It's available on Amazon Kindle for $0.99
I wish that Amazon would let me make the book permanently free, because I gave away nearly 2,000 copies during the five free promotional days Amazon allows authors who join the Select program. To make the book permanently free, I would have to get it into Barnes&Noble or Apple for free and hope that Amazon price matches. The easiest way to do this is to sign up with one of the services that publish your eBook through multiple platforms, but I've always had a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to using middlemen, and for just the one title, I'm not super enthusiastic to go through the process of setting up with Apple myself. I'm not even sure I could sign their contract.
So for the time being, I'll see how the book does at $0.99, and if I get enough positive feedback to write a sequel, I'll push to keep the first one free. Of course, Amazon might come up with a permanently free program by then. I think the reason they don't do it now is to avoid having people flood their catalog with promotional spam.