Friday, 15 March 2013

Invitation to Die

If you live in the US my British mystery INVITATION TO DIE is available to pre-order as a Kindle Serial for $1.99 for all five episodes.

Twenty-six-year-old Emily Castles teams up with eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel to investigate a murder at a romance writers’ conference in this engagingly offbeat British mystery.

The first episode will be published by Thomas & Mercer on Tuesday 19th March (for US readers only). If you buy the first episode, subsequent episodes will download to your Kindle at no additional cost every fortnight after that.

The full book will be available in paperback and as an ebook in the UK and the US on 14th May.

If you like the idea of buying the book as a serial at this special price, you can join in at any time, even after several episodes have been published. You pay $1.99 and all available episodes will download to your Kindle, with subsequent episodes appearing as they are published. Each episode is very short and will only take you about an hour to read, so the experience will be rather like watching a favourite TV programme and then waiting for the next episode to see how the story unfolds.

Kindle Serials are a relatively new innovation at Amazon - though of course books have been published in serial form in magazines for years. Many Dickens novels were first published as serials.

I'm really excited to see my book published in this format, as you can imagine. It's interesting to see how publishers and TV networks are experimenting with new formats like this. Many of us are now used to buying TV programmes in box sets and gorging ourselves on several episodes a night. I watched The Wire like that, and Netflix recently made all the episodes of House of Cards available to viewers at once so they could watch them when they liked. On the other hand, it does add to the suspense and excitement when an episode ends on a cliffhanger and you know you have to wait to find out what happens. It will be interesting to see whether or not readers feel this works when they're reading my book.

If you buy Invitation to Die as a serial, I'd love to know what you think of it, and whether the serial format works for you. You can go to Amazon's Kindle Serial forum and discuss each episode after you have read it. I'll be heading over there to discuss the book with readers if they'd like me to, though of course I shan't be revealing whodunnit.

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