A few explanatory words are in order about today’s release of Native Rites as a day-by-day freebie here. First… why am I doing this? Well, because I can. The new site host — WordPress.com — and a new template — Duet by Theme Foundry — make it not just possible but also easy.
For those of you who’ve asked, quite reasonably, whether this is part of some clever marketing plan which will be accompanied by close perusal of sales figures for the full version of Native Rites on Kindle the answer is… no. I’m afraid I’m not up to that stuff. I’m primarily motivated by selfish reasons: my own amusement. I simply thought it would be interesting to try this little experiment and see how it goes.
This is the routine. A new scene from the book will be posted here every day, seven days a week, at nine am London time. They’ll be numbered in the heading. You can always see all of them by looking at the Native Rites category page.
Use the posts however you want. It seemed to me it might be interesting to offer a daily read, scene-by-scene, especially for someone on a daily commute. Duet’s a very clever template. Whether you view the posts on a computer, a phone or an iPad they will adjust to the screen and offer you a very book-like experience. There’ll be one new post every day until the book is finished. That will take us something like eight weeks. I can’t be exact I’m afraid because I am revising the book slightly as I go.
If you can’t wait you can always buy the full Kindle edition which is around £1 or 99 cents but that’s up to you. Here are the links… The first scene should auto-publish itself in fifteen minutes (fingers crossed this works).