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BOOK BOMB! The Longest Con by Michaelbrent Collings

It’s BOOK BOMB time!

The Longest Con
by Michaelbrent Collings

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The purpose of a BOOK BOMB is to get as many people as possible to buy the same book on the same day. That gets it to go up in the sales rankings on Amazon as much as possible. The higher it gets, the more eyes see it, the more new readers check it out. Success breeds success, and the most important thing is that the author GETS PAID. So please check it out, and if you like it, tell your friends and spread the word.

I use Amazon for this because it has an hourly updating sales rank and half the fun is seeing how high we can make it go, but if you want to buy it from your local store, or Barnes and Noble, or whatever, that’s great because the author still GETS PAID. And the whole point is to get a deserving author with a quality book new fans.

This is a really fun book. Michaelbrent is best known as a horror writer but this is a comedy. Or at least you think it is a comedy, until it actually turns into an urban fantasy mystery (but it stays funny).

Now this one is a little odd because I know many of my regulars have already bought this book previously. That’s because I’m a major character in it (and he’s pretty much spot on in the portrayal if I do say so modestly). The basic premise of the book is that real monsters like to go to conventions in costume, and some people have to keep them in line. Who better to get drafted for this duty than the author schmucks who are at all these events anyway?

So most of the main characters are based on real life people. If you know the real life people it is actually a lot funnier, but don’t worry, you don’t need to, its still a fun book either way. (the portrayal of Kevin J. Anderson is uncanny in its accuracy).

I really liked this one.

But I’m not BBing Michaelbrent because I’m a character (honestly, at this point you’d be surprised how often I show up in people’s books) but because he is a really good dude. And he’s got so much talent that I’d love for more people to discover him.

He’s also a hard working professional who likes to give no BS advice to help out aspiring writers. And he cares enough about his craft to want to try and get the details right, which is why I’ve taken him shooting a few times so he could learn to write gun scenes better (and he is actually a pretty good shot).

So this BB is going to be a little weird and I’ve got an odd request for my regulars. If you’ve already bought Longest Con, then to participate, please leave a review and tell your friends. Or even better, since the important thing about a Book Bomb is an author Gets Paid, pick a different book of his that looks cool and try it out.

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Right now we are at:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

I’ll update this later. Amazon has instituted a long delay before sales register on the charts, so it won’t be until tonight that this morning’s sales start to show up. Because of that I will keep the BB running until tomorrow. So please share the link and spread the word. Let’s see what we can do and help a talented author out.

 

EDIT: I knew about this a little while ago, and in fact it is why I scheduled the BB for this week, but Michaelbrent has gone ahead and made it public so I will share what he said:
THE VERY SAD, LIFE-CHANGING NEWS
I just came out with a book called THE DARKLIGHTS. Now I am in process of writing the completion to THE SWORD CHRONICLES. And those will be my last books, because I am retiring as a writer.
There are a lot of reasons for this, but most of them boil down to: 1) lots of health issues, 2) lots of health bills, and 3) not enough book sales to cover them all. It’s been a tough year, with lots of struggles, and as much as I enjoy being a full-time author and interacting with fans and friends on the con circuit, the simple fact is that I haven’t written enough “hits” in the last year or so to make it worth it for my family.
I’ve never made a secret of the fact that my first responsibility is NOT to my fans, and NOT to me. It is to my family, and their quality of life has gone down along with my sales. NOT okay. So I’m going to go back to the world of “real” jobs. My kids are going to hate it (they don’t know yet), since they’re proud of the fact that their daddy is a “world famous writer” (their words, not mine). But hopefully they’ll thank me for it down the line.
So… buy THE LONGEST CON today, or gift it to a friend. Or both! That and SWORD III will be a nice swan song. I couldn’t ask for better.

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So I’m not just doing this Book Bomb because it’s a good book, he’s got talent, and I think you guys will like it, but because he’s come to a point in his career where he is having to make a really tough call. And the best way for him to take care of his family is to go back to having a regular job and a steady paycheck. I can really respect that.

So I want to give a good guy and a good author one last boost. Let’s Book Bomb the hell out of this thing.

EDIT: All right, we are getting movement faster than expected. I never know how to plan these things because every couple of months they seem to put in a different amount of time delay!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

EDIT: Still moving on up. Normally we’d hit the high point sometime late tonight, but I’m not sure how many hours the delay is now.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

EDIT: Top 1,000 out of all Kindle books on Amazon. Now we are talking. In its genre MB is beating out Gaiman and Pratchett, so all he has to do now is take out Harry Potter for that #1 spot. JK Rowling is only the most successful author in the world, but we got this! 😀

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

EDIT: Still moving along. We’re now in the top 700. Still not hitting #1 in his genre though, because JK Rowling drives around in a solid gold tank.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Kevin P.
Guest

Ordered both the Kindle and paperback versions.

Kevin Steverson
Guest

I’m on it!

Russell Newquist
Guest

I’ve made tough decisions in the name of my children before. That’s what fathering is about. Mr. Collings, you will always have my respect.

Michaelbrent Collings
Guest

Thank you, sir. Comments like yours very much dull the pain of the shift, and help me focus on the REASONS for it. Again as one dad to another: thanks.

Jim McCain
Guest

Michael may you be successful in your shift to the extent you can start writing again. I am very much enjoying “The Longest Con”

Russell Newquist
Guest
Mr. Collings, please allow me to share a story with you, in the hopes that it will dull the pain. On December 31, 2009, I was laid off from my job. On January 1, 2010 – the next day – my first son was born. We pushed through, struggled, and sacrificed. A lot. I had several nights where I lay awake at night literally wondering how I was going to feed my infant son the next day. I take great pride that he and my wife never once went hungry – although more than once *I* did. One of the… Read more »
Tim Russell
Guest

I have mine!

Evil Bunny
Guest

Bought on kindle, if I like it I’ll buy his back catalog as well.

Michaelbrent Collings
Guest

Oh, you will like it. It shall be as an Evil Carrot to your Evil Bunny, to be consumed in a fetish of gnashing Evil Teeth, digested in your Evil Digestive Tract, then pooped out as tiny Evil Poop Pellets, which – because Evil – shall then be hurled at innocent passers-by, who shall be infected with the Evil Desire to read the book as well… and so shall continue this cycle of Carrot-Teeth-Colon-Poo-Hurl-Repeat, until the sun blackens in the sky and carrots become a thing of yesteryear.

Also, your handle is awesome!

Chris C.
Guest

Just purchased mine. Thanks for the heads up.

Jim McCain
Guest

I discovered this book by accident and ordered it and am really enjoying it. I hate the fact that the author is having to go back to a day job but can understand.

John D. Payne
Guest

Larry, did you have to sign a release to be in the book like this? When you do this yourself, do you have people sign releases before you include them? I’m offering Tuckerization as a reward on my Patreon page, and feeling like I need to have people sign a release. What do you think?

Doug Northcote
Guest

Purchased/Downloaded. I’ll read and review this one (shocker, it’ll be five stars with a positive review, it always is, have never been disappointed by a book bomb book) as soon as I finish the current book. Soon

When will soon be now?

SOOOOOOooooon!

Probably a week at most.

Vivian Lane
Guest

It gets even harder when you can’t work out there in a day job. Always awful when talented peopl doing the right things can’t make a living – especially when this used to be possible ( I could go into a long rant on why). I hope today’s book promo is wildly successful.

Michaelbrent Collings
Guest

Thank you thank you thank you, Vivian! Well wishes always appreciated and welcome – so thanks for yours!

Old NFO
Guest

Got it! 🙂

Michaelbrent Collings
Guest

Thanks, my man!

Bill Peschel
Guest

Dropped by from Sarah Hoyt’s link on Instapundit for the Mike Glynn Dumpster fire, saw the book, haven’t read much sci-fi in years, but love humor and what the fuck, bought the ebook. (now at #853 kindle as of 11:30 a.m. Friday). Looking forward to it.

Michaelbrent Collings
Guest

Hope you have a crapton of fun with it, Bill!

heathJ
Guest

Got the kindle of that and audible of another. Always good to try new content.

Michaelbrent Collings
Guest

Awesome, heathJ! Which Audible didja get? (Just curious; I’ll resist the urge to spoil the ending, promise.) Hope you lurvs them.

fitz
Guest

Any chance of a discussion thread where spoilers are OK? I really liked the book, its funny and well written. But it does bring up some interesting moral questions. Did the good guys really win? If the big bad was right, did he/she/it still cross a line? What’s the PUFF payout for clearing the other green room?

Michaelbrent Collings
Guest
fitz: non-spoiler answer to at least one of your questions: the good guys DON’T really win. They never do, and never can. Because evil is always out there. But that’s okay, because in the good-vs-evil paradigm (I hate that word, but it’s appropriate here), the point of good – good heroes in books, and good PEOPLE in real life – is not to win, it is simply to refuse to lose. THAT is one of the most defining characteristics of anything truly “good” – that it does not seek ultimate triumph, but rather understands that it is better far to… Read more »
fitz
Guest

Good points. And a great book. Its the first of yours that i’ve read, but i will definitely be getting some others.

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