Okay, not really, but my novel, The Book of Sylvia leapfrogged over the Bible in Amazon’s Top 100 Free Books for the Kindle the other day. Don’t believe me? Check this out.
Hopefully the big guy knows I’m just having a bit of fun. No smiting, please. Hold the fire and brimstone.
Why free, you may ask. No, it wasn’t to take on the Good Book mano a mano. Simply, it was a way to get the work of an unknown author (me, that is) into the hands of thousands of readers with little more investment than their time.
I’m sure all writers set goals for themselves. Jumping ahead of Jesus wasn’t one of mine. My goal was, and still is, simply to have my novel attract enough interest to get readers to recommend others to purchase it now that it’s back to its original $2.99 price.
What’s the novel about? The Book of Sylvia happens be about a priest, and uh, um, a prostitute. Hmm. Perhaps there is some smiting in my future. Actually, I think I kept it reasonably clean, given the characters. There are a few moments, where, well, I won’t say, but you get the idea.
The competition goes on, but now the big guy has an advantage. No, not that advantage. It’s just tough to take on the all-seeing, all-knowing, master of the universe with a $2.99 price disadvantage. But as my friend Jeff advised, my long term prospects are probably better if I let Jesus win anyway.
I do hope you’ll read The Book of Sylvia and keep me in the game.