May 15, 2014

Thrilling Thirteen: a guest post by Gary Ponzo

Gary Ponzo lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Jennifer and two children, Jessica and Kyle.  His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Amazing Journeys Magazine and Potpourri.  Two of his short stories have been nominated for the very prestigious Pushcart Prize.  His first novel, "A Touch of Deceit" won the 2009 S.W. Writers Contest, Thriller category.
Gary is currently working on Nick Bracco thriller #5 as well as other projects. When he's not busy trying to find a solution to the problems in the Middle East, he enjoys running, golf and spending time with his family.

Ever wonder why so many musicians end up singing duets together?  Do they just like each other so much that they want to work together?  Sometimes.  Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin-of course. Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow?  Hmmm.
More times than not, however, the incentive is usually money.  How?  Well, it's all about crossover sales. The band or singer's fans are introduced to an entirely new group of listeners who hadn't know much about that band until that big duet together.  Think Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty's "Stop Dragging my Heart Around."  You think that didn't help those two artists reach over and capture the other artist's fans?  You bet it did.
Now why would I bring up collaboration?  Because writers have been collaborating for as long as musicians have.  James Patterson publishes ten books a year. You think he's doing all that writing by himself?  The reason I bring this up is because I've just been invited to participate in a collaboration myself.  Ty Hutchinson, Ethan Jones, Frank Zafiro, and seven other quality authors have invited me to contribute my first Nick Bracco thriller into a collaboration titled, Thrilling Thirteen. Some of these authors are Amazon and USA Today Bestsellers. This collaboration has thirteen thrilling books for one ridiculously low price of .99 cents. Yes, it’s only available as an ebook and will only be sold for a short time then taken off the market.
So is this all about the money? No, we’ll make a few bucks, maybe, but this is all about expanding our reach as authors and crossing over our fan base. No different than Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty. Is this a good thing? For readers, you bet. Can you imagine getting over $30.00 worth of books for less than a buck? You don’t have to because it’s here and it’s real. In the future you’ll see more and more writers doing the same thing--a short promo to boost their readership. Keep an eye out for these deals and gobble them up, because as a reader myself I’ve done just that and have enjoyed hours of entertainment for pennies.
If you’re interested in seeing the deal, here’s the link to the book page on Amazon:
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