Monday, May 7, 2012
After two years of indecision, I decided to turn my e-novel OOOEELIE into a freebie on Smashwords, which means it will be free on Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Sony. Of course, I would like to make money from my writing, but what tipped me into making OOOEELIE gratis is my desire for an ever larger readership. I am approaching an overall total of 50,000 downloads of my various novels. Three of them have been offered to readers without of charge, obviously the preference of my audience. Adding OOOEELIE to the free mix hopefully will speed me to my 50,000 download goal. A brief description of the novel: The book opens in the backyard of a house on Long Island overlooking Huntington Harbor. There is a husband, a wife, and a beautiful dog, an Airedale with the strange name of Oooeelie. There is a sense of a growing distance, of marital discord between the man and the woman, Gil and Joanna Tyrling. Gil’s business ventures are collapsing; his body, his spirit, and his marriage are tumbling too. He longs for something better, something that seems beyond his reach. And so does the dog. The reader will soon discover Oooeelie is no ordinary Airedale, but the reincarnation of a canine creature who taught man to speak tens of thousands of years ago. Like the hero of all good dog stories, Oooeelie is on an unrelenting quest to return to the home he loves. That place happens to be millions of light years away on a planet in Sirius System, and Oooeelie has been trying to get there ever since he crashed onto earth in a spaceship gone awry.