Through a Dusty Window Free on Kindle!

Hey guys! I’m waist deep in edits on other projects, and have been quiet for a long time, I know. Sorry about that! But in the meantime, if you haven’t read Through a Dusty Window yet, and are looking for something you can take in quick little bites or devour easily in one setting – it’s free on Kindle until Wednesday!

If you do happen to read it, I’d love to see some more reviews and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon if you have a few minutes – those are the things that really do help drive visibility, thanks to their algorithms (I know, I promised that this blog would have no math…)

Here are a couple of the reviews left by past readers:

5.0 out of 5 stars Through A Dusty Window: New York City… December 2, 2012
“I found this series of short stories to be delightful and read them in one sitting. I was impressed with the author’s free flowing style which captivated me and drew me into the imagery of the book. I was particularly aware of the evolution of the social culture and I felt that the transition between the times of each story was handled well. I hope to read more of Delancey Stewart’s work in the future.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, February 17, 2013

There were so many layers to all these stories. They were amazing. This is a must read for anyone that likes historical stories.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, very clever, January 17, 2013
By John Darling “Jack Point” (Ventura, CA) – See all my reviews
“Many short story collections are written around one character (myself and A. Conan Doyle did it this way) but this collection has a different central focus and that focus is on a Brown Stone building on 77th Street in NYC. The stage stays the same; only the actors and events change.

Telling a series of stories in this way allows the reader go on a voyeuristic ride through time with many historical events as the back drop.

Every story was very well written (my favorite involved the Hindenberg) and my only complaint is that a few of them, such as the last one, ended too soon. This is a compliment, however, because it means I wanted more, much more.”

Go get your copy here!

Free Kindle eBooks

So I’ve done my best not to make a secret of the fact that my collection of New York City stories, Through a Dusty Window: New York City Stories 1910-2001, is FREE on Amazon for Kindle through Friday. Please check it out if you haven’t had a chance. I’d sure appreciate any reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. (Well, let’s be honest, I might not APPRECIATE a bad review… but I still respect that readers have opinions, and writers are inviting those opinions… so please share.)

The Kindle Direct Publishing promotion has been interesting. I will be honest and say that I had no idea what to expect from it, and still don’t in many ways… It has absolutely resulting in my work gaining a much wider audience. In 24 hours, there were more than 1000 downloads of the book. My current sales rank on free books for kindle is #191. More impressive (to me) is that the book currently ranks #4 in Short Stories and #5 in Historical Fiction (on the free lists, mind you.) Those numbers make my work appear next to Ken Follet’s Winter of the World. Not something I would have ever imagined! (Please know that I am not comparing my work or my limited success in any way to Mr. Follett’s. I admire him wildly and am just thrilled to see my name in a similar context, that’s all…)

I did a minimal bit of promotion ahead of the free days beginning… posting to sites that list Kindle free books in hopes of garnering some interest. And I alerted my “personal networks” – family, friends, facebook… It’s been really heady seeing people’s reactions. I don’t tell many people in my “real” life that I’m a writer at this point. I figure that there needs to be some tangible evidence of such before I’m comfortable talking much about it. This is a first step down that path.

I’d love to hear the experiences that others have had with the Amazon KDP select promotion process. Did it result in increased sales after the fact? More reviews?