Take My Book, Any Format. It’s Yours.

Now that the new year is upon us, we plan to start promoting a lot to draw in the biggest crowd possible for the premiere of The Object: Book Two, Episode One.

In the spirit of that, we’re now offering a free digital copy of Book One in any ereader format.

(Damn!  That dude did get hit in the head!)

Wait, there’s a small catch.  Since Book One is enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select until February 1st, we can’t give away or sell digital copies of the book until February 2nd.

So if you would like to sign up for a free copy of Book One in any format, fill out the form below, and it will be emailed to you on February 2nd.

(NOTE: For Kindle readers, Book One will go free on Amazon a few days after these copies are delivered.)

When you’re done filling out the form, feel free to tap on them there share buttons.  Thank ye.

Winston Chadwick Van Emmerstein III


Beware of Santa

Santa Claus

Santa Claus (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)

Christmas is almost here and once again we’re all faced with the terrors of St. Nicholas, the supernatural interloper who demands entry into our homes once a year to eat our food and, if we’re lucky, leave us gifts under the evergreen we sacrificed for his pleasure.

If you don’t have a chimney, you have to leave your door unlocked on Christmas Eve.  Otherwise, if Santa is hungry, he’ll break in, and if he’s not hungry, he’ll move on to the next house, leaving no presents.

And where does Santa get his elves?  Those are children he stole from their beds, enslaved in the eternal winter of the North Pole as punishment for being awake when he peeked into their rooms.  Like Francis Wolcott, the serial killer of prostitutes in Deadwood, Santa doesn’t like to have been seen.  Wake early on Christmas Eve, my friends, and spike your eggnog in the early evening.

You may want to distract yourself from the whisper of the wind and the clomp of Santa’s boots on the roof.  If so, I recommend getting lost in a good book.

Merry Christmas!  Now do this:

Freebies Galore Over Here

I’m in a rush but I wanted to let everyone know that some of my books are free today. Just click on the Books tab for links. A Circle in the Wooda, The Drought, and The End of the Party. Get ’em while you can!

A Free, Funny Book for Indie Authors and Readers

I ran into this book on the Amazon forums last week.  Written by author and forum frequenter Stella Deleuze, Rage Against the Indie is a sort of How-To book in two parts:

First, the rant.  Stella goes on at length in a humorous but meaningful way about the horribly annoying mistakes self-published authors make while trying to promote themselves.  I admit I blushed as I read it, finding several mistakes I’ve made, time and time again.

Next, suggestions for improvement.  For a beginning self-publisher, the second half of this book serves as a great reference guide or checklist when editing and uploading your next big release.

Best .99c I’ve sent in a long time.

Rage Against the Indie is FREE for Kindle today.

Rage Against the Indie, FREE on Amazon Today Only

Rage Against the Indie, FREE on Amazon Today Only

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Get Your Copy of The Object: Book One

We begin the serialization of Book Two in May 2013.  Check back for some exciting announcements about a new dynamic we’ll be introducing to the reading experience.

In the meantime, download the book!

the object hovering over the louisville kentucky skyline

The Object: Book One, Kindle Edition

For Paperback

Please share this post and tell everyone you know about The Object!

Stepping It Up–Followers, Please Read

We’ve passed the halfway point in the campaign with less than seven days to go, and right now we’re exactly halfway to our goal with $500.

This sounds great, but $500 of $1000 is actually $0.  So to encourage you guys to throw us a bone, I’m making a modification to a few of the reward tiers.  I can’t make these changes on the campaign itself (you can’t edit a tier that has already been pledged), but I hope you’ll trust me to make good on these modifications, or else you probably shouldn’t be subscribed to my blog.  Haha.

Here they are the modifications:

For a $3 pledge I will send you a digital copy of all my books, including those published under the pseudonym Lily White.  These can be in any ereader format or in PDF.

For a $15 pledge, I will send you digital copies of all the books along with your paperback of The Object: Book One.

For a $40 pledge, you will receive the two paperbacks promised for the $35 pledge, digital copies of all books, and a print of any illustration from the current episodes.

Visit Kickstarter Page

If you can’t tell, we’re really counting on this Kickstarter campaign completing.  This is our chance to turn the city of Louisville on to the story and gain the local following we need in order for the story to grow.  The great thing is that you, as a reader, will benefit from this in a big way.  With popularity in Louisville, we’ll be able to attract some of the better artistic and musical talent in the area to collaborate with us and make your reading experience so much better.

We appreciate your participation in The Object, and we really do want to be able to offer this story to you for free.  That’s the whole idea of this thing, and it’s one of the reasons I run free promotions on Amazon so much (that and the guaranteed sales boosts thereafter, which provide the income to comfortably run this blog and serial).

But we hope you’ll understand that we’re just getting off the ground, and we need help.  We won’t ask you for money again.

Thanks everyone.


If you make a modified donation, submit your name and email here so I can contact you when the campaign ends.

Free Book Alert–What Thing Had Escaped (Part One)

This is Part One of a new serial I’m releasing directly to Kindle.  I hope you’ll take advantage of the free download, read it, and leave an honest review on Amazon.  Thanks everyone!

And in case you missed it, check out our Kickstarter Campaign for The Object: Book One.

What Thing Had Escaped (Part One)

Free 10/17/2012, 10/18/2012

A dystopian novel set in a future Louisville, Kentucky

What Thing Had Escaped, Free Today on Amazon

Book Description:

Survival is a daily struggle for Eugene and Darryl, who walk the filthy, crowded streets of Louisville searching for a day’s work or an abandoned house to loot for salable goods. Though Darryl has a job catering to an elderly rich man who lives in a private suburb lined with stone walls and razor wire, his wage barely feeds him, much less Eugene.

Then one evening there’s a knock on the door and a mysterious man in a suit tells Darryl he’s just inherited the entire fortune of his employer.

The two are quickly whisked away into a life of luxury, peace, and pleasures they never imagined, and as Darryl gets more and more involved with the company in which he now owns a large share, Eugene stumbles upon a shocking discovery: a teenage girl, locked away in a secret room in his and Darryl’s new mansion.

And the story of how she got there uncovers a horrible truth about what the world has become.

What Thing Had Escaped is a dystopian serial novel in five parts.

The Object: Book One Official Release Date

We Have an Official Release Date!  Officially!

This has been a great week.  So many good things are going on right now I don’t know where to start.  I suppose the first thing is to announce the official release date for The Object: Book One.  It will be available for Kindle and in paperback on November 1st, 2012 and the Kindle version will be available for free sometime that week.  (I’ll let you know ahead of time.)

Together with the Facebook Release Event, I am currently in the process of scheduling a blog tour, all centered around one very exciting author interview and guest post I’ve already landed.  More on that when it gets closer to time.

the object book one release facebook event in louisville, kentucky, author winston emerson

Click Photo to Join!

I have a great feeling about the coming weeks.  Opportunities are piling up.  My boss even sent me home from work today with pay and the instruction to “get that book finished.”  It feels like all our hard work and effort might be about to pay off.  I’ve been waiting for this kind of exposure for a long time.  Just the idea of being able to write full-time, with even a very meager income, is something I’ve been dreaming about since I first started writing short stories in high school.  I haven’t shared much about my life on here because I’ve always worried it would come off that I’m trying to throw myself a pity party, but let’s just say it’s been tough, for an American white boy, at least.  Plenty of people in the world have had much harder lives than I have, which is part of what makes me so hesitant to mention it.

But enough about the past.  The future is looking strong, and now is the time for me to start reaching out to all of you for help.  This is my dream.  The only one I’ve ever had.  I know this is what I’m supposed to do.  Authors, you know the feeling very well, and in the spirit of the dream, I hope you’ll throw me a bone and trust that, for your help, my door will always be open to you.

Bloggers, I’m looking for author interview and guest post spots.  I don’t care if you have 10 followers or 10,000.  If you can find room for me on your blog between November 1st and November 14th, I will do my best to drive as much traffic your way as possible, and I extend the same open-door policy to you, subsequently.

Readers, I need your help the most.  You are the ones who decide if a writer succeeds or fails.  Word of mouth recommendation is the strongest promotional tool in this entire industry.  No amount of marketing gimmicks and advertising dollars can stand up to a reader’s love of a book.  If you believe The Object deserves to knock on the door of the mainstream, no one else can make it happen the way you can.

On behalf of Matthew, Justin, and myself, I just want to say how thrilled we are to see Book One so close to release.  We had a rocky start (mostly my fault), but you guys stuck with us.  We want to begin the serialization of Book Two in January and plan to have the entire book finalized and set to auto-post to ensure that you no longer have to put up with delays.

And we hope by then that thousands of people have subscribed to read, discuss, and participate.  We have so many ideas on how to make this story more interactive and engaging.  All we need is the capital.

Thanks, everyone, for being part of this exciting time in our lives.



If you want to help, you can do any of the following:

Join the Facebook Event and invite your friends.

Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. using the buttons at the bottom of the post.

Reblog this post.

Recommend The Object: Book One to your Goodreads friends.

Invite me to do an author interview or guest post on your blog.  You can contact me at winstonemersonATgmailDOTcom.

Subscribe to The Object and be ready to download Book One for free upon release.  The free promotion will run for several days.

Tell anyone and everyone about The Object.

Print off the image below as a flyer and drop it from an airplane over the city of Louisville, take a handful and spread them around at work, or ask your local bookstore to hand them out to customers.

Flyer to distribute in Louisville, Kentucky for The Object: Book One's release

Download this, print it, and spread it around Louisville, Bowling Green–anywhere!




New Block of Episodes Available on Kindle

Several of you have emailed or messaged me asking when The Object Serial: Episodes Seven, Eight, and Nine will be available for Kindle.  Well, I’m happy to announce they’re available now.

Lillia's house burning near I-65 in Louisville

Get the new episodes on Amazon

We don’t have any immediate plans to run free promotions for these episodes.  We want to keep everything free on the blog until the release of The Object: Book One so we can gain as many readers and subscribers as possible.

Speaking of which, Matt, Justin, and I are officially in full-fledged book launch mode, and we’d love your help spreading the word.

We have a Facebook event (2,800+ invites thus far) that will give you simple and quick ways to help out, the most important of which is inviting your friends to join and check out the story.  (Remind them it is completely free.)

The Object Book One, set in Louisville, Kentucky

Join the Facebook Book Launch Event

Download A Circle in the Woods Free, Win Money

Download A Circle in the Woods Free on Amazon, Today Only, 10/04/2012

Yes, Another Competition

Today I’m running a free promotion on Amazon for A Circle in the Woods and I’d like to take this opportunity to launch yet another contest, the winner of which (if there is one) will receive $100.00, a signed copy of A Circle in the Woods, and a Mystery Prize, to honor the nature of the book.

A Circle in the Woods is free today only, so get your copy now.  It’s also available in paperback, if you’re old-fashioned and want to donate to my small royalty check.

If you’ve read A Circle in the Woods, you know it’s a very strange and mysterious book that leaves a lot to the imagination and puts the burden of what the hell happened in the end on the reader’s shoulders.  Many of you may be left with the feeling that there’s an underlying truth to the story.

Well, there is.  Your job in this competition is to tell me that truth:

Who is Phil Stapleton?  What’s he all about?  What does he want from Brittany?  What became of them in the end?

It’s not necessary that you answer each question specifically.  What’s necessary is that you give me an accurate interpretation of the story as a whole.

When someone’s accuracy blows me away, that person will receive $100.00, a signed copy of A Circle in the Woods, and the Mystery Prize.

Use the form below to submit your response.  Good luck.


P.S.–Don’t forget to download your free copy.



All Episodes Available on the Blog

Now that their KDP Select enrollments have expired, I am able to return Episodes One through Six to the blog, complete with their illustrations and musical scores.  You can now read all of The Object for free in its original format.
My current goal is to make The Object: Book One available for sale on Amazon on October 7th, 2012, with the paperback to follow in the next week or two.  I will be running a free promotion shortly thereafter, giving the book away for two days, and I will need all the help I can get to yield as many downloads as possible.  The more people download the book, the more exposure we get and the more fun things we’ll be able to do to make this place more interactive.

I’ll be calling out to readers, bloggers, and anyone else to help spread the word about The Object‘s free promotion.

In the meantime, check back here later today for Episode Nine, “Mergers”.

Louisville, Kentucky

What Would You Change About This World?

People who spend time with me regularly in person know I have a tendency to ramble on and on about how to make the world a happier, safer, and more sustainable place.  In an upcoming interview for another blog, I was asked what I would change about the United States given the opportunity and resources.

I have lots of ideas, some of which I may share later, but for now I’d like to pose the same question to you guys.  We’ll keep it about the world as a whole.  What would you change about it if you could?

Looking forward to your responses.  Maybe we can get an interesting discussion going.


P.S.–As so often happens, Episode Eight is late.  I’ve almost finished it, so don’t expect to wait much longer.  Tomorrow evening is a possibility.  It’s been a grueling month at work.

P.S.S.–I have an exciting announcement coming up later in the week.  For those of you who’ve committed to putting up with my frequent tardiness, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by a new aspect of The Object blog soon to be unveiled.

P.S.S.–Check back on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, because I’m giving nearly all my books away for free on those days.

Thanks to everyone who’s been tweeting and sharing The Object!  Keep it up!

FREE Book Alert–Cicada by J. Eric Laing

Just letting you know that Cicada is free again on Amazon, so grab it while you can!  I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes southern fiction, family sagas, drama, and flat knock-out writing.

Buy Cicada on Amazon

Free Book Alert–A Circle in the Woods

I’ve made A Circle in the Woods free for Kindle today.  Grab it while you can:

In a place where people have been disappearing for years, a little girl gets lost in the woods. Meet the man who saves her life.

On a late summer morning in 1958, Phil Stapleton discovers and rescues five-year-old Brittany Duncan after she spends two days lost deep in the Kentucky woods. Two months later, when a tree branch crashes through the rickety trailer where Brittany lives, Phil takes the girl and her mother under his roof. What follows is a decade of mystery, terror, violence, and tragedy, with no escape in sight.

A Circle in the Woods employs an experimental approach to storytelling.  With limited punctuation, a snapshot plot structure, and mystery at every turn, its technique will either deliver you an enriching, spellbinding experience or send you running for the hills.

Take a peek, and decide for yourself: Who is Phil Stapleton?

Get A Circle in the Woods on Amazon for free.


Free Book Alert–The End of the Party

Lily White’s The End of the Party–Three Stories and a Poem is free today on Amazon.

Two young sisters hiding from a monster . . .

A disturbing conversation between an old man and his nurse . . .

An unusual celebration with an open invitation to all . . .

The End of the Party: Three Stories and a Poem is a brief collection of haunting tales that explore the darker side of humanity. Disturbing, violent, and heartbreaking, each story will make you afraid to read the next.