Thank you all for sharing the news about The Body Electric sale! You made THIS happen:
I'm so lucky to have readers like you!
To celebrate, I ran a contest last week for people who shared the news on social media. It took me a little longer than expected to compile all the entries from all the social media platforms (thank GOODNESS for Excel!) and the winner is:
Congrats! Winner, please email me your shipping address so I can get the prize in the mail to you ASAP.
Also! In case you missed it, I have a Twitter-only contest going on right now to help celebrate Lauren DeStefano's latest book! All you have to do is retweet to enter. The prize is a signed copy of her latest book, Burning Kingdoms, and a handcrafted doll made by Lauren herself! (Did you know Lauren has her own etsy store where she sells dolls like these? I grabbed this one as I figured it'd be Pen's favorite :)
The Body Electric was lucky enough to be picked for a special book deal by BookBub and will be on sale for just 99¢! The sale technically only lasts for one day--March 7th, this Saturday--but it may go on sale a little bit before and/or stay on sale a little bit after that. The book is on sale at Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook) in the US, Canada, and the UK. But you're only guaranteed to snatch a copy at this special price on Saturday, March 7!
BookBub is a great email program that sends the best deals straight to your inbox--if you like the cheap ebooks, definitely subscribe to their newsletter program. (And you can subscribe to my newsletter too, so you'll always be the first to know when my books go on sale.)
Meanwhile, here's this weekend's special deals! This sale qualifies in the USA, the UK, and Canada, and is only guaranteed on March 7th. It may be on sale early (some retailers take different times to put a book on sale), but it will only definitely be on sale March 7th.
To celebrate, I'm also going to put my short story collection, The Future Collection, on sale for just 99¢. That's six short stories for the price of one--you can't beat that deal! (Note: The Future Collection is only available on Amazon/Kindle.)
This sale is truly only available for a limited time, and it will be a very rare occurrence. Don't miss out--grab a copy at the special sale price on March 7! The sale WILL END on Sunday!
Because this sale is so rare and won't come along again for a long time, I want to make sure that as many people as possible can grab a copy at such a special price. Therefore, throughout social media, I'm spreading the word...and I'm rewarding the people who help me!
ONE GRAND PRIZE
-Signed copies of:
Across the Universe
A Million Suns
Shades of Earth
The Body Electric
-Swag pack including:
Limited Edition Across the Universe metal water bottle
Huge packet of swag from books all over
A specially designed necklace
A signed copy of a mystery book!
I'll keep which book it is a surprise, but it's a great one!
It's YA, and it's signed by the author.
Reblog the sale image at the top of this page, link to my Instagram account @bethrevis, and tag it #BookBargain
So newsletter subscribers just got my latest newsletter, which includes some awesome news about things that are happening THIS SATURDAY.
But...the newsletter wasn't supposed to go out until Friday morning...which means the news was a little pre-emptive. Oops! So newsletter subscribers: yay, you have a sneak peek! More details are coming soon!
Note: The newsletter subject also mentioned a unique workshop opportunity--which is the writing retreat workshop I'm leading with Cristin Terrill--but since the workshop filled up within days of announcing it, I decided to cut it from the newsletter...but it sent before I had a chance to edit the subject. Sorry for the confusion! (You can still sign up, btw, and be added to the waitlist if you're so inclined.)
I don't remember who told me about Black Mirror, a British television show that was pitched to me as a modern The Twilight Zone, but whoever it was: thank you.
I'll admit; I had my doubts. There are only six episodes available on Netflix now, and I wasn't sure if it could live up to my beloved The Twilight Zone. And, frankly, the first episode didn't. While provocative--it did raise a few questions that I thought worth considering--overall, the first episode felt long and not worth it. Still, I knew the format of Black Mirror--each episode, like The Twilight Zone, tells an entirely different story.
By the time I got to Episode 2, though, I was hooked. That episode, "Fifteen Million Merits," tells the story of a society that...frankly, could one day be our own. People slave over their work, filling their lives with cheap (or not so cheap) entertainment, and people's lives revolve around virtual entertainment. Everything, from skipping a commercial to hand soap after the bathroom, costs money. When one man finds a way to make something real, something not so virtual and fake, society's reaction is...well, I'll leave it to you to find out.
But honestly, "Fifteen Million Merits" is the best of sci fi--a totally believable, futuristic society that is also a total mirror to our current world and has something significant and important to say about our society today.
It posed those lasting sorts of questions that make your mind spin with possibilities.
I couldn't help but wonder if this was a nod to Blade Runner...
Additionally, Black Mirror is just really, really smart. It's super easy for me to turn on the television right now and let the noise play in the background while I pay half my attention on tumblr or something else. Not so with Black Mirror--it had my full attention, and rightfully so. The stories, each unique, were totally engaging, and they required the viewer to actively engage. Ignore the story, and you'll miss key details. Nothing's spoon fed to you.
In writer's terms, this show is the epitome of "show, don't tell." It shows you the world, the characters, the situation--and leaves all the meaning for you to formulate.
Unlike The Twilight Zone,Black Mirror episodes are far longer and more in-depth. To be fair, it sometimes borders on slow pacing. In the first episode, the tension dragged. There was a so-called ticking time bomb, but it took quite a long while to get there. Even in "Fifteen Million Merits," which I liked a lot, there were a few moments where the plot dragged--I actually thought the episode was over about fifteen minutes before it actually was. However, despite the fact that it does sometimes feel slow, the story is so richly developed and the characters so vivid in their world, that I can forgive a few moments of lag.
Episodes are easily available online, such as Netflix, and I highly recommend you give them a try. If you don't like the first episode--and you'll be able to see the entire premise within the first ten minutes and decide for yourself if that's the sort of thing you want to see--definitely skip to the next episode and the next. Like The Twilight Zone, these episodes are great for sci fi lovers, but defy genre. The stories are twisted peeks at possibilities.
A huge, grateful shout-out of thanks to TURKEY for being the first country to purchase rights to The Body Electric! The publisher is Grup Yayincilik, the same publishing house that did the Turkish translations of Across the Universe.
I am so, so happy that The Body Electric is reaching past America's and the English-speaking language borders, and I can't wait to see where else it goes! A special and heartfelt thanks also to my agent, Merrilee Heifetz, her assistant Sarah Nagel, and the entire foreign rights department at Writers House, including Cecilia de la Campa. Thank you all for working so hard to get my book to international readers!