Thursday, July 7, 2011
The Last Man on Earth Club
Author: Paul R. Hardy
Genre: Science Fiction/Post-Apocalyptic
How long it's been on sale: About 6 weeks
Current price: $2.99
Total sold so far: 51
Link to book on Amazon
THERAPY FOR APOCALYPSE SURVIVORS
Therapy groups support people traumatised by a common issue, such as cancer, sexual abuse, or PTSD suffered in war. This therapy group is for people who were the last survivors of their world.
Each of them was rescued from a parallel universe where humanity was wiped out. They’ve survived nuclear war, zombies, machine uprisings, mass suicide and more. They’ve been given sanctuary on the homeworld of the Interversal Union, and placed with a therapist who works with survivors of doomed worlds.
No one has lost as much as they have. No one has suffered as they have.
Their only hope is each other.
First 300 Words:
The ancient forest along the valley had been peaceful and serene for thousands of years. No deadly animals hid among the leaves to poison and devour the unwary. Floods never swept trees down the valley to the distant lakes in the plain. Fire never consumed the branches, racing in sparks and embers from tree to tree faster than a human could run.
Nor had it known a suffocating blanket of ash spewed out from a volcano the size of a country. The earth had not split and taken the trees to the boiling mantle below. The invisible lines of magnetism wrapping the planet had never dissolved and let the sun’s ultraviolet deluge shrivel the trees and kill every creature that could not burrow to safety.
It had not been poisoned and turned to grey, brittle remnants by runoff from factories upstream. It had not been stripped of leaves and branches by rain so acidic it could mark steel. It had not known the blast, the light, the heat, or the radiation from a nuclear fireball. Survivors of a terrible war had never fled through the trees, running from robotic hunters murdering every last man and woman they could find. Gene-mutated horrors had never oozed across the leaf litter, absorbing it and all the biomass they could digest until they roiled across the terrain so swiftly that no-one could escape. Invaders from a distant universe had never swept down from the skies, darting tentacles among the branches to drag the last remaining humans to slavery on another world.
Convincing my patients of this was sometimes difficult.
Vicki's Comments: First, the cover. I like it. I think it conveys the book very well. It's got a sci-fi and apocalyptic vibe. The font doesn't say sci-fi as much, but I don't think it's a big issue. It's easy to read the title and author even in thumbnail. I think the cover is a plus.
The description could use some work, in my opinion. I don't like the dictionary definition in the beginning, most people already know what therapy groups are all about. But I admit there is something about the way this description is done that intrigues me. Most of the time I like to focus on people in my description. When so-and-so does such-and-such he comes up against whatever and then thing-a-ma-jig happens. However, I can see this other style working, perhaps with a little tweaking.
The first 300 words didn't grab me. I see what the author is trying to do, after getting through it and to the last sentence, but the length of it turned me off. I might shorten it a bit to get to the point about the patients because I think that is the hook.
Now, here's the thing. This book has only been for sale for six weeks. That is a very short time. To sell 51 copies in that time is doing good, especially at $2.99. That's more than 1 a day. For a new book, I don't think this book isn't selling. It probably needs more time and more marketing to sell better. The premise of the book is interesting. The price is good. The cover fits. I think with a little tweaking, the description can be awesome. Personally, I think this book is doing very well. If this were my book, I would be submitting it to book bloggers to try to get some reviews and some attention to the book.
Any thoughts on this guys?