Electric Eclectic

Guest Post: An Alternative to Free Ebooks

Just before Christmas, I read this post on Paul White’s blog. As you can see, it sparked some fairly diverse comments. In fact, I was so busy formulating my comment, I didn’t read the end of the post as thoroughly as it warranted.

Paul’s solution to the give-books-away-for-free marketing strategy deplored by the rest of his post is called Electric Eclectic Novelettes.

At this point, I’ll turn it over to Paul…


To quote that wonderful philosopher, Winnie the Pooh, “The beginning is a very good place to start.”

I was looking for a great book to read.

I finished reading the last book by my favourite author. It would be another year, maybe two, before his next book became available. This meant I needed to search for another book to read. I was even willing to stray from my usual genre to find an excellent read.

Easier said than done.

You would think, with over 45 million books on Amazon alone, finding a story to enjoy, a book you can immerse yourself in totally, would be a pretty easy thing.

But no, it is not.

You could look through the thousands of free books on offer. But… much of the time there are reasons books are offered for free, or heavily discounted, by their authors… and not all those reasons are good.

There is the uncertain quality and content of many of the full priced eBooks. Anyway, do you really want to commit spending your hard-earned cash to buy something you do not enjoy reading, or find the writer’s style is not to your taste?

It all makes choosing a ‘new to me’ author or selecting a book from a different genre a bit of a lottery.

That’s when I thought there must be a better way.


Electric EclecticThat’s when I had my eureka moment.

The result is Electric Eclectic Novelettes.

‘Electric’ because they are ebooks– digital, electric.

‘Eclectic’ for the various styles, genres and authors who write them.

And ‘Novelettes‘ to tell readers they are short, sample books, introducing readers to new authors and new genres.

Electric Eclectic (EE) books are written by various authors under the EE brand as introductory, sample works of each author’s writing style and narrative forms.

Each EE book is a short work of between 6k and 20k words.

A standardised price of just 1.00 (dollar/pound/euro) for each novelette, allows people searching for new reads to get to know our EE authors’ styles and narrative types before committing to purchase their full-length books and novels.

Offering these short works also lets people read examples of genres they may not have previously considered.

Electric Eclectic books are written by some of the best indie authors in the world. Each Electric Eclectic Novelette delivers wonderful and entertaining storytelling to a high standard.

All Electric Eclectic Novelettes undergo stringent assessment, ensuring the storytelling is of high quality, dismissing concerns generally associated with low cost or free eBooks. People searching for their ‘next favourite read’ can rest assured in the knowledge that Electric Eclectic Novelettes have undergone a rigorous selection process, ensuring the stories meet exacting standards.

This means you do not need to read through a bunch of substandard books, or spend money on a random book hoping you will enjoy its content. Say goodbye to ‘dodgy’, inferior writes.

Once you have found the right style of stories, the ones you love, you will have found your next favourite author and can start to work your way through their full-length books and novels knowing you thoroughly enjoy their writing.

Download a handful of Electric Eclectic Novelettes and give yourself a literary treat!

Electric Eclectic Novelettes are easy to find.

The first way is to visit the Electric Eclectic website where all the Novelettes are shown, along with author insights and links to their personal books and pages.

The second is to go to Amazon books and type ‘Electric Eclectic books’ into the search bar. (In the USA you will need the Amazon.com Kindle search page.)

Alternatively, if you are on Amazon.co.uk you can follow this link: http://amzn.to/2BnYe7u

Website link: https://goo.gl/q2zwTS  (This site is available to view, but not fully functional or edited. Estimated date of completion Mid-January 2018)

Email: EEbookbranding@mail.com


  1. My first thought is that someone who can write an excellent “novelette” may struggle to write an excellent novel. Sustaining a plot over 80k words is rather different than sustaining it over 10k words. So why I might well find a new author with a lovely style to my taste, I might still be disappointed when reading a full-length novel from him or her. So I think I will be passing on this opportunity.

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  2. It’s an interesting idea, but it is limited to authors who write in one narrative style, or one genre,or in a way in which a “sample” is indicative of what they do. There are plenty of authors out there who don’t do that.

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    1. Quite true. I think the idea is one can inexpensively sample a number of works by one author or single works by several authors. At the same time, it’s easy enough to “Look Inside” at Amazon or download samples at Smashwords.

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      1. If I ever complete the things I have up in the air at the moment, I’ll have novels in the courtroom drama genre, a dystopian tale, a sexy sci-fi romp, a couple of literary fiction pieces, and who knows what else. I’d hate to put up a sample that fits one of those “types” and then have somebody buy one of the other ones.

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        1. Many readers (well, this one for sure) read multiple genres. If a sample of one’s writing is engaging, a reader might just be willing to try something in a different genre. And “literary” fiction is all over the map.

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  3. Pretty cool idea. There’s something to be said about a collection of titles that are curated in some way, so readers can be confident that anything with the EEN seal of approval is going to be of high quality.

    My only concern is that, as with everything in the indie world, publicizing the program is going to be as difficult as publicizing our individual books. The standard marketing approach is to run a price promotion, so competing with all those free books will still be a problem.

    Step in the right direction though!

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  4. It’s certainly an interesting idea. I also write multiple genres. Someone sampling a short from me would get an idea of my voice but that won’t help them if they hate thrillers or romance and then download one of those by me from Amazon.

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    1. But if they like your voice and the way you put a story together, they might be willing to try a different genre. And works that are squarely within a particular genre should signal that with cover image, description, etc.

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  5. This is an idea that’s been tried before [more or less] and /should/ work, but didn’t for all the reasons already mentioned by other commentors. There is no magic bullet for building trust with readers.
    Personally, I wish Amazon would do away with categories and simply allow as many keywords as an author can come up with. Then let the reader type the kind of books they would like to read and get a meaningful subset of that 45 million. :/

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    1. Interesting idea. There are too many categories, at least for some genres. Harking back to my old profession (librarianship), I sometimes think Library of Congress Subject Headings or the genre terms for fiction used in libraries would be better. 😉


      1. I’m not sure what the Library of Congress Subject Headings might be but I suspect the average reader can’t even remember the basic categories of their favourite genre. Amazon truly is a terrible place to just ‘browse’. I’ve never found anything I liked that way. 😦

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        1. It used to be the case when you searched a library’s catalogue or database, you could use a specific set of terms for finding books about something. The terms still exist, but most searching now is done by keywords, since people are happy with results that take little effort, rather than demanding precise results obtained only after learning how the system works. (I have to admit, I cringe while typing this). Anyway, I agree that searching Amazon or any large book database is pretty much a crapshoot. I think that’s why “branding” is so important for authors.


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