October 4-5 saw the second promotion for Predation on Amazon's KDP Select program. The first promotion in August had just over 500 free downloads. The second promo was over 5300 and got me some decent exposure on several high profile websites and blogs. When Predation reached #5 in the Amazon Science Fiction rankings I was thrilled. When it reached #2 and stayed there for the better part of a day, I started to get a little anxious. I was refreshing the rankings page every fifteen minutes. Then, wonder of wonders, I moved into the #1 spot and stayed there until the end of the promotion. 

It was then that I looked below to see which books were below me in the top five. Jules Verne's Mysterious Island was at #3. I remember reading that novel when I was a teenager. It is one of my favorite books from someone I consider a master of the genre. Seeing that was humbling indeed. Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, etc. (as any reader of Predation will acknowledge) were my after school mentors in fiction. They shouldered the heavy load and inspired those who followed. They were the pathfinders and my inspiration. They showed me that it was possible. For that, I am eternally thankful. 

To take sole credit for placing in the #1 sci-fi book slot would be arrogance personified. Lynn, Christine, Imogen and Predation editor Rosemary all assisted me with advice or assistance. There were many others in the various writing groups I subscribe to as well. When you are starting out, you blindly stumble until you come upon a friendly hand who steadies you. The path becomes easier after that.  

To paraphrase Rockefeller; If I seem to be a big man, it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants. 
Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement. 



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