20 October 2011 by Published in: Uncategorized 12 comments

BREAKING NEWS: New six star review from book blogger Kate’s Reads for Fatal Exchange.


Hello everyone. This is just a quick appeal for you to help me greatly by spending just a few short moments of your time assisting with my new thriller trilogy, Zero Sum.

It requires nothing from you except a few mouse clicks.

The first book in the series has always been intended as a free book – Kotov Syndrome. The problem is that Amazon won’t allow you to list a free book. So I had to upload it to Smashwords, who then distributes it to Barnes and Noble, where it is now free.

Which is where you come in.

Please go to the Amazon page for Zero Sum, Book 1 – Kotov Syndrome, and notify them that it is free on Barnes and Noble. you can do that by going to the Amazon page, here, and selecting “Tell us about a lower price” – a link on the left side about halfway down the page under the current ranking. If you will simply do that, indicating it’s no cost at B&N, hopefully Amazon should price match it after sufficient uproar, and I can begin marketing the series as it was intended to be marketed.

The Barnes and Noble link to the book is here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zero-sum-book-one-kotov-syndrome-russell-blake/1106551756?ean=2940011526879&itm=1&usri=russell%2bblake

I would very much appreciate it if you’d do this for me now. Thanks in advance. And if you could do this once a day or so until they figure it out, even better.



  1. Thu 20th Oct 2011 at 3:52 am

    That was a little complicated, but I did it. I hope it pays off for you. Let me know if it does and visit my blog for a thank you gesture.

    • Russell Blake  –  Thu 20th Oct 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks, and I did. Nice looking blog.

  2. Thu 20th Oct 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Bloody hell stop making me work!!

  3. Sat 22nd Oct 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Doing it now.

  4. Sat 22nd Oct 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I clicked the ‘tell us about a lower price, but couldn’t see where to write it. The page looked the same.

  5. Sun 23rd Oct 2011 at 3:58 am

    Could you let us know a bit more about the sale or freebie features at Amazon? There is a minor tempest brewing on Goodreads in regard to it. Further discussion in Amazon threads. Starting to sound like a bigfoot myth and/or sighting.

    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 25th Oct 2011 at 3:44 pm

      I was told by a friend that if Barnes had your book for free, and enough people complained to Amazon, they would match the price. There is no policy to match prices – it’s up to them, so alas, you can’t force them to do it. They just have to see it’s a good idea.

  6. Sun 23rd Oct 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Wow Russell, I did it too and I don’t even know you! However, I am curious to see if this will actually work.
    Let me know how it goes and say thanks!

    Diem Burden

    • Diem Burden  –  Sun 23rd Oct 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Yes I do! Just recognised your mugshot under your Bio from Twitter…!

    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 25th Oct 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you.

  7. Fri 10th May 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I’m curious to find out what blog platform you have been working with? I’m experiencing some small security problems
    with my latest blog and I would like to find something more safe.
    Do you have any suggestions?

    • Russell Blake  –  Sat 11th May 2013 at 2:45 am

      I use wordpress. Seems to work ok.


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