So, I’m writing. This past year has been a challenge. It’s been full of pandemic. Trying to promote a book during pandemic is both easier and harder than it could be. It is easier in the sense that a lot of opportunities are virtual. I was ghost writing a book and that made writing my […]
For those of you living under a rock for the past 5 years, there is a little war contest for self-published authors that takes place every year. It’s called the Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off and it is hosted by Mark Lawrence. To enter, one must be self-published. It’s important because out of these books, the finalists […]
So I went wide. And I sold one book. LOL. One ebook in 3 months from Barnes & Noble, the day I had my book signing. All my other sales were from Amazon. So yeah, I quit. I’m back in KDP Select, which means you can download the book from Kindle Unlimited. I might try […]
So I used a sale they had and bought a LibraryBub. Three actually. That was the sale.
I was doing my taxes when I got the email. Nothing in the world is better than going from the abyss of taxes to a notification your book won “Best Fantasy 2019” from Indies Today. I sat there in shock. I drive a Mini Cooper and had just left the tax lady’s office. I sat […]
Okay. I admit it. I know librarians. I know one library really well because my company (day job) built their website. So I got a ping from their IT guy with a photo of my book on the shelf at their library. It was awesome. I want moar!!!!!!! After my last post I did some […]
It can be done
I thought I would do a piece today on book marketing on a shoestring. I know many of you that read my blog are authors on a budget. There’s a lot of information out there on Book Bub and Facebook and AMS ads. There isn’t a whole lot about email marketing and how to do it well. Or sorta well. lol.
My book launches on September 3. Panic has set in. I have a small budget for my launch and I think have made the most of it. Here’s what I’ve done, so far. For posterity…and because I know others will care. I built a web site for the book, which I think turned out pretty […]
I’m going to St Louis this week, to Realm Makers. It’s a Christian sci-fi/fantasy writer’s conference. I’m stoked! Brent Weeks and Terry Brooks are both going to be there. Very exciting. I have no idea what to wear as a costume. They dress up for the awards banquet, apparently. Probably River Song, it’s what I […]
This week, Sorrowfish went on preorder finally. As an avid audiobook consumer, one of my first priorities is creating a fantastic audiobook version. Rod and I listen to books literally every night together. It’s a family tradition that began when our kids were growing up. We did the Harry Potter series. In high school, the […]
I entered this into the Writers of the Future Contest and it received an honorable mention, which is a big, huge honor. This contest easily gets more submissions than any other contest in the world, so any kind of recognition from them is high praise. I did end up including this story in Sorrowfish, so […]
I’ll get right to it. Tim is the real deal. I have signed up for a few paid courses, the first was Ads for Authors with Mark Dawson. I knew Tim Grahl from following the Story Grid and Stephen Pressfield. So I went to a webinar Tim offered for free. His Author 101 course is similar […]
Resource So if you want to get your feet wet in publishing, a cool resource is here. You’ll find places to submit your short stories and some good contests. The list is geared toward SFF authors. I’m going to be working on eight short stories for contests and such, not sure if I’ll submit them. […]
Before I get into this too much I wanna plug my completely talented and amazing friends, W & W Sawday. You may also have noticed me plugging them on Facebook and Twitter. I don’t plug something unless I really like it and I get nothing from promoting them. These guys are undiscovered as of yet […]
Listening to this: and the other 4 of them. Then I’m working with the Snowflake Method too. Camp Nano is in a week and I’m trying to lay the groundwork. I did okay last time. I wrote like 49.96k words out of my 50k, but I did it in a week because I had a […]