Giveaways and more giveaways

If you are a LibraryThing fan, you can sign up to get a ebook review copy of Broken Realms until July 1. You can find the book listed here. (Of course, if you are in a hurry and don’t want to sign up on LibraryThing, you can simply request a review copy directly from me on this page.)

If you like print books and are a member of Goodreads, you can enter to win one of 10 paperback editions of Broken Realms. This giveaway is open until July 18. You can enter to win here. (You will need to sign into Goodreads, and it is limited to folks in the U.S. ’cause I don’t want to pay more for shipping than the books are worth.)



Book 2 and sundry other items

I’ve added a progress bar to the Reader Update page so readers can see how Book 2 (Broken Souls) is coming along. I think I’m into a rhythm with the story now and I’m writing about two scenes a day. At that pace, the first draft should be done by the second week of July. Rewrites will take at least a couple of weeks more. Then it goes off to the editor. If all goes well, we’re still looking at a September release.

The Countdown deal at Amazon saw a definite bump in sales of Broken Realms, but the price is back up to $3.99 and will likely stay there at least until Book 2 comes out. I might consider doing another 99-cent deal on Book 1 when Book 2 comes out, but we’ll see. I’m thinking about dropping out of Amazon’s select program that gives them an exclusive on the books. There might be some benefit to distributing more widely to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, etc…

One other note: If you’ve read the book, please take a minute and write a review on Amazon, we’re still going really slow on that front and it really does matter to the success of a book (and its author.) Thanks.

Also, I can provide a review copy if you know someone who is interested in writing and  posting a review online. Just send them to the review copy request page.

Always open to ideas and suggestions from readers, so drop me a line if you like.


99-cent Countdown Deal

Amazon has these limited-time promotions called Countdown Deals. You’re supposed to look at the page and freak out about running out of time to buy something before the price goes up. I think there may actually be a countdown clock or something on the page.

Anyway, HURRY, the Kindle version of Broken Realms will be 99 cents starting at midnight tonight and ONLY until June 8, then the price goes back to $3.99. I can hardly catch my breath.

Seriously, if you have a friend who might be interested, it would be a good time to make a recommendation that would save them three bucks. I might not be discounting the book again for quite a while.



Mara Lantern Facebook Fan Page

I knew I would have to tackle the whole social media thing eventually, but I finally ran out of time. I got an email from a reader who was appalled that I didn’t have a page set up, so I spent a couple of hours putting it together this morning.

Next thing you know, I’ll be tweeting. Hah!

Go click the LIKE button at the Mara Lantern fan page. Post a comment or question or something so it doesn’t look so bare.

I’ll have to add some LIKE buttons to this site. I’ll dig around and figure that out in a minute.


If you get a minute…

I have an aversion to marketing and begging, so this will be one of the rare occasions I do it here: If you’ve read Broken Realms, I would appreciate it if you would take the time to write a short, honest review on Amazon. Here’s the link directly to the book.

At some point in the future (probably after Book 3 of the series is available) I will begin to use some of the online sites that market books and most of them require a minimum number of reviews before they will consider your book worthy. I refuse to buy reviews or nag friends and family for them. Probably makes me a bad marketer. Guilty.



Broken Realms in print coming soon

I received proofs of the print edition of Broken Realms this morning and just approved the book to be released for sale. You should be able to order it on Amazon within a week. (I’ll add links to this post when it’s available.)

I have limited distribution of the book to Amazon because expanded distribution to other vendors caused the costs to go up nearly four dollars, which, in my tightwad opinion, prices the book out of the market. I don’t think most people want to pay $16 or $17 for a paperback. I have priced the book at $11.99, which makes it about half as profitable (to me) as the ebook, which is only $3.99.

Save some trees, buy the ebook.

In terms of availability of the ebook, it is likely I will expand to B&N, iTunes and Kobo once my 3-month term with KDP Select is up at the end of July. (KDP Select is a marketing program at Amazon that makes the book available for borrowing to Prime members, but authors must give Amazon an exclusive on the digital version of the book.)

Anyway, the print book looks cool and all, but it’s hard to beat the price of the ebook. (If you don’t own a Kindle, can can download apps for your tablet, phone or computer by going here.)

I’ll post updates on my progress with Book 2 in  a week or so.


And so it begins…

Given that you are here, you probably already know that Broken Realms has been published, but for me it’s a milestone, so I’ll make note of it. The ebook version is available now at Amazon and the paperback version is going through the proofing process now. It should be out in the next week or so. I’ll post an update here when it is available.

As the disclaimer to the right says, my plan was not to blog regularly since, frankly, I don’t think I would be very good at it. Many authors blog about writing or self publishing or the publishing industry in general or just do a sort of stream-of-consciousness thing. Some of them do an excellent job at it. More of them appear to have lost interest and stopped posting entries. Knowing myself, I would most likely fall into the latter group rather quickly.

That doesn’t mean I’m not interested in interacting with readers. I’ve added a contact form that lists my email address if you have suggestions, comments or questions. If I get frequent requests for the same information, I’ll be glad to post it here or elsewhere. I would rather respond to readers than have them respond to a blog that they may or may not be interested in reading.

Generally, I’ll post when something occurs with the series, for example, when the paperback version comes out. Occasionally, I’ll let you know how the next book is going. Stuff like that.

I look forward to hearing from you.