This isn’t the coolest thing that ever happened to me. After all, I have two kids. But this is really cool. The new novel, Memories From a Different Future, showed up today as an Amazon “Hot New Release” in the Time Travel category! I really hope this doesn’t sound like I’m bragging. I’m just excited and wanted to share since I know full well how things go and how data shifts. By tomorrow, this blip might well be over and someone else’s book will pop into that same position. That’s all good (okay, I probably won’t really feel that way). For tonight, though? Yep, that’s my new book sitting right there where I would not have imagined it being. Thanks to all who have read and reviewed so far!
So, kind of a roundup of what’s been going on lately (some pretty cool stuff). Most of this is book-related but not all (I’m not entirely convinced a writer’s blog should only be about writing and I’d love to hear others’ thoughts on that).
First and foremost, the second part of the Jump When Ready series, Memories From a Different Future, is now published!! Yes, I’m kind of excited about this as I am each time I’ve published a new book. So far, it’s not getting any less exciting for me. This one will be exclusive to Amazon for a while so my apologies to you Nook and Kobo readers. The book will be available in print, of course, so that’s always an option. Also, I’ll let you in a secret: those who subscribe to my newsletter have learned about other options in the past. If you subscribe, give me a shout and we can talk.
Another milestone this week for me: Streetlights Like Fireworks crossed the 50 reviews mark on Amazon (and so far it seems like people really like that book)! I know there are writers out there with hundreds, even thousands, of reviews but, for me, crossing the 50 line is a first. I’ve only been at this about a year, so I guess that’s not too shabby and reviews from readers make all the difference in helping books get noticed by other readers. So, thank you to all who have read and reviewed so far!
And there’s this bit of ridiculousness to share with you guys. I was peeking at Streetlight’s sub-categories last night and saw this. That’s right. My book next to George R. R, Martin’s. Now, to put this bit of algorithmic strangeness into perspective, Mr. Martin’s book is evidently not for sale yet. Still, how it bumped into mine in a subcategory is something of a mystery. Either way, I guess it’s something like Robert Downey Jr. driving past you on the highway. You might say, “Wow, I’m on the same road as Robert Downey Jr!” Which just means that Robert Downey Jr. drove past you and obviously you’re not going to end up at the same party. All the same, how could I resist grabbing a screen shot of that one?
Now, this really has nothing at all to do with writing but the new season of Doctor Who kicked off last weekend featuring Peter Capaldi in the role of the doctor for the first time. Why am I including this here? For no reason other than we’ve become geeked out Whovians over the last year or so, which means this event was on par with how some people feel about the Super Bowl. We had a family Doctor Who night and did not come away disappointed. In fact, we unanimously agreed that Peter Capaldi is going to make a fantastic and intriguing new doctor and we’re totally on board for another season of adventures in time and space.
Okay, well it’s Labor Day weekend for those of us in the US. Does anyone else feel that this is the lamest holiday of the year? I don’t know about you, but I don’t really get too excited at the prospect of the pools closing, the kids going back to school (well, that part does have its upside but I know they’re not happy about it) and the raking starting (we have tons of trees). Have I also mentioned that I love fireflies? Obviously, I love summer. Oh, well. Cold weather does make for more writing time so there’s that to look forward to. Anyway, have a great weekend everyone!
Some things I’m excited about lately: I’ll start with something that has nothing to do with writing but it’s just true: Season Eight of Doctor Who kicks off this coming Saturday, which for this family is a MAJOR event. Make your own conclusions about my family (as in, maybe we’re total nerds?) but we adore that show and cannot wait to see how Peter Capaldi fares in taking the reins from Matt Smith, who we thought couldn’t possibly top David Tennant but kind of did—or, at least, put a totally new spin on things (we still love you, David Tennant—in our opinion, you rescued the show).
On the writing front, things have been going nicely. I ran an Amazon free promo on Streetlights Like Fireworks after having not been in KDP Select for a while and the book saw over 17,000 downloads and stayed in the Top 100 free list for the entire week, which kind of blew me away. I always have mixed feelings about that type of promotion since you just never know but it’s been gratifying to hear that people have been enjoying the book and leaving kind reviews (much appreciated!). But, from there, I was even more pleased to see Streetlights holding its own nicely in both US and UK rankings. I’ve never had that happen before to that degree and it was really exciting. I know this will fade (Amazon is Amazon, after all, and new books come out every day). All the same, very cool.
Best part: When I told my wife and kids how well Streetlights was doing in both markets, I received a genuine (no eye-rolling involved) ovation. I will never forget that moment and will always treasure it, no matter what, as the pinnacle of my publishing journey. You just can’t top that kind of memory, no matter what.
Oh, and I was off last week and we did summer things as a family. We hung out at the pool, took a few day trips, spent time with friends, saw some movies (Guardians of the Galaxy, much recommended—my son laughed like crazy). Just a great week.
Lastly, back to one of the earlier points: I know this might make me sound simple but I’m always blown away to learn that people are reading my books and saying nice things about them. This was the dream after all (really, all I ever wanted from this whole adventure). It could be that for more established writers, finding out that people enjoy your books not only in your own country but in countries you’ve never been to is no big deal. I can’t say and maybe, like me, they remain amazed. I certainly hope they do. For me, it’s just the coolest thing ever.
Meanwhile, I’m working on Jump When Ready, Book 3 and Memories From A Different Future (Jump When Ready, Book 2) will be coming out in September.
Yes, I’m having fun and couldn’t be more excited about the future. Especially, this coming Saturday when the new doctor learns how to fly the TARDIS.
Geronimo! (well, that was Matt Smith’s line). What do you have for us, Peter Capaldi? Cant’ wait to find out!
Guess what’s happening next month. Well, that big book cover below might have tipped you off but Memories From A Different Future (Jump When Ready, Book 2) is coming out in September! Sorry, that took a little longer than expected but I kind of got sucked into writing Streetlights Like Fireworks. That wasn’t the plan originally but I just had this idea for writing a summer road trip novel and I had to go with it. Glad I did but then I got back to working on the Jump When Ready series. Oh, and I’m already writing Book 3 (I’m really excited about it so far).
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Just in case you haven’t yet, you might want to kick things off by reading Jump When Ready. By the way, I’m offering it for $0.99 this week only.
New Kindle Flare repeatedly announces titles so people know what you’re reading. Some Kindle tech news from the Onion (right, the Onion).
Did you know that Armand Rosamilia has started a new podcast? I just heard about this and will definitely be checking it out. Why would I be interested in a “dead, sexy horror” podcast? A reasonable question, definitely, since I don’t write horror. That said, the book I’m currently working on has my characters sailing some pretty dark supernatural waters, so I could learn a lot from tuning in. And it’s not like I’ve forgotten my teenage years when I could not put that Stephen King novel down. My god, I carried The Stand around with me for an entire summer. All I’m saying with regard to my own writing is, you never know. I like to change things up every so often. And I still like to read all kinds of genres. Why miss out on great stuff?
Oh, and the name. Arm Cast Podcast? Think about it for a few seconds. Heh, heh. Yeah, right there I was in.
Here’s the link: http://armcastpodcast.com/
This post from Robert Chazz Chute is beautiful and touching. Time has always been, will always be, our ultimate enemy, and paradoxically is the one thing we must hold most close and never lose sight of. This one was brave. Thank you.
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Tonight I thanked a friend and said goodbye for the last time.
It is a grim ritual, this business of the last goodbye. My friend didn’t look like the man I knew. He appeared as a sleeping wax figure, an ill-conceived doll imitating the man, the fingers too long and too thin. He was a poor approximation of the funny, vibrant, fit fellow named Wayne. He brought joy wherever he went and now he is dead at 56. Fifty-six used to seem old, but I was very young then.
I write horror that is an escape and a distraction. This is real life and it is often horrific in the end. When such good people disappear from our lives so suddenly and unexpectedly, this is the Slow Rapture of the Taken Too Soon. I’d be furious if I didn’t feel so empty.
By now you’re wondering why on Earth I’m telling…
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Just so true. I really enjoyed this post from indie writer Therin Knite.
Originally posted on Knite Writes:
1.) Your first book will sell 5 copies in its first month. If you’re very lucky.
2.) Your first book will sell 50 copies in its first year, if you’re even luckier.
3.) Your second book will cause your first book to sell slightly better. If it’s a sequel.
4.) If your second book isn’t a sequel, both your first and second book will sell…probably nothing.
5.) You might start seeing an uptick in your overall sales numbers…once you hit book 5 or 6.
6.) More likely, you won’t see any sales increase until you get somewhere around book 10. If you ever see a sales increase at all.
7.) You will see sales when you run ads with certain popular ad sites (like Kindle Books & Tips and Ereader News Today).
8.) Unless all of those sites are Bookbub, the sales tail won’t last but a few…
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Well, a major bomb has been dropped on the publishing world today and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens (to say the least). The new Kindle Unlimited subscription model allows readers to borrow as many books as they’d like from the Kindle Unlimited library for a monthly fee of $9.99 and the first month is free. There’s lots of speculation right now about whether this is good or bad for authors (I don’t see how readers could possibly lose but maybe I missed something). This link to Hugh Howey’s blog offers a good look at a cross section of reactions from authors, many of whom sound very concerned while Hugh Howey himself seems to be looking at the optimistic side as well as how readers benefit .
What this means for indie authors might be a big deal, indeed, since inclusion in this library means going into KDP Select (making their books exclusive to Amazon). Typically, I get most of my sales from Amazon so for me it might make sense to go back to Select. I like the idea of my books being available on other platforms, though, such as Kobo and BN (especially Kobo since it’s a really friendly platform for writers). If I understand correctly from the blog post mentioned above, high profile authors like Hugh Howey are being included in Kindle Unlimited anyway but might have to choose regarding exclusivity down the road (seems hard to believe Amazon would make them choose but that’s what I gathered). I have to say, I was amazed to hear him say he’d actually consider going exclusive with Select as he has in the past. I was planning on it anyway for my new book (Jump When Ready Book 2) when I release it since that program offers some nice promotional tools. So, an interesting coincidence there for me, at least.
I know there’s going to be tons of conversation about the repercussions of all this and will be very interested in learning more. Many have been saying for years that this model is coming. Well, now it’s here and we’ll just have to see what happens next. One thing is for sure, though. There’s never a dull moment in indie publishing.
I just received an email telling me that Jump When Ready has been included by Digital Book Today as one of their Weekly Featured Great Reads! This is a really nice feature Digital Book Today is running to help promote indie writers and I was thrilled to see Jump When Ready included. It’s also great timing since I’m just finishing the edits for Memories From A Different Future (Jump When Ready Book 2), which I plan to release very soon.
Anyway, it seemed a good occasion for dropping the price for a day or two to $0.99 (I just pushed that button so it might be a couple of hours before that price shows in Amazon; you never know—sometimes their amazingly fast with those sorts of updates). I was already in a really great mood (just got back from the pool, actually) but this just made my day that much better. So, if you haven’t read Jump When Ready yet, this would be a great time to snag a copy. I hope all of you are having a great day too. Now it’s time to grab a beer and wait for those fireflies to come out…