Book Status and Reviews

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I’ve had some requests to reveal how well my book launch has been going, and I have no problem with doing that for you guys and girls.

The release of my first book has actually been going very well. I’ve managed to get up on several Amazon lists even though I haven’t had the time to do any real advertising. Below you can see a pic that shows the highest point my rankings have hit, about 2 days ago.

 

 

 

They are a little lower now but my sales are holding steady. They started lower but slowly went up for a week, and now I’m selling over a hundred a day. I have no idea how long that will last, though. New releases can drop to nothing after a while. I spent some money on internal Amazon ads but those did nothing for me. I made no sales from them, which was disappointing.

My experience so far is very good for a first time author on Amazon. A lot of people make next to nothing, and I’m doing a lot better than that. However, I’m doing about average compared to other authors in my circle of acquaintances.  They are a successful bunch. 🙂

My main goal right now is to keep my sales from suddenly dropping off, and the best thing to help this is to build up reviews. I need reviews badly. So please review my book on Amazon.com, especially if you’ve purchased the ebook. 

Thanks again for helping me out, everyone. This is all because of you!

It Has Finally Happened

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I just released my first ebook on Amazon. I have been talking about it forever without actually doing it, but now it is done. No take backs. I’m very nervous.

I’ve put a lot of effort into making this ebook worth buying. I hired and worked with a professional editor, and I went through a rather long process where I tried to commission the perfect cover. Even discounting the countless hours spent writing and editing, getting all this done was very expensive, especially since I had no idea what I was doing. None of it would have been possible without my lovable patrons. I am super in debt to all of you. Thank you so much.

If you enjoy my writing then please purchase this book. It helps me out way more than just putting a few bucks in my pocket. The more people buy the book on Amazon the more it will be advertised there. That means it will be easier for new people to find, and thus I will get more sales. A big boost from you guys will really help to get the sales ball rolling. Every purchase helps, like a lot.

The other important thing to do is to review the book on Amazon. Every single good review helps promote my ebook there. Reviews by verified purchasers are especially important, so if you buy the book please take a minute to review it. I will be ever so grateful to you. It really means a lot.

The Goblin’s Tale chronicles the first book of the web serial. The story goes from the beginning of the serial to just before the characters set out for Daggerpoint. Some changes have been made to focus the plot and I have added some new scenes as well. Compared to the web serial the book is much more professional and streamlined. I think it is worth getting even if you have already read the web serial. It might just be time to reread the beginning of the story and remember all the things you missed. That sounds like fun to me. 😉

I chose the current price based on other novels. The Goblin’s Tale is actually much longer than a lot of other books. It’s over 120,000 words and its price reflects that.

You can also review the book on Goodreads. I plan on releasing a physical book eventually, but I’m very busy right now, so I don’t have a time frame. I’m super busy getting all the stuff for this book launch done, and to top it off I will be moving soon. Its a good thing I own next to nothing.

Buy the book. 😛

 

No Chapter Today

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I really wanted to release 2 chapters this week and keep doing that for as long as possible. However, it just didn’t happen. 🙁

The chapters I am writing right now are very important ones with lots of plot development. This means I have had to go back and edit them a few times and that writing them is very slow. I don’t want to release them early if it means quality suffers.

There will definitely be a chapter on Sunday, and I hope to keep releasing more Wednesday ones as well. Thanks for reading.

Some Website Changes and News

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I have made some changes to how my website is set up. Some of the changes are small design things but others are more important. I thought I’d better explain the changes since some of the them might confuse readers that are used to things being set up in certain way.

The biggest change is that I’ve added Pagination. This means that the chapters I upload are now automatically split into smaller sub pages. You click the page numbers below the posts to move between parts. The next and previous post buttons will take you to different chapters. I hope this isn’t too confusing for readers. There are a lot of reasons I did this. It helps get the bounce rate down so I get better analytics and it is easier to read on mobile where my old set up made chapters really long and hard to read.

Here, have a helpful picture:

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The front page now also shows an excerpt from the latest author posts and one for the latest chapter. This is mostly just to keep the page relevant and so that news gets auto updated. Search engines like this stuff. If any of you are having any issues with this than feel free to comment below.

On the topic of actual writing stuff, I’m still trying to get as much done as possible. I finished my self-editing of the first part of the story and have hired a professional editor to go through it so I can get an e-book out. It won’t hit the shelves for a while though, because editing takes a long time and I left picking an editor to the last minute. Book 2 will probably come out pretty soon after book 1 because it is easier to convert and I have things set up now. Live and learn I guess.

With that out of the way, I have more time to focus on the web serial aspects of writing. I’m hoping to get back to releasing 2 chapters a week but we will have to see how much I can get done. Quality writing is not easy to do on such tight deadlines but I’m going to try.

Explanations and Stuff

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Okay everyone, here is an explanation of what I’ve been up to lately and why there have been no recent releases. I’m very sorry about that but I’ve just been very busy.

I have in fact been working on the story but not on writing new chapters. Instead,  I’v been trying to improve the first half of the story. Your feedback would be much appreciated.

I really feel that I’ve improved as a writer since I started and thus I’ve been editing the first few arcs. On top of just general improvements I’ve also been trying to bring it up to e-book quality and format.

Below is a timeline for the story as it stands now. I had a much rougher timeline I was working from but as I actually wrote the story a lot changed. This is my first big writing project and I had no idea how to pace everything as I wrote. The Iron Teeth has turned out to be much longer and slower paced than I initially planned so some things need shifting around.

Current Timeline:  Warning Spoilers

The Road North

  • Merchant caravan in cage, thinking back to sewer life
  • Bandit attack, freed by Saeter
  • Training to do chores
  • Meets Vorscha and Garalhd
  • Goes out to get rabbits and sees harpies
  • Meets Herad, reason for staying
  • Out hunting for deer and spiders
  • Sneaks into party and gets drunk

Honor Among Thieves

  • Wakes up with hangover
  •  Rides Wagon and practices tying cord
  • Stop for the night
  • Does a lot of chores, skinning, smoking, gets knife and leather
  • Hunts with trap and sling
  • Bullying followed by Gerlahd and Herad fights
  • Goes out to get snares and slime fight
  • Search for cave and Mimic attack, goblins
  • Merchants arrive and trade, Blacknail steals key
  • Herad goes out to raid weapon shipment
  • Boar attack and disappearances
  • Raid returns with casulties
  • Ghoul infestation and battle
  • Blacknail sniffs out infection

Written in Blood

  • Becomes a hobgoblin
  • Beat up by Saeter and given a sword
  • Kills bandit at latrine
  • Khita is recruited
  • Training by Vorscha
  • Red Dog and Saeter attack deserters
  • They end up in tight spot
  • Blacknail sneak into deserters, kills leader
  • They recruit deserters, mage, prisoner woman
  • Troll Attack
  • Follow Troll back to it’s lair and kill it
  • Returns to camp, see goblin

Along Twisted Paths

  • Herad and Saeter go North to Daggerpoint
  • Red Dog left in charge of camp for winter
  • Blacknail follows Saeter
  • Drake and Ogre Stampede
  • Runs into travellers
  • Run into goblins and fights harpies
  • Teaches goblins stuff and improves lair
  • Gets lost, uses human trap, and asks for directions
  • Arrives at Daggerpoint and scales wall

Den of Beasts

  • Stalks through alleys and explores.
  • Meets Luphera and gets information
  • Khita is ambushed and he intervenes
  • Follows her back to base and overhears Herad
  • Decides to kill her enemies
  • Visits Luphera and gets info
  • Sneaks into Fang’s base and kills him
  • Runs back to his tribe and presents Herad with Fang’s head
  • Visits Avorlus with Mahedium  and they return with deal
  • Failed attack on them by thugs

A Tradesman’s Tools

  • Wakes up in room
  • Training with Herad
  • Elixir from Avorlus
  • Under bed next morning
  • Goes out shopping and finds mask
  • Sent to kill Galive with Saeter
  • Kills him and avoids Malthus
  • Hears footsteps on roof while sleeping
  • Assassins and Malthus attack Herad at night
  • Blacknail kills some and chases rest back to Luphera’s
  • Sneaks in, kills man, and meets Luphera
  • Alarm is raised and he is convinced to kill man for Luphera
  • Fights guards and assassins then duels with Malthus
  • Flees through window but has to climb back inside
  • Hides in closet until Luphera kicks assassins out
  • Stuff

Queen of Swords

  • Goes out with Saeter to recruit
  • Run in with street children
  • Hears about ghouls but it turns out ot be Avorlus’ men
  • He is a bloodmage
  • Saeter confronts Herad and Mahedium
  • Preperations for war and construction of barricades
  • Zelena summons mercs and starts attack
  • Hired thugs fail to take barricade after Mahedium blasts them
  • Mercs advance and blow hole in barricade with mage
  • Head falls back and sets wall alight
  • Mercenaries are pushed into flames and defeated
  • Assassins start targeting Herad’s archers
  • Blacknail is sent out to stop them
  • Lures Malthus into overgrown land.
  • Uses traps and ambush to kill assassins
  • Blacknail goes back to battle.
  • Sees Saeter fighting and dives in to save him
  • Meeting of remaining bandit chiefs

On top of a lot of editing to speed up the pace of the first few arcs I’ve been thinking about adding a new arc in after Written in Blood. The point of this would be too make the first half story more self contained and like a novel; so it has a clear beginning, middle, and end that gives readers more of a sense of progression. Again, this is also to fix the really slow pacing of the story at the start.

Some ideas I’ve been throwing around for this are:

  • Finding the cave and a battle with a powerful mutant, such as a giant snake.
  • Build up the world more naturally with resorting to interludes.
  • An attack by the knights from the beginning of Written in Blood to show more about nobles and society.
  • Very action heavy arc with lots of chaos.
  • Shows Blacknail’s character and social status growth.
  • Sets up the war in Daggerpoint
  • Earlier introduction of unique Elixir powers

Tell me what you think and about any ideas you have!

Another big thing I’ve been thinking about is rewriting the prologue to make it more relevant and have a bigger hook. A good story needs to get people’s attention in just  the first paragraph and I’m not sure my current one does that. Some readers have also complained about it being so long and the shift in perspective, and they have a point.

New/Changed Prologue: The Shattering of Ways

Blood poured from the man’s wounds onto the cold ground beneath him. He was dying and beyond help now. He choked and gasped as bitter blood clogged his throat but he fought to hold still and at least die with dignity. In his last moments, and in front of all these witnesses, he wasn’t going to go out thrashing around like a fish out water. Burn that!

He refused to have regrets, even though he had never gotten what he’d wanted out of life. He had done the best he could and died for what he’d believed in! His would be the last laugh anyway.

He could still feel the inhuman eyes that watched and blazed with hate. The dying man tried to chuckle but all that came out was a weak gargling cough. The fools had no idea what they’d unleashed! They couldn’t see how the world had changed and turned against them.

As the man’s vision grew dark, scenes from his past began to play out before him. His last breath rattled through his teeth and he couldn’t help but think back to how it had all began…

The point here is to shorten the really huge and not completely relevant prologue I have now and really get it to grab peoples’ attention in only a few sentences. The story is just so long now that keeping the same prologue wouldn’t make much sense. I’ll probably re-add it as an interlude.

If you have any ideas or criticisms for any part of the story I would love to hear from you. It would be really helpful to hear from all my readers about what they think makes my story strong and what makes it weak.

The more input I get the faster I can get this out of the way and get back to new chapters!

-ClearMadness