So Amazon decided to put my first book on sale at quite the discount. It is selling for 99 cents. I gave them permission a while back to include it in special site wide sales, but I don’t have control over the discount or the timing. Not a huge fan of such a steep price drop but it will probably help me out in the long run especially since book 2 is out now. Anyway, my complex situation is straight up good for all of you. Head to Amazon now and grab A Goblin’s Tale for 99 cents, and don’t forget to leave a review.
So, City of Daggers is now live on Amazon! It is the second book in The Iron Teeth series, and it details Blacknail’s journey to Daggerpoint. Getting my second book out is a huge milestone, and it took a lot of work and organization. I’m glad I sort of knew what I was doing this time, because that made everything much simpler. My hope is that this book improves on the sales of my first. A Goblin’s Tale sold well for a first novel but not spectacularly so. A lot of other writers I have talked to have done better and I know I can do better. If only I had anything like a real social media presence…
Anyway, this is an exciting time for me! The ebook version of the story has been substantially edited by both myself and a professional editor, plus you can read it on your kindle or ebook reader, so pick it up today! There has never been a better time to reread the story! If you loved it the first time then you will love it again, because it is even better now. So please support me and help spread the word by ordering City of Daggers at Amazon and giving it a review. Every single purchase and review helps get the ball rolling so that Amazon recommends it to others, and don’t forget to tell your friends! 🙂
I also just happened to finish the rough draft of book 3. I think it turned out fairly well, but I’m not entirely happy with it. Personally, I find it too long and slow. I also think the story structure is lacking in coherence and not tight enough. Thus, I think it needs a lot of reworking before it is ready to become an ebook. City of Daggers didn’t need that much work because the Daggerpoint arc worked well as a self-contained story. A Goblin’s Tale did require quite a bit of reworking and I ended up writing an entire new arc for it. I don’t think I’m going to need to write much new stuff for book three, though. it just needs some plot changes made.
In conclusion, you should all buy and review this book! Do it, you know you want to.
The editing deadline I mentioned in my last post is tomorrow so today I have to focus on that. Thus, I won’t be putting a chapter out today. Instead I will release it on Wednesday. After that I will be going back to releasing at least one chapter every week on Sundays. Sorry for the inconvenience.
This post is more than little hard to write. Since I started writing this story I’ve always released at least one chapter a week. That was an ironclad rule I forced myself to obey no matter what. Unfortunately, this week I won’t be able to release anything. I feel terrible about it but that doesn’t change anything. Sorry.
The reason for this is simple. A while back I set the date to hand my second book’s manuscript to my editor in advance. For my first book, since it was my first time, I only contacted them when it was already done. This meant I had to wait months for them to have a opening. Editing a book takes a lot time. Anyway, the point of giving myself this deadline was to force myself to work harder and avoid that waiting period. Unfortunately, I’ve fallen behind and have to focus on finishing my personal book 2 edit. I haven’t had any time to work on my latest chapter. My every spare moment is spent editing so I don’t miss the deadline next week. I should have given myself more time to do the editing but I’m still very inexperienced at all this.
The good news is that after next week I will be able to completely focus on writing web serial chapters. I’m nowhere near the point that I have to worry about editing book 3. This means that soon I will be able to get back to releasing 2 chapters a week. Again, I’m sorry for the inconvenience.
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!