Greetings readers (and possible listeners), I’m pleased to announce that Book One of The Godhead Wars series, Shadows of the Underwizard, is now available as an audiobook from Audible!
You may have already read it, but this a great chance to re-visit the series or tell someone you know about it.
If nothing else, check out the sample to hear the narrator–he’s really good!
Hello dear readers,
It’s been a while. This mainly due to the fact that, as I tend to do shortly after I release a new book, I have a new baby and a new day job. For the record, I do not recommend starting a new career immediately after having a baby. I’ve done it twice, and it was rough both times. Fortunately, it’s turning out a lot better this time around.
Anyway, while deciding what to do marketing-wise with my books, I decided to give Kindle Unlimited a try. So, for the time being, The Godhead Wars series (Shadows of the Underwizard and Relics of the Casted Age, so far), are exclusively available on Amazon, per the terms of the program. (This also means that Shadows is no longer permafree.) This will last for a minimum of 90 days, but could go on longer depending on how things go. I apologize to the (very) few readers I had on other platforms, but I figured now was the time to try it out before I risked losing reviews and/or ranking in the other stores.
Writing-wise, I’m working on a several things at the moment and hope to be able to share some of them with you sooner than later.
Hello dear readers. The ebook version of Shadows of the Underwizard is now forever free (yes, a low low cost $0.00) at most retailers. The only exception currently are the non-US Amazon sites which, for some reason, do not automatically price match to free.
I hope this will encourage new readers to give The Godhead Wars series a shot, and make it easier to get your fantasy-reading friends on board too. Enjoy!
The second installment of The Godhead Wars series, Relics of the Casted Age, is now available!
The book’s page will be updated with other retailer links as they become available. Thanks for your support!
The Shadows of the Underwizard page has been updated with most of the new sales channels. It’s still not showing up in iTunes for some reason; I’ll be checking with Smashwords to see what’s going on.
Progress on the as-yet-unnamed sequel ground to a halt during the whirlwind completion of my degree. Fortunately, that’s all wrapped up and I’ve dived back into the sequel between job-hunting. However, as I’m sure some of you well know in this economy, times of unemployment–even if you’re not at imminent risk of homelessness, starvation, etc.–tend to be some of the most unproductive times of all. You’re constantly at a low level of stress, the days seem shorter, and you can justifiably put off anything till tomorrow. Or am I alone in feeling this way?
Anyway, I’m trying not to let it get to me. It’s still too early to say when the next book will be ready, so I’ll stop with the sequel-teasting and get back to to the word processor…
Shadows of the Underwizard was enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select (Kindle lending library) program when it was first published, and it had a fair number of borrows through that program during what was likely the glut of new Kindle Fire owners after the holidays with a free month of Amazon Prime. Since the borrows have pretty much dried up since then, I have not re-enrolled the novel and am now free to sell it elsewhere.
First step: Shadows is now available at Smashwords, an independent (and pretty awesome) e-book distributor. It’s DRM-free there and available in pretty much any format you would actually use. After being vetted for formatting, Smashwords will also make the e-book available to other retailers such as Barnes & Noble and iTunes. I will update the book’s page as these become available.
I am also strongly considering creating an audiobook version for Podiobooks. I’ll let y’all know if that happens, of course!
Guess what’s ranked in the Hot New Releases in Epic Fantasy over in Amazonia:
Based on sales rank it was probably slightly higher earlier had I seen it. Thanks everyone!
In other news, the print-on-demand provider (Createspace) appears to be experiencing technical issues, so no word yet on the paperback (I can’t fix the formatting issues until they’re back up).
After battling real-life obligations and a traitorous immune system over the past few days, followed by some obscenity-laden “disagreements” with MS Word, the final manuscript of Shadows of the Underwizard is ready to go.
The print-on-demand (paperback) version will be slightly delayed due to some stupid formatting issues, and I am getting really antsy and might just release the e-book version first. I’ll be sure to let you know when and if that happens.
But on the e-book front, Amazon recently announced a new program where authors who agree to make their books exclusive to Amazon for 90 days at a time are placed in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (and can get a portion of a fund set aside for that purpose) along with other promotional tools like the ability to make your book free for a few days. I have mixed feelings about this due to the exclusivity stipulation, but I figure as a completely new work without any presence on other platforms to lose that it might be worth trying for the first 90 days. Also, I really don’t plan on doing much marketing until I have a sequel ready, so I’m not too concerned at the moment if it’s not available to the widest possible audience. Anyway, if by some off chance you own an e-reader that is not a Kindle and manage to find and want to buy my book, I apologize in advance.
Please keep in mind that this self-publishing thing is experimental from beginning to end for me. A few years ago I never would have even considered it, but the literary landscape is changing that fast. We’ll just have to see what happens!