DEATH SPRINGS ETERNAL AMAZON PAGE
Till next time,
Well, in a way, anyhow. The ebook - without illustrations - has gone live at Amazon, cover and all. It will stay the way it is until the grumpy artist finishes the interiors and the paperback is made available - sometime in the middle of next month. Until then, enjoy book 3, and here's a link to the Amazon page and a sneaky peek at that cover.
DEATH SPRINGS ETERNAL AMAZON PAGE
Pretty, ain't it? I thought so.
Till next time,
#1 - Reviews are important. Whatever anyone thinks of our books, good or bad, feel free to post a review on Amazon. It helps us gain a readership and guides potential customers to the page.
#2 - If anyone doesn't know yet, here is a little bit about our library for all you Kindle owners out there:
The Fall: The Rift Book I
Available for $2.99 in the Kindle Store
An ancient evil, trapped in the ruins of a lost Mayan temple for centuries, has been unleashed. It takes the form of a deadly virus, one that causes violent insanity in the living and the recently departed to rise and walk. It spreads around the globe, throwing the world into chaos and war.
As it progresses, those in the States who find themselves far away from the epicenter watch it unfold with unbelieving eyes. From Washington D.C. to Dover, New Hampshire, regular people are hurled into an existence outside their control, left to deal with catastrophic situations that they aren't prepared to handle. Life becomes a nightmare, and that nightmare is spreading.
First time author Robert J. Duperre presents this scenario with The Fall: The Rift Book I, the first of a four-part series. In this book, he throws his characters into a gambit; when the alternatives are life or death, self-preservation or the protection of others, what path will they choose? Is there a darkness that resides in everyone, from every walk of life, that is screaming for release? When society falls apart and we are left to our own devices, will we make the right decisions, or let the tide take us where it may? There is horror, there is death, there are the walking dead, and all around are choices.
The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales
Available for $0.99 in the Kindle Store
...Three brothers traipse across a post-apocalyptic landscape, encountering unspeakable horrors...
...A young boy growing up in suburban hell thinks there might be more to his home town than meets the eye, what with all the children going missing...
...A woman dying of cancer is given a way out, if only she is willing to pay the price...
...The crew of a space station must battle their fears and a strange alien relic when they are isolated from humanity...if humanity exists any longer...
These stories and more await inside the pages of The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales, the new compilation by Robert J. Duperre, author of The Fall: The Rift Book I. Also contributing to this collection are the talented Mercedes M. Yardley, David Dalglish, David McAfee, and Daniel Pyle.
Enjoy, folks, and remember - we can't succeed without you, gentle reader. I hope you enjoy the experience we bring you.
I apologize to anyone who frequents this blog for my overall lack of updates. It's been a busy last couple months, and honestly, whenever I sit down to write up a post, my mind goes blank. I think I'm using up all my abilities finishing up book two and trying like hell to figure out this marketing game.
As far as the second installment of The Rift goes, it's coming along quite nicely. I have two more chapters to go in the third round of rewrites. Then, it's off to my editors while Jesse cranks out his contributions. Then it's the (dreaded) act of putting everything together, going over proofs, and finally releasing it live, which as I said should be some time in December. I'm looking forward to this greatly, as Dead of Winter is my favorite installment of the series. It'll be here soon, folks.
In other news, I plan on releasing a compilation of short stories this coming November tentatively titled He Is The Gate and 8 Other Odd Tales. Hopefully, this will be a nice addition to our catalog (seeing as Jesse's artwork will once again adorn the cover, and that image is the subject of the title piece). I just have to decide whether I want to go with simply a Kindle release or go full-out with a digest version, as well.
Also, sales have picked up immensely this month - digitally, that is. We've been averaging two sales a day for the month. Print book? Not so much, but that's okay. We never planned on making our money through paperbacks, anyway, though it'd be nice. The plan from here on out is, once the other books get out there, to start perhaps a blog tour with Pump Your Books or maybe a local signing tour. I'm not sure about that. It's still a ways away right now, so there's time.
One last thing: Very soon, after we finish up Dead of Winter, I'm thinking of running a contest, either here on the site or at kindleboards.com. The subject of this contest? The title of book three. Right now, it's working title is The Rites of Spring. I'm not too hot on that. This has been, honestly, the most difficult book to name. It's also the strangest one in the series. It's all...well, you know what? I'll leave that for when I run the contest.
Well, that's all for today. And just a reminder, drop by Amanda Hocking's Zombiepalooza before October 28th. Post a comment beneath the article for a chance to win a paperback of The Fall, signed by both Jesse and myself.
Zombiepalooza: Robert Duperre article - Facing the Beast
Or, if you wish to buy a book after seeing this, check out my author page on Amazon.
Yes. Now, I will ramble.
I'm putting off writing a review right now. It's something I know I have to do, but sometimes it can be such a stressful process - ESPECIALLY if it's a review for a book I loved. I want to do the thing justice, and sometimes I wonder if I'll be able to pull it off. Don't know why I do this to myself, though. I always end up doing it, and doing it well, at that. Perhaps it's just my inherent fear of "not being good enough".
Oh well. On that note, our book sales have been stuck at one a day for this month. I know this is good for a relatively unknown writer, but still, I'd like it to be more. Let's face it, this is a good book - much better than a lot of things out there. I just know that if folks were to find it, they'd think the same. But the problem is getting them to discover the thing, isn't it? I think I diluted myself into thinking releasing on Kindle would be the magic pill for some exposure...and while it has helped some, and I can't deny that fact, I still want MORE MORE MORE.
Jeez, can I whine, or what? *sigh* I just need to bust out of this rut I'm finding myself in and do it, already. Get to editing, get to writing that review. The only thing that's going to remedy our relative lack of sales is more effort on our part. I'm not gonna give up, that's for fucking sure. So keep on plugging, brother, I tells meself. You can do it.
And maybe, just maybe, some folks will stumble upon this post and decide that buying a book about the end of the world is just the thing to pick up their day. In that case, here's the link below to find it on Amazon.
The Fall: The Rift Book One
This past week, I was interviewed by author (and all-around interesting guy) Noah Mullett-Gillman. It was the most entertaining interview to date, and the most informative, as well. It appears today in the second issue of the Noahen Author series. I'm the third interview, so scroll down to see it.
Steven Pirie, author of Digging Up Donald, which is one of my favorite books of all time, posted a review of "The Fall" on his blog today. This is a fantastic review - though there are spoilers, so if anyone doesn't want to know anything that happens in the book, keep that in mind.
Review of The Fall on Blowing Bubbles
That's right, the mega bookstore Barnes and Noble now has the novel available, and at an oddly discounted price. Though I still prefer Amazon for sales, it seems like a good option.
Heck, more exposure can't hurt, can it?
Here's the link
Well, we got the first little write-up of the book, and it's from my friend and the novel's first editor, Michelle Howarth. She is declining to review it until she's re-read the story (while finally not having to stare at a glowing screen), but she was nice enough to link our site (and The Fall's product page on the Brit Amazon), so take a look if you like. Also, put aside the time to peruse some of Shelly's own work. She's one of the most talented young authors I've ever met, and her sense of humor is sublime.
You can visit the site by clicking on this sentence and then go to her reading/reviews section.
Let's keep it going.
On the last video blog, I showed everyone the proof I received for the first book. Well, now everything is moving along nicely. The Amazon page has just appeared, though I will not be announcing it until it is complete, which should be sometime next week (probably the 1st).
The wait is almost over. With that being the case, our goals for this project can now be told. Yes, we understand that it won't be selling like a Stephen King novel right away, but that's not what we're expecting. In publishing this book ourselves, we are looking to:
#1 - Sell at least four thousand copies
#2 - Receive one hundred valid Amazon reviews
#3 - Get some pub from five semi- and pro-paying magazine markets
#4 - Use this success to obtain an agent or a publishing deal for the next book, so we can reach a wider audience and don't have to go through the headache of it all again.
So there you have it. We'll be back in a few days with more information.