Here we are again, doing the slow unveiling in other stores as our books drop out of the Amazon Select program. Two more down, the last two by the end of the month!
In order to get things going for the holidays, I've decided to ramp up the game by offering a free promotion for both The Fall and Silas.
The Fall ends at 3AM eastern time December 15th, while Silas will end its free run at the same time on the 16th. So get over there and pick up a couple good books...for nothing but the effort it takes to press the purchase button.
THE FALL: THE RIFT BOOK I
Click here to purchase at Amazon for free!
Click here to purchase at Amazon for free!
Just wanted to drop by and let everyone know that The Fall, which has been on sale for 99¢ for a month, will be returning to its regular $2.99 selling point come Monday, June 13th. That means you have two more days to pick up the fantastic first book of The Rift for its bargain-basement price.
Purchase The Fall for your kindle here.
So yes, folks, we're well on our way. Silas will be released in ebook format on June 1st, with the paperback to follow on the 10th. I've seen the cover, and it is SPECTACULAR!
In other news, in celebration of the new book we will be lowering the price of The Fall to 99¢, both to drum up interest and offer folks a cheap alternative to be introduced into our world. So look out for it in the next few days...
Peace, all, and the next time you hear from me, the new book should be up and running.
Here we are, everyone. May 1st. This date means something very special to me, so I thought I'd post about it right here, right now.
The Fall first went live in paperback on April 21st, 2010. That means that Jesse and myself ave been going at this little thing called publishing for a year now. This is as good a time as any to get everyone up-to-date on how the experience went for us.
As I said, we released the first book on April 21st. In the last nine days of that month we sold 15 copies of the book - exclusively to family and friends. I watched our rankings drop and thought, "well, this is how it's gonna be. We're a hit!"
Sales dropped in May, and we saw little to no movement. In that time I decided we best get into this burgeoning ebook market. On June 5th we released The Fall on the Kindle, and again I thought things would just take off.
I sold a grand total of 5 ebooks that month.
However, this slow progress didn't deter me. I kept plugging away at other projects while constantly updating our books with new corrections and edits. I started my review blog, "Journal of Always", in July, and started to gain some exposure. By the time October rolled around, when I took part in Amanda Hocking's "Zombiepalooza", her dedication to Halloween, things really started to take off. In November we broke 100 sales in a month for the first time, along with releasing "The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales". We were on our way.
So here we are now, with three books out there and one more to be released this coming June. Our sales have been relatively consistent and we've made some more-than-significant progress. Reviews have been (mostly) good and the reception has been greater than I would've hoped.
I know some people only believe numbers, however, so here you go. This is how our books - The Fall, Dead of Winter, and The Gate - have fared over the last year:
The Fall: The Rift Book I
Paperbacks Sold - 65
Ebooks Sold - 2783
Total Sold - 2848
Dead of Winter: The Rift Book II
Paperbacks Sold - 19
Ebooks Sold - 1276
Total Sold - 1295
The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales
Ebooks (and Total) Sold - 1254
Overall Sales for TRO Publishing, our little baby here:
Here it is - the first review of DoW from the review copies I sent out. And it's a pretty durn goodun' if I do say so myself. Feel free to click on the link below to read it!
That's right, fair readers! After much deliberation with my writerly cohorts in the IAM and Kindleboarders, I've finally come up with a couple solid titles for the 3rd book. I feel they definitely capture the feel of the story, the dark and sinister places it goes. To say I'm happy with them - and relieved I've at least got an idea now - would be an understatement.
So what are these titles, you ask? Well here they are.
1 - SPRING IS FOR SAVAGES
2 - THE SAVAGE SPRING
So I'm just curious what all you who live in my hard drive think of these. Which would you choose? Do you think I need to work on it some more? Right now I'm leaning towards #2, but that can change. Please, feel free to let me know.
Also, I took a break from my updates for The Gauntlet this past weekend. I'll be sure to have a new update posted this coming Sunday, however.
There are a great many advantages to self-publishing, as long as you're willing to put in a ton of work and are able to develop a vast amount of patience. However, once you obtain even the slightest morsel of success, you end up developing a certain mindset that can quite literally cause mind-numbing obsession. And this mindset is...
The sales of our books have skyrocketed (comparatively) of late. For the last week or so, we've been selling right around 40 a day. But on this particular Saturday, things have ground to a halt. Our sales rankings are climbing higher and higher, and along with that goes my level of panic. I have a great fear that one day everyone will look at my work and say, "Oh, that's right, he's no good," and everything I thought I've built will crumble. It's a dangerous thought process to have. I've been checking the KDP feed obsessively and pulling my hair out trying to figure out HOW OH HOW I will get everything on track. My stress levels are through the roof.
The thing is, deep down I understand that this is nothing but a hiccup, that if I simply take a deep breath and forget about the immediacy of success, everything will even out. We've put out a damn good product, after all, and I've always lived by the theory that the cream rises. And we're that cream. But this doesn't stop the fear, doesn't stop the self-doubt from infiltrating my every waking thought.
I've wondered recently if this is something that will ever leave me. I've wondered how I'd feel if (hell no-when!) I ever reach Amanda Hocking or JA Konrath levels of success. Will the doubt leave then? Will I finally be able to settle down and not constantly wonder if the next book will finally be the one that sends me down the eternal shitter where all failed authors land? Will I stop looking at my life with a soul-crushing fear of failure?
Somehow I doubt it. And there's that word again.
It keeps cropping back up.
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EJ Stevens, architect of the From The Shadows blog dedicated to all things paranormal, issued a fantastically glowing review of THE FALL today. It's a truly glowing review, and we're more than proud that she had as many nice things to say about it as she did.
FROM THE SHADOWS REVIEWS THE FALL