Like mana from heaven (Legend of Kimberly is officially in the top ten at Amazon!)
Legend of Kimberly sitting pretty in the top ten teen fantasy section.
So, a couple of weeks back, I began trickling out free copies of Inheritance through the ebook market. Eventually, Amazon caught wind, and price matched it. As of sometime on Friday, The Legend of Kimberly was price matched "Free" at Amazon. Shortly after, the website http://onehundredfreebooks.com/ was digging through the mucky muck and hand picked TLOK as one of their books of the day. Please view the attached photo to the left for a visual aid that explains what happened to my sales rank as a result.
Now, I was unaware of what was going on. To be honest, I was carpet cleaning cat pee (my cat had a UTI, which has been bad news for my carpet) and only knew when the author coordinator of the site dropped me a line to inform me. I didn't think anything of it until I checked my sales. In the last 24 hours, I have seen over a thousand downloads.
The reason this is so important to me is I will finally get to see my book stand on its most important quality: its story. Supposedly one thousand people will read this tale, and if ten percent of that thousand really like it, I will see the sequel become moderately successful as well. If that is the case, I am one step closer to living out my big dream of writing full time (and maybe a movie series and a toy line by Todd McFarlane).
So, how does one get their book picked by a website like http://onehundredfreebooks.com/? Well, according to the owner, that's a secret. Suffice to say, when it came time to choose which books were featured, having a professional looking product mattered a lot. Even though the website is devoted to free ebooks, they still need to make sure they are putting a quality product into their viewers hands. As I have said, time and again, have your story edited, proof-read, and have a cover that attracts attention (in a good way). It may cost money, so start saving up your holiday scratch now. A big thanks goes out to the nice people at Onehundredfreebooks.com for helping to introduce so many new readers to Auviarra and the stories of Kimberly. Check them out for free reads on your Kindle, they won't let you down!
How I write my fight scenes
I try and draw inspiration from many places when I write. I spend countless hours absorbing information through the day and trying to figure out how to work it into my novels. More than once, I have had people ask me where I draw my inspiration for fight sequences in my books. I am very visual in this regard and often find myself digging through my collective consciousness for images I find visually appealing and action that just reaches for over the top.
When I do this reaching, I often find myself gazing into the works of Monty Oum (he does the action sequences for Roosterteeth and Dead Fantasy). I have often stated that I would place him in charge of choreography if a movie of TLOK was ever made, and a couple of days ago, Monty once again proved that he is the master of this craft. Those of you who have read Inheritance or Pursuit may see some immediate parallels with Monty's latest project, RWBY.
All I have to say is "wow." If you would like to see more of Monty's work, look up his deviantart account, and definitely check out his work at Roosterteeth. For those of you who wish to see the original inspirations for The Legend of Kimberly's fight scenes, check out his Dead Fantasy series.
Interview up at the Indie List
The nice people at the Indie List interviewed me for the sheer fun of things. Check it out here.
I always try to do interviews when I can. It not only gives me exposure, but I love answering questions that are a little, well, out there. If you have a website that you would like to interview me for, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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