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!
Just got word back from my editor. After doing final edits and having two proofreaders take a gander at the story (and find a few errors of their own, mostly formatting artifacts), I am pleased to announce that the story itself is finished.
The only thing that stands between me and my dream is getting my cover art in. I wish I had a timeline available, but for now, it's being played by ear. I am hoping The Legend of Kimberly will be available by mid October at the latest. If not, something bad happened at the last minute.
On an interesting side note, saw graffiti on a train today that said "Real Writers Don't Self Promote." How weird is that? That would be like publishing my book and not saying a damn word to anybody. Sure, my story would eventually be purchased, but I would rather at least men
Got word back from the editor. The first proofer found only a couple errors, and apparently liked the story. That's two things that are please me. Just one more proofer, and the only thing between me and a published book is my cover artist. Hoping to hear from her today, it would make a long week feel that much better.
New greyhound fitting in. Other than a couple of bad habits to break, she has been a lot of fun and very entertaining.
Just got The Legend of Kimberly back from the editor. Lots and lots of red ink. So now to apply some polish and smooth out the rough edges. I would much rather have a story that is bad due to content, then bad due to poor spelling, grammar, and whatever. Looking forward to tackling that this weekend.
Got a retired racing dog yesterday. As I type, she keeps wandering over to see what I am doing. The cats have all been scared into hiding, so the house is absolutely quiet. Fun times.
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