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!
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
Now that the paperback edition is out, I am hosting a free giveaway on Goodreads for autographed copies of TLOK: Pursuit. For those of you who would like to score a free copy of Inheritance, please go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/98558 and enter coupon code XS68Z for a free copy of book one. Get into the adventure!
By the time you read this, The Legend of Kimberly should be live on amazon and is definitely live on Smashwords. In the next few weeks, it should trickle out through other eRetailers, so keep your eyes out. With any luck, the paperback will be available on Amazon by the end of the month, so keep your eyes peeled.
This second novel is particularly exciting for me for a number of reasons. First off, I only have to write one more to make it a trilogy, and that is SO Hollywood these days. I can start wearing sunglasses inside and everything. Of course, none of it matters without YOU the reader, so please tell all your friends.
Oh, and what is it about? Well, in this book, Kimberly has to save her friend from a group of religious zealots bent on purifying Serra, a half-demon. Unfortunately, the fastest way to save her involves airship, magic, and a few bad twists of fate. Oh, and is that a dragon on the cover? Yes. Yes it is.
Coming Soon: Pursuit
Rough Draft of the cover of TLOK:2
So, it looks like everything is going faster than planned, because The Legend of Kimberly: Pursuit is coming out soon.
The cover art is almost complete, final revisions are currently in the works, and within the next month, the adventures of Kimberly will continue. Until then, here is a sneak peek at the rough draft of the cover.
Also, book 3 is in the works. With any luck, that one will hit the digital shelves sometime in february or march. That's an extremely early estimate, but the editor is scheduled for December, and we will see some exciting things in the land of Auviarra.
What's new on my side of the pond? Well, to begin with, I don't live by a pond.
Had a pro take a crack at beautifying the current cover of Inheritance. It looks SOOO much better, I almost cried. More on that when I get a chance.
Sure, I don't blog as often as I should. Between work and my current book, time has been sparse. Oh, yeah, my current book. Tentatively titled Pursuit, it is the sequel to Inheritance. Kimberly is on a quest to rescue her friends, when she meets a few new allies and villains along the way. I'm trying to spend a little more time building Auviarra in this one, so hopefully it won't disappoint. Expect some cameos from fantasy favorites, such as pirates, an evil wizard, and maybe even a couple of gods. Kimberly is about to step in it big, so stay tuned.
The march give-away on Goodreads went splendidly. I hooked five happy people up with book copies, and hopefully they are still happy. Always hoping for feedback regardless, otherwise I shall remain a whisper on the wind.
The latest news and my opinions.