I've been working on some changes to the website, and the host I use doesn't really offer a convenient way to work on it "behind the curtain" before rolling it out to the public. Hence, things may differ a bit from page to page as I tweak and decide what I like.
I'm also changing the email provider that hosts my mailing list, so the signup forms are changing.
If anything doesn't work, please be forgiving for a little while, but also feel free to give me a heads up by commenting on this post.
Last chance to get Death to the Witch-Queen! free. Then it will be going exclusive to Amazon for a few months, meaning that you Kobo, iBooks, and Nook users should act fast.
Spartan Beast is still $1.99 US/UK. It returns to full price on Wednesday and stays there for a good while.
While it was free, Athenian Steel grabbed the #1 (Free) spots in both Alt. History & Time Travel on Amazon and stayed there for most of 3 or 4 days! Whoo! Thanks!
Authors are constantly promising their readers that they're "hard at work on the next book." Maybe most of the time that's true. But I'm gonna be honest here and tell you I'm NOT hard at work on the next book right now.
An in-depth answer might contain terms like "focus," "self-discipline," and "time management skills." However, I'm gonna say the main reason is that I have young kids. On weekends, when those other authors might be "hard at work on the next book," I'm at the zoo, or on the playground, or trying to convince a 3-year-old to get on the toilet or in the bath. Evenings are helping with homework, making mac'n'cheese, playing, or maybe watching some Power Rangers. Once the kids are finally in bed, I've got a few hours left, which I confess to not always being willing or able to spend writing.
During any of these activities, I might wish I could hole up behind a closed door and pound away on the keyboard. (For now we'll set aside the huge amount of marketing an author also needs to do to sell books, and also ignore that writing doesn't pay many bills.) During any of it, I might wish I could be "hard at work on the next book" instead, but y'know what? I hope most of you will be glad to hear me say that I just can't be the kind of dad who shuts the door and says, "Go play," or "Go bug your mom." Sometimes, maybe, but not for hours every night and every weekend in the way that would be necessary to properly sit down and produce a book every few months.
Thus I have to consider writing a "seasonal" occupation, and its season is whenever the stars align. The season will come - it's just hard to predict when. So to those of you awaiting sequels, bear with me. It will happen. I just can't bang them out like some authors whose lives and priorities are different from mine. To be clear, I don't see it as something I'm giving up for the sake of family. No, for better or worse, I'm just not able to do things any other way.
In the meantime (for those of you still reading), later this week all of my existing titles will be free, with the one $0.99 (US/UK) exception of Spartan Beast. I'll send out an announcement when that happens. In the meantime, a lot of them are free already. (Those of you who've already joined, you can find the link in your email.)
I really appreciate your support even as I fail to be "hard at work on the next book," and I hope you'll still be ready and waiting for those sequels to materialize when the stars and zoo trips permit.
You are welcome to sound off in the comments. Am I right? Or just making excuses?!
As of this weekend, Athenian Steel, Roman Annihilation, and Spartan Beast are entered into Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program, making them FREE to read for KU subscribers. Sadly, that also means that they are unavailable at iBooks, Kobo, & BN for the time being. I'd love for everyone to have access, no matter what their preferred store, but the reality is that sales in those outlets had been lackluster for a while.
Amazon exclusivity also means that I can't give away the Roman Annihilation novella as a freebie anymore. If you have an edition of Athenian Steel that contains that offer and run into an expired link, I apologize! To make up for it, Roman Annihilation will be free at least one time per month on Amazon, and I'll announce it via my mailing list.
Sorry again for any inconvenience caused. If you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, go borrow!
The Path of Ravens is FREE at Amazon worldwide through tomorrow 1/26.
Here are a couple of the latest reviews:
★★★★★ "A great, fast paced blend of mythology and sci-fi. Impossible tasks and great characters. Hard to put down. Love it."
★★★★ "Epic tale captured my imagination and kept on going."
And it's always free to read in Kindle Unlimited. If you download and enjoy, please leave a review! We indie authors need every one we can scrape up!
“So I'm not saying that 556-Brass-Delta-92 was a worse defeat than 861-Carnelian-Iota-22 in itself,” Var'agr explained.
That's the first line (at present) of The Left Hand of Magdalen. Any well-read citizens of the multiverse among you will catch a couple of blatant references there. You'll also notice we get to meet someone new.
Want to read more? Easy! I'll post more when Death to the Witch-Queen! gets a few more Amazon reviews. Right now the combined US & UK total of reviews is 19 (about 90% 5-stars, the rest 4). Sincere thanks to those who left them. If you haven't, and you liked WQ enough to be looking forward to more, then go leave one now. When the combined Amazon US & UK total of reviews reaches 25, I'll post the first raw scene of Left Hand.
In case you're thinking you never know what to say in a review: Be like Blaik and don't think too hard! Here are a couple of examples of excellent short ones that get the job done:
★★★★★"I like this universe. Does very good new model space opera with major violence and chaos and great characters."
★★★★★"Something a little bit different. Easy to read with a believable lead character. And bad guys you just want to shoot!"
★★★★★"one of the best books ive read lately too short though i need more will definitely get the next one good job"
★★★★★"I enjoy it and looking forward to read more."
It's that easy! Go do it: AMAZON.COM | AMAZON.CO.UK
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
PS - Did any Hellennium readers catch the rather HUGE Athenian Steel "Easter egg-slash-revelation" in the last few pages of Witch-Queen? Probably not! It's deliberately pretty well disguised. Yet BIG...
Paperback editions of Athenian Steel and Spartan Beast are here! With "classy" new covers! I priced them as low as I could to cover the printing costs and give myself a tiny pile of change for each copy sold. The Path of Ravens is available, too. And, of course, Death to the Witch Queen! (which is only $4.95). All are Prime-eligible, which means Free 2-day shipping in the US for members.
As an author interested in connecting with readers, I am apparently obligated to share photos of my pets. Without further delay....
For those who love the feel of paper (and or even just hate trees -- no judgment here!), Death to the Witch-Queen! will also launch in paperback on Amazon at an introductory price of just $4.95.
Athenian Steel is likely to follow, although at 500 pages or so, higher printing costs will make it a bit pricier.
If you're an indie author who wants to sell any books, you have to do lots of promotion and marketing. Some hate doing it. I have learned to enjoy it. With the release of Death to the Witch-Queen! nearing, I'm testing out different ads to see what gets clicks. I've posted a Facebook gallery showing many of the variations. Take a look and tell me in the Comments (there or here) which are your favorites. In some too-brief trial runs, which were not scientific in that I changed more than one variable at a time (mentioning the price, mentioning 'Pre-order,' targeting options, etc) one variation did come away the winner, but I'll hold off saying which (or witch...?).
You can pre-order Death to the Witch-Queen! now at your favorite ebook seller, or buy it when it comes out 12/17 at the launch price of $0.99 / 99p.