Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Interesting Times


This picture was taken on the night of the 18th, the "release" date. Within the same day of getting the word out, I hit the top 100 in my genre listing. Apologies for the picture being from a camera, but I was in a bit of a haze when I saw it. I give many thanks for the support to allow this to happen.

This "release" date has been liquid for the past few days. The kindle version of the manuscript was uploaded on the 7th, but with anything, it required some time before it was working properly. Strange blank pages and chapters that would run-on together kept popping up. For every one I fixed, two more appeared. The physical copy also had a time delay, as my proof from CreateSpace came in the mail. It's why the Kindle release date is the 7th, and the book is the 14th.

The 18th was a date I set out when I knew I was ready, no more needed to be done. I went and talked about it on Twitter and Google Plus. To my surprise, some people were actually excited! It's an easy loop to get stuck in, constantly playing in your head that no one is going to like your work, or worse, not even care. Hearing such nice things instantly validated the year and nine months this project has taken. No reviews are, but who cares? I've had fun.

For any Goodread users in the United States or Canada, I'm running a giveaway of eight books for free. The giveaway spans a month, so until the December 20th at midnight. Goodreads has an algorithm that chooses the winners and I mail the packages to the addresses. I quickly checked, and at the time of this writing, 109 people have signed up for a chance to win a free copy of The Dragon's Tear. Another 42 users have put it on their "to-read" list.

The Dragon's Tear is exclusive to Amazon until the beginning of February.  My hope is this will consolidate reviews to three major places, Amazon, Goodreads, and Shelfari. This will help anyone interested in reading it, as they won't have to travel to multiple sites to find feedback. My job now being an author is to make these things accessible to readers.

I'm back to writing. Lots to do, not a lot of time to do it in.