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Going to try selling some books…

There’s a Tori happening next week…a Finnish market.

As my books are set in Finland AD 1019, I have rented a table to try to sell some books next Sunday.

I had some good sales last time I went in 2014 and now there is Book the Second: DAGGER available so…with a super quiet weekend at the hotel, I, at my lovely Bride’s urging, will attend and put on my salesman’s hat.

We had a fun time at the last Tori and this one has 2 things that make it fun:

  1. It is coupled with an antique Car Show and
  2. It is being held at Saima Park which is where we held our wedding reception almost 26 years ago!

Anyone in the mid-Massachusetts area come on by to say hello! (If you do stop by, you will be subjected to my sales pitch…fair warning!)

Also, I am looking for other gatherings along these lines to sell & sign books and get sales moving. I don’t do enough of these events so if anyone hears of things through the winter in the Mass/New Hampshire area please let me know!

 

Update on Huntsman Promo and Dagger release…

Due to everyone’s support, Huntsman is #9 in the Kindle Historic Fantasy section under Top 100 Free e-books!

If you go a step more specific into Historic Fantasy/ Myths & Legends/Norse & Viking Huntsman is #6!

Many thanks to everyone who has shared my news to family & friends. Having their books seen by as many people as possible is crucial to self-published authors. That and getting James Earl Jones to call back about reading the Audio Book for me…he’s so darn busy!

HUNTSMAN is still available at no cost all day today. December 9th. All reviews of Huntsman are valued, btw. If you have downloaded and liked what you have read, please let me know what you think!

DAGGER has gone on-line early. Book 2 in The Hunted Mage Trilogy.

DAGGER for Paperback is available from Createspace which is a division of Amazon. If you’d like a Book instead of an e-book, THIS is the link you want!

DAGGER for Amazon Kindle is available here!

DAGGER for Other styles is being distributed to Apple and Kobo via Smashwords also. Those may take some time. I will send word when I know when.

 

Reflections on Victory

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So…if anyone ever asks you: “What do you think it’s like to self-publish your own books?” you can refer them to this article!

It feels just like this:

Sam: [Both are overcome by exhaustion] Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?

Frodo: No, Sam. I can’t recall the taste of food… nor the sound of water… nor the touch of grass. I’m… naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil… between me… and the wheel of fire! I can see him… with my waking eyes!

I was eating lunch today, talking with my Bride and while we talked…like the great Eye, watching…was Book Two. I was eating, but not tasting, talking and hearing, but not really registering her words or my responses.  My brain was 1,000 years away…Finland AD 1019…and the Great Eye of ‘Deadline’ loomed above me.

(Doing this writing stuff be’s hard. I must be a special type of weird to want to do it again for Book 3)

Like a lonely hobbit, my paperback edition roams the wastelands. But because of that drawback I have pushed ahead…

Instead of December 10th…DAGGER is available now! No…really! My Uncle  was the first bootleg copy to download when I was waiting for the official word but stepped out to pick up Kiddo from dance class…Props to de Unx for his Net-Fu skills!

DAGGER for Kindle!! Right Here!

DAGGER for E-Readers…Follow Me!

DAGGER for Nooks…Hold your Horses, Nooklings…I am almost there. And my lone Nook fan gets first shot at it.

It has taken me approximately For-Eh-Ver to accomplish this…but I can now officially say it: The Hunted Mage Trilogy Book 2 is OUT! The DAGGER has been thrown!

 

Well, this hasn’t gone the way I envisioned…

My plans went as I wanted but there is a glitch…

My files are still ‘in review’. I not sure what that means fully or how they review. Is it people or computer ‘reviewing’ my files?

I sorta feel like this:

I just don’t remember Huntsman taking this long to review. Continue reading Well, this hasn’t gone the way I envisioned…

Dagger for Paperback!

I am almost there! And I MEAN IT this time.

Dagger: Book Two of The Hunted Mage Trilogy is poised for publication. I have a few double-checks to perform this weekend and then…

December 7th…LAUNCHED!

At least in paperback.

The Kindle, Nook and Apple versions will follow in a few days as I perform the tweaking and changes that allow the document to upload onto those sales sites.

My goal for e-book formats is December 11th.

It is always a struggle to birth these ‘Word Babies’ into the world:

  • Lots of bleary eyed revisions,
  • Late nights around work schedules
  • Fussing at my editor about wordings she says must go but I want left IN…(I cannot do this without her!)

Through her + 10 Red Pen of Adroitness, Lea has helped me craft these words into a volume I like more than Book One! She ROCKS!

Links to sites where Dagger can be found for sale shall appear soon and…barring injury, complete mental breakdown or narcoleptic collapse…we shall get you something to hunker down with on a snowy winter’s night.

Please enjoy the teaser trailer below while the last few days pass!

Darn, Darney Darn! or (How I still haven’t gotten my Book 2 published!)

I have had a super crappy winter, Ladies and Gents.

DAGGER, Book 2 of The Hunted Mage Trilogy, has NOT launched yet. I am pretty depressed about my lack of progress with my last set of line-by-line revisions.

There’s a lot of words to corral in Book the Second and they have been around for a long time. (I had to split things up into smaller volumes to make publishing possible way back when I had an agent stringing me along, so much of book 2 was already written.)

Continue reading Darn, Darney Darn! or (How I still haven’t gotten my Book 2 published!)

Perilously close now! DAGGER is on the horizon!

I have designed the paperback cover for Book Two of the Hunted Mage Trilogy! There is a proof in the mail so that I can make sure every little bit is just right.

There was one miserable point in HUNTSMAN history where I failed to inspect such things properly and got 20 books in the mail  that were too pixelated to sell. Tisn’t a mistake ya make twice…

Dagger Createspace CoverSo…I am in exciting times. All of the self-fu skills I earned during the making of Book One are still there…a tad rusty, but coming back slowly but surely.

I now write my novels in the format style I need to use to convert quickly to e-book or paperback version so that saves a bit of time.

Little known cover design fun-fact when working with a program called Photoscape…sit down and build your cover ALL AT ONCE! If you save and return…all your elements are locked and uneditable.

I KNEW this…I really did…but did I think it through?  No. But it was okay. I only lost 45 minutes to the process.

Because of all the stress of HUNTSMAN’s release in 2012, it has been much more fun doing BOOK 2.

Christmas presents, Ladies & Gents! They’ll be ready!