Writing Update: June W1 Edition

This time it’s another Q&A format!

Q: How has Memory Blood progressed in the past week?

For this month, the book is in the QA phase so I’m not looking at it actively. Instead I’m doing things like creating the cover, writing the release information, and deciding what will happen in Memory Blood 2. I’ll return to actively working on Memory Blood in July as I adjust it according to feedback and prepare it for release.

Q: When will the release date and other information be published?

This information will be available during the first week of July. At that time you’ll know the release date, price, cover, and summary.

Q: Any progress on The Orin Chronicles or The Academy Series?

Not just yet. Some new content might still appear at the end of the year, but I wouldn’t expect any of these two series to end before 2015.

Q: Will Memory Blood be exclusive to Kindle?

A: Yes. The current plan is for Memory Blood to be enrolled in KDP Select and made exclusive for 3 months. As a result of this, there will be a free promotion to celebrate the launch of the book. More details will be announced at a later date.

Q: When will all of your books become available on Nook and Kobo?

A: Right now there isn’t much interest in these platforms, but the first books in The Orin Chronicles and The Library Series are available. If interest in these books, and any others currently available, increases then I’ll upload the remaining books. Or, if anyone specifically requests a book to become available by contacting me, I’ll be happy to oblige.

Q: Any secret projects being developed?

Not right now. I’d like to do something extra for Winter in addition to releasing Memory Blood 2, but nothing is in development currently.

My Kindle Countdown Experience

Recently, I used KDP Select’s new Kindle Countdown Deal for one of my books: The Orin Chronicles Volume 7. While I was optimistic about the program, I found the results to be less than satisfactory. Previously I have used KDP Select’s free promotions and those would always elicit some type of a response. Even with no outside promotion, your first free promo deal is sure to bring in ~100 new downloads of your book at a minimum. That minimum is something I find to be important because, as someone with a rather small platform and ability to spread the word about my books, it matters very much knowing I can get at least this much out of the program.

Now, for Kindle Countdown deals, there is no minimum response. I found 0 people purchased my book as it moved from 99 cents back to its original price. What this makes clear is that a lot more effort needs to be invested in a Kindle Countdown deal than a free promotion, likely because sale prices aren’t as attractive as getting something for free. So, if you aren’t prepared to support your Kindle Countdown deal, I highly recommend against using the program. I think it’s likely I’ll use this program in the future, but not until I’ve reached a wider audience and have a greater ability to self-promote my own books.

Writing Update: Book Two Submitted!

After many hours of checking for minor mistakes (hopefully I caught them all), the second book in the Library Series, The Weapon of The Kara, has been submitted. While it will likely be available tomorrow, before the official release date, it will still be free for the duration of October 5th.

I expressed some of my thoughts on completing this book in the Author’s Note, but being able to publicly write about them on my blog is a completely different experience. I’ve put a lot of effort into the series thus far and Book Three is going to take a significant amount of work. I hope to gain new readers with the release of Book Two and I hope everyone can enjoy the experience. Even if everything that I’ve done isn’t seen as a great work of art, all I want is for a few people to have genuinely enjoyed themselves. That’s all the motivation I need to keep writing… actually, I’ll probably keep writing even if that doesn’t happen.

I’ve had a lot of fun with the Library Series so far and even though I am happy to continue it, I’m also a little bit sad that I’m now one book closer to the end. With each book, the ending becomes clearer in my mind and the journey of the characters progresses towards that end and their individual ends. Please look forward to the next book in 2013.

Writing Update: Balance Edition

There are now 19 days until the release of The Weapon of The Kara (Library Series: Book Two). Editing is progressing at a nice pace and I should have a good 10 days for the Final Check phase where I look for grammar and spelling mistakes without altering story content. And then on October 5th, the book will be released and available for FREE for 24 hours thanks to KDP Select.

Now, I’d like to talk a bit about scheduling. As a student studying at a University as well as an author, finding time to do everything has become a bit of a concern to me. The amount of work for my studies is something very manageable but it does take up a lot of time and energy. I have enough time to work on my books as well, but that leaves me with not much time to do anything else. In fact, right now my only social interactions are with the people that I am studying with ^_^

Over this week I’m going to try to optimize my schedule for both studying, writing, and free time. While this means that I won’t be able to reach level 85 before Mists of Pandaria launches, I will be able to achieve my goals as both an academic and an author which is very exciting. Please wish me luck and I look forward to sharing The Weapon of The Kara with everyone on October 5th!

The Library Complex is available for free today and tomorrow!

Today and tomorrow (August 30th-31st, PST) is your last chance to get The Library Complex for free! This promotion uses up the last of the free days given to me by the KDP Select Program. So far I have been happy with the results of the free promotion and I look forward to gaining as many new readers as possible through this upcoming promotion. To take advantage of this promotion, visit the product page or the Library Series page.

If you do get the book for free then please consider leaving a review with your honest opinions.

First Two Weeks: Sales for The Library Complex

Today marks the final day in the first two weeks of the launch of The Library Complex (Library Series: Book One). Now, I technically haven’t sold any books, but through KDP Select I have distributed over 150 free copies (not including myself and friends). The fact that my book is now available for people to read and discover is something that makes me very happy.

So, what will be my focus for the future? While I continue to work on the second book in the series, I am also going to be working on marketing the book. The major issue with selling this book is discoverability. Regardless of its quality, it will not be read if it cannot be discovered. One of the things that it needs in order to be discovered is good reviews. I’m very confident in the book’s ability to score reviews of 3 stars or higher, so the issue is mainly with getting people to review the book. While I work on that, I have a new personal goal of reviewing every product that I buy. I didn’t realize how important they were until I had zero.

While there are more things that can be done, through social networks and other such things, my main focus is on getting reviews. People, including myself, won’t buy things that have 0 reviews. You want to know that at least someone had a good experience with it. I think that when I have another free promotion a few months from now, I’ll have much better results with some customer feedback visible on the product page.

Get The Library Complex for Free Today and Tomorrow! + Writing Update

Beginning today and lasting until the end of Saturday (PST) is another free promotion for The Library Complex. You can get the book for free by visiting the product page. If you get a copy through this promotion please consider leaving a review to help others discover the book. This will be the last free promotion for a while, so don’t miss out on this chance!

Now, let’s discuss the next book in the series. Book Two of the Library Series will be announced on August 31st. The writing of the book is going well and I am very happy with the progression of the story and all of the content contained within. I can’t provide much information right now so make sure to check back in the weeks to come and on August 31st for more information.