First review

It’s been over a month since my last post – sorry about that – and I thought it was about time to update you about what has been happening, and the answer is a lot.

Since book one of the Souls Abyss series went on sale at the end of May, it has sold fairly well.  Bearing in mind I haven’t done adverts or targeted promotion, I’ve sold copies in three countries: the UK, America, and Germany.  Sales have mainly been the eBook – which I didn’t expect – and via Kindle I’ve had thousands of page reads.  All of which I am really pleased about.

Most exciting of all, I received my first ever book review,  scoring 76.5 out of 100.  It was a thorough and very fair review by the Weatherwax Report; a respected online book reviewer and judge in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) competition. The review was very encouraging, and I’ve tweaked the book based on the feedback received; grammar and other minor things to improve it for readers. 

It is the major element of writing and releasing a book that I was most worried about.  Writing for yourself is fine – the work reflects you- but sharing it with the entire world is a little scary.

Feedback from other test readers had been really encouraging, but I was curious about what people would think.  It is all part of the ‘becoming an author’ process I’m going through at the moment.  It has helped steel me for when someone doesn’t like it.

It terms of book 2 – Coven of Shadows – progress is on schedule.  I’ve tweaked the name and set a date for pre-order on Amazon.  Friday 20th November will be the release date and I’ll update you as things progress. 

Until next time; have fun, play safe, and look after each other. 😉

A busy week.

First, I hope you are safe and well.

Second, it has been a very busy week.

There I was, happily putting the finishing touches to book one of the series The Souls’ Abyss when I saw a Facebook notification about the SFPBO.  In case you don’t know much about it – and I didn’t until Wednesday night – it is a competition that runs each year specifically for self-published fantasy novels.

Some winners in recent years – The Grey Bastards and The Sword of Kaigenare superb and I asked myself could I do the same?  Could I enter and win?   But firstly could I get The Dark Crown ready to enter in 3 days?

The brief answer is yes.  I was able to source a cover the next day and get everything sorted to enter on Saturday along with 299 other authors.  The competition is now closed, and I am in.  It takes about 5 months to judge – via a mammoth effort of various bloggers and fantasy book lovers – to whittle it down from 300 to a top 10.  Then a further 4 months to decide on a winner.

This also means my book is now available.  I’m very excited and rather scared all at the same time. After five years of writing it is now freed from my laptop, and it’s rather liberating.  I now have to concentrate on marketing book one and get book two ready for release.

It just goes to show that you can get anything done with a deadline.