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This writing thing has its ups and downs, I’m gonna have to learn to live with it better. This morning was definitely an up, when I awoke to find a few sales and a new review, making 10 people who have now reviewed my book.

Generally, there’s standard on the Kindle forums that says for every 750 books you sell, you get one review, and every 1500 you give away, you get one review. I definitely have not sold that amount yet, so it’s encouraging to get so much feedback when it really hasn’t hit the world yet.

Most of these reviews tend to be four stars, although I did get my first three star that made a valid point I agree with (the three stars are the toughest ones). And I know if this thing grows, I’ll be getting some one and two stars (probably about grammar or the darker elements in the plot, or the slow beginning). I’ve never gotten a review that low before, but I have to be ready for them when they come.

I resubmitted a new file yesterday that fixed a lot typos that were sadly still hanging about (yes, I’ll mention it again – I’m getting a copyeditor next time around). It’s very important to me for me to have a quality story as error free as possible. I know that only exists in a perfect world, but hopefully it’s something that improves with time as I continue to learn.

And now, I’m going to jump back into Origins. It’s been really encouraging to read all of the reviews that say that Apocalypse is a very good, action-packed story – which is what I’m going for. I’m hoping Origins, book two in the series, will have that same action, but a little more room for character development as well.

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I’ve been posting (spamming, more like) about it often on Facebook and a bit on Twitter, but here are the numbers (as of 10:12 p.m., so there’s still a few hours left on the giveaway).

U.S. Downloads: 1768

U.K. Downloads: 96

Germany: 8

France: 3

Canada: 9

Brazil: 1

Total Downloads: 1885

This might sound a bit weird, but I was expecting a little more. A few blogs posted about it…nowhere as many as I thought. Then again, the download numbers might have been a bit lower without that promo, but for the most part it seemed the readers found the book on their own. By late afternoon yesterday, Night of the Necromancer was already in the top 10 in both free paranormal and free horror.

Then again, who am I to complain? 1,885 is a large number of people to have your writing in their hands. I bet a lot of people don’t get as high on the lists as Night of the Necromancer got.

ImageThis was the only screenshot I took, and it was taken probably late morning of Saturday 1/26/2013. As you can see, this is Night of the Necromancer at #15 on the free horror column.

The question, “is this working in getting my books more exposure?” It’s hard to say at this point, but it does seem to be working, at least in the short run. I can only hope that all these readers like my books enough to tell other people – which is really the point of the whole thing. I’ve been really encouraged by positive reviews on Apocalypse that seemed to come as a result of the promo, and sales have definitely spiked a little bit.

There are always positive reinforcements going on, but right now I’m tired so it’s just hard to focus on them. I just want to say that it is really great to see some results after working hard, and I’m not just talking about the free promo, but the whole “operation build a platform” thing. It’s like I’m trying to push a heavy boulder – but hopefully once I get it started, it will be easier to keep the momentum going. I’m definitely, definitely a lot farther along than I was two months ago – even one week ago. There are at least 4,000 people worldwide who have read my name and have my books – that has to count for something.

In a way, having people read my books, even if they are free, is a victory. It’s a lot of exposure, and a lot of eyes seeing something I created, something I worked very hard on, and in some cases poured my soul into. Trying to put yourself out there is tough, because people are inherently skeptical (as they should be) of an indie author, because there is so much that is bad out there.

I think the coming weeks and next month will tell a more full story, but I’m hoping that this is enough to get a snowball rolling down the hill.

It’s been exhausting, in a way. I’m a little burned out on promoting. It seems for the past two months I’ve done nothing but format, check for typos (not all of which I’ve found), submit to blogs, and plan my free days – among other things I’m sure I’m forgetting. I woke up at 9 this morning, and slept three hours this afternoon, and I’m still tired. I want to get back to the actual writing bit, which is the reason I’m doing this.

I’ve sort of hit a bump with my fantasy novella – I’m having the usual crisis I always seem to have after a first draft, of believing that it’s horrible and stuff. I think maybe it is, but I might be able to fix it. It seems like a huge mountain at this point. I’m outlining book two of The Wasteland Chronicles, but am having trouble finding a way to keep the plot moving until the end.

Those are questions for another time, however. After this, I’m going to take a break from promotion for a little bit. I’ll still post on this blog for sure. I know lately all my posts have been about writing, books, sales, blah, blah, blah, but hopefully I can get away from that for a while. I don’t want to lose the magic of writing and creating a story, which is the reason I do this, anyway.

There’s still some time left on the giveaway, so if you’re reading this, hurry on over to Amazon and get your free copy of Night of the Necromancer.

As always, thanks for your support.

Alright, before I head off to work, I have an announcement to make.

Night of the Necromancer, mine and Jelani Sims epic zombie survival choose-your-own-adventure novel, will be going free from Saturday 1/26 through Sunday 1/27.

After over 2,000 copies of Apocalypse given away without any sort of advertising, I’m curious how well Necromancer will do, given that I submitted to many blogs weeks in advance letting them know about our free days.

So, if there anyone out there who has not downloaded my book (because, you know, $3.99 is just way too much), then here’s your chance. It’s free, it’s version 2.0, and many typos and formatting issues were fixed to make it more professional. If you like zombies or choose-your-own-adventures, then you should love this book!

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Here’s to hoping to thousands of downloads!

Luke Atkinson and I (mostly Luke) are working very hard  to bring you, dear readers, a physical copy of Apocalypse, which will available directly from Amazon soon!

This should all be set and ready to go within a month’s time (as in…available in a month or less). I’m not sure on costs yet, but I’d expect something in the range of $6.99-9.99 (plus shipping).

Besides being able to have a physical copy in your hands, I’m also excited about doing giveaways! I’ll be doing several first edition SIGNED book giveaways on Goodreads whenever I have the first copies in my hands. Wowza!

It’s a very cool feeling. But the real star of show here is Luke and his absolutely mindblowingly good cover. Check it out:

ImageLeft: Back cover. Right: Front cover: Black middle=spine (too thin for text, alas…it is a novella after all).

I’m very excited about this print copy. I can’t wait until everything in the series is done, so they can all be collected in one giant book, something that I would expect to be anywhere from 120,000 words (on the low end) to 175,000 words on the high end (wowza indeed!).

I’m already starting to outline book two, so hopefully that can be done in no more than two months. Kewl!

I’m adding some new additions to the blog. I’ve begun what will one day be an illustrious blogroll. I added a couple neat sites. The Indie View in particular is a irreplaceable tool for indie writers who are trying to solicit to blogs, and it’s where I found most of the blogs I solicited in the past week.

I’ve also added three pages, one for each of my books. I hope to add info to all three in time.

I also want to start reviewing indie books. If you’re an indie writer and you write in any of the genres I mention in my newly minted review policy, then you should send me your stuff. I want to do whatever I can to help out…I know it can be tough out there, but hearing responses from bloggers about my own book has encouraged me to want to help others.

Hopefully, my blog can join the pantheon of other way cool blogs as being a place where writers and readers alike can congregate, grow, and learn together. To do this, I’d like to write a couple reviews a week. This could be books solicited to me through my blog, or things in general that catch my eye.

I’ve very excited about this possibility. So if you are an indie writer and you’ve written a book, then send it my way and I’ll see if I can take a look at it. Go to my review policy to know what I’m interested in, and we’ll go from there.

Keep writing!