So, March the 14th. That’s the date that Book Two of How the World Ends will be available at Amazon.com, but you can pre-order it right now by clicking on this conveniently-hyperlinked sentence! I just got my confirmation from Kindle Scout that they will not be publishing my book, which is to be expected when considering that they didn’t publish the first, but hopefully all those people that nominated this book will take a look.
Don’t want to say too much about this book, other than it continues right after the events of Book One, but follows Hayden. The time frame is a little more elongated than before, with the plot spread out over a number of months, as opposed to a number of days. As with before, this is not meant to act as a stand-alone novel, but instead form the middle third of a complete story. However, there is a very definite ending. In fact, when I first thought of this story (which came from a dream of a movie that I was watching), the story concluded here, after this book. But what works in a dream and works in reality are fairly different, I tend to think.
Here’s the brief write-up from the Amazon page (taken from the Kindle-Scout page):
The world has already come to an end. Now Hayden and four others—who might very well be the last souls on Earth—must contend with the notion that it may not be possible to know what happened on the 14th of August, 2007. Regardless of reasons, and against astronomical odds, they survived. But can survival be a means unto itself? Because if not, the cruelest fate just might be their perseverance.
So, I’m going with the Kindle Scout thing again. Starting Sunday, January 14th, and for 30 days after that, How the World Ends (Book Two) will be in the running of a Kindle Press publication contract. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I ended up feeling quite positive about my previous attempt at using Kindle Scout. Although I’ve expressed some misgivings about the entire idea, I do believe it led to significantly higher numbers of readers discovering the first book. It connected me to some new fans and led to a noticeable bump in sales in the weeks afterwards. So, here we go again.
If it’s January 14th (or later), you can click through this link to get to the campaign page. From here, you can read a sample (roughly the first 10% of the novel) and vote to recommend the novel for publication.
Personally, I’m not sure if I want it to get published through Kindle Press. While I’d obviously appreciate the added exposure this would give, I like the idea of retaining full control of all my books. And, I’m not sure if I’ll still be able to release a paperback version of the novel. But, either way I’m happy.
And, if the book does not get selected for publication, I’m aiming for an early March release. After that, I bring my focus to revisions of Book Three, hoping for a late 2018 release…
So, The Most Boring Christmas Special Ever Written has been reviewed at Big Al’s Books and Pals. He gives it 4 stars. Pretty generous. That’s two reviews of my books in just over a month. I guess all the bribes I’ve been sending them are really starting to pay off.
Well, that was different.
So, the sequel that no one on Earth ever asked for is now available at Amazon. The Most Boring Christmas Special Ever Written is now available in paperback and will be available for the Kindle on November the 6th. I’m not sure if I should send copies of it out to be reviewed, or just see what happens. With The Most Boring Book Ever Written, I don’t believe I sent it to a single reviewer, and yet it ended up being the most downloaded book I’ve written. I’ll make it free for the Kindle in the coming weeks, but, really, wouldn’t the paperback make the perfect Christmas gift for that person who has everything?
So, I’m a little confused, and if you’re reading this and you live in the UK, perhaps you can help. Book One of How the World Ends has been available for a little over two weeks now, and it is doing surprisingly well in the UK. I’ve made essentially no effort to promote this book in any marketplace, aside from this blog, a few tweets, and my Kindle Scout experiment. In the UK, it’s been in the top 100 charts for paid Kindle books about alien invasions for a while, and has consistently been in the top 10 000 kindle books for the last couple of weeks (and there are more than two million kindle books available). So, my question is: why? Is there a social media presence from someone in the UK who has been promoting this book? Or do those in the United Kingdom just have a soft-spot for apocalyptic fiction in which very little is explained and lots and lots of people die?
I’ve had books available on Amazon for more than six years now, and never have I had such a proportion of my sales for a book come from this marketplace (well over 50% of sales have come from the UK). Does anyone know the answer to this? If you do, please comment on this post, or email me directly. You can find my email in the contact tab at the top.
I should also add that I have a soft-spot for the UK. I worked in London for almost three years from 2000 – 2002, working as a teacher right after I finished my university degree. Although the work was challenging, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life, and was foundational in making the person I am today. And as such, there are references to England or London (usually small) in just about every book I’ve ever written.