In Exactly a Month…

In exactly a month, The Redemption of Mr. Sturlubok will be released, the culmination of an intense 8 months of writing between Daniel Pitts and myself.  The book is in the polishing the polishing stage, but it’s time for a preview.

A 16 000 word preview can be downloaded for free from Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/50487

The complete book has over 100 000 words and 46 different endings.  It’s longer, darker, and overall a better and funnier than The Adventures of Whatley Tupper.   I’ve also uploaded a new version of The Adventures of Whatley Tupper which includes the same preview.

Enjoy!

Whatley Passes 500

So, after almost exactly seven months, The Adevntures of Whatley Tupper has passed 500 sales through Amazon.  I’m not sure how others will take this.  I’m sure some will think, ‘That’s it?  After seven months?’  I’m not sure.  But, considering that the book tends to hover in the #20 000 to #40 000 range of the bestsellers list, that means that are a lot of books selling less.  So, I think it’s good.  Like I’ve said before, I had low expectations.

I do, however, have bigger hopes and dreams for The Redemption of Mr. Sturlubok, which is just about ready.   Right now, although there are other choose-your-own-adventure ebooks for adults out there (about 7 or 8 now for the Kindle, that’s it), The Redemption… will be the first follow up book.  It’s not a sequel, but it’s clearly part of the same series from the name and cover design.  I would hope that some people who purchased and enjoyed Whatley Tupper will do the same with this.   We’ll see.  It will be my first big test of the effectiveness of building a fan base.

And within a few weeks, I’ll be offering free preview copies of the book.  I hope some of you are interested.  Who doesn’t like free stuff, anyhow?

Redeem Yourself

Daniel Pitts and I have been busily working on a new choose your own adventure book over these last few months, and we’re now about a month into the revision stage.  What makes “The Redemption of Mr. Sturlubok” special is that it’s the first book that I’ve written since learning about e-publishing.  Daniel and I laid out a schedule for ourselves several months ago, culminating with the release of the book at Amazon on April 30th, 2011.  So far, everything is going to plan, although it’s starting to get a little nerve wracking seeing how quickly time is flying by.

The plan is to have a preview copy ready by the end of March, giving me a month to send out copies to reviewers and do all that I can to build up hype.  Well, ‘hype’ might be a bit of hyperbole there.  But I’ll do what I can.   And I will be offering free smashwords versions to anyone who will be willing to write a review for the Amazon.com site.   If you think you might be interested in a free copy and be willing to help out an indie author, I’ll give some contact information in the next month or two.  If you think you might be interested, check out the site late March.   I’m hoping to get a number of reviews ready to be posted as soon as the book goes live on April 30th.

What does a choose your own adventure look like?

Now that Daniel Pitts and I are on the revision stage of our new book, “The Redemption of Mr. Sturlubok” I made a flow-chart showing all the decisions in the story. I did this before for “The Adventures of Whatley Tupper,” but it was by hand and is now long gone. This time I made it using a tablet and it took only a couple of hours. So, what does a choose your own adventure book look like?

Like this:

For those of you with some strange interest in the detailed diagram, click here: sturls map

A Silly Way to Spend Seven Hours

So, I tried making my first book trailer for “The Redemption of Mr. Sturlubok” because it was kinda fun to do, although it ended up taking some seven hours of my time this weekend and I don’t know what difference it could ever make for sales. But it was a pleasant diversion for a while, and here it is…

Post-Christmas Musings

I’m currently in Winnipeg, a city where people tell you it’s balmy when it’s -15 degrees Celsius.

I’m thinking about 2011, my sophomore year.  My two previous books were both written before I knew about ebook publishing, and both were books that I tried, unsuccessfully, to get publishing through traditional presses.  In 2011, I’m not even trying to do that.  I won’t send out a single query letter.  I won’t write up a single synopsis.   I won’t wait expectantly for the mail every day, for month, awaiting the eventual rejection letter.  I won’t mail out a single manuscript or excerpt.  As expensive as KindleNationDaily daily sponsorship may seem, $80 is what it costs to mail out just a few complete manuscripts.   Those are things I will not miss.

I hope to release two books next year, the first being a new choose your own adventure book, co-written by Daniel Pitts.  We’ll be done the draft in a couple of weeks, and the release date is already set for April 30th, 2011.  I have both KND sponsorship and  KindleBoards Banner Ad scheduled for that day, and the plan is to have them promote the grand release of the new book.  Considering I want to have the month of April to send out advance copies, that gives us two and a half months to thoroughly edit.  It should be enough time, and the deadline has definitely motivated us both not to slack.  It’s all self-imposed, of course, but it keeps us working, and I think when self-publishing, these self-imposes deadlines ares important.  I’m very excited about this, the prospect of building up some hype, creating a proper release for a book.

I also hope to release another solo-work next year, but I’m working on it more slowly and right now am focused on “The Redemption of Mr. Sturlubok.”  I hope to release it, tentatively titled, “A Dream Apart,” in the summer.

In the late winter I’ll detail my plans for releasing “The Redemption…” and I will be offering free copies to people.  So, if you liked Whatley Tupper, and you’re actually reading this blog, well, keep checking this site…  all four of you.

KND and The Year We Finally Solved Everything (Part 2)

So, two days ago, The Year We Finally Solved Everything was the KND sponsor, and my goal was to sell 40 copies.  I sold… 35, which is roughly half of how things when with Whatley Tupper after this amount of time.  Not surprising, and while I’m a little short of my goal, it still pretty much pays for itself.  And this doesn’t take into account anyone who downloaded the sample only to purchase it a week or so later.  As well, if this leads to one or two reviews, it definitely makes it worthwhile.

Overall, even though this KND sponsorship wasn’t as successful as with “The Adventures of Whatley Tupper,” it’s still by far the best paid promotional tool I’m aware of.  Nothing else has come even close to directly paying for itself (and I’m aware that advertising isn’t meant to immediately pay for itself).

I already have two more KND sponsorships in waiting.  One is for Whatley Tupper again (in mid-January, hoping a lot of people got Kindles for Christmas), and one for my upcoming choose your own adventure, “The Redemption of Mr. Sturlubok” on April 30th.  I’ll write more about my plans for the release of that book later.  Right now, Daniel and I are on track for finishing the draft in January sometime.  Should be good…