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The Book Bazaar / Kip the Quick (fantasy heist) ON SALE - 99
« on: May 24, 2016, 01:06:11 am »
On Amazon

LIMITED TIME SALE: Buy now to save 66% (full price $2.99)

Witty, fast-paced fantasy heist where morality is...debatable.

Kip is a young thief on the hard streets of Tander in the middle of the Sparelands -- a dry, hot piece of hell, hit with frequent and terrible storms. All he wants to do is leave, but first he must save enough to cover fare for the only safe exit in town: the iron wain.

With six months to go, the job of a lifetime lands in his lap: To steal a vial of the Essence -- a piece of myth and legend. He'll do anything to pull it off, but the question is... Will he survive?

A heist like no other; a payday to match. If Kip can only survive.

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Amazon pricematch kicked in.

Cover updated.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free First in Series on Kobo
« on: April 06, 2016, 10:34:53 am »
Hi Mark, heard about the First in Free series and here's mine. Seeking the Veil is a story of adventure, friendship; and the exciting prequel 3-part series to the Epic Fantasy novel Veil of a Warrior.

Part 1 is Free on Kobo and elsewhere. With parts 2 & 3 $0.99 and $1.99 respectively.

I believe Seeking the Veil is a great bite-size piece of epic fantasy. A quick, easy to consume introduction to something much larger.

I plan to release the epic fantasy novel Veil of a Warrior wide once I have a chance to fine-tune some pieces. I have a book page on my website with all pertinent sales links to make sure I am doing my part to promote more than just Amazon:

The Book Bazaar / Re: Veil of a Warrior (Epic Fantasy / Dark Fantasy)
« on: April 06, 2016, 10:22:02 am »
Revised my books page on my website for all my books, including the prequel: Seeking the Veil.

UPDATE: Seeking the Veil is now on Apple iBooks, Nook, Scribd., inktera, in addition to Amazon, Kobo and Wattpad. (Links at top of post)

And for some reason Amazon dropped their pricematch. I've notified them of the book for free on other competing stores, but no result as of yet.

Also, heavily revised my book page on my own website. Check it out.

Book is currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Science fiction writers meet here.
« on: March 21, 2016, 09:40:56 pm »
Welcome L.J. Yeah, lots to do taking the route on your own. But, then you have no one telling you no, and you own all your rights. I listened to a lot of business podcasts before I launched my first book in 2014, and despite lots of good advice heard, I didn't follow or find myself capable of execution.

Best bit of advice? Keep writing and be aware you'll probably want to go back and revise what you have out. I figure one day it pays off.

If you've got a solid piece, I suppose the second piece of advice would be to actively look for book reviewers that might like what you write. Most organic traffic to your book page will pass on if they see it has no, or few reviews. But beware, there are some services/people out there that "sell" book reviews. Get those review counts up, don't worry about giving your book away for free, and keep moving forward.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you sold at a Farmer's Market?
« on: March 21, 2016, 09:33:06 pm »
Thanks Eric, and good luck if you do. Let us know how it works.

Ideas are unfortunately cheap, as you know. It's all about that painful execution.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you sold at a Farmer's Market?
« on: February 29, 2016, 04:11:36 pm »
I donated 2 paperback books of Veil of a Warrior (560 page epic fantasy) to a local library in Vancouver, WA and they were very happy to have a local author involved and donating work. The books were put on the shelves, not sold for fundraising.

(And I had pretty much a 0 fan base.)

Probably depends on the library system.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is This True About Amazon Reviews and Their Deletion?
« on: February 29, 2016, 11:49:17 am »
I've been slowly building up my reviews and had one taken down from a Top 500 Amazon reviewer which was a bummer (especially since she reviewed all 3 Parts of Seeking the Veil and every one was removed). Anyone have a moment to look at her Goodreads review (same as what was on Amazon) and see why they would do that? I'm at a loss, unless it's because she had 2 links in it.

I got the form response from KDP and they seem unwilling to budge.

Here's the goodreads review:

I'm bummed, trying to not obsess, just wishing I had a better answer.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you sold at a Farmer's Market?
« on: February 29, 2016, 11:39:56 am »
Awesome points, thanks for sharing. I want to try something like this, this year. But first I want to try loading myself down with flyers and a few copies of books and finding a location that I can pass out info on my books, newsletter sign-ups for a giveaway, etc.

Low cost, maybe high traffic.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Seeking the Veil, Part 1 (Fantasy Adventure) *FREE*
« on: February 17, 2016, 03:20:59 pm »
Thanks for the diligent moderation!

The Book Bazaar / Re: Veil of a Warrior (Epic Fantasy / Dark Fantasy)
« on: February 15, 2016, 08:44:10 pm »
Reader T. Gors said 'And that ending, holy smokes that was frenetic!'

Always looking for more readers of big, fat epic fantasy. Veil of a Warrior does not disappoint at 560 pages, building to a climactic conclusion that spans multiple characters and changes what our hero Hestea had thought he knew about the mysterious power that he pulls upon without thought.

For a Limited Time, free e-copies are available with e-mail inquiry or direct message. Reference this kboards post and tell me a favorite fantasy author/book.

Happy Reading!

The Book Bazaar / Seeking the Veil, Part 1 (Fantasy Adventure) *FREE*
« on: February 15, 2016, 08:33:46 pm »
Free on Amazon | Kobo | Apple iBooks | Nook | Scribd. | inktera | Wattpad

Seek your Purpose, Seek your Power. Seek the Veil.

A young man leaves everything behind to fight an age-old enemy. But he is no magus, has never lifted his war hammer in anger and must struggle to find his place in a band of unlikely heroes.

There is humor, friendship, battle, magic and the discovery of a mysterious power within, that Hestea can not explain.

Seeking the Veil is a 3-part series following the adventures of Hestea Hammerblood and a prequel to the epic fantasy novel: Veil of a Warrior.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Another Promo Thread
« on: January 22, 2016, 02:19:38 pm »
Thanks for sharing, James. You should make sure to use the signature tool to include your book(s) in your signature line. I just used it the other day, nice tool.

Forum Announcements & Tips / Re: Forum tips
« on: January 21, 2016, 11:51:47 am »
No kidding, I haven't been an active part of a forum for a few years, but I can see why kboards draws us in.

Keep up the good work!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free Promo Results and Request for Advice
« on: January 21, 2016, 11:49:36 am »
Sounds like some great numbers. I need to push forward with some more promotions myself. Anyone have any threads to point out as good resources for which to pursue?

I'm an epic fantasy kind of guy with barely any reviews. Seeking them out is slow work.

I did run a freebooksy in December and had 1000 downloads in 2-3 days with a continuing slow trickle. Haven't had any carryover purchase to my following books. I know I need to tweak my book description and eventually amp up the cover design, but well, it's on the task list.

Forum Announcements & Tips / Re: Forum tips
« on: January 21, 2016, 11:36:03 am »
Sig tool is awesome. Nice work.

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hello from a fiction editor!
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:09:53 pm »
Most welcome!

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hello from a fiction editor!
« on: January 15, 2016, 09:53:47 am »
Hi Victoria, welcome to the kboards, I just started to get involved myself, good to see you.

To anyone else here, I've known of and chatted with Victoria off and on a few years back and she's insightful and a delight. Can't claim to have any editing experience, but I've enjoyed reading her book on craft (the one for Stories) and blog posts.

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Fantasy Novelist, stumbling forward
« on: January 15, 2016, 09:48:21 am »
Hi Free Range, thanks for the welcome. I'd like to think I've learned something. But it was probably only half of a measely percentage of what I needed.

Oneward and up, though. One step at a time.

Editing is one thing I'm looking into for this year. Any suggestions of who/where to look for an epic fantasy focused editor? Some of my favorites are Martin, Abercrombie, Brett, Tolkien, Rowling... I'd imagine I would want a similar taste in an editor.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 11 things you don't know about bargain e-book buyers
« on: January 14, 2016, 04:48:51 pm »
Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Makes sense. If you're a bargain hunter: Is it because you're cheap, or because you have an expensive addiction that needs to be offset?

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