Tag: marketing

Magician In Captivity – Now Released

MagInCaptivity-MedThe latest book in the Power of Poses series, Magician In Captivity is now available at Amazon and Createspace and is coming soon to most e-book retailers.

Here is the blurb:

POWER OF POSES SERIES -Book Three

MAGICIAN IN CAPTIVITY

After a disastrous reunion with Valanna, Trak heads to the mysterious land of Bennin to rescue a Toryan princess sold into slavery. The Warish King sends Valanna back to Pestle to verify that the King of Pestle is no longer under Warish control. The Vashtan menace continues to infect the countries of the world and embroil both Trak and Valanna in civil conflict, while neither of them can shake off the attraction both of them feel towards each other. FANTASY – EPIC / SWORD & SORCERY / New Adult

Hand of Grethia

Waiting for a tardy beta reader for Anoria put some extra time in my hands.  So I dusted off the manuscript of my first novel and put it through some serious rewriting.  It had been through a number of readers years and years ago, but I still needed to spruce it up and now it’s about ready for release.  I’ll be proofing the copy in the next two weeks and expect an end of June, beginning of July release.  Anoria of Valir will be coming out in July.

Hand of Grethia is a space opera in the old tradition.  Here is the current blurb:

A nuclear cataclysm pushed Grethia, a remote planet, into a dark age. A religion emerged to suppress technology by calling it sacred, holy and not for the world. A king broke the control of the priesthood in his kingdom and began to bring crude technology back to life.

A young man, his space ship sabotaged, finds himself marooned on Grethia. Through insight, courage and luck, he struggles with the static forces of the status quo and, together with the king, defeats the enemies of progress.

His conflicts don’t end as he finds a way off the planet and confronts those who want to end his very existence and destroy the planet’s hard-won victory over the religion. The Hand of Grethia takes the reader from a Galactic civilization of space ships and high technology to the dark ages and back in an exciting space opera adventure.

Here are the current versions of the covers for both Anoria of Valir – The Vampiric Menace and Hand of Grethia

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Bloodstone Released March 2nd.

Bloodstone will be released on Amazon on March 2nd.  It’s available for pre-order right now.  The cover is about the same as the one I posted below.  I will change the pink tinge of the title slightly in the next few weeks.  Too pink for me.

Darkstone | An Evil Reborn is still scheduled for release during the first week of April.

Sunstone – Early February, Bloodstone – Early March

I am making progress with getting Sunstone and Bloodstone out. Sunstone is ready to go.  Got the final proof today.  Perhaps there might be the first chapter of Bloodstone inserted at the back.  Still thinking about that.

I’ve just about got the cover of Bloodstone finalized.  I’ve got a couple edit runs to go and that one
BloodstoneCvr will be ready.  I’m afraid I’ll need it because Darkstone is likely to get a very thorough examination.

Anyway, here is the Bloodstone cover.  I like it and I don’t think there will be much change before the third book in the Warstone Quartet is finished. The Bloodstone is a teardrop (or a blood drop, if you will) shape.  Of the two swords, one is polished and represents youth and the other is well worn and represents age.

Anthologies Promotions

Sorry I didn’t mention about the free promotion for The Purple Flames.  It went free for about a AngelBronzeCvrThmbweek.  The next free promotion will be in June.  Angel in Bronze will be free on Amazon for one week.  It’s scheduled for June 4th through June 10th.  It’s a good time to see what the three anthologies are like before you buy the other two.

I’m still looking for contest participants.

Covers & Blurbs

I’ve got three major initiatives that will consume March and beyond.

  • Finish the last draft volume of Warstones.  I’m at 20K words.  that’s 20%
  • Publish Warrior Mage.  I redid the cover so I’m about ready to design the inside.
  • Redo Covers and Blurbs.

Covers & Blurbs

IDghtr-BereavedCvrMedf someone looks at the other two Sara Featherstone novels, something is happening that matches the tone of the books that readers are looking for – spying in Disinherited and a sword and a gun in Betrayed.  I’m happy with those, but I need a better cover for the entry book, Bereaved.  She’s got to be doing something in the book.  Perhaps holding a smoking firearm.  Those aren’t really developed until Disinherited, but I will see what I can pull out of the book.  More drama.

I like the Panix cover, but again, it doesn’t present the tone I need to show.  Panix rowing a boat twelve inches off of the ground is subtle, but I’m afraid PanixCvr3Medit’s lost on potential readers.  So he’s got to be doing something.  Maybe the explosion at the tractor factory or throwing a light globe in the cave.

Blurbs need more work… every one.  There’s not enough sell in them.  I’ve got to get more.  When Warrior Mage comes out, I should get a few more hits and everything has got to be just right, so more sell in the blurbs at Amazon and everywhere else.

What I Learned at IndieReCon

IndieReCon is an online writer’s conference for independent published authors.  There are three approaches to getting your novels published:  Traditional, Independent and Hybrid.  Hybrid, as you might imagine, is an author that does both traditional and independent publishing.

Independent publishing has two further classifications, Self and Independent.  In this case, IndieReconindependent encompasses using small publishing companies with an imprint.  I am a self publisher who has a close relationship with a small publisher so I use the CasiePress, but I do most of my own work, so I would probably be considered more of a self publisher.

The major takeaway from IndieReCon was that I need to do a better job at marketing my books.  Since I don’t write full time, I’ve neglected a number of promotional aspects of writing, so you’ll see a twitter presence (you can follow me at @guyantibes) and more facebook content… but not a lot.

My website was recently hacked, so I’ve redesigned it with all new content including links for visitors to buy my books.  I’ll be redoing some of my covers along with blurbs.   Lots of work.

One thing that was consistent throughout is write, write, write.  If you think you’d make better use of your time writing, then write rather than go off and do something else.

Last year was pretty much a disaster for my production.  No publications, but this year will be different.  More short stories in anthologies and at least two novels.  Warrior-Mage is written and I’m finalizing the cover.  Moonstone is in rewrites.  So I learned that I have to do things differently this year, including posting videos on my blog and setting up a YouTube channel.  I’m looking forward to that.

One thing that I will do is create a marketing plan.  What I need to do for each book and what I need to do to promote my writing career (not much of one to date.)  I consider the three days that I stuffed with articles, vlogs and online chats to have been worthwhile.