I’ve just sent the MS to my editor after going through the story a few times. Magician in Battle is just about ready to go. The cover has just been completed and here is a preview.
After hundreds of Moonstone | Magic That Binds sales in six weeks, it has gotten a 4.4 rating out of 5.0 stars on Goodreads. A couple of one-star reviews have dragged down the Amazon rating a bit. I’ll not comment on those…
Sunstone | Dishonor’s Bane is also selling at a good clip.
What I’m somewhat gratified to see is that readers are picking up my other books. Not as many are buying the others, but I’m grateful that the other stories are getting a read.
Thanks if you’ve picked up any of my books.
Sorry I didn’t mention about the free promotion for The Purple Flames. It went free for about a week. 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.
Your favorite character in a full-length novel!
Guy will write a novel-length story about the character that readers like the most. If you vote and your favorite character is chosen, Guy will sent you a free e-book version of the novel.
Characters from the three 2014 anthologies, The Alien Hand, The Purple Flames, and Angel in Bronze will be eligible.
Voting goes until December 31st, 2014. You can vote here at the official Guy Antibes website. Guy will announce the winning character by January 7th, 2015 and the novel should come out in the summer of 2015.
Click on the Anthologies on the top Menu Bar to get to the Character Contest entry form.
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
If 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 it’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.
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, independent 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.