Yes! I haven’t even started the big ad push for Ygerna yet, and it is already a Hot New Release in Arthurian Fiction on Amazon! Here’s the screen shot to prove it:
And you saw right — that is Stephen King behind me. 😀
I was a bit worried about this one, given that the material is not exactly easy. But the description makes it clear enough that Ygerna’s journey from victim to warrior begins with rape, so hopefully those who do not want to deal with that kind of darkness will stay away. Many of us have had to live through that experience, though, and I wanted to tell the story of a woman who learns to become the hero of her own life, despite having been a victim.
Of course, once again I was unable to write something that would be easy on potential readers …
I have another project up my sleeve for Nanowrimo, where I’m hoping to restrain my dark side a bit more than I usually do. More on that in a few weeks. And yes, I’m trying to bend my imagination to the more commercial. Eventually I want to make a real living from this writing gig, after all. And I have slowly come to the conclusion that the kinds of books I most want to write (and read) aren’t going to do it.
Just before going to bed last night, I heard that Tom Petty was in the hospital. Then this morning came the sad news that he was dead.
Tom Petty is one of those artists where I have almost every album. When I started listening mostly on my computer or ipod, I ripped all of my favorite songs and added them to my mp3 collection. Sometime after attending the Clarion West Writers Workshop, I deliberately chose “Runnin’ Down a Dream” as my theme song — because hey, if you want to be a writer, or any kind of artist, it certainly isn’t going to come to you. 🙂
I saw a snippet of an interview earlier today where he said that many people had told him his songs provided a soundtrack for their lives — and it couldn’t get much better than that. How right he was. He certainly provided a number of songs to the soundtrack of my life.
And so he lives on.
I am thrilled to announce that Ygerna has been approved for pre-order on Amazon — in record time! It will be available for a special launch price of only 99c through October. After that, it will go up to $2.99.
Uthyr destroyed her life. Now she wants revenge.
When young Ygerna first meets Uthyr, Pendragon of Britain, she is dazzled by the handsome and famous warrior. But when Uthyr interprets admiration as consent and takes her by force, Ygerna’s hero worship turns to hatred.
And she will do anything to get revenge on the man who got her with child and ruined her life.
It will officially be published on Amazon on Oct. 2. I did that to have a bit more time to arrange for some additional publicity in October, since it would be cool to have a Hot New Release again. 🙂
Strangely enough, other venues have been much slower publishing. The only other one I have so far is Kobo:
I have not yet done the extra work to make it available for print — which also involves getting a new version of the wraparound cover from my cover artist once I have the PDF done. I have to see if it’s possible to test the Vellum print add-on — otherwise it’s cut and paste into my print template …
I would be very grateful for shares and tweets and reblogs! There’s too much going on at the moment for me to invest the time in anything like a Facebook launch party, so ads and word of mouth are all I have to rely on.
But one very nice thing — before I even noticed that it was already available, Ygerna had its first pre-order. 🙂
In anticipation of the upcoming release of the Pendragon Chronicles prequel novel, Ygerna, I have lowered the price of Yseult to 99c through October 20.
And no, I still do not have a release date for Ygerna. My editor’s computer died, which has set her back several days while she transfers data and sets up the new computer.
This kind of thing is why I really don’t like doing much pre-release promotion. Not everything is in my hands, and if an editor has computer problems and can’t deliver on time, if I have set up a pre-order with a specific launch date, then I’m out of luck. I’m not setting a definite publication date until everything is in my hands. Then all I have to worry about is getting the corrections into the manuscript and the formatting — which I do myself.
Once I have the edited manuscript back, then I may do a short term pre-release. Or maybe not. 🙂 Might just publish as soon as I can and throw everything I have at it then!
I haven’t had a lot of time recently to update my various pages for places you can advertise eBook promos, so I thought I would share this site I found:
It has an especially nice feature that you can click a button to only show free sites.
I should soon have news on the publishing front regarding Ygerna. Just waiting for the file back from the editor. 🙂
These days, the ROI for paid advertising seems to be getting worse and worse, so I’m trying to put more of my energy into group promos and building my mailing lists. Plural because I’m still experimenting and haven’t settled on a provider yet. OTOH, I may eventually stick with multiple newsletters to keep readers with different interests apart. I had so many unsubscribes from my main mailing list earlier this year when I announced the publication of Starting Out as an Indie Author that I got a slap on the wrist from Mailchimp.
But anyway, on to the current deals. yes? 🙂 The book I like to refer to as my literary time travel, Chameleon in a Mirror, is currently on sale on Amazon through August 27 for only 99c!
I’m afraid it isn’t available anywhere else right now. I’m mostly out of KDP Select, but I want to keep at least one book in at any given time to give Kindle Unlimited readers a chance to discover my books.
Along with Chameleon in a Mirror, you can discover dozens of other science fiction and fantasy ebooks on sale for 99c until August 27 here:
The other group promo I am presently participating in is a back to school Free YA Book Promo. To get these books, all you have to do is sign up for the author’s mailing list. My book for this one is my YA alternate history with magic, Island of Glass.
In the spirit of experimentation, I have set up a new mailing list for this promo, since I am hoping to publish the second and third books of the Glassmakers trilogy by the end of the year. The readers who sign up for this list will get news specifically tailored to the series. I’ll be interested to see how it works out.
But please remember, if you like to fill your eReader by signing up to mailing lists, when you get the newsletters you have signed up for, don’t mark them as spam. That’s even worse for the writer than too many unsubscribes and can get their mailing list accounts suspended.
Hope you all find something you enjoy!