Andrew Leon Hudson was kind enough to interview me over at his site, The Cartesian Theatre. He took a pretty good axe to my answers, but I think they turned out better because of it. They’re certainly funnier and more entertaining.
That writing contest I mentioned for A Warrior’s Path…right now I’m in second place! In NASCAR terms, that would mean I’m the first loser, but this ain’t NASCAR. I’ll take second. I’m about 80-90 votes behind first place, so if anyone hasn’t voted, please do so.
Here’s the link:
I hate to do this, but I’m going to have to. The thing is, of my sales, well over 95% of them have come through Amazon. I don’t like being limited to a single distribution hub, but by the same token, I can’t overlook the influence Amazon has on the ebook marketplace. Or the promotion and marketing they offer to ebooks sold exclusively through their website.
For now, I’m going to make A Warrior’s Path exclusive to Amazon once again (A Warrior’s Knowledge currently is as well). I’m making this decision based on prior history. There was a prior period of time when A Warrior’s Path was in the Kindle Select Program (exclusive), and it seemed to sell better than it did after I made it available on Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords i.e. selling it through multiple sites didn’t make up for the seemingly lost sales when I took the book out of the Kindle Select Program.
We’ll see how it works out…
I just published the book. YAY!!!!!! Here’s the Amazon link: A Warrior’s Knowledge.
For a short time, it’s going to be exclusive to Amazon since they market the bejeezus out of a book when it’s in their Kindle Select Program. Later on in the year, I’ll put it on the Nook as well.
BTW, here’s the cover art.
A Warrior’s Path is a finalist for the inaugural Bookbzz Prize Writer Competition! The winner is decided by popular vote, so if anyone feels so inclined, send your vote my way (actually, I’m begging people – please, please, please). You need a Facebook account, Twitter account, or Google Plus account to be able to vote. Here’s the link:
So while volume 2 of my own series is in the hands of my editor, I decided to take time off to read some books. See, there’s a novel I wrote – the very the first one, in fact – waaaaaay back in 2003. It was absolutely awful, but since I loved the plot so much, I tried to rework it. I’ve rewritten that sucker 4 times from start to finish since 2003, and I mean literally rewrote it. The first three iterations were first person and the last was third with two POV characters. But at no time did I get the story right.
However, over the past 6 months or so, a nugget of an idea has taken hold, and I’m excited to see if I can finally bring the island of Arylyn to life.
Thus, the books I’ve been reading are young adult. I don’t know the sensibilities of that genre anymore, so I thought I’d re-familiarize myself with the type of books that made me fall in love with reading in the first place. The first series I picked up was The Seven Realms quadrology by Cinda Williams Chima.
The setting is the northern city of Fellsmarch, a place always ruled by queens and never a king. Enter the thief, Han Alister, who has done many bad things in his life but wants to do good. Early on, he and his friend Dancer end up in the wrong place at the wrong time and Han gains an amulet that leads to tragedy. Then there’s always the witty, but at times witless Raisa, heir to the Queendom. She’s just trying to find her place in the world. You know, save her mother, save the Queendom, and figure out how to marry the boy she’s always loved. The first book plods along and finally becomes interesting when Han meets Raisa. After that, the next three volumes go by quickly. Some of the characters are cliched, like Raisa’s bratty sister who reminded me of Dawn from Buffy. Shudder. Otherwise, the characters were likable, and I was especially happy to see the thought the author put into the plot. Trouble loomed in unexpected ways, pain followed, and the characters had to grow. I liked it.
The other series was The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas, the first book of which was The Burning Sky. This was an intimate novel. What I mean is that it’s really about just two people, Titus VII, Master of the Domain, and Iolanthe Seabourne, the elemental mage that Titus has waited to find his entire life. That’s it. Sure, there’s other characters, but they’re secondary at best. All the focus is on the relationship between Titus and Iolanthe. They don’t like each other or trust each other, but circumstances cast them into an uneasy alliance. As expected given that it’s proudly labelled a romance, love blossoms between them, but by the second book, the equally well done The Perilous Sea, that simple attraction and affection is put to the test by amnesia of all things, and the prophetic visions of Titus’ mother. The setting is a fantasy world that is separate from, but overlaps our own and filled with high level magic that is indistinguishable from science and Eton College in 1883 England. Odd, right? But it works because of the intimate nature of the writing and the fact that Iolanthe is instantly attractive as a character, and Titus, who some might find detestable at first, I found sympathetic. I liked these books a lot and am looking forward to the finale.
I’m waiting on the final edits from my editor, so in the meantime, I thought I’d learn Scrivener. What an elegant piece of software. It’ll making organizing volume 3 so much easier.
Oh yeah. And I have a discount on A Warrior’s Path running. It started today and goes through Jan. 5th. It’s already been a phenomenal success in terms of increasing the visibility of the book. Here’s my current Amazon sales rankings:
It’s been a fun day!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Or at least a happy holidays!
I’m thisclose to finishing the first draft. It’ll turn out to be about the same size as book 1 (roughly 160,000 words). Just two more chapters to go.
I know the advice about how a good writer needs to be willing to kill one’s characters, but it’s hard. I’m reaching a point where a character I’ve grown to love is going to die. I can save this person, and in fact, I can finish the entire trilogy (I’m still on volume 2, so hold your horses, I’m not nearly done) without anyone important to the story dying, but it seems like a cheat. The deaths have to be there since the world I created is violent and it seems so unlikely that everyone would survive.
Ugh! I don’t like it.