THE RISING Fantasy Novel Review

I am thrilled to announce I received my first review for The Rising. Lovely Rachael at Woohoo@moosubi reviews was extremely gracious and made my day.  If you care to read it, and I hope you do, you can either go my Amazon sales page(link on sidebar) or to Goodreads  or just read the following. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show 370296179.

Rachael has a great blog and may I suggest a visit.

Thank you to all my supporters, you are appreciated and loved!!

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews1 of 1 people found the following review helpful4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastical World & Beautiful Characters!, July 26, 2012By

Rachael WoohooSee all my reviews

This review is from: The Rising (The Lost Children of Managrail) (Kindle Edition)

Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinion.

Judging based off the writing style, I probably started off by thinking The Rising was more of a happy-go-lucky and carefree book, with elements of a fairy tale-ish mix of middle grade and YA fantasy. Obviously, I was wrong – The Rising is not only much a more serious, detailed, and richer book, but also deals with much darker sides, symbols, and elements.

What was most intriguing in my opinion was Lila and her behavior. In one word, her emotions were intense, and I really felt for her. Even as a princess, she had to go through a lot, including her family’s losses, being kidnapped, feeling jealous over her own parent, and so much more. Her growth and sacrifices were extraordinary – I loved seeing her transformation from an ignorant, selfish girl into a more mature and experienced young woman. Her interactions with the demon were also interesting, but also conflicted, although sometimes I felt that I could understand her feelings of envy and feeling lost. I just hope that I’m the next book, Lila will finally be able to find fulfillment and happiness.

Simian was also a great character. Being forced to take his responsibilities seriously and having to protect his sister and kingdom. I also liked seeing his growth and admired his bravery, self sacrifices, and quick thinking. His thinking and willingness to sacrifice at the end (I don’t want to give away too much) was also admirable, as well as his loyalty to his kins and kingdom. Altogether, the characters in The Rising were magnificent, always demonstrating loyalty and bravery.

Without rambling too much, I’ll summarize by saying that pretty much all the characters were pretty well portrayed. I felt that there weren’t really any unnecessary characters and that each played an important part in the story. The plot and concept of the Light Bringers were also pretty interesting. There was lots of action, a pretty rich plot, and definitely enough to keep me entertained.

Overall, The Rising is a pretty solid and adventurous fantasy, with detailed characters and rich plot and fantasy elements. I highly recommend this for fantasy fans!

The Art of Being Polite

PENDING REVIEWS

I am sure I am going to upset more than one person with this post. Oh well! This is about decorum in the industry where we are so eager to belong. Writers and authors(first the writer, then the author) work  more hours, more days and sometimes years to share their words. There are a rare few who actually make a living in this great and wacky world.

There are so many blogs that “review”, so many reviewers period. We love you we really do and we need those hard to get reviews to move forward in our hoped for careers. Could you please be polite enough to indicate on your blogs, or sites that at the present time your kindle is full, you are up to your ears…something.  At least we wouldn’t waste our time in hopes that you’ll answer. If you do receive a submission and you simply are overwhelmed, please be polite enough to email and say so. There is a lack of common courtesy and professional demeanor out there. And last but not least(sorry for the cliche`), if you are a reviewer, please use your spell check and capitalize your i’s on your sites. Why would anyone want a review from someone who lacks those basic abilities? Thank you, we do need you and you need us as well. Please be polite!

Indies Unlimited Does It Again

Getting KDP to Work for You

This great article was posted on Indies Unlimited today. If you aren’t familiar with the site Please visit, you will be delighted.  Many authors, myself included, are questioning the KDP Select Program…will it work for us?  This inciting piece provides a good strategy to do so. Many thanks to STEPHEN HISE AND ALL THE WRITERS/AUTHORS AT INDIES UNLIMITED.

Preparing for Your KDP Select Free Days by Rex Jameson

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by K.S. Brooks | 15 Comments

[Editor Note: This step-by-step list is a great guide for promoting your free book through KDP Select. We used Rex’s methods to promote BAD BOOK at the end of June and had good success.]

Back when I first started using KDP Select, I used the Squidoo list by theinformationlady to promote my KDP Select promotion periods. I have had some pretty lousy results from Select recently, and I decided to revisit this and try to ferret out the proper way to do this. Here is my current process for promoting KDP Select titles:

Step 1: Make sure you have reviews BEFORE you settle on your promotion dates

Shortly after I published The Goblin Rebellion, I scheduled a KDP Select 2-day promotion over a month later and informed all the major sites without having any reviews for the book in place. I didn’t receive any emails back from ENT or POI, but I was in conversations with 2 book bloggers and had given away 50 copies at LibraryThing to try to garner some reviews. There were at least five people, counting the book bloggers, who told me they should be able to hit the promotion deadline.

None of them came through.

I sent an email to Greg at ENT and informed him that I would be extending the promotion for one day in case that would help him in promoting The Goblin Rebellion, which was the sequel to a book with 19 reviews and a 4 star average–figuring maybe he would assume the same quality had been put into the sequel. Greg informed me after the promotion was over that ENT is no longer featuring books with no reviews. Shortly afterward, two four star reviews popped up on The Goblin Rebellion, well after the promotion had ended. 700 downloads over 3 days and 0 sales after the promotion period later, I learned this lesson the hard way. Make sure you have reviews ready before you schedule a promotional period.

Step 2: Say hello to my little friends!

The list from Squidoo is obsolete. Most of the major book bloggers that redirect the most readers to your free promotions have changed their procedures. Here’s an updated list of what you should be doing.

At least two to four weeks in advance if possible:

1. Ereader News Today (fill out form 2 weeks+ ahead)

Estimated free downloads: 800-1200, depending on genre, cover, blurb, etc.

2. Pixel of Ink (fill out form 4 weeks+ ahead)

Estimated free downloads: 800-2000, depending on genre, cover, blurb, etc.

3. Books on the Knob (fill out form 2-4 weeks ahead)

4. Indie Books List (fill out form ~2 weeks ahead)

5. Indies Unlimited

Indies Unlimited runs a feature every Friday called “Freebie Friday.” If your book is going to be free, check out Indies Unlimited on Thursday for a post called “Freebie Friday Ramp-Up”, and it will require four things: 1) Title, 2) Author, 3) one sentence blurb, and 4) link to where the book will be free (and the dates).

Think about the one sentence blurb before hand. For instance, with my book Lucifer’s Odyssey, it might be “A civil war rages across the heavens between Lucifer and Jehovah, but it’s not the story you thought you knew…” I know, I know. Distilling your book into one catch phrase can be a headache, but you may be able to find help at the Writer’s Cafe.

On the day of your free promotion:

On Twitter:

Send a twitter message to the following twitter handles (include @kindlenews for instance along with your Amazon book url), which will retweet your promotional books. Most if not all of these are automated systems that aggregate free lists of books.

Estimated free downloads: 200-400, depending on genre, cover, blurb, etc. @kindlenews

@DigitalBkToday
@kindleebooks
@Kindlestuff
@KindleEbooksUK
@KindleBookKing
@KindleFreeBook
@Freebookdude
@Kindlefinds
@Kindlebookreview
@free
@free_kindle
@FreeReadFeed
@4FreeKindleBook
@FreeKindleStuff
@KindleUpdates

On Facebook:

Ebooks Free Free

Authors on the Cheap: Read the guidelines for posting this. You need price/ratings/genre and a link to the Amazon page.

SUPER IMPORTANT NOTES (PLEASE READ)

1. Try to wait 4+ weeks before doing another KDP Select promo for the same book, regardless of the downward trend of paid sales afterwards. If you redo a promo period too quickly, you’re very likely to hit the same readers who downloaded your book previously on ENT, POI, KND, etc. and even if they pick it up again, it won’t be as good of a promo period on the 2nd attempt. Waiting a month seems to give you a much better chance of getting high downloads, which should help translate to better paid periods.

2. It will take 2-5 days for paid sales to start rolling in after a free period. Do NOT panic and redo your promo period for reasons outlined in #1.

3. The best genres for these things appear to be 1) Romance and 2) Thrillers. Both of these can sometimes generate 8-20k downloads in a 2 day stretch O_O. Cover, blurb, price before free, etc. can affect this. Other genres can sometimes hit this kind of number. I remember a science fiction book hitting 8k+ on KB. Reviews and awards can help give more credibility. Genre specific sites (like DearAuthor for Romance) will supercharge your free downloads, so contact them.

4. Read Step 1. Don’t just skip to the sites and Twitter handles on this post. You need reviews to get picked up by ENT, POI, or KND nowadays.

5. You’re aiming for as many downloads as you can over a 2 day period. Only extend to 3 days if you are within the top 100 free list. The more downloads you get, the more it will count toward the popularity lists which will result in more paid sales.

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Rex Jameson is the author of the Primal Patterns series of novels and the Perspectives series of novelettes. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Jenny and a cadre of psychotic calicos who sometimes ambush him in his sleep. He recently earned his PhD in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and is thoroughly nerdy. You can learn more about Rex at his blog, on Facebook, or his Amazon.com Author’s page.

A version of this post previously appeared on Rex’s blog on 4/26/12.

Future Events

A Glimpse of Upcoming Fantasy Works

I thought it would be nice to share with my readers segments from works in progress. I know this is a bit unusual, but it is a good way to let the public (readers) know what will be in the market prior to release dates. A teaser if you will. On this post I’d like to introduce Jamison Stone to you. Please visit his site, I think you will enjoy it.

Apotheosis Studios

The Numinous Apprentice, Book I 
Mindra’s Haven and The Illusive Diamond
An Epic Fantasy/Science-Fiction series by Jamison Stone

Welcome to The Numinous Universe, a domain where magic, nature and Nano-technology have lost all separation. Humans and variations thereof, inhabit this mystic land where you can learn the secrets of the universe from angelic Guardians and the mind is the most powerful force in existence.

Aleksei, the book’s youthful hero, abandons his tutelage at the Master’s Academy, a monastic school dedicated to the arts of magic, warfare and philosophy and sets out on a quest to find Rudra, his missing Master; one of the only few remaining able to teach him the ancient and clandestine art of casting Runes. An art, which depending on the user’s will and intention, can be used for peace, protection and salvation, or enslavement, pain and destruction.

Asura, one such dark Master who uses Runes to conquer entire continents, believes that Aleksei has a vital role in the Kalki prophecy; the single force which can challenge his growing empire in the North. To break the prophecy, Asura sends dark assassins to kill the youth, assassins which hound Aleksei’s every step throughout his arduous journey.

During his exploration of the world of Terra, Aleksei experiences dangers his training could never have prepared him for, initiating him into a gray world where the contrast of morality and ethics collide. A collision in which he recruits allies, finds unexpected love and is humbled by the numinous forces of both light and darkness

central Terra w text markers Jamison

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