Posted by Mark C. King 2016-08-25 10:15AM
My new book (Tomb of Hannu) is in the running to be admitted into the kindlescout program by amazon.com.
Please take a few moments and give it your vote. If selected, everyone that voted gets a free copy!Link
Posted by Mark C. King 2016-08-24 03:28PM
I have discovered an interesting phenomenon as a finish my books. I am almost sorry to publish it as my next one will be that much better.
In no way does this mean that I think my past works are no good, it is just that I get so excited and see so much potential in the next story that it is hard to focus on anything else.
When I finished my first book (Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure), I was very happy with it (still am), but I had already had exciting ideas for the next one (Whisper of Bedlam Asylum) and new that it would be even better than the first one. As Whispers was being finished, I was already thinking about an Egyptian adventure with a very underused (although my favorite) character - and could be better than my first two.
Now that my third book (Tomb of Hannu) is nearing publication, I have the beginnings of a fourth one and I, again, think it will be my best story. I am SO excited about it!
My guess is that I am not unique in these feelings, but found them interesting enough to share.
Posted by Mark C. King 2016-08-01 03:29PM
I once had a job helping to run the office of a small private tennis club. It was awesome! The work was easy, the pay was decent, and I happen to love tennis. I always knew that it was not going to be my career, but it was pretty sweet while it lasted.
I bring this up as I sometimes think how it would be to have a job as an author. I have hard time imagining that it would not be incredible. To be able to spend lots of time developing a story, wording it just so, and just bringing my imagination to life sounds perfectly wonderful.
As it is I have a full-time job and do my writing in the mornings or evenings. I wonder how improved my stories could be with more dedicated time.
Well, for now, I will keep reaching for that goal. Don't quit your daydream as someone once said.
Posted by Mark C. King 2016-06-28 10:54AM
So the goodreads giveaway has completed. I really wish I could have offered more than just 3 copies. However, I'm glad I did it.
The giveaway ran for about 30 days and ended up with 1096 people entering! Of those that entered, over 500 added the book to the 'To Be Read' list.
I am very much an unknown author still, but this seems like a good step towards getting people to have heard of me.
Still writing, still trying.
Posted by Mark C. King 2016-06-13 02:54PM
So I have been trying to get my newest book (Whispers of Bedlam Asylum) into as many hands as possible. One thing I that I wish I thought of sooner was to make it clear that this book is a stand-alone novel.
Yes, it is 'Sigmund Shaw, book 2', but I made it so that any needed references are provided. In fact, as I was writing it, I had people helping me who had not read the first book yet. This helped me to elaborate where needed.
I'm not against connected series (where you have to read book 1 before 2 and so forth), but it feels that those are nearing the point of cliche. Even brand-new authors are starting with 'Book 1 of the...trilogy' - I admire the confidence, but there is no harm in starting a little smaller and building experience and skill.
All that said, my current work will probably be a two-parter. It was not my intention, but the story is driving that way. I like the idea that I did not set out to make a multi-book story, but that it happened naturally.
Please don't think that I'm against multi-book connected series, I am not. Lord of the Rings - Classic. Hunger Games - Awesome. But they are an investment in time and sometimes, I just wanna pick up a solo novel and be done with it.
Not sure why I felt like sharing all this, but I did.
Posted by Mark C. King 2016-06-03 03:35PM
The thought of deviating from an outline has been on my mind.
First, in my debut book, Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure, I had originally had the main character work with a girl who had become an orphan. Sigmund would have been like a father figure to her. However, Sigmund already had that role with his niece, so I decided to remove the relationship with this orphan. No problems so far... However, that orphan girl was to balance the story with a female lead character. When I took her out, I forgot to replace that role. Result: the lack of a regular female character is something that many have pointed out as something missing! Lesson learned. The second book, Whispers of Bedlam Asylum, has a very prominent female character. :)
I also bring up deviation because my current work in progress is causing me to deviate in a different way. Although I am still following my outline, I find that I am adding several chapters to flush out some situations and emotions than I had anticipated. I am not at all unhappy with the results, but I do worry that when I go back to edit that the flow might wander a bit with the unintended stuff.
No way to be sure until I'm done with the first draft. :) Guess I should get back to it.
Posted by Mark C. King 2016-05-24 07:51PM
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I know very little about advertising or marketing. That said, I will continue to share things I'm trying and the results I get. Perhaps this will help guide someone in what they should or should not try.
I am using Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for my book. Say whatever you want about Amazon, good or bad, but this service has been extremely helpful for me. One of the things it offers is to put your book on special or on sale. I decided to give this a try with my first novel, Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure. You get to have the sale for a total of 5 days during each KDP period (3 months or so).
I decided to offer my book for free as I am still very much in the phase of getting my book read by as many people as possible. I think it was a good choice. In the 5 days of the special, 145 people downloaded a free copy. To put this in some context: in the year or so that my book has been available, I have sold around 40 copies. 1 Year, 40 copies. 5 days, 145 copies. Yep, very glad I gave this a shot!
I have already scheduled a free special for my second book, Whispers of Bedlam Asylum, and am curious how that will go (starting June 10th).
Another thing I am in the middle of trying is a goodreads giveaway. If you don't know goodreads.com, then stop reading this article and go there now. Every author should be familiar with this wonderful site!
Goodreads is just starting to experiment with ebook giveaways, but the normal for them is for an actual hard-copy giveaway. Being that I have access to hard-copies of my book, I thought I would give it a try. The giveaway is free (you do have to provide the book or books and the shipping of the book to the winner or winners). To keep it reasonably priced, I decided to give out 3 copies.
Today is day 2 of the giveaway and 150 people have already entered. Over a hundred of those was on day 1. The giveaway goes for around 30 days, so the end number should be interesting.
If your goal is to get your work read, then I highly recommend these two avenues.
Side note: Coleen Hoover is the first self-published author to reach the New York Times Best Seller list for an ebook. I read some of her interviews to see how she went about getting her work known and, among other things, she had done these two exact giveaways!. Not saying that I (or you) will have her kind of success, but it does not hurt to try! :)