The Redemption of Erâth: Newsletter and Giveaway

I was talking with a friend the other day about the difficulties of publishing, and the point came up that, often, the people most inclined to write a book (i.e. people who are content to sit alone for hours on end) are also those least inclined to evangelize their own work. It makes marketing your novel a pain in the ass, because frankly all you want to do is sit down and keep writing, but instead you have to advertise, talk, Facebook, post, blog … all the things that it takes to get yourself noticed.

Probably the biggest frustration is that, after all that work, you might end up with nothing to show for it anyway. A handful of sales, a couple of reviews, and negligible exposure. After all, with all the books being published these days, how does one go about getting noticed?

Well, one of the things I’ve decided to do—inspired by my good writing friend, Nancy Chase—is start a newsletter going. Once a month I’ll send out a very brief update on things in the world of Erâth, the road to publication, and any new offers or giveaways that might be going on. I’ve set up an account with MailChimp, and the first newsletter goes out on October 1.

To give you an incentive to sign up (other than just hearing wonderful words from me!), I’ll also be hosting a giveaway: the first thirty subscribers to my newsletter will receive a free Kindle copy of The Redemption of Erâth: Consolation as a gift through Amazon. I’ll be running this giveaway throughout the month of September, so you have plenty of time to sign up! The signup form can be found at the bottom of this page, and I’ll be including a link in the sidebar of the website to make life easy.

So sign up now, get a free book, and keep up to date on all the goings-on in the world of Erâth!

Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bxDBX1.

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Thought of the Week: WordPress, Stats and Readers

One of the things I like the most about WordPress is the fairly in-depth statistics it gives you about your posts, your successes, and your readership. As a writer and an author, one of the most important things for me to know is whether anyone out there is actually reading what I’m writing. For the most part, of course, I’d like to know how people have read my book, but it’s nice to know when people are following you on your blog, or on Facebook, or on Twitter.

So far, WordPress has been my most successful writing medium, with now over 3,500 individual followers here alone. A large part of this success has come about from being featured on Freshly Pressed not once but twice, although I’d like to think a little bit of hard work went into the mix, too. It’s nice to think that over 3,000 people (potentially) see my writing each week.

Facebook is second to this, with now over 1,000 Likes for my Facebook page. I’ll admit to a curiously amusing coincidence, here, though: I once ran a Facebook ad targeted in India. Well, it happens that Satish is a very common first name in Hindi, and I think I got a lot of likes from people who possibly didn’t know exactly what I was all about. Fair enough—Likes are Likes, and I appreciate every one of them!

Twitter I haven’t quite got the hang of, apparently; I have about twenty followers.

More recently, WordPress has added a feature that tells you when your most successful posting time is. It turns out for me I get the majority of my reads on Wednesday evening—hence the time of this post! I’ll be curious to see if the response to today’s post is significantly greater than usual (I used to post on a Monday evening).

Stats for my book sales are important to me, too—even though I’m doing absolutely terribly at it so far. It’s funny to think that a single sale on Amazon can boost my ranking by over 1.4 million points—from 1.6 millionth best-selling book to the heights of 200 thousandth best-selling book. Whew! I wonder where two sales would get me?

Anyway … I don’t think I have much of a point to this post today, other than to say: buy The Redemption of Erâth: Consolation, and give an author a reason to look at his stats!

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The Redemption of Erâth: The Future of Erâth

I think my bipolar is taking an upward swing, because all of a sudden I’m trying to do a million things at once with regards to The Redemption of Erâth. I’ve sent out advertisements on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter, I’ve sent advance copies of books to beta readers, and I’ve started reading, writing and editing like crazy. All in a matter of a few weeks. Egads!

Anyway, it leads me to ponder the future of The Redemption of Erâth, and I think the timeline looks something a little bit like this:

  • September/October 2015: Publish The History of Erâth as a free Kindle download and in paperback
  • November 2015: Write Legends and Myths of Erâth as part of NaNoWriMo
  • December 2015: Release the second novel, The Redemption of Erâth: Exile
  • January-March/April 2016: Complete the first draft of the third novel, Ancients and Death
  • March 2016: Publish Legends and Myths of Erâth as a free Kindle download and in paperback

I don’t have much of a plan after that, but that’s already a lot for me to contemplate—especially for someone who never normally has a plan at all!

The good news of all of this is that, if I manage to stick to these deadlines (what a terrifying word!), I can send ARCs out to people—something I failed utterly to do with The Redemption of Erâth: Consolation. Perhaps I can generate a little bit of buzz over the book, and do slightly better than I have so far with Consolation (less than thirty copies sold in over a year). My ideal? Achieve the level of success Nancy Chase has had with her book, The Seventh Magpie. Two thousand copies in six months—incredible!

The hopeful idea here is that, with free supporting material in the form of The History of Erâth and Legends and Myths of Erâth, I can generate more interest in the full-length novels. I had intended to publish these supporting books anyway—I’m just bringing the timeline forward a little.

What do you think? Are you excited for more adventures in Erâth?