Thursday, July 9, 2015

Totally Awesome.

The bar was set pretty high, and we didn't quite reach it. Not as far as we'd hoped, but much better than I feared. 889 pre-sales as of midnight. That's $444.50 for the Ada Community Library's Special Events Department. Minimum. Rounding up is good. We'll talk about that later.

For now, thanks to everyone who has helped support the Saga, and the Library. More in the morning.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Home Stretch

Blademage Adept drops in less than two days, and we're closing in on the pre-order target. Last check was 830 of the 1000 goal. Was pounding the pavement, shaking hands and kissing babies today... (OK, sitting on a park bench in the shade eating free BBQ and talking to whoever came up and talked to me. Not that outgoing in real life.) Things may still pick up with the end of the countdown for Journeyman Warsmith, and the new friends I made today spreading the word. Would you believe I only hours ago I taught a magician a trick learned from a clown circa 1997? Good times.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Counting Down

Only a week until Blademage Adept hits the virtual shelves. Countdown promotion on Apprentice Swordceror is winding down, and Journeyman Warsmith is ramping up, already discounted in the UK, and soon in the US.

The Ada Community Library is also counting the days until Blademage Adept is released. As my favorite library, they get the donation this time. Here's how it's going to go.

I've pledged fifty cents a copy on pre-sales of the new book to the Special Events Department. Rhysabeth-Da... Err... Diane is really excited about it, especially with the additional trigger condition I mentioned. If pre-sales hit the one thousand mark, I'll donate a flat thousand dollars. We'd love to be able to do that, to support the library that's been so supportive of us since day one. And it's a reasonable target. Without much advertising, as I post this, pre-sales are at 652, with a week left to go. The Discount Deal on book two should boost that this coming week, and I'll start actively advertising to try and hit the goal.

Diane says she's going to talk to the ladies at Chaotic Acts of Theatre, to see if they'd put together a turbo-spoof of the books so far, to use part of the anticipated donation. They totally nailed Harry Potter. I have mixed emotions about the prospect, but love to watch them.

So, pre-order the book, tell a friend, and support a local author, supporting a local library.

Thanks, and have a safe, fun holiday tomorrow.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Game On!

Getting ready to watch my girls' softball team play their third game today. So far they're one for two, but confidence is high for this game. They made me this cool sign, been hanging it by the Gatorade cooler all day.

Final draft of Blademage Adept is submitted, four full days ahead of schedule. Presales are crazy, and my favorite librarian is a little freaked out by the donation I've pledged. Details are forthcoming, might try and get out in front of the conventional media for this at first.

Apprentice Swordceror is on sale in the US and UK this week (my apologies to areas that are ineligible for Countdown Deals). Journeyman Warsmith will be on sale the following week, leading up to the release of Blademage Adept. Countdown Deals are best at the beginning, so if you are interested, buy early.

Full steam ahead on the next one! Already a few chapters ahead of where I thought I would be. Plenty of back catalog work to be done on slow inspiration days. Things are looking good.