A Birthday Gift! (AKA, A Free Book!)

Today’s my birthday, and I thought it would be nice to give all my followers/fans/readers/etc. a gift. So for today only I’ve made a coupon code for Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris, so that you can get it for free from Smashwords. There are a ton of formats available there, including ones compatible with Nook, iPad, Kindle, and your PC or Mac (you can even read it right in your browser).

All you need to do is use coupon code QA45Z when you check out (it’s not case sensitive) and you’ll get it for free.

Alternatively, if you’d like to give me a birthday gift, you can purchase Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris on Smashwords, Amazon (and in the UK), and Barnes & Noble. Or you can buy The Great Healion Race from Smashwords, Amazon (also  in the UK), and Barnes & Noble. If you’ve already bought the books, you might consider leaving a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, or Goodreads (here or here) for either one (or both)!

I’ll be taking down the coupon code sometime this evening (April 18th), so if you want the free copy, get it early (you don’t have to download it right away, so you can “purchase” it now and then download it whenever it’s convenient).

Feel free to share this post on Twitter, Facebook, etc. to spread the word!

Transparency in Indie Publishing: Month 2

So, it’s been nearly two months since I started self-publishing The Steam and Steel Chronicles. Sales for March were pretty much on par with sales of February, but the good news is that the past two days, since publishing The Great Healion Race, I’ve seen a good increase in sales. And not just for The Great Healion Race, but also for Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris.

Everyone I’ve talked to who has read the book has liked it (or loved it). I’ve had a couple of good reviews (and am still waiting for a couple more to come out). I had a really positive review from Geranium Cat’s Bookshelf, which resulted in a few Kindle UK sales. Continue reading

I Got Impatient (The Great Healion Race is Now Available!)

I got impatient yesterday morning and decided to just go ahead and make The Great Healion Race live rather than wait until Monday. You can buy it for $2.99 at the following links:

Barnes & NobleKindle/Amazon USKindle/Amazon UKSmashwordsGoodreads

If you haven’t read Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris yet, you may want to do that before reading The Great Healion Race. It’s available here for only $.99:

Barnes & NobleKindle/Amazon USKindle/Amazon UKSmashwordsGoodreads

And of course, if you have a book review blog and would like a copy to review, please let me know!

Also, I’ve created a page specifically for my books, with the blurb for each and where to purchase them (as well as reviews and press coverage for each). Feel free to send your friends to that page if you think they might be interested in The Steam and Steel Chronicles (or send them the links to buy directly, of course).

An Update & the Cover for The Great Healion Race

The Great Healion Race, book two of The Steam and Steel Chronicles should be out sometime during the first week in April. The proofreading is done, the cover is done, and half of the formatting is done (the HTML half). Once I finish the formatting, I plan to write a post detailing how I do it for those of you interested in formatting your own ebooks. I’m still perfecting my workflow, but hopefully this book will go much smoother than the last one (which was nothing but headaches).

First, here’s a look at the cover:

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A First Look at “The Great Healion Race”

Since it’s #SampleSunday over on Twitter, I decided I’d share the first part of The Great Healion Race, Book Two of The Steam and Steel Chronicles. Here are the first two scenes, which start four years after the end of the first book, Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris (available on Nook, Smashwords, and Kindle): Continue reading

Transparency in Indie Publishing

One of the biggest questions a lot of authors have when it comes to indie publishing is “Can you really make any money at it?” We’ve all heard the stories about people like JA Konrath, who already had a mainstream publishing career prior to going indie. And we’ve heard about people like Amanda Hocking, who has shot up the charts and has sold more than a million books on Kindle in about a year (not to mention her sales on Smashwords and elsewhere). But can the average person make a decent living by indie publishing?

Well, I don’t know. I have friends who have self-published and are making a few hundred to a few thousand dollars a month. I have other friends who have self-published and are probably lucky to make a hundred dollars a month. A lot of it depends on how appealing your book is, and how hard you market it.

I’ll say that so far, 19 days into self-publishing my first novella, sales are right about where I expected. There’s still a few more days left in the month, and I have at least one more blog appearance lined up for this weekend, so here’s to hoping that I get a nice little up-tick in sales this week and exceed my expectations! (If you want to help out with that, you can purchase Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris on Smashwords, Nook, and Kindle in both the US and UK.)

In an effort to help get more data out there, so that people can decide for themselves whether indie publishing is the right thing for them, I plan to publicize my sales numbers and marketing efforts each month. I’ll include the number of books I’ve sold (including the outlets they sold through), as well as the blog appearances and other marketing I did during the month. I’ll draw conclusions as I can, but I’ll try to share as much raw data as possible.

On that note, is there anything in particular all of you would like to know in these monthly reports? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll try to share the information that’s important to you guys!

Reviews and Interviews

In the traditional publishing world, reviews and interviews are generally lined up ahead of launch. That’s because it’s important for books to sell well in the first week or two after they’re released if they want to maintain shelf space in bookstores. Many bookstores only give new releases three weeks or so to prove their worth, and if they don’t sell in that time, they’re returned to the publisher.

Indie authors aren’t as affected by initial sales. We can be in it for the long haul, especially with ebooks. There are countless stories of indie authors who only sold a dozen books in their first few months, and then suddenly took off and have now sold thousands (Lexi Revellian is just one such author, and I’m proud to say I was a beta reader for the book that has now done so well—if you like mystery and/or romance novels, go check out Remix!). So lackluster initial sales are nothing to fret over. Continue reading

The Book Cover is Finally Here!

So, after three drafts, we finally got the cover squared away today! It’s beautiful, exactly what I wanted and what I think of when I think of steampunk! My husband, Mike Moffit, did most of the background digital painting (from scratch). I added some of my own flourishes, plus did some basic art direction, and did the typography. It was a collaborative effort, and I’m really pleased with the way it came out (and the fact that Mike and I didn’t kill each other during the process).

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The Steam and Steel Chronicles Facebook Page!

The Steam and Steel Chronicles finally has a Facebook page! I’ve actually been working on it for a few days now, and had hoped to wait until the cover was ready, but got impatient and decided to make it live last night. So feel free to “Like” the page here. I’ll be making announcements related to the series there, and may use it to announce things prior to announcing them elsewhere. I’ve also posted an excerpt from the first book (the same one that’s available on this site).

The book cover should be finished today or tomorrow, and then once that happens, I’ll get everything posted to Kindle and elsewhere. I’ll also be relaunching the Untime Press website this week, so stay tuned for that, too.

An Excerpt from Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris

This is just a quick post to let  everyone know that I’ve added an excerpt from the first chapter of Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris under the “Fiction Excerpts” page in the main navigation (under “Steampunk Novella”, cause the full title doesn’t fit on one line). Or you can just click here to get to it. It’s the first scene, which makes up half of the first chapter.

The novella is now completely formatted, and I’m just waiting on the artwork for the cover. My husband is doing a digital painting of part of one of the scenes (I’m not so good at digital painting, so I’m leaving that part of the design up to him). We collaborated on what the image would include, and I’ll likely be doing the text layout and such for the cover (though he keeps trying to convince me to let him do it; this is what happens when designers are married to each other).

I spent a bit of time today formatting the ebook for Kindle. I’ve still got to do the formatting for epub and Smashwords, which I’ll do over the next few days. If all goes well, the book will be out on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords by the end of this week. Stay tuned!