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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. Read More Transparency in Indie Publishing: Month 2

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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:

Read More An Update & the Cover for The Great Healion Race

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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. Read More Reviews and Interviews

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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).

Click “keep reading” to see the final result! Read More The Book Cover is Finally Here!

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