This weekend will mark the six month anniversary of the publication of my debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers. A lot has happened in that time (mostly positive I’m pleased to say), but looking back at my first six months as a published author I have no trouble admitting that I embarked upon this independent publishing journey without the faintest idea what I was doing. I self-published my novel pretty much on a whim, with no forethought, content to just learn the ropes as I go. It has definitely been a valuable learning experience, and in hindsight if I knew six months ago what I know now, I would have handled the publication of my first book very differently. But I have no regrets. Sometimes the best way to learn lessons is through experience, and I’ve learned three things that will help me with the launch of every subsequent book I publish in future.
This week I’ve finally been forced to do something that I really wanted to avoid doing, but can no longer justify not doing. I have decided to make my debut novel The Exercise Of Vital Powers an Amazon exclusive by enrolling it in the KDP Select program. If you don’t know what that entails, KDP Select is the means by which Amazon incentivises authors to give them exclusive ebook distribution rights, in exchange for various promotional perks. Choosing to go this route means that authors cannot sell their books via any other marketplaces, be it Apple iBooks or Kobo.
Earlier this year something rather unusual happened to me; I had a 150,000 word unpublished story on my hands. Certain facets of this manuscript were different from every other story I had ever written in my life before, the most notable difference being that it was a finished novel. Prior to its completion, the only stories I had ever successfully completed were short stories and the occasional novella; all previous attempts at novel writing resulted in abandonment, usually because I unceremoniously tore up or deleted the offending work. It was also different in that it was the first story I had written with the explicit intention of having it read by persons other than myself. And perhaps the most unusual thing about the manuscript was fact the that I was actually happy with it, which shouldn’t have been possible; I am never satisfied with my own writing.
For those of you who are still undecided about taking a chance on my debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, this is advanced notice to let you know that the Kindle edition will be free to purchase from Amazon on Monday 26th June, so you will no longer have any excuse to continue to holding off getting your copy. If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber you can read it for free, right now, until 16th August 2017.
Hello folks; this is a call to all you Goodreads users out there. I would like to bring to your attention that fellow user, Kitvaria Sarene, has recently started a Listopia list for the 300 entrants for this year’s #SPFBO contest. My entry, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is in dire need of your votes today. Having reached a peak of 87th position, it is now in joint 97th place, and falling. Your votes can reverse this downward trend, and send my book back up the list where it (probably doesn’t) belong.
Those of you who have been holding off purchasing my debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, no longer have an excuse for continuing to doing so. This weekend the kindle edition is available free of charge on Amazon, so now is the time to download it, while you can. The title is also currently enrolled into the KDP Select program, so those of you who are Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read it for free at least until 16th August 2017.
My debut fantasy novel The Exercise Of Vital Powers is available now from Amazon, and to mark this momentous occasion I’ve decided to giveaway 25 copies of the ebook edition to you lucky readers. Aren’t I being really nice to you guys today? All you have to do for your chance to win, is fill out the contact form below, telling me why you want (and more importantly, deserve) to receive a copy of my novel. The better your answer, the better your chances of winning.
I have good news people. The release of the Kindle edition of my debut fantasy novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is imminent. In honour of this momentous occasion, I have decided to treat you all to a first look at the cover artwork, and provide you brief synopsis of the story.
The book should be available to purchase from Amazon tomorrow, with the paperback edition planned for publication in June. I will also get around to making my novel available on other distribution platforms. More details to follow shortly, so keep your eyes peeled.