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Last post Author Topic: Sci-fi novel now available from DC member kyrathaba!  (Read 183853 times)

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #500 on: July 20, 2013, 04:07:23 PM »
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Impressive - how did you manage that?


I pitched the book to them, and asked if they'd be willing to review it and blurb it if they like it.

I also pitched it to some more well-known authors, and here's what they responded:

Raymond E. Feist: "I stopped blurbs years ago. Too many people asking and not enough time to read them all."

William Shunn: "Sorry, I just don't have time."

Scott Sigler: "Nope, can't do that, I'm afraid. But rock on."

Neil Gaiman: "I'm afraid not."

John Scalzi: "No."

Meh, can't win them all.

I never heard back from my Tweets to Will Wheaton, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Bear, Anne Rice, George R. R. Martin, Diane Duane, Stephen King or Dean Koontz. I'm sure they're busy.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #501 on: July 20, 2013, 04:11:54 PM »
You know, this thread has been read 19K+ times. If everyone who's reading this would visit my FB author page (see sig) and click "Like", that would help a lot to create buzz ("word of mouse...")
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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #502 on: July 20, 2013, 08:16:14 PM »
You know, this thread has been read 19K+ times. If everyone who's reading this would visit my FB author page (see sig) and click "Like", that would help a lot to create buzz ("word of mouse...")

Eew.
Facebook, the Evil Empire!
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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #503 on: July 21, 2013, 09:55:48 AM »
^ But, an evil empire that can get word-of-mouse to spread about my book. Per my Fan Page report, I've reached over 800 people and made them aware of the upcoming book. 8,000 would be better. There's that 0.2 percent that are book-o-philes, and want to read anything new coming out. Then there are the specific-genre-o-philes who'll want to read a book involving aliens, or because it's post-apocalypse Earth.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #504 on: July 21, 2013, 04:22:27 PM »
OoooOooohhh, exciting news! We've gone through Draft 3 and weeded thoroughly. Mouser, if you've been keeping notes on errors you find, you may wanna PM me for an updated mobi. I'm gonna bet 99% of them are resolved, now.

We're VERY close to having this puppy whipped into publishable shape. I honestly could NOT have done it without Perry and 4wd. They are word-hounds! I can't overstate how rife with typos and other types of errors this book would be without their talents as proofreaders.

I've sent Perry an epub of the scrubbed 3rd draft, mainly just to ensure that our changes we made in gDocs "stuck" in my Jutoh MS. But I'm hoping to publish in the next few days. Just sent Perry an email, Joel, with your suggestion to Gdocify the updated epub.
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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #505 on: July 21, 2013, 04:27:09 PM »
Our hard deadline for publishing is 8/10, but I'd like to publish by my birthday, July 26th, 5 days from now, if we can swing it. That would be cool. However, we'll just have to see.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #506 on: July 21, 2013, 05:12:04 PM »
Mouser, sent you email with updated MOBI file.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #507 on: July 23, 2013, 10:19:06 AM »
At this point, we're at a place in the book's development where I deem it "releasable"; much as we software developers reach a point at which we say to ourselves, "this piece of software is not perfect, but it's useful. I'm going to release it to the world, and then update it as I find the occasional bug or add the occasional feature."

Therefore, the book is now available on Smashwords, and has already sold several copies. When mouser and the authors I've submitted to give their review, I'll ask permission to quote a blurb, and will upload an updated ebook with 3 or 4 blurbs in the front. It would also be wonderful if they reviewed it on Goodreads and Amazon.

I cannot say enough great things about Perry and 4wd, who have been excellent, truly outstanding proofreaders and have suggested invaluable edits. They will each be receiving a digitally autographed e-book copy. We still have the latest epub on Gdocs, scrutinizing, pruning...

The book will soon be available on Amazon and GoogleBooks as well. It is the same price everywhere: $2.99 USD. People who have "Liked" my author page on Facebook can contact me for a coupon code good for 15%-off this price.

In adding up samples downloaded from Goodreads, DC, Scribd, Smashwords and Issue, I see that way over 300 previews have been made of the book. On Smashwords, you can download 50% of the entire book as a free sample. Same will be true on Amazon once it passes review.

If at any point in the future you read the book and enjoy it, please let Perry and 4wd know. They deserve equal credit in any success it may enjoy.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #508 on: July 23, 2013, 12:32:28 PM »
Congrats! :)

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #509 on: July 23, 2013, 12:52:07 PM »
It's a huge accomplishment to write a novel.  Congratulations  :up:

ps. Just bought my copy at smashwords -- painless and fun process -- looking forward to discovering new indie writers there (hopefully some more DC members too).

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #510 on: July 23, 2013, 01:44:56 PM »
Thanks for the congrats guys. Mouser, thanks for the purchase! A huge part of the credit goes to 4wd and Perry for their amazing editing.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #511 on: July 23, 2013, 02:08:40 PM »
@40hz, your name will be included under Proofreader's in "Acknowledgments" in next upload.

A little late, but this walks into a funny little joke!
Can you spot the proofreading mistake in that sentence?
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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #512 on: July 23, 2013, 02:14:19 PM »
Proofreaders, not Proofreader's ;)

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #513 on: July 23, 2013, 02:45:00 PM »
^ That's why I need proofreaders  ;D

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #514 on: July 23, 2013, 03:09:05 PM »
^ or why you need proofreader's  :P

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #515 on: July 23, 2013, 07:04:26 PM »
The novel, Kyrathaba Rising, is now available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Scribd (screenshots are in that order, below). Click on an image below to go to the store:

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #516 on: July 23, 2013, 07:32:13 PM »
@40hz, your name will be included under Proofreader's in "Acknowledgments" in next upload.

A little late, but this walks into a funny little joke!
Can you spot the proofreading mistake in that sentence?
:P

Yes, it should be 40Hz, but I blame 40 for that  :P

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #517 on: July 23, 2013, 07:38:58 PM »
I like Leor Jackal  :D

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #518 on: July 23, 2013, 07:40:19 PM »
It should also be available via Google Books any day now.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #519 on: July 23, 2013, 07:40:54 PM »
Just got first fan mail. A lady wanting the sequel NOW.  ;D

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #520 on: July 23, 2013, 07:41:09 PM »
We still have the latest epub on Gdocs, scrutinizing, pruning...

I've found a few more if you want to go look, start at chapter 25, (yes, I'm reading it backwards - amazing what you find when the flow of the story no longer matters).


Just got first fan mail. A lady wanting the sequel NOW.  ;D

Hey, your wife doesn't count  :P

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #521 on: July 23, 2013, 07:45:36 PM »
Is the Gdoc still named Kyrathaba Rising 20130723 ?

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #522 on: July 23, 2013, 08:06:06 PM »
Nevermind, found the right one.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #523 on: July 23, 2013, 09:19:32 PM »
Novel now available on Amazon, Scribd, and Smashwords. Waiting on approval from GoogleBooks and for Smashwords to approve it for its Premium Catalog, which will distribute it to Kobo, Diesel, some library e-book rentals, etc.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #524 on: July 23, 2013, 11:00:36 PM »
4wd, hold off on any further editing. I've incorporated discussed fixes, but I'm wore out and gonna set this aside at least a few weeks.