We are now just 10 days away from LAUNCH! (Hard to conceptualize! Harder to believe!) More dates, later….
Also, I think I’ll be posting some of this both as a “blog” (still don’t much care for that word!) and as a broadcast to everyone on the “Street Team” mailing list. My apologies to those of you receiving repeat lumps of “update.”
First off, thanks to everyone who has already taken the time to send me a note (or two) concerning either the Many Moons anthology or advisory notes about the first book of the River of Light series: Lesser Beings!
Even when working with very fine editors and proofreaders, it never hurts to have someone else look over a book manuscript! One of the typos found in Many Moons, could ONLY have appeared during MY “final” pass through a final, pre-publication galley! (Silly me!) Several of you caught the extra “m” and missing comma in the anthology’s introduction. Thanks so much! Also, in Lesser Beings, it was nice to learn that the word “Braille” only needs to be capitalized when directly referring to Louis Braille. Again, nice catch! (Please don’t hesitate to share anything else that you may notice!)
True historical note: in the latter days of the U.S./Soviet Cold War, when I was a young Navy officer attending a mandatory course at the Navy’s “Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific” in San Diego, California, we were routinely counseled not to worry over concerns about the use of nuclear weapons (in general) as they were merely “bigger bombs.” A natural evolution, of sorts, in firepower.
I’m not sure this is quite like that, but while working for the Time Travel Forces, I have been similarly advised that…unlike fictional time travel, we don’t have to worry about creating paradoxes. The universe, trust me, has a number of built-in mechanisms for dealing with them.
Thus, I want to share a few numbers with you that should not in any way change how you currently react with reality, whatsoever.
As one of Hawk’s Grove Press’s “most-prolific writers,” I now have access to really cool programs such as “Scrivener,” “Vellum,” “MailerLite,” and “BookFunnel.” So, here’s what’s so cool!
Out of the 30 unique active subscribers who volunteered to join my VIP mailing list (or “Street Team”), fully 77.27% actually opened my first “campaign” email offering Advanced Reading Copies! More than 60% then actually clicked on one or more books! And I am told—by good people who are in the know about such things—that this is an EXCELLENT response rate!
Woohoo! I couldn’t be more pleased!
Additionally, deeper scrutiny reveals that somewhere out there, right this moment, 11 people have actually taken the time to download Lesser Beings AND (and!) 14 people have actually downloaded Many Moons!
Wow! Fantastic! What an impressive group!
Well, I promised a few (semi-solid) LAUNCH dates and here they are:
15 November 2018: Many Moons
15 November 2018: Lesser Beings
15 December 2018: Broken Bells (so I should have Advanced Reading Copies out on that sometime soon!)
30 December 2018: Cross the Sky (ditto)
30 January 2019: Home Before Dark
28 February 2019: Rituals of Sacrifice
To be determined: Fire & Forget
To be determined: Significant Others
Several people asked whether or not they will be able to review the books on Amazon when the time comes if they have been reading free copies.
From what I can tell, I should be able to “gift” each one of you a fresh copy directly from Amazon on launch day. (I’m hoping that’s true!) and if you “accept” the gift within 24 hours, you should then show up as a “verified” purchaser. Well, I am still climbing the learning curve on all-things Amazon…but I am sure we’ll all be able to figure this out together.
So, what else is new?
I just turned in “Rituals of Sacrifice” (the sequel to Lesser Beings) on the 26th of October. Still no word on that…reminding me that all of these things take time. I am currently gathering notes for book three of that series: Significant Others. Let me know if you have any suggestions or even character names you’d like me to work in!
The current project is called “Fire & Forget” and—having just shredded/tossed out its first two chapters—I hope to start getting my act together on that later this morning!
One last big THANKS to you all! And, please, if at all possible, be ready to post a short review sometime later this month….