The Terror of New Things 😨

This is one of my world-famous emails, sent Friday 24 May 2019. Get on the list here. Being asked to do something different can be terrifying. There’s a thing happening in AuthorLand™ – readers want new things and authors do not know WTF to do. I, because I have very little sense, pride, or self-preservation instinct, am trying new things anyway. This week: How’s Boundless going? Terror, and A sample. Let’s dig in. Your Boundless update. Boundless is kicking ass and taking names. I’m about 11,000 words into the manuscript so far (even ignoring the ~3,000 I ditched as a result of my Meriwether experiment [that link will take you to a before-and-after shot of two versions of Boundless’s co-hero, Meriwether]). I’m having a lot of fun with it. I’ve spent more time worldbuilding this one than anything I’ve written Read More …

New Digital Covers for Night’s Champion

My Night’s Champion series is the devil’s own to market. It features (spoilers!) werewolves, but isn’t in the lane of popular genre tropes. My werewolves aren’t sexy; their murderous, and the vampires they fight do not sparkle. It’s been my eternal challenge to give this series covers that scream, “Supernatural suspense!” rather than something YA-focused (DANGER! WARNING! DANGER!) or romance (…this would be worse than terribad). I’ve updated the covers with these latest. What do you think? The third’s almost the same as it’s original, but the other two have seen quite the facelift.

The Interesting Science of Free Books Driving Piracy

I like data. It helps make better decisions, and avoid posturing and hand-wavium. A bunch of people in the author community espouse the value of permafree* book one in a longer series. The basic argument is: There’s no friction to reader attachment, thus you’ll get a higher readership. This is testable. While less people as a percentage of book one readers will read next-in-series (as speculative “purchasers” can come from outside your genre lane), the volume of readers will drive greater success overall. We can test this for science. We can also talk about the shit-show of also-boughts and how that makes advertising painful. You gain exposure on other storefronts, other than the mighty Zon. We can test this too! TL;DR: none of the promised gains worked for me, but I did see a massive spike in book 2 & Read More …