SPFBO Bookfunnel Giveaway

Hi everybody, sorry not updating much lately me and the wife are in the middle of moving house so things are pretty hectic at the moment and are unlikely to settle down until after next week!

Anyhow, if you’re following the SPFBO competition you might be interested to know that there is a big promotion currently underway on Bookfunnel. Check it out at –  https://books.bookfunnel.com/spfbo4promo/wqd4cu9bov 

My entry for last year, Heir to the Sundered Crown is in it as is a 5 chapter sample of this year’s entry The First Fear.

 

Happy Reading!

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Why I’ve gone back to KDP Select

So, a few months back I launched an experiment with my books by going wide with their distribution. Now that experiment is over and I will be going back to KDP Select exclusivity for all of my titles.

You may think that having my books available on every format under the sun would prove to be more profitable in the long run, in reality however it turned out that I was actually missing out on income I could have been making with KDP.

After going through my reports, it was clear that Amazon Kindle was where 90% of all my sales come from and hence 90% of my author income to boot.

To go wide I used Draft2Digital, a service that made distribution onto Kobo, Nook etc extremely easy and their support team was really great and I cannot fault them.

A no brainer

The real revelation for me came when I managed to land an international BookBub promotion for Terran Defenders: Genesis. The book was wide and I was expecting it to sell well on all channels and not just Amazon. Well, it did sell but when I compared the wide figures with Amazon’s there was a clear winner. Amazon Kindle sales were 10x higher than those on all the other sales channels put together.

As part of the experiment I put each of the Sundered Crown books into wider distribution but after multiple plugs via social channels and my newsletter not 1 of those books has sold on Nook, Kobo etc. Prior to this each book had been a part of KDP Select and even though sales were not great I was still able to make income from lends and page reads.

I apologise

So here I am apologising to my readers who do prefer Kobos and Nooks over Kindles. I hope you understand that aside from loving what I do this is also a side income too. Indy publishing is a business, albeit a one-man band most of the time and I am afraid finances do come into play when it comes to decisions.

Fortunately, there are plenty of apps out there that allow you to read kindle books on other platforms so I hope that this won’t deter your reading of my works too much.

So just to be clear-

Heir to the Sundered Crown

War for the Sundered Crown

Quest for the Sundered Crown

Are all back to being KDP Select exclusives along with The First Fear, Nightblade and Unconquered Blood of Kings

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I Need Your Help To Win!

Hi,
It’s been a sweltering few weeks here in the UK and with the launch of The First Fear it’s been a pretty hectic one for me too. I hope you’ve purchased a copy and are enjoying it!
I think we can all agree that the cover art for the book is excellent and as such I’ve entered it into a competition that I need your help to win.

I’ve entered the cover into this months cover of the month competition on WeLoveIndieBooks your support would be hugely appreciated!

Cast your vote at – https://weloveindiebooks.com/current-book-cover-contest-entries/#cg_image_id55

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The First Fear is out TODAY!

Woo! After 2 years of work, my latest book The First Fear is now available to purchase on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.

Get it here – http://mybook.to/FirstFear

I learnt so much whilst working on this book and it will always have a special place in my heart as working on it got me through a particularly difficult part of my life, which thankfully is now well behind me.

I enjoyed creating the world of the Supreme and I cannot wait to see how it performs in the SPFBO competition. I really hope you will enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

As always if you do get yourself a copy please post a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Your support really does make a difference.

Check out its first review-

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I’m in SPFBO 2018

Hi everyone, just an update on how things are going.

This week sees the release of my new book The First Fear. I hope you enjoy it as much I did writing it. If you’ve not pre-ordered then don’t worry you will be able to pick it up for the special launch price of just 99p/c until the 25th of June.

I received the final version of the paperback edition and it is looking very swish. The cover looks excellent and the interior is looking good. Here’s some pictures –

 

 

The First Fear releases on June 22nd!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s SPFBO?

In other news I’ve submitted The First Fear into this years SPFBO contest. Last year I entered with Heir to the Sundered Crown but unfortunately didn’t progress too far. This year I have the same judge, so I’m hoping I’ve improved enough to warrant a good score!

You can read more about SPFBO at – https://mark—lawrence.blogspot.com/2018/06/spfbo-2018-call-to-authors.html

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The First Fear Cover Reveal and Pre-Order Special

Hello, so here it is a project that I’ve been working on for the past two years. If you pre-order before its release in June you can get it for a lower price of just 1.99.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did writing it and here’s a shout for the excellent cover artist Reza Afshar. Check out his other work at – https://artofreza.deviantart.com/ 

Pre-order at: mybook.to/FirstFear

The Supreme rules the world.

For centuries the Supreme has reigned with an iron fist. The people are slaves to her whim and at the mercy of her followers who revere her as their goddess. Using a supernatural ability, known as the ‘Power’ she is able to channel emotions and convert them into superhuman abilities.

Some Resist.

Not all live their lives in servitude. A few rare people also possess the Power and try to fight. These Empowered Ones are hunted mercilessly by the Supreme and her servants, for she knows the threat they pose to her will. None has dared to challenge her outright. That is until now.

Elian, a young boy living at the edge of the Imperium discovers he too possesses the Power with devastating consequences for both himself and the girl he loves. On the run, they encounter a ragtag band of resistance fighters called the Liberators. Among their ranks are others with the gift and their leader Vavius who believes that the key to overthrowing the Supreme lies in the ruins of the ravaged lands of the once mighty Kingdom of Aeranyth.

Pursued and hunted for their gifts by the sinister First Fear and the Hollowed, the world’s fate rests in the hands of the Empowered Ones.

Cover Reveal coming soon!

Hi folks, I have some news on a project I’ve been working on for the past 2 years. Next week I will be unveiling the cover for The First Fear as well as providing links for how you can pre-order an eBook version. This book has been fun to write and I hope that you’ll enjoy it.

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I Visited King Arthur and Topped the Bestseller charts

It’s a busy few weeks. First, I went away for a long weekend to Somerset where we almost got snowed in and visited the tomb of King Arthur at the world-famous Glastonbury Abbey.

King Arthur and Glastonbury

Visiting the so-called final resting place of the once and future king was pretty incredible. Lying beneath a stone slab in the ruins of the Abbey surrounded by swirling snow flurries was the tomb of King Arthur, quite possibly the most famous character in myth and fantasy.

The fact that the monks of Glastonbury claimed King Arthur is buried there just shows how savvy they were in the 12th century. The popularity of Geoffrey of Monmouth‘s fanciful and imaginative 12th-century Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain) was the perfect opportunity for the at the time cash-strapped abbey to attract tourists and their gold.

In 1191, the monks claimed to have discovered a grave with an oak coffin holding the remains of a man who had been severely wounded in the head. Buried beside him was a woman with golden hair. Conveniently a lead cross bearing the inscription, “Here lies the famous King Arthur with Guinevere his second wife, in the Isle of Avalon.”

Monmouth’s account provided many of the elements of the story, from Arthur’s conception at Tintagel to his last battle against Mordred at Camlann and final rest in Avalon, and featured his father Uther Pendragon, his wife Guinevere, his sword Excalibur and the wizard, Merlin. Later writers added further characters and many variations on Geoffrey’s tale, depicting Arthur as a great warrior defending Britain from human and supernatural enemies, with related themes of the Holy Grail and the Knights of the Round Table. Claiming the Abbey was Arthur’s resting place was so popular in fact that King Edward 1 and his wife were in attendance when they moved the bones of Arthur and his queen.

Even back then people loved a great story.

Also, on my hols we visited Sherbornne Abbey in Dorset. Stunning windows offset by an incredible roof were perfect inspiration for fantasy world building.

Ruling the Sci-Fi charts!

On March 20th I had an international Bookbub promotion for Terran Defenders: Genesis. Now, getting any type of Bookbub promo is like getting gold dust, so I was very lucky to have received one. It cost me £160, but boy was it worth it.

In less than six hours of the promotion going out the book had soared to the top of the sci-fi charts on both Amazon and Kobo. It achieved top seller status in the UK, Australia and Canada which is an amazing feat seeing as how the book is 8 years old now!

I’m not 100% certain, but I think I was helped in getting a promotion by taking the book out of Amazon exclusivity (it hasn’t been doing anything on Kindle for about a year!) and put it wide. Now, I’ve said before that I would put the Sundered Crown Saga wide at some point, but at the moment it’s not going to be possible to put the entire series wide until the exclusivity with KDP runs out in May. Book 1 is free of KDP exclusivity so I may put Heir to the Sundered Crown on all formats.

In Need of Assistance?

Also, I’ve started offering my services and the skills I’ve attained being an Indy author to those who need assistance with their books. If you’re in need of formatting, cover design/resizing and editing services then please check me out or Fiverr or my services website.

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The First Fear Cover Reveal

Hi everyone, as I’m getting close to completing the First Fear I thought I’d share with you the planned book cover and synopsis. Let me know your thoughts in the comments or via social media. As to when you’ll be able to read the book, well I’m aiming to submit it to a publisher (a first for me!), but failing that I’m aiming for a March release.

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A new epic fantasy saga begins!

The Supreme rules the world.

For centuries she has reigned with an iron fist. The people are slaves to her whim and at the mercy of her followers who revere her as their goddess. Using a supernatural ability, known as the ‘Power’ she is able to channel emotions and convert them into superhuman abilities.

Some Resist.

Not all live their lives in servitude. A few rare people also possess the Power and try to fight. These Empowered Ones are hunted mercilessly by the Supreme and her servants, for she knows the threat they pose to her will. None has dared to challenge her outright. That is until now.

Elian, a young man living at the edge of the Imperium discovers he too possesses the Power with devastating consequences for both himself and the people he loves. On the run, they encounter a ragtag band of resistance fighters called the Liberators. Among their ranks are others with the Gift and their leader Vavius who believes that the key to overthrowing the Supreme lies in the ruins of the ravaged lands of the once mighty Kingdom of Aeranyth.

Pursued and hunted for their gifts by the sinister First Fear, the world’s fate rests in the hands of the Empowered Ones.

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Writers: How to Be a Fairy Godmother

In this latest guest blog post, Rebekah DeVall the author of When Your Melody Fades gives us some tips on how to be inspired.

Fairy Godmothers got all the good stuff. Seriously. You don’t see pretty capes or magic wands sitting around anywhere besides a costume store, do you? And if you do, they’re most certain to be counterfeits.

Figures, when we writers need all the magic and bippity-boppity-booing that we can get. After all, we’re expected to pull full worlds and stories out of thin air, aren’t we?

Now, my fairy godmother is out somewhere today, but she’s left me a note giving me her Top 3 Tips on How to Be a Fairy Godmother.

 

  1. Steal for all you’re worth.

As somebody sometime said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

Did you really think the Beast’s enchantress (from Beauty and the Beast, of course, what other beast do you know?) just invented a mirror for him out of thin air? Ha ha. Yeah right. She stole the idea from the Evil Queen’s fairy godmother, fifty-seven years ago, in 1937 to be exact.

Be a fairy godmother. You see a worldbuilding aspect you like in someone else’s work? Steal it. Just make sure you cover up your tracks. Fairy godmothers don’t take kindly to the theft of their ideas.

 

  1. Choose a time period.

Use your gifts wisely. If you must bippity-boppity-boo a magical object or gift out of the air for one of your damsels in distress (ahem, characters), make it time-appropriate. Cinderella was given glass slippers, not neon pink stilettos.

A modern-day damsel in distress must not be given the art of drawing on cave walls—unless you intend to lock her up in a cave somewhere, in which case you deserve whatever grief she gives you.

This includes their names. Fairy godmothers aren’t just called to bless a baby on their birth, they’re often called to christen the baby too.

Cinderella was christened Ella. Christening her Apple or Montana would have been a dreadful mistake. Though Rapunzel’s name was ridiculous in its meaning, it fit her time period, as did Charming for the prince.

Be a fairy godmother. Name your people according to their time period.

 

  1. Storm castles.

Fairy godmothers are too often envisioned as being weird old ladies who give gifts—or curses, remember Ella Enchanted—to little girls and nothing more. That… isn’t always true.

Fairy godmothers have affected royalty for many ages, far longer than most care to admit. They raise kingdoms, demolish kingdoms; begin wars, end wars; bring to life and send to death. They stare fearlessly into the face of battle and of death and laugh.

Be a fairy godmother. Bring your people—your characters—to the brink of death and back. Take them to the depths of the deepest ocean—and don’t be afraid to let them drown.

Raise kingdoms and demolish them. You weren’t given that magic wand—I mean, pen—only to whip dresses and slippers and pumpkins into existence.

Give your stories meaning. Bring them to their peak, drop them to their deepest depths. Don’t fear danger. Don’t fear adventure.

Be a fairy godmother. Be brave.

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