Aftermath of a Book Launch (a couple interviews, some reviews, and a totally not sleazy sales pitch)
First off, despite wearing quite the stylish poncho, my hands are freezing. Which simply means that what follows is likely to be a minefield of typos. For those sensitive souls out there unable to so much as look at misplaced apostrophe without losing their minds, don’t say you weren’t warned.
To the meat:
It’s been a little over two weeks since Mind Breach splattered itself across the world’s collective consciousness. Book launches are an interesting, time consuming, soul-sucking affair. Most creative’s I know did not get into their craft because they cherished the idea of someday trying to hawk said craft, and yet, if you want to make any sort of living off your work, you’ve gotta buckle down and do the dirty marketing work required.
Sell, baby, sell.
Real quick, here’s the only sales pitch I’m going to give you today:
For a limited time, you can get the first two books of The Firstborn Saga (Time Heist and Mind Breach) for less than $5. I’m not going to make the obvious comparison to that being less than the price of a coffee, but…
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Anyhoo, so that’s where I’ve been recently, hawking my wares in the least visibly sleazy way possible.
Part of that involves interviews with various outlets. If you missed them, in the past week or so I stopped by the Leighgendarium for a chat with Preston. If you’re keen to find amazing new independently published authors worth your eyeball’s time, I highly recommend you check Preston out. A couple years back he opened the Leighgendarium because he loves, loves, loves independent authors. The dude’s been hustling for no other reason than for the pure joy it gives him to shine a spotlight on amazing creators.
Another interview I did with SciFi & Scary just went live this afternoon (link below). This interview was a lot of fun as Lilyn had some great questions. We dish on our favorite female characters in recent SF, bad movie adaptations, and that one time I almost named a book Time Snatch. Luckily I was talked off that ledge by literally everybody.
Easily the most stressful part of a book launch is waiting for the reviews to come sliding in. Thankfully, Mind Breach’s reception thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. A few of my core readers actually didn’t care for the story, but that’s okay and just serves a simple reminder that you can’t please everybody. I’m alright with that.
Especially when you’re left with gleaming nuggets like this:
“During my reading, I highlighted enough one-liners and loaded paragraphs to make me want to spend at least another couple of hours ransacking this book for themes. In a world where the truth in politics and the debates about social inequality are all the more important, it strikes a very deep chord and yet is never preachy or overtly political. It has its own brand of subtlety buried under a sea of relentless action that in a movie would perhaps take the focus, yet the book gives way to the heart beneath it.” – Tommy Muncie (Author of Shadow’s Talent)
Or like this:
“This is an easy book to read, as the writing and the word play are just so elegant, with such beautiful language and prose, each of the sentences weaving into the next to tell the tale of what is ultimately a war of good vs evil for the hearts and souls of those that live in Unity.” – Jason Pennock
These types of reviews have a way of lifting you up on matter what sort of crap-filled day you were having before. So to everybody who’s taken the time to read and review Mind Breach, Time Heist, or any other book that’s ever been written, let me just say on behalf of myself and authors everywhere: Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s hard to put into words just how much it means when you take the time to leave your thoughts on our stories.
Want to put a little sunshine out into the world? Do me a favor, take a peek at your bookshelf, lock onto the first book you see, and then leave a quick 3 sentence review on Amazon or Goodreads. If you do, an angel gets its wings AND you make an author’s day. Seriously, unless you got a thing against flying angels or happy authors, go do it!