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Title: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on May 23, 2012, 03:12:33 PM
After trying to get my book series published for years, (rewriting and editing it dozens of times) I finally went and put my first book on Amazon last week.

It is an epic fantasy called "Eye of the Moonrat" and it is the first book of the Bowl of Souls series.

If any of you guys follow me on twitter, you are already tired of me talking about it. I just thought that since my fellow Rifftraxians are about my favorite people in the world, there is no one I would rather share it with. And I promise that there are no vampires, sparkly or otherwise.

If you are interested, you can check it out at the link below. It is as cheap as they will let me sell it, and there is a free sample chapter you can browse:

http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Moonrat-Bowl-Souls-ebook/dp/B0082V0ZHM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337529724&sr=8-1

Hopefully I can get enough downloads to get a major publisher to take interest in the rest of the series. That is the plan at least and it is doing pretty well so far. If you have any feedback I would like to hear from you. feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I will put a brief synopsis below.

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Justan has spent his life growing up on the outskirts of the Dremaldrian Battle Academy. He watched his father ascend the ranks within the academy to become one of the most respected warriors in the kingdom. His one desire is to follow the path of his father and join the ranks of academy students.
His biggest problem? Justan can’t fight. He is highly intelligent and a strategic thinker, but his body is weak and clumsy. Everyone tells him that he is more suited to scholarly work than swordplay. Nevertheless, he hurls himself into training eager to overcome all the doubters and walk into the academy triumphant, unaware that secretive powers plot to disrupt his plans.

Meanwhile, an evil wizard of immense power is quietly raising an army. The wizard uses his magic to take the beasts and creatures of the land and twist their bodies to make them into monsters. There are two dissenters to the wizard’s scheme: an odd ogre named Fist and a dangerous creature who calls himself Deathclaw who was once a dragon but has been transformed by the wizard’s own dark magic.

Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Bob on May 23, 2012, 03:20:00 PM
Congrats
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on May 24, 2012, 03:43:13 PM
A couple people have been asking me why I bother putting a book out there for 99 cents.

I don't know how much success other people have had trying this method, but as someone who has tried for years to submit to agents and publishers I have learned that no one wants to take a chance on a new guy. They want to go the safe route. All an agent or publisher wants to see from a new writer is a short synopsis and a return envelope that they can send a form rejection letter back in. Only if they like the general Idea of the book will they get back to you and ask you to send them more so that they can read and decide if you are any good.

They have interns whose job is to glance over the hundreds of query letters and discard any that don't meet specific parameters they are looking for. Right now that means Harry Potter knockoffs and Twilight knockoffs. The only way for a Fantasy writer to get in is to be someone with a track record. If they see that you have published books before, they are more willing to give you a chance.

So the idea is for me to be able to say. My first book sold X number on Amazon and I want to sell you the full rights to the rest of the series and the republishing rights for the first book.

That way, maybe I can get past the intern to someone important.

So for now all I can hope is that the people who download my book read it. If they read it, they like it, and if they like it and want to read the next book, they tell their friends to get it. Word of mouth is my friend right now.

So far everyone that has read past chapter three has finished the book and anyone that has finished the book has given me great feedback.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Sideswipe on May 24, 2012, 03:47:12 PM
If stephanie meyer can get pulbished there is hope for anyone.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on May 24, 2012, 03:57:31 PM
Amen sir
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on May 27, 2012, 12:40:03 PM
I was just friended on facebook by a girl who read the book and now is designing a cosplay outfit for one of the characters. She was asking all kinds of detailed questions about what the character's costume would look like.

Here is a link to her page : https://www.facebook.com/neverland.nicole?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite#!/neverland.nicole
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Sideswipe on May 27, 2012, 12:46:58 PM
Thats awesome man.  I would love to do something that inspires people like that.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on May 27, 2012, 07:02:26 PM
Of course at this point if she goes to a convention dressed up as my character, people will be like "who?". I suppose that's a way to spread the word though. She sent me a rough sketch of the costume she is designing and it looks pretty good
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Thrifty on June 01, 2012, 11:16:17 AM
If stephanie meyer can get pulbished there is hope for anyone.
Provided that person can get in touch with Satan to make the requisite pact.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 01, 2012, 02:52:31 PM
Crap! good point! Sacrificing goat now . . . Using smoker to really bring out the flavor.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on June 06, 2012, 10:39:32 PM
Okay, just finished this book, here's a few thoughts.

First off, and I don't know if there's anything you can do about this, but there're some formatting errors that popped up here and there in the book. I'm reading this via the Kindle app on a tablet PC running Vegan-Tab, if that makes any difference. Several times the text changed font mid-paragraph, and there was even one instance when a few lines were underlined for no discernible reason. While this may seem like a small quibble, it tends to draw me out of a book when strange text choices occur.

Second, this book is pretty good! It flows pretty well, the characters are enjoyable, if a little cut from familiar fantasy tropes. I didn't mind, though, which to me says that you succeeded in keeping it from just being a giant cliche. If I had any complaints, they would be that we didn't see enough of the main character's time in training for his warrior school tests (this is a personal preference, admittedly... I am a sucker for the warrior's journey story, which is why I love the original Last Airbender cartoon so much. Learning learning learning!) and the main Big Bad's name. I noticed right away that it was
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
and it kept me checking the other names to see if I could find a similar pattern. Also, it does just sort of seem to...stop. I realize that this is intended to be the first book in a series, but the epilogue just left me thinking, "Oh, it's over." I didn't really get much of a sense of closure, again, even though I realize that technically the story is ongoing.

Overall, entertaining read, and definitely a good value for just a buck! Hope you sell a whole ton of copies.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 07, 2012, 10:44:26 AM
Matt,

Wow, thanks for reading.

Those formatting errors you saw, I was able to identify and fix and I uploaded a new version a couple days ago so all new downloads will be correct. It had something to do with the conversion from word to HTML.

So glad you liked it. The second book is a direct continuation of the storyline. In fact the first book and most of the second were one one larger book which had to be cut because of length. The series which was originally going to be a trilogy will now be five books. Book two is finished and book three is 90% complete. I just have three chapters to go.

I am hoping to get enough downloads to get a major publisher's attention. If I can say, book one had x number of downloads on Amazon, I may be able to get the submission past the intern and on to someone that actually has some input. If sales are sluggish, I may go ahead and put book two on Amazon as well.

Could you do me a favor and rate it on Amazon? That would perhaps help. Also, tell your friends!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on June 07, 2012, 09:33:02 PM
Matt,

Wow, thanks for reading.

Those formatting errors you saw, I was able to identify and fix and I uploaded a new version a couple days ago so all new downloads will be correct. It had something to do with the conversion from word to HTML.

So glad you liked it. The second book is a direct continuation of the storyline. In fact the first book and most of the second were one one larger book which had to be cut because of length. The series which was originally going to be a trilogy will now be five books. Book two is finished and book three is 90% complete. I just have three chapters to go.

I am hoping to get enough downloads to get a major publisher's attention. If I can say, book one had x number of downloads on Amazon, I may be able to get the submission past the intern and on to someone that actually has some input. If sales are sluggish, I may go ahead and put book two on Amazon as well.

Could you do me a favor and rate it on Amazon? That would perhaps help. Also, tell your friends!

Rated and reviewed! I did only give it 4 stars, but I'm trying to be unbiased (and you can ask my friends, I tend to be a VERY harsh critic). I'll definitely recommend it to folks I know.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MSTJedi on June 07, 2012, 10:32:37 PM
Well, you have another sale, sir. I'll let you know what I think when I'm done.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 08, 2012, 09:07:55 AM
Thanks a lot for the review Matt and thank you, Jedi for giving it a shot!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: SJP on June 12, 2012, 01:47:23 PM
Dang it, now I have to read more books!  Thanks a lot, people... ;D

Actually, let me know how Amazon works out for you.  Been working on a novel for some time (actually, working on several novels on and off for some time), but I've been hesitant to try Amazon and self-publishing.  Also, though, my current novel wouldn't work to sell a series (my plan is to have the story take up two, fairly massive books rather than be a continuing series), but Amazon might be a good fit for other things, like a novella I've finished and let sit rotting on my hard drive for far too long.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 12, 2012, 03:47:13 PM
Dang it, now I have to read more books!  Thanks a lot, people... ;D

Actually, let me know how Amazon works out for you.  Been working on a novel for some time (actually, working on several novels on and off for some time), but I've been hesitant to try Amazon and self-publishing.  Also, though, my current novel wouldn't work to sell a series (my plan is to have the story take up two, fairly massive books rather than be a continuing series), but Amazon might be a good fit for other things, like a novella I've finished and let sit rotting on my hard drive for far too long.
Thanks. Let me know what you think when you have read it!

So far, Amazon has been working out pretty good. Word of mouth is spreading slowly but surely as people read the book. I have over a hundred downloads since I put it up 5/14.

The thing is that you have to sell it yourself. Until you are high in Amazon's rankings, people are much less likely to stumble upon your work. Also they probably won't read it unless it has a lot of good reviews because there is a lot of junk out there. 

I will probably post here from time to time with updates on how the book is doing. It has felt pretty good to have some fellow Rifftraxians give it a chance.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Lembach on June 14, 2012, 11:16:24 PM
Congratulations man! I have seen many new authors break big publishing their first works as e-books. May you go far. This is how Hugh Howey, the author of "Wool" got his start. Now he's on the best seller list and the rights to make a TV series has just been purchased by Fox. And he started just...like...you.
(going to go grab your book)  ;D
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 15, 2012, 06:14:03 AM
Fantastic! I so hope it works. It has been exciting and freaky at the same time.

Putting a book on Amazon is also different than major publishers because of the instant feedback. With a major publisher, your book isn't out there for at least six months and it is a long time before you hear sales figures. Then you get paid six months later. With amazon, I go on there multiple times every day and watch the number tick up each time a book is downloaded. If a day goes by with one or zero downloads, it's depressing. I rise and fall with the numbers. It's a roller coaster.

Thanks for the support!
Please let me know what you think of the book!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 27, 2012, 09:15:55 AM
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/553263_355084254563087_33669373_n.jpg) My book has been updated and is now available in print on Create Space. The print version will show up on Amazon as well in the next few days!

https://www.createspace.com/3917143

It is all really exciting. The Kindle version price will not change though.

My own copies won't arrive until next Tuesday. I can't wait to open that box and pull out that book!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on June 27, 2012, 12:58:20 PM
You'll have to tell me how Createspace's quality is. I'm shopping around for ways to print my second volume of Catbeard (what did you think of the first one, BTW?) when I finish it.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MSTJedi on June 27, 2012, 02:56:44 PM
Oh yeah, finished reading it about a week ago, but forgot to say something. Really enjoyed the story and looking forward to more. There were a few typos and format issues, but I was reading it using the Kindle app for my Windows phone, so some of the formatting might have been due to that. So anyway, get cracking on the next one!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 27, 2012, 03:27:56 PM
Oh yeah, finished reading it about a week ago, but forgot to say something. Really enjoyed the story and looking forward to more. There were a few typos and format issues, but I was reading it using the Kindle app for my Windows phone, so some of the formatting might have been due to that. So anyway, get cracking on the next one!

Great! I have noticed some format issues on the smartphone apps, though I believe that that is just an issue with the app itself because Kindle support said that it was just the way it shows up on those platforms.

Please write up a review on Amazon, it would be a great help.

And book two is on the way. I am working on a final edit right now and hope it will be available in a week or two!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 27, 2012, 03:31:44 PM
You'll have to tell me how Createspace's quality is. I'm shopping around for ways to print my second volume of Catbeard (what did you think of the first one, BTW?) when I finish it.
I will let you know when my books come in! Though I have seen a few others and they looked great. The best thing about it is that you do not have to pay to print. The books are printed as they are ordered so there is no need for them to charge you up front.

I liked Catbeard. I showed it to my daughter and she thought it was hilarious. My son liked the later parts that were more action filled. Keep up the good work! If you get a print version let me know and I will write a review for you.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on June 27, 2012, 10:51:18 PM
Cool beans! Actually, that campaign you donated to was to print the book - three boxes of it are in my apartment now. :D

How old were the younger readers, if you don't mind my asking? That's the audience I really want to reach - kids should totally read comics!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 28, 2012, 11:11:15 AM
My daughter is Twelve and my son that read it was 10.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: JimJ on June 28, 2012, 11:14:25 PM
Do you have an account over on Kindleboards (http://www.kindleboards.com)?  If not, they have a forum set aside there for indie authors who've published on Kindle (it's the one called "The Book Bazaar").  Self promotion isn't allowed in your posts outside of that one forum but you are allowed to put a link to your book in your signature.  It's a great community and a really good way get the word out about your book to a group of people who are really passionate about reading and about supporting self-published authors.

Anyway, I just bought your book but I probably won't get around to it anytime soon.  I have a ton of library ebooks to get through (I recently figured out that, somehow, my expired library card, with some late fees still on it, actually works to get ebooks).  I'll post here and put a review on Amazon whenever I get around to reading it.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on June 29, 2012, 06:56:06 AM
My daughter is Twelve and my son that read it was 10.

Sweet! I also am happy that both your daughter AND son liked it. I do tend to write what I like (don't all authors?) and I know that I think of the things I like as being more traditionally "boy" stuff.

So when's your next one coming out? :D
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 29, 2012, 07:55:56 AM
Do you have an account over on Kindleboards (http://www.kindleboards.com)?  If not, they have a forum set aside there for indie authors who've published on Kindle (it's the one called "The Book Bazaar").  Self promotion isn't allowed in your posts outside of that one forum but you are allowed to put a link to your book in your signature.  It's a great community and a really good way get the word out about your book to a group of people who are really passionate about reading and about supporting self-published authors.

Anyway, I just bought your book but I probably won't get around to it anytime soon.  I have a ton of library ebooks to get through (I recently figured out that, somehow, my expired library card, with some late fees still on it, actually works to get ebooks).  I'll post here and put a review on Amazon whenever I get around to reading it.
Thanks so much! Heading over to Kindleboards now.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on June 29, 2012, 10:38:32 AM
My daughter is Twelve and my son that read it was 10.

Sweet! I also am happy that both your daughter AND son liked it. I do tend to write what I like (don't all authors?) and I know that I think of the things I like as being more traditionally "boy" stuff.

So when's your next one coming out? :D
Book two will hit in a couple weeks. I am doing one last edit and waiting on a cover. I'll keep you posted!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 02, 2012, 01:14:20 PM
(http://jazzfanz.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1476&d=1341259887)

My book arrived today!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: SJP on July 02, 2012, 08:08:42 PM
Nice!  Didn't even notice you had a print version yet...I'm about 70% of the way through (I really only get time to Kindle-Phone read during breaks at work), and so far I'm enjoying it.  Again, formatting issues, possibly due to the app itself, crop up, as do a few spelling errors and things, but I do find it a pleasant read.

If anything, be encouraged that your enthusiasm made me put aside my monstrous. many paged tome for a bit in order to write a much smaller novella I plan on putting up on Amazon, to get feedback if nothing else.  The big one was getting depressing enough that I needed to write something lighthearted in tone to take edge off.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 02, 2012, 10:01:22 PM
Thanks for reading! I do notice that there are some format issues with the kindle version depending on what hardware you are using. On the kindle fire and on my regular kindle, it looks great, but some people have complained of issues with font changing every once in a while or things like asterisks and chapter headings appearing off line, mainly in the phone apps.

I am attempting to see if that is something that can be fixed with book two and I am also revising the format of the first book on Kindle to make it easier for new readers!

Please let me know what you think when you reach the end! And when you get your own book out there let me know and I will take a stab at it!


EDIT: I just discovered that several of the updates I made did not take. I just now uploaded a new version a few moments ago that should fix all those formatting and the few grammatical errors that snuck their way past us when it was first uploaded. You can request Kindle to force the current version of the file onto your device without having to purchase it again.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: lassieface on July 03, 2012, 10:51:23 PM
Cool! Just bought it. I don't know when I'll get to it, but I promise to leave a review when I do.  :)
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 04, 2012, 12:02:53 AM
Thanks! Looking forward to your thoughts!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 06, 2012, 08:08:21 PM
Here is a possible book two cover. What do you think?
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/319393_360731577331688_1141290643_n.jpg)

I hired a lady well over a month ago to design a cover for my book. I was starting to wonder if she was going to do it when she sent me this photo of her progress. I added lettering to it.

I think it's pretty impressive and she isn't even finished yet. But she didn't read the relevant chapters and she got several things wrong. The look of the plant golem is good but the event showed didn't happen that way. Our hero on the ground wasn't dressed like that. How should I approach it?

Meanwhile my brother who did the cover for the first book is gung-ho to do his own and more accurate version of the cover and his first one turned out so good. Problem I already paid the lady 175.00 several weeks ago.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on July 06, 2012, 08:26:01 PM
Previews Always Lie. So do book covers.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Sideswipe on July 06, 2012, 08:27:09 PM
So the guy on the ground, is he a Hero of Might and Magic?
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 06, 2012, 09:16:07 PM
So the guy on the ground, is he a Hero of Might and Magic?

LOL
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 06, 2012, 09:17:51 PM
Previews Always Lie. So do book covers.
I agree. That is a pet peeve of mine. You see a book, the cover looks cool, and when you are finished reading it's like, that scene on the cover never happened.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 07, 2012, 05:48:43 PM
She sent me the finished version today. Here is what I came up with:

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/295401_361042037300642_1662294095_n.jpg)


I plan to use this as the cover for the Kindle version until my brother finishes his cover. Then I will put out the print edition and change the cover to the new version.

What do you think?
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 07, 2012, 08:07:22 PM
EDIT: I just discovered that several of the updates I made did not take. I just now uploaded a new version a few moments ago that should fix all those formatting and the few grammatical errors that snuck their way past us when it was first uploaded. You can request Kindle to force the current version of the file onto your device without having to purchase it again.

I don't see a way to do this from my devices (Kindle 3 and Fire) or from the product page.  I guess you have to email Amazon?

I'm only about 10% into it, liking it so far.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 07, 2012, 09:40:31 PM
I spoke to Amazon about it and they say it will take up to a week, but they will make it available for previous purchasers to download the updated version. New purchasers get the update already.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 07, 2012, 11:16:45 PM
So the guy on the ground, is he a Hero of Might and Magic?

Crap. I just realized that I am going to have to change the title now. The last thing I need is a bunch of fanboys getting mad thinking that I am trying to use the phrase "Might and magic" to trick people int o buying my book. Then if the game developers decide to get involved, I would have to change it anyway.

What really stinks is that I thought up the book name before I even heard of the games. It is taken from a phrase my character says in the book and sums up the main dilemma for the main character in the book. Is he a warrior or is he a wizard?

I am going over some ideas now.  The obvious change is to call it, "The Edge of Warrior and Wizard" and that still works but doesn't have the same punch. some other ideas were:

The Edge of Mind and Body (Self help book)
The Edge of Vigor and Magic
The Edge of Magic and Muscle
On the Edge of Wizard and Warrior
The Edge of Brain and Brawn (Body Building self help book)
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: SJP on July 08, 2012, 07:09:00 PM
How about, "Between Sword and Summoner?"  If the plant golem got there via summoing, that might might work.  It might be too specific for a type of magic, but you get the alliteration in there, and it avoids Sword & Sorcery, which is an off-brand D&D 3rd Edition book publisher.

You could get "Wizard and Warrior" to work just by itself, or maybe with "Between" or "Both," as in "Both Wizard and Warrior."  Just a thought.

Or get silly.  "For Prestige and Prestidigitation," "Of Courage and Conjuration," or "The Deathclaw Came Down to Georgia," or "All's Bad That Ewzad."  ;) (Sorry, couldn't help myself on those last two.)

Did finish, will be going to Amazon fairly soon to review.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Sideswipe on July 08, 2012, 10:02:35 PM
How about "The Edge of Steel and Sorcery"?
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 08, 2012, 10:16:32 PM
I finally went outside the box a bit, stepping away from the original title and went with one that I think works really well.

Messenger of the Dark Prophet

It's one of Ewzad's titles. He has a major role on book two and it fits.  Here is the revised cover.

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/391274_361465050591674_2000862048_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 08, 2012, 10:24:30 PM
How about, "Between Sword and Summoner?"  If the plant golem got there via summoing, that might might work.  It might be too specific for a type of magic, but you get the alliteration in there, and it avoids Sword & Sorcery, which is an off-brand D&D 3rd Edition book publisher.

You could get "Wizard and Warrior" to work just by itself, or maybe with "Between" or "Both," as in "Both Wizard and Warrior."  Just a thought.

Or get silly.  "For Prestige and Prestidigitation," "Of Courage and Conjuration," or "The Deathclaw Came Down to Georgia," or "All's Bad That Ewzad."  ;) (Sorry, couldn't help myself on those last two.)

Did finish, will be going to Amazon fairly soon to review.

And thank you for the review. Do you know where you found the errors? If you wanted to PM me, that is something that can be fixed. In fact it may have already been fixed with the current version depending on how long ago it was that you downloaded it.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: SJP on July 08, 2012, 11:33:47 PM
They may have been fixed already.  I can't remember any specifics, unfortunately...but that's a good thing, since it means if I'm remembering more story than punctuation issues, they can't have been that bad.  I wasn't bookmarking pages when I saw them, and I do know the biggest formatting issues were the result of the Kindle app and nothing to do with the manuscript itself.  The app did get weird a couple of times, too...sometimes it would display paragraphs in a completely different font than the one before it, and sometimes paragraphs were underlined.

I did mean what I said about Fist, though...I truly thought his story was one of the highlights of the book.  I know Berkley Breathed said when he introduced Opus into Bloom County, he had no idea that the character would take off the way he would.  I think Fist is your story's Opus.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 09, 2012, 06:41:27 AM
I agree. Fist is one of my favorite characters to write. And he seems to be a fan favorite as well.

His story takes quite a twist in book two.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 09, 2012, 08:01:54 AM
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Haven't read the book--congrats on getting it published and getting reviews!--but OMG KERNING.

I just realized that this is the old version of the cover. It still shows up on amazon with the wider spacing of the letters in "Eye of the" The current version is a bit different. The letters are together, with is normal and I agree, more pleasing to the eye. The physical copies have the correct cover. I am sending a message to Amazon to make sure they update it. The the current version in the signature. Is that better?
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 11, 2012, 06:14:43 AM
Big News, guys:

Book two is up on Amazon NOW:
http://www.amazon.com/Messenger-Dark-Prophet-Souls-ebook/dp/B008JNUBD6/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1342011339&sr=1-2&keywords=trevor+cooley

You may notice the title change. In order to avoid any confusion with the Might and Magic series of video games, we went with an alternate title.

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Thanks for the support everyone!
Please let me know what you think!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 16, 2012, 06:41:46 AM
Since I am big into "Lucasing", I changed the original cover for Eye of the Moonrat in both Kindle and print editions.

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I had some complaints that the original lettering was too "1990's", so I matched it more to the style of the lettering on book two. What do you guys think? Better?
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on July 25, 2012, 07:01:55 AM
Book 2 is now available in trade paperback on CreateSpace which is the company that makes them for me. https://www.createspace.com/3945349

It should be on Amazon in a day or so.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 19, 2012, 11:58:24 PM
Finally had some time to read the second half of book one, liked it a lot, already started on book 2.

Never did find any way to update book one to the version that was uploaded after I bought it.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on August 22, 2012, 07:47:53 PM
Finally had some time to read the second half of book one, liked it a lot, already started on book 2.

Never did find any way to update book one to the version that was uploaded after I bought it.

Thanks for reading!

I sent a few messages to Amazon about letting people update the old version, but they never responded.

Let me know what you think of the second book. Book three will be out in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Compound on August 22, 2012, 11:26:52 PM
Finally had some time to read the second half of book one, liked it a lot, already started on book 2.

Never did find any way to update book one to the version that was uploaded after I bought it.

Thanks for reading!

I sent a few messages to Amazon about letting people update the old version, but they never responded.


On my "Manage Your Kindle" page under my account there's a big blue "Update available" notice next to the title. You probably need to update it there rather than on the device.

(Still haven't read it so can't offer anything more on it.)
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 23, 2012, 10:28:47 AM
Finally had some time to read the second half of book one, liked it a lot, already started on book 2.

Never did find any way to update book one to the version that was uploaded after I bought it.

Thanks for reading!

I sent a few messages to Amazon about letting people update the old version, but they never responded.


On my "Manage Your Kindle" page under my account there's a big blue "Update available" notice next to the title. You probably need to update it there rather than on the device.

(Still haven't read it so can't offer anything more on it.)

  Ah, yes, that's where it is.  I had been looking at Amazon the page for the book or options on my Kindles.  Updated both my kindles but the thumbnail image on the Fire didn't change, the book did update because the new title page is there but the thumbnail is still the old title page.

  Finished book 2, I liked the structure of this one more, better choices for the points where the story jumps to another plot line, so the flow of the book was better.  That made it a faster read for me.  Only spotted one typo (I think it was itch instead of witch).

  It has some better twists as well, I guessed a lot of what was going to happen but things unfolded differently than I was expecting.  Overall I liked book two a little more than the first one.  The characters now have me hooked, so I'll be looking forward to book three.

Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on August 24, 2012, 09:24:27 PM
Thanks Marty.

I'm glad you liked it. I am working on the final edit of book 3 now. I'll post here when it's out on Kindle.

Also, If you have the chance, please put a review up on Amazon for me!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on September 06, 2012, 09:52:40 AM
Book three: HUNT of the BANDHAM comes out Saturday on Kindle.

The price of book one will go up from .99 to $2.99 at that time, so get it while you can. Thanks for the support guys!

9/8 It should be up any minute. here is the temporary cover (the cover artist and I are working things out)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/429916_383288361742676_519414550_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 10, 2012, 10:50:07 PM
 Damn, last 2 nights I sat down to read book 3 for a hour but ended up reading for several hours...  So I've gotten pretty far into it.

 I'd say your writing has improved with each book. 

 Book one was a bit fractured, but the characters were very interesting.
 Book two had better structure and flow, and still had the very interesting characters.
 Book three everything feels very organic, the characters are like old friends at this point, story moves along nicely so it's hard to put down.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Sideswipe on September 11, 2012, 05:48:26 AM
Swinging those swords around looks like it would be murder on the wrists for a normal human.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Sideswipe on September 11, 2012, 09:29:55 AM
Then I want to go to that pizza place!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 11, 2012, 12:15:37 PM
 Now I can't help but think of John Belushi doing a pizza parlor skit with them.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on September 12, 2012, 08:18:01 PM
Now I can't help but think of John Belushi doing a pizza parlor skit with them.
This is Edge's-a pizza!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on September 12, 2012, 08:19:18 PM
Damn, last 2 nights I sat down to read book 3 for a hour but ended up reading for several hours...  So I've gotten pretty far into it.

 I'd say your writing has improved with each book. 

 Book one was a bit fractured, but the characters were very interesting.
 Book two had better structure and flow, and still had the very interesting characters.
 Book three everything feels very organic, the characters are like old friends at this point, story moves along nicely so it's hard to put down.
Thanks Man!

And Sideswipe, that is brought up in the book.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 12, 2012, 09:36:47 PM
Finished up book 3, really liked it, put a review up on Amazon.

I see it's up to #44 in epic fantasy, the other 2 are in the 60s.  I take it sales are going well?

This self publishing thing makes me want to start re-writing an old movie script I was working on back in the 90s as a sci-fi novel.  When Independence Day came out and it was similar enough that I gave up on it, but there are plenty of similar books like that movie (my story takes place over a 20 year period).  Would be something constructive to do when my insomnia kicks in bad.  Problem back then was trying to write good dialog, everything else is easy to picture in my head, even the society and technology of the aliens, but coming up with stuff for the characters to say to each other even at the movie script level was torture.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on September 13, 2012, 08:24:03 AM
Thanks for the review!

The books have been doing pretty well. Last month was really good, I sold over 1000 copies of each of the first two books. Numbers on the first two have been dipping the last week or so and yesterday was really slow but I'm hoping that the third books gathers enough interest to bring them back up again.

I'm not a very good promoter and I don't have a lot of time or money to invest in it, so I am relying mainly on word of mouth to keep things going.

As far as your script idea, write it. There is no such thing as a completely original idea anymore. someone has thought of something similar. It the personality of the work, how you put it together that is important.
Dialogue can be tricky. It's easier for some and harder for others. My brother is in film school and he's a good big picture guy, he comes up with cool and catchy ideas, but he isn't good at dialogue.

Just write it. Finish it. then edit the heck out of it.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on September 13, 2012, 04:08:43 PM
Geez, a thousand copies each? I gotta get a digital version of my comic for sale online.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on September 13, 2012, 05:13:19 PM
Geez, a thousand copies each? I gotta get a digital version of my comic for sale online.
Yeah, I have been pretty pumped about it. Now I need to write this fourth book and get it out there to keep momentum going, but it may take a while.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on December 15, 2012, 11:16:08 AM
Hey guys, I just put out another book in the Bowl of Souls series
http://www.amazon.com/Hilts-Pride-Souls-Novella-ebook/dp/B00ANZK75K/ref=la_B0083U46CM_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1355593317&sr=1-4
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/375551_419319821472863_741710961_n.jpg)

This is a stand alone story and can be read apart from or along with the rest of the series. This story contains no spoilers to the rest of the series, but but it does contain a lot of information that enhances the backgrounds of several characters including revealing previously untold information about Jhonate's past and the history of her people.

The events in Hilt’s Pride take place just after Hilt leaves Justan at the Training School part way through Bowl of Souls: Book One.

This has been a crazy year. Last December I would have had no idea I would have four books out by Christmas 2012

The Bowl of Souls series:
Book One: Eye of the Moonrat
Hilt's Pride
Book Two: Messenger of the Dark Prophet
Book Three: Hunt of the Bandham
Book Four: The War of Stardeon (Upcoming 2013)
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 15, 2012, 03:38:05 PM
Cool, looks interesting.  Looking forward to reading more about Jhonate.

How's book 4 coming along?
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Sideswipe on December 15, 2012, 06:10:43 PM
If so, I may have to try my hand at it.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on December 16, 2012, 09:57:45 AM
Cool, looks interesting.  Looking forward to reading more about Jhonate.

How's book 4 coming along?

Book 4 had been creeping along with family stuff going on, but writing Hilt's Pride rejuvenated me and I am back on it full bore.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on December 16, 2012, 10:08:24 AM
So is it paying the bills yet, this being a writer thing?
It has been a bit of a rollercoaster. The first book was selling fairly slow for the first month, but when I put out book two, it started gaining momentum. It was selling quite well by the time I was ready to release the third. When book three hit, sales went through the roof. My wife was able to quit her job (It was part time but until the book sales grew we really needed it.)

They wer selling so hot it September and October that I was thinking I might be able to quit my day job. But sales started declining in November and this month has been horrible. I made a mistake and ran a week long free promotion on the first book in mid-November. It was downloaded 2000 times in that period, which was exciting, but Amazon sees that as a week without a paid sale and when the book came back as .99 again, it had fallen off all the ranking charts. It lost its visibility.

I had hoped that the other two books would gain purchases from the free downloads, but the thing with free books is there is no pressure to read them. Sometimes they sit on your Kindle forever. You are going to read the ones you pay for first.

I have been hoping that the release of this new book will rejuvenate things.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 16, 2012, 10:18:54 AM
I made a mistake and ran a week long free promotion on the first book in mid-November. It was downloaded 2000 times in that period, which was exciting, but Amazon sees that as a week without a paid sale and when the book came back as .99 again, it had fallen off all the ranking charts. It lost its visibility.

Ouch, that's a hard lesson to learn by trial and error.  Do they have a $0.01 option so you can stay on the charts?

You are right about stuff sitting on the Kindle, I've got a bunch of previews I haven't gotten around to reading.  I've even got a few books I paid for last year that I haven't started yet.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on December 16, 2012, 12:11:33 PM
I made a mistake and ran a week long free promotion on the first book in mid-November. It was downloaded 2000 times in that period, which was exciting, but Amazon sees that as a week without a paid sale and when the book came back as .99 again, it had fallen off all the ranking charts. It lost its visibility.

Ouch, that's a hard lesson to learn by trial and error.  Do they have a $0.01 option so you can stay on the charts?

You are right about stuff sitting on the Kindle, I've got a bunch of previews I haven't gotten around to reading.  I've even got a few books I paid for last year that I haven't started yet.
They have a .99 minimum.
I learned that Free Promotions are best when done for just a day so that the book doesn't have the chance to fall off the charts completely.

I also found out that when your book is high on the free charts for a while, people see it and aren't as inclined to pay for it later if they passed it by the first time.

Hard lesson indeed.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: SJP on December 23, 2012, 03:02:25 PM
Shame to hear it had fallen off the charts, but that's amazing that you got close to being able to do it full-time.

But, writing books are like making iRiffs...if you stop making new ones, people stop showing up.  People always want something fresh and new, especially from people whose work they've grown to appreciate.  I love going back and reading Terry Pratchett's old stuff, but I always like seeing a new book show up on the shelf, now with his health issues more than ever.

Good luck on the novella and the work on Book 4...I'm still sitting at about 3/4ths of the way through the eBook I was planning on putting up myself (I get this way when I get this far in anything I write and begin to doubt if my work is any good), but I'm glad to know you're getting a good amount of traffic.

And I'm working on Book 2 still.  It's on my phone and I only get so many chances in a day to open up my Kindle app.  Fingers crossed for a tablet of some kind this Christmas, though, which will make my eBook ventures a lot more interesting.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on December 28, 2012, 10:46:32 AM
Shame to hear it had fallen off the charts, but that's amazing that you got close to being able to do it full-time.

But, writing books are like making iRiffs...if you stop making new ones, people stop showing up.  People always want something fresh and new, especially from people whose work they've grown to appreciate.  I love going back and reading Terry Pratchett's old stuff, but I always like seeing a new book show up on the shelf, now with his health issues more than ever.

Good luck on the novella and the work on Book 4...I'm still sitting at about 3/4ths of the way through the eBook I was planning on putting up myself (I get this way when I get this far in anything I write and begin to doubt if my work is any good), but I'm glad to know you're getting a good amount of traffic.

And I'm working on Book 2 still.  It's on my phone and I only get so many chances in a day to open up my Kindle app.  Fingers crossed for a tablet of some kind this Christmas, though, which will make my eBook ventures a lot more interesting.

Thanks for the support. Let me know when you ebook comes out. I'll give it a read.

I agree with you. The best way to sell books is to keep putting books out. I am hoping that by the time I finish book Five, this will be my full time job. Time will tell.  Also let me know when you finish the second book. I'd like to hear your input!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on January 23, 2013, 11:00:29 AM
I was getting some feedback from readers that said they almost didn't buy the first book because of the cover. I bit the bullet and hired a professional to redo it. What do you think?
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/317957_436645326406979_348607490_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: SJP on January 23, 2013, 01:13:25 PM
I agree.  The main title font and author name look great, but the subtitle does look tacked on...not awful or anything, but it looks a little out of place compared to the other fonts.  Cover art looks fantastic, though.  Worth every penny, in my opinion.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on January 23, 2013, 01:30:19 PM
Thanks, guys. I asked her about that and she felt that the new lettering scheme gave the book a more modern feel. I am a writer, not a designer, so I took her suggestion. Then I went and updated the covers to the other three books so that they would look more cohesive with the new font change. What do you guys think of these?

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/74657_437572166314295_1495340399_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/408401_437670369637808_1142249295_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/314115_437640929640752_471437433_n.jpg)

Also for those curious, I started a twitter account called @lennyswears that is just daily quotes from Lenny's diary. and I have a new website trevorhcooley.com

Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on January 23, 2013, 02:10:48 PM
You are correct. She used a font called Trajan Pro. It comes with photoshop but I am using a free software called paint.net and the closest thing it has is a font called Palantino Linotype and that is what I used for the others. 
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on January 23, 2013, 06:04:39 PM
I was getting some feedback from readers that said they almost didn't buy the first book because of the cover. I bit the bullet and hired a professional to redo it. What do you think?
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/317957_436645326406979_348607490_n.jpg)

Oh, NICE.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 23, 2013, 06:09:59 PM
Yeah, that is a nice image, just the right amount of creepy.  I picture them even more ugly than that but for a cover that's pretty good.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on January 23, 2013, 09:06:51 PM
I agree, Marty. I think she did a great job of giving it that spooky atmosphere without making people think it was a horror novel.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on January 24, 2013, 08:16:44 PM
My local news station did a piece about me and the books tonight.
http://www.kpvi.com/content/news/local/story/Family-Finds-Unique-way-to-Make-Money/eznNvuW3EEy3qhDKcSWgVg.cspx
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Sideswipe on January 24, 2013, 08:42:36 PM
Good for you, man.  I got a laugh though, when they compared it to the Lord of the Rings.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on January 24, 2013, 08:46:50 PM
Yeah, LOL. That wasn't my suggestion. It was also their idea to headline it as a way for families to make money in economic hard times.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Sideswipe on January 24, 2013, 08:52:44 PM
It's free publicity though, cant beat that!  I have finally been convinced myself to give it a try.  So I will be picking up a copy for my kindle soon.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on January 24, 2013, 09:30:45 PM
Awesome. Thanks, Man. Let me know what you think!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on March 23, 2013, 03:24:23 PM
Guys, here is the cover for Book four! it is due out mid April. What do you think?

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/602053_466213210116857_926977385_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 23, 2013, 04:37:36 PM
Only note I would give is that his face doesn't seem evil or maniacal enough.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on March 23, 2013, 04:41:46 PM
He is just getting ready to explode a guy. Then he'll start laughing.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on March 24, 2013, 08:54:43 AM
I'm.... never a fan of photomanip covers.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on March 24, 2013, 12:19:33 PM
There are no Man Nips. I made sure he was covered.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on March 24, 2013, 12:47:52 PM
Hey. Not cool. Robert Pastorelli died back in 2004, man.

Actually I am not much of a fan of photo manipulation covers myself. I actually kind of hate the whole genre of random models in sexy poses photoshopped into mist thing. But Renu does, is much different than most. Here's her site http://www.thedarkrayne.com/ (http://www.thedarkrayne.com/). She takes these photos and instead of just slapping them onto a new background, creates a real fantastical atmosphere and environment and in the case of this cover it tells a story.

The villain on the cover is a pretty ridiculous over the top kind of guy who wears an artifact that gives him power but makes his fingers writhe out of control whenever he uses it. He is only menacing if you know what he is going to do to you with those powers.

Here is the original photo for you to get an idea of the transformation she did.
(http://trevorhcooley.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Before-Image-for-Cover.jpg)
The guy in the chair is my brother.

I am an independent author and I can't afford to pay the kind of money necessary to get a really talented artist to create the cover I need. Every time I have tried, it comes up a mess. If you look at the other independent kindle books out there you'll see that a good cover is hard to come by. Most of them look pretty crappy. Whether you like the style or his facial expression or not, Renu is a professional and puts out professional quality work.

I know it has some problems bit I just hope it draws the eye and helps sell the book. So far, the reaction from fans on the facebook page and elsewhere has been overwhelmingly positive.

Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 24, 2013, 04:07:14 PM
 I thought the fingers were good, pretty close to how I imagined them looking.
 I pictured him with a bit older looking face, so that's probably why he doesn't look evil or menacing enough to me.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on March 24, 2013, 04:26:03 PM
Imrahil,
That's okay. It's a forum and you are offering your opinion. I'm not offended. I was just trying to explain why things are the way they are.

Marty,
That's the rub when you put a face on your cover. People have spent three books building their own image of the character in their minds.

I do think it will be hilarious though when thousands of people pick up the book and start seeing my brother's face when they read Ewzad Vriil. I laugh every time I think about it.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on March 24, 2013, 05:39:25 PM
As photomanipulations go, I'm not saying it's badly done either. I just don't care for them much. But it is, at the very least, a much better-looking book cover than probably 90% of the Amazon self-published titles I've seen.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on March 24, 2013, 07:38:07 PM
Which at this point is all I can hoe for. Or at least afford.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: mattwnelson on March 24, 2013, 07:41:11 PM
Yeah, you've done a pretty solid job so far, I'd say.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on March 24, 2013, 08:59:40 PM
True. If this doesn't work out, I could try my hand at farming.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on April 06, 2013, 02:25:26 PM
By the way, the release date is April 10. This Wednesday. This book is the largest one so far at just over 500 pages. Also, a friend of mine helped me finally put together a map. Check it out. (https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/18000_470647949673383_905285591_n.png) More info here:http://trevorhcooley.com/?p=1967 (http://trevorhcooley.com/?p=1967)
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on April 11, 2013, 11:37:59 AM
Book Four is out! Right now Ranked #33 in Fantasy New releases and #50 in Epic Fantasy overall.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 20, 2013, 10:20:07 AM
Had some time to read this weekend, I'm a little more than half way through, it's long but doesn't feel bloated, packed with interesting stuff so far.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on May 20, 2013, 11:00:49 AM
Great! I'm glad you're liking it!
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 21, 2013, 12:10:10 AM
Damn you, I was only going to read until midnight, here it is 3am.  Book 4 done....

I enjoyed it, good of a mix of world building (or I guess history/backstory building) and action.  With a pinch of character development here and there.

Oh, and nice job with the big battle, when I saw the number of pages in the book I was afraid the battle would be too much of it, but it was just right.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on May 21, 2013, 06:08:44 AM
Awesome! Thanks, Marty! Making everything build to that last battle was something I worked hard on.

Would you mind leaving a review on Amazon for me?

I'm writing the fifth book and it is a challenge right now. Tying everything together is something I have been wanting to do for years and now I am so worried about making it perfect.
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on August 14, 2013, 08:49:42 PM
I took the next big step recently and quit my day job. Now I'm a full time writer!
I posted about it on my site. http://trevorhcooley.com/?p=2047
Title: Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
Post by: Edgewriter on September 25, 2013, 02:54:08 PM
My latest book is out!
It's called Mother of the Moonrat and is the fifth and last book of the Bowl of Souls series.
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http://www.amazon.com/Mother-Moonrat-Bowl-Souls-ebook/dp/B00FEBA35W

I just put it out yesterday and man has it been a long time coming. I first thought of the way I wanted to end the series about ten years ago and it has been torturous getting to the point where I could finally write it down.

It is also a milestone because it is my first book to be released as a full time writer. I quit my previous day job August 20th so that I could get the book finished by the end of September so it is exciting and scary at the same time.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 25, 2013, 09:38:51 AM
Bought it when it came out but finally started reading it yesterday, and because they kept pushing the time my car would be finished with the idiotic "repairs" needed for it to pass state inspection I read for about 8 hours.

So, got about half way though it.  Liking it just as much as the others.  Got to try and finish it over the weekend.
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Post by: Edgewriter on October 25, 2013, 11:35:38 AM
Thanks, Marty!

The latest book has been doing really well. The release increased interest in the others as well and all five books have been in the top 100 in epic fantasy for three weeks straight!
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 31, 2013, 09:37:06 PM
I finished it.  Wow, that was a lot to process...

I like how everything ended up, with the ideas planted for more to come.
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Post by: Edgewriter on February 12, 2014, 09:48:06 AM
For those of you interested, I have the first two chapters of upcoming book, Tarah Woodblade up on my site.
Feel free to check them out.

Chapter one: http://trevorhcooley.com/?p=2161

Chapter two: http://trevorhcooley.com/?p=2207

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Post by: Sideswipe on February 12, 2014, 10:08:53 AM
Great news Trevor, I'm still plowing through the Moonrat stuff, but I will be keeping an eye on this one.
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Post by: Edgewriter on March 12, 2014, 11:57:19 AM
My latest book, Tarah Woodblade, is out. It was released yesterday

http://www.amazon.com/Tarah-Woodblade-Souls-Novel-Jharro-ebook/dp/B00IXGQVDS

It's crazy because I am moving today. My wife and I bought a farm down in Tennessee to be closer to my family. I finished the book and edited it at the last minute while my wife did most of the packing. Now we're loading the truck and I'm packing my computer away.

Currently it is ranked #22 in Action Adventure Fantasy and #53 in overall Epic Fantasy. See you in a week or so after my internet is set back up!
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Post by: mattwnelson on March 12, 2014, 12:54:05 PM
I need to re-read all the originals... Great to see you're making a name at it man!
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Post by: Sideswipe on March 12, 2014, 04:41:02 PM
Way to live the dream, man.  Good for you.
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Post by: Edgewriter on April 17, 2014, 09:24:55 AM
I just wrote a post on my blog today about a reader in Germany whose daughter wanted to translate the prologue of my first book into German for her school newspaper. He sent me the finished translation and it looks great. Is there anyone here who knows German that can tell me how good the translation is?

http://trevorhcooley.com/?p=2237
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Post by: Edgewriter on July 25, 2014, 08:54:19 PM
Hey guys,

My latest book is out. It is the second book of the Jharro Grove Saga and the seventh book in the Bowl of Souls series overall.
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Here's a link to the book http://www.amazon.com/Protector-Grove-Bowl-Souls-Book-ebook/dp/B00M3I5EU8/

Here's the description:

"Jhonate’s reprieve from her father has been cut short. She is forced to return home to Malaroo, bringing Justan along with her. The journey she has avoided for so long has become all the more difficult because someone wants Justan dead.

The rogue horse Esmine, a mythical beast of remarkable power, has been captured by a troupe of dwarf smugglers. They are taking her to the nation Alberri where a gnome scholar awaits with a vicious plan to sacrifice the beast and bind its powerful soul to make a weapon of mass destruction. Tarah Woodblade must gather a group of warriors and rescue Esmine before she is taken to Alberri.

Evil stirs. Darkness is building. But can anyone trust Xedrion, The Protector of the Grove?"
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 29, 2014, 09:03:54 AM
Finally finished reading book 6, on to 7....
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Post by: soguru on August 04, 2015, 06:49:58 PM
I'm really interested in writing some... fiction and publishing it on Amazon for kindle, e-readers, etc. Anybody know who I need to get in touch with to make that happen other than a good agent? For that matter, how can I even get in touch with a good agent? I heard it's damn near impossible.
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Post by: Edgewriter on August 04, 2015, 07:41:17 PM
Getting an agent can be tough. They are bombarded by submissions. I sent out more query letters to agents then I can remember and received nothing but form rejection letters back. Finally I had to publish it on my own.

If you want to do something like that, here's a simplified outline.
You don't need to get in touch with anybody. First, you write your book. (The hardest part and one that few people finish.) Then you polish it to make it as good as you can on your own. Then you share it with friends and get their help editing it. Some people take their work to an editing service and pay for it, but I hear stories about authors who get back a product that still isn't ready.

Then you put a cover together. A good cover is very important.

As for publishing it on Amazon, that part is easy. Go to KDP and follow their instructions.

After that, it's all about promotion. Use Social Media. If your book is good, then it will generate positive reviews and start getting sales.

I published my first book in May of 2012. My tenth book is coming out at the end of August. If you want more information, you can check out my posts  at http://trevorhcooley.com/

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Post by: soguru on August 04, 2015, 09:27:04 PM
Thank you. :)
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Post by: Edgewriter on November 17, 2015, 10:32:51 PM
Hey guys. Funny thing I just learned.

The current narrator for my audiobooks is a comedic writer and once wrote for two episodes of MST3K. One of them was Time of the Apes.
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Post by: Sideswipe on November 18, 2015, 08:17:23 AM
Nice.
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Post by: SJP on November 19, 2015, 12:51:46 PM
Question about the narration stuff: was your narrator through the Amazon platform, HDX, I think it's called?  I was going to put my first novella eBook in print form soon, and thought it might be fun to record my own audiobook as well, and didn't know if your narrator got placed through that or not (I was also considering trying out for that myself if anyone would hire me for their own books).
EDIT: My mistake, it's called ACX.  HDX is that thing that Vudu does for "better than HD" picture.
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Post by: Edgewriter on November 19, 2015, 01:53:35 PM
Yes, it's ACX.
It has worked really well for me. I put my book out there as available and waited for narrators (or producers as they say) to send me auditions. If I wasn't getting anyone I liked, I would listen to samples by narrators and send messages to ones I liked asking if they would be willing to audition.

So far I have had two narrators and both have been great in their own way. I have split royalties with them, which has worked well. You can see the books here to get an idea: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_pd_Sci-Fi_c2_1_auth?searchAuthor=Trevor+H.+Cooley

If you split royalties, you share 40% of the sales equally with the narrator. This is a six year contract.
If you narrate your own, you would get to keep all 40%
Also, you can pay the narrator up front. Most of the good ones work for $200 per finished hour or so.

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Post by: SJP on November 20, 2015, 07:12:40 AM
That hourly one sounds a like a good way to pick up a couple of bucks, though I think I'd need a few under my belt before I started charging an amount like that.

Also, it's weird that if you want to put up your own projects AND do narration for other people, you have to set up two different accounts.  You can't combine being an author and do voiceovers unless you solely record your own book.  Sounds counterproductive, but hey, at least I found a few I can try reading for until I can do my own.
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Post by: Edgewriter on February 07, 2017, 12:32:57 PM
Hey everyone, it's been a while and I thought I'd give you an update.
In the last year I've published two more books. One of them is the first book in an new series. It's a fantasy western titled, Noose Jumpers. https://www.amazon.com/Noose-Jumpers-Mythological-Trevor-Cooley-ebook/dp/B01IK3O8SI

I also released the Tenth book in the Bowl of Souls series and the penultimate book of the Jharro Grove Saga: Priestess of War. https://www.amazon.com/Priestess-War-Bowl-Souls-Book-ebook/dp/B01MS0TLEU

All my books but the most recent one are all on Audible as well. I'm running a promotion right now for a free audiobook in my series. If you are interested, message me and I'll reply with acode for your free copy. Thanks!
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Post by: Edgewriter on July 07, 2017, 02:58:33 PM
Just a heads up. My newest book is here. It's the last book of the Jharro Grove Saga and brings to close storylines that have been running since book one of the previous saga.

 https://www.amazon.com/Behemoth-Jharro-Grove-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B073MW9T6X
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 07, 2017, 04:38:53 PM
Guess I've got to get reading, I still haven't finished book 7...
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Post by: Edgewriter on July 07, 2017, 09:25:53 PM
This one is Eleven overall.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 24, 2018, 11:28:00 AM
During the 3 day power outage I did a lot of reading.  With everything going on I haven't read much in the last year and a half so had a lot of catching up to do.  Finished up book 7, read 8 and 9, just now starting on book 10.
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Post by: Edgewriter on July 14, 2018, 11:33:46 AM
During the 3 day power outage I did a lot of reading.  With everything going on I haven't read much in the last year and a half so had a lot of catching up to do.  Finished up book 7, read 8 and 9, just now starting on book 10.
Wow, Marty. I haven't been around the forum in a while. Just saw your post. Did you finish the series? What are your thoughts?
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 14, 2018, 04:09:03 PM
During the 3 day power outage I did a lot of reading.  With everything going on I haven't read much in the last year and a half so had a lot of catching up to do.  Finished up book 7, read 8 and 9, just now starting on book 10.
Wow, Marty. I haven't been around the forum in a while. Just saw your post. Did you finish the series? What are your thoughts?

Funny, I was just thinking last night that I need to get back to the series and finish book 10.  Think I was about half way through it last time I did some reading.
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Post by: Edgewriter on July 14, 2018, 09:21:48 PM
Here's the current full list of my books if anyone is interested in checking them out.

The Bowl of Souls series:

THE MOONRAT SAGA
Book One: Eye of the Moonrat (cover design by Renu Sharma)
Book 1.5: Hilt's Pride (cover design by Justin Cooley)
Book Two: Messenger of the Dark Prophet (cover design by Sarah Alderete)
Book Three: Hunt of the Bandham (cover design by Justin Cooley)
Book Four: The War of Stardeon (cover design by Renu Sharma)
Book Five: Mother of the Moonrat (cover design by Renu Sharma)

THE JHARRO GROVE SAGA
Book Six: Tarah Woodblade
Book Seven: Protector of the Grove
Book Eight: The Ogre Apprentice
Book Nine: The Troll King
Book Ten: Priestess of War
Book Eleven: Behemoth

THE DARK PROPHET SAGA
Book One: Sir Edge (Upcoming)

The Tallow Mysteries
Book One: Tallow Jones: Wizard Detective
Book Two: (Upcoming)

NOOSE JUMPERS: A Mythological Western
NOOSE JUMPERS 2: (Upcoming)

https://www.amazon.com/Eye-Moonrat-Bowl-Souls-ebook/dp/B0082V0ZHM