Category Archives: The Seven Signs

Updates and Major Changes

See that up there?  I doubt I have to explain what it’s supposed to be.  I’ve been out of touch much longer than I expected to be–in fact, book four is supposed to be here, you scream at your computer screen.  Let’s get into it.

So, yeah–book four is delayed quite a bit.  Not by choice, but by necessity.  There’s lots going on, so let me fill you in on what’s happening on my end of things.

There is some very exciting things (hopefully) coming down the pipe for Child of the Flames.  I don’t want to jynx anything, but there’s a possibility that an audio version may soon become available.  Keep your ears peeled for more on that in the near future.

This means there’s a bit of work to be done on my end, though.  New covers, new paperbacks, new everything.  I won’t get into the nitty-gritty business language, but this turn of events has necessitated a redo of a lot of stuff, which has taken a considerable amount of time.  Expect to see some major changes filtering down within the next few weeks.

That’s the first reason The City Under the Mountain is delayed–lost time to reworking things.  The next is that I’ll have to wait for the new artist to finish the covers, which I’m really excited about.  You guys see that picture up there, right?  It’s hand-painted.  The new covers will be nothing to sneer at.  He’s got to redo them all, though, so it will take a little time.

The next reason isn’t so fun–I’ve got to go to court against the wailing protests from the depths of my soul.  I’m not in trouble or anything, it’s just legal stuff that needs to be taken care of.  I’ve got a lot of meetings with lawyers in my near future, and that’s never fun.  Anyone who’s been through it knows what I’m talking about.

So, all that said, expect The City Under the Mountain be released in mid-December.  I know it sucks–believe me, I wouldn’t sneer at the money it would bring–but it’s necessary.  Lots of stuff is happening, and at the moment, City is caught in the whirlwind of activity.

If you’ve tried to get in touch with me and received only silence in return, that’s why.  In the meantime, though, I’ve got another recommendation to tide you all over.

Those of you who got my email about my friend Jacob Peppers will remember him.  He released A Sellsword’s Compassion a couple of weeks ago, and he’s seeing some good reviews from it.  The guy is a madman (and has a substantial backlist of books) and so he’s just released the first book in his second series, The Son of the Morning.  Also, The Silent Blade–the novella in his Seven Virtues series–is currently FREE.

So head on over and check him out.  Drop him a love letter and let him know I sent you there.  It’ll put a smile on his face, and I can use the fact to strong-arm him into buying me beer.  Much love and respect to you all, and I’ll be sending you something soon.

Also–The Ballad of the Outrider is similarly delayed for the same reasons discussed above.  I was halfway through the second installment when I had to turn my attention away, so it’s coming within the next two weeks

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Child of the Flames: Last Chance

Alright guys, the sale for Child of the Flames ends today, so if you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, go to it.  The world depends on you.  Pretty sure something awful will happen if you don’t.  Perhaps the beaches will be invaded by laser wielding alien frogmen…perhaps nothing.

Do you really want to find out?

BUY TODAY.  TELL YOUR FRIENDS.

Child of the Flames: ON SALE TODAY

Don’t forget, little monkeys, that Child of the Flames is on sale today though Friday for $0.99 (£0.99 in the UK).  Head over to Amazon and pick up your copy today, or share this with a friend so they can do it.  You wouldn’t keep this from a friend, would you?

How could you?

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The Knife in the Dark: UK Sale

 

 

 

 

Amazon has selected The Knife in the Dark for their Kindle Monthly Deal in June in the UK store.  It will be discounted to £0.99 through the first of July.  Most of you probably have it already, but if not, it’s a good time to pull the trigger.  One could get the first two books–Child of the Flames and The Knife in the Dark–for £0.99 apiece.

If you’ve got friends who might be interested, feel free to do a man a solid and share this post with them.  Sales are always a good time to start reading something new.  It will be a good lead-up to the release of The City Under the Mountain at the end of the summer.

So go ahead.  Bring your friends to the Dark Side.

The Old Man of the Temple–Now in Paperback

Hey all.  Just a quick note to let you guys and gals know that The Old Man of the Temple is finally available in paperback.  If you’re interested, head on over to Amazon and pick up your copy today.

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In the world of indie publishing, there is a metric ton of advice out there for authors on everything from crafting a professional manuscript to “gaming” the algorithms of Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and on into the sunset.  Much of it is good.  That’s the great thing about indie authors–they tend to offer a hand down to those climbing the proverbial ladder once they’ve seen a measure of their own success.  Check out the nonfiction section of Amazon and you’ll probably see a lot of titles about marketing ebooks, or how to leverage this site or that to push your titles to the next level.  It can be very confusing, especially considering that there are lots of people out there who offer the “tried and true system to push YOUR books to the next level!”

I’ve read a lot of it.  But me being me, I’ve never been able to keep a long list of tactical tricks in my brain for marketing purposes.  Keeping up with the changes in Amazon’s business models, or the way that Facebook pushes your author page to people, has never been my strong suit.  I’ve never been a PR wizard, or an SEO specialist.  I’ve never worked at any internet firms or anything like that.  I’ve been a mechanic, a musician, an artist, a soldier, a writer–but never anything PR-related.  I abhor social media on general principle, and don’t spend enough time on any website to get a deep understanding of the way they work.  Maybe I’m kind of a dinosaur.

I can barely manage my website.  Yes, it’s that bad.

When I first published back in 2011, I adopted every trick I could find.  I was new to the scene, and had no idea what I was doing.  I got easily bogged down in minutiae, and taken in by the advice of this writer, or that.  Some good, mostly bad.  My first book (with no comments on the horrible quality) did alright, but fell eventually into the mists of internet obscurity.

When I decided to revamp my writing career, I didn’t count on having any great amount of success.  I decided that instead of listening to the endless parade of advice from authors who were offering it, I would instead adopt a few simple principles, and take a page from the books of some of the great generals in history–Strategy is by far more important than tactics.  A tactic is a short-term thing designed to get you through the moment.  A strategy is a plan of action for the long haul, and I made mine simple.

Concentrate on writing good books, get good-looking covers, and worry about the bullshit later.

I thought about the way that I look for a new book when I want something to read.  I don’t listen to Facebook or Amazon, don’t click on ads, don’t participate in giveaways or contests (though I know some people do).  What I do is probably what most of you do–I ask my friends.  I read descriptions, I read reviews from other readers.  I figured that for my own work, the best thing to do would be to try and write a good book.  If it was good enough, people would want to read it and recommend it.  It’s true that this is a more slow-burn type of strategy than landing an ad somewhere, and it might not net me a million downloads in a few days, but the people who did discover it would probably enjoy it more than if it had been shoved in their face by a pop-up on some random website.

I decided that I didn’t need to be the next George R.R. Martin, I just needed to write something that a few people really enjoyed.  I wanted to be accessible as much as possible, and treat people like people instead of assets to push a product, or ticks on some line graph.  What I wanted was a small group of fans with whom I can talk, joke around, and have a good rapport.  I just don’t have it in me to be anything but generally irreverent, snarky, and completely unprofessional.  I’m just a guy with tattoos.  I could never be some untouchable, suit-draped elitist who looks down on others as a waste of his time.  It’s just not me, and never could be me.  When I think of authors doing book signing events, or live book readings, etc, what I would much rather do is just go out to a pub and have a beer with people.

I never counted on having much exposure, or a legion of fans.  I figured a few people would like what I was doing, but it was probably going to be a niche crowd from the get-go.  Since I changed my business model, so to speak, I’ve not purchased any ads, done any podcasts, promoted posts on Facebook, or joined Twitter hashtags.  The closest thing I’ve done is Fantasy Writer of the Day on Reddit, but that’s totally free on my part, a niche crowd in itself, and it’s an AMA-style interaction between me and subscribers to the subreddit rather than an ad campaign.  Which, by the way, I will be doing again on July 24th.  Look for me there on that day if you want to ask questions, or just hang out and bullshit with me.

Somehow, along the way, the books have picked up some steam on their own.  I say it’s down to you guys–the readers.  You’ve read, recommended, shared, or whatever it is that you’ve done, and slowly but surely something pretty awesome has happened.

When I logged in to check my numbers this morning, I saw this.  I was floored.  There’s a lot of jostling that happens in the Amazon bestseller rankings, and they change from one minute to the next.  One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that all three of my books have slowly clawed their way into the top ten.  For the last six months or so, Child of the Flames and The Knife in the Dark have stuck there consistently, and since The Old Man of the Temple‘s release, it’s been right there beside them, and featured in Amazon’s “Hot New Releases.”

So thanks.  Thanks to all of you who have shared, recommended, talked about them with your friends, or left me reviews.  Thanks to those of you who haven’t, but have purchased and read them all the same.  The past two years I’ve worked hard on them, especially this past year, and it’s wild to see them climbing to where they are now.  I can’t even describe the feeling, and it’s all down to you guys.  I should be studying for my finals next week right now, but I’m cracking a Guinness Nitro for all of you out there who are riding this train with me.  All I did was write them.  You guys did this, and I fucking love you for it.

Much Love and Respect to you all.

~D.W.

Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom

I see you guys out there.  You’re all awesome.  My gratitude is yours.

Guess I’d better get cracking on that next book.  Much love and respect to you all.

~D.W.

The Old Man of the Temple: AVAILABLE NOW

The Old Man of the Temple is now available at Amazon.  Head over there and get the next installment in the story for your Kindle today.  Put your feet up, have a beer, and read something nice.

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Don’t forget to leave the book an honest review, if you like it and you’re so inclined.  Enjoy, and have a good one.

The Old Man of the Temple–April 22nd

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So, got the new mock-ups for the cover of book three, and it will be released April 22nd.

Yes, this time it’s real.  The Old Man of the Temple will be out on April 22nd.  For serious.

That’s all.  I love you all with the fire of a thousand suns.

Just Some Stinkin’ Maps for You People

Hey all.  Got some new maps.  Figured you might want to see ’em.  Enjoy.

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