Updates: December 2012
I haven’t done one of these updates posts in a long time, and I have some things to tell you all.
Dissolution of Peace
Dissolution of Peace is doing okay will the sales. The second two free eBook promotions did not do nearly as well as the first one did. I think that in order to have continued success with the free promotions, I need to widen my advertising audience. But in terms of sales it is doing okay. Getting reviews is going slower than I thought I would. But I have six on Amazon US and they are all 4 and 5 star reviews. So I am more that pleased to wait if they remain so positive. I’ve been toying with an idea to reward honest reviews on Amazon.com with some type of giveaway. But that feels awfully closed to “buying” a review and I don’t know that I am comfortable with that closeness. So I think for now I will stick with waiting it out. If you haven’t got your copy, or left a review, please visit this link. If you have thought of borrowing Dissolution of Peace via the Kindle lending library, it will only be available until January 5th. After that, I plan to release Dissolution of Peace on Barnes and Noble for the Nook.
I have been nominated for the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll. I was nominated last year and took second place for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short story with my short story “Death Watch“. This year Dissolution of Peace was nominated for best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel. It is currently in second place and could really use your vote. You can vote for Dissolution of Peace by clicking this link. Make sure you check your email for the confirmation email and click the confirmation link it includes. Otherwise your vote won’t count. The Polls close January 15th, so vote right away.
Daddy is Tired
You have all heard me talk about my son’s picture book, Daddy is Tired. Sales have slowed down on that tremendously and he could really use your support. We are putting all the money in his College Savings account. You can go get your copy, or leave a review, by clicking here.
His book is also in the Preditors and Editors Reader Poll under the Children’s Section. So a vote for him would be great too. Since you can vote once per category you can vote for both of us.
Before I started writing this blog, I accepted the last of the stories for Issue 4. We have brought on a great Assistant Editor, Molly Moss, and she is doing a remarkable job easing the pressure on me to run this magazine. There will be a lot of great talent in Issue 4. And if you haven’t ready our three issues from this year, you can read them free by visiting the website.
Also, with Duotrope going to paid we are considering the idea of adding our own response time statistics to our website. This way those that can’t afford, or don’t feel Duotrope is right in charging, can still see the same information. In fact, our statistics will be 100% accurate because they will include 100% of our submissions. I think it is just one more way our magazine will demonstrate that we are very much pro-author.
This is just one of many big plans we have an Plasma Frequency and at Plasma Spyglass.
Plasma Frequency is also honored that some of our content has been nominated for the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll. Lindsey Duncan’s “Mythocraft” from Issue 2 is nominated in the Science Fiction and Fantasy short Story category. And Tais Teng’s stunning cover art work for Issue 1 is nominated under the Magazine Cover Artwork section. Again, take a moment to go vote for those by clicking the links.
This Year is Summary
As far as writing goes, this looks like a slow year. I only have one short story published (you can read “Miles From the Future” here) and only two written. But I did publish my first novel this year and put in a lot of work to get Cinco’s book out this year. So in terms of words published, I did much better this year as apposed to 2011. And when you factor in starting and running a publishing company, I’m actually proud of what has been done this year. I can only hope for continued success in 2013.
Upcoming Projects for 2013
I am currently in progress on a Novel. It is not the sequel to Dissolution of Peace (I can hear many of you groaning on that one). It has a tentative title and a very rough release date of March/April 2013. I plan to announce an official release date when I have the cover art done. Perhaps around February 2013. So look for that coming soon.
The yet untitled sequel for Dissolution of Peace is the next project in my “to-write” list. I can’t give you a release date for sure, but I sincerely hope to have it done before the end of 2013. Knowing how hard it is to wait for a sequel, I am trying my best to get it to you as quickly as possible. So many people have begged me to give them a hint as to what happens next. I really hadn’t expected there to be so much love for the characters in this book. By far the number most comments on the novel have been about the attachment readers feel to the main characters. I have a very deep bond with these characters as well. They are the first characters I have ever created with any seriousness of being published. So I really have to get back to telling their story.
Yesterday, a third idea hit me. I’m not sure if it will be a short story or a Novel. The idea sparked up from an odd dream. It will also be very much character driven. But it is still in the infancy stages and may not be ready well into 2014. But as I play with the idea, we will see where it leads me.
Well, 2012 has been a crazy year. I went from brand new short story writer to a novelist, and publisher, in a year. I’ve discovered that people really do enjoy the style I bring to the pages, and I expect to gain a lot of new fans in 2013. Of course, I have to thank all my fans that have been following me since “Death Watch” and all those that have joined me along the way. I write for my readers, and I am always grateful I have readers.
And because I couldn’t resist ending this with a slight cliche; See you all next year.