I'm kicking my Assassin Without a Name series into high gear, with the third and longest story yet, Night of Zealotry, set to come out in the next couple of weeks. Also, I've got three more stories all in various stages planned for release thereafter.
Right now, you can get the first two stories in the series, Fine Wine and Killing the Dead, for free at Amazon and other select online retailers.
With those on your eReader, wouldn't you want the next story too? Here's how to get it for free:
Sign-up to my mailing list. It's that simple. In exchange for allowing me to notify you of all of my new releases as they're available, I'll not only send you the next, unreleased story in the Assassin Without a Name series, but I'll also send you each and every story thereafter.
What that means is this: Sign-up today and I'll send you Night of Zealotry in a couple of weeks when it's released. Because it's a longer story than either of the first two, it's going to retail for $2.99. But you'll get it for free. Then, when the next story comes out, I'll send you that one too. And so on.
Why would I do this? Because I like having readers. I also like having ratings and reviews. There's not really any obligation to leave either, but it's a nice gesture and something which I'm willing to play the numbers on. If I give away 1,000 copies of the next story, chances are 5-10% of them will leave reviews. Maybe some others will help spread the word in some other way. It all helps.
One last question to answer: What's the frequency of Assassin releases? In an ideal world, I'd like to do one per month. But, because I'm a realist with a day job, I'm willing to commit to one new release every 1-2 months. I'm will to commit to that if you're willing to show your interest by signing up today. You have my thanks in advance.
The Five Elements (The Alchemancer: Book One) is 99 cents on Amazon today only! Get it here.
I've been running a few promos lately for The Five Elements. I'm not big on sale prices without some sort of advertising behind it because it's near impossible to effectively get the word out without this outside help. Shouting it from the Twitter rooftops is not a good strategy, IMO, because it just adds to the noise and annoys people.
For this promotion, I chose eBookSoda. We're seeing more and more of these curated style email services where you get 1-2 featured books per email based on which genres you wish to receive info about. Bookbub pioneered this format and have had some success with it, so of course others are now attempting to emulate the model. Nothing wrong with that and, in fact, it's a great thing for authors and readers alike because it creates options.
So, eBookSoda today and then no more promotions for at least a couple of months (never say never, but that's my thinking for now).
However, another deal I have going is if you're interested in witty assassin stories, you can sign-up for my mailing list and get the next Assassin Without a Name story for free. The story is novelette length (14000 words) and I'm all but done with my end of things until it goes to my editor in about a week. The story is called Night of Zealotry and you can find out a little more about it here.
The next Assassin Without a Name tale is coming soon. It's called Night of Zealotry, here's the cover, and check below for an easy way to get it for free:
Night of Zealotry is the 3rd Assassin Without a Name short story in the series. It is preceded by Fine Wine and Killing the Dead, both free downloads on Amazon.
But wait! Before you rush off to download those gems, there's more!
You can get Night of Zealotry for free, too. How, you ask? Here's how: sign-up for my mailing list and I'll send you the story when it's complete. It's that simple.
What do I use my mailing list for? Good question. I'll let you know about new releases of mine when they come out, often when they're offered at a discounted price. Also, I'll send you free shorts. Not only Night of Zealotry, but probably later installments in the Assassin series, too.
Don't believe me? Well, those who were signed up when the second edition of The Hall of the Wood was released last year got it for free. Also, when the second book in The Alchemancer series came out, I told subscribers when and where to get it for 99 cents (regularly $5.99). Not a bad deal. All for allowing me to send you at most 1-2 (maybe 3) emails per year.
So why in the world would I want to give away free books and shorts when it costs me $$$ (covers, editing, my time) to produce them? Another good question. Because my hope is you'll like them enough to tell someone else about them. Or maybe leave a rating or review somewhere. Word of mouth is a huge, huge way for me to get more readers and, quite frankly, to cover my expenses (at minimum). It's a great help in making this writing thing viable and I really do appreciate such efforts.
Sound reasonable? Then what are you waiting for? Go sign-up!
Oh, and in case you're wondering what Night of Zealotry is all about, here you go:
Take out the target, retrieve the scroll, and avoid getting killed by the protection detail of Black Guard mercenaries. That was the job. Simple enough, or so the Assassin Without a Name thought, until he finds himself smack in the middle of three organizations all vying for possession of the item he just stole.
Of the three, the worst is the Jakaree, a group of fanatical priests willing to kill to fulfill their mysterious goals. But by making the Assassin Without a Name a target, they’re about to receive a lesson in death themselves from one of the best.
Sound awesome? I thought so when I wrote it. He's definitely a fun character to write about. Hope you'll join me for this and future installments.
You can add Night of Zealotry to your Goodreads TBR list by going here.
Unlike previous year in review posts, I'm going to skip the usual blog stats breakdown. I used to get a kick out of seeing how many people stumbled onto my posts, read them, and possibly even left a comment. But I think the tone of this blog has changed to the point where while I still get a kick out of those things, they're not so much at the forefront of my focus. I'm ecstatic that this blog has posts which have been read well over 100,000 times now (the top 3 actually account for over 100,000 just by themselves), but my focus is more and more on my writing, so that's what this review is really about.
2013 was a great year for me. I released the first two Assassin Without a Name stories, with a third in the works presently.
Also, I finished up and released the second book in The Alchemancer series, The Nullification Engine. Initial reviews are positive, though few, but I have many more coming as review copies continue to go out. I'm really looking at the long term with my releases rather than trying to make a hard impact right from the get-go. The series continues to pick up new readers every day, so I'm happy about that.
On a related note, I'm really proud of The Nullification Engine. It's my most complex story to date, with five (or is it six?) viewpoint characters all going about their own business but also all tied together by the underlying storyline. My original plan for this series was five books, and I don't think that's changed. I'm outlining the next/third book now, so might start writing it in February. Having just gone through the whole beta/edit/proofread process, which spanned a couple of months just by itself, I'm hoping I can make some adjustments to help streamline it without losing any of the quality it brings.
My last major accomplishment was releasing the second edition of The Hall of the Wood. This was a book which, in simple terms, got released before it'd been given the proper editing treatment. The second edition resolved that. It's not selling as well as the Alchemancer books, but I sleep better at night knowing it's been raised to an acceptable level of quality, of which my readers absolutely deserve (and of which I expect of myself if I'm to continue publishing novels).
So that's that. Another year has come and gone. I've learned a tremendous amount about the writing business and what it takes to have staying power in the industry. I've also established some great relationships with readers, some of whom received advanced, finished copies of The Nullification Engine just because. I hope to make many more such relationships in 2014.