Sneaky Summer Camp

It came as a big surprise for me when I found out today that Camp NaNoWriMo was supposed to be starting July 1. Not only that, it’s slated to actually be two NaNoWriMo events starting July 1 and August 1 respectively.

I can only say that I’m relieved Firebrand is just about ready to be released so I can give my full attention to my NaNoWriMo project. This summer is already proving to be very busy, but highly productive and exciting. I don’t think I have the stamina to do two NaNoWriMo events for both months, but who knows? I might just be crazy enough to try it.

On the flip side, Firebrand is currently undergoing the beta reading phase. Pretty soon, I’ll send this off to the printers and finally see the proof copy in my own hands! If all goes well, I would expect to see the book released during late July/August.

Coming Soon! “Firebrand”

I’m pleased to announce my newest fantasy novella, Firebrand, coming soon this summer! Sarah did another amazing job with the cover, which I’m excited to share. The book is planned for release in both paperback and E-Book formats.

Firebrand

The blurb:

Kaijin Sora behaved like any studious child his age who constantly indulged in reading books and thirsting for new knowledge. But there was one thing that distinguished him from other children—his tenacious passion for fire.

In hopes of curbing this strange and disturbing sickness, Kaijin’s parents sent him off to study magic. Unbeknownst to Kaijin, the knowledge he would glean during his years of intense study would only further kindle his inner flames.

What began as a simple childhood curiosity would ultimately transition into a blazing love so powerful, it kills….

Firebrand is an engrossing fantasy adventure filled with magic and mystery.

April – May Sales

I thought I’d follow the trend of other indie authors and post the sales progress for The Necromancer’s Apprentice. The book debuted on April 7, 2011, though it wasn’t made fully available on all of the other websites until a later date. Therefore, I will include both April and May’s sales to make things a little easier.

Total sales (April 7-ish – May 31): 30

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the sales (in ascending order):

Amazon US: 24

Smashwords: 3

Amazon UK: 1

Barnes & Noble: 1

CreateSpace: 1

These are all digitally-bought sales (including CreateSpace, which the paperback was bought via online). There were actually a few more paperback sales which were sold offline (I would estimate about 6-7 copies).  I did modest advertising and a giveaway at Goodreads towards the end of May (which so many people have added it to their ‘to-read’ lists!). This was all such an intimidating experience for my debut book, but all in all, I’m quite pleased with the results!

I was also pleasantly surprised to discover I actually had a sale in the UK! (I guess that makes me an international seller, right?) It’s always been my dream to have my stories shared throughout the world, so seeing that sale brought out a whole new level of motivation.

Hopefully, this month will be even better.

I’ve already begun my next project as I eagerly await Camp NaNoWriMo later this summer. The event just can’t come fast enough! I’m anticipating the remainder of this year will be event-heavy, which I am preparing for accordingly.

Looking forward to doing new and exciting things!