We talk about the history of Shadowpublications.com, my writing, and my bad habits.
I am a very fortunate man. And yet I know some of that fortune is from hard work and the will to struggle. And life is a struggle. Period.
I started writing again in 2008 after leaving the craft for 15 years. That long sojourn was brought about through frustration and the knowledge I’d not only ever be published, but I’d never be skilled enough to warrant the same.
As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog, I suck at marketing. Especially for my creations like the series Children of Garaaga.
To be honest, it’s a difficult sell. Instead of a large sprawling epic fantasy novel, it’s a collection of short stories, novelettes, and novellas. And while they’re all interconnected, it’s very difficult to convince the general reading public that it’s worth their time. To make matters worse, it’s “historical” fiction.
Ah, yes. The turkey has been sacrificed. Bushels of cranberry were destroyed to make a chunky red paste. And billions of pounds of pumpkin were savaged and turned into pie. Mmm….pie.
In other words, Thanksgiving is over and now it’s the dreaded “Black Friday” where people lose their shit and become complete savages to save an average of 39 cents at big box stores. Savages, I tell you.
But tomorrow is the oft forgotten “Small Business Saturday.” This is where your hard-earned cash can actually HELP your local economy in a big way. You can patronize your local indie book store or used book store. They always have good deals and usually have some books that are difficult to find elsewhere. Hell, even going into that little restaurant or coffee shop you’ve been eyeing helps.
“The girl on the altar began to scream.
Acquila leapt from the path and crashed into the brush. Nerutal cursed as the members of the circle turned toward him. “Darian, attack!” Nerutal cried and followed Acquila into the clearing.”
Excerpt From: Paul E Cooley. “Legends of Garaaga”
It seems like I commissioned this project a billion years ago. The sad fact is that the designer, the wonderfully patient and talented Scott Pond, has been waiting on me to get my shit together for a very long time. And finally? We’re here.
On Saturday, Nov 22nd, Legends of Garaaga will go on sale at Amazon and the audiobook from my site. If this cover doesn’t pique your interest, I’ve no idea what will. Because Mr. Pond reads my work before designing the covers, he is very good at picking out certain scenes and targeting them. Once we agree on the scene, he does his magic. And folks? The man is MADE of magic.
Mr. Pond? You have once again knocked it out of the park.
For the Garaaga’s Children series, this is the first of many books to come. And I know they’ll all look as enticing.
I was on the Mythwits last night. Was a complete blast. You can watch/listen to the episode here.
Now that the madness has died down, it’s time for me to get my collective shit in order. What does this mean? It means re-prioritizing my existing schedule.
The plan was, in fact, for me to get back to work on Flames and one more Garaaga’s Children story for y’all. However, since The Black‘s sidequel (paraquel, sequel, whatever the hell you want to call it) has been purchased, it’s now my top priority. Everything else is going to slide. For now.
While writing the next book, I’ll be recording The Black for audiobook sale as well as for the podcast. You know, that thing I used to do? But because I have to split time between the two and I have an aggressive schedule for the The Black‘s sidequel, it will take a bit longer than I’d planned.
Why do I keep writing these updates? Because things are moving so fast I can barely keep up.
Last night I received two awesome pieces of news. First off, the paraquel to The Black is going to happen. Severed Press wants it. I’m going to write it. And it will be even crazier than The Black was.
The second piece of news? The Black is being translated for the German market. That’s huge. It’s the first time any of my stories will appear in a language other than Texan. Or English. Or Java. Or something.
What does this mean? It means 2014 has been by far the most successful year of my writing career. The Black is still selling. It’s not setting the world on fire by any means, but its sales have been consistently good. Am I happy? Yes. Am I terrified? Absolutely. Why? Because I have to do better next time. Every book has to be better than the last. But considering the amazing support from y’all and the improvements I’ve made, it’s not as much a worry as it probably should be.
Last Sunday was the day I received the cover for The Black. One week later, the sequel was purchased, German rights sold, both ebook and paperback are out and doing well. One. F’ing. Week.
Be careful what you wish for, kids, because it can happen. And when it does, you better be ready. I’m ready. Hopefully you’re enjoying The Black and can’t wait for the next installment.
Now if only someone will purchase the movie rights…
Did I mention how incredibly fast this book has hit the presses? Last Sunday, I had just received the “final” artwork. Two days later, the ebook dropped. A couple of days later? The paperback is now available at Amazon.
If you take a look at the sidebar (or the links below), you’ll see two little amazon logos. The first is for the paperback, the second for the ebook. If you purchase using those links (and yes, you can just copy the damned things) or use them to spread the word, then I get a bigger cut of the profits. Just another way to keep me in scotch.
Thanks to all of you for so much support and help in pimping the release. It’s been a roller-coaster ride and there’s more to come. I’m hard at work on recording the audio/podio book for y’all and hope to have the first episode for you in early October. Unless I decide to release on Halloween. Because who doesn’t love a monster on October 31st?
Y’all showed up to purchase it and at one point, The Black e-book was selling higher than Stephen F’ing King. Pretty damned amazing for someone who has hardly EVER climbed any charts. So, thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.
Tomorrow or Saturday, The Black will go on sale at Amazon.com. I’ll update the links and etc for you when I get hold of them. Until then, bask in the awesome that is this book cover. I can’t wait to get my paws on it. Hopefully, you’ll feel the same way.