Sunday, March 24, 2013

"Hello, Book, this is Amazon."

Unless you've been frozen in carbonite by a bounty paying slug, you've heard of Amazon. Not only has Amazon dominated the quality products-competitive price model in the Online arena1, they are one of the biggest book sellers in the world.

Three days ago I threw the novel I spent a year taking from concept to completion against the Amazon publishing wall and I'm currently waiting to see how well it sticks.

The Blood Keeper's Prophecy is a Young Adult novel in the head of a sixteen-year-old girl who survived the vampire apocalypse.  The book is the first in the Blood Keeper trilogy, a story straddling a thick dystopian-paranormal line.

For now, it is available on Kindle for $2.99. If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle reader to your personal computer here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000426311

The Kindle reader app is also available for iPhone/iPad and for Android. Basically, if you're reading this blog post, you have access to Kindle.

The results of the Kindle giveaway were far beyond what I had expected. The Blood Keeper's Prophecy landed #28 in the Top 100 Free on Amazon in the Paranormal/Fantasy category. It hasn't sunk-in that something I wrote is actually sitting on all those Kindle devices around the world. Click here to download your copy: Buy the Books

I'm anxious to know how my self-publishing experiment ends. I'm nauseated, at times, wondering if this will be another sidestep, an inch forward, or a leap forward. I wonder if I have made a mistake, or if there is something I should have been doing differently.

One thing I wouldn't do differently is write it. It doesn't matter who you are, or whether or not you have ambitions of being a writer, you will learn something after sitting down at a keyboard and punching out 100,000 words. You might learn you'd rather eat sandpaper than be a writer, but at least you learned it for yourself. For me, I learned I'm a better writer now than I was a year ago, and as long as I write today, I'll be an even better writer tomorrow.

1. Stores® list of 2012 Top 100 retailers: http://www.stores.org/2012/Top-100-Retailers#.UU9WT1d49sQ asdf