Promote Your Book through Giveaways

Welcome to part two of my series on strategies to promote a new book release. This time, we’re going to take a closer look at running giveaways for your new book.

The idea of a giveaway may be a little intimidating for a number of reasons, but it can be a great way to build readership and get some attention on your book. Continue reading “Promote Your Book through Giveaways”

4 Ways to Advertise Your New Book Online

Last month, I talked briefly about 4 broad strategies you could use to promote a new book release. Even though I’m still in the drafting phase of my short stories, I want to start researching book promotion strategies so I’m prepared for publication.

For this post, I’ll start looking into online advertising for a new book release.

Continue reading “4 Ways to Advertise Your New Book Online”

Leaning into the Discovery Draft

I’ve been known to self-edit when I write… a lot. For the first draft of WoEM, I think I wrote and rewrote the first couple of chapters three or four times before I made any real progress on the story.

I’ve been knee-deep in the discovery draft of my short stories for a couple months, and it’s taken a while to convince my brain that it’s only the discovery draft.

So I just wanted to talk about some things to keep in mind as you write a discovery draft. Continue reading “Leaning into the Discovery Draft”

2020 Marketing Goals: Short Story or Bust

Last week I reviewed my book marketing goals for 2019 and summarized how those went.

TLDR: meh.

But the past is gone and we must look forward! So here are my plans for 2020 on the book publishing, marketing, and selling fronts. Continue reading “2020 Marketing Goals: Short Story or Bust”

“The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan” Chapter 10 is Up… and other things I forgot to post

I definitely neglected to schedule anything to post this morning, so to make up for it, I’ve posted the next chapter in my mythic fantasy series, “The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan”!

This chapter presents a more understated but poignant side of this fantasy universe.

Genre: fantasy, high fantasy, mythic fantasy

Chapter Blurb: The First Life learns what it means to create a life of its own.

Series Blurb:

Every world has its origin story.

The vibrant world of Úr’Dan and the powerful beings who created it are eager to find life in the cosmos. But their untested powers will clash as they each strive to bring their vision of the universe to fruition–and control the wondrous creatures who live there. Witness the creation of a vibrant new world.

Based on the unique fantasy universe of the novel, The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

As always, this story is free to read on Wattpad:

https://www.wattpad.com/story/163684352-the-grand-mythos-of-%C3%BAr%27dan-volume-one

Steve D

Quarterly Sales Report: Awesome Con was Awesome

Awesome Con was fantastic. I talked to a ton of cool people, connected with a couple authors, and sold some freaking books.

I wish I had the budget right now to do more conventions, but I’ll just have to be patient. At the very least, I can plan to be at Awesome Con again next year. For now, let’s have a look at how well my first novel actually sold at my first convention. Continue reading “Quarterly Sales Report: Awesome Con was Awesome”

The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan, Chapter 2, is Live!

Chapter two of “The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan” is now live on Wattpad:

https://www.wattpad.com/story/163684352-the-grand-mythos-of-%C3%BAr%27dan-volume-one

Here’s the blurb again:

Every world has its folktales, but even folktales carry a part of the truth. Follow the first beings in the universe as they try to bring order and life to their home. Witness the creation of the vibrant world of Úr’Dan, and the fantastic creatures who live there. Based on the unique fantasy universe of the novel, The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

Chapter Two, titled: “The Lighting of the Void”, is available now.

Thank you again to Joanna Pacek for her work on that beautiful cover design! Joanna also designed and illustrated my short story title card.

It’s been five weeks since I published Chapter One, and I feel like that’s too long. From now on, I’ll publish a new chapter every four weeks.

Stay tuned for Chapter Three on March 26th!

Steve D

The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan has Arrived!

Last night I published the first chapter of my mythic fantasy series, The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan, on Wattpad!

https://www.wattpad.com/story/163684352-the-grand-mythos-of-%C3%BAr%27dan-volume-one

The Grand Mythos of Ur'Dan, Volume One, Chapter One

Here’s the blurb:

Every world has its folktales, but even folktales carry a part of the truth. Follow the first beings in the universe as they try to bring order and life to their home. Witness the creation of the vibrant world of Úr’Dan, and the fantastic creatures who live there. Based on the unique fantasy universe of the novel, The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

Chapter One, titled: “The Void and the First Four Vai’ad”, is available now.

If you haven’t already, you can sign up for Wattpad to access this series for free. I will publish one chapter each month through 2019. Wattpad is a great way to discover other indie authors as well.

I’ve been pretty mum on the details of this series to this point, but I wanted to tell the origin stories of my fantasy universe. So, I’m starting at the very beginning, with the creation of the universe itself. Readers of WoEM in particular will recognize some of the names that appear in this series, so I’m excited to make those connections.

Many thank you’s to Joanna Pacek for her work on that beautiful cover design! Some of you may remember Joanna–or recognize her distinctive water-color style–from my short story title card. Once I had a basic concept in mind for my series cover, I knew that she was the right artist for the job.

Stay tuned for a new chapter each month!

Steve D

Shameless Plug: “The Warden of Everfeld: Memento”

This is a friendly reminder that I recently wrote and published a fantasy adventure called The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

This novel is available for purchase on Amazon.com:

  • $4.99 on Kindle
  • $12.99 in paperback
  • I will also be selling paperbacks at Awesome Con in DC, April 26-28, for just $10. So come visit my table! (More details coming)

Here is the full synopsis:

The Second Redskael War left many communities in Everfeld in mourning, and now they have united in mutual protection. Aston dreams of fighting for his home as his father did, but Jaed only wants to find the home she never had.

When a long-buried secret is revealed, Jaed and Aston must flee those who would stamp out any threat to the fledgling Felding Alliance. Now they must each make a choice: run away and condemn the society they were raised in, or fight back to protect those they love.

The Warden of Everfeld: Memento follows their adventure as they struggle to reconcile their pasts and discover the true meanings of identity, honor, loyalty, and love. Their choices will change their lives and Everfeld forever.

Aaaand some additional information for good measure…

Genre: fantasy, adventure, coming-of-age, new adult

Character Bios:

Happy 2019! I promise to limit my shameless plugs to once per month or less.

Steve D

Exploring Úr’Dan: Everfeld (with a bonus!)

It’s hard for even me to believe, but I have somehow neglected to explore Everfeld with you all, the setting of The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

However, I think that was for the best, because I have a very special surprise to help you all step into this world. Continue reading “Exploring Úr’Dan: Everfeld (with a bonus!)”