It just never crossed my mind that actually writing novels would lead to me being a novelist. I assumed some other step would need to be inserted in there in order to have the "okay" to begin writing novels -- like maybe a million dollars in the bank, or a free couple of years to try it out without any consequences if it just fizzled out as an idea. I don't know.
As I learned more about digital publishing, however, and some of the success stories of people publishing on Kindle, it firstly, gave me a new found respect for the geniuses running Amazon, and secondly, it has morphed into an all encompassing new direction I'm taking my life. Writing fiction.
My First Novel -- Foreign Deceit
Foreign Deceit is now available on Amazon for $.99. For two months I've been laboring hard, nights, days, even sometimes on the weekends, on my first fiction novel, and it's finally published.
After three weeks, sales are under 100 copies, but I also know that, although I am 100% complete with one novel, I'm actually less than 50% done with what needs to be done -- as I'm going to need two novels to actually get any momentum whatsoever within the Kindle marketplace...I think.
Because Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP, allows you to put a title for free for 5 days every 90 days. During those free days, one can attract thousands of readers of the book -- often upwards of tens of thousands if marketed right. The kicker is, there needs to be a link in the back of that book to the next book if you want to gain any momentum...and of course the book that was just read needs to have delivered.
The idea is, you then repeat the process with the next book (Free - link in back to the others). You can see how momentum could build if one had 5, 6, or 10 good stories in the market.
So, is my book delivering?
Some of My More Notable Reviews So Far...
David Wolf has some serious depth to him and I can't wait to peel back the layers on this well developed character and get to know him, by way of his adventures, better. If you like mystery thrillers with a strong but human hero, I recommend this book to you.
I would highly recommend this read. You will not put it down until you finish with the last page. Looking forward to the next story.
Huh. It didn't suck as much as I though it would. It was actually good.
Anyway, there's just a few of the reviews. There's a few more positive ones that have been rolling in over the last week or so.
My free time for the next month is going to be hard at work on the next installment in the David Wolf series, and I'll report my experience here on the blog. I assume the process of writing will become faster, as I don't need to learn how to write, plot, elements of fiction, etc...but that could be assuming too much.
You can check out the book by clicking here -- If you read it, review it, recommend it to a friend, press the "like" button on Amazon, or any combination of the aforementioned support, I would be forever grateful.
As for my end of the bargain -- I've poured a lot of hours into creating this story, making sure it provides hours of solid entertainment before unleashing it. (Being extra careful not to use the term "unleashing it" anywhere in the book.)