What did I do differently?

What did I do differently this time compared to the first time I published a book?

Well, I’m not using KU for Phantom and Rook. While it was a good idea at the time for TEM, and it obviously works for lots of people, I hated the exclusive thing. Now I can offer my ebooks to libraries and a LOT more distributors using Draft2digital, their setup is so much friendlier and it feels better getting away from Amazon.  Obviously the ebooks will be listed there, but everything for me is right on D2D.

I comissoned a cover (in the works) from Bear Pettigrew, a fantastic artist. While I’m happy with my self made covers (for a series I hurried to get out there), I KNOW that my books would have done better if I had someone else do the cover.

Speaking of time, I have spent a little under a year on this book. Much more feasible than doing it in three months. Again, everyone works different, but I really needed that time to let it sit between edits.

Also, I got the ball rolling on an audiobook narrator much sooner, and again, I moved away from exclusively Amazon. I love the narrators I worked with on the Iverbourne books and was very lucky to collaborate with them using royalty share, but I like the idea of this book being *mine* to distribute where I want (libraries included).

Not to mention I was able to snag an AWESOME narrator who is a favorite of mine.

And my pre-orders are much cooler 😎
Three maps, wax seal, all the prints, bookmarks, Misfits pin, signed book and stickers. The Game announcements will be included in print as well.

ARCs were sent out earlier, I was much more selective this time and I’m not sending EVERYONE HARDBACKS. So, so, SO much money and I never heard from people again. I’m guilty of taking two months to read an ARC at times when my brain is mush, so this way no one is pressured.

In short, I spent ALOT more time and money. Like, alot alot. It’s terrifying, but that’s how much I believe in this story, these characters, my writing. What works for me may not work for you, but if I can say one thing, is take your time. Invest when you can and do your best with what you have at the time, because your story deserves to be told.

Fists and Boots and Elbows and Knees

WIP Wednesday from Phantom and Rook (cw: fictional violence)

    I grin wildly at Leon despite the warmth pouring from my nose and the pain riding my body. “You’re the problem, Leon. Not me. Quit being a coward and take me right fucking now then, prove it that you don’t want me, because you know what? I. Don’t. Believe. You.”

    Leon’s hard, furious expression doesn’t change when we charge each other at the same time.

    I remember now.

    We didn’t use magic.

    We used fists and boots and elbows and knees.

    We beat each other to an inch of our lives, slinging blood into the water where it intermingled with the tears of one unnamed friend and the blood of another.

    I lost a tooth, that’s when that happened, and I broke his arm. Snapped it right in fucking half.

    But then  … oh yes, then he cheated.

    He restrained me with dark and frigid magick, power I didn’t learn to overcome until fifty years later when we met again, for the last time.

    The world was closing in and I thought I heard boots pounding against the earth, but I gave up. I decided if the way I was meant to go was at my lover’s hands at the end of a hard fought battle, then so be it. Tragic, but romantic.

    But then, the sun overtook him and there was so much blue as the world caught fire.