Archive | September, 2013

Big news on Books 1 and 2

18 Sep

The House in the Old Wood cover

The House in the Old Wood (Book 1): One first edition left. I’m down to the last print copy of the first edition. It’s $10, and if you’re not in Central Florida and can’t pick it up, shipping is only $3 anywhere in the USA. And I’ll sign it. (Or not. Your choice.) Drop me a line if you want the last one. Update: The last one is spoken for. So unless someone backs out, you’re going to have to pick up the new and improved second edition, in print or for Kindle.

Karia’s Path (Book 2): Proof ordered. This is a major milestone. The files are all submitted and reviewed by Amazon, so the next step is for me to get and look over a “proof” copy of the book. So remember that big long list of things that needed to happen before Karia’s Path was released? We’ve completed five of eight. It’ll take a few days for the proof to reach me, and then a few more days to look it over, so this is perhaps the longest step. But it’s a milestone in the process, and keeps us on track for a release of at least the Kindle version this month.

While we wait for Book 2 …

17 Sep

Would you help spread the word?

Right now, 68 people like the Facebook page, The Day Magic Died by Ian Fallis. Thank you! With more “likes” we are more likely to get more interaction and more people will hear about the books and – I hope – buy them.

Will you please invite your friends to like the page? Here’s how:

  • Go to the page: The Day Magic Died by Ian Fallis
  • Look just below the page banner on the right. You’ll see a listing of your friends who like the page, and just below that, a list of friends you can invite.
  • Invite your friends! You can pick and choose, or you can click until you have calluses on the index finger. If you have that many friends, that is. Not meaning to imply you don’t have friends. Just that creating a callus would take a huge number of friends. Really. That’s all I meant.

So please – invite away!

You can also help in these other free and simple ways. Go to The Day Magic Died on Facebook and:

  • Check out the latest posts and find one you like, then “Like” it.
  • Find one you’d like to share with your friends, and “Share” it.
  • Join a conversation about a post by commenting on it.
  • Post your own comment or question – I’d be glad to reply.
  • And make sure you keep an eye out for new posts in the coming days and weeks.

Here’s a preview of what’s coming for you and your friends:

  • Read the first chapter of Book 2, Karia’s Path
  • See the map that will be included in Karia’s Path
  • Find out first when Karia’s Path is released
  • Find a relatively solid release date for Book 3, The Hall of the Prophetess
  • Preview the back cover text for The Hall of the Prophetess
  • Read the first chapter of The Hall of the Prophetess
  • Maybe even see the map for The Hall of the Prophetess

So … please help us get more “Likes.” Invite your friends, and don’t forget to like, share and comment:

The Day Magic Died

How close is Book 2? Very

16 Sep

Karia's PathThis morning, I looked over the map for Karia’s Path, the second book in the series, The Day Magic Died. Once four or five minor changes are made, the map will be done, and that will set in place a cascade of events that will lead to Karia’s Path being available for sale in print and for Kindle.

So far, what’s done is:

  • Writing, revising and editing: The biggest revision took place very early in the process, right after The House in the Old Wood was revised. Otherwise, the book is pretty much as it was originally written. Oh, and I had to change a really cheesy closing line. Embarrassingly cheesy. One of these days – after you’ve had a chance to read the new, good closing line – I may share it with you so you can laugh at me. We also took a much closer look for typos and missing words.
  • Cover design: I really liked what my designer did with the original cover for the first book, The House in the Old Wood. And she stepped it up for the second edition. That spiffiness carries over for the cover of Karia’s Path.
  • File preparation: The raw files for the print and Kindle versions are complete and ready for the final steps.

This means that when the map is completed, I’ll work through a set of steps to make Karia’s Path available to you:

  • Digitize the map: It’s ink-on-paper, so I’ll need to photograph it and adjust the file for printing in black-and-white, as well as optimizing it so you can see it here on this blog.
  • Insert the map into the book: The files have to be the right format and resolution (and it’s files, not file, because I need to split it across two pages). They have to be inserted the right way, and the book file needs to be set up properly, or the map won’t look right.
  • Upload the book’s insides: The cover is already uploaded and checked. Amazon will do an automated check of the files for the inside, then show me the insides so I can verify that everything uploaded properly and looks right.
  • Amazon file review: Amazon will review the book file and present the entire book for me to review online. If it looks good, I’ll order a proof – a printed copy of the book.
  • My review: After I receive the book – which could take a few days – I’ll go through it, and barring any issues, approve it for printing. Then I’ll upload the Kindle version.
  • Amazon book review: Amazon will review the content of the book and will likely approve it.
  • Kindle version available: The Kindle version is likely to be available in a day or two.
  • Print version available: The print version can take five working days before it is available.

Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But it should go quickly. The two longest parts are likely to be waiting to receive my printed proof, and waiting for Amazon to offer the print version. Altogether, I’m thinking two weeks.

How does that sounds to you?

Last chance for the first edition of Book 1

14 Sep

I have the last ten new copies of the first edition of The House in the Old Wood. These I will personalize and autograph and sell to you for $10 each, plus actual shipping if I have to ship it to you. This is an investment, folks. Not only is the price lower, but some day, these will be worth more. Yes, in the distant future, a used bookstore will give you 49 cents for a used second edition. But pull out a signed first edition, and they could offer you as much as 54 cents! With just ten of these great investment opportunities left, you should get in touch with me today!

Update: As of this morning — Monday, Sept. 16 — there are seven first editions left.

Updated update: Three first editions left as of Tuesday, Sept. 17; and I have confirmed that shipping is $3 anywhere in the continental USA.

Now available: More for less

13 Sep

The House in the Old Wood cover
The second edition of The House in the Old Wood (Book 1 of The Day Magic Died) is now available from Amazon.com

But that’s just the beginning of the exciting news!

Before I tell you more about the second edition, let me tell you why I’ve released the second edition at this time: The second book, Karia’s Path, is just days away from being released. More on that soon. Here’s the great news about the second edition of The House in the Old Wood:

Lower prices: I’ve dropped the prices on the second edition, so if you’ve been waiting to buy one, now is the time. The Kindle version list price has plunged from $7.99 to $4.99. The paperback list price goes from $12.99 to $10.99 (and will likely be discounted further by Amazon). Order yours today!

OK, how about even lower prices? With a new program from Amazon called Matchbook, if you bought the print version of the first edition of The House in the Old Wood through Amazon, you will be able to get the second edition for your Kindle for only $1.99.

What? You want free? You got it. But not yet. Amazon says it can take four weeks for them to determine whether an update to a Kindle book is major or minor. Either way, the update is free. But if it’s major – and I have asked them to consider this a major update – everyone who bought a Kindle edition will get an email notifying them of the update and telling them how to get it. If not, you’ll have to watch the blog for notice. So hold on, and I’ll keep you posted.

So why do I consider this a major update? I’ll tell you that in the coming days, and tell you more about Karia’s Path and the other books.

And you know what? You folks who took a gamble and bought the first edition of my first book are my most important readers. I’m not going to leave you out if you don’t want to buy a second edition of a book you already have. As I share here on my blog what’s new in the second edition, I’ll also share most of that same content, free, as a way of saying thank you.

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