Dec 1, 2016
Happy December Everyone! I hope that as we move to the darkest time of the year you have your own lights to guide you through until spring.
I’ve got a few pieces of news I want to share with you all, now that November is all done. Why November, you ask? Because of NaNoWriMo, of course. The genesis of these incredible Fun and Games was a month of throwing myself into “literary abandon,” and each year since 2007 (with the exception of last year’s editing frenzy) I have written a 50,000+ word first draft between November 1st and 30th. For instance, the novel that you read was written in November, 2010, with the sequels written in 2011 and 2012 (yes, the series is complete(ish)). After taking a year off into a different direction (don’t ask, it was awful), 2014’s novel was a standalone Chuck-centric story. This year focused on Stu, and while I’m not done yet (about 53k words and counting), I can now take a breather without feeling guilty.
A couple exciting things happened during November. First, we crossed the 2,000 sale threshold, which is absolutely amazing. I sold just under 800 copies during the frantic funding phase, so that’s over a thousand copies purchased by readers through amazon and friendly local booksellers all across the country. That’s super cool. If you come across a free range novel, feel free to swing by Facebook and share it!
Second, the audio book was released, and is now available for download via audible. You may remember that I shared the webpage of the supremely talented actor who performed it, Cassandra Lee Morris. I’ve listened to a good chunk, and she really knows how to bring a story to life. Sitting on some audible credits or just want to experience It’s All Fun and Games on your commute? Swing on by and pick it up.
December is a season for giving, and my publisher, Inkshares, is giving everyone a great deal – you can order It’s All Fun and Games through my project page for only $4.99, and that includes free domestic shipping. A great gift for all those cousins, nephews, nieces, and anyone else who would like a fun fantasy adventure to read this winter. It’s not just my novel on sale, either – there’s a whole host of books all there for the grabbing. Want a suggestion? Shoot me an email, or check out my blog at authordavebarrett.com. I’ve been away from it, but I think a nice book recommendation list would be a great addition, once I re-learn how to work the website.
On the review front, after my last email there was a flurry of posts on Amazon. As a reminder, indie authors live and die by the review and the referral. If you liked it (or your kid liked it, or your dog liked it) please pop over to your favorite ecommerce site (Amazon, B&N, BAM, or all of them!) and leave me a review! And of course, if you’ve got a Goodreads account, that’s a great place to go too. I’ve got 66 reviews at Amazon right now. I’d love to hit 100 by Christmas!
Lastly, I’ve had a bunch of people asking me about when the sequel would come out. At least three or four people, that is. I’m not entirely sure if Inkshares is the place for book two (in a non-contest world I would need to sell 750 preorders at an increased price of $20 per book to fully fund), but I will probably be testing the waters along that front sometime in the near future. Look for another update with a link to the new project page.
And as always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support.