My latest project, Rumble in Woodhollow (Kindle, print) is now live on Amazon. It’s the first book in the trilogy The Holly Sisters. Rumble introduces us to a twenty-two-year-old faery named Sydney. Sydney is the younger sister of Marla, the leader of the Faery Gang, which is one of the criminal outfits competing for control of the underside of the city of Woodhollow. Sydney gets drawn into her sister’s activities and her actions have consequences for the whole city.
Okay, simple enough.
One of the strongest criticisms I received over Pilgrimage to Skara was that I didn’t do enough promotion or pushing of my own novel. This is hard for me; I am not good at marketing myself. I tried to do better this time but still think I didn’t do enough. Sales have been slow. I wasn’t expecting to set any records or do gangbuster business–but frankly, sales on Skara were better at this point (six days after release). I’ve posted it in a few places, and some friends signal-boosted by cross-posting on social media, and that was kind of them.
One thing I know I did wrong was a failure to get ARC (advanced reader copies) out to try and build up some buzz. I botched the timeline of my release, I should have done that months ago. I have done a lot more networking and gotten some name recognition this time around, so there is that. Live and learn, I suppose, and keep building on the next one. As of today, I still have no feedback on the book other than from my beta readers. No reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, no mentions really. I really just want to know what people think, even if they hate it. Even if they go, “It was ‘meh.’ ”
Muse: It’s been out less than a week. People have jobs and not everyone reads with their hair on fire, like you do.
I know. I guess I just need to be patient.
Muse: There is another possibility. Maybe people are put off from the reviews on Pilgimage and are waiting to see if this one is any better before they invest in it. Maybe the people that did get it aren’t engaged enough to keep reading.
You’re supposed to be helping, Muse.
Muse: Just keepin’ it real.
Very true but nothing to be done about that now. I can’t worry about the Skara effect. Once someone leaves the first review, Rumble will either rise or fall on its own merits. And if the story sucks–or worse, is boring–well then, what’s done is done. I’ll chalk it up to yet another learning experience.
Anyway, if you have read this far and I have not bored you, I will say that I am about 70K words into the sequel for Rumble, which will be titled The Mauler. I expect to have it out around next September. If anyone likes Rumble and wants to early-review the The Mauler, let me know. The last book in the trilogy will be out around a year after that and leads to the “thrilling conclusion,” as they say.
At least, I hope it’s thrilling.
Anyway, if you have any feedback (“too slow,” “loved it,” “Sydney’s great,” “you can’t fucking write at all”), I would of course love to hear it.
In the meantime, I am gonna see if I can figure out why Amazon can’t seem to link the Kindle version and the paperback version pages together, and why the paperback version is listed under “Textbooks” in the store, despite me asking for that to be fixed and Amazon confirming it was.
There’s always something….