I’m back! But will I finish before GRRM?

“F you Adrian.” – Angry George R. R. Martin

I’m back! And it’s 2019! My last blog post was in 2017 (how embarrassing!), but I’m digging in and writing again! I’m back to work on my sequel, The Chromium Smith (Book 2 of The Blacksmiths fantasy series). I left off on Chapter 12 after some serious plot challenges mixed with writer’s block. Well, after discovering some old notes I had forgotten about, I realized that I had solved my own plot hole and got back to it!

So why the big delay in progress on the sequel? Other than getting stone walled by my own plot, I got seriously distracted with life. I had a new baby (baby Adelyn, born on Halloween of all days!), got a new job, had to move to a new state, a new house, and of course, got distracted with other forms of entertainment (TV, games, etc.). But with the discovery of my notes and removal of a hobby that was capitalizing my time, I found my renewed vigor in storytelling!

And, with a new year comes new goals. I gave my website a much needed face lift and then organized my notes. (There’s nothing worse than writing with notes that are not structured in any way). I then began going through Chapters 1 – 11, finding moments that needed revisions to address my plot issue, and then got back to work on Chapter 12. I’m feeling good about it, but I’m sure I need to shake off my rustiness. I may also need to completely reread all Chapters just to familiarize myself again, but progress is being made!

So the big question: Will book 2, The Chromium Smith, be done before The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin is released? Only time will tell.

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eBook Distributor Review

This is a comparison of various ebook distribution services. A lot of these companies provide MORE services than just ebook distribution, but this review will only highlight them based on the maturity and value of their ebook distribution service.

This list is informational only, and will hopefully give self-publishing authors a good starting point to go out and do further research on each service to review the “fine print” and make their own decision.

http://www.bookbaby.com – $149 + ISBN

http://www.lulu.com – 20% of retail sales, but no start up fees. Offers free ISBN in the Lulu Publishing Wizard. However, purchasing your own ISBN makes you the Publisher of your book.

http://www.smashwords.com – 60% of retail sales, but n0 start up fees

http://www.ebookpartnership.com – $99 one time fee and zero commission

http://www.booktrope.com – Requires you to submit your book for consideration.

http://www.bookfuel.com – Service fee model. $99 to distribute ebook to one venue of your choice. $149 for all 5 venues that they cater to (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and Apple iBookstore)

http://www.bookmasters.com – Have to request a free quote, but they distribute to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive, and Apple iBookstore

http://www.ingramspark.com – 40% (45% if you choose not to distribute to Amazon). I personally didn’t like their ebook distribution service (which is specifically what this review is about), but I do love their Print-On-Demand service.

If you think I am missing some that others should know about, please let me know in the comments below.

Marketing as a Self-Published Author

To get attention, one must be loud. To get recommendations, one must be worthy. Being loud enables the potential for impulse purchases. But earning recommendations is worth more than any impulse sale. And so I must wonder, does being loud degrade a reader’s opinion of an author from being worthy?

But the lack of recommendations drives an author toward gimmicks, promotions, and generally just being loud. So how does one rise above? How can a self-published author earn the respect of his readers without surviving the gauntlet of traditional publishing? The answer seems simple: Write a really good book. But then we’re back at the beginning. How is the self-published author supposed to make the masses aware of his/her really good book? This is the vicious swirl that independent authors have to deal with.

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If you’re a reader, look above at the photo. Do you like any of it? The internet is a wealth of information – too much so – and websites are now filtering the content to our own individual preferences. This means that we are getting even less exposure to things outside of our “preference-bubble”.

I’ve recently submitted The Soul Smith for consideration to be promoted on Humble Bundle and BookRiot. My goal is to spread awareness, but marketing doesn’t come with a recommendation. Readers do that. We need more readers to give and write book recommendations these days. It’s the only way that a self-published author can come “alive” in this day and age.

What are your thoughts?

T-Shirts Now On Sale!

Order your new vinyl cut The Soul Smith shirt today! Just in time for the holidays! Choose your size and color! Only $25! Check out the store now!

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My New Short Story ‘Beyond Reach’ is Available Now!

If you couldn’t get enough of The Soul Smith, then you’ll be excited to hear this! Beyond Reach, the first short story of The Apotheosis Saga, is available now for only $0.99!

cover1cBlurb: It was just yesterday that Syrepha Crane stood before a God. But ever since she received the Forging Hammer imbued with Pluonel’s power over nature, her memory begins to fail her. With such raw power in her grasp, she wrestles with her past as she struggles to define her purpose. And in pursuing her purpose, a moment of clarity causes her to abandon her plan and create the Wall of Thorns.

The Soul Smith is Available Now!

My debut fantasy novel, The Soul Smith, made its worldwide launch today!

You can obtain a copy (paperback & ebook) through any one of these retailers:

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You’re Invited to The Soul Smith (virtual) Book Launch Party!

The Soul Smith, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, Adrian Diglio, The BlacksmithsCome join my Facebook Event to celebrate the world wide launch of my debut epic fantasy novel, The Soul Smith! Everyone is invited!

Please pop in to the Facebook Event and say hello, ask Adrian anything, and participate to possibly win a prize! Be sure to follow the link below to the FB Event and click the button to say that you will be attending.

I look forward to seeing you there!