Reblog: New Release: The Indie Author Power Pack: How To Write, Publish & Market Your Book

Michael Patrick Hicks:

Great deal, and some great resources too!

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

indie-power-pack-blogFor the last few months I have been secretly planning an assault on the New York Times bestseller list. Today, I can finally announce the release of the book I’m hoping will do the trick.

The IndieAuthorPowerPack: How To Write, Publish & Market Your Book contains three top-rated guides:

  • Write. Publish. Repeat by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant
  • Let’s Get Digital (2nd ed.) by me
  • How To Market A Book (2nd ed.) by Joanna Penn
  • + Bonus Content!

It’s only available for a limited time, and you can pre-order it now for just 99c at:

Amazon|Apple|B&N|Kobo|$0.99

The box will launch on Monday, November 3, but if you pre-order now the book will automatically download to your device next Monday.

I took great care in selecting the books for this box set. I wanted to present the very…

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Reblog: Amazon’s Kindle Scout Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Goes Live

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Amazon wants to take some of the mystery out of predicting what books will sell with its new Kindle Scout publishing program, which lets readers vote on their favourite excerpts from unreleased books to determine what does (and what doesn’t) get published. Welcome to the court to common opinion, aspiring authors.

In exchange for their participation in the program, Kindle Scout users will get free book credits, based on their ability to successfully pick winners. Those who nominate books that eventually get published will get a free Kindle version of the e-book a full week before publication day.

Readers will determine which books rise to the top of the voting pool, but a dedicated Kindle Scout team will have the final say, choosing from a selection of the most popular titles after a 30-day open voting period to determine which ones get the final publication nod. The whole process…

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Quick Note On The Redesign

If you’re a regular here, you might have noticed that this site got a bit of an overhaul. I was getting bored with the previous layout and have updated to the recently launched Minnow theme.

Up top, you’ll see quick-links to my various social media feeds and can feel free to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Goodreads, and Instagram.

In the upper right, you’ll note the three-bar icon, which gives you access to the side menu. Here, you’ll find links to my mailing list, contact form, and a few other items of note.

I’m digging this change, so far. It feels like there’s a bit more breathing room and I’m glad to get back to a theme that supports infinite scrolling. You’ll notice my blog presence is now front and center, so no more having to dig through archives or only catching the latest posts off in the side bar. By using a sticky post, though, I can still highlight my books and stories right up front. I like that quite a bit!

I’m also a big fan of the minimalist aesthetic at work here. Everything is pretty much right where it needs to be, but there may be some tweaks in the future as I learn more about what Minnow is capable of. For now, things are in pretty good working order (I think).

Any tips, suggestions, feedback? I’m open to any ideas on how to improve things around here.

Quick Note On The Redesign

SciFi November: A Preview

Hard to believe October is almost over! November is right around the corner–only a few days away, in fact–and the blogosphere will be lighting up with all things sci-fi. This year, Sci-Fi November 2014 is being hosted by Rinn Reads and Oh, The Books!, with over 80 bloggers participating.

You can find the full list of blogs and posts at the Information Hub on either of the links above. If you’re on Twitter, you’ll want to follow along with the official account, @SciFiMonth, and the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth  on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.

SciFi November kicks off, appropriately enough, Nov. 1, so, expect my first post then. I’ll kind of be winging it for the rest of the month after that initial weekend, but I will definitely have reviews coming your way. I’m hoping this event will even help me winnow my way through the pile of NetGalley ARCs I’ve accumulated these past few months, along with an exciting new anthology, The Telepath Chronicles, which I recently received from one of the contributing authors, Therin Knite.

Here’s a look at some of the other titles I’m hoping to get to throughout November:

telepath chronicles                 fluency

orbs                    Orbs2Covernew

There are, of course, plenty of others in my digital to-read pile, but I suspect these will be the first batch. Plenty of other reads are on tap should I have the time, including a couple Peter Watts books, Steven Erikson’s Willful Child, Trey Dowell’s The Protectors, and The Three-Body Problem, the American debut of acclaimed Chinese science fiction author, Cixin Liu.

And, if there’s any other reviewers out there reading this, feel free to request a copy of my sci-fi thriller debut, Convergence. Get the skinny on this title here, and if sounds like something you’d enjoy, drop me a line using this contact form. Be sure to let me know if there’s a preferred digital format (sorry, no physical versions available for review at this time).

SciFi November: A Preview

FOG WARNING Now Available for Pre-Order on Amazon!

Michael Patrick Hicks:

This one sounds like it’ll make for an excellent Thanksgiving weekend read. Go pre-order it now!

Originally posted on Ruminating On::

I figured I’d try this pre-order doohickey on Amazon and see how it goes. If you’re one of those who are fond of that pre-order button, go clickety-click that bad boy. Share away, you know, if the mood strikes you. Pro-shate it!

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CONSUMPTION News, An Interview, Giveaways, and More!

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Consumption has been in the wild for a few days now, and had a wonderful launch this past Tuesday. As you can see from the image above, it was a #1 short story release on Kobo, and even made it as high as #3 in their overall Horror listings upon its release. I’m really, really proud of this one, and a great big THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased the eBook thus far.

If you haven’t yet bought Consumption, what are you waiting for? It’s a terrific Halloween treat for yourself or your gore-hound friends. Or it could be a fun 99 cent trick to play on somebody, but they might end up thanking you for it anyway.

To celebrate my new release, I’m offering up 25 freebies of both Consumption and Convergence eBooks through a LibraryThing giveaway. There are a huge amount of titles up for grabs over there, so if you’d like a shot at either (or both) of my titles, go enter! To make finding them a bit easier, run a quick search (Ctrl+F) in your browser and start typing the titles. You’ll land upon them pretty quickly.

The Consumption giveaway is running until the afternoon of Oct. 28, and Convergence is being offered until Nov. 7.

I recently had a great conversation with fellow author S. Elliot Brandis, whose work I’ve become a huge fan of. You can read his interview with me over at his site, where we talk a bit about both of my titles and what’s coming up next for me. While you’re there, be sure to check out his review of Consumption, too!

As far as what’s next for me, as I said the interview, I’m working on editing Emergence, the follow-up to Convergence, for a 2015 release. 2015 is going to be a neat year for me, I think, as I’ll also be taking part in an anthology of sci-fi themed works. I’m taking a small break from editing to work on a new short story for this collection. Hopefully I don’t jinx myself by saying the writing is going well! I can’t tell you much about this story or the anthology just yet, but as soon as I can release the news I will. I’m über excited to be involved in this project and there’s some fresh, top-notch talent involved. So, keep your eyes peeled for news and be among the first to know by signing up for my newsletter.

You can also check out the full details on Consumption and Convergence at these links, and be sure to add them to your Goodreads page, as well.

CONSUMPTION News, An Interview, Giveaways, and More!