Getting Closer on AEF: Alexiandrölarn

Only two chapters left to finally finish the AEF: Alexiandrölarn novella and both of those are nearly complete. Just some minor corrections to make sure everything comes together at the end and Bob’s your uncle.

Also, several chapters of Festival of Murder are being critiqued even as I write this and getting nice comments, with the usual list of things that I overlooked, like punctuation! I try so hard and it still acts like a slippery fish when I’m writing. Oh well, we do the best we can.

Meanwhile, the slow pace of sales on Built for Murder is mildly depressing. GoodReads has sent me a note saying they are stopping their ad campaign service and to request my money back. As of today there are over 3000+ views and zero (0) clicks! Argh! The Amazon ad campaign is slightly better. It at least is getting a few clicks which means people are checking it out but not buying. Maybe I need to rewrite the book blurb to make it more appealing?

Barring that, I am considering adding some releases to the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) so people with a subscription can at least read them. If I can get a few nice reviews that help sell the stories then it will be worth trying. No decision yet but am seriously considering it.

Have investigated and learned how to send drafts directly to my reviewers via the Kindle email on their devices or apps. That should make it easier on both ends to rapidly turn around updates and material. Got it to work on my iPad, now just need them to add my name to their Kindle sharing list.

Been a busy summer all around but I’m hoping all the hard work pays off in the end. If not with money then at least good reader comments and reviews I can put into my book of clippings.

Labor Day in the USA is upon us and then I’m scheduled for jury duty next week. That means I may be somewhat time restricted, but hey, my wrists need to take a break anyway.

That’s all for now.

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The 2019 Long Hot Summer

So, August just appeared on the calendar and see I’ve kept no one updated on events occurring over the last few weeks. So a summer update for those who are interested.

In release news things are plugging along. Not a lot of real interest in Built for Murder so far with only 5 sales to document. Am running several ad campaigns (Amazon, Goodreads) for it as well and while its thumbnail has appeared hundreds of times, it probably needs a kick in the pants rewrite as the view-to-click results are abysmal. OTOH, it generated the largest quarterly payment for any of my releases since I started publishing. Not disappointed yet, but will attempt to do some ad tweaking hoping to improve sales.

Storms on an Opal Sea has gone down without a trace as most short stories do. Nothing to brag about there and I remain hopeful some reader will come along, read one story, then purchase everything at one time just to fulfill one of my writing fantasies. Yeah, like that might happen. Am running an ad campaign for it as well that has so far been ignored by the viewers. Oh well, they’re missing out on a cracking good story.

Writing is moving along in fits and starts. Chapters for Alexiandrölarn are being reviewed almost weekly and the suggestions and comments have been helpful in making the story better. While I had the basic story written before I started the reviews, aspects have changed and require some rewriting of the last few chapters. Thankfully, that is coming along well, with lots of material already prepared that needs some skillful reinterpretation to make the scenes fit with the revised plot.

And finally, the Erich Rambles mystery 2’s previously completed Festival of Murder chapters have appeared on the review site seeking feedback. So I’m wasting as little time as possible to get another release out within a few months. If I’m lucky, both of the above projects will see the light of publication.

All this practice and critical reviews have helped me become even better at writing decent first drafts, which is always a good thing to happen. The less time I spend in rewriting the more material I can turn into the stories I want to share with everyone.

Hope your summer is going well. Have fun!

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OMG–Storms on an Opal Sea Pre-Order Available

After years of development the short story Storms on an Opal Sea is available for pre-order on all the usual sites including: Amazon, iTunes, and Smashwords. It will become available for download on July 2.

Storms on an Opal Sea cover
Storms on an Opal Sea cover

Synopsis: The Academy of Strothkurn needs a ship for a research voyage.Their needs are answered when the Verdant Swan, the fastest merchant trader on the Opal Sea, arrives in port. Gunner Zyrri listens to the story told by Baron Marindulce and his assistant Gerbielle and wonders what has been left out. When the Captain accepts the mission the Swan sails into danger from the storms they are seeking. But when an unknown warship attacks the Swan, it’s up to Zyrri to defend the vessel.

Next up, halfway through the new draft of An Empire Forgotten: Alexiandrölarn and a quarter way through Festival of Murder. Time to get back to work.

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Built for Murder Released!

Built for Murder
An Erich Rambles Mystery

It’s that time, Built for Murder has now been uploaded to Amazon, iTunes, and Smashwords for official release. In some ways it’s been a long time coming and short in others.

I began work on the manuscript in late 2013 and the initial writing went very fast and smooth. It was a relief to not have to stop and create new fantasy material for inclusion at every plot point. It was about 3/4 complete when I finally moved up to Michigan and kind of lost oomph to do any writing. The energy kept coming back and before I knew it I finally had something to throw around that appeared good enough for release. Spent several months doing the final edits (several, several passes) and finally said enough is enough.

So now it’s out into the wild and we’ll see what happens. New genre, new characters, first novel, so lots of unknowns but hey, something might happen. Best thing is I’m already knee deep into the sequel which may mean another release this year.

In the meantime, Storms on an Opal Sea needs another editing pass and then it should be released in late summer, and Alexiandrölarn is being cleaned up and critiqued at the same time for a fall release. May be a very busy year if I can keep up the momentum.

Anyway, I hope you’ll give the novel a try and let me know what you think. Bring your comments here or better yet, post a review to let others know your thoughts. Good reviews can do wonders to tip a browsing person from passing to purchasing.

Thx to everyone that helped make this release so much better than I ever imagined.

// frank

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