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The Bow of Destiny’s Main Character

Today is a continuation last week’s series about The Bow of Destiny. Today, it’s all about the main character and what makes the book go. But first, here’s the book trailer:

Athson is the main character of The Bow of Hart and a rather complex one at that. He suffers from fits over the violent memories surrounding the sack of his home Depenburgh that left him an orphan. These events were precipitated by an attack of trolls who are commanded by Corgren, a wizard in service to Magdronu, a dragon seeking for prime control of the world of Denaria.

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AthsonAfter elves discovered Athson wandering in the Auguron Forest they took him in only to realize later that he suffered the aforementioned fits as well as hallucinations about a Mountain Hound he called Spark. But over the years, these affects have been muted with the help of an elven medicine named Soul-ease.

But Athson also holds a few other secrets that he won’t reveal so easily and this leads him into trouble. As a grown man, he’s become a ranger among the elves and is sent with his mentor, Gweld, into the largely unpopulated western Auguron region. It’s here that events conspire to drag Athson unwillingly into a quest.

Along the way, Athson gains several new friends and companions – some he likes and some he doesn’t. Often, Athson also struggles with what’s real and not since he losses – or forgets – his medicine several times. Other events leave Athson confused and grieving while he struggles to find the Bow of Hart. But along the way, Athson finds his secrets are hard to keep hidden. Additionally, he’ll find himself facing hidden information and danger from Corgren, Magdronu and trolls all of which will test his resolve and grasp on reality.

Book blurb:

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.

Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.

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The Bow of Destiny has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Authorsdb 2015 Cover Contest (finalist selections are still pending). As such, I’ve left the book at it’s sales price of $2.99 to celebrate!

Reviews

Read samples from Amazon or Goodreads and find out why other people are saying things like this about the book:

“Overall, this has become one of my favorite fantasy books and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.”

– C. P. Bialois

“an excellent read…wittingly told…I love the style”

– E. J. Nate via email response

“I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to step into the magical and special world that you have created. It is a solid and well-crafted work that you should be so thrilled with.”

  • Katie King via email response

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IMG_4154-EditAbout the Author

P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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Self-Scouting: How My Release Day Went

Introduction

Self-publishing means that most, if not all, responsibilities for publishing a book lie squarely on the author. Here’s my take on how I did with the release of my recent book The White Arrow.

The Plan

I had a simple plan to share the release blog which you can view. Additionally, I planned to share tidbits on the blog post all day long and direct visitors to the ongoing (it’s still going) blog tour to register for the gift card giveaway (you still can today: Indie Wish ListSpunky N Sassy). Also, were links to a Facebook post and a Goodreads discussion where I also planned to post updates on various announcements and news. I even planned a few promos and had The Bow of Destiny on special for 99 cents. My email subscriber list received news about the release and I announced the event to friends on Goodreads. Finally, I scheduled a Thunderclap to announce the release of The White Arrow. I added a twist where visitors could go take a short quiz about the series to find out what character they were most like.

What Happened

Most everything went off without a hitch. I made updates all day long and shared news about going to print with the series (hopefully beginning later this month with The Bow of Destiny). I’m low on funds so I shied away from spending on much of anything and just stuck with what was in my wheelhouse for my limited budget these days.

The quiz was well received so I plan to do more of these in the future.

What I’d Do Differently

I’d run the Thunderclap much earlier so that the announcement would go out in the morning. Because I was rushed, I hesitated to schedule the campaign until late in the game meaning I had much less time to get the necessary 100 supporters. Since the campaign neared the minimum for a free campaign, I was forced to set the time for the message back several hours until 4PM instead of noon. The campaign did get 106 supporters but the message was very late in the day. I’d prefer to have that sent out much sooner to get attention. At least it was sent and that’s a plus.

Also, I’d do more to invite individual people I know to the blog, Facebook or Goodreads venues. Many of my Thunderclap supporters ended up being friends so I should have invited them to the event as well and gotten them the chance to register for the giveaway. Silly me, I thought they would just come to the event but I should have been more direct with the invitation. Again, next time, I’ll send out more notices sooner than I did to friends.

What I’d Really Like To Do

I’d like to run a series of live event sessions via Hangouts which feeds into YouTube and can be embedded into social media like Facebook and Twitter. However, this requires some big planning and a fair number of visitors in order to get interaction. Next time, I’ll work on planning something this ambitious further in advance and make sure that I get visitors to the scheduled sessions so I can interact with people. This also gives me a chance to add videos to my YouTube channel.

Also, I might try using more PR, contacting appropriate media outlets and possibly hire a service to handle the plans. But for now, I remain low budget.

Conclusion

Overall, the release went well. The White Arrow has now sold several hundred copies and continues to sell well. With the series completed, I’ll continue work on other projects as well as adding print to the mix within the month – more news on this last item in the coming weeks. Maybe I’ll have time to put my big ideas to action on the print release!

You can find more information about The Bow of Destiny, An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow at their pages. It’s a great time to dig into the series if you haven’t already!

Share your thoughts and ask your questions in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

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End of the Series. What’s Next?

Introdutction

With the end of The Bow of Hart Saga, now I have to determine what I do next. What are my next steps and how soon can some new projects be expected?

Print Plans

It’s been really fun and good to have written the three books of The Bow of Hart Saga but as got mentioned in Tuesday’s release party for The White Arrow, there are some new places to go with writing and the series. In effect, writing as ended for the series but not new projects. I now plan to put the series into print and work on marketing that to get to libraries, independent booksellers and possibly some chain bookstore shelves. I’ve also got some opportunity with audiobook to consider. So, The Bow of Hart Saga lives on and will have new formats to explore.

Regarding print, I already have the print cover for The Bow of Destiny and can probably have the print version formatted in relatively short order. My hope is to release the first book to print by the end of October. After that, I can order the full covers for An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow and schedule to release those to print in November and December respectively. It seems like a tight schedule but, since these books are already published the actual work is minimal in terms of production.

However, the main work will be in marketing these books to stores as I don’t want to just depend on print-on-demand for their sales. I have a marketing plan for stores at this point and my hope is that the sales history plus my audiobook opportunities help push the print onto bookstore shelves and even library shelves. It’s a bit ambitious on my part but I think that it can be accomplished though the chain booksellers will likely take longer to receive a decision about distribution to stores. In that respect, libraries and independent stores will take short-term priority while the chain-stores will be a longer-term goal.

The End is The Beginning

But that’s not all of my plans for writing. What else am I working on besides expanding the number of formats for my finished series? I’ve already been working on some short fiction opportunities and I’m waiting to see what happens with these. If anything positive happens with this effort I’ll be certain to announce what they are but that’s all I have to share about them for now.

However, I am interested in putting together my own anthology and self-publishing that. It may take several months but that could be a fun little project. Additionally, I might like to write a couple more short stories for The Bow of Hart Saga and putting them together with Trading Knives and What Is Needed to form a full prequel anthology to the series – again a fun little project over the course of several months.

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Additionally, my larger projects involve writing full novels. Two of these are already moving toward completion very soon. Since these are going first to my agent to be shopped around to publishers, I’m going hold off on sharing what these projects concern in detail. These are both hybrid genre fantasies that are each unique in setting, character and story-telling. I’ve found that these two projects are quite a lot of fun to write and I believe that they will be quite good. If publishers don’t take these on then I’ll certainly publish them next year to start two new series – either way it’s a win in terms of writing. I will definitely have new books out.

I’m also considering starting another series that has more of a pulp feel, being much shorter novels. However, the character and the series will be very interesting, I think. It will be a bit gritty in feel but not over the top. The series will revolve around a knight just making it on his own after the kingdom he served has collapsed. That’s a bit vague but there’s quite a bit more to the premise. I’ll probably start it by November since I hope to have my longer novels completed for submission. I want to keep busy and a shorter novel would be just the thing for me. I might even get it in for NaNoWriMo but we’ll see.

Conclusion

My expectation is that I’ll remain very busy the rest of this month on my two novel manuscript and working on print plans for The Bow of Hart Saga. Throughout the end of the year, I hope to put together some short projects including the first novel of a pulp medieval-style fantasy with a bit of grit. Coupled with that will be some preparation for re-releasing my existing short fiction publications into longer anthologies sometime early 2018. I’ll be busy but it will also get easier as I complete the larger two manuscripts since the others will be shorter projects. Along the way, I hope for some other opportunities including audiobook publication for my existing series to solidify so that I can announce the specifics (hopefully sometime this month, but who knows). One thing is for sure, the publication of The White Arrow was not the end but merely the turning of a page – and I’m looking forward to turning this page.

Thanks for stopping by to read today. I’ll announce any new developments or changes to my plans as they occur. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section below this post and I’ll reply as soon as I can.

About the Author

P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. His first novel, The Bow of Destiny was named 2016 Book of the Year by Fantasia Reviews and is the first book of The Bow of Hart Saga. The sequel novel, An Arrow Against the Wind, was released in April of 2017. The third book of the series, The White Arrow, is due to be released during the Fall of 2017. P. H. Solomon also authored the award winning short story, The Black Bag, which won best published short story at SCWC 2012. P. H. is also a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).