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Swimming Upstream With The Big Fish

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When you are a self-published author you wear many hats. I’m editor-in-chief so I decide what gets published. I’m the author so I write the content. I’m the advertising vice president so I decide how marketing gets done. I’m the PR director so I get the word out about what’s happening.

With all that in mind, I’m going to toot my own horn a little today since I’m the only one who can. I’ve recently had some good sales for The Bow of Destiny as I continue to work on An Arrow Against the Wind. I’ve had some nice days where I’ve found my ranks on Amazon were very good – like this one on 10/29:

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or these rankings on 11/21:

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That’s quite nice to see. But I got a little concerned about not showing up in the epic fantasy category anymore. However, this is actually because I’m higher ranked in another category at the moment – one of the two for Sword & Sorcery in the second screen shot. I did a little research and found that I was actually on the Top 100 for Epic Fantasy too, for a total of 4 lists.

But one thing that suddenly hit me was that I was hanging around with some major authors on that list – George R. R. Martin, R. A. Salvatore and Brandon Sanderson to name a several. In fact, I was outselling them in a few cases. Surprised, I took a look at the Sword and Sorcery categories and found the same thing (note that the screen shot of ranks is from earlier in the day while the screen shots from the top 100 are later in the day so things have changed a little bit).

Needless to say I was stunned to realize that my one little novel – my tiny little fish – was swimming upstream all on it’s own with the big fish. I don’t know how long these sales for The Bow of Destiny will last but it’s very encouraging while I continue to labor along with An Arrow Against the Wind. It’s all rather exciting and gives me a little hope that the release of the second book will see some sales out of the chute, maybe some solid pre-release sales too.

Here’s the Top 100 pages for Epic Fantasy as well as Sword and Sorcery for both e-books and all books:

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In that last one, Sword of Storms from GOT was actually behind The Bow of Destiny. It’s good to understand where you are and with whom you are competing. However, it’s just little ole me, no publisher, no PR, no real advertising budget and certainly not a strong list of other books to support my sales in any way. It’s just one book from a first-time, unknown author, just hanging around with the big fish. That’s all for tooting my own horn. Anyone that needs to toot their own horn, please do so in the comments, I’d love to hear about your successes!


PH SOLOMONAbout 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.

Characters from The Bow of Destiny: Hastra

This is the third of several posts revealing more about characters from The Bow of Destiny. The first in this series was about Athson and the second featured Spark, while the third covered Limbreth.

For those who have read my free short story, What Is Needed, you’ve met the Withling Hastra. What are Withlings? They were a mystic order devoted to the deity Eloch. If you’re interested in the Withlings, the e-book is still available on all major book retail sites. But here’s a little more about Hastra. She’s been alive for several centuries serving Eloch through many adventures while working against Magdronu’s efforts. Her mystic powers come from Eloch and can come in many forms and at timely moments.

The Withlings were fond of a saying among them, “What is needed, is given.” This simple sentence means that they rely on Eloch to provide what is needed at any time – or not. If nothing happens, Withlings are willing to let things play out no matter how dire things are at the moment or how bad circumstances turn out. This means sometimes a miracle of some sort will be done at the hands of a Withling while at others nothing they take no mystical action. As part of their faith, Withlings learn to be with Eloch spiritually so they are attuned to know what they are supposed to do. Withlings can also be prophets and counsellors. However, there are but a few still living at the time that The Bow of Destiny begins.

As you can imagine, Hastra is rather old, wise, insightful – and faithful. However, all her mystic practice does not make her perfect and certainly doesn’t make her all-knowing by any means. She’s just as apt to make mistakes as anyone. I liken Hastra’s appearance to that of Judi Dench. Though very old, Hastra is rather spry mostly because it’s Eloch’s will that she be nearly ageless but who knows for how long? Not even Hastra knows…

To find out more about The Bow of Destiny, click over to one of these online retailers:

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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. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:

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What Is Needed Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords & Amazon

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Starting With Scrivener Pt. 2: Expanding Your Tool-Set

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Last week’s post addressed the question, “Where do I start?” Hopefully, you’ve taken the plunge and started you first project. By now you probably feel more comfortable with what you are doing in Scrivener just by using the Editor since it isn’t very different from other such products.

You may have toyed with the Binder and found that it’s useful in arranging your project. If you haven’t yet worked in it, take some time to create some folders and documents and move them around. The Binder is very easy to use and is an excellent, graphical feature for organizing your writing.

There are several other features you can begin using in addition to the Binder and Editor. First, you can familiarize yourself with the Format menu which will help you get your document just right. Next, you can write with a customized background rather than seeing all the boring stuff – it’s easy to choose a background and toggle the feature on/off.

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Multi-Function Tool – photo licensed via iStockPhoto

Now onto some really good tools you’ll find useful. You can create document templates for your project. This will help you create new documents and quickly jump into your creative work rather than wasting time configuring all the details each time.

Also, learn how to turn on the Inspector bar on the right side and access more tools. You’ll begin to use Notes, References, Keywords, customize Meta-Data, work with Snapshots as well as add Footnotes and Comments.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

 

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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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