Becoming a Quality Quantity Author

A post just went up in a group I am a part of, and the question was, are you a Quality or Quantity Author? After my disaster at the beginning of the year for my debut novel, Lake Merrin (and many weeks of depression) I realised that you need to become more than just a four-novel a year author, you have to produce four books but at high quality as well. Hence, becoming a Quality Quantity Author.

There were two articles for each argument to this, one by Lorraine Devon Wilke and the other by Dean Wesley Smith. Each has good points (links below), but being a fantasy writer and also talking to successful published authors like Kimberley Clark and Nick Earls, I came up with a different approach.

Producing four full-length novels (around 100k) would be hard, and yes the quality will drop but what about short stories or novellas?

By the end of this year, I will have published seven ebooks and three paperbacks, two of which are novellas. These short stories/novellas range between four thousand to 21 k each, some taking a week to write and others a couple of months. What this does is create a reputation as an author.

Each short story ebook cost me around $200, that is a cover artist and editor.  The novella cost me another $150 for formatting and my new cover for the book $120. So three months of releases, 200 a month (600 in total) and in the fourth month a paperback another 270. The grand total (excluding printing) $870!

How much will it cost me to produce a novel, that could fluctuate between people? So far (minus my lousy choice of editor at the beginning of the year) it has cost me 4 to 5 thousand dollars.

I am not a rich man, but I do have an imagination that can think and produce many different story arcs, so if I produce one novel and at least twelve short read ebooks which will make around 4 novellas a year, why not?

At Oz Comic-Con, an author of four books commented on my novella; FableLands: Interrogation Part One, as breaking all the rules. It because in one book, I have three short serial reads in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person and the first three chapters of my book Lake Merrin coming out in December. I responded ‘I became a writer, so I didn’t have to follow any rules except for the ones I deem important to my own creativity.’

The argument with taking your time with your writing will produce a good book, that is determined by your readers. I have raving reviews for my short reads, but if it all was based on one novel, I am not sure that I would have a similar following.

The more you write, the better you become. The more you push your boundaries, the more you can be creative. In the end, do what you want to do, not what the creative industry dictates you should do.

 

Links:

FableLands: Interrogation Part One, Website or Amazon

Dear Self-Published Author: Do NOT Write Four Books a Year by Lorraine Devon Wilke.

Don’t Be a Wuss, Write Four Novels a Year by Dean Wesley Smith.

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My Novella, FableLands: Interrogation.

I skipped my blog yesterday as I knew my publisher, Ocean Reeve was dropping off my proof copy of FableLands: Interrogation Part One. Looking though it makes the whole process real! Only months ago did I start writing this short story series and soon I will be at Oz Comic Con as a published author. How time flys!
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This isn’t the final copy but having the book in my hand. Seeing my name on its cover is a dream come true. I would never think that two years ago that a book on mine would be on paper.

I have some other great news, next month, the fourth part of FableLands, Sammy Trickster will be out for e-book and a new series Favinonian Tales, titled Rise of the Green: Trinity which is based in the same world as my main novel, Lake Merrin.

I am heading back to expose my readers to the rich history of Favinonia, so they can live and breathe in Amsul (the world Favinonia is set in).

Another thing is that I have been helped by my father to finish Lake Merrin, so fingers crossed that it will be out this year. I have my editors booked in, and away we go!
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On the 13th and 15th of September, I will be having a book signing at BELLA’s Bakery in Southport Central from 11 am to 1 pm, see you there if not see you at OZ CON!!!

 

The Mind Hack book review.

The Mind Hack is written by Peter Summersby. I was surprised and just wanted to turn each page. It was a marvellous short story.

Like always I don’t talk about the whole book, just how I emotionally connected to it.

Peter’s book, The Mind Hack is pretty much a computer game where fantasy clashes with reality. I could not stop turning the pages! This need to understand and know what is happening was paramount. I have seen anime that have used this kind of approach, Sword Art Online and Log Horizon. Unlike these shows, Peter has blended the computer world with this one, and those lines are indeed blurred.

This is a plot driven story, the main characters are subjected to this running series of events. So many things happen, and your mind is nearly overwelled with the information in these mere 76 pages, but Peter balances it with curiosity and fantastical landscapes to keep your mind occupied and drawn into this story.

The more I read, the faster I had to read it. Very few books hook me into the plot so effortlessly as The Mind Hack. Hats off to Peter Summersby. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in computer games to fantasy books!

I give this book, 4.5/5 and look forward to his next book!

Peter Summersby: website|  Facebook| Amazon | Twitter

Eve, The Awakening Book Review

Merely minutes ago I finished Jenna Moreci’s book Eve, the Awakening. I am emotionally drained but at the same time just want to scream to the heavens.

READ THIS BOOK!!!!!

I have been following Jenna’s vlog for many a moon, each one insightful and entertaining. A lot of my knowledge of writing comes from this marvellous Cyborg. She has just taught me something new again and again. Now Jenna has shown me a new path, how to entertain and amaze your readers smoothly.

I can calmly say that Eve and her creator have made it to my top 20, number one authors of all time. Jenna has taken to the stage with the likes of Feist, Douglass, Eddings, Hobbs and Rowlings. I am glad I found your Youtube channel.

Now to the book. Eve is a creature with flaws and strength, and she is amazing. Someone I could meet on the street, except for one little thing, she is a chimera, a humanovus: the new human. This book is when it gets absorbing and why it is believable. Us, humans don’t like to share the world with someone else, especially, if that ‘human’ is vastly superior to them in physical and mental abilities. In Eve, is where again Jenna grounds the story and shows the dark side of humanity. They hate these chimeras more than the ugly aliens, Interlopers. Have something look like you and is better; we hate even more.

The emotional rollercoaster of this book was fantastic, many time I was on the edge of my seat, wondering where the story was going. After reading so many books and writing a few as well, I can spot usually guess the general plot of the story. In the book Eve, I didn’t predict so many arcs or themes; this caught me completely off guard more often than not. Each of the main characters is fleshed out and flawed, even the attention to the minor or support characters have a personality and sometimes a small character arc. All I can do is tip my hat with this beautiful piece of literature.

All I can say is, wow and thank you.

For my other top number ones of Authors that have inspired me, click the links 1|2|3|4

To pick up Kayla: Genius head to these links,  AU Link, CA Link, US Link, UK Link

For Briana: Knight, just click these links,  AU|CA|US|UK

Review of The Dragon Lady.

I have spent the better part of the day reading this fantastic book, I couldn’t put it down! Angelique S. Anderson’s The Dragon Lady is a great mixture of intrigue, magic, technology and Victorian Era.

Like all my reviews I will try and not spoil the story.

The main character is Wylie, a stable-girl, honest and hardworking. I love this character, the perfect mix of drive and vulnerability. She is no Mary Sue, she is brilliant! Just can’t spoil the story, I so want to. It was a perfect mix of drama and action. The lore that Miss Anderson created, wow. So ingenious! Not only is the lore fantastic (you have to read it to find out), the moral undertone is even better. Right and wrong exist in a form, but you have to look at the big picture not the instant gratification of events.

Another praise for this book is the setting, now most might not understand the class system in England. It not as prominent today but during this time period, oh my golly gosh it was. The feel of this scheme sings in the book, made me think that did happen!

The last thing I would like to talk about is the steampunk and dragons, neither was used to browbeat you. They were a part of the story, not the shiny object. I will again commend Miss Anderson for this balance of ideas.

This book isn’t perfect, but the imperfection does not detract from the readability of the story. I would highly suggest this book! FIVE STARS!!!

Keep an eye out for the second in the series the Phoenix Lord, I’m going to pre-order mine now!

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For my books head to these links below.

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Being free! Kayla: Genius, I mean.

Still not a hundred percent sure how this whole thing will go. I’ll sum it up to experience, try posting it in groups, on my page, Twitter account, excreta. By Friday I should have a clear understanding what works and what doesn’t.

So stats as of 27/6

In Australia

In the US
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,440 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

In the UK
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,698 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

So 89th for Urban Fantasy is really good, it was about 279th just yesterday. Let’s try and get that Free number down too. Just click down below for your copy!

Pick up your free copy of Kayla: Genius US|CA|UK|JP|AU

So now it is the 28/6

In Aussie Land!

And now the UK

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,425 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

A vast improvement on this day, but as I want to be part of a future book launch held by Brhi Stokes, https://brhistokes.com/ I am finishing it on the 29th, which will be one month until the launch of Caligation!

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For Briana: Knight, just click these links,  AU|CA|US|UK

 

Review of From Dusk by M. G. Ryan

 

From Dusk: the Vampire Hunter Prophecy is the first of four novels that I picked up at Supanova and this week is dedicated to reading and reviewing them. To understand how I feel about this story there will be some spoilers, not how I like to do reviews but there is no other way for me to talk about this book honestly.

So spoilers ahead, but I will keep them small.

I meet M. G. Ryan at Gold Coast Supanova; she was a few booths down from me. I was intrigued by her cover and title, so I brought a copy. An overall feel of the book, I enjoyed the novel itself, but the last third was I say my most favourite part. It follows a hero’s journey but had elements of romance and discovery of oneself.

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Lexi is the main protagonist; her character was a great way of showing a strong female without trying to make her overly masculine. Her femininity was I think one of Lexi’s compelling points, which caused me to become engaged with her story, accepting her path with a measured approach. I read one review that is was like Twilight, as I have read that series, I can tell you it is far from that type of story. Some elements are similar, wolves and vampires but it concentrates on a prophecy about a vampire hunter. The Lore of the Vampires was more like Anne Rice than Stephenie Meyer. There are some issues of flow at the beginning of the book, but once you move past that, the story was difficult to put down.

Jack is Lexi’s main supporting character. I do like him, he feels like a real person like Lexi. Something happened to him in his past, and he needed to understand this. The relationship between Lexi and Jack, I found believable. Being that close to an oblivious attraction with each other show how to do organic romance in literary form.

My favourite character is Corey, can’t go into why as I think this would ruin the book for readers but when he came into the story, the dynamic of Lexi, Jack and Corey made me lose track of my reading and before I knew the book was over. I want to read the next one now!

I would highly recommend From Dusk. Aside from the pace at the start, the book flowed and showed what knowing the path and walking it means.