Hello dear readers. Yes, it’s certainly been a long time since I posted an update to this fair site. I’m sure you’ve been unable to breathe in the meantime, so I’m sorry if you ended up asphyxiating on my account. The day job bestowed upon me a promotion at the start of 2013 and things have been insanely hectic ever since. My writing output for the last five months has slumped to almost nothing.
But stuff has happened. Oh yes! It has happened. Let’s crack on with some exciting updates!
There have been lots of fantastic reviews for World’s Collider recently, but the most unusual is certainly this one from Il Futuro E’ Tornato. Yes, it’s all in Italian. You can try Google Translate, like I did, but you’ll find the result is rather garbled. It’s difficult to tell whether or not they like it at all! So I turned to an old friend of mine, Tristan Tarrant, a genuine Italian and one of my old university housemates. Tristan graciously agreed to translate and you’ll find the readable English version at the end of this post.
Before that, I can announce that World’s Collider will be free for two days starting Tuesday November 27th. Get it from Amazon US or Amazon UK for your Kindle for zero cash. Next up, here’s a roundup of some other reviews we’ve received.
This Is How You Die is the follow up to the enormously successful, internationally famous Machine of Death. My story, Your Choice, made the cut despite going up against over 2,000 submissions! This is both amazing and very humbling, and I’m absolutely delighted to be a part of this ongoing phenomenon.
Mine is a choose-your-own-adventure style story, but more than that I can’t say. It was a blast to write, though it took a lot of effort to get all the various moving parts lined up. I’m delighted that editors Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo and David Malki really got it and liked it enough to include it in their exciting lineup.
So during August and September I wrote a novel. Yeah I know, it came as a shock to me too. This haunted house tale (with a difference!) currently clocks in at 71,000 words, which is more than I’ve produced on a single project since I was in university and I wrote a Doctor Who book called Two’s Company. Yes it was dreadful but it was 75K and it actually made some sort of sense. I was quite proud of that.
Since then of course, life has gone out of its way to ensure I don’t have the kind of time it takes to produce more than the odd short story. Actually that’s bull. Right now I have a day job that saps both energy and spare time and two young kids who specialize in doing much the same. My writing time is squeezed more than ever. Yet back when I had no kids and a less stressful day job, I didn’t write a novel. What the hell was I doing with all that spare time? Probably being a lazy-ass.
If you find you’re in the same boat, if writing is a passion you wish you had more time to devote to, then have a read of these five things I did that resulted — directly and indirectly — in 71K in the bank (I wish I was talking about money).
This weekend only, Nightscape Press is offering its three debut titles for FREE on Amazon Kindle. That means you can download World’s Collider for nothing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (September 14th to 16th).
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Lots to catch up on. Firstly, a bittersweet day this past Wednesday. This site turned one year old and I tried to think of a fitting way to celebrate. Unfortunately, the day job intervened and I didn’t have time, which is more or less the story of my life for the past eight months. Ho hum.
So happy birthday, website and I’m sorry the best I could come up with was a balloon image. You’ve done pretty well over the last year, and I hope you last for many more.
So World’s Collider was published on July 10th and sold pretty well out of the gate, but then something happened on Thursday morning (July 19th) that changed everything.
This e-mail was sent to everyone in the UK who had previously bought one of Aaron Rosenberg’s books from Amazon.
So basically, Amazon UK saw that World’s Collider featured Aaron, assumed this was his latest book (which it only sort of is) and publicized it to all his previous customers. Now Aaron has sold quite a lot of books over the years, so the effect of this mailbomb was to launch our little anthology into the stratosphere…
Here is the highest point the rankings reached on Thursday…
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#13 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Horror
#18 in Books > Fiction > Horror
#28 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Science Fiction
#13 in the Kindle Horror fiction list is no mean feat, given the rest of the top 20 is filled with James Herbert books on sale, and the likes of Dean Koontz and Amanda Hocking. Yeah, this is the PAID top 20.
Friday saw the book skirting with the bottom of the top 20, so we never broke the top ten. Still, it’s an astonishing ranking for a small press anthology.
Here’s a screen grab I took when we were #16 in Kindle horror fiction, just to prove we were up there…
To be up above a ranking of #2,000 for every book Amazon sells is also pretty impressive, I think…
Sure this is luck, for Amazon to pluck World’s Collider out of obscurity and publicize it in this way is likely an entirely automated stroke of chance. However, the fantastic cover and the enticing concept clearly helped too, translating this exposure into actual sales as people were intrigued enough to click that big yellow button that says “Learn more”.
On the US Amazon page, we didn’t climb higher than around #20,000, which shows you the difference a well-timed mailing from Amazon can make to your book sales!
Even so, the US page did manage to pick up four 5-star reviews since the launch.
I’ll be setting up a page to track reviews in the near future, but I’ll leave you with these thoughts from the wonderfully named Nessapants in her(?) 5-star Amazon review:
I finally finished this book last night.
It was truly incredible.
Using the different authors to create a novel worked much better than I honestly had expected. I was drawn into this story of chaos and the effect on mankind and the planet. I continued to read to know what would happen next and was left thinking about the novel as I was away from it.
This book will have a lasting impact on me and I will recommend this to all I meet.
Thanks! People really seem to be digging this anthology. In the end, that’s much more important than rankings. Rankings are fun to watch though
First up, we have a brand new World’s Collider interview on the site today! Steven Savile, one of the biggest names in the anthology, talks to Elise Hattersley. Well worth checking out.
So World’s Collider was published a few days ago and it’s been a mixed week overall. Sales have been pretty good out of the gate and we’re getting lots of positive buzz. The launch was marred somewhat by the attack on the book’s Amazon page by some lowlife who we know has not even read the book, but this was counteracted on Thursday by the most wonderful first genuine review from Anastasia. She gave the book 5-stars and said: