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The ‘1000 True Fans’ theory of marketing

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Are you a fan of The Light and Shadow Chronicles or The Phoenix Project? If so, I want to hear from you!

Over the past few years I’ve tried lots of different marketing tactics, social media platforms etc and I’ve come to the conclusion that quite a lot of it is a waste of time and money. It helps for exposure, of course, but it doesn’t produce sales or convert people into fans.

Then I heard about Kevin Kelly’s ‘1000 true fans’ model – which suggests that if you can get 1000 true fans of your work or product, they are infinitely more valuable than tens of thousands of non-engaged randoms. (You can hear Kevin talk about it more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlg3808gDic)

So, my aim is to identify my real fans. Those of you who look forward to my new releases, who are interested in how I write or where I get my ideas from, and most importantly, those of you who are immersed in my fantasy world and are desperate for the next installment.

It’s entirely possible that there will only be one or two of you who consider yourself true fans, but that’s okay – you’re still more valuable than my random 10.1K twitter followers! I’ve put together this form to gather information on my fans – who you are, what you want from me, and what I should write next.

Fill in the form here

Here are the links to my books, you know – just in case you aren’t a fan… YET

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Interesting answers! See the results of my fan survey so far

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The results of my fan survey made very interesting reading!

Thank you to those of you who have signed up to my fan list so far.

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A few weeks ago I distributed a fan survey to see what my readers wanted to know about my books. It was most interesting! (Other authors who focus on world-building may find these results interesting too!)

Here is a summary of the fan survey results to date:

Question: Which of my books have you read?

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Question: Which elements of my extended world would you like to know more about?

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Question: Which of my protagonists is your favourite?

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Question: Which of my antagonists is your favourite?

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A Chronicle of Chaos Soundtrack

I have some very exciting news. A fantastic opportunity has come my way.

My fantasy novel, A Chronicle of Chaos, may get its own official soundtrack!

If I can get 65 pre-orders of the soundtrack, an original, unique score will be composed and performed by an orchestra. The composer will read the book and write ten tracks which represent the events and themes of the book! I am SO excited!

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Visit this link and you can pre-order your digital copy of the A Chronicle of Chaos soundtrack. The beauty of this is if I don’t hit my 65 orders, the soundtrack won’t be made ( which will be very sad ) but nobody has to pay anything. You only pay when the soundtrack is composed.

http://www.ageofchroniclesmusicproductions.com/book-scoring—a-chronicle-of-chaos.html

Haven’t read A Chronicle of Chaos? Here’s the blurb:

In a world ravaged by war, the paths of two warriors are about to cross with world-shattering consequences.

Chaos is a soldier of The Children of the Light, and fights in the name of destiny, honor and glory. Arrogant and headstrong, he believes he is the strongest warrior in the land, until a fateful coincidence puts him at the mercy of the demon Anathema.

The two strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to destroy one another only leads them closer together. When the forces of light and dark collide, where will their loyalties lie?

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Getting back on track – an author vlog

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My first author vlog entry!

I’ve been out of the game for a while but I’m finally trying to get back on track. I’m hoping to start vlogging a lot more to give updates on my books and how things are going, as well as completing book reviews, interviews and readings by video too.

So here’s the first video in (hopefully!) many:

 


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Genesis of Light by D.M. Cain

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A brand new immersive fantasy novella

There is a brand new installment in The Light and Shadow Chronicles! This young adult fantasy adventure is a prequel novella which outlines the origins of the Children of Light. Packed full of magic, prophecy, bravery and love, this story has something for everybody.

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You can buy your copy of fantasy novella Genesis of Light here for just £2.26 / $2.98:

http://mybook.to/GenesisofLight

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Wondering what the Light and Shadow Chronicles series is about?

The world in the Light and Shadow Chronicles is in a state of eternal conflict between two nations – The Children of Light and Brotherhood of Shadow. They have been at war for thousands of years, in a stalemate that is manipulated by forces greater than any of them realise. Both armies try to shift the scales in their favour by recruiting greater forces – angels, demons, dragons, armies of the underworld, and magical beings. The war continues to grow in scale until the entire world is dragged into the conflict and it can only end in a cataclysmic Armageddon.

Each of the stories in the series focuses on a significant character or group and their role within the battle. Every story is laying the foundations for something else, like building blocks for the epic finale. The books are written out of order – one story may feature a character in his adulthood, the next is set before he is born, the next after his death. Putting the order of events together is up to you.

This means that you may choose your own journey through the saga. If you feel connected to a certain character, you can follow that individual’s story first. And if you join the series after book 5 is released, there is no need to read books one through four first!

So where does the new book fit into the series?

Genesis of Light is a fantasy novella set towards the beginning of the timeline, which tells the origin story of the Children of Light. Another novella will be released later this year to explain the origin story of the Brotherhood of Shadow. This novella is entitled Origin of Shadow and is currently in editing.

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Want a reminder of what young adult fantasy novella Genesis of Light is about? Here is the blurb

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Win up to 25+ Fantasy/Urban Fantasy eBooks!

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Tomorrow is release day!

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Genesis of Light is being released tomorrow, July 31st!

Want a reminder of what young adult fantasy novella Genesis of Light is about? here is the blurb:

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You can pre-order up your copy of Genesis of Light here for just £2.26 / $2.98 :

Genesis of Light by D.M. Cain - a novella in the Light and Shadow Chronicles

Wondering what the Light and Shadow Chronicles series is about?

The world in the Light and Shadow Chronicles is in a state of eternal conflict between two nations – The Children of Light and Brotherhood of Shadow. They have been at war for thousands of years, in a stalemate that is manipulated by forces greater than any of them realise. Both armies try to shift the scales in their favour by recruiting greater forces – angels, demons, dragons, armies of the underworld, and magical beings. The war continues to grow in scale until the entire world is dragged into the conflict and it can only end in a cataclysmic Armageddon.

Each of the stories in the series focuses on a significant character or group and their role within the battle. Every story is laying the foundations for something else, like building blocks for the epic finale. The books are written out of order – one story may feature a character in his adulthood, the next is set before he is born, the next after his death. Putting the order of events together is up to you.

This means that you may choose your own journey through the saga. If you feel connected to a certain character, you can follow that individual’s story first. And if you join the series after book 5 is released, there is no need to read books one through four first!

So where does the new book fit into the series?

Genesis of Light is a novella set towards the beginning of the timeline, which tells the origin story of the Children of Light. Another novella will be released later this year to explain the origin story of the Brotherhood of Shadow. This novella is entitled Origin of Shadow and is currently in editing.

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Preorder Genesis of Light today and you could WIN!

I’ve set the ambitious target of 50 preorder sales for Genesis of Light but I need YOUR help (and you can win some goodies too!)

The newest instalment in The Light and Shadow Chronicles will be released on July 31st. Genesis of Light is a prequel novella which reveals the truth behind the origin of the Children of Light. Another novella entitled Orign of Shadow is coming later this year which does the same for the Brotherhood of Shadow. Here’s the blurb to give some more insight:

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In order for the book launch to be successful I want to get as many pre-orders as possible. I’m currently at 21 but am ambitiously heading for 50.

So, will you help?

Here is the link:

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As an incentive, everybody who shows me proof of their preorder (a screenshot or order ID) will be entered into a draw to win a $20/£20 Amazon voucher!

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It’s here – the new cover for Genesis of Light!

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Cover Reveal for Genesis of Light by D.M. Cain

I’m so excited to share with you the cover for my upcoming release, Genesis of Light! This novella is part of my epic, immersive fantasy series The Light and Shadow Chronicles. The series is centered upon a centuries-long war between two armies. Each book focuses upon a character within the timeline. This novella gives the origin story of one of the armies – The Children of Light. A complementary novella entitled Origin of Shadow will be released towards the end of 2018.

There is no official release date for the book yet but I am hoping it will be towards the end of July 2018. In the meantime, if you haven’t read the others in the series yet you can get them here (though reading these first isn’t required to understand Genesis of Light):

A Chronicle of Chaos –  http://mybook.to/ChronicleofChaos

The Shield of Soren – http://mybook.to/ShieldofSoren

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Warring countries, fantastical creatures, beings of terrible power and journeys of epic scale. The legendary Book of Alcherys tells wild and unimaginable stories. But they are not mere fairy tales. They are true, every word.

Callista Nienna is strong and independent, but nothing could have prepared her for civilisation being brought to a violent end. Now, she is forced to stay alive in a desolate wilderness with only her closest friend for support.

She has two choices: give up and die with the wilting world around her or seize her destiny and make it to the only sanctuary left unscathed. At the end of her journey, something awaits Callista, something both terrifying and unbelievable.

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Genesis of Light EXCERPT

Everything happened in an instant. The sky tore open with a deafening crack and the ground beneath their feet shuddered. A deep boom and then fireballs were shooting through the air and plummeting down to the city. Callista gasped and jumped to her feet. Even from this distance, she swore she could hear the screams of terrified people as the city was obliterated. Buildings were flattened, reduced to smouldering rubble within seconds. It was as if the gods themselves were hurling rocks from the sky, decimating everywhere and everyone she loved. Tears welled in her eyes, her mouth wide with horror.

Between the crumbling buildings and blazing infernos, Callista caught a glimpse of something impossible and unimaginable. She shook her head but when she looked back again it was still there. An enormous creature of towering height, unlike anything she had ever seen before. Engulfed with dripping lava and leaving wafts of sulphuric smoke in its wake, it skulked through the burning city. It swiped indiscriminately with gigantic burning fists, smashing aside buildings and trees, and crushing the bones of any living thing in its path.

Slowly, as if recognising Callista’s presence, it turned to look at her. Sizzling eyes of such intense evil focused upon her petrified form. It held her gaze for a moment, then turned away. As quickly as it had emerged, it disappeared behind the remaining buildings and out of sight.

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D.M. CAIN BIOGRAPHY

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D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for Creativia Publishing. The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books which can be read in any order. The series instalments to date include A Chronicle of Chaos and The Shield of Soren.

Cain has released one stand-alone novel: The Phoenix Project, a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Sci-Fi novel Award.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her two young children, and spends her time reading, writing, reviewing and indulging in geek culture (Marvel, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Final Fantasy).

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Author Academy Awards DM Cain

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My book A Chronicle of Chaos has been entered into this prestigious writing competition!

I’m very excited about this but I need your votes to win! It’s really easy to do, so if you would take two minutes out of your day to vote for me I would be immensely grateful.

Here’s how you do it!

1) Visit https://authoracademyawards.com/
2) First, scroll down to where it says ‘Ready to vote?’

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3) Next, look at the voting boxes – each genre is on a new page so you’ll have to click through them until you get to my genre – FANTASY (feel free to vote along the way if you wish!)

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4) Then scroll down on the Fantasy page until you see my cover for A Chronicle of Chaos. Click on it and you’re done! Your vote will be counted (thank you very much!)

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Thank you so much for your support! Fingers crossed!