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.
Here are the links to my books, you know – just in case you aren’t a fan… YET
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A Chronicle of Chaos Soundtrack
I have some very exciting news. A fantastic opportunity has come my way.
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.
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?
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.
You can buy your copy of fantasy novella Genesis of Light here for just £2.26 / $2.98:
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.
Want a reminder of what young adult fantasy novella Genesis of Light is about? Here is the blurb
The Light and Shadow Chronicles – a unique immersive fantasy world
The Shield of Soren
A Chronicle of Chaos
(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(25+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
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:
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:
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!
It’s here – the new cover for Genesis of Light!
The Light and Shadow Chronicles – a unique immersive fantasy world
Soren, Genesis and Origin on their way!
The Light and Shadow Chronicles
Book release – help request
Today I have a HUGE favour to ask you…
In the next few months I will be releasing a novella in my fantasy series entitled ‘Genesis of Light‘. I really need some help with the release. It could be sharing posts, hosting me on your blog, reading an advanced copy, or just giving me your opinions on the cover.
If you are willing to help a girl out, please visit this link and fill out the form. (It only involves a few tick boxes so it won’t take more than a minute or two). Thank you so much, wonderful people!
To say thank you, here are some freebies!
C.L. Cannon is pleased to present the official cover for her new series starter Bloodlines: A Forget Me Not Origin Story.
Continue reading “Cover reveal for C.L. Cannon – Bloodlines: A Forget Me Not Origin Story”
My editing process by D.M. Cain
My editing process is a long and tiring one, but strangely I wholeheartedly enjoy parts of it (especially the early stages.)
I initially write my books using two methods. I spend a few hours a week sitting in cafes or restaurants with my trusty notebook, where I will hand-write sections of my story. It’s a bit old-school, I know, but there’s something special about cutting off from technology and getting back to basics with good old pen and paper. I often find that this is when my creativity truly blossoms.
Continue reading “My editing process”
As this blog focuses on world-building, I want to share with you my review of a great urban fantasy book I read recently that has excellent world-building – Nite Fire: Flash Point by C.L. Schneider – Enjoy!
A dark, gritty urban fantasy that is reminiscent of Jessica Jones
This book took me a long time to finish, not because I wasn’t enjoying it but because every inch of the world is so rich and loaded with fantastic details which all come together to build an image of this heavy, dark city plagued by crime and a nasty underworld of creature attacks. I was strongly reminded of the Jessica Jones TV show. This book has the same film-noir feel to it – sour, embittered detectives and dark underworld goings-on. The protagonist, Dahlia Nite is also very Jessica Jones – strong, independent and won’t take any nonsense from anybody!
As with all of C.L. Schneider’s work, the plot is complex and well-developed, the characters grey and layered. Nothing is as it seems, and there is always layer upon layer of mystery, intrigue, snappy comebacks and downright brutal violence. Schneider is one of few authors I read who can make my jaw physically drop. She is a master of the epic reveal!
A cracking read – I can’t wait for the next in the series!
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