As I pen this post, The Wizard’s Daughters is currently #50 on both Amazon’s Historical Fantasy and Medieval Romance ebooks bestseller lists, and #58 on its Medieval Romance books list. This past weekend it was as high as #47. As impressive as that may seem, I am compelled to point out that so far I’ve sold no more than a couple of hundred copies in the month or so since it was released. So I hesitate to think of sales like that as constituting a “bestseller.”
The interesting thing has been watching how it’s been moving up and down, and in particular how those rankings correlate with its overall sales rank, which has peaked at around 7,200 so far. Yet, in browsing around, I’ve seen books with far higher sales rankings show up with no bestseller list rank. That suggests to me that Medieval Romance and Historical Fantasy are rather small genres, certainly much smaller than Urban Fantasy and Swords & Sorcery. (This observation is supported by the number of “long tail” books like The Mists of Avalon and the Outlander series on the two lists.)
I don’t mean to discount the value of getting listed, of course. I’ve noticed a definite sales bump since it happened. The book was flirting with the list for the past two weeks, but never got past about #70 or so before quickly falling off. Since getting into the higher tiers this past weekend, it seems to be “floating” in place, perhaps as the list generates sales.
The lesson here is probably one I’ve touched on in the past. Don’t do what everyone else is doing. It’s easier to stand out if you make an effort to be different. Here, reaching for the less popular genre lists seems to have paid off.
With The Witches’ Covenant underway, I’ve started posting random snippets from the draft to Facebook and Twitter. Obviously, I can post longer stuff to Facebook. If you want to follow along, be sure to like my Facebook page. I’ll be doing this randomly until the book is done.
So, it’s been a bit quiet here lately, in part because I’ve finally finished revising and uploading my older stuff. From here on out, most likely, it will be only new books. And that means I need to write them.
I’ve started Book 2 in the Twin Magic series, The Witches’ Covenant, and it’s going well if not as quickly as the first one did. I’ve got just over 9,000 words down, which means it’s about 1/5 of the way there, more or less (I’m shooting for 50,000 words, though you never know how these things will go). I’m on track to release it in early 2015 as promised.
There may be one or two more revised older pieces coming, but what’s left in the archives is dated enough to require quite a lot of revision if I were to release it again. (And, if you’re holding out for CGC and OCB, sorry, those are not coming. Google may be of use there.)
I’ve hinted around this book for a while as I waited for the cover art to be done. That came in this morning.
What is this one about? This book is in fact responsible for restarting my writing career. It was an idea I had bouncing around in my head for a while, but I never felt like I would have any time to do anything with it. One night, though, when we had some friends over, we got to discussing my fiction writing career (leaving out the salacious details), and as I lay in bed that night, I thought Fuck it. I need to start writing again.
The next night, I sat down at my computer and began pecking away. After two furious weeks of writing and intensive research, I had the first draft of a 55,000 word novel.
The Wizard’s Daughters is an alternate history novel set in Germany in 1520. It blends in elements of steampunk and fantasy adventure, along with some romance. I really like how it came out. It’s actually nowhere near as explicit as my other works, though there are some racy spots. (Just don’t grab it expecting another Vector or Amber.)
It’s also the first novel in a series I’m calling Twin Magic. Book Two, which I’m tentatively calling The Witches’ Covenant, is currently just some random ideas in my head, but I’m hoping to get started on it soon.
The Wizard’s Daughters is live on Smashwords now and on Amazon
I just received the final version of the custom cover art I ordered for The Wizard’s Daughters, a snippet of which you see above. I’m really excited about this one, because the book really came out well, and I’m eager to release it. The final cover should only take a few days, so I expect to have it ready to release by this weekend.
I’ve teased two revised novels. It’s time now to talk about a new one. What you see above is a snippet from a sketch for its cover by the awesome Ellinsworth.
I’ll say no more than that this book will be entitled The Wizard’s Daughters, and it’s a fantasy/alternate history novel set in pre-Reformation Germany. It will be the first novel in series called Twin Magic. I hope to be able to release it with the older stuff later this month, but it still needs a bit more time in the oven.