I decided to give the regular, over-populated New Year post a miss this year, and focus on the wonderful clear writing time I had over the holiday period, but normal service will resume shortly!
On the writing note, I’m thrilled to report I’m in sight of the end of book #3 of The Five Kingdoms series, THE PRINCE’S PROTEGE. I have around 2 and a half chapters left to go, which I plan on completing before the end of this month. With editing time, and the delivery schedule on the cover taken into account, I’m planning on a mid to late March release – woohoo!
If you’ve been with me a while, you’ll know my books take a long time to write – this one will have taken 14 month (again), which seems to be how long I need to put out an epic novel. This one is slightly shorter, weighing in at around 110K words, but the themes were challenging, and I hope I’ve pulled it off. I’m sure someone will let me know…
I did have an exciting result from my Christmas promo – my first Amazon orange best seller tag (Canada)
However, as so many people are reporting, sales towards the end of last year were down – this promo sold around 500 books, in contrast to last year’s 1000. Perhaps that’s because lots of the same people saw the ads? I don’t know the answer, but at least I have another new batch of people reading book 1, and quite a few continuing on to book 2, which is why I’m so keen to get book 3 out asap!
On that note, I’m going back to it now, see you when I crawl out of my writing cave again!