Recapping a Whirlwind Couple of Days

The title pretty much says it all. These last few days–from the moment I announced that ENDWORLD – A NOVEL was available to purchase via Amazon and CreateSpace on Saturday, through the moment I got the email telling me it was available in the iBookstore today–have passed by in a seemingly endless haze of phone calls, texts, Facebook Messages, Direct Messages, emails et al. Not that I mind. Quite the contrary: I’m cherishing every minute of this. I honestly love how engaged everyone that I’ve “spoken” with is. It warms my heart, guys. Really, it does. Thank you, all. If this is my 15 minutes? Well heck, I don’t think I could have asked for better.

Let me tell you a secret: I hadn’t intended to tell anyone about the book’s availability until tomorrow, 5/1/13. It was a symbolic thing for me, announcing it at the beginning of May. I wanted to release it in time for Memorial Day and the summer reading season. Well? I did, just a bit earlier than I had anticipated, and before it was available in every format.

Still, it’s worked out pretty well. The book is now available almost everywhere. I say “almost” because the Sony Reader store hasn’t picked it up yet. Hopefully it’ll be available there soon. I know I’ve posted this info a couple of times, and you’re probably all getting tired of me doing so. Those of you that are can skip over this next part if you’d like. Those of you that are new to this site and me? Welcome aboard! And for your information…

ENDWORLD – A NOVEL is now available in print via:

  • Amazon (6X9, trade edition paperback, 448 pages): $15.99 EACH
  • CreateSpace (6X9, trade edition paperback, 448 pages): $15.99 EACH

And as an e-book via:

There you go. Painless, right? I wish I could say that I’m not going to be posting, Facebooking or Tweeting this info in the near future but sadly? I cannot. A big part of the whole indie publishing thing is shamelessly self-promoting your product. I knew that when I decided to go this route. Maybe I should have warned you all ahead of time. While I can’t promise a change in my strategy (if anything, it might get worse as Memorial Day gets closer), I can promise that I’ll do my best not to junk up your feeds too much. I consider what I’m doing controlled marketing, right now. I’m not forcing it down your throat (at least I don’t think I am), but I’m also not pretending that ENDWORLD – A NOVEL doesn’t exist. ‘Cause it does. And I’m pretty happy with how it’s doing, so far. I’ll leave it at that.

I’m not going to do what I do over on Random Musings of a Pseudo-Madman Version 2.0 here. I’m not going to ramble on and on for paragraphs about nothing. If that style of writing/reading is your “thing,” take a stroll on over there and see what my ole’ buddy the Madchronicler is up to (here’s a hint: Not much; he’s a bit preoccupied with the whole book release thing too). I’m going to be as short, sweet and to the point as I can be here. That said, I have a couple of “Quick Hits” that I’d like to share with you. Feel up to it? ‘Kay, then. Here goes:

  • You’ll notice, if you look at my sidebar, an advertisement for a new book called EYE CANDY. The author’s name is Ryan Schneider (@RyanLSchneider for all you Twitter-philes out there), and he’s the award winning, Science Fiction author of The Go-Kids series of books. I’m currently reading the first book, A SHADOW PASSED OVER THE SON, which is available for free download on Amazon, presently (http://smarturl.org/srtrq), and I just downloaded EYE CANDY, today (http://smarturl.org/srtrx) to read after I finish A SHADOW. Guys? He’s good. REAL good. The man knows how to write an entertaining story with lots of action, depth and character development. And his descriptiveness is bar none. If you’re looking for something else to read other than ENDWORLD – A NOVEL, give him a look. You won’t be disappointed. You can also head over to his website for more info: http://AuthorRyanSchneider.com/. Keep that URL handy. Ryan’s been gracious enough to offer me a spot in his Author Spotlight a bit later this month. Look for “10 Questions with Sci-Fi Writer Frank Marsh.” Coming soon. Thanks again, Ryan!
  • This past weekend, amidst all the hub-bub with my “book launch,” I joined the Independent Author Network, IAN (@AuthorNetwork, again, for my Tweeps). You can link their Home Page HERE, and you can link my IAN Author Page HERE. Why am I telling you this? Simple, really: Independent publishing, as you may have heard and as I’m coming to quickly learn, is an oft times thankless process. There’s a lot of work involved, and often said work doesn’t result in a writing career. But there’s a lot of good stuff out there, written by “Indies” like me (yes, I’m one of you now) that you should really give a chance. Check out IAN. The listings on their website can be broken down by author name, book title, genre et al. So if you want to read a book, don’t automatically run out and buy Fifty Shades of OVER-RATED. Check out Lorna Dounaeva’s “Sizzling, Psychological Thriller” FRY. Or Elizabeth Wilder’s historical, romantic fiction, THE SPRUCE GUM BOX. #Supportindiepublishing, check out #IAN1.
  • To “Anonymous,” who simultaneously published two identical, five star reviews of ENDWORLD – A NOVEL to Amazon and Barnes and Noble, thank you. Since I’m now in the business of shamelessly self-promoting my product, I’d like to include the review herein, mainly because it’s my first. Heck, I’d include it herein if it was terrible since it’s my first. I’m a reviewed author! Woohoo! Any way, it reads:

“This book is a wonderfully written coming of age story about William and Maria’s journey from a machine controlled life. Their journey has many twists and turns. It is an exciting story! A must read!!!”

  • To the person who called me from Colorado today on my cell, I’m sorry I missed your call. But you didn’t leave a message and your number’s not in my address book. Whoever you are, if you want to chat, send me a text. I’ll get back to you post-haste.

And with that? I’ve reached the end of this little recap. Maybe a bit longer than I’d anticipated initially, but I wanted to bring y’all up to speed on what’s going on. Everyone take care and until next we “meet,” happy reading!

F.

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