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The Blackthorn Key is out!
I'm incredibly pleased to announce that my debut novel, The Blackthorn Key , has been released! It's an adventure full of mystery, intrigue, friendship, danger, codes, puzzles, potions, and pigeons--with a fair number of explosions along the way.
It's currently out in North America in hardcover , ebook , and audiobook , and will be released in the UK this Thursday, September 3 in trade paperback , ebook , and audiobook as well. There are also twelve foreign translations currently in the works (French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Bulgarian, Romanian, Turkish, and Hebrew) with hopefully others to come, so anyone who'd prefer a different language may be able to find that option soon. (No idea when they'll be out, though.)
I'm really proud of this novel. It's listed for ages 10+, but strong readers who are 8 or 9 could easily read it, too. As for older readers, I think the 'plus' is entirely appropriate. I've tried to write it in the tradition of the kind of stories I loved when I was younger--and still love today. I hope you'll all enjoy it just the same.
Actually, on hardcover I earn royalties off the "suggested catalog retail price", which means (at least I think it means) that the price Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or any other bookstore sets doesn't affect my royalty; I get paid a fixed percentage of the $17.99 figure off the back of the book. By discounting, retailers are basically cutting their own margins (and possibly those of the publisher, but I don't think so). So from my perspective, feel free to buy from whichever retailer you prefer.
jeb wrote: Which way gets you the most money? Can't be Amazon, right?
In terms of format, I earn highest royalties on hardcover, then ebook, then softcover.
reads very much like a 12-year-old-friendly version of an Umberto Eco book.
Get on board people. This book is ranked 71st in the Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Europe category already.
Text to Speech? I'm listening to The Great Courses lectures on the Stuart Royal line but will set it aside on my commute this evening if I can listen to this.
Update -- #37 now. You extensive promotions are paying off.
Looks like I need to get the audible version for car listening. No text to speech.
Bullwinkle wrote:I wish I'd thought of that for a pen name.
Sagrilarus wrote: Bullwinkle Eco.
I've never used Text-to-Speech, so I'm not sure how that would work with this, but there's an unabridged audiobook available.
Yeah, since Amazon bought Audible a lot of books are not being offered Text-to-Speech. And their new Kindles don't offer the feature, which is crazy. I listen to things like the History of the Siege Warfare which will never be done in Audible, so the idea of a Kindle that can't read to me while I'm driving seems absurd.
I have the Audible option on this one, and from some actor with a thick English accent to add to the mix. Ups the price though, hopefully you get a slice of that too.
Hopefully I didn't contribute to anyone crying at their desk. Except maybe Bullwinkle. But that's his problem.
So I read it myself. Nice work, man. Very well put together. I hope it sells well, because it deserves to.