I’ve been looking at the books Daughter of Atlas will be competing with in SPFBO 4. Here’s the Goodreads list.
There are some very experienced indie authors on this list, I see, as well as some noobs like myself. The competition is strong. Just glancing at the list, I see Daughter of Atlas has only a one-star rating! This is because only one person has given it a star rating, and that rating is one star. (As I understand it, some people on Goodreads like to mark their “to be read” books with a one-star rating. Yes, that’s it!)
So, it looks kind of bad to see that one star in there among all those three- and four-star ratings. I’m hoping you can help me with that. If you read and enjoyed Daughter of Atlas, and have a Goodreads account, hop on over there and give the book a rating of more than one star. Whatever you think is an accurate rating. (A review would be nice to, if you have the time.)
I’d just like the book to make a better first impression on Goodreads, for the judges, and anyone who might be following the contest.
Thanks! I really appreciate the help.
I’ve decided to do something fun with my book Daughter of Atlas. I hope you’ll follow along.
I’ve entered into the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 4, a big book review tournament for, as noted, indie-published fantasy novels. It was created by indie author Mark Lawrence. Eight bloggers or teams of bloggers will review 300 books. Each team will choose one semi-finalist to be read and reviewed by all the blog teams. The final winner wins, well, the title of SPFBO 4 winner, fame and hopefully fortune.
My book was assigned to Team Weatherwax, and Tome & Tankard is the actual blog that will review my book. Wish me luck!
You can follow SPFBO 4 on Facebook if you’d like to stay apprised of the contest.
And here’s a Goodreads list of all the competing books. And a list of the books for Team Weatherwax here.
I’m very happy and excited to be a part of this, and I’d like to thank Mark Lawrence, all the bloggers, and also all the authors for taking part in this wonderful opportunity for the indie book community.
The contest will begin in August. I’ll keep you apprised.
I got back the final draft of my paper book cover from Selfpubbookcovers.com, and uploaded it to CreateSpace. So I am waiting now of the proof copy of the book to arrive from CreateSpace, which should take about a week. Once I approve the proof, the book will be for sale.
I’m probably going to lose my mind when that proof comes in. My book! Made real! Something I’ve been waiting my whole life to see.
I should have done this ages ago. It was surprisingly easy, and I feel really good about it. As my friend Rob Cerio said, the only difference these days between a published author and an unpublished author is clicking that Amazon button. So click it! You’ll be glad you did.
An update on the status of my brand new, shiny book!
I got my first Amazon, review, check it out! Thank you, James Butler!
I’m working on producing a paper version of the book at CreateSpace. I bought an ISBN and everything! The PDF manuscript was designed by my dear friend and editor, Charlie Brown, and my book cover creator, selfpubbookcovers.com, is creating a full, wraparound cover for the paper version. It should take about a week, and then about a week to get the proof from CreateSpace.
In the meantime, my dad mentioned my book to one of his pals, and she recommended it to her book club! Isn’t that amazing? You never know by who or how your book may reach someone. I’m grateful for the positive response I’ve received. Makes me want to keep writing.
So here is my first lesson as an indie author:
Check your title on Amazon first to make sure it is unique enough! There are at least five other things on Amazon with some variant of the title “Daughter (or Daughters) of Atlas.” Who knew?
Check it out, here are the search results:
At least mine is first, for now. That’s something.
So I have some news. Big news! I finally stopped screwing around and published my Atlantis novel, now called “Daughter of Atlas,” as an Amazon e-book!
Check it out!
So what I need you to do now, if you ever read or critiqued it, is to jump onto Amazon and leave a little review. Reviews are the driver of success on Amazon. It’s doesn’t have to be long or detailed, it just has to be an actual written review. It would help me out and be a real vote of confidence in me. Thanks so much.