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5 Tips for Success as an Indie Author

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Writing Life | 0 comments

5 Tips for Success as an Indie Author

I frequently hear “I’m just getting started with self publishing, how can I ensure success?” While there is no one-size-fits-all plan for success, I’m more than happy to offer my opinions and insights as to what has worked well for me. I believe that all indie writers need to stick together and that when one of us achieve success, it helps to validate all of us in the struggle to overcome the stigmas associated with being a self published author.

 

5 Tips for Success as an Indie Author

 

1. Always Be Writing – There is a scene in Glengarry Glen Ross where Alec Baldwin writes, in big block letters on a blackboard, ABC – Always Be Closing. While one can take offense to the language in the scene, or perhaps even Mr. Baldwin himself, there is a similar sentiment that I’ve found is critical for my growth as a writer: ABW, always be writing. Most writers who write for a living will tell you that they have some goal for daily writing. Mine is 5000 words. If I hit that goal each day, every day, I know I’m doing well. Some days it comes easily and I sail right past my goal. Some days, I have to struggle to reach it. Either way, I’m writing every day. If I’m not writing every day, it means that there’s something wrong and I need to check my priorities and my motivation.

“Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating, by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road he wants to go. I would only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto.”  ~ Ray Bradbury

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New Website Features

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in News | 0 comments

New Website Features

Just a quick late night (or early morning, depending how you look at it) update on some new features on the website. If you click through to a blog entry on martinfhengst.com, you now have the ability to comment on posts with your Facebook account, without any need to register or login to my website. In fact, I’ve disabled new accounts on my website, so posting comments via Facebook are the only comments that are allowed.

Also, I’ve updated the social sharing code to be easier to use and include more options, like Digg and Reddit and StubleUpon.

Nothing earthshattering, I know, but I figured I’d mention it just the same.

Good night!

~MFHengst

Kickstarter Project, New Sales Channels, Pirates of the Sirens Sea

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Kickstarter Project, New Sales Channels, Pirates of the Sirens Sea

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you day is going well and you’re progressing rapidly toward enjoying the weekend. I have some news updates I wanted to put up here, so without further ado:

Kickstarter Project

The Kickstarter project for Pirates of the Siren’s Sea is going really well. So far, generous backers like you have pledged over $500 toward the completion of the next Solendrea novel. If you haven’t taken the time to make a pledge yet, please consider doing so. Any amount helps, even if it’s just $1. Rewards start at $5, and you get the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that you helped to support an indie author who needs the help.

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Pirates of the Siren’s Sea Now on Kickstarter

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in News, Solendrea | 0 comments

Pirates of the Siren’s Sea  Now on Kickstarter

Ever wanted to be a part of a novel? Now you can. I’m trying a little something different with the upcoming book in the Magic of Solendrea series. Tiadaria returns in Pirates of the Siren’s Sea, and I’m crowdfunding on Kickstarter to make this book happen. Please take a moment to check out my project on Kickstarter. Even if you’re not interested in participating, please share it with your friends. Word of mouth is crucial for a Kickstarter campaign.

Check out the campaign here: http://j.mp/moskick

Thanks for your continued support.

~MFHengst

Quintessential Tales – On Sale Today at Amazon and Smashwords

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in News | Comments Off

Quintessential Tales – On Sale Today at Amazon and Smashwords

Quintessential Tales, the fifth book in the Magic of Solendrea series, is now available on Amazon and Smashwords. If you’d like to snag a copy, head over to your favorite retailer and pick it up.

~MFHengst

 

Cover Reveal – Quintessential Tales

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in News, Solendrea | Comments Off

Cover Reveal – Quintessential Tales

The Magic of Solendrea anthology will be out in the next week or so! So, to celebrate, here’s a cover reveal for the next book in the Solendrea series:

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My Letter to Stephen Colbert – Hachette Dispute

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Features, News | Comments Off

My Letter to Stephen Colbert – Hachette Dispute

If you’ve been following self-publishing news at all, you probably know that Stephen Colbert, comedian and host of the popular television program, The Colbert Report, has called on his fans and viewers to boycott Amazon.

As an independent author who writes full time for a living, and one who does business almost exclusively with Amazon, Mr. Colbert’s call-to-action directly impacts my ability to make a living. Although I realize that my letter will probably never make it into Mr. Colbert’s hands, I felt that I needed to write it anyway.

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The Last Swordmage & 15 Other Books $0.99 Each – One Day Only

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Features, News | Comments Off

The Last Swordmage & 15 Other Books $0.99 Each – One Day Only

On Saturday, June 14th, 2014, I’ll be participating in the Legends, Lovers and Lives promotions on Facebook. It’s a great opportunity to pick up 16 books, including The Last Swordmage, the first Magic of Solendrea novel, for $0.99 each. Please stop by the event or purchase a book to show some support for independent authors.

Thanks!

~MFHengst

PS – You can click any of the book covers below to be taken directly to the purchase page for that particular book.

 

Quintessential Tales : A Magic of Solendrea Anthology

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in News, Solendrea | Comments Off

Quintessential Tales : A Magic of Solendrea Anthology

Hello intrepid explorers! In the next day or so, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on the Magic of Solendrea anthology and getting it sent out to beta readers. I’ve changed the beta reading process for this and all future works. If you’d like to be considered for beta reading, you need to go ahead and sign up for the pool here: http://martinfhengst.com/beta-readers/

Once you’ve added your information to the pool, I’ll send out an email asking for volunteers. If you want to beta read, go ahead and send a reply back. I’ll pick the beta readers from those who reply to the notification email and express interest.

So, what’s in the anthology? I’m glad you asked!

We’ve got Torus and Royce shipwrecked together in a hostile land. We’ve got Adamon and Tiadaria investigating horrific monsters in an overrun village. We’ve got adventurers biting off more than they can chew. We’ve got Faxon and Gunther going up against an old foe.

I hope you’re looking forward to some new adventures. They’ll be here soon.

Best Wishes,

MFHengst

Gods and Demons: The Story of Solendrea’s Creation

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Features, Solendrea | Comments Off

Gods and Demons: The Story of Solendrea’s Creation

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This post is also available as Martin Hengst Podcast #1. If you’d rather listen to the author read this post, please click here to listen to the track on SoundCloud.

 


 

War is hell. More so when you know you’ll never die. Tiring of the plots and intrigues of the Eternal War, six souls banded their powers together and set out to create something for themselves, a place that they could escape the ravages and infighting of the Far Beyond, where the Eternals squabbled with each other.

Together, the six souls created the Deep Void and filled it with unthinkable horrors. Demons that would give the Eternals pause and would make it impossible for mortal beings to cross the threshold between the Void and the Far Beyond. When they felt the Deep Void was adequately populated, they turned their attention to lighter matters.

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