This won’t be of much interest to the folks who read my fiction work, but it might be valuable to any author friends who visit my page. I’ve just published a new book called What I Wish I’d Known: Tips for jump-starting your self-publishing success. These are all the things I wish I’d known when I was just starting out self-publishing. I think there’s some useful information in there and certainly some things that I didn’t understand or know about when I was starting out.
Hopefully it will help some of you getting started.
Who likes free stuff? Everyone likes free stuff…and free money around the end of the year is always welcome, right? Right. So here’s your chance to enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Enter to win, share it with your friends and get more chances to win.
I’m very pleased to announce that the ebooks for the Kickstarter backer rewards have been fulfilled. Please check the email address associated with your Kickstarter account for instructions on how to download your copy of Pirates of the Siren’s Sea.
Physical rewards for all non-digital tiers will be shipped out once all the items have been received from the manufacturers.
I hope you all enjoy the book. If so, please consider leaving a positive review at Amazon on the 15th of December. Positive reviews are critical to the success of an indie book.
Once again, thank you to all the backers who made the Kickstarter project for Pirates of the Siren’s Sea possible. You guys rock.
I hope all of you are safe and warm and enjoying the company of family and/or friends. On this Thanksgiving I wanted to give thanks for each and every one of you who has read my books or supported me in my journey as an author.
So from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support. I look forward to bringing you many more stories.
Click on the orange play button above to listen to the incredibly talented Carolyn Light as she narrates the audiobook version of Volinette’s Song.
Volinette Terris has everything most girls could want: a famous family, plenty of money, and a career as a talented musician. No one would expect her to risk losing it all to try and become a mage, but when the School of Sorcery opens for the Trial of Admission, that’s exactly what she does.
If only she’d known that winning a place in the Academy of Arcane Arts and Sciences would be the least of her problems. Now she finds herself accused of murder, tormented by her fellow students, and implicated in the theft of a mystical artifact that could bring about the end of the world.
In order to celebrate the run up to the release of Pirates of the Siren’s Sea, I’ve made The Last Swordmage available for $0.99 on Amazon for a limited time. If you share this post/status/tweet, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Winner will be selected at random from all of the reposts, shares, and retweets received. Winner will be selected at 9am EST on November 25th, 2014.
I have room available for one or two more beta readers for Pirates of the Siren’s Sea. If you would like to be considered as a beta reader, please fill out the application here: http://martinfhengst.com/beta-reader-signup/
If you subscribe to the mailing list, you’ve already received this information in your mailbox. For the rest of you, I’m happy to announce that Pirates of the Siren’s Sea is now available for pre-order from Amazon. The 6th book in the Magic of Solendrea series will be released on December 15th, 2014, but you can pre-order your copy today!
Tiadaria, the last Swordmage, was once one of the King’s most trusted advisers. Now she’s fallen out of favour and has been cast out of the realm she helped save from demons and dragons. When pirates start sinking ships off the coast of Dragonfell, Tiadaria offers her services to the realm, but the pride of Kings is not easily put aside.
Unwilling to let the Imperium fall, Tiadaria approaches the King’s only daughter, a reclusive Princess unseen by the people for almost two decades. What happens next is a race against time as Tiadaria and her allies commit an act of treason to stop a corrupt sorceress from endangering the fate of the world.
Only a Swordmage can turn an act of sedition into salvation for the Imperium in this rousing fantasy tale of swords and sorcery.
Finishing a novel is always something of a melancholy experience. On one hand, there is the elation that goes with knowing you’ve finished the act of creation. That you’ve brought into the world something from your imagination and tended it from a sprout of an idea to the mighty tree of a story. On the other, there’s the sadness that goes along with knowing that the characters who have been with you every hour of every day for months, now have to take a back seat to the business part of writing: revisions and editing, marketing, publishing, and so on.
Although there is still work to be done (the aforementioned edits and revisions), I’m very happy with the story that Pirates of the Siren’s Sea turned out to be. While the original Swordmage Trilogy was very much a coming of age story, as Tiadaria struggled to come into her own, Pirates begins a new era for Tiadaria, an era of troubles and uncertainty to be sure, but also an era in which she is stronger and more capable than she has ever been.
I look forward to sharing this new chapter in Tiadaria’s life story with you. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.
Now it’s time to get some sleep. =)
PS – A special thanks to everyone who contributed to the Kickstarter project for Pirates of the Siren’s Sea. You guys are all rock stars in my book.
Untitled Sci-Fi Project
10 / 100
Codex - Rough Draft
12763 / 70000
Anteaus - Rough Draft
5425 / 70000
Volinette #2 - Outlining
20 / 100
.@just_geo I hope you enjoy it, George. If so, please consider writing a review on Amazon. I'd really appreciate it. =) 2 days ago