I added a new page to this website. It is called "New Fantasy". This will be updated often (at least once a week). I added there a link for a new Wheel of Time book. It is the last one in series. I look forward to it. Obviously, there are plenty of neww fantasy books and I will add them as I go through them. I will try to add books from indie authors. Some of them are very good, and yet, if you ask a person on the street, they never heard of the author. I hope this will increase their visibility.
Now that is a question, is not it. Sometimes, I get tired of a series after the first one. An example is the Eragon's series. On the other hand, I like the Wheel of Time and 12 books up to this point is just fine. I will read the rest of it, even if Robert Jordan is dead. Anyway, I think three books is about right, like Lord of the rings. Is one book in SFF ever successful? Probably not. I will target three to six books.
So the cover for Spear of Seth is finally in progress. It appears it will contain the top scene of the book - see Chapter 18, if you make it that far.
Another update - I started another series. I am not done with Egypt and that bunch of "heroes", by all means. There will be at least one more book there. That said, I am this time placing a new hero into the 17th century. It was an interesting time, was not it. Adventurers, New World, alchemy, Inquisition, all that was going on at the same time. It is a fertile ground, particularly if the hero is not ordinary. Some may say he is not human.
OK< s I am late again with posting here. A new policy: I will post every Saturday, I am not always up to it on Friday.
Anyway, I was thinking about book covers. It sells the book, right? It probably does. So the writer is dependent of the artist. Probably not a good thing. Perhaps authors should make it themselves? Or at least to have a right to veto a horrible cover. Do they? I doubt it. In any book store, at leat 50% of covers are so bad one has to wonder what they were thinking. "They" refers to the artist/writer/publisher combo. Here are some outstandingly bad covers" http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/. Enjoy. Or not.
Here is the thing. The question is how to sell the book, once, following endless wait, it actually gets out. I think there are four aspects:
Book (not necessarily the most important thing, we could discuss it with plenty of examples)
The price I think counts a lot. Just like any other product, it is a question of value vs. price. Not only that, though, it is also how you price it over time. I will keep coming back to it. It is also a lot different for Kindle vs. Print. Anyway, here is a interesting link about strategies:
René Daniel, the site founder, physician, scientist (gene therapy, HIV, aging) and a writer of adventure and fantasy novels. His first novel, Spear of Seth, is set in the ancient Egypt Underworld. His second novel, The Last Secret of Nikola Tesla ( an unknown Tesla's legacy leads to Indiana Jones-like adventure in Egypt).