Forgive the hashtags in the title (I know, I know!), but this blog is synced with twitter and I’m not in the mood to make a second twitter post. Anyway, I just did a massive update to my self-publishing checklist, which is extensively researched and real-time.
I’m close, guys, real close. This is really going to happen! Just over a month to go; I’m so excited I could barely sleep last night. It’s all coming together nicely.
Some new things on the list: I decided to do print-on-demand with createspace, choosing the 5″ X 8″ template with cream paper and a glossy cover. The book is 416 pages in this format (!), which I am strangely very happy about (it is, after all, fantasy!). It was a big pain in the ass to format the book properly, but next time it’ll be easy because I’ll know what to expect (in fact, I urge all authors who are thinking of using createspace to use one of their templates when starting a new book in Word!).
You’ll also notice that there’s a three month window after the release of book 1 in what’s called KDP select. I’ve chosen to enroll the first book in this Amazon exclusive program as an experiment. The downside is that I won’t be releasing the book to any other distribution source (kobo, smashwords, etc) until after that three month exclusivity window expires. Which means, for my fellow Canadians without a kindle, a second release date (Mar 1).
Now I’m off to draft the hard copy spine and cover via createspace – wish me luck! :)
The Arinthian Line series (complete):
The Fury of a Rising Dragon series (complete):
I grew up on Dragonlance and probably spent way too much time playing role-playing games. Then came the video games. But then, Nintendo was life in Toronto of '86. As a matter of fact, much of my youth could be considered "wasted" exploring escapism of one form or another.
Now I'm a full-time author living in British Columbia, Canada. I have a wife who taught me what it means to love someone unconditionally. Buddha, my grumpy but rumpled-with-love cat, likes to keep watch from a Lego castle near my desk. (Update: said Lego castle has long been dismantled. Now she basks under a sun lamp).
I suppose my favorite sagas are Harry Potter, Ender's Game, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Game of Thrones. I also love true-life survival tales like Into Thin Air, Shadowdivers, and Perfect Storm. As for movies, I regularly re-watch Bladerunner, Star Wars, Highlander, Aliens, Limitless, Edge of Tomorrow, Interstellar, Lost in Translation, and Margin Call.
But I've been most inspired by Harry Potter. Seriously, because if it hadn't been for HP, I'd never have dared. I simply stood on the shoulders of a giant. Thank you for writing that story, Joanne Rowling, it was extremely re-readable. I can only hope to capture my readers' imagination as you have captured mine.
When I was a kid, I dreamed I could spread my arms as wings, jump off the ground, and fly. My head was in the clouds (and in many ways, still is). It would be fair to say that my love of fantasy began then, steadily refined by movies, video games, and cozy books.
As for me, I enjoy talking to my readers, so if you read one of my books, you're welcome to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Throw me a question, comment, or just say hello.
I blog at severbronny.com when the mood strikes me, and I'm on social media now and then. I don't publish too often, but you can subscribe to my newsletter to receive a notification when I do release new work (newsletter signup is at severbronny.com/contact).
(I was also a musician at one time, having released three albums with my industrial-rock band Tribal Machine.)
When all is said and done, I know how fortunate I am to be a full-time author. I think about it often--especially when I recall what it was like working the grind. Thus I humbly thank each and every reader for supporting my work.
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