The next book in the Goandria series is finally available! If you enjoy epic fantasy, download it here!
Aron, an Archris Knight of the Republics, returns home from the battlefield only to find himself plunged back into the war. A new darkness threatens to upset the fragile peace of Goandria. The world’s hope lies in a small band’s ability to unite, despite their differing races and beliefs, to protect their homelands against the rising monster, Zontose, who now declares himself god-king of Goandria.
Powerless to aid the warriors, a young girl’s visions of possible futures bring both hope and despair. The fate of Goandria might depend on what she sees, but she doesn’t know who to trust.
My first book is split up into three separate short stories. I figured it was more likely that people would commit to short stories from an unknown author more easily than a full novel. The paperback of Goandria: The Schism includes all three parts and I have considered doing the same in ebook form. Would you be more willing to buy a short story from an unknown author or a novel? All three parts sell for 99 cents on Amazon, if I did an ebook of the complete series what would you be willing to pay? I would love to hear feedback on this matter.
Do you enjoy ads? Do you have an unbelievable sense of joy when you have to wait nearly two minutes to see a three-minute news clip? How about when the show you are watching is at its climax, and suddenly you see laundry detergent? Doesn’t that just thrill you? No? Ads are generally annoying, aren’t they? Sure, you might find one here or there that is entertaining, but I feel advertisements are annoying to most people and generally go ignored.
In a world that is overly full of ads, it is easy to be dismissive or oblivious to them, so businesses have to do what it takes to grab our fleeting attention. I’m one of those people who would rather change the channel or look up something on the internet for five minutes than watch a round of commercials. In fact, I hate commercials/ads so much that I am willing to pay a premium to avoid them. Yet I am an author, and advertising is a part of the business.
This blog, my social media accounts, and goodreads ads ultimately exist to reach a wider audience. In other words, they exist for advertising. My disdain for most ads, though, has lend me a certain perspective. The least effective way to advertise, in my opinion, is to be very in someone’s face about it. I do not need to see you promote your business at every corner, and the same applies to my stuff. Of course advertising is a learning process and is different for every business and every author, and I still have A LOT to learn. The best way to learn, it seems to me, is to examine first what does not work. Too often I have seen authors troll pages (including my own book giveaway on Facebook), filling social media with as much of their stuff as they possibly can, and that turns me off to ever wanting to read their stuff. If that is the effect this method of advertising has on me, then I can only imagine it does the same for many others.
Ultimately, advertising is a necessity for any type of business, but it does not have to be done in an annoying or frustrating manner. Authors, we have all seen those ads. Let us rise above that and let our creativity do the work for us.
Goandria: The Schism has been completed. If you haven’t read it and you enjoy fantasy and speculative fiction, I encourage you to download Part I for free here or you can purchase the paperback here. I have waited for over half my life to reveal Goandria to the world, and this is just the beginning. I created Goandria with a rich background, and The Schism lays that foundation. The upcoming book series will take place generations in the future. The new book will be titled Goandria: Visions of War, and it will build upon the events in the previous novel.
Visions of War will be the first book in a trilogy. New and old foes challenge the peace of Goandria. I aim to go further into exploring characters, their struggles with beliefs and finding their place in Goandria, and how they come through these situations as an old evil creeps back into their world.
Stay tuned as more details are released!
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To celebrate Goandria: The Schism coming to paperback, I will pose a question that has several strong opinions. What is it? Do you prefer spaghetti or lasagna? Well I really have no preference, both are awesome. 🙂 That seriously is not the question though. So here is the real question: As a reader what would you like to read better? A physical book or an ebook?
There has been much talk that physical media will soon be a thing of the past, print is dying, and so on. I have heard such things for a very long time. However, there is something special about holding an actual book, the smell of the paper, and the visual sense of progression and accomplishment as you read through it. Of course, there is no objective truth as to which is better, but a real book is something truly special to me. Sure, they age over time and take up way more space, but that is all part of the beauty of a real book.
So I would like to kindly ask, if you are reading this and enjoy the fantasy genre, please take a look at my book here. It is prequel to a much larger series that will be released much later on this year. Please also comment with which format you prefer: ebooks or print books.
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