With Black As Knight out the way, I spent some time last night scheduling the remaining work needed to get the final draft of The Thieving King done. It’s a huge, complex book and I really started to appreciate all the planning I put into this draft which should make it easier now I’m in the meat of the novel. Still, I reckon I can get it done by my internal deadline, even allowing for all the other craziness that’s currently going on in my life.
But, as if to remind me Thieving King needs to deliver as much as its prequel, I got a couple of bits of good news about The Four Realms.
It appears that The Four Realms is current on offer at Amazon for just £1.02 in the UK and 99c in the US! So if you’ve been considering picking the book up then now is a good time. I have no idea how long the promotion will be running for, so best not delay.
The Four Realms also recently got voted as one of Reddit R/Fantasy’s Official Underrated and Underread Fantasy. Whilst the main vote is now over, there’s an ongoing poll over at Goodreads. I’m currently sitting at #16. So if you loved the book (or indeed loved any of the others listed), please be sure to go vote.
Which leads me to the last point. If you’ve read the book and love it, or even if you didn’t, please be sure to go and rate the book at places like Amazon and Goodreads. Aside from being a major ego boost when someone posts how much they loved your novel (and trust me on days when you discover massive plot holes and have unco-operative characters, you need it!), small press books like mine really, really depend on word of mouth and reviews at places like Goodreads or Amazon. You honestly have no idea how much. False platitudes aren’t going to help anyone but honest reviews might just help someone find a book they love.
It’s a bit of a catch 22 situation. You need honest reviews to get people to consider your book and possibly buy it. But you need people to buy it so they can review it. So if you have two minutes to either rate or review, I’d really, really appreciate it.