Frostbitten, or How to Help a Goodjer sell some Books

About twelve years ago, I published my first book, and the fine folk at Gamers With Jobs helped it succeed well past what I had expected. As some of you may know, I'm preparing to release a new book on November 28th, and I'm hoping that one or two Goodjers would be willing to help me out.

The book is called Frostbitten, and it's a fantasy horror novel of about 100,000 words. I've gone through developmental, copy, and line editing, and I'm currently working on my cover design. However, the manuscript came back from proofreading this weekend, so I officially have a manuscript ready to send to advanced readers.

If you're interested in helping out, there are a few ways you can do so.

- Digital ARCs (Advance Reader Copy) are available now. If you're interested in reading the book in advance to share your thoughts with others to help build buzz, and write a review through places like Goodreads and Amazon, you can use this form to request an ARC. Please note, nothing is required on your part to get an ARC. It's simply a chance to build interest in the book before it's released.

- Physical ARCs should be available by the end of next month. I'll update the form and post here when they're ready to go out. Again, there's no obligation, but there's a cost to ordering these and shipping them out, so if you're unsure about sharing your impressions of the book, I would ask you to stick with a digital copy.

- As the publication date approaches, I'll post the preorder link. Preorders are how independent books live or die, so any help I can get in sharing that date would be amazing.

I'll be using this thread to update on things like cover design, marketing, any changes, and things like that. I appreciate this community, and I really appreciate any help that can be provided.

In the queue. I just finished The Expancxe, so I need a new read!

Looking forward to it! Just finished up a weird horror novel and am looking for something new to read. Happy to support a fellow GWJer

Yay!

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

In the queue. I just finished The Expanse, so I need a new read!

Same

Ready when you are. Congrats on getting it to the finish line!

Submitted my name for an ARC.

So looking forward to this!

Also congratulations!

Congrats!

Post a link in here and sell some copies of your first book! (assuming it's on a digital storefront somewhere...)

billt721 wrote:

Congrats!

Post a link in here and sell some copies of your first book! (assuming it's on a digital storefront somewhere...)

It is, although it's quite different from my upcoming book. It's called 72 Hours, and it's a noir/mystery about two veterans searching for a missing girl.

Currently $3 for the Kindle version, 72 Hours is an absolute steal. It's outstanding.

BadKen wrote:

Currently $3 for the Kindle version, 72 Hours is an absolute steal. It's outstanding.

Hey, thanks! I used the same copy editor for this book as I did for 72 Hours. I'm pleased that he said Frostbitten is a big leap forward in quality.

First edition of my newsletter is out. Anyone who gets it, let me know your thoughts. I'd like to make it something people don't immediately swipe to the garbage.

trichy wrote:

First edition of my newsletter is out. Anyone who gets it, let me know your thoughts. I'd like to make it something people don't immediately swipe to the garbage.

I loved it. I know that sounds sycophantic but it’s got a good tone, plays with literary elements in a fun way, and then also ends.

I subscribe to so many newsletters and I legit wanna read ‘em all but archive more than I read, partially because many of them are very long (looking at you, Robin Sloan, though you have for sure cautioned readers that your newsletter is written to be a buffet).

I didn’t feel like archiving yours.

I’ve sent out ARCs to those who requested them. It does appear that Google is sorting some of these emails into the spam folder, so if you asked for one and haven’t seen it, check there.

Finished. f*cking awesome. When's the sequel?

Seriously I stayed up way too late the last few nights, reading just one more chapter. Really enjoyed it all the way through. Kicking myself for not figuring out part of the problem but then I did remember the foreshadowing. Pretty great descriptions of combat. Felt like I knew exactly what was happening. I had a little trouble picturing one thing in my head but I think that's more of a me problem. Did a really great job with the cold temperatures. I could feel like I was suffering along with Tomas.

I agree.

It was absolutely amazing, and I look forward to the next volume.

It reminds me a little of some of the heroes in the Saga of Recluce.

I am making slow progress, because I want to savor it. Incredibly immersive for an utterly unfamiliar environment. The characters really come alive on the page, too.

Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. I'm definitely at that point in which the manuscript is kind of blurring in my vision, so it's good to know that it's clicking for people.

Just got to chapter nine. Holeee sheeit.

trichy wrote:

First edition of my newsletter is out. Anyone who gets it, let me know your thoughts. I'd like to make it something people don't immediately swipe to the garbage.

How can we subscribe?

LeapingGnome wrote:
trichy wrote:

First edition of my newsletter is out. Anyone who gets it, let me know your thoughts. I'd like to make it something people don't immediately swipe to the garbage.

How can we subscribe?

Through this link. Should have included that, sorry.

So the cover art is done. I think I like it. The artist is doing some final cleanup and building the layout now. I'll share the final version when I get that back.

Well, once it got going I couldn't put it down. Love it. Found a few typos; I'll send a PM. Hopefully you have already fixed them.

My favorite line in the book:

When people have lied to themselves for that long, the truth feels like an attack.
BadKen wrote:

Well, once it got going I couldn't put it down. Love it. Found a few typos; I'll send a PM. Hopefully you have already fixed them.

My favorite line in the book:

When people have lied to themselves for that long, the truth feels like an attack.

Yeah, that happens when you watch too much news while you're writing.

So this is finalizing right now...

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/KwDIxX2.png)

Few more tweaks to be made (color wrapping around the spine more, the font on the back needs to be altered), but otherwise... I have a freaking cover.

Looks awesome.

Fun summary on the back cover. It's a nice teaser but leaves lots of detail for reading.

Put me down for a copy or two!

Well, my plan had been to coordinate the print pre-order (handled through Ingram Spark) and the digital preorder (handled through Amazon), but apparently as soon as you upload your ebook to Kindle Direct Publishing, it becomes available for preorder, so...

Frostbitten preorders for Kindle now available!

Yippee! Preordered.

I’ll be double dipping, but I’ll be mailing you my print copy for an autograph!

BadKen wrote:

Yippee! Preordered.

I’ll be double dipping, but I’ll be mailing you my print copy for an autograph!

Agreed! And I think I know what at least one (or two) GWJers will be getting for Decemberween!

So I had an amazing response to my preorder. Unfortunately, KDP had a glitch. It cause two versions of my book to be created, one that is connected to my KDP account and is valid, and the other just kind of floating in the digital ether. They're fixing the link now, but that means that it's likely that any preorders placed until an hour ago are lost.

Which is awful.

But, if you preordered, you can cancel the one you've already done. If you want to preorder again, here's the right link. Now I'm going to go scream into a pillow for a bit.

Just so everyone knows, I mentioned in another thread that I was unable to cancel my Amazon preorder from the mobile site. I had to use the desktop site. Maybe the app would work, but I don't use the app because it sucks.

I think Amazon should be fixing Amazon's problem, not trichy, but I guess this is par for the course for them. I wish there was a way to buy the book directly from you, but I get that you need a big storefront and a potential appearance in Amazon's top books list for your category. Otherwise you would be spending your entire life promoting the book, and sidelining family, other sources of income, and probably meals.

Interestingly (to me, as it is abstract, probably more like "agonizingly" for trichy) this past weekend I read Cory Doctorow's latest nonfiction book "The Internet Con." In it he describes exactly how companies like Amazon keep getting more and more useless. He was able to kickstart his book and release it DRM free in ebook and audio form, because he is recognized, has a platform, and has a big megaphone. He had issues with fulfillment and he's using a 3rd party Kickstarter fulfillment support company!