Hello Rebel, and welcome back to my life.
A thing is very close to happening in my life that unfortunately hasn’t happened for a few months now.
I am on the cusp of completing the restoration edits I’ve been doing on my books, and once they’re done, I’m going to begin work on my next new book.
Very exciting, of course. I can’t wait to write the book. I can’t wait for you to read it.
I can’t wait to launch a new book the right way, for the first time.
So what do I mean by that? Well, every book I’ve launched in the past has had one or more things wrong with it.
I released four Underrealm books were entirely self-edited. I did not have an external professional editor.
I’m pretty good at the spelling and the grammar, but no one can edit their own book to a completely professional level. It is not a possible thing.
Then, three books were re-launched, and two books were launched for the first time, having been re-edited to a less-than-completely professional standard.
Typos were left in, new typos were introduced, and my voice was drastically changed. I’ve talked this to death. You already know all about it.
Now, two books, the last two books of the Academy Journals, WERE launched with a good edit by my current editor, Karen Conlin, who is lovely and wonderful.
However, NONE of the Underrealm books have been launched with proper covers.
They were either launched with my very first, self-made covers, you know, these ones, which are not good.
Or the interim, Photoshop composition covers. These ones. Which are better. But just not what fantasy readers want. And I would know. Because I am one.
So when I say the next new Underrealm book will launch the RIGHT way, I mean it will be fully edited to a professional standard, and it will have a really great, illustrated cover right off the bat, which I won’t need to change.
And WITH a good book, comes the necessity for a great launch strategy SURROUNDING that book.
I’m excited to see what’s going to happen, especially since our email list has almost doubled in size since our last book, with about 8,000 more people on it.
But emailing our list is only one part of the equation, and another BIG part is our advance readers and street team.
If you haven’t been around very long, basically we have a small, limited group of readers who get our books to read in advance so they can leave a review for the book on launch day.
Having as many reviews as possible on the day you launch the book makes all your marketing efforts go much, much farther.
So while we do keep the review team limited, it’s still sizeable enough for us to get dozens of reviews by launch day.
For the next new book, we’re looking to step our game up. We want to have 100 reviews on the day the book goes live.
So as part of that, we are recruiting advance readers and reviewers RIGHT NOW, and if you want to be one of them, you can.
In the description of this video on my Patreon, there is a link to a page on my website where you can sign up to be one of our advance readers and review our books.
Now, I want to say, this is not just a way to get free books. Your progress through our catalog is tracked, and you have to actually LEAVE reviews. If you don’t, we give your spot on the team to someone who will.
But if you want to read the next Underrealm book before anyone else, check the link on the Patreon page and sign up, and we’ll start walking you through the existing book catalog.
And if you’re on the team, you’ll also be one of the first people to see our next big RE-release—which is not a NEW book, but it is huge.
My patrons have already seen it, and whether you realize it or not, you have, too. But I’ll let you figure that out on your own.
That’s it for today, Rebel. While you’re here, check out that video up at the top. YouTube seems to think you might like it. And if you want to support my YouTube videos, you can check out my Patreon down there.
Thank you so much for watching, and I will see you tomorrow. Byyye!