Last time I did this, a whole lot less of the world was colored in. But now?
BOOYAH!! Check that out:
You could almost circumnavigate off that map. The Improbable Author has now had over 10,000 views, which I realize are merely a single afternoon’s numbers for John Scalzi, but I’m geeking out about it pretty hard nonetheless. Most of my readership (and most of my ASID sales) are in the ol’ USA, naturally, followed in a distant second by the UK, then Canada, Australia, and Germany. Sweden is next, which is a bit of a surprise, but then you’ve got Brazil, which is a HUGE surprise. My wife is Portuguese-American, but not the South/Brazil brand of either of those ethnicities, and I’m a northern European – Native American mutt. No ties there other than a love of kick-ass science fiction and pithy blogging, one supposes. Either way, I’ve got a strong and loyal worldwide following, so THANK YOU to all the multitude of countries too long to list that have become devotees of my blog and, one hopes, readers and fans of A Sword Into Darkness.
Regarding ASID readers, my Kindle Daily Deal was . . . somewhat successful, in that I gained 3200 new ones in a single day! That is satisfying both financially and in terms of milestones. I’ve now sold over 15,000 copies of the book worldwide in three months, which makes me an Amazon bestseller at the very least (in the short term) and an honest mid-list professional (where I’m likely to settle out). I was briefly ranked on the bestselling author list right behind Jim Butcher and Orson Scott Card (awesome), found myself in a George R. R. Martin sandwich (a weird way to express how ASID got stuck in the rankings between various compilations and editions of A Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire), and have begun to realize I REALLY need to talk to a tax accountant (bad).
Also, the excerpt reviews from the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards are finally in. Mine were quite short, but positive (obviously, since I’ve moved on to the quarter-finals). There’s a lot of stiff, well-written competition on the road to the semi-finals, though. Everyone should check out Morgan Richter’s competing novel Lonely Satellite and John L. Monk’s Kick. Both are very different works than ASID, but equally enjoyable companions under the umbrella of Sci-Fi Fantasy and Horror. Between those two writers and 97 others, my chances look slim for proceeding to the next round, but if I have to lose to writers of their caliber, I won’t feel so bad. Either way, I get a free Publisher’s Weekly review. Here’s hoping it’s as positive as these Amazon Vine reviews of the excerpt:
“The science of this fiction was well done even though some of the terms I read I had no idea if they were real or not. The frustration of Gordon was well written as well as his interaction with Lydia. How it ties in to chapter 2 would keep me reading into chapter 3, although chapter 2 was a bit weaker than the first.” –Vine Reviewer
“Generally, the excerpt is well-structured and flows well. The writing is characterized by some excellent descriptions: “You’re an idle-rich tech wizard with an over-funded amateur astronomy bug, so some eccentricity has to be expected, I guess. In the dusking skies of evening above USS Rivero , the sharp boundary of the eastern horizon had already merged with the night, while to the west a wash of orange and red still set the water afire. These descriptions are not only well-written, they enable the reader to visualize the scene or setting more clearly. Another strength of the excerpt is the pacing. The story flows well and smoothly at a steady pace. I expect the story to be action-packed based on these preliminary chapters, which should make for an engaging read.” –Vine Reviewer
And, lastly, the keen-eyed blog reader may note a new panel at the top of the sidebar. That is my button for REMO which will be here very, very soon. I love the cover done by Peter Schuller of ARMS Design, Budapest. Check out the full cover by clicking the link and stay tuned for updates on when the anthology launches!