You know that awesome book you asked Santa for? Well, he put it up on Amazon for you to go get. Here is the link: http://amzn.to/U66mZ9
Don’t miss out, this is a limited time offer.
FREE BOOKS BEST SELLERS LIST:
The Guardian of Threshold was ranked at the time of this writing:
- #1 Fantasy > Contemporary
- #1 Teens
- #2 Fantasy > Paranormal
- #2 Fantasy
- #1 Dark Fantasy
- #29 on Top 100 Best Sellers Overall
I wish you all a very happy holidays and a fruitful 2013
I found how to get Amazon to remove Kindle Ads FREE of charge.
One day I got upset that my Kindle was displaying idiotic ads and I decided to let Amazon know about my displeasure. Here is what I did and what may work for you:
- Pull down the ‘Notification Bar’ by swiping your finger down from the top of the screen to the bottom.
- Click on ‘More’
- Choose ‘Help & Feedback’
- Now choose ‘Feedback’
- Under ‘Select a Feature’ choose ‘Offers’
- Now write a detailed description why you hate the feature. I think I say something like this “Hate it with passion, looks very unprofessional.”
- Rate it the lowest you can (1-star) I think.
- Wait and pray.
When I did this, it took about a hour until I received an email from customer service stating that they were sorry about my discontent and to make me happy they had deactivated the ads on my Kindle FREE of charge.
Long story short, it was a win-win. I’m happy with my Kindle Fire HD and they get to keep me as a customer.
I’m not sure if it works the same way every time, but it’s worth a shot. With some luck that’s their standard procedure in which case I hope lots of people benefit from it as well.
Well, I just wanted to share this little tip and if you’re looking where to spend the $15 bucks you just saved then buy some books, you can start with my paranormal fantasy novel “The Guardian of Threshold.”
Happy reading and happy holidays.
This is how Threshold came about:
From the beginning I wanted to write a story that could have actually happened. In short, I wanted magic without actual magic. Something that could make us all look at the world a little different. Something that would help us see the magic that is all around us. The magic we grown so accustomed to that we ignored it completely.
I had heard about astral projection before, in fact, I’d experienced it a few times. So, right from the start I decided that astral projection was going to be my magic, the portal to wonderful world of Threshold.
With that information, I got to work. I drew a map of Threshold, I figured out the weather, time, currency, inhabitants, etc…
I wanted a world different from ours, Since it was in astral plane, it didn’t have to follow the same physics rules as our universe did. So, I decided to make Threshold static, that is without night and day cycles.
Having all the ground work done, I got typing. I had a wonderful time jolting down the story. My mind didn’t like taking breaks. Even when my fingers stopped typing, the story stream didn’t stop flowing. Which, worked out great because I was ‘forced’ to sit-down and write, or risk losing chunks of the story.
Some days I wrote 5,000 words, others I wrote none. I tried really hard to put in at least 1,500 words each day. I set myself deadlines, most which I met.
I had the time of my life writing, I got lost in the story, I even became good friends with the characters. I know, weird right? We even fought, Mark and I had a serious disagreement one day, I wanted to change his name but he didn’t. Guess who won?
The day I finally finished The Guardian of Threshold, I had mixed feelings. I was happy for having finished it, but I felt like I was saying goodbye to dear friends. I think that I even missed Phasma.
Now that book one is published, I’m looking forward to continue writing book two. All I can tell you, is that they’re back, but not necessarily how you may remember them.
Today my debut novel The Guardian of Threshold was released on Amazon.com ahead of schedule.
It’s on sale now on Amazon.com US kindle book store for $4.99, check it out here http://amzn.to/U66mZ9.
I had to decide things like DRM (Digital Rights Management) or no DRM, price in different countries, categories, keywords, etc… I opted for DRM free book because, I believe DRM hinders the user experience more than it helps the author.
Interesting enough, fantasy fiction is overpriced in places like Brazil. But, I believe I know why that is. Brazil like many other places are emerging markets for Amazon and they lack of content quantity and widespread adoption kind of forces content creators to charge more. Everyone’s got a theory, why I should be any different?
Perhaps, what surprised me the most was that clicking the final button on Amazon.com site in order to finalize the release took more time and courage than I’d imagined.
The release of The Guardian of Threshold couldn’t have come in a better time, with Christmas fast approaching, it makes a great holiday gift. Time to fill all those Christmas Kindle devices, so here over to amazon and get reading.
The Guardian of Threshold – A young adult contemporary fantasy by: A.A. Volts.
I want to publish The Guardian of Threshold before this christmas. So, I decided to go ahead and employ a type of service called crowdsource.
Crowdsource is when you post a project requirements and then lots of people around the world tackle the problem and present a solution.
In my case, my problem was that I needed a cover for my debut fantasy novel. I even tried designing my own cover, but in the end I decided that it was unwise.
For you to have an idea that’s the cover I designed above.
Now these are the two finalists from a crowdsource cover design contest.
This was my favorite, but since taste is subjective I wasn’t sure.
After an online poll I found out that people also preferred this one.
PS: The text on the back covers are just filler text. It’ll be different in the final version.
As you can see the difference between my 30 minute design hack job and the ones above is great.
Another great thing about crowdsourcing is that there are several tools to help you achieve the desired results. For example, after eliminating some less desirable covers I was lost about which one to choose.
So, I created an online poll and asked my friends and colleagues to vote.
You can see the results of that poll here.
I believe that I made the right decision in going with a crowdsource solution, but only time will tell.
I used a service called 99Designs.com I can honestly recommend them. However I would caution against guaranteeing to award too early in the contest. Basically, the way works is this, if at any point you don’t like any of the designs you can have your money back, so satisfaction is guaranteed. However if you click on Guarantee this Design, then you basically committing yourself to award a winner in the end. Before doing that it’s a good idea to make sure you really like at least a couple of the designs already submitted. At least, that’s what I did.
I hope that this quick summary of my 1st experience with crowdsourcing helps others in the same situation as I was.