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Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 12/21/2012

Contact: Adrian Grassi, 863-256-9275, adriangrassi@gmail.com

 

New Paranormal Fantasy Novel “The Guardian of Threshold” Just Released.

A mysterious paranormal adventure authored by: A.A. Volts.

Kissimmee, FL – The Guardian Of Threshold was released just in time for the holidays on major online retailers such as Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. A.A. Volt’s debut novel is aimed at the young adult market but also has considerable mass-market appeal. Volts spent most of his days writing, editing, proofreading and typesetting his novel in his Poinciana home located in Kissimmee, FL.

 

“What would you do to see a relative that passed away again?” That’s precisely the question that Volts wants his readers to ask themselves as they read this heartwarming tale of a boy named Mark who wishes nothing more than to see his mother again.

 

Unfortunately, things of such matter never go according to plan in life, so why should they in death? Instead of his mother Mark meets Phasma whose mission is to prevent anyone from crossing into the world of the dead. Embark on this feel good adventure as Mark seeks to reunite with his dead mother. And find out whether he succeeds or not.

 

So far The Guardian of Threshold has been greeted with rave reviews on Amazon.com. Volts has done an outstanding job in not only writing but also formatting his debut novel to live up to the highest of standards.

 

More information about the wonderful and fantastic world of Threshold can be found on Volt’s blog: www.TheGuardianOfThreshold.com, and on his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheGuardianOfThreshold, or even in the author’s twitter feed: www.twitter.com/adrianvolts.

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The Guardian of Threshold Released

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.

The Guardian of Threshold – Book Cover

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.

"The Guardian of Threshold"

Book One of The Threshold Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Book Cover Contest

I’m currently thinking about using crowdsource for my book cover.

I came across a site called 99designs, apparently for a fee, dozens of design artists design a book cover and I can pick my favorite.

I haven’t yet made up my mind but it’s tempting, assuming it works the way I think it works.

Here is the link in case anyone is interested in checking them out.

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UPDATE:

I ended up using the services of 99Designs, the whole experience was fantastic and the end result was better than I had hoped for.

See for yourself in my updated post here and don’t forget to look The Guardian of Threshold on Amazon starting December 15 2012.

 

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