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Forsaken Dreamscape: progress and what’s changing

I’ve let the blog slip this month, but I haven’t had much to report. I set aside the month of April for Camp NaNo, during which my goal was to rewrite the first few chapters of Forsaken Dreamscape. I’m pleased to announce that I have reached my goal of 30,000 words and have pretty much gotten myself where I want to be chapter-wise!

It’s going well. I can feel the characters growing so much more this time, and the story is carrying itself a bit better in the beginning. I think this is going to work out. 🙂

It didn’t occur to me until yesterday that what I am doing with these rewrites is what I have done with every fairytale I’ve ever twisted. I take a story that’s already there and I note the elements I want to keep, and then I rework everything so that I can keep the important stuff but yet it flows in a different way. Simple, right? Eh…

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that I wanted to make notes about a few things that have to be different this time around. If you haven’t read Nevermor, Forsaken Dreamscape, or if you want to be surprised, you might want to skip over it.

For those who are curious, here are a few things that are changing:

  • One of the most obvious things, I think, is that there is no crocodile anymore. Those scenes will be rewritten and fully re-imagined when the time comes.
  • Wren no longer has the fire breath, though I will still include the same idea and purpose for the demon kiss, just without that element.
  • The fairy character, Anasia Angeldust is no more. I always hated that part and reallly wanted to get rid of her. Now I have. Yay.
  • The Rifter character has been presented in a different way that I think everyone will find more agreeable and realistic to the storyline.
  • The circumstances for the corruption of the world have been adjusted in order to line up with the Nevermor storyline.

I think this covers some of the major differences within the first few chapters, at least.  These rewrites will, I believe, show how much I’ve grown as a writer since I first wrote them 10+ years ago, and will allow this story to truly become something of its own. For those who only liked the beginning and no longer enjoyed it after it got darker, well, you’re out of luck. :/

I, on the other hand, am very excited for myself and for the story. 🙂

I’m getting closer to completing what I’d like to call my ‘first draft’. (Chapter 1-5)  What was once 23,000 words has grown to 30k. Still, I’m a long way from having it ready. Many of these words are scattered around, but I had to cut into what I had, and in ways that was harder than starting from scratch.

On another note, sales for Nevermor have been, well, better than most self-published writers probably get, but still a long way from being great. Still, I’m thankful for what I’ve gotten and the bit of attention I’ve managed to get. Most of my readers have come from Wattpad (That’s only my guess) but others who have come across the book randomly seem to really love it. I’ve read it several times myself and I really believe in the book. It’s good. I just wish I could let more people know about it. I’m still working on all that.

One thing that has baffled me is that I’ve run Facebook ads and gained several hundred Likes, and though people seem to be responding to the idea of the book, I’m not seeing near that many sales. It’s sort of baffling me. Maybe you can help me out.

When you get ready to buy a book, what do you have to take into account in order to purchase it? Is it about more than just the cover and description?

The print version of Nevermor is now available for order!

You helped me choose the paper (cream-colored paper was the winner, by the way) and since that’s been done, I’m pleased to announce that the print version of Nevermor has been approved!! It is available for purchase NOW!

Here’s how this works:

I published this through CreateSpace, which is an Amazon company. So, like the Kindle version, the book can be purchased through Amazon. It is also available through the CreateSpace store, and I’ll give you the link for that shortly.

The price of the paperback book is $14.99 USD. Currently, the ebook is still $4.99, though I may go up on that at some point. Still, I want it to remain affordable.

I hope that’s not too steep, but let me break it down a bit better. I don’t mind telling you how much I’ll make off this book. I want you to know where your $15 is going.

Pricing:  After it’s all said and done,( the price to have the book printed and Amazon getting their cut), I only make $3.68 from each copy sold. That’s all. I make slightly less off the ebook. That was my goal: to make the same amount for each and yet keep the printed book under $15, and I’m trying not to be greedy. I personally do NOT want to pay $10 for an ebook and I don’t expect you to either.

It is currently available through the CreateSpace store: HERE (preferred!)

Available on Amazon: HERE

Though you may have to create an account to order through CreateSpace, I’d prefer you to do so. My cut of the profit is significantly more (around double) if you purchase it through here. Even though the price is the same for you, you want me to get more of the money, don’t you? Sure you do!

There may be a delay for the book for show up in the Amazon Europe store, but keep an eye out! It is only available through online order. This is the extent of the distribution at this time.

Why can’t you get it elsewhere?:  The reason why it is limited to only these places for sale currently is because, while I could opt in for expanded distribution for $25 and have the book sold through other retailers, I will take a serious cut in royalties if I do that. The prices will be divided up even more, (say if I sell it through Barnes and Noble, THEY will get a cut) and so my $3.68 will be reduced to a mere 0.68…. Even for further reach, I don’t feel like it’s worth it for me at this time. Maybe later, but not now.

So, there it is! My trek with Nevermor has been completed! (Well mostly.) Forsaken Dreamscape will not be available until this winter. I need to give this first book time to gain an audience – plus give myself time to work on the rest.

So, what’s next, you ask? Well, Nevermor might be finished, but I’m not!  I’m still going to be working hard on promoting Nevermor and bringing it to the widest audience I can, but I’m also going to be working on publishing some of my other works and getting some of them into print as well. I want to create a publishing schedule for myself that hopefully I’ll be able to make public for you. The way I have it set up, I’ll be putting out several of my books this year! So keep an eye out for your favorite!

Thank you so much to all of you who have been helping me out by sharing the book, reviewing the book, and spreading the word! It’s very helpful to me and I hope you won’t stop! I still have a long way to go, but I plan to give you my best, as you all know I do. :p Thanks!

Nevermor is now on Smashwords! (Tomorrow, the world!)

Just spent allll day getting Nevermor ready for Smashwords and I finally managed to get it done! So, Nevermor is now on Smashwords! 😛

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/287869

If you are one who wasn’t able to get the Kindle version, perhaps this will help you out. Smashwords has many formats that you can choose from to put on many devices from Kindle to Nook, to files you can read on PC or Mac. I tried to read up on the countries of distribution for these things, but I’m still a little bit in the dark. All I can tell you is to try it out if you weren’t able to get the Kindle version before.

I can’t say a lot about my experience with Smashwords so far, except that the things I had to do to prep my manuscript for their ‘meatgrinder’ were downright appalling. But I tried to follow their style guide down to the letter, and I think I came out with a pretty respectable document. It converted to EPUD format nicely, which is important for many retailers. The book is for sale on Smashwords currently, but as soon as I add an ISBN I can expand my distribution to most major retailers, which is very cool. Prepping it for Kindle was easier BY FAR, however.

Well, I’ve taken one more step to get my book out there. It’s been exciting and gratifying, but there has been so much to do! If I had a publisher behind me, I would at least have someone to be doing some of this marketing stuff for me. It’s neverending, but it’s pretty fun too. I’ll keep working! I have to see this through!

I want to remind you once again, and I know I harp on this, but if you are reading PLEASE leave a review on the site where you buy it from! Don’t just tell me personally –

Next! I get ready for PRINT!!

Additionally, I updated the Kindle version, smoothed it out a bit more and corrected a few mistakes. Hopefully I’ll get some news about that soon and those of you who have already purchased it will be able to get yours updated within the next few weeks. If you buy it new from the Kindle store, you will get the updated version, but if you have already purchased it, you’ll have to wait until I hear back from the people who judge whether or not my changes are big enough to send you an email about it or not…

It’s Not Over Yet! Nevermor is branching out!

So, now that Nevermor has been released on Kindle, what’s next? I’m glad you asked. I’ve spent this week editing (again) and making decisions on what direction I want to go in next. I’ve decided that the top priority is making Nevermor available to as many people as I can through as many channels as possible, so the next thing on my list is expanding the eBook reach.

As soon as I’m done with this editing round (about halfway through and hopefully this is the absolute FINAL round) I’m planning on setting up Nevermor on Smashwords. Why Smashwords? Well, because it’s simple, it’s free, and Smashwords will distribute (within a few weeks) to other major eBook sellers such as Nook, Apple store and so on. I could set all of these up individually myself, but I was finally reminded of the reason why I didn’t want to mess with that: the dreaded EPUB file conversion.

Setting up a file on Kindle is super easy, and fixing it for Smashwords is only a tiny bit more complicated. From there, Smashwords has a program called ‘the meat grinder’ which will take your file and convert it to EPUB and other formats. … Hopefully it won’t look like something a machine chewed up and spit back out. But this is the quickest, easiest way for me to get the book out there. International distribution is also very important to me. I know that some of my fans are not in the US, so I’m going to look into making it available in as many countries as I can!

Then! With the final version at the ready, I’m going to go through CreateSpace to set the book up as a paperback! (Exciting!) This process might take a while for me to set up, get a proof copy (which I’ll have to read AGAIN) but with any luck the paperback will be available within the next month or two for you to purchase!

Hardback version? Possibly. But that’s later.

My choices for the direction I’m taking are based on how Nevermor has done this first week, and where I have decided to focus my monetary effort. I have chosen to go cheaply (out of pocket) for the printing/distribution and focus my money on marketing. Having 500 copies of a book printed won’t do me any good if no one knows it exists.

Be sure to Like my Nevermor Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nevermor-by-Lani-Lenore/553358604674836

If you are currently reading Nevermor, I want to remind you: please PLEASE write me up a review for Amazon! It’s soooo important that I get reviews and ratings on there! The number of reviews is possibly even more important than having GOOD reviews. Please don’t forget!! And don’t be shy about it!

NEVERMOR is out NOW! / Contest Winner!! / more about the new cover!!

FINALLY! Nevermor has arrived! Does it seem like it’s been forever, or not very long at all?  Either way, all my hard work has finally paid off! I’m so excited to have published it, also to have all of you read it. I feel that we’ve all been through this together, and that’s why I dedicated this book to all of you! Observe:

This book is dedicated to all my fans who have stood by me, and to anyone who’s ever dreamed – even if it was a bit dark and twisted.

That’s the inscription inside the book. 🙂  Because I couldn’t do this without your support!

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Contest Winner!!: As you know, I held a contest to give away a free Kindle edition of the book. The number of entrants allows me to give away one copy, and I am pleased to announce the winner of that contest presently!

The winner of the free Nevermor ebook is…………..

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winner

Congratulations!!! And I hope you enjoy it!!

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For the rest of you, not all is lost. The Nevermor Kindle edition is currently only $4.99, and there’s no time like the present!

This Kindle Edition book is chock-full of extras – from character and location descriptions, quotes, and more! (At least, I entered the extras, but they haven’t shown up yet unfortunately. Maybe it just needs some time.) But that’s not all!

Check out the amazing new book cover image done by Omri Koresh! Nevermor-KindleBasically, he took the initial idea I had and made it so much more amazing! I’ve been so excited for this since he started showing me the progress images, and it turned out so perfect that I don’t think I could have imagined it better! I think this image sets the right tone for the book. It shows the lovely side and the dark side of Nevermor. The little details are amazing (did you notice the fairy light shining through the leaf coat??) He worked from my descriptions of Rifter and Whisper, and I think they turned out pretty accurate.

This will be the image I use for the printed book whenever the time comes, but that’s a bit later! For now, I hope you all enjoy the ebook!

I could probably ramble on further, but I’m sure you’d rather be reading!

Just one more comment and I’ll shut-up: just because Nevermor is finally out, this blog is not over!! I still have 2 more books to go!

Here is the link for the Kindle store! I hope you love Nevermor as much as when it was Peter Pan (and hopefully more!)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BEJ1HTY

Book Extras for Nevermor

I got through my edits and everything looks good! I hope we are error free!! But just in case, yes, I’m reading it AGAIN and tweaking it one last time before the release. I’ve also got a friend on the case, so hopefully between the two of us we can have it looking pretty good.

Only 12 more days!!!

Well, as you know, the book will be available through Kindle at first, but from there I will work on preparing the document for Smashwords (unless I change my mind), and from there, I’ll be working on bringing it to print! But first, Kindle. There is something special about the Kindle version, in that it allows the addition of Book Extras that can be accessed directly though the ebook through a service called Shelfari. So on top of making sure that the book is ready, I’ve also been compiling some extras.

So far, these things may not include a lot of information that you won’t get in the book, though I tried add some. Anyway, but they include:

  • Character descriptions
  • Settings and locations
  • Glossary of world terms
  • Quotes
  • Summary
  • themes and symbolism

And whatever else I’m able to cram in there. Another cool thing about it is that I’m pretty sure that you can interact with it. So if you see a quote you like while you’re reading, you can go on Shelfari and add it! Pretty neat, huh?

That’s all I’ve got for now. I plan to have another post for you tomorrow. Until then! 🙂