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Self Publishing Discussion / Important info on KDP Select
« on: May 09, 2014, 06:04:25 AM »
For all my indie author pals:

Here's something those of you with books in Amazon's KDP Select program might find interesting/useful: It now takes about 600 free downloads to equal 1 paid sale. Again that's a 600:1 ratio of free to paid. (And that's with some paid advertisement after the books come off of being free.)

This data is pulled from a group that does a bunch of give away events. I haven't done one of these events in well over a year, but I still get their emails. I just received an email announcing that they are discontinuing the event because of this info. They're finding it just not worth it any more.

Sharing because I thought fellow self-published authors should have this information.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Tolkien's influence on Fantasy
« on: March 26, 2014, 06:25:12 AM »
When is the assignment due?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Gunpowder in fantasy?
« on: March 24, 2014, 06:08:59 PM »
I totally space Guardians of the Flame. A truly fun and kick butt series.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Gunpowder in fantasy?
« on: March 24, 2014, 06:03:24 PM »
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. has a series that has guns. I haven't read it, so I don't know what kind of role they play.

I also heard that the Tears of Rage series by some hack newbie writer named Gallowglas features firearms.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Books you are waiting for???
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:57:20 PM »
They aren't on the list, but I want,

Skin Game by Jim Butcher
The next Black Company book by Glenn Cook.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A question to writers
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:28:22 PM »
I absolutely find that what I'm reading can affect what I'm writing. I do my best to coordinate so that what I'm currently reading isn't too close in style and genre to what I'm writing. For example: I tend to stay away from Steven Erksion, George RR Marting, and Brandon Sanderson while I'm working on my Tears of Rage series, likewise, while working on Dead Weight, I'll steer clear of Jim Butcher and/or Kat Richardson.

No matter what I'm writing, I try to sneak in at least one Harlan Ellison story per week, just because he's brilliant, and even if he does influence me (though unlikely because he's Harlan and I am so much not) it can only be for the better.

Yeah. It seems that TOR is at the forefront of embracing the new paradigms in publishing. I had a very pleasent conversation with Patrick Neilson-Hayden at WorldCon last Sept about the progress of my self-publishing career. He seemed very interested in the prospect of one of his associate editors, who I'd spoken to at the TOR party the night before, wanting to take a look at one of my urban fantasy ideas. Even two years ago, that conversation would have been much, much different.

As someone with a foot in both worlds, I see lines being drawn in the sand. We're getting "Good guy" publishing houses, that accept the changes (TOR and Orbit being the first that come to mind) and then those that still fight against the changes, like some that have vanity press lines.

Good on TOR for being cool over the who situation.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: New Sub-Categories on Amazon
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:20:39 PM »
I'm a big fan of putting may book into as many different lists/categories as I can to potentially reach more readers...as long as those lists/categories are appropriate to the book.

Hugos mostly. Some to the Nebulas and World Fantasy Award. Mostly Hugos.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: If I was a famous author...
« on: September 25, 2013, 02:42:14 AM »
I'd write people I don't like, or who've pissed me off into my books and have them die horrible deaths.

Hell, I do this already.

Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Reviews
« on: September 19, 2013, 07:01:47 PM »
Goodreads has a BUNCH of groups dedicated to this.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: If I was a famous author...
« on: September 19, 2013, 05:48:15 PM »
I'm a writer, not famous, yet...always hopeful on that "yet" part.

Most of my big fans consist of my friends and acquaintances. They like to bug me about my writing, and ask irritating questions, and seem to think they're all entitled to see early drafts of my books. Whenever they do, I ask, "Who is your favorite character in such and such series?" If they actually tell me straight out, I reply, "Yeah...so...next book doesn't look to good for that character." Love the look of shock.

I'm known for having a pretty high body count in some of my series. When (see the optimistic "when" I threw in there) I get really famous, I'll probably make polls on my website to let the readers choose one of he characters that gets to survive the next book.

I'll also write special novellas and carry them around at cons to give out to anyone cosplaying any of the characters from my books. This will be the only way to get these limited editions.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: New Sub-Categories on Amazon
« on: September 19, 2013, 05:19:10 PM »
You can email the help/support and they should put your books in the appropriate lists.

Small Press & Self-Published / Book sale and New release
« on: September 19, 2013, 05:14:20 PM »
Hey guys! Haven't been around and active for a while. Juggling writing new books while being the stay at home dad to my new baby girl cut down even on my internet socialization. Things are starting to normalize, so I'll be around a little more often.

Part of the reason for my free time, is that book four in my Tears of Rage series is finished and available for Kindle and Nook. To celebrate it's release, I've put books 1-3 on sale for just $.99 across all platforms for the rest of the week. Get them on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes .

The first three books are: First Chosen, Once We Were Like Wolves, and Arms of the Storm.

Here's what some other writers are saying about Tears of Rage:
  • M Todd Gallowglas is the real deal. - Brandon Sanderson
    This is really great stuff...Intelligent storytelling, adult situations, and a magic system with a history and weight. - James Rollins
    Tears of Rage is a fantastical gritty series about faith, dedication, fear, and perseverance. A tale for the times we are in, with realistic characters forced to face their own flaws that are just as dangerous as their enemies. Read it. - Damon Stone
For anyone interested, here's a link to my bibliography page, to save you the trouble of typing into a bunch of search engines: http://www.mtoddgallowglas.com/bibliography/

Great to be back

For the next few days, First Chosen, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055I14BG, Book #1 in my Tears of Rage Sequence is free until 5/31. This is the last time it will be free, as I'm taking it out of the KDP select program.

"Tears of Rage is a fantastical gritty series about faith, dedication, fear, and perseverance. A tale for the times we are in, with realistic characters forced to face their own flaws that are just as dangerous as their enemies. Read it." - Damon Stone, Fantasy Flight Games

"This is really great stuff!" - James Rollins

FIRST CHOSEN is the story of Julianna, a noble from the conquered kingdom of Koma. In her moment of greatest need, she frees an ancient god, Grandfather Shadow, from his thousand-year prison. In his "gratitude," the god names her his high priest and commands Julianna to lead his people to greatness once again. Unfortunately, it is a capital crime for any of Julianna's people to worship one of the five ancient gods - the punishment is not just execution but also the destruction of the soul. While evading Inquisitors of All Father Sun and the followers of the god of death, Julianna must learn to use the vast power that Grandfather Shadow has given her in order to survive long enough to unite Grandfather Shadow's fractured people.

And so begins, TEARS OF RAGE a dark, epic fantasy about the power of faith and belief, where even though the gods can inspire these qualities in mortals, it is those same mortals that truly control the religions that form from any god's divine inspiration. It is also a swashbuckling tale of political intrigue where men scheme against each other and the gods, and how friendship, loyalty, and faith can help people persevere through the darkest times.

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