It’s been about a month since Ghostwater came out, so I thought it was time for me to check in! I took about a week off and then got back to work, but I haven’t been very communicative in the last few weeks. I needed some time in my hole. Sorry especially to the people who have emailed me recently; I let that get away from me during the Ghostwater process.
Speaking of which, Ghostwater sold about twenty thousand units in June! That counts ebook sales, paperback sales, and Kindle Unlimited reads. I know the number doesn’t mean a whole lot out of context, so here’s some context: that’s a lot of books.
Thanks so much, everybody! These books are a joy to work on!
Speaking of which, I’ll be revealing the rest of the Elder Empire covers soon! All six paintings are complete, all by the talented Micah Epstein, and they’re just waiting to cover some books!
Thanks for reading, as always, and I’ll be back soon!
In an attempt to cater to those who still read paperbacks--like book-burners, grandmothers, and witches--we released Ghostwater's paperback edition a little earlier this time! It's available now!
Also, today through the 23rd, the Unsouled ebook is free! Of course, if you have Kindle Unlimited, it's free all the time. But uh...now you can keep it!
For those of you who haven't heard from me since the Ghostwater release, let me fill you in: Ghostwater is selling very well. We've sold over fifteen thousand copies, which is quite fast, and there are over 290 reviews on Amazon. Which is blazing fast. That's much quicker than any of my other titles have ever collected reviews.
Plus, it's currently rated a 4.9/5. Which is pretty great.
So thanks for all your support! It's been a very exciting book release for me, and I'm already hard at work on my next project: a historical romance in which Victorian-era London itself has been murdered, and only an ex-detective prostitute can solve the crime.
(Jk, it's Kings and Killers.)
EDIT 2: Finally, two and a half days later, the book is up in the UK, India, France, and Brazil! Just now! I have no idea why it took Amazon so long, nor why those domains all went up at the same time, but the book is available at last!
EDIT: I know it still isn't available in the UK, India, Brazil, or France. I have no idea why. Amazon often uploads to different regions at different times, but never before so staggered or so late. I've been calling and submitting support tickets, but I'll let you know when the book finally goes live in those regions.
It's been available in other regions for a while now, but finally it is available in the US! Get it now!
(Still not up in the UK as far as I can tell.)
Shout out to the fans on Discord, who stayed up all night with me waiting. I was getting loopy there by the end; never thought it would take this long.
I have just submitted the Ghostwater manuscript to Amazon.
Finally, I can comment again! Some people got comment capability back early, but now it should be working for everyone! Hooray!
And with that small interruption, the news continues!
To celebrate our fifth anniversary of House of Blades, we're now giving away some free wallpapers!
We've got them for your computer or your phone, and technically they're also available for sale as posters if you literally want them to paper your wall at home. Or you can just take the thing that's free.
(By the way, Ghostwater is ready for upload, and I'll be sending it to Amazon tomorrow night. When tomorrow night? That depends...)
It's my name on all the books, but there's a team of people who make sure they happen. Without help, I'd still be working on House of Blades from my nest under a bridge.
These are the people who help me set my schedule and stick to it. They're the ones who make sure the books get written, and handle the aspects of business I suck at (which is basically everything but writing the books and responding to you guys).
Recently, we had our first long-term strategy meeting where we hammered out our objectives as Hidden Gnome Publishing...a name I made up five years ago so I could fill in the "publisher" blank on House of Blades. Slowly, Hidden Gnome has become a real thing! Sort of!
In this meeting, we decided on the June 1st release date for Ghostwater, and we set my schedule for the remainder of 2018 into 2019. Since then, it's this group of people that has used their pitchforks to keep me sticking to that schedule. There are even more people involved in the books than are pictured here; it's hard to list everyone.
So when I say "we" decided something, or when it looks like I actually planned something in advance, you can thank Hidden Gnome!
EDIT: If you're having trouble posting comments today, so am I. Apparently a lot of Weebly websites lost comment capability yesterday, including this one. Hoping for a fix soon!
Sure, it's House of Blades' birthday, but it's also Ghostwater's. So on June 1st, the Cradle: Foundations bundle will also be available for free!
Cradle: Foundations includes Unsouled, Soulsmith, and Blackflame in ebook form. Never heard of these books? Read them on Kindle Unlimited but want to own a copy? Then pick them up on June 1st for free!
And the news keeps coming! More news coming soon!
Now through Friday, the Unsouled ebook is free on Amazon!
I don't know if this counts as news, but it's definitely true! If you're on the fence about Cradle and yet are still reading this blog for some reason, you can download Unsouled free right now!
P.S. I know it's free on Amazon.com and it's supposed to be free on Amazon.co.uk and all other domains, but there have been problems in that regard before that I can't do much about.
The news doesn't stop! At last, I can finally provide the product that people request more than anything (other than the next book): Traveler's Gate T-shirts!
Available now, in these colors and in many others!
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