On my way to DragonCon, right now!
The only real panel I'm looking forward to today is Jim Butcher's steampunk thing at 5:30, but let me know if I'm missing out on something cool.
Oh, also: The Crimson Vault sold over a thousand copies yesterday.
In case you were wondering, that's a lot.
You guys are the best! Thanks for buying, thanks for reading, thanks for leaving reviews on Amazon, and thanks for telling your friends. Right now, Crimson Vault is the #1 best-selling Epic Fantasy book on Kindle, the #1 best-selling Epic Fantasy book on Amazon as a whole, the #1 best-selling Sword & Sorcery book on Kindle...
You know what? I'm not going to bore you with that. It's high. And it's all because of you guys, so thanks!
You should reward yourselves by reading a good book. I recommend Blood Song.
An interview with me just went live over here, so apparently it went up at the same time as Crimson Vault.
This was not planned, but it worked out.
Check out the article for some largely fabricated answers and the worst picture of me in all existence!
Here's the story behind the picture: I had a horrible cold, but I couldn't find a picture of me that fit the magazine's requirements for the story. So I had to take a picture with my iPhone, even though my face is all red and puffy.
I swear I don't normally look like that.
...normally it's even worse.
Speaking of which, Crimson Vault has somehow sold almost a hundred copies. How did you do that, guys? How? Amazon still says it's not published.
I reached a milestone in The Crimson Vault early this morning, so that means I can tear myself away from the grueling editing process to bang out a blog post for you lovely gentlemen and ladies.
I'm aware how the phrase "lovely gentlemen" sounds, but I'm not changing it. Take that, The Man.
As you may have noticed, the lovely scarlet-hued image next to me is, in fact, the cover for Book 2 in the Traveler's Gate Trilogy: The Crimson Vault.
Big thanks to Chelsey and Caitlin Bateson for once again doing a fantastic job on the cover! I'd especially like you to take a look at those doors. I love those doors.
This book, at the moment, is longer than House of Blades by about 40-50 pages. I can't promise that it will survive the remainder of the editing process at that length, but who knows; it might end up longer.
Also, right now, it's looking like I'll upload the book around the 29th, to give me as much editing time as possible before I leave for DragonCon. Don't take that as set in stone, though; it will be available before September, but that's all I can guarantee.
And that's all the news that's fit to print, ladies and gentlemen. Except for one thing, I guess: there are now officially over 16,000 readers like you out there who have experienced House of Blades. Big thanks to you folks for spreading the word!
SPOILER WARNING, BUT NOT REALLY: In a few days, I'm planning on putting the first chapter of The Crimson Vault here on the blog, just to give you guys something to chew on for the next week or so. I'd put it up now, but I want to put a bit more polish on it first.
Good idea? Bad idea? You're insane, Will, get back in your cage, oh no he's got it in his mouth, what has science done, we're all doomed, I can't believe we tried to play God, what sort of abomination is this?
Well, this will come as no surprise to many of you, but I won't have The Crimson Vault out by the 10th.
There are many reasons for this, but here are the main two:
1.) House of Blades was far more successful than I expected.
As a result, I've had way more work to do. When I set the August 10th release date, I expected to have sold maybe 1500 copies by now. Instead, I just crossed thirteen thousand. It apparently takes a lot of work to maintain a successful book. Who knew?
This also means that your expectations are higher. People liked House of Blades more than I thought they would, which means The Crimson Vault has to be as good as I can make it. At this point, rushing it out like this just wouldn't cut it.
So, because of House of Blades, I had to effectively write a better sequel than I anticipated in less time than I expected to have.
2.) The Crimson Vault is longer than I anticipated.
If The Crimson Vault was the length I had expected it to be, I would have finished writing it four or five days ago. Instead, I'm still not done. In fact, I had to almost completely re-write the last third of the story so that it didn't feel rushed or abbreviated. A lot of people felt that I skimmed too much in House of Blades, and I'm trying to avoid that here. After editing, I'm not sure whether it will end up longer than the first book, but it's certainly longer right now.
That said, I will have the book out before the end of August. It will not be September when this book is released. I don't care what stage of the editing process the book's in at that point; if I have to release a draft that still has my margin notes in it, I will do that. If I have to release extra chapters later as free DLC, I will do that.* But I will 100% have it to you this month.
Believe me, I hate to wait for new releases as much as you do, so I'm committed to making your wait as short as possible.
If you have further questions, or would like to tell me what a horrible person I am, please leave a comment or send me an email: <Will@WillWight.com>
Now, in a totally unrelated piece of news, a very helpful reader has informed me that the latest draft of House of Blades went out with the text entirely in bold. So if you bought the book in the past four or five days, the text was bold.
That's extremely annoying, and I apologize for it. I've changed it in Amazon's database, and it should be fixed within the next few hours. If this has happened to you, please email Amazon with the problem, and ask them to let you download the new version (as far as I know, this is the only way to get updated drafts of a Kindle book).
Once the upload is available, I will be trying to contact Amazon and have them re-release the latest draft for everyone who has bought House of Blades, so that you all have the newest typo-free--and hopefully un-bolded--version.
*NOTE: These weird things won't happen, I just use them as an illustration of how committed I am to getting it out in August.
I have returned to the surface after weeks of total immersion in The Crimson Vault to make an announcement: House of Blades is now available in paperback!
You can order it on Amazon, just like the eBook, only it's not an eBook. It's made of paper and everything. If you see me in person, I'll sign it.
On another note, we've hit 11,000 sales for House of Blades (w00t!), and I am almost done with The Crimson Vault. If I keep up my current blistering pace, I'll be done writing it this weekend.
Of course, that still leaves it to be edited. But don't worry; I'll keep you apprised of my progress.
And that's it for today. I'm spending all of my time working on Crimson Vault, so I'm sorry if I haven't responded to your comment or email. I promise I will get to it eventually, it's just that somebody around here promised a book in two months, which means I have to work like a madman.
As always, thanks for reading!
Hey, I'm back!
Also, while I was gone, we crossed the 8,000 sales threshold! Woo-hoo! At this rate, we'll hit 9,001 copies sold in less than a week, and then I can make an OVER NINE THOUSAND joke. My sickly heart craves outdated memes.
At this point, I estimate that I'm about 1/3 of the way done with The Crimson Vault, and I'm still working like a fiend trying to get it out for August 10th. I really want that to happen, because August 11th is my birthday, and then I can spend my birthday doing everyone's favorite post-book-launch birthday activity: sleeping. And, ideally, playing Cube World. Simultaneously.
Now that I have returned to the civilized world of Wi-Fi and 4G phone service, I will be investing my precious writing time into responding to your comments and emails. Look forward to my correspondence, friends and allies!
As always, thanks for your support! I channel your positive energy and feast upon it, swelling my writerly powers. Soon I will shed my mortal shell like a chrysalis, and ascend to a higher plane of existence.
No? Too weird? All right, I'll take it down a notch.
Here's a similar question to last week's: what was the most recent movie you've seen that was surprisingly good? I liked the Lone Ranger reboot (not counting the Tonto/Little Kid frame story, which needed to be edited out), which surprised me, because I expected it to suck.
Anyway, how about you?
At some point today, June 28th, I will hit 4,000 sales. I believe the appropriate expression is "w00t!"
As I may or may not have mentioned before, before the book came out I had set a high sales goal for the entire month of June: I was aiming for 1,000 sales. I was hoping to really work hard on marketing, and that maybe I could hit that 1K sales goal. And now I'm about to hit four times that.
It's a crazy world.
But this is all thanks to you folks, who bought the book, read it, reviewed it, and told your friends. You're the best! You're like a moist, triple-layer cake that tastes like awesome, with rainbow-flavored icing and sprinkles made of raw joy. That's what I think of when I think of you, specifically.
The convention last weekend in Jacksonville was exciting, productive, and exhausting. I loved it. I'll probably be going to Tampa's MetroCon in a few weeks, and I'll certainly be at DragonCon in Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend. Will I have a booth? Who knows? But I will be there in some capacity, and it would be awesome if I ran into some of you.
I'm also on a retreat-sort-of-thing right now, writing The Crimson Vault (Book 2). What are you guys looking forward to in Book 2? What should I definitely include?
Let me know.
Hey, guess what?
Just broke 1,000 sales.
That's amazing, guys. It's truly amazing. And I'm hovering around #500 on the Kindle Best-Seller lists, so that's also pretty incredible. I'm really humbled and amazed that the book is doing so well, and the reviews are largely positive. It's almost as though people are enjoying something I produced, which is an odd and foreign feeling.
I'm also really happy to see more and more people leaving reviews on Amazon, which is great. Thorough and honest reviews help quite a bit; they allow strangers randomly browsing Kindle to see that the book is legitimate. The more reviews I get, the better.
So here's the real question. Now that I've hit a thousand sales, what should I do to celebrate?
A.) Go out to eat at a nice restaurant.
B.) Dance and sing, like the barbarians of old.
C.) Buy the bottle-nosed dolphin that I've always wanted.
D.) Go back to work on Book 2, slave!
E.) All of the above. Simultaneously.
Let me know in the comments!
So House of Blades has been available on the Kindle store for over a week now, and it's ranked #3,779 out of all Kindle books for sale! Not only that, but I'm projected to hit two hundred sales any minute!
That's incredible to me, and it's all thanks to you guys.
I'm hard at work on Book 2, The Crimson Vault, since SOMEbody promised it would be out by August 10th. Some crazy, handsome madman with a penchant for setting unreasonable deadlines. But I'm doing all I can to keep promoting the first book and getting the word out everywhere.
And, apparently, so are you! I beg you, keep it up: leave a review on Amazon, plague your friends with references to House of Blades, post on Reddit, whisper into the ear of a moth so that he will spread the word to the Great Eagles. Any and all help is appreciated.
But again, I've been really happy with the book this week, especially considering how well it's done in the past 24 hours. You guys are the best! (Especially you, reading these words right now. Yes, you. Everybody else thinks they're the best, but I'm really talking to you, personally. You're welcome.)
So thanks again! And let me know in the comments: what's the weirdest--yet still possibly effective--thing you could do to promote a book on Kindle?
Thanks for reading!
It was one year ago yesterday that I wrote the first word of the fantasy novel that ended up as House of Blades. And last night, exactly 365 days later, I uploaded the file to Amazon.
My, how time flies when you're constantly busy.
I'm really excited about this--it's an awesome feeling to look on Amazon and be able to say "Hey, that's me! I made that!" And I know I enjoy fantasy novels that I can get for three dollars or less, so I'm hoping you will too.
The book is available for $2.99 on the Amazon Kindle store, and if you don't have a Kindle, you can easily download one of Amazon's free reading apps. They work on any computer, in your browser, on your smartphone, on your tablet, and in your dreams while you sleep.
Do you have any questions about me? The book? Life in general? Your purpose? Manatees? Let me know in the comments, or if you like you can email me here. Also follow my Twitter and Facebook posts for regular updates, news, and semi-amusing commentary.
Now, a question for you: how did you get here? Did you follow the link in the back of the book? Was it one of my nifty little promotional business cards? Did someone tell you about the site? Did the heavens open up and provide you with a link?
Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!
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