When we released House of Blades in 2013, we (by which I mean myself and a few of my friends and family) never dreamed of selling a ton of books. I just wanted to be able to write books all the time.
Six and a half years later, not only have I been able to average two books a year, but I now employ minions that can scurry all over and do my bidding.
And a few weeks ago, it came to our attention that we were about to cross a pretty crazy milestone: one million sales.
That includes all editions of all fourteen books that I have out now, over the last six and a half years, as well as the sales from discounts and promotions and trans-dimensional shipping and so on and so forth.
But still...a million.
When I wrote my first book, I didn't know what a lot of book sales was. Is a thousand a lot? Ten thousand?
Well, a million is a lot.
Here's what that means to me (and to the rest of my minions and clones laboring in my name at Hidden Gnome): that means that you and people like you have supported me so much and for so long that I've been able to tell stories for a living on a scale I'd never even hoped for.
You, reading this, are my favorite. You have the soul of a centaur and the eyes of a fiddlebird. Your heart is three sizes bigger than the Grinch's and you have the firm, muscular legs of Hercules himself.
Now, as it happened, we realized recently that we were going to cross the actual 1,000,000 mark right around Christmas. In the spirit of the season, here's a couple of things we have going on right now:
1.) Elder Empire is available for free!
Since I'm getting close to finished with the final installments in the Elder Empire series, we've put all four books in Elder Empire up for free today and for the next five days!
Haven't read them? Now's your chance to give them a try for nothing!
Of Sea and Shadow
Of Shadow and Sea
(Dawn / Darkness are also available, but I don't want to link them separately because laziness is the way of the Sith.)
I know we've given these books away for free before, but there's not a whole lot of ways to up the ante after that one. Next Christmas, maybe we'll be paying you to read my books.
2.) Elder Empire pre-orders for sale on Audible!
This ties in with the first one, but all four Elder Empire books are also up for pre-order on Audible...for two dollars apiece.
Of Sea and Shadow
Of Shadow and Sea
(Dawn / Darkness are also available, but you'll have to track them down on your own, you super-sleuth.)
So you can get all four books on ebook and audio for the total price of about $8. That's as cheap as we could make it without finalizing some kind of infernal deal with Bephmegargol, Prince of Bargains.
(Also, friendly reminder for those of you with Audible subscriptions: buy these books, don't waste a credit on something that's two bucks. You can get a much more expensive book for that credit. Get your money's worth!)
3.) Elder Empire merchandise!
Over on The Will Wight Store, we now have magic mugs (those black mugs that fade away when they're filled with hot liquid, like fresh blood) and T-shirts for Elder Empire!
Also, there's still other stuff! You're probably interested in Cradle merchandise, but we also have Traveler's Gate gear and transient electronic ghosts!*
*(If you can't find the ghosts, then they have already escaped our site and haunted your home. Call your local Ghostbusters immediately.)
4.) Free Dross wallpaper!
Finally, a Christmas thing!
Our graphic designer has conjured up a Christmas-y Dross wallpaper so that you can imitate Lindon without chopping your own arm off! It's available on my Facebook page and maybe here, if someone sends me the link.
Hey look it's the link!
5.) My eternal gratitude!
Thanks for giving my books a shot and for sticking with me all this time!
I really wish I had written a special Christmas story for you this year, but I spent all my time "writing books" and "didn't realize that we were about to hit a million sales," so instead I scrambled to turn on as many sales as we could at the last minute. Plus the wallpaper.
But each one of you has earned a ticket for a psychic hug transmitted to you, from me, through the aether that permeates our world.
(This one isn't free, it's $5.99 plus ethereal shipping.)
"Ow ow ow, my fingers hurt, ow."
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