Status Updates

Status Updates

Main Focus: Gush (Fantasy YA) Novel, First Draft = 11k out of 80k estimate (14%)

Side Focus: King Henry Short Pack 2, Three Novella Pack, First Draft = 27k out of 60k estimate (45%)

Back Burner: Where do Dreamers Go to Die? (Fantasy/Spec Fic Trip) Novel, First Draft = 3k out of 80k estimate (4%)

Other Stuff I Need to Get To: FM1-FM5 print-on-demand editing and formatting, FM3-FM5 concordance updates

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Quick Notes #6

1.  FM2 and FM3 have returned to their usual price at $3.99.  I only saw about a 20% increase in sales and when you consider I gave up $2.35 in profit for each one to drop it down to not only a lower price but a lower royalty percentage for me...well, we won't be doing that again.  It is however nice to know that once readers get hooked on the series with FM1 that the price point of the next book has little impact on whether they pick all of them up.

2.  Continuing with some interesting business side stats for those of you that might be Indie authors yourself one day, I gave away about 2k worth of books this month and saw a 5% pickup rate of those possible readers becoming "fans" (people who go through and buy the second latest book in the series; since the newest book has old fans returning even this late in release it usually isn't a good idea to use it as a measuring stick ever).  This is very different from people who end up picking up FM1 during a new release period, where I see 40 to 50% of them carry on through the series, which shows to me that releases are far more valuable than the vast majority of internet advertising you can do (Bookbub probably being the exception).

3.  That being said...The Betrothal will be free on Amazon from October 1st to October 5th.  So if you're interested in checking out the first book I ever finished writing and about exploding cushions and how exactly a hippo takes a crap, grab it then.

4.  Still working on King Henry Short Pack Two.  I'm pretty excited by it.  It's not a full Foul Mouth book, but it has quite a bit more weight to it than a normal short has in the past.  I really hope that when it is released next year, that more fans try it than usually do with the short stories, because you'll be missing out if you don't.  It's three interconnecting novellas on the same day, two weeks after FM5, so calling it FM5.5 isn't really wrong to do.

5.  That being said, it's not as awesome as FM6 is going to be, cuz I  Just you guys and gals wait until you read it 5 or so years from now.  Dang, what an epic book.

6.  Haven't worked much on Gush, which is bad of me.  Me not working on Gush is kind of Gush's history though. day we'll get there Ullie and Merr.

7.  Foul Mouth Survey of the Month:  Which of King Henry's "villains" do you HATE/DESPISE/ICKY-POO  the most?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Quick Notes #5

1.  Fuck cockroaches and black widows.  Yes, the drought in Fresno has just made everything lovely with every water-seeking pest on the planet.  Please, El Nino, rain, floods, whatever, just don't go Noah on our parched asses.

2.  I've given away over two thousands copies of FM1 this month thanks to advertising promos, let's hope this means more super fans for you lot to play and argue with.

3.  King Henry Short Pack One is selling better than I thought it would for an anthology of already released short stories, nice to see people who have stayed away from the shorts finally join the club.

4.  I've been focusing on writing King Henry Short Pack Two for the last three weeks.  It's about a third done, all three novellas have been started and are partially complete.  As usual with my shorts (even if they're way longer than the older ones) my goal is more slice-of-life and holiday special than an epic, twist-filled adventure like with the novels themselves.  Lots of world-building, lots of POVs you don't get to see when everything is from King Henry's viewpoint, more flesh and less blood.

5.  Even if I finish King Henry Short Pack Two in the next month, don't expect it before 2016.  I will not be stopping to edit it, but will instead be continuing the hard work on Gush and will start in on FM6.  After months of real life and my brain being mush I am finally into a decent (if not amazing) writing groove this month and don't plan on interrupting it with Edit Hell.

6.  Watching Netflix's Narcos (amazing series btw) while T-Bone and Vicky are in the middle of the Coyote Compound is great mood synergy!

7.  Foul Mouth Survey of the Month:  Who is your favorite non-KH character in the King Henry Tapes?  Bonus Points for saying why!

Monday, August 31, 2015

King Henry Short Pack One Released + 4th Anniversary for the Tapes

King Henry Short Pack One, the occasionally asked for anthology version with all presently released King Henry Shorts is now out!  I repeat again:  it has no new material.  It contains "Little King Henry", "Conquering Hero", "Friendship is Madness", "Second Take", "Griefing" and "Meet the Bonnies."

If you haven't read any of the short stories, it's a great deal!  Six of them in one place for only 2.99, that's 50% off buying them separately.  How much content is it?  About 200 pages of stuff, some in the School Story, others in the Mainline, just sprinkled around all over the place.  If you're at all interested in how King Henry met T-Bone, or Vicky Welf's introduction into the series, or need to know all the details about the Spy Van Incident, it's in there, plus more.

If you have read the short stories and are a complete super fan, then thank you, first of all!  Second of all, all you're getting from this is the formatting of having the stories in one file on your Kindle.  Or the joy of going the extra mile to support your favorite author with 2 whole dollars.  Yippie!

King Henry Short Pack One by Richard Raley on Amazon Kindle

As for King Henry Short Pack Two, still working on that one!  Have started two of the three novellas that are going to be inside of it, so far so good.  Also still working on Gush, Ullie and Merr are currently trying to find a place where they won't get stabbed to death in their sleep.  Plus Real Life has struck with family and dentists and doctors and room remodeling.  Updated all the old files and blurbs and stuff last night too.  Writing stuff so much more fun than real life stuff.  Oh...I'm currently fighting with my cat to decide if my new comfy recliner-as-writing-chair is mine or if I'm merely renting it from her.

Also still chipping away at the Print-on-Demand versions of the series.  Finished the copyedits for FM1, 1/3 of the way for FM2.  After that you have formatting, then me messing with Createspace, so we're getting there slowly.  Hey, at least I've started, right?

Quick!  Distract them with King Henry Short Pack Two Teasage:
"Mostly it’s just about the fact that you have a penis and that it’s been between my legs in my precious, Welf, baby-spewing womb.”
Last, it is the 4th Anniversary for the release of FM1 on September 1st!  Woohoo!  In that time I've gone from no fans to thousands of them!  King Henry has gone from a punk who doesn't know about extended pooling to a powerful mancer on the cusp of understanding and greatness!  T-Bone even got laid, how about that?

In honor of the anniversary, I'm putting FM2 and FM3 on sale at 99 FREAKIN' CENTS each for the month of September.  That's two bucks for the first three books in the series.  1000 pages of Pulpanormal, Urban Fantasy goodness!  If you have friends or family who haven't made the leap, tell them to get in on the action now.  Cuz that's cheap even by my standards and probably won't be happening again for a long time.  I've also set up advertising runs with Ereader News Today and Freebooksy, because I have new book money and new fans are awesome.

See?  I've been busy.  Just not...FM6 busy.  Did have a couple really awesome ideas for it though...

Now if you're excuse me, I'm sick of this "Real Life" stuff and will be going hermit for the foreseeable future.  Books to finish after all!  Keep all you monsters from threatening me with whips and chains and calling me a lazy fat-ass.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sky-Island Free Week + Minor Updates

As I said in my last post, Sky-Island 1827-E is free on the vast variety of Amazon sites and ereaders this week, through the 7th.  So if you haven't read that book yet, now is the perfect time to get started!

Sky-Island 1827-E

Update-wise, I'm still getting my ass kicked by real life with dentist appointments for the next couple weeks.  Other than that, I've been piddling about with Gush, pretty happy with where that book is headed now, and I just started a readthrough/format pass on FM1 for the eventual Print-On-Demand version that should be coming...eventually.  But sooner than the old eventually, just...eventually.  Mostly it's about typos and commas, but a print book's formatting obviously sits differently than an ebook, so have to deal with that too.

So if you have any typos you hate in FM1-FM5, now's the time to email me about it before I start putting the book through Createspace...eventually.

But mostly, FREE BOOK:

Sky-Island 1827-E

August 3rd through the 7th.




Monday, July 20, 2015

Sky-Island and The Betrothal Join KDP Select

As I said early this month, Sky-Island 1827-E and The Betrothal have both now been placed in the KDP Select program, making them exclusive to Amazon reading devices and Amazon reading programs.  That's the slightly bad part of the whole deal, the good part is that if you have Amazon Prime or are a member of Amazon Unlimited, you can now pick up both books under the "borrow" feature.  Which makes them, Kinda-Sort Free at all times.

In addition to this, The Betrothal has gotten an updated 2100 by 1400 pixel cover and a new 2015 edition with the fewest number of typos in its rocky history.  It being my debut novel, I did not have a beta reading team at the time, and it was SO OLD that it even got published back when Amazon only required 600 by 400 covers.  THE DARK AGES.

For those that don't know, The Betrothal is a Bromance New Adult Romantic Comedy that was written just for me to learn how to write and finish a book before I moved on to more serious stuff and characters dearer to my heart.  Don't go into it expecting King Henry, all the curse words are even BLEEPED out.  The horror!

As for Sky-Island, to celebrate and just cause I can, I will be enrolling it for a Free Promotion that anyone can pick up on Amazon, from August 3rd to August 7th.  So if you're a fan, old or new, keep an eye out on that one.  If you read the book and like it, or have read the book and like it, then please think about leaving a review.  It only has 5 reviews!  Bad fans!  Letting  your author down!

Check them out:
The Betrothal
Sky-Island 1827-E

Minor Update:  Wrote a little bit on Gush and Short Pack 2 before I got into this publishing side stuff, going to start in on them again tonight.  Had a dentist appointment Thursday and have two more to get through in the next month (boo cavities!).  Plus...TI5 starts next Sunday, so...yeah, that always kicks my ass.  King Henry Short Pack 1 looks like it will come out the first week of September.  I'll be doing a lot of updating of files and blurbs that same day, so the "books by RR" sections are all updated and everything.  After that I'll probably get into working on the print-on-demand edits for FM1.

As I warned, lots of stuff happening, not exactly the fun part that I love about the job:  writing.  But, we'll get there.