Status Updates

Status Updates

FM5 (The Foul Mouth and the Mancy Martial Artist) IS OUT!!!

Main Focus: Gush (Fantasy YA) Novel, First Draft = 7k out of 80k estimate (9%)

Side Focus: King Henry Short Pack 2, Three Novella Pack, First Draft = 0k out of 60k estimate (0%)

Back Burner: Where do Dreamers Go to Die? (Fantasy/Spec Fic Trip) Novel, First Draft = 0k out of 80k estimate (0%)

Other Stuff I Need to Get To: King Henry Short Pack 1 Formatting, FM1-FM5 print-on-demand editing and formatting, FM3-FM5 concordance updates

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FM5 is OUT!!! Happy Release Day!


Still May 21st in King Henry's hometown of Fresno, but already May 22nd in most of the world, that's good enough for me and good enough for Amazon, who have apparently really sped up their publishing system.  What was once a 12 to 24 hour wait is now down to 3.  How about that?


The Mancy Martial Artist by Richard Raley on Amazon Kindle
The Mancy Martial Artist by Richard Raley on Amazon Kindle UK
The Mancy Martial Artist by Richard Raley on Smashwords

As always for my Nook and iPad readers, I distribute through Smashwords for Apple and B&N, so it takes up to two weeks to propagate into those systems and I will have the links for you when they show up.  Also I remind you that there's no DRM on my novels, so buying it through Smashwords or Amazon and then changing the file into whatever file type you want is perfectly fine with me as long as it's for your own personal use.

Other than that, everyone please enjoy!  It's a 600 page book, so take breaks, eat food, use the restroom, nod at your significant other or your parents when they ask you questions.  Also, don't damage your social standing or flunk out of school or lose your job while you're trying to read it as fast as you can.

Something important happens in the first chapter *gasp* better run and get at it!  When you finish, please think about leaving an honest review.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Why I Don't Let You Pre-Order and How You Can Be An Awesome Fan

Before last year I couldn't actually let you pre-order even if I wanted, but now that Amazon is allowing it, I'm still not giving you fans the chance.  So, why?

There are lots of small reasons but only one main reason and it all comes down to one word:  Algorithm.

For digitally published authors, the Amazon ranking algorithms and how to manipulate these algorithms and how to use these algorithms to your advantage take up a great deal of your thoughts and planning and even hopes and dreams.  Everything on Amazon is driven by numbers and every one of those numbers are connected.  Bigger number, more connection.  More connection, more eyes on your product.  More eyes on your product, more sales.  More sales, more fans.

You've no doubt noticed that every product on Amazon has a sales rank and that many categories have hot sales lists.  But there's also more.  The product emails Amazon sends to you, the "Also Bought" list under products, the "you might try" suggestions you get after finishing a book on your Kindle to name a few.  All of this is free advertising for an author...we like it...a lot.

But what does it have to do with pre-ordering?

It has to do with pre-ordering because magnitude matters in getting on these hot lists.  Which is why book releases are such a big deal for me.  50% of what I earned off of my writing last year came in the 3 months after FM4 was released.  Because of you fans.  You all ran out and grabbed the new book, spiking FM4 up into the top 5k of all kindle books and spreading it all over Amazon's site, leading new people to try the series, which then spiked FM1 through FM3 up the lists as well.  Incoming wave of fans.


Magnitude!  Amazon for some strange reason has decided that your pre-order purchases don't accumulate as far as the algorithms are concerned.  Instead they just happen as sold.  Meaning instead of five hundred to a thousand of you super fans jumping at FM5 and buying it in the first week, I'd have some buy it over a three month period, then a smaller flash as the rest picked it up on release.

 This is a horrible plan!  I'd be sabotaging my own career if I let you pre-order.  Those three months never seem to last long enough anyway!  (Amazon has drop off points in the algorithms at 1 month, 3 months and also a penalty if you don't publish anything for an entire year--this last fact is the reason "Meet the Bonnies" was released just in case FM5 took until July)

So how can you be an awesome fan?  Buy the book on release weekend.  Make that release spike magnitude as large as possible.  Then read the book, it's funny.  Don't pee your pants.  If you do pee your pants then change said pants before continuing to read said book.  Also:  adult diapers, you might need them.

Then, after you finish the book and you hate me because you want FM6 and I haven't even started it yet, review the book so all those new eyes know how you feel about it.  Without all the hate and more with the "yay that was funny" though.  Maybe don't mention that you peed your pants either.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

FM5 Really The Last Mini Tease, I Promise

I worked my jaw at those words, thinking on the deeper implications of the titles.  Lakeborn had to be the Lady.  Shadowknife was Samson.  Toymaker was Plutarch.  I was the King of Dirt or the Dirt King.
Better than ‘fucktard’ I guess.
“Got any titles for the rest of my class or am I just special?”
“Not bad.  Make sure you call Pocket ‘Fern Thrower,’ he likes that.”

Next week you'll be reading the book at this time!

Friday, May 15, 2015

FM5 Last Mini Tease

"Ask away, little dog."


I put release on Friday so you could all read through the weekend if you wanted by the way, aren't I considerate?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FM5 Mini Tease #5

“Snappy, but not so scary when I can see your ballsack thinks this room is getting a little too chilly.”

10 Days!