The Dragon’s Disciples Re-Release!

Hello my darlings!

Well, the cover for The Dragon’s Disciples is finally here!! Next up, The Heretic Priest! But I am getting ahead of myself.

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That is a preview of the new cover, I will release the full thing in a few days. Isn’t it GORGEOUS? I am SO excited, as you can tell. And yes… that is Pharun on the cover. I love the entire piece, but I am especially enthusiastic about the ambiance, and the color scheme. The artist perfectly captured the soul of my books in this snapshot. I am in love with it. Happiness will prevail.

With that being said, I am EXCITED to go ahead and promote the re-release of The Dragon’s Disciples! I am making a few tweaks to the actual book, as well (one of them being a character / word glossary in the front. I had a few reviews mention that that would have been helpful).

BUT, I need your help, readers!! I want to spread the word and make this a successful re-launch to give my series a new beginning. I would love to be able to do a blog book tour, a Goodreads giveaway, and start selling some print copies as well as extend my e-book market. There will be some fun tidbits thrown into the mix every now and then as well, such as free signed bookmarks and other goodies.

This is where you come in! Things that would be of tremendous help:

1) If you are interested in your blog being a destination for my virtual tour, please let me know. And you can count on me returning the favor, should you ever want to do the same!

2) Once the full cover is released, start building the hype on blogs / Facebook pages and groups / Twitter / and Pinterest. Awesome hashtags are optional. Things like #thedragonsdisciples #cnfaust and #pharunswag. (Maybe that last one is too much. But I’d be in love with anyone who used it, because shouldn’t that totally be a thing?)

3) If you want to distribute any physical promotional items to your friends / neighbors / family (such as bookmarks, samples) then get a hold of me through email or Facebook and we will talk!

4) Like my Facebook page and link back to it whenever the situation arises! That alone is a great help to build hype.

5) If you would like to receive an ARC in exchange for a review, let me know and we can make it happen!

6) Scout out any local bookstores in your area who would be interested in carrying the series.

I would REALLY appreciate any help or suggestions you may have, and I never forget a favor!

One more thing before I go. The Dragon’s Disciples will be available for pre-order from now until its re-release date (set tentatively at September 30th but no sooner than then). This mostly applies to print copies (though if you would like to pre-order an eBook, that would be cool as well). I will be selling the print copies for $10 per trade paperback and $30 per hardcover, that INCLUDES shipping and handling (unless you are international, prices may vary in that case. Email / contact me and we will talk!). That is a WAY better deal than you will get on Amazon! All $$ interactions will be made through PayPal, all payments must be sent by September 30th (in order for me to order the copies). If you are interested, email me at cnfaust@outlook.com with your information! (Name, address). When you send the money via PayPal, please write that it is indeed you sending the payment (in case your Paypal email and your contact email are different).

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

GUEST POST: How to Choose the Right Cover Art for Your Book by Saoirse O’Mara

This guest post is right in time and on topic for what has been at the forefront of my mind lately! Enjoy these excellent points from the fabulous Saoirse O’Mara!

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Some writers already know exactly how their book cover should look like before the book is even finished. If you are one of them, congratulations!

If you are not, then you belong to those writers this blog post is for.

So you have written a book, and you want to publish it. You did your homework and know that a good cover is your number one sales tool. But how do you go about choosing a cover that’s just right for your book?

1)      Genre: Do you write in a particular genre? Most genres have certain cover trends that make genre books easy to spot in a shelf (or on a website). Check out the latest releases of trad publishers in your genre. Can you make out common elements, colour schemes, styles? Maybe similar-looking fonts? If yes, try to implement those elements into your cover too. Make it easy for genre fans to notice your book!

2)      Series: Do you write a series? Then make sure that readers can easily recognise your books as part of one. Maybe add the series title and volume number to the cover. Definitely use the same “look” for all your covers in that series. Stick with your font(s), your cover style, your layout.

3)      Professional Look: Are you a cover designer? If the answer is no, go find one to help you with your cover. True, some people just have the talent, but chances are you’re not one of them. At least get professional feedback.

4)      Your Book Theme: You think this point should be at the top of the list? Sorry to break the news to you, but catering to the readers’ “sensors” sells more books than to nail your book’s topic on the cover. Of course, your cover should still fit your book, but keep in mind the other three points when you’re deciding on your cover. If you’re not writing romance, for example, think hard whether your main prot really needs to kiss the half-naked warrior queen on your cover. Misleading cover art is a good way to collect negative reviews from disappointed readers.

That being said, choosing the right cover art isn’t always easy. If you’re unsure, a good cover designer should be able to work with you to find exactly the right cover for your book. For fantasy, I can highly recommend my own cover artist, Svenja Liv. Check out her website http://svenjaliv.com and then just send her an email, she’s easy to work with and delivers top quality covers!

 

Saoirse O’Mara is a children’s and YA writer and home mostly in the fantasy and mystery genres. Check out her website http://saoirseomara.wordpress.com for more information on her and her books, or become a fan of her two series Miro the Dragon (http://facebook.com/MiroDrakonia) and A Rogue’s Tale (http://facebook.com/ARoguesTale) on Facebook.

The 20K Crawl.

Hello my darlings,

I enjoy how I complained about my blog being empty, and then I don’t make a post for three days.

Logic.

It hasn’t entirely been in vain. I’ve been getting a lot of writing done (and by ‘a lot’ I mean I am writing a couple thousand words every day at least… which is a hell of a lot more than I accomplished over the summer, go figure). I’ve been making some excellent plot progress. My characters are cooperating (as well as they can). And things in general are just going well. I’m almost out of the dreaded 20,000 word mire. You know how you seem to just get stuck somewhere in the 20K’s and it seems no matter how much you write, you can’t get out? You always end up deleting that chapter that keeps you from going over into 30,000 and therefore, the future?

Don’t give me that look. I swear that’s a thing.

What has it been like crawling through this wordcount? Allow me to provide you with a visual. 

With that being said, I HAVE been feeling inspired enough to the point where I thought about doing an author Q&A on Youtube. You know, people send questions and I answer them in a video. I think that that would be fun. Anyone on board with me? You don’t have to ask me about my books necessarily, we can talk about any number of things! If you want to drop me a line, feel free to stop by my Facebook page, or comment below!

Or email. Or, you know, you could find out my address and sit outside my house and stare judgmentally through my living room window until I speak to you. You know the drill.

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

Where the hell has Faust been?

Hello my darlings,

I feel like this has been the state of my blog, lately.

As in empty.

Because honestly, I haven’t been around to post anything. It isn’t like I don’t check my blog every day (and if I have time, I try to respond to comments as soon as possible whether or not I am posting) but I haven’t had two seconds to sit down and make a post.

It is partially because Orcs and Aliens has been kicking my ass. Turns out all that laborious revising/editing of the interior was nothing compared to the joy of getting it in a readable format for digital printing (physical copy printing was a breeze. It’s the ebooks that hate me).

BUT we met our deadline and finally got everything out. We are still working the kinks out on all the different avenues of purchase but the point is that it CAN BE BOUGHT. Submissions open up tomorrow and now I have an entire half day to regain my sanity. Maybe in the next month I can take things a bit slower and finish up The Hollow Living.

I have been writing some KILLER scenes for The Hollow Living, I must say. Everyone has just done a 180 on me and NOW they all want to work, and they want to be brilliant. I am not complaining, though Pharun and Adriel Ercole have been competing for attention a lot. I think Pharun is a little jealous about my new, pretty, clever darling.

More good news: the covers AND the illustrations for the series are underway. I am so excited to see how they turn out. Since their KDP select terms are ending, I have been yearning to take the files over to Smashwords and let them roam free on multiple distribution channels, but I have restrained myself thus far. When I re-releaase, I want everything to be perfect.

Your most adored,

C.N.F.