Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Even Gods Have Their First Day at Work



Last month at the Grand Rapids Comic Con I got to meet another West Michigan author. Steve LeBel introduced himself. He was keen for advice about marketing his delightful novel The Universe Builders. I think he's off to a fantastic start. With close to a 5-star rating at Amazon out of 119 reviews, he's a natural at pleasing readers. I should take advice from him.

His book is available for Kindle and Paperback


About The Universe Builders:

What if God got a C- in Universe Building 101?


(Well, not our God, of course. One of those other guys...)


Dive into a humorous fantasy world unlike anything you have imagined - a world of gods and goddesses who build universes for a living. Are they all-powerful and all-knowing? Well, not exactly...

As Bernie graduates from God School, he is thrilled to land his dream job as a builder of universes. His first assignment is to build his own universe. Determined but unsure, bright but without confidence, Bernie forges ahead, only to find problems everywhere. Mysterious asteroids, unexplained volcanoes, shifting continents and more lead him to suspect sabotage. But who could sabotage his universe? Only another god could do that...

It’s god vs. god, guile vs. goodness, where only one of them plays by the rules. Bernie must find a way to outwit his vicious foe. If he fails, it will cost him everything.

A fascinating tale of good vs. evil and a young hero on a journey of self-discovery in an original, humorous, fantastic wrapper.

His book is available for Kindle and Paperback




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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kobo Data Reveals Most Finished Book is Self Published



An ebook readership data analysis just revealed by retailer Kobo contained an interesting surprise. The title that earned the highest rate of reader completion was Rotten to the Core self published by Casey Kelleher.

So much for the notion that self published automatically means bad. It does not. In this example it was the title Kobo readers found the most engaging. 

The article Haven’t Finished Reading that Bestseller? You're Not Alone at Publishing Perspectives also reported that some best-selling titles were among those with the highest rates of reader abandonment. 

For example only 44.4% of readers completed The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, a Pulitzer Prize winner. That prize might have gotten it enough attention to make the bestseller lists, but it proved unable to captivate over half of the people who bought it. The Goldfinch may very well be an intelligent work but that does not mean it's a good read. I often consider a big award a sign that the book might be dull. Awards are good ways to boost sales. That's why they exist. 

Sometime bestsellers are great books. Sometimes they're not. Popularity arises for many reasons, and quality is not the determining factor. 

Ultimately what readers find comes down to individual tastes. People often buy bestsellers because they are visible. Then some of those people end up not liking the book enough to finish it. 

I really appreciated the data shared by Kobo. I was encouraged to see that readers finished their fantasy books 60 percent of the time. 

Readers who shop at Kobo can find all of my titles there. I have some free ebooks. It won't cost you a thing to finish them. 


Union of Renegades at Kobo

The epic begins as Dreibrand Veta and the conquering Horde of the Atrophane Empire reach a mythic Wilderness that beckons with a magical call to glory. But Onja, Queen of the rys, a race far more powerful than the greatest human state, guards this land. She has the power to imprison souls and her genocidal rage is legendary. Everything is at risk for her desperate enemies, the union of renegades.


Rys Rising at Kobo

A young warrior ruined and near death is saved by Onja a mysterious rys female. Forsaking all that he was, he will take the name Amar and serve his new magical mistress. A lord among outlaws he will become, feared by kings and called the dro-shalum or curse demon by the common folk. Indulge yourself and read this sumptuous epic told from many angles.



Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale at Kobo

Thal embodies the ancient magic of the pagan past. He challenges a world conquered by a spiritual system that denies the flesh and forgets the Earth. Although wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting, he still boldly walks the streets of 16th century Prague. Jesuits hunt him. Mercenaries fear him. Musicians sing his praise, and women are captivated by his alpha swagger.


Or get them all together with the...


Beginnings Box Set: Three Fantasy Series Starters at Kobo

Enter Tracy Falbe’s fantasy worlds through three different doors. She brings the folklore of Renaissance Bohemia to life in Werelord Thal that can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Then Rys Rising and Union of Renegades begin two series set in the Rys World that she spent 15 years creating. At over half a million words, the Beginnings Box Set offers epic entertainment at a tremendous value.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Table of Contents from Journey of the Hunted

Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2


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I carefully choose the chapter names in my books. Often they take a meaningful phrase from the chapter. I hope some readers notice this little touch. When choosing a chapter name, I try to make it sound intriguing. I want the reader to be enticed to read a little more to find out what I'm hinting at in the chapter name.

Table of Contents from Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2

The folklore beliefs of the 16th century Renaissance come wildly to life in the werewolf hero Thal. Created by the infamous sorcerer Sarputeen, Thal now battles the dark servants of Tekax, wizard to the Turks and nemesis of Sarputeen. While escaping the Holy Roman Empire, Thal discovers more about his werewolf powers as he struggles to reach a refuge shrouded in mystery.


Author’s Note on the Historical Period
The Cast
Chapter 1. My Name Is Thal
Chapter 2. Stay For a Drink
Chapter 3. Arquebus and Axe
Chapter 4. Majordomus
Chapter 5. Servants of Tekax
Chapter 6. Avarice and Courage
Chapter 7. Bohemian Mice
Chapter 8. A Desire for Power
Chapter 9. The Wee Ones
Chapter 10. Mother and Father
Chapter 11. A Failed Hunt
Chapter 12. The Circus Camp
Chapter 13. Deal Making
Chapter 14. Essence of Vengeance
Chapter 15. Future Success
Chapter 16. The Bloodstone
Chapter 17. Proper Adversaries
Chapter 18. Come Into the Woods
Chapter 19. Dread and Victory
Chapter 20. Up in Arms
Chapter 21. His Animal Song
Chapter 22. His Werelord Voice
Chapter 23. A Fext
Chapter 24. The Power of Debt
Chapter 25. My Children
Chapter 26. Different Opinions
Chapter 27. The Apothecary
Chapter 28. Brazen Work of Sorcery
Chapter 29. Into the Mountain
Chapter 30. Going Away Presents
Chapter 31. His Touch Is Plague
Chapter 32. Blood of Abomination
Chapter 33. A Knight’s Oath
Chapter 34. Those Things That Are Constant
Chapter 35. Earthly Powers
Chapter 36. When The Time Comes
Epilogue
More Novels by Tracy Falbe
Excerpt from Rys Rising: Book I


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Sample the fantasy fiction of Tracy Falbe

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

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Rys Rising: Book I

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