I have one tiny suggestion for your Book Description:
I have spoken to Xune
it might be better with
I have spoken to the last surviving god, Xune.
dark mage Helosis
Knights of Valamor
Potential readers are able to infer from the above description (Knights = Good, Black Brotherhood = bad, dark mage) but with XUNE, there is no description at all.
Those that read the book will know Xune is the last god but "I have spoken to Xune" doesn't mean anything. Who is Xune? Why is it important.
Otherwise, the description of the book is near perfect. It does a very good job of drawing in the readers:
My name is Dagan. There are few alive with more blood on their hands than me.
I have lived a life of degeneracy. I have studied the teachings of the dark mage Helosis and walked the path of the dead. I have been to the shadowrealm and emerged with my soul enact. I have challenged the Black Brotherhood and ridden with the Knights of Valamor as a brother-in-arms. I have spoken to Xune.
My name is Dagan. This is my tale.
Maybe this is better:
I have lived a life of degeneracy. I have studied the teachings of the dark mage Helosis and walked the path of the dead. I have been to the shadowrealm and emerged with my soul enact. I have challenged the Black Brotherhood and ridden with the Knights of Valamor as a brother-in-arms. I have spoken to Xune, the last surviving god.
I have lived a life of degeneracy. I have studied the teachings of the dark mage Helosis and walked the path of the dead. I have been to the shadowrealm and emerged with my soul enact. I have challenged the Black Brotherhood and ridden with the Knights of Valamor as a brother-in-arms. I have spoken to the last surviving god, Xune.
or some other sentence that give potential readers a description of Xune.
For example, I have spoken to the mighty god Xune.
Anything to describe to new readers who Xune is.
Just finished reading your second book. I love it and can't for the next installment.
Congrats! Both books are doing well.
Book #1 is Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888 Paid in Kindle Store
Book #2 is Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307 Paid in Kindle Store
Have you thought about increasing the price to $2.99 and royalty rate of the first book to 70%?
1-1. How are royalties calculated?
If you select the 35% royalty option, your royalty will be 35% of your list price for each unit sold. If you select the 70% royalty option, your royalty will be 70% of the list price, net delivery costs, for each eligible book sold to U.S. customers (if we match a lower price you will receive 70% of our sale price), and 35% of the list price for each unit sold to customers residing outside the 70% territories listed below.
------Amazon is discounting book 2 to $2.51, I hope you will still get 70% royalties from it. As a reader, I hope you be able to quit your day job and write full time. This will mean more books and faster releases for readers.
Can't wait for book #3.
Loving the story. Thanks for writing it!
The book has been released on Amazon for over a week now, but what about other platforms like Kobo?
I don't know nothing about the release process there, but will it be online there soon?
I enjoyed the first book very much, but I don't have a Kindle but another ebook and I'm excited about the second volume too.
Have you thought of raising the price of book #1 to $2.99? and the royalties rate to 70% instead of 35%?
you need to sell about 5.8 books at $0.99 to get the same royalties as 1 book sold at $2.99.
You can always experiment with prices since you are in control. If $2.99 has a negative effect, you can always change it back.
But in my opinion, the first book will continue to sell well at $2.99.
Most books in your genre is at $2.99 or above.
Best Sellers in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy eBooks
Top 20 at this very moment
4. $2.99 (A Thirst for Vengeance, Part 2)
6. $0.99 (A Thirst for Vengence)
13. Game of Throne
p.s. This is a must read for self-publisher about pricing
New Smashwords Survey Helps Authors Sell More eBooks
p.s. Are you writing book #3 and when will it come out?
The $0.99 price of book 1 is a good introductory price to hook readers who would be hesitant to purchase the book for higher. It's a good strategy to gain new readers. True, raising the price to get a larger royalty is a plus for the author, but if his goal is to lure in new readers with his first book (which was killer, btw) it's a good strategy to keep the low price and then hook them into purchasing the second and third books down the line at the higher point.
Most fantasy readers who buy it at $0.99 wouldn't hesitate to buy it at $2.99. Look at the list I posted, it's dominated by $2.99 and above.
When it comes to pricing, look at the genre you are in. $2.99 is a great introduction price for fantasy.
There are very few fantasy readers who think: "It's at $2.99. Too expensive for an unknown. Even though the reviews are great and the cover is awesome. I would buy it at $0.99"
6 books at $0.99 = 1 book at $2.99, royalties wise.
Look at Will Wight with his Travelers Gate trilogy. Also an unknown author.
First book: $2.99 (House of Blades)
Second book: $2.99 (Crimson Vault)
Third book: $2.99 (City of Light)
He has sold over 100,000 books at those prices.
Maybe Edward M Knight can do an experiment for 5 days. Increase the price to $2.99 and see if the sales stay even or decrease.
After 5 days, then decide.
It has been a true pleasure to read a well written and well EDITED self published novel after buying several horrible ones. I can't wait for the next installment of Dagan's story!! You stand out as a up and coming author amidst so many others who fall short. Keep up the good work!
p.s. If you change the price from $0.99 to $2.99, make sure to change the royalties rate from 35% to 70%. If you don't, you will be stuck with 35% royalties rate even though the price is $2.99. It is a mistake some self-publisher made because they forgot to change the royalties rate too.
And if you change the price for one ebookstore (Kindle), you have to do it on the other ones too.
As a huge fan of the Thirst for Vengeance books, I believe Edward M. Knight will be very successful.
And the earlier Edward M. Knight can quit his day job and write full time, the better.
I believe there will be at most a 10% drop in sales with the price change. Fantasy readers are used to $2.99 and higher.
In fact, $2.99 for A Thirst for Vengeance Book 1 is a bargain.
I'll disagree with M and say that $0.99 is the maximum you should charge for the first book. Making it free would be even better.
The reason is that you are clearly planning on making this a series of many books, and the way to really make money is to get people hooked on the series first, then charge them for later books. Every drug dealer knows this sales strategy! :-)
As for the price of subsequent books, my feeling is that they are worth about $1 per month. If you release a book every month, then charge $0.99 each. If you release a book every six weeks, then charge $1.49 each. If you want to charge $2.99, then you should release every 3 months (and, of course, make each book as long as you can given the 3 months that you have to do it).
Note that the most popular fantasy authors who release a book a year tend to charge around $10 to $14 for the Kindle edition. That is how I come up with the figure of about $1 per month. If you charge people buying all the books in your series $3 per month then they will be paying $36 per year for the story and I think it will be too much. But if you charge them $2.99 every three months (and give them a book about twice as long as the first one, every three months), then I think you will have optimized your earning potential.
Just when I was about to give up on the fantasy genre, I come across this gem :) thanks for renewing my faith :)
Amazon recently recommended part 1 to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and immediately purchased part 2. At the end of 2, I came to a page that said, "About A Thrist for Vengeance, Part 3
Q: When is the sequel coming out?
A: Soon. Summer 2014. Check out my website..."
When I got to your website, I found that it is actually part 2 that came out in June 2014. Very disappointing to find out that part 3 isn't coming out soon. If I haven't missed something (and it is, in fact coming out soon), you might want to correct that page in part 2.
Thanks. In the interim, I'll be anxiously waiting for part 3.
I believe Part 2 came out on June 12, which is spring.
Summer is June 21 through September 21, so if he is still planning on releasing Part 3 in Summer 2014, he technically has more than 2 months left to meet his deadline.
You're a great author. I bought both of your books so far, and have ripped through them. Keep it up, you have a new fan!
It has been 2 months now since the last blog post here.
Any chance we could get a quick update? Even a few sentences would be reassuring.
Any updates on the new book. Let us know. Its been a few months without any updates. I am impatiently awaiting book 3
I sent him an email on his contact email Aug 17th hoping everything is ok on the home front and his readers would appreciate and response. So far nothing yet. Here's to hoping everything is ok
Great writing, captivating story. It seems obvious to me that you have been inspired by the world of Kvothe, but have approached a similar world from a different angle. The good and the bad both are portrayed as so very human, with character flaws that readers will be able to connect with easily. Looking forward to reading book three of "A Thirst for Vengeance" as I continue to wait for Rothfuss to finish book three of 'The Kingkiller Chronicle.'
Today is the 3-month anniversary of the last post Edward M. Knight made on this blog.
Edward, are you still out there? What's going on? Have you abandoned this series?
Summer is now officially over.
Part 2 said that Part 3 would be out in Summer (clever not to say what year).
Since there has been no word from you in more than 3 months, I am now assuming that you have abandoned this series, and I will be recommending to my friends that no one buy any of your books.
Such a promising start. Too bad you threw it all away by not communicating with your customers.
Since when are authors required to communicate with their readers outside of the novel. I like his novels so I will read them whenever they come out.
He could be in the hospital for all we know. Or suffering from a crippling bout of depression. Hopefully none of that.
If we hear nothing more in the story or from the author, I guess we can safely assume that the Fourth Man took them both out.
Since when? Since forever, when authors self-publish. Especially when they promise a release date and then miss it, and do not communicate during the entire time from announcing a release date until missing that date.
In the hospital for 3 months? A hospital with absolutely no internet access? Seems unlikely.
While it is possible to imagine scenarios where he absolutely could not get on the internet for 5 minutes to update his blog, or has absolutely no friends or family who could do it for him, I think that is exceptionally unlikely.
By Occam's razor, I conclude that by far the most likely explanation is that he simply does not care enough about his customers to communicate with them.
When does part 3 come out?
The first two where awesome!!!
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