To continue with my Dickens/Scrooged theme…
The Ghost of Christmas Present. What’s happening right now. (Aside from starting a new job, first Xmas home in about 11 years, etc.) Basically, my big project right now is my IDC Campaign.
I’m excited to finally present the new book and new look for my Identity Crisis Universe (IDCU) titles, all fun romps through a slightly more realistic, grown-up superhero land. Consider it all to be PG-13, give or take. My new series/universe catchphrase is “Capes aren’t just for kids anymore!”
There are three series in the IDCU: the Identity Crisis (IDC) series, starring Spitball and the Phenomenal Five (living and dead… and undead, in some cases); the Secret Origins (SO) series, spin-off stories giving more background on various characters in the universe; and the Identity Crisis 2029 (IDC’29) series, which started out as a one-shot novella that I’ve since decided should be the first installment in a trilogy of its own, although I haven’t progressed on it as of yet.
The first book in the IDCU, Hungry Gods, has been my most successful book ever and was first published nearly four years ago. I’ve been working on the sequel, Deus Ex Machina, off and on for about three years. Finally, it will go live exactly four years to the day from HG’s original debut: January 31st, 2019. (But it is available now for pre-order, if you’re interested…)
So, the IDC Campaign. What’s that?
Honestly, I’m still wading in and figuring it out. As I’ve probably said, I haven’t had as much time for admin/infrastructure in the writing biz as I’d have liked, but I’m making a go of it right now. Kind of building the airplane in mid-flight, as it were.
STEP ONE: Cover Convergence
Over the last few months, I’ve been working to revise and recover (re-cover?) all these IDCU books so that they look the same. (That decision was finally made back when my Sun Tzu inspiration hit, which I blogged about and then included in my indie writers’ survival guide TSC4IW…) With the help of the talented Henry Ponciano, I have now assimilated all the IDC and SO covers to follow the same visual theme. This way, passersby will know at a glance that all these books are related, even though they are in different series.
(Invasion (IDC’29) will follow before long. That one’s on hold for now. Henry actually did the current/original cover for that one, too.)
The sad part about revamping covers that there are some I like and will miss. (And some I don’t like and won’t.) I’ve been planning to have an “obituary page” on my website at some point, featuring all the covers that have moved on over the years.
If you’d like to check out any of these books, you can click here:
STEP TWO: Make Them Easy to Get
The first part of making them easy to get is “going wide”. I know a lot of people swear their allegiance and financial futures to Amazon, but I’m not one of them. So if you prefer Kobo, iBooks, B&N, even your local library, you can do that.
The second part is putting the first book on sale.
(And if you like it, you might consider leaving a review that says so and then moving on to another IDCU book.)
The drawback is that there’s only 1 winner for every 100 entrants. I’m not super thrilled about that method, but that’s Amazon’s new way to doing things, I guess. I prefer the lottery draw after a certain date, but Big A’s new thing (from what I can tell) is 99 people enter and don’t win, #100 does, rinse and repeat.
The other drawback is that it ends on December 21st! Which I didn’t realize when I set it up a week ago and got too busy to anything with it! CRAP! So go there now and try your luck!
(UPDATE: Amazon and I both screwed up, in my view. I didn’t get the word out in time, but they didn’t award any prizes to those who actually did sign up. Hmmm…)
Which means, the more people that enter, the more who will win. So if you want one, it actually helps to tell other people to join in too!
And if you don’t want to leave it to chance, you can score it for cheap right now! Free or a buck, now is the time to grab it. After this free-for-all is over, the price will go back to $4.99.
I’ve already mentioned another aspect of Step Two, which is putting Deus Ex Machina up for pre-order. Pre-orders tune up the cyber-gibberish algorithms to help make a book more visible. (Apparently doesn’t work on Amazon anymore though–they like to dismantle everything that helps authors for some reason…) So if you know you want to read something and it’s on pre-order, you could actually be helping the success of that book by pre-ordering it before it releases. (And we appreciate that immensely.)
I’ve also set Silk Spider: Behind the Eight-Ball, an IDCU short story, at FREE on all sites. And it will likely stay free so that more folks will be willing to give the IDCU a try in the future.
STEP THREE: Tell All the Good People!
Which is what I’m doing now!
But my voice doesn’t carry very well. Which is why I deeply and truly appreciate it when you pass this news along.
If you know anyone who likes superheroes, science fiction, or fantasy… If you’re a social media butterfly who always posts your most delicious findings…. If you feel the holiday spirit and just want to share, share, share in this time of giving… Please let other people know what’s happening here.
All you’re doing is telling your friends where they can find a book for a buck, or even for free. They might just appreciate that.
And so will I!
Thank you for reading this far, thanks for your support, and good luck for those who will try for the freebie.
Next up: the thing that all men fear…