Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

I am a huge Ilona Andrews fan. As in when I’m reading one of their books I get so wrapped up in them I forget to eat. I never forget to eat. I always find myself wishing I read slower, wanting the book to last forever, but looking down and watching as the bar at the bottom of my kindle moves farther and farther. I don’t remember exactly when I started reading them or how I found their books, it was probably a recommendation from Amazon, but when I did find them I read everything that I could get my hands on. I’ve reread several of their books and they were in fact the only author that when all the publishing companies weren’t putting their books on kindle I actually bought a physical copy of Magic Bleeds. So it’s safe to say that I really like Ilona Andrews and I look forward to each of her book releases.

Surprisingly, or not if you read one of my previous posts, it took me some time to read Gunmetal Magic. I preordered it and it just sat on my kindle for quite some time before I read it. It wasn’t until I started reading it that I realized that I had put it off because as long as it was there it was something new that they had written that I hadn’t read and as soon as I was done I would have to go back to waiting. Needless to say I devoured the book and now I have to wait until November 27, 2012 for Steel’s Edge to come out.

Gunmetal Magic is set in the Kate Daniels world but the main character is her best friend Andrea. Andrea has got her own messed up past, and while it isn’t anywhere near the scale of Kate’s it has got its moments. The romance between her and Raphael is unique and I was never sure what was going to come next with them.

I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more books in this series, whether they’re about Kate or others in her universe. They are always so well written, and reading this after having just finished writing my first book, makes me realize just how much I have left to learn and grow as an author.

End of Month Update

I’ve posted several “side quests” lately so it’s time I went back to what’s happening on the publishing side. For about a week sales completely fell off, I didn’t even have a borrow since I’m in KDP Select, then on the 27th and 28th I got a few more sales. Not sure what gave me that bump, maybe my blog on tomatoes really grabbed people, or maybe I was mentioned somewhere that I’m not aware of, or maybe it was a comment I made on the kindle boards. No idea, but it was nice.

Brief mention of KDP Select, the ability to set my book as free is a nice marketing option even though it makes me slightly uneasy to do, but I’ve only had 2 borrows and I have no idea how much I will be paid for those. As soon as my 90 days are up (that’s how long you agree to) I will be putting my book on Smashwords so it will be available on all the other e-readers.

May through September is notoriously a slow period for book sales, and since I’ve met my goal for the month I’m not freaking out like I might normally do. Someone on a blog somewhere mentioned that a goal of 30 books sold a month is a good goal when you start out, so I’ve at least met that, though I haven’t yet quiet made back what I put into the book.

I could be doing more marketing, forcing myself to post on blogs other than my own, doing all the other things that you can do, but I’m not. Marketing is my least favorite part of being an indie author. I’ve enjoyed some aspects of it, but as a whole it is incredibly tedious. I have a hard problem just posting on message boards voicing my opinion, especially when other people have already posted what I think.

“Yeah I agree with post 37, 45, & parts of 62. I’m just commenting so people will see my signature and maybe click on my book.”

I don’t feel like I can do that, so I spend 15 minutes trying to think of something witty, clever, and original and when I go back to the thread most of the time my comment has been over looked or I’ve killed the thread. Killing threads is a super power that my husband and I share, that and breaking laptops just by looking at them.

So instead of marketing I’ve been doing what pretty much every author advises you to do, I’ve been working on my next WIP. I am half way done with the first draft, which is not as far as I wanted to be but I’m alright with that since I’m two thirds of the way through a second project.

Overall the butterflies that nearly killed me when I first published are no longer there and I’m happy with the progress that Stolen Memories has made.