A Big Thanks To Everyone!

Well, it’s been a week since the giveaway and three weeks since The Path Of Swords was released and I just want to say thanks to anyone and everyone who has supported, helped, bought, downloaded, tweeted, shared or just wished me well.

The launch has been a success, with the book selling steadily and also getting picked up on Amazon Unlimited. The giveaway resulted in the book getting to no. 14 in the top 100 free epic fantasy (see below).

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The Path Of Swords also got to no. 3 in the top 100 free Children’s ebooks category below.

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Categories are weird on Amazon, and the free ones are different from the paid ones. Just one of the things I’m finding out as I go along!

There’s been a slight dip in sales since the giveaway, which could be that people who might have bought it too got it free, but I’m not too worried. I’m trying to build readership rather than make money so I’m not worried whether someone pays or gets a freebie. The book now has 3 reviews on Amazon UK, all of which are 5 stars, so that’s nice as well.

If you think you might like The Path Of Swords then you can find it using the links below:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071LBJNTC        for the UK

www.amazon.com/dp/B071LBJNTC           for the US

Thanks again.

M

 

Calling Out Around The World…

GIVEAWAY ADVERT

…are you ready for a brand new book?

Summer’s here and the time is right to go and take a look!

(Apologies right now to Martha and the Vandellas)

Today you can download The Path Of Swords for free from Amazon.  Just click here:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071LBJNTC        for the UK

www.amazon.com/dp/B071LBJNTC           for the US

www.amazon.com.au/dp/B071LBJNTC          for Australia (big shout out to the one Australian who has bought it already!)

www.amazon.ca/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Canada

www.amazon.de/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Germany (sold one there as well. Thanks!)

www.amazon.in/dp/B071LBJNTC                 love to sell some in India

www.amazon.fr/dp/B071LBJNTC              Come on France!

If you haven’t got a kindle you can also download a kindle app from the same page that will work on any device.

It would be great if you could download it. It will give the book a boost at this early stage that is very important in making it visible. Even if you think it doesn’t sound like your sort of thing and never read it, you will really be helping me.

However if it does sound like your sort of thing then I would love it if you read it. It’s not very long (only about 130 pages) so shouldn’t take up too much time. I would value your opinion.

If you read it and like it then I would be very grateful if you leave a review on Amazon. You can do it on the page where you downloaded the book.

Share the links with anyone you think would like it.

Book Giveaway this Saturday

GIVEAWAY ADVERT

“Luan ap Garioch, second son of the house of Artran, this is the day of choosing. How do you choose?”

On the last day of the summer of his fourteenth year, Luan takes the first step on The Path Of Swords.He has been told that the path will be hard. He knows that it will lead him into danger. The reality is beyond all his imagining.

This Saturday you can download The Path Of Swords for free from Amazon.  Just click here:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071LBJNTC        for the UK

www.amazon.com/dp/B071LBJNTC           for the US

www.amazon.com.au/dp/B071LBJNTC          for Australia (big shout out to the one Australian who has bought it already!)

www.amazon.ca/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Canada

www.amazon.de/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Germany (sold one there as well. Thanks!)

www.amazon.in/dp/B071LBJNTC                 love to sell some in India

www.amazon.fr/dp/B071LBJNTC              Come on France!

If you haven’t got a kindle you can also download a kindle app from the same page that will work on any device.

It would be great if you could download it. It will give the book a boost at this early stage that is very important in making it visible. Even if you think it doesn’t sound like your sort of thing and never read it, you will really be helping me.

However if it does sound like your sort of thing then I would love it if you read it. It’s not very long (only about 130 pages) so shouldn’t take up too much time. I would value your opinion.

If you read it and like it then I would be very grateful if you leave a review on Amazon. You can do it on the page where you downloaded the book.

Share the links with anyone you think would like it.

The Path Of Swords is out today!

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And there it is. If you want to go and have a look you can click:

Here

There were a few sticky moments and I had to do a bit of tweaking, and for some reason the price on Amazon.com is $1.38 even though I set the price as 99cents but it’s there. Book one of the series is on sale.

I would like to take the opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all of you guys who have supported me along the way. You are the best.

So tonight I will celebrate and have the evening off. Tomorrow I make a start on book 2.

be happy

M

I need a little help!

To all you marvellous people in blogosphere, I’m asking for a little help.

It’s just over 4 weeks until The Path Of The Sword is released on Amazon (looking at 15th May) and it would be wonderful if you could do something to help get the word out.

Here’s what you can do and any of these would be a great help.

  1. Like this post.
  2. Tell people.
  3. Share this post via reblog, Twitter, Facebook etc.
  4. Go on my Twitter @someidiottalk and retweet the pinned post.
  5. Blog about it – I can arrange an interview with the author, or even one of the characters.
  6. Download a free copy by clicking here:

Free Review Copy

Read it and give me some feedback or even then review it on your blog.

The book is a fantasy novella set in alternative Dark Age where boys train as warriors and the world of the spirit is never far away. As the first in the series it introduces Luan, the hero who is taking his first steps on The Path Of The Sword.

It is a readable fantasy adventure with a hint of the celtic about it and people who have read it so far thought it was great. It’s also not very long so won’t take too long to read!

(That sounds like a great advertising slogan doesn’t it: Get my book, it’s short!)

 

Anything you can do is much appreciated.

Thanks

Martin

(PS. Yes I have changed the cover again. Just can’t stop tweaking.)

Cover Reveal – The Path Of The Sword

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“This is the way it will be.”

So here it is, a sneak preview of The Path Of The Sword cover. We’re looking at a possible release day of May 15th so feel free to start spreading the word.

Coming up – more info on the author, Martin Swinford

                      – your chance to get your hands on a free preview copy

if you are interested in reviewing The Path Of The Sword, or perhaps interviewing the author then let me know in the comments.

thanks all

M

Introducing Gable Press

As I’m about to launch my independent publishing career, I thought it made sense to have a name for the business. I wanted something that wasn’t genre specific and also had some personal link.

Coming up with names can be tricky so I went to see my friend Al and after a lively discussion fuelled by red wine and  interspersed with furious googling we came up with Gable Press. If your wondering where that came from, well the house I grew up in was called The Gables and it seemed a nice link back to the past. I’ve added a page to my blog which gives a brief introduction (see below) and over time will have details of the books I  publish.

imageThe point of this is that it will make the books look more professional, and I’m aiming to produce the most professional product I can.

As for Martin Swinford, I’ll be introducing him in a future blog post. Let’s just say he’s an old friend and distant relative who, by a remarkable coincidence, has some books that need publishing.