If there’s one thing I love more than writing, it’s reading Brandon Sanderson. The man’s a genius and this quote more than sums up how I feel when reading his work
My epic fantasy series ‘The Light and Shadow Chronicles’ has undergone a makeover!
A Chronicle of Chaos was first published by Creativia in June 2016. The amazingly talented Irina French designed the original cover. It features an ancient shield carved with symbols of importance to the history and lore of Alcherys and Meraxor (the warring nations in the series.)
Now, Creativia Publising has designed brand new covers, but still utilising the work of the original artist. Here are the two covers side by side:
In a world ravaged by war, the paths of two warriors are about to cross with world-shattering consequences.
Chaos is a soldier of The Children of the Light, and fights in the name of destiny, honor and glory. Arrogant and headstrong, he believes he is the strongest warrior in the land, until a fateful coincidence puts him at the mercy of the demon Anathema.
The two strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to destroy one another only leads them closer together. When the forces of light and dark collide, where will their loyalties lie?
The Shield of Soren is the second book in the epic fantasy series (although you can read them in any order). Released by Creativia in March 2017, this book has also had a makeover:
Ten-year-old Soren Nitaya’s marked talent makes him the youngest soldier ever to become an apprentice to the legendary warrior, Raven Lennox. As a prince of Alcherys, he will be expected to fight in the eternal war against the Brotherhood of Shadow when he reaches sixteen.
But is the young prince up to the task when he’s more interested in causing mischief than in mastering weapons?
When one of Soren’s adventures goes off course, he unwittingly unleashes a deadly threat. It appears that an age-old prophecy is finally coming to pass, and Soren and his family must take a perilous journey deep into their enemy’s land. Does Soren have what it takes to save his country before the Brotherhood destroys everyone and everything he loves?
5 Ways to Worldbuild Without the Infodump
A fantastic post on worldbuilding and how to avoid the infamous ‘info dump’
This week, I’ve got a fascinating guest post for you from the fantastic dinmicheals. As a huge Marvel fan myself I ask dinmicheals to list her favourite MCU movies. They don’t correlate exactly with my own choices, but it’s not far off. Enjoy!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been one of the best things to happen to this planet in the last 10 years. There are 4 MCU movies in the top 10 highest grossing films of all time (The Avengers Trilogy and Black Panther). That is no small feat, by any standards. The MCU has spawned 18 movies to date, with many more still in the works.
Indeed, from the very first movie (Iron Man) to the latest (Ant-Man & The Wasp), Marvel has tried to raise the bar every single time. They have been treating us to fictional worlds after fictional worlds. This is my top 10 list of MCU movies. As a fan of fictional worlds and immersive fantasy myself, I understand that you may have disagreements with my list. However, I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. Here we go:
· Ant-Man and The Wasp (Peyton Reed)
‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ has the benefit of being the latest release. However, this does not take away from the fact that the movie was a thrilling ride from start to finish. Peyton Reed takes the comedy in the MCU to a whole new level. Ant-Man and The Wasp is a comedy first, action second movie.
Ant-Man and The Wasp delivers on the quantum realm after the slight tease from the first Ant-Man movie. Furthermore, this movie shows us just how perfect Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Evangeline Lily (The Wasp) are together on-screen. They fit seamlessly together from start to finish — also, a special mention to ‘Luis and the Crew’ for their part in making the movie an absolute laugh-fest.
‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ has grossed over $622m and was the eighth highest grossing movie of 2018. Not bad at all.
· Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi)
At number 9 is another beautiful comedy movie and by far the best Thor movie of them all. Taika Waititi is his first Marvel movie absolutely nails it from start to finish. Thor: Ragnarok gives us a better look into the fictional worlds of the nine realms. Also, we see Thor’s emotional journey to save his home from his evil, previously unknown elder sister.
Thor: Ragnarok shows Loki at his very best, scheming and plotting his way through the movie. Also, Tessa Thompson is an absolute delight, bringing a different element and feel to this immersive fantasy movie. Last but certainly not the least, the fight scene between Thor and Hulk is worth the admission fee by itself. Stunning!!!
· Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts)
I honestly don’t think that if Marvel tried, that they could cast a better Spiderman than Tom Holland. He is absolutely perfect for the role. You almost forget that he is British. This was the second reboot of the Spiderman fantasy world, but it is well worth it.
The presence of Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau gives the film a delightful authenticity. We also see the effort and growth of ‘Peter Parker’ as he tries to navigate his way through high school. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a sublime introduction into the MCU fantasy world of Spiderman. I am confident that there will be sequels to come.
· Iron Man (Jon Favreau)
The number 7 spot belongs to the movie where it all started, Iron Man. Who would have thought that we would be here today, 17 movies later, reminiscing over the very first? Jon Favreau delivers a masterpiece into the fictional world of the MCU.
The casting of Robert Downey Jr. is one of the best decisions the MCU has ever made. It all started in this movie. He has made the Iron Man character his own. It is difficult to imagine that there might come a time when someone else would pick up that mantle. Until then, we cannot help but enjoy the awesomeness that is Robert Downey Jr.
· Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
The MCU struck gold with this movie. Black Panther has been an absolute sensation. IT even made more money that Infinity War in North America. It grossed a total of $1.35bn, earning a spot in the top 10 grossing movies of all time (No. 9). Furthermore, Black Panther is the highest grossing solo superhero film.
This movie took the world by storm. It is by far, one of the most impactful superhero movies ever made. It touches on subjects of slavery and racism in unique ways, showing us a different side. Let us not even get into the beautiful city of Wakanda, just wonderful. An immersive fantasy of the highest quality. “Wakanda Forever!!!”.
· The Avengers (Joss Whedon)
Into the top 5, we go. It pains me to put The Avengers so low on this list just because of how awesome the movie is. I literally cannot count the number of times I have watched this fantastic movie. It wasn’t until this movie that we all started to see the phenom that the MCU had started to become. It was an ensemble superhero movie, the likes we had never seen before.
The Avengers was just the perfect way to end Marvel Phase One. The superhero ensemble grossed a not-too-shabby $1.52bn during its theatrical run. The only Marvel movie to date with a higher gross is Infinity War. The Avengers took the world by storm in 2012. It represented a significant turning point for the MCU.
· Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo)
At number 4 is the second Captain America movie by MCU darlings, Joe & Anthony Russo. This was the first partnership between Joe & Anthony Russo and the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Likewise, this partnership is responsible for four MCU movies (Captain America 2 & 3, Avengers 3 & 4).
We never started to fully understand the depths of the power of Captain America until this movie. The Winter Soldier showed us Captain America at his best — a seasoned soldier at the height of his powers. Furthermore, the fight choreography in this movie is just off the charts. That fight sequence under the bridge between Bucky and Steve Rodgers; Goosebumps!
· Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn)
We can debate for eternity whether Disney should have fired James Gunn or not. However, one thing is clear: the man sure can make movies. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a breath of fresh air into the MCU. It was a wonderful movie that opened the avenue of space into the MCU. Likewise, this immersive fantasy movie was a laugh fest from start to finish.
The stars of this movie are the teams themselves. Each character as captivating as the other. All I can say is, I am Groot!
· Avengers: Infinity War (Joe & Anthony Russo)
I don’t have to say a lot about ‘Infinity War as it’s still very fresh in our memories. The ending of the movie leaves you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. Even till today, I am still in shock over the sheer number of characters that were lost to the snap. If fan theories are anything to go by, we might get to see our favorite characters again.
The anticipation leading up to this movie was simply astounding. This movie raises the stakes more than any MCU movie before it. Avengers: Infinity War is the highest grossing MCU movie, grossing an astronomical $2.05bn. Fingers crossed on if Avengers: Endgame would claim that spot. Likewise, it is the 4th highest grossing movie of all time. Amazing!
· Captain America: Civil War (Joe & Anthony Russo)
I am sure you must have guessed it already. If this movie was not already on this list, then it must be on top. That is where I’ve placed it in my top 10 MCU movies list. I do not even know why they bothered to name it Captain America: Civil War. Avengers 2.5 would’ve been a better title. The only major Avengers members missing in the movie were Thor and Hulk. It was star-studded from start to finish.
This immersive fantasy was a masterpiece served up by the partnership of the Russo Brothers and the team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It is an absolute delight from start to finish. That Berlin Airport sequence – Whew! Jaw dropping!
The margins between the top 5 movies are minimal. Putting one above the other is tough. However, if I had to choose, I would say that Captain America: Civil War totally deserves its place at the top of this list. I am more than confident that the MCU would give us more amazing movies in the years to come. Thank you for reading.
This week, I’ve got a fascinating guest post for you from the fantastic Bunneh3000. A fellow author and mega-geek I asked him to write a post about a geek topic of his choice and he picked Battlestar Galactica games that we all want to see. Enjoy!
Battlestar Galactica as a franchise is one that has a healthy cult following spawning from both well received TV series (late ’70s – ‘80s and the 2000s). The basic story follows the space-based remnants of the human race as they flee a cybernetic race called the Cylons, with whom they’ve had a long standing war.
Both stories emote a sense of desperation, placing the human race at a disadvantage throughout the story. The drama that ensued made for great television and the action, to this day, seems to be ripe for the video game industry to take on. Unfortunately, few games have been completed and those that have are considered ‘decent’ at best.
Of those that are decent, the most recent BSG: Deadlock game probably ties the older PS2/Xbox Battlestar Galactica game. Deadlock is a mash-up of XCOM and a turn-based style Homeworld strategy game that PC gamers can sink their teeth in. With its release in 2017, developer Slitherine will assuredly support this game with more DLC and updates to keep the game fresh and exciting for a little while longer.
The old PS2/Xbox game, however, played in a kind of 3rd person style flight sim like the old Star Wars Rogue Squadron games. Outside of those two games, there’s not much to be said.
In an effort to push developers to take a chance and bring glory back to the Colonial Fleet, here are a few wish list style game types that Battlestar Galactica could flourish in!
BSG Man’s Sky
For those who have played No Man’s Sky, you either are enthralled with the immense freedom or bored with the resource gathering routine needed to improve your little ship. Here’s the Battlestar Galactica game proposal:
With the immense size of No Man Sky’s universe and the format of resource gathering, there could be an interesting Battlestar Galactica storyline that could be forged. Parts of the TV series, before the location of Earth is found, is centered around a frantic search for the resources needed to supply the fleet as it fled the Cylons.
This game could make the No Man’s Sky engine a bit less open world-y and a bit more focused. The search for resources could have Cylon away teams sprinkled in along with maybe some ‘land defense of your base’ action. Then, with No Man’s Sky’s ability to launch into space and have space battles, you could also have your grand ship combat as you race to return to the Galactica!
While many gamers have mixed feelings about what Electronics Arts did with Star Wars Battlefront 2, the resulting game is still pretty great. The land combat is great and mixes in ‘heroes’ from the movies into the game that can quickly change the course of the battle.
Imagine being able to become any of the Cylon models or Star Buck or Athena or Kat, etc. The game then would also have the advantage of being able to play space battles well (as does the Star Wars version) with hero versions of the ships as well. Then you could possibly throw in an online persistent war (with different seasons) to mix things up with the modes and all of the sudden you have the game that Battlestar Galactica Online wishes it were!
Battlestar Pegasus Effect
Here the idea is to pair the stylings of Bioware’s legendary Mass Effect trilogy with a Battlestar Galactica skin. Mass Effect was a massive and exciting action RPG game that could arguably be considered a mashup of Star Trek and BSG to a degree. In it, you were the commander of your own ship hoping to save lives against an oncoming ridiculously overpowered threat.
The game had third person action combat as well as a bit of RPG elements where you upgraded your commander as well as your ship and shipmates. You managed your crew and even developed relationships with them. This last ‘character relationship’ aspect of Mass Effect seemingly fits right in with the sometimes exhausting character to character drama that either made it or broke it for Battlestar Galactica viewers of the later series.
With the demise of Mass Effect Andromeda, there could be a way to reimagine the series through the eyes of the Battlestar Pegasus. Since the TV show didn’t fully follow the Pegasus’ journey, a game of this style could flesh it out in a dramatic and fun way.
Battlestar Galactica Roguelike
So the gaming idea of a roguelike is to have a setup where the difficulty is high, death is permanent, and the replay value is high. By making every ‘playthrough’ procedurally different, you essentially make the game able to become a different experience everytime you play it. Games like FTL, Darkest Dungeon, and Enter The Gungeon all have interesting concepts that could work well.
FTL was a Star Trek styled game that played like a real time strategy game. The ‘board’ you played on was the layout of your ship. You either attacked other ships or you defended your ship from being boarded. All of these concepts are PERFECT for the BSG universe. You could be a commander ordering all parts of your ship to do certain actions based on the damage you receive and (to spice up the action) the damage your Colonial Fleet receives.
Darkest Dungeon was a D&D styled party based dungeon exploration game. It’s interesting concept was EVERYTHING that occurred could lead to members of your party developing traumatic mental and physical afflictions. They could become afraid of the dark, verbally abusive to party members, unwilling to obey your commands, as well as countless other things. Morale has a huge effect in this game and it could be an interesting game mechanic in a Battlestar Galactica game
Enter The Gungeon was more of an action shooter that stressed getting as far as you could in one life before dying and starting over again with only hard earned skills as what you can use again. In a BSG roguelike, this could be used to frustrate the player when pilots or crewmembers die, yet have the ability to grant bonuses if those characters were high ranking or found/developed useful tech.
Mash all of these up and I’m sure some indie developer could find a better than average gaming experience!
Battlestar Galactica VR
Now that we live in the age of VR coming into its own, there needs to be some sort of Colonial experience. Keep in mind, VR typically isn’t played for as long as other games to avoid ‘VR sickness’ so these ‘games’ will end up being less ambitious than the previous suggestions!
BSG Bridge Crew
Star Trek Bridge Crew showed that a fun multi-person bridge experience could work. Reskinning that came with the BSG universe doesn’t seem like it would be too hard. Essentially the concept is that each player is a specific role on the bridge: Captain, 2nd in Command, Communications, Weapons/Helm/Navigation, Engineering. (I’m certain others could be thought of but lets keep it simple).
The Captain gets his info and then must make rush decisions and give orders to everyone else. The others must use their hand controllers to push button and levers to do what the captain orders before something bad happens or to fix something bad. Sci-fi games of various space shows could probably fit this game model very well.
BSG Colonial Fleet Training
Here, you could do various Viper training missions as if you were in the cockpit. Thankfully, using a headset and not having to ‘walk around your room’ would work well with the VR headset anywhere. Missions could be short and sweet and the battles and sound could be quite immersive for a unique flight combat sim experience.
BSG Deadlock VR
Playing turn based strategy games can be hard given keyboard and mouse control schemes. If the control scheme for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock was more like a holographic war board where you could move your fleet with your hands (as your orders), then the speed of the whole experience could make things more enjoyable as well.
Do you agree with these choices?
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This poetry collection was originally written in Portuguese and then ‘translated’ into English. Instead of a direct translation, however, the poet used similar rhyme, rhythm and symbolism to recreate the atmosphere and emotion of the original. Both language versions are presented beautifully alongside one another.
The use of vocabulary, structure and rhythm in the collection are beautiful. The author has a stunning grasp of language and description, and each page is beautifully illustrated with gorgeous hand-drawn pictures. What makes this collection of poetry great is that each work is an extended metaphor of love and human connection as a dance. This gives the book a cohesive structure, even though each poem is self-contained.
My personal favourite poem from the collection is entitled ‘Hermaphrodite’. The use of rhyme and rhythm is exquisite and the language choices paint a lovely mental image.
I only have two criticisms. There are a few spelling errors in the translator notes which is unfortunate, considering how well translated the rest of the book is. The other criticism is that some of the poems have lovely use of language but it is difficult to see the meaning behind the words. The beauty of the language occasionally masks the intention, when the words should merely be a conduit for the meaning. This is merely my own opinion, however, and I am sure that every reader will take meaning from the poems in their own way.
Dancing-you is a passionate tale written in the shape of poems. Each poem is a moment of a story swaying through metaphors and literals of dance, myths, and philosophic thoughts. Bringing in mythological tales and gods, pagan beliefs, romance, spirituality, and mysticism. The fusion of two bodies as a puzzle. The merging of two souls as one. The merging of oneself with the own essence of life. A magical book, exquisitely crafted and illustrated in watercolor paintings and simultaneously displayed in two languages, Portuguese and English
Read more of Gisela Pereira’s work here:
Mythology, Folkore and Fantasy! Today I hand my blog over to the incredibly talented Vashti Quiroz-Vega as part of her Rave Reviews Book Club Tour:
Hi, everyone! Welcome to the sixth day of my virtual book tour. I’m very grateful to all of you who have been visiting the stops and also thankful to the wonderful hosts for welcoming me to their blogs.
“There was no sun in Floraison to torture us. We had brillantes, a time of divine light which was like the warmth of God’s smile. Here on earth, we have to endure days of glaring, fiery light which stings our bodies and perturbs our minds. In Floraison, we had nightglows when light dimmed to a soft glow, which reminded us that God was still near. Here, we have night––the absence of light when we are left on our own. I miss our home.” ~ Gadreel (exiled on Earth)
Gadreel is a popular character from the first book in my Fantasy Angels Series, The Fall of Lilith. She is also a supporting character in Son of the Serpent. In Floraison, Gadreel wrote poems and added music to the lyrics creating songs. Today, I’d like to showcase Gadreel by sharing a couple of short excerpts from The Fall of Lilith and one of her songs.
Excerpt : Goodbye, Dracul
“Have you ceased to believe in our cause?” Satan raised his eyebrows.
Gadreel rose to her feet and moved about, inspecting her fingernails. “I––I thought I would stay behind with the little prince.” She shifted her weight to the balls of her feet.
“Very well, but be certain this time he remains in the cave,” Satan said in a somber tone.
“I shall take good care of him.” She scratched her nose and avoided his eyes.
With a deep sigh, Satan hurried to join the others. As soon as he was gone, Gadreel planned her escape.
“Dracul, you are an intelligent little being, thus, I shall not fret to leave you on your own.” She held on to his shoulders.
“Why must you leave me?” Dracul’s eyes were large and doleful.
She passed her hand over his hairless head. “This may be difficult for you to understand but unlike Lilith, Satan and Samael, I yet wish to return to God’s good graces, and I am unable to obtain pleasure from destroying other beings. I am determined to never again allow Lilith to manipulate me into situations that make me feel unworthy of God’s love. There is good in you, Dracul. Remember that. Hold on to it despite what you see happening around you.” She kissed the top of his head. “Besides, I, too, have little ones like you. I miss them. I need to find them, for it has been too long since I have held them in my arms.”
“I shall go with you and help you find them.”
She kissed him again. “No, Dracul. If you follow me, I shall be punished. You must vow to stay in the cave until your father and mother return. Stay, I implore you. Otherwise my life shall be forfeit.”
Dracul nodded, wearing a frown. “I shall stay in the cave until my father returns.”
When his words of promise reached her ears, she took flight. She flew at full speed toward the beach where she last saw Dagon and her little mermaids.
Dracul followed her with his eyes until he could no longer see her. He lowered his head and sniffed, holding back tears.
When the others returned, they found him alone entertaining himself with a bat pup he found hanging upside down in the cave.
“Where is Gadreel?” Lilith scowled as she looked about the cave.
“She fled.” Dracul said. “But she made me promise to remain in the cave until you and my father returned.”
“What do you mean, she fled?” Lilith’s face flushed a raging red.
“She said she needed to find her little ones––like me.” Dracul looked as innocent as a daisy. His pet bat now hung from one of his horns and he giggled.
“And you allowed her to leave?” Lilith yelled, making him jump.
“Enough! Do not yell at our son! He is an innocent,” Satan said. “It is not his doing that Gadreel abandoned us.”
Excerpt: Gadreel’s Song
Gadreel flew in darkness and in light, only stopping to eat and rest. She did not fear Lilith’s certain retaliation for her desertion. Her mind was focused: she wished to reunite with her little mermaids. She was liberated, no longer dominated by Lilith, whose only thought was to seek revenge on God.
After some time, she arrived at the beach where Fornues was laid to rest, and where she last saw Dagon and her daughters. She tiptoed to the edge of the water and stared to sea. The azure, never-ending ocean was calm and untroubled. It sparkled under the sun, but she saw no sign of Dagon or her children.
Gadreel entered the water. She waded to a nearby flat rock jutting from the ocean. She sat on its surface with folded legs. The ocean breeze played with her curly hair, the color of desert sand in the late afternoon sunlight. Once comfortable, she gazed across the ocean once more certain somewhere underneath the surface her little mermaids swam with their father. She began to sing:
Keenly, I watch my infants’ eyes,
dreading the stares, and soft sighs,
I’m blinded by what they surmise.
They mesmerize; they mesmerize.
Like new exotic samplings,
Shown with Dagon’s unique offerings,
They’re my blessings; They’re my blessings
Soon there dawned an epiphany;
Daughters of our love’s symphony,
Scintillas of our harmony.
True synchrony! True synchrony!
We shared moments evanescent,
When they flourished luminescent.
Now where fishes float florescent,
Is their descent, is their descent.
My heart was lilt in their gaze,
Wilts now in their absence and blaze
Deprived of their love, is to faze
As in a daze, as in a daze.
Emptiness is all fills my core.
My soul burns with hunger once more.
My daughters, I long to adore,
Come to the shore! Come to the shore!
I fear I shall starve, o’er my babes,
Lest their dulcet gaze meet my face.
With time, I’ll be part of this place,
Singing their praise! Singing their praise!
Oh, bring back my mermaids, love-charm!
Come now, or I’ll make loud alarm,
Until my last breath suffers harm!
Cold rocks, no warmth! Cold rocks, no warmth!
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Vashti Quiroz-Vega is a writer of Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller. Since she was a kid she’s always had a passion for writing and telling stories. It has always been easier for her to express her thoughts on paper.
She enjoys reading almost as much as she loves to write. Some of her favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin.
She enjoys making people feel an array of emotions with her writing. She likes her audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.
When she isn’t building extraordinary worlds and fleshing out fascinating characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband JC and her Pomeranian Scribbles who is also her writing buddy.
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A thrilling Arthurian-style adventure
by Mike Shelton
Today, I am featuring a fantastic Arthurian teen and young adult book by Mike Shelton.
It is a brand new release and priced at only $3.99. It’s too good to miss!
How much wizard power is too much?
Some people are born with magical powers.
Others are not.
It’s that simple.
Roland Tyre, High Wizard of the Citadel, has always wanted to be the most powerful wizard in the land and adored by all. But there is already someone else that vies for that title – Bakari, the Dragon King; one of his best friends.
While Bakari and the dragon riders race off to find the lost dragon artifacts and the mythical golden dragon, Roland discovers his own magical artifact that gives him the opportunity to increase his own powers and influence in the land.
Can friendships survive greed for power? And who will emerge as the most powerful wizard in the land?
A grand adventure awaits with powerful wizards, kidnappings, traitors, kingdoms changing hands, and of course dragons and other magical creatures.
Is the Golden Dragon real and if so, who will find him first?
This is a follow-on series to The Alaris Chronicles, but can be read as a stand-alone series also.
Grab your copy here today!
Mike Shelton is the author of the YA/Teen fantasy series The Cremelino Prophecy, The Alaris Chronicles, and The TruthSeer Archives. Follow Mike’s work here:
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The results of my fan survey made very interesting reading!
Thank you to those of you who have signed up to my fan list so far.
A few weeks ago I distributed a fan survey to see what my readers wanted to know about my books. It was most interesting! (Other authors who focus on world-building may find these results interesting too!)
Here is a summary of the fan survey results to date:
Question: Which of my books have you read?
Question: Which elements of my extended world would you like to know more about?
Question: Which of my protagonists is your favourite?
Question: Which of my antagonists is your favourite?
Are you a fan of The Light and Shadow Chronicles or The Phoenix Project? If so, I want to hear from you!
Over the past few years I’ve tried lots of different marketing tactics, social media platforms etc and I’ve come to the conclusion that quite a lot of it is a waste of time and money. It helps for exposure, of course, but it doesn’t produce sales or convert people into fans.
Then I heard about Kevin Kelly’s ‘1000 true fans’ model – which suggests that if you can get 1000 true fans of your work or product, they are infinitely more valuable than tens of thousands of non-engaged randoms. (You can hear Kevin talk about it more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlg3808gDic)
So, my aim is to identify my real fans. Those of you who look forward to my new releases, who are interested in how I write or where I get my ideas from, and most importantly, those of you who are immersed in my fantasy world and are desperate for the next installment.
It’s entirely possible that there will only be one or two of you who consider yourself true fans, but that’s okay – you’re still more valuable than my random 10.1K twitter followers! I’ve put together this form to gather information on my fans – who you are, what you want from me, and what I should write next.