Fireflies & Laserbeams

The Store is Open!

Saturday February 6, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Merchandise | Leave Comments

When you read Effacement you will encounter a certain gal who has some attitude and along with that a selection of T-shirts to show her feelings for the day. You can now buy an assortment of those shirt in lots of different sizes and colors at my Etsy store. There is also a new link at the top if you didn't notice.

Shop Here!

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Effacement release lessons learned

Friday February 5, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Book Release | Leave Comments

As hard as I worked for this book release I still wasn't really ready. I think I rushed it a bit, simply because I was so excited to have a book out in the real world!

I should have developed a team to review the book out of the gate. I still don't have a single review on Amazon yet. That was a mistake. I have broken the top 500 in one category, but gains are fleeting unless you keep selling. I did get one 5 star review on Goodreads from a professional reviewer, so that was incredible and affirming.

I am still recruiting people to do book reviews. I've opened an account on Bookfunnel and StoryOrigin. If you contact me on my Facebook page you could get a free book to review that way even. Reviews actually carry weight in the algorithms on Amazon, so it's pretty important to grab those as quick as possible. I've read that 50 seems to be the magic number but that isn't verified, if that is even possible.

I learned a lot about Facebook ads, and Amazon ads and Bookbub ads. I should've prepared sooner to do a build up on Bookbub prior to my book release. They have a decent book launch program, but it all costs money.

I learned about building a mailing list and how to grow it using list sharing and giveaways. I don't have a lot to give away quite yet, but that will come as I write more books. I'm several thousand dollars in the hole at this point, with editing costs and ad costs, and ISBN costs, and distribution costs at Ingram, but these are all up front and the book is alive now and will be forever. I'm proud of what I put out and hopefully this will be something that will pay me back for a long time to come. But if not, it was certainly worth lessons in cover design, formatting, distribution, and marketing that I will take with me for the next book.

I am going to work on creating a how to self publish guide while it is all still fresh in my mind.

This part of the journey is almost over. Just pump the ads occasionally and do a couple of promos. Speaking of which, there will be one coming up next month where the book will go on sale for $0.99 on Amazon. It will run from March 8th to the 15th. Hopefully, I can arrange for a Bookbub promotion at the same time.

I am pursuing an audiobook version on ACX, which will be available on audible at some point. More on that as it develops. I did send out my first newsletter today, so that is a milestone. If you aren't a subscriber there is a link on the top right. And here.

In the meantime I work on the next book, Vim Dicaré, Book One of the Mészárosa Trilogy. I would love to have you onboard as part of my street team for the next launch!

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Interested in being a book reviewer for my new book?

Tuesday February 2, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Novel Publicity | Leave Comments

If you are interesting in getting a review copy of Effacement you can do that here. All I ask is that you post an honest review of the book. This is on StoryOrigin. I will tell you that signing up is not a guarantee you will get a free book. I will look at your review history. I just want to be up front with you.

Reviews are the best thing you can do for an author you like. Buy their book and tell your friends would probably come first, but posting a review would be a very close second.

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Reboot – Effacement is now live!

Sunday January 31, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | cover reveal | Leave Comments

I beg your indulgence for this first time author.

I received a 5-star review from Paul Goat Allen, a professional book critic who has worked with Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and BlueInk Reviews, to name a few, and he was kind enough to reach out to me with some suggestions to make it even better. He thought the title and cover were not making it clear who I was marketing this book to. He thought it was going to be a police procedural based on the title and cover.

I took his advice to heart and have relaunched the book with a new name and a new cover. Otherwise it is basically the same book.

Those of you who bought the first edition have a collectors edition now. The story is the same.

Check out the book at Amazon here!

If you missed the first link to the review you can see it on Goodreads here.

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Mountweazels and Liars

Monday January 25, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Silly | Leave Comments

As I am wont to do, I went down another internet rabbit hole last night. I love learning new and interesting trivia.

If anything this post is more for my own repository. My girlfriend and I are taking turns reading chapters of a new book to each other. It is The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams. Interestingly, she references in the preface a jungftak. It is a ficticious bird used as what is now called a mountweazel. The use of mountweazel comes from a fictitious entry in the 1975 edition of the New  Columbia Encyclopedia. The link above will tell you all about it. The Webster's Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language (1943) inserted jungftak into its lexicon as a mountweazel, before the word was ever created.

Paraphrased from the book jacket flap of The Liar's Dictionary: Mountweazel (n.) - the phenomenon of false entries within reference works to safeguard against copyright infringement.

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Only a Little Blood is out in Print!

Saturday January 23, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Uncategorized | Leave Comments

Turns out my timing was slightly off with my book release. The print version is available Now!

I spent long hours working on the formatting, for both the interior and exterior. Having never done this before, it took so many iterations that I lost count. The first night I was up until 2 am, and thought I had it solved. Two days later I finished the last iteration. It should certainly be in good shape now.

I hope you all enjoy Only a Little Blood!

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My First Book is for Sale! (well, pre-order anyway)

Wednesday January 20, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Novel Publicity | Leave Comments

It's a momentous day for me. After twelve years at this I am finally putting out my shingle as an author. I was up until 2 am working on formatting for the print book and it will be out soon on Amazon. I am still loading it on other sites. But it is up for Presale now on Amazon KindleUnlimited, and will be exclusive there for ebook for the next three months. You will be able to get print additions elsewhere very soon.

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Cover Reveal! Only a Little Blood

Monday January 18, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | cover reveal | Leave Comments

I hope you like it. I hired it out, didn't like it, so I ended up making my own. The story is a near future thriller.

Here is the back cover blurb:

In the future, serious crime has all but disappeared. With the advent of BioNarratus’s Vitasync neurochip, recording every aspect of your life has become the law. Without it you can’t get a bank account, medical insurance, or a job. Unbeknownst to Cole Westbay, a government agency is bent on using the neurolink tools he helped develop to target and kill potential enemies. Before he can act, he wakes with his neurochip destroyed and his recent memory wiped.
Now the centerpiece of a government conspiracy and the target of every newsgroup on the planet, he’s on the run trying to solve the mystery before they shut him up permanently.

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