Here we are again. This time with the afterword-thing for Threads that Bind the Tempest. This is probably the most disjointed one of the lot, but it makes sense given what Threads that Bind the Tempest is. I could have put this before or after the book, but I put it after. I don’t know. It made sense there.

Of course, I recorded myself reading it.

A Paradoxical Tapestry

Threads was always a part of the title. Threads that Bind was a running title I had for awhile but I needed to work something related to air or wind into the title. That was to keep with the clear elemental motif I had going on. Fire, water, then, this one, air. Earth would follow, but for then it was all wind and air.

So I threw in ‘the Tempest’. I had a title that rolled in a way with all those ‘t’s, was similar to my envisioning of the title and incorporated air.

I had a title that didn’t make much sense. Threads that bind the tempest. What does that mean, concretely? That didn’t really matter. Beyond all notion of sense, it worked. It worked as …

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Lost in Amazon(ia)

How I am getting screwed by an erotica novelist with the same name as me.


Amazon is the largest distributor for ebooks. The numbers vary, but all remain consistent: Amazon is the big no. 1. It is the essential market for selling ebooks and for self-published authors.

Authors like myself.

In late April I self-published on Amazon my YA science-fiction/fantasy novel, How to Stop Wildfire. I also published two short-story-ish things on Amazon and Smashwords.

For How to Stop Wildfire I went KDP Select: went exclusive. Which I am no longer.

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The review the rating is attached to actually speaks nicely about my book so please don’t judge me too harshly. I am trying.

But all of that is really is not important. What does matter is my name.

My name is Sarah Sunday. That is my birth name. Not a pen name. Quite unique, right? Whatever. That really is not important.

What is important is that another author is using it (I’m guessing) as a pen name. And this author is an erotica novelist. I don’t have anything against erotica writers. I honestly do not care.



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Book marketing is probably the most draining aspect of being a self-published author. Writing the book wasn’t enough. Now you have to convince everyone else to bother reading it.

Yay.

I really hate marketing. It feels hollow and dishonest. But you know what feeling is worse? No one reading your book. Which, in this era of the book market being extremely oversaturated and increasingly so, is a real possibility. A serious one that you should consider.

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My life

So we, as crazy self-published authors, are basically forced into shilling for our product or else our book sales will forever look like the above graph.

And also in this era are the practically hundreds of different ways for you to do that. I am not going to get into a huge analysis of which ways work best or say you should pay money to ‘x’ service because they have good ratings and people say it is worth it. I hate that philosophy. Paying money to make more money is a tried and true option, but with advertising a self-published book it feels too dangerous. I don’t have that much capital, either, so the risk is multiplied for me. I don’t think …

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How to Stop Wildfire and the subsequent books are based on a non-omniscient third-person point of view. Certain characters get to color the narration. And some, the titular ‘Trinity and the One,’ have an accessible thought process. A stream of consciousness. I like to think of the POV as like a microphone that the Trinity and the One characters seize from each other. That is why POV can change within a page. It is a fluid prospect.

But for the majority of How to Stop Wildfire these POV characters are not operating within the same space. They are separated. So in HTSW there are some chapters with only one point of view. I did a quick analysis and created this chart:

A pretty even distribution, if I do say so myself.

Yet chapters have a variety of different lengths. So I did a word-count breakdown of those chapters by point of view. So all the Hequera chapter’s words would be lumped into one and so on.

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The main problem with this chart is that I placed the chapter ‘Rebound’ into mixed: the vast, VAST, majority of it is King Fla’neiel’s POV. There is this one small part with Cyclone’s …

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