2016/06/10

Happy Anniversary, Nethereal!

Nethereal - Brian Niemeier

My indie publishing adventure began one year ago today when my first novel, Nethereal, went live on Amazon.

It's been a wild ride, to say the least. In the past year, I've released my first book's sequel, Souldancer, put together a second edition of Nethereal based on your feedback, got nominated for a Campbell Award, and received a coveted BOOK BOMB from super author Larry Correia that you guys made the fourth most successful he's ever done!

Book Bomb
Do not underestimate the power of a Book Bomb!
It's been said that half of self-published authors only earn $500 a year and sell about 250 books.

When I started this little publishing enterprise, I had no idea what sort of outcome to expect. It was entirely possible that everyone would hate my writing--or worse, ignore it.

Thanks to you, my growing ranks of readers and my fellow author friends, my first year sales have crushed the numbers cited above. I can't thank you enough.

I now know that it's possible to self-publish for a living. There's still some altitude to gain before I reach that lofty peak, but it's now much closer than the ground.

No turning back now.

I hope you'll join me on the way up. And bring a friend.

What does the coming year hold? What's really exciting is that I have no more idea what to expect this year than I did last year. Anything could happen!

One thing I do know: Soul Cycle Book III, the penultimate entry in the series, is coming along quite well. I'm aiming for a late 2016 launch, so watch this blog for updates and release dates.

In the meantime, what's an anniversary without gifts?

Nethereal, the SFF book that started it all, is on sale today for $2.99 in the Kindle Store.



Already own Nethereal? Get the even better sequel Souldancer right now for the same low price!


Have you already read Nethereal and/or Souldancer but have been waiting to leave a review? What better time than on this auspicious day to share your informed opinions with me and Amazon's customers?

Honest Amazon reviews benefit authors in several ways. For one thing, they figure into the Kindle Store's ranking algorithm. Plus, Amazon ramps up their promotional efforts for books with 50 or more reviews. Last but not least, feedback is good. I read every review, and as Nethereal 2nd ed. shows, I listen to reviewer feedback.

Writing a review can seem daunting, but don't worry! It's perfectly fine to leave something as simple as, "I really liked this," or "The story wasn't to my taste." Every little bit helps.

Thanks to all the folks who have already left reviews. If you'd like to express your opinion, please consider leaving a review for Nethereal, Souldancer, or both today.


4 comments:

  1. Congratulations on an amazing first year, Brian! May the next year be even better!

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    1. Thanks! You're one of the folks who helped make it happen.

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