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The Road to Publishing – On the Street (Part III)

Wow! I have my manuscript edited, the self-publishing is finished, and now….  what do I do with my book?

If you are going through a vanity press or other self-publishing service, it is a little easier; they do all the “leg work” for you. If not it is just a matter of creating accounts on the various distribution channels (websites) and uploading the book that the formatting service should have prepared for you. The sites that I am currently using are:

CreateSpace and Ingram Spark will distribute your books to a variety of sales points, including Amazon and Barns & Noble On-line. This is important because, according to one publisher’s content editor that I recently heard speak, Amazon currently sells over 70% of all books.

Once you have your book uploaded it takes as much as a couple of weeks for the cover to appear, but the text and opportunity to purchase the book is quicker.  So, where are you?  You are now on the edge of the marketing cliff. The lake is deep so jump in… you can’t just wade around in the shallow spots.

Marketing P bulletsTraditionally, marketing included product, price, placement, and promotion, but the internet, social media, and spamming ads are changing that approach.  Unknown, image downloaded from Google. I intend to write more on marketing in the future.


Everyone should agree, the key is making the connection with readers. It is easy to get lost in the crowd, but you cannot ignore Amazon if the speaker I heard is correct. There is a lot of debate how effective social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, etc, are at 1) reaching readers, and 2) encouraging sales. There are also genre specific author coops like FSFNet.com who specialize in Fantasy and Science Fiction authors/books. Recently, I submitted an article to LeRue Press‘s paper, What’s the Story. Lastly, plan on going to book signings; other than Amazon, getting in front of readers is essential. Word of mouth promotions is always a good thing.

I would encourage you, the writer/author, to use as many of the above channels as possible, time allowing. Keep in touch.

Holiday Cheer & the Coming Year


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Amanda’s Quest was released on December 8, 2015, and has received its first ratings: all 5 stars from Goodreads fans. I hope that you are enjoying your copy too. Amanda’s Quest is doing well on Amazon, which will be the only outlet for the eBook format until March 2016. It is available in paperback through most distribution points. The hard back format should be available in January 2016.

2015-1227 Goodreads Ratings

I have been invited to and confirmed attending an interview on LRP’s Book Hound Radio starting at 4:00 pm on January 4th. I will update this post with information as it becomes available.

I also had a tremendous opportunity this Christmas to send out wishes with a number of other authors from around the world. You can view our video at: Christmas Wishes from Authors Around The World

My Work In Progress (WIP) for 2016 will be The Light of Ak’ron (c), book three of the Kingdom of Torrence series. The title was introduced in Amanda’s Quest by the Master of Bards, Reginald Rhinestone during the annual Bards’ Festival. I hope that Toni Rakestraw will agree to edit book three. Most certainly, I hope to continue my association with Streetlight Graphs for book formatting and cover design.

Thank your for all your interest and support. I am looking forward to a fantastic 2016. And now, off to Toys-R-Us to replace my grandson’s Moosey ….



Guest Blog by Brae Wyckoff

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I met Brae at the Great American Authors Exposition in Reno last spring. I have had the pleasure of speaking with him on several occasions since. He is a wonderful person and a talented author.



By Brae Wyckoff, author of The Horn King Series

I have been asked numerous times to talk about the fantasy genre and what it means to me. At first, I only thought it to be an absurd question because it seemed black and white to me but as time has gone by and the more I truly think about this question in particular it is now that I am ready to answer this.

We have all heard the slogan “good vs evil” which is part of the foundation of good fantasy stories but that is not the core value in my eyes. As a writer who passionately loves this genre I searched deep and found that the root of all fantasy is based on destiny and purpose. As a reader I am eager to get into a story where I can relate or want to be the main character. Why? Because they have a calling in their life and they are stepping into, sometimes on purpose while other times due to circumstance, their destiny. Each of us has a call on our lives. We dream about it. We want it to unfold and to know what we are supposed to do in our life. Destiny is not something we wait for but something to be discovered.

The Orb of Truth is my first book and it has won several awards and has been compared to Lord of the Rings and Dungeon and Dragons.


Voted #1 Best Fantasy Book Under the Radar!

Voted #1 Best Christian Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book!

Voted #1 Best Indie Fantasy Book!

Voted #1 Best World Building!

Voted #1 Epic Fantasy Worth Your Time!

Voted #1 Awesome Action!

Voted #1 Best Supporting Characters!

The Dragon God is the sequel and has been stated to be better than the first book.


 Voted “BEST New Epic Fantasy” 

Rated “TOP Fantasy Book” for a series

Here are some reviews:

“Fans of Tolkien should lap up Brae Wyckoff’s book. Can Wyckoff actually write? Yes he can.” San Francisco Book Review

 “With magic rocks and dwarf slaves, this is a cross between Temple of Doom and Lord of the Rings.”Raven Reviewer

 About the Author

Brae Wyckoff is an award winning and internationally acclaimed author, born and raised in San Diego, CA. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Jill, for over 20 years, and they have three children. He has a beautiful grandson named Avery. Brae has been an avid RPG gamer since 1985. His passion for mysterious realms and the supernatural inspired him to write The Orb of Truth, the first in a series of fantasy action adventures.

What’s next for Brae Wyckoff?

The third book, The Vampire King, will be out early 2015.

He also has his first children’s book set in the same fantasy genre and utilizing the same characters. Illustrations will be done by a Disney artist and is set to come out early 2015.


June 14, 2013 – What Has Happened This Week… WOW!

I apologize that it has been two weeks since my last post. I have been working on revising The Legend of Jerrod, trying to post to social media (Facebook /kingdom.torrence Twitter @kingdomtorrence & Goodreads), and I have officially started the first draft of Amanda’s Quest. I have also been communicating with the 2013 San Francisco Book Faire staff about post-faire issues (Honorable Mention in Science Fiction category). Tonight I signed a release so The Legend of Jerrod can potentially be listed in a magazine in August. Wow!

Holding my breath…

I received another great review from a reader: http://www.amazon.com/The-Legend-Jerrod-Torrence-ebook/product-reviews/B00B62FHEU/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Authors love to hear from their readers. Thank you all.

There are almost as many opinions about what should be in an author’s blog as there are authors’ blogs. Some argue the readers only want to know about your book(s). Others suggest writing about your author life, but not about personal issues. At least a few advise that readers want to know about the author and the author’s life. I will try to cut the fine line as delicately as possible.

I have been preoccupied with family and employment issues the last couple of weeks. The end of the school year is always busy. I also try to do volunteer work for a soccer league. I am reading The Druid Tree (available in the bookstore at FriesenPress.com) to research druids. My reading list includes books on magic and witchcraft. If I had time I would be studying fencing. Like everyone else, I keep plugging away.

I look forward to bringing you Amanda’s Quest in the next year. I hope you are enjoying reading The Legend of Jerrod and that you are passing that enjoyment on to others., But, for now, good night my friends.

March 8, 2013 – My Week

Just a short note on the author’s week…

I was invited to a Signing on April 27, 2013, at Grassroots Bookstore in Reno, Nevada. I love talking with readers. I wrote The Legend of Jerrod because I wanted to provide an enjoyable story for readers. When my children were small I told them bedtime stories of the forest animals and how the animals got along. I told the stories so often that I did not think I could ever forget them. I guess I should have written them down.

You can find Grassroots Books at: http://grassrootsbooks.com/

Shout Outs: I had a couple of really interesting conversations with fans and authors this week.

Sebastian White (Twitter @SebWrites) discussed authors struggling to focus on their writing, finding time to write. I also had a great conversation with Rachel Thompson (Twitter @BadRedheadMedia) about Amazon’s rule precluding authors from reviewing books. Teresa Cypher (Twitter @Teresa_Willow) and I discussed the willingness of authors to help one another. David Allen Kimmel (Twitter @dak1963) offered a perplexing question regarding Star Wars or Star Trek. Which would you prefer?

I am intrigued by Daniel Beazley (Twitter @DanielBeazley) storey about a happy Orc. M.G. Edwards (Twitter @m_g_edwards) is writing a book on her six month trek through Europe and Asia. Carol Bodensteiner (Twitter @CABodensteiner), writes about life in Iowa. I have also become acquainted with a poet, Teresa J Franklin (Twitter @ tjfpoems); she has some marvelous art on her FB fan page. Teresa has her poetry available on her web page: https://sites.google.com/site/tjfpoems/home Rebecca King (Twitter @RebeccaKing123), romance author, also has a remarkable picture on her Twitter page. Melissa Craig (Twitter @MelissaKCraig) and I discussed the writing styles of authors’ gender. H.L. Stephens (Twitter @HL_Stephens) indicated that she has started looking for an agent.

Thank you for all the wonderful discussions.

I have not written much this week. I have been focused on getting my picture taken for my media packet. Scott Westover of NSSP Photography  http://www.nevadasportphoto.com/ took the final pictures. I will be working on the media packet this weekend and, hopefully, a little on the second book in the Kingdom of Torrence series, Amanda’s Quest. I am also arranging to have The Legend of Jerrod reviewed.