The ebook and paperback for Commune 4 goes live starting December 8th!
Get ready for the end.
One of my incredibly lovely readers (why, hello there, Lisa) happened to post up in our Facebook group page that she’d noticed Commune 3 was listed at #3 in the general Sci-Fi best sellers list over at Audible.
I was pretty stoked by this news, to say the least. Hitting #1 in the Post-Apocalyptic sub-category on Audible (and holding that spot for weeks at a time) was something I’m blessed to say my books had already done. Even so, it’s a comparatively small category; only 1,600 or so titles. General Sci-Fi and Fantasy is a larger playground, upwards of 36,000+ titles with some true heavy-hitters dominating the top of the stack. In the past, I think the highest I ever got in that list was something like #15, so a #3 was a hell of a nice surprise.
Then I started goofing around and said, “I wonder if I’m anywhere in the top 100 for all categories combined?”
That’s a huge list. I don’t even know how many titles comprise everything Audible has in their catalogue. It’s a list I’ve never come near and didn’t expect to come near for a long time.
Commune: Book Three was at #71 on the top 100 list for All Categories Combined when I looked at it.
That’s on its second day of availability. For an independent author who has, to date, no marketing savvy (or really budget) to speak of.
To say that this is directly attributable to the power of my readers (not to mention all you Brayniacs out there) is a gross understatement. Thank you all so much for driving these books to this level.
This despite the numerous download issues that were reported this morning. Thank you all so much for putting me on the map.
There has to be something wrong with you to do this well, I think. Some writers happen to be mentally balanced individuals that can compartmentalize appropriately. Others of us are prone to a spectrum of dysfunction. Depression, obsessive compulsion, substance dependency, insomnia.
I do not know which version creates the better work. I do know that the one person who protects me from myself is very good, and is very much better than I am, and that I owe her more than she will ever owe me. Thank heavens I am not crazy enough to forget that.
I’m doing more interviews and on-line stuff these days, so I thought I’d post an event calendar for you guys to keep up with and figure out if you want to come see what I’m up to. Most of these things will be on-line streams, I think. Maybe some live appearances at some point, though there’s nothing immediate in the pipeline.
Hey, all. Just a heads-up as you wait (patiently or not) for C3 to drop. Wolves is coming on the 6th (a very good chance that it drops before mine) and you can pre-order it right now. It’ll help you get that Post-Apocalyptic fix if you’re getting twitchy. Pre-order link provided in the clickable image 🙂
Be warned: you don’t dive into these books looking for hard sci-fi or realism. These are some great, old-fashioned mutant monster stories with a fresh twist. Also airships. R.C. Bray is there too…
This morning I approved the finalized chapters for C3 over at ACX. That means the book is now running through Audible’s quality control process, after which it should post to Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. This process usually takes between 10 and 14 days, so it’s looking pretty damned close. I’ll notify you all through every channel I have once it’s available for purchase. The final run time on this one clocks in right around 19 hours.
I want to take a minute to congratulate R. C. Bray for the work he’s done on this entry. The man continues to transform my words into things greater than they were when I first cobbled them together, often times taking the characters in directions I’d not anticipated, though his instincts always end up being correct in the end. Anyone could “narrate” these books but Bob performs them in ways that continue to shock and amaze.
I am, indeed, a lucky man.
Trent Reznor, NIN, The Slip, Lights in the Sky
Video by Kevin Carrier