I will be focusing my project on my first novel. This book was originally published through InfinityPublishing.com in 2005. It was one of six finalist in USABookNews awards in 2006, and received the Eric Hoffer Award for Commercial Fiction in 2007.
Despite those achievements, I have been unable to successfully market this book, as well as its sequel. The most obvious reason for my failure is the lack of "how to" experience/knowledge. Like most other writers I have encountered, I prefer to spend my time 'writing', and I know 'little to nothing' about 'selling'. Also, I feel the book is at a disadvantage because it does not contain graphic sex or violence (and no vampires!) :)
The book's description reads as such:
"Commander Shance Delray has endured more than his share of bad luck. An asteroid ends up on a collision course with his home on Grahba, he is shot down in battle—twice, and he finds himself falsely imprisoned in the mines beneath Sarzan, fighting for his life. Yet, in spite of all of this, only meeting Nadeena can bring him to his knees.
'In the Light of the Passing: Book 1' is a fast-paced adventure set on distant worlds. In this fantasy/romance novel, a young commander is torn away from his people mere days before an asteroid is scheduled to impact their colony. While testing one of the evacuation ships, Commander Shance Delray barely survives an attack by a massive warship. When he regains consciousness, he is far from home and in the midst of strangers. Believing his people have perished in the asteroid strike, Shance is drawn into yet another struggle. Ignoring the danger, he agrees to lead a fighter squadron to Sarzan in an attempt to save the miners imprisoned beneath evil Commander Vallance's city. Only upon victory does Shance learn that he has been deceived to gain his cooperation; despite the odds, his people are alive. Knowing he must return to them, Shance is torn between his obligations as a leader and his love for Nadeena, Vallance's daughter. The time of the Passing is upon them and, when the twenty long days have passed, both Shance and Nadeena will have learned the meaning of commitment, the power of destiny, and the strength—as well as the fear—that lies buried in the human heart.
Page-turning adventure and true-to-life emotions fill this 122,000 word novel. While everyday reality may seem mundane and predictable, "In the Light of the Passing: Book 1" convinces readers, from age 14 to 104, that fate and destiny not only exist, but refuse to be denied."
Last year, I released the Kindle edition and did a KDP 'freebie'. Unaware that there was more to do than simply 'set up' the event on Amazon, I gave away all of 87 copies (sadly, I thought that was pretty good!) I have another promo set starting on April 30th, and I have thus far spent about 12 hours simply submitting the info to various websites who will push it for me. In short, I NEED to learn about all of the other methods of promoting, and I need to get comfortable wearing a 'marketing hat.'