Fall to Earth has been on the Amazon bookshelf for a week. It's interesting how little I know about marketing in terms of implementation, but I know how to advertise and the metrics (who doesn't love numbers, right?). The first batch of signed books are nearly gone - sent to beta readers and supporting friends, family and fans. Thanks!
So how's it going? It's my first book, so I have a negligible footprint in the online author world and there are some lines of preparation that didn't pan out and some that I didn't explore. I've achieved some interesting milestones based on the niche I've entered. Fall to Earth is #1 in New Releases in the Mythology category and it's broken the Top 20 sellers in that category despite being primarily a science fiction novel with mythological elements [quick check that it's #15]. From the standpoint that the book is out in the wild is interesting. Most would find it daunting, and I often read writing blogs that discuss the specter of self-doubt and imposter syndrome. But to me, the story is mine, but it's not a baby--it's just a my creation to interpret as you wish. Not liking it doesn't hurt my feelings. I'm interested if there are problems with the story itself or the delivery. If you've read it, drop me a line and let me know what you think. I'm also in the hunt for any novella ideas you might have--if you've like a particular character or story thread and want to know more, I'd like to hear that as well.
I'm reading The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison. I'm not sure what to make of it in terms of science fiction and story appeal. At the halfway point, I'm going to let it play out and see if the payoff is worth the price of admission. I'm also reading L.S. King's Sword's Edge. I struggle with the need for constant use of archaic writing beyond dialogue, but the juxtaposition of medieval and alien piques my interest.