Holiday Ebook Discount! Upcoming Promotions and More

Merry Christmas all. Just a quick holiday update: From Christmas Day through January 7th, Icons One will be available for just 99 cents (!!!) on Amazon's Kindle Store, Kobo, and Smashwords. Furthermore, we will be running promotions for the Kindle version throughout the month of January--simply put, it's going to either be 99 cents or free the entire month for Kobo. So do go ahead and check that out!

Through a rather odd circumstance, I stumbled upon www.tapas.io, which if you don't know is a wonderful Korean-based website for web comics and, more recently, novels. So enamored was I with their setup that I decided to go ahead and post the first chapter of Icons One there. Go check it out, leave some likes and subscribe--but check out the other talents there, because it's a pretty lively place. I was happy with it. 

Our first goodreads giveaway had over 900 requests, I was very happy about this. I'll be running another one next week. You can check out the goodreads page for Icons One here

Time to go polish off a bottle of gin and ponder the meaning of my existence. Again, Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. 

 

 

PAPERBACK HAS ARRIVED!

After a long, long wait, which no doubt many of you have been eagerly anticipating--or maybe you haven't, it's all good--the PAPERBACK VERSION of the Icons One has arrived! 

Note: crossaints are not paleo

Note: crossaints are not paleo

It takes a few days for Amazon to merge the paperback page with the kindle version, so for now here is the link to the paperback on Amazon.com, where it's on sale for $8.95. For my beloved UK friends, here is the link on amazon.co.uk, where it will cost you £6.79. Europe and elsewhere, I will announce where to purchase as the paperback is distributed worldwide. 

For those of you who have been waiting to buy a paperback copy, many thanks for your patience. The process was a bit more complicated than I anticipated--whether it be developing the full cover, formatting the book, checking for last minute glitches (thanks again Ilse)--and while it was tempting to rush, I knew it was prudent to get everything right so that I could get you the best version of the book possible. I feel we've accomplished that, and I'm proud to say that, finally, I can look at stare up at my own book on the shelf and say--well, I actually have to crane my neck over to look at it, which is annoying, and it's laying on its back atop other books so I can't see it, but you know... I can finally say the first one is here. 

Please remember if you like the book to leave a review on Amazon. It's really the best way for me to keep this going, and it means a lot to get the feedback. 

Thanks again to all who have supported me along the way, especially those of you who came to the launch party! It has been encouraging to know I have never been alone on this road. 

Now that the paperback is here, I will be dedicated to doing my best to get it to readers who might appreciate the story, as well as maintain a website here for anyone curious about the world, just what this crazy blob I've written is about, and what future installments might have to say. 

Stay tuned! 

Hello Reader!

Hello reader, and thanks for checking out the site! I'm your host and author, Robert H. Langan. I'll be posting here from time to time to update you about what I'm up to and the state of the series.

Since we're a week away from the launch (God willing), I thought I'd use this space at first to document the 11th-hour battles that I'm fighting to publish my first book. Not the typical blow-by-blow tutorial of how to survive the Amazon machine and all that. Plenty of that stuff out there. Instead I'd rather give you my, let's say... introspection in this final week and beyond, as I achieve the first tangible step in something I've been working towards for way, way too long. 

Even if things fail disastrously from here on out--say, the book is so bad that it causes kindles to crash, the only people who review it are Russian Troll farm temps, and then I get sued for copyright infringement, so forth--I figure someone, somewhere out there--an aspiring writer, perhaps--might be interested in a firsthand, raw account of what to do in this situation, as well as what not to do. I assuredly can offer much for the second column. 

Normally I'd never write something about myself like this. I would find it boring at best, narcissistic at worst. I've never liked keeping journals. Back in sixth grade, our teacher would read us Harry Potter every afternoon. This was around 2000 or so, when the series was getting very popular here in the States. One afternoon, our teacher read a transcript of a Q&A with kids JK Rowling did on Scholastic's website. Someone asked her if she liked keeping a diary. Here's what she said, right from Scholastic's archives:

Do you now or have you in the past kept a journal? If so, do you believe that it helps in your writing?
I've never managed to keep a journal longer than two weeks. I get bored with my life. I prefer inventing things.

If JK Rowling's life is boring, how can I pretend I'm not? 

(Those afternoon reading sessions also left a deep impression on me because they affirmed that this is what I wanted to do with my life. To write is to raise your voice well beyond what you can really say or do in your real life, right? So why bother with writing about my boring, real life. No one gives a toss--I certainly don't!)

But the pity is, to get the world or you, dear reader, to think this series might be worth their time, I have to show you that I bring something different to the table too. I hate selling myself--I hate the phoniness of it. But I can try and give you something honest and real. That's what I endeavor to do with this space. 

Anyways, it's morning here and I haven't slept--nothing new there, I can promise you--so before I begin to struggle through the day, let me leave with you with a parting music video, something that I think perfectly encapsulates my determination to finish the final leg of this adventure. 

The Final Countdown

Oh. Huh... That doesn't sound quite right. Well, it's a good omen, I'm sure.