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Halloween freak promotion! *Free stuff!*

Well, why the heck not? Sales were down, and I needed a new trick to get some attention to my book. Everything sells better when it’s free right? So I decided to roll with that for a short time! Wheee! O.o

It will be free from 10-28-15 until 11-1-15 for Halloween. Grab it here: Spirit of Magik on Amazon.

And as long as I’m giving to you for free, at least a few of you “freeloaders” can write a review about it, right? AWESOME! 😀

Tell your friends! Tell them that I am holding your sexuality hostage, and I won’t give it back unless they READ MY BOOK AND REVIEW IT!!!

If you don’t, when you get them back they will have tattoos and piercings in sensitive places. Don’t mess with me! I’ll do it! First one will get a railroad spike! Bwahahahaha!

Edit: Mr. Cluff Has been hospitalized for stress for a short time, we’re certain he will be back to his usual self soon. Thank you for your attention.

Introductory price sale has ended

I decided when I published my book, (since it was my first book) that I would price it at .99 cents to get people to give it a try without much risk. So I did! The results were great, and I’m glad I’ve been able to introduce my work to so many people this way.

But all good things must come to an end, and so I have raised the price of Spirit of Magik to what I originally intended it to be, which is 2.99. But I don’t feel bad charging that for a book of 193,000 + words. That was a lot of work to write, re-write and edit and people can pay for that.

But fear not! There is already another promotion in the works, and I’ll come on here and tell you all about it in about a week. Until then, any who haven’t read it, you can find it here along with the great reviews!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZB7Q1F0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Smashwords smashed!

I finally got my book into Smashwords Premium catalog on June 27th, yay! That was a bit of a task. Mostly because I was having a hard time understanding what the auto-vetter was complaining about. Essentially, the thing that had delayed me was using Libre Office’s table of contents generator. Doh. As soon as I quit doing that, I was good to go.

Thinking of using Libre Office instead of Microsuck Office? Here is a most fantastic guide to setting your book up by the Smashwords Style Guide: http://publishinginsider.net/smashwords-style-guide-for-libreoffice-openoffice/ I found it when I was super frustrated and googled “Smashwords Style Guide Sucks”, lol. (I was looking for a sympathetic virtual shoulder to lean on.)

I would have written and posted this here, but with the July 4th holiday, and family birthdays, we have had a string of out-of-town visitors. As well as a very sick lady coming home from the hospital. She is doing better now and doesn’t require the constant supervision she did when she first came home.

Reviews are coming in slowly for my book, but they are coming. Most of them are on Amazon, there is only one at Google play, and none at Smashwords yet.

I am now considering extending my torment and recording an audio version of Spirit of Magik. That will be an interesting challenge to read a 195,000-word document. My throat hurts just thinking about it! I have been trying to work on the next book too, but there is always something taking me away from it. I haven’t even had the chance to finish my Amazon author’s page yet! O.o

Well, thanks for reading. If you like fantasy, please give my book a try. Tell your friends if you want too!

Spirit of Magik is now available from Createspace!

Yay! I went through the proof copy I have and have made a few adjustments.

There is one odd formatting for my dedication (for some reason, even though it is completely centered now, it shows up as not centered on the Createspace viewer. This is slightly annoying, but I don’t know what else to do with it. What are you supposed to do when you move the text over on the page, but it doesn’t move at all on the previewer? I’m not sure myself.

Aside from that one complaint, I am very satisfied with the quality of the Createspace printing. The paper is nice and thick and so is the cover. It is a higher-quality paperback than you find in most stores.

I have added a few pages of information in the appendix as a bonus for people purchasing the Createspace edition.

There is nothing like holding a physical copy of my book in my hands. In a way, it is like all of this book publishing has become really for me.

The Createspace edition is retailing for 12.99, here. https://www.createspace.com/5552584

Spirit of Magik is now available on Google Play!

Well, I’ve done all of the stuff to get my book on Google Play. Here’s an overview of what that’s all about, this is a great guide.
http://scarletcox.com/2014/01/17/publish-google-play/
That being said, according to Google, it can take up to TEN days for Google’s test payment to arrive. It may be a change since the article was written though. Fortunately, it only took three days for it to be processed for me, yay!
Here’s the link to Google play.
https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Richard_Cluff_Spirit_of_Magik?id=0y_lCQAAQBAJ

To keep myself from dealing with the random discounts from Google, I have doubled the price on Google Play to avoid this. Here’s a nice little article about the issue if you’re unaware of what I’m talking about.
http://smutwriters.com/2014/01/06/what-readers-and-writers-should-know-about-google-play/
Sorry, Google Play fans. If this is an issue for you, please contact google to complain about their random discount policy that screws authors. Any complaints to me will be deleted and ignored.

I honestly wouldn’t have even bothered to upload to google play, but a friend of mine wanted it there, so I did it. Anyway, it’s out, and if I make a few sales there, I guess it will have been worth it, Yay!

CreateSpace formatting, Done!

The work to make my book into a print book was tough, but not tough enough to justify paying 199$ to CreateSpace to do it for you. This article helped me, and I’ll be much more prepared for my next book.

https://www.createspace.com/en/community/docs/DOC-1482

I’m still waiting for it to process, but I wanted to share my small victory as well as the link above with anyone that is planning on making a printed book with CreateSpace.

E-book Edition available on Amazon!

Wow, I have worked so hard to get myself to this point, I can hardly believe it’s real now.

I was going to wait until I had the Createspace and other editions online to say anything, but my editor went ahead and bought one when I sent her the link to see if it worked, lol. So I figured…”Might as well put this out there now then!”

Here it is, at .99 cents for a limited time!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZB7Q1F0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

I can hardly believe this is actually real now. I’m not sure if I really feel like an author or what yet, lol.

I’ll be updating my blog as more options come out for sales channels.

My cover is done!

It’s been a long road to get this far. A very long, difficult road.

I have the book done, I am awaiting the report of one of my test readers before my editor takes over.

The finished cover for both E-book and physical publication arrived in my email today, and I decided to share it with my small pool of loyal followers. It was done by Ida Jannson of Amygdala design. Her website is here: http://shop.amygdaladesign.net/?page_id=171

Beautiful work! The cover is posted here on top of my blog. I hope everyone likes it!

Test readers books are in the mail!

I converted my story to Epub and Mobi today for my test audience and got them in the mail. I included my hand drawn version of the map as well! I hope you enjoy them, and find them well-formatted for your readers.

I believe I have solved the issue I was having with making the bookmarks work properly. I would appreciate it if all of you could let me know as soon as possible.

For all of the authors in the audience, I used Calibre on Linux in order to make the Epub and Mobi conversions. If anyone is interested in how this is done, or has a problem doing it, feel free to ask in a comment! It is fairly self explanatory for the most part, and the help section in Calibre is good.