Wednesday, March 16, 2011

J.L. Bryan Haunted EBook Tour

(Jeff, or "JL" as he is known in the trade, was one of the first writers I met in the crazy world of indie publishing. And now here I am hosting the last stop of his Haunted E-Book tour--a day late--my fault. A warm welcome and farewell to a cool little book that you NEED TO BUY NOW! And also make sure you comment to WIN PRIZES!)

The (Dead) End of the Tour

It's just about time to close the evil spellbooks, pack the chains in the old trunk in the attic, and call in the exorcist—you've reached the end of The Haunted E-book Tour

Yes, we've been talking about ghosts for two months now, but the dark days of winter are over.  It's been a fun experience getting to know so many bloggers and readers, as well as doing these giveaways while trying to on the topic of ghosts for two months. 

I want to thank all those who have hosted the tour, and all the readers who participated, for making this a memorable and wonderful experience that I won't repeat again unless I lose my mind.  And I want to thank all the great indie authors who donated ebooks for The Haunted Library Grand Prize!

I started planning the tour back in November, with no real idea what I was doing, except that I wanted to reach out and find new people who might enjoy my writing.  Since then, everything has changed.  The number of people reading my books has grown tremendously, so much that I could afford beautiful new book covers from Phatpuppy Art and hire Scott Nicholson to do a full line edit on my next book, Tommy Nightmare, which comes out next month. 

Tommy Nightmare is the sequel to Jenny Pox, and I plan to have it out in April, since my wife's having a baby boy in May.  So I assume I’ll be busy then.

When I started putting books out on Kindle, I never imagined how far things would go and how fast they would evolve.  Scott has been an important part of this journey.  He edited the Jenny Pox partial (the first five chapters) back when I was querying lots of New York literary agents about it in late 2009, and he told me that I should look into this Kindle thing, because interesting developments were happening with ebooks.

They've turned out to be quite interesting—I now hear from readers all over the world, and lots of people have messaged me in various ways to let me know they are eager for the Jenny Pox sequel.  This new book is the first one I've written with the knowledge that an audience was actually anticipating it, which makes the writing process both more exciting and a bit more challenging, too.  In fact, Jenny Pox is going to be a trilogy, with the third book coming out by the fall.  So, hopefully people will like that second one.

I should also thank Amanda Hocking, without whom Jenny Pox might still be a very obscure book.  Also thanks to Vicki Keire for her insightful beta read of Tommy Nightmare, and her feedback definitely improved the book.  As I write this, the manuscript is on its way home from Scott to me, and I expect to release Tommy Nightmare sometime in April.

In the meantime, I have some Grand Prizes to give you!  Commenting on this post within seven days enters you to win one of these great prizes: The Haunted Library ebook collection, a Kindle 3 with WiFi, and a Kindle DX—the more you've commented on the tour stops, the greater your chance to be one of the three Grand Prize winners.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it looks like I have a novel to revise and hundreds of Grand Prize entries to tabulate.  Thanks to Scott for hosting today's final stop, as we lurch out of the ghostly underworld and into the bright light of the day.  And thanks to everyone who’s followed the tour!  I hope it has been educational and you’ve learned lots of useful information about ghosts that you can apply in your everyday life.  However, I doubt it.

Thanks again!


30 & Dirty said...

I am buying a copy an I can't wait for the next stop on the tour!

Alan said...

Congratulations on completing the book tour. It takes commitment and too much work to see things through.

I'd love to see an article on what results you were hoping for and what you feel you got from it.



Brenda said...

Looks like I should be afraid to read your Haunted Ebook and afraid not to! Great concept. Hope you get a tiny bit of rest in before that baby is born.
varbonoff22 at cox dot net

Kristie said...

Wow! Your tour sounds great! I will definitely consider your ebooks - especially if I win the Kindle. I'm always open to broadening my reading horizons. *LOL* Stepping out of my comfort zone, as it were. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Chris Bauer said...

JL & Scott: Thx go to Scott again for sending me this way via Facebook. BOL on your promotion efforts, JL. Scott's got this eBook promotion machine thing down pat. Of course it always works best when the product offered, as in the reading fare, is top notch, and Scott's got that thing happening too. -- Chris Bauer -- cntbauer1(at)msn(dot)com.

Chris Bauer said...

... and happy St. Pat's Day!!!

author Scott Nicholson said...

thanks for dropping by, everyone, and good luck in the contest.


Claudia Lefeve said...

I planned on stopping by yesterday, but as usual, I got sidetracked. How could I not stop in and say hi to JL and Scott, my two favorite indie authors!!

Can't wait to read Tommy Nightmare!

Claudia Lefeve said...

PS: Once again, opt me out of the contest. I've already won one of the prizes and I'm just here to say "hi" :)

author Scott Nicholson said...

thanks Claudia!

Nicholas La Salla said...

Bravo to both of you! I hope J.L. has great success in the future. Blog tours are quite interesting, aren't they? ;-)

Best of luck!

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