It Begins . . .

By January 9, 2012Comms

A few folks have told me they’d like a blog post where I lay out how I make full time writing work financially, and how I was able to make the leap from a “day-job” to my current half-bohemian/half-military existence. That’s coming, honest. But, for now, I want to tip my hat to the now undeniable forward movement of this machine I’ve been building over the past decade and a half.

The exact date may vary, but we’re pretty much 22 days away from CONTROL POINT hitting stores, and people are starting to talk about the book. It’s an anxious time for me. First week sales are important, and you have to remember that this isn’t just my hobby. My goal has always been to be a full-time professional writer (and serve part-time in the military reserve), so there’s a lot of hand-wringing and tea-leaf-reading as I try to see how things are shaking out.

Here’s what I can tell/control to date:

11 reviews have been published thus far, with more inbound. The general consensus is pretty damn positive.

– Fantasy Book Review listed CONTROL POINT as its most anticipated read for 2012.

– A slew of guest posts and interviews should be coming out in between the time you read this blog post and the time the book is released.

– 218 people have added it on goodreads. 19 people have rated and 12 have reviewed it. The average rating is 4.58 stars out of a possible 5.

– Trying to read amazon.com sales rankings is always a bit of alchemy, but a recent discussion with my agent left me thinking that provided your Kindle edition sales ranking is staying consistently above 75,000, that means you’re moving copies fairly regularly. CONTROL POINT has been above that number steadily since the turn of the year. Near as I can tell, people are pre-ordering.

– I have booked myself for every con I can reasonably afford. This weekend will see me at Arisia. The following weekend, I’ll be at Confusion. In February I’ll be at Boskone. In May, I’ll be at Balticon (where I’m up for the Compton-Crook Award). I’m already booked for World Fantasy Con and am trying to decide on whether I’ll go to Worldcon or DragonCon. I’m strongly considering going to San Diego Comic Con if I can possibly afford it. Some of this is just plain fun. I’m a fanboy at heart and going to cons is a blast for me, but it’s also a chance for me to interact with fans and get the word out about my book.

– And *finally*, today, I got to hold the finished, printed book in my hand. It was a pretty amazing moment. You have to remember that, since I was a kid, I have wanted to be a fantasy writer. This book represents the culmination of 15 years of serious adult labor, and over 30 years of childhood dreams that never quit.

The real, no-joking, true-life, actual book

I am tweeting and posting to Facebook and blogging. I am doing everything I can to get the buzz going and keep it going. I am saying yes to every request to review, interview or guest blog. I am doing the best I can to connect with fans and get them interested in what I have to say. I have written the best book I know how. I am continuing to hone my craft and try to make each sequel better than the book that came before.

I can’t predict how it’ll all shake out. But if this book falls flat on its face, it won’t be because I didn’t give it everything I had.

Author Myke Cole

Myke Cole is an American writer of history and fantasy who leverages a lifetime in military, law enforcement and intelligence service to take you to battlefields, real and imagined.

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Join the discussion 9 Comments

  • You rock.  “IF this book falls flat on its face, it won’t be because I didn’t give it everything I had.”

  • Your book will NOT fall flat on its’ face.  I haven’t read it yet, but based on concept alone, it is an absolute win.  Plus, from what I’ve read (blogs/twitter/fb), you’ve polished this puppy up so much that it doesn’t only shine, it burns eyeballs directly out of their sockets.  

    With that in mind, I think I should make sure there’s an audio book available.

  • Justin says:

    I have been excited for your book ever since I heard about it from Peter Brett.  I have been following you on twitter and reading your blog since then as well.  If you book is half as enjoyable as that has been, you will be just fine.  Tminus 3 weeks to go.  You already have a fan base behind you sleep well and let your book sell itself.  

  • Already pre-ordered, also, go to WorldCon ’cause I’m coming over from Australia to go so the least you could do is show up to sign my copy of your book.

  • Kendall says:

    Congrats on holding The. Actual. Book. in your hands!  I can only imagine what it must feel like.

    I ran across your book in the latest SFBC mailing and was intrigued, skimmed a few reviews online, read some of your recent blog entries, and decided I wanted it.  Mil SF/Fantasy isn’t my usual read, but obviously you know your stuff first-hand, and the concept sounds groovy.  🙂  So I’m along for the ride. . . . I preordered after reading this blog post — it was a good reminder for me. 😉

  • Paul Weimer says:

    You certainly havea lot of positive momentum and buzz behind the book, which is just about all you ask for at this stage.

  • John Zeleznik says:

    I highly doubt the book is going to fall on its face for several reasons:

    1. All the buzz I’ve been seeing on the Internet has been awesome.
    2. You’re doing all the right things on the social networks and you’re coming across as a decent guy…and that helps.
    3. The book kicks ASS! Seriously. Not saying it to kiss ass or because we’ve become “Internet friends” or because I won an ARC from you…I’m saying it because the book kicks ass.

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