A Disaster Has Caused Me to Stop Publishing for a few weeks

Less than a  week ago, our family has gone through the most devastating event imaginable.  We had a house fire.    And, although it was confined to just one room, the smoke and water damage was massive and affected the whole house.

Luckily, Providence was smiling on us: we all got out alive and with minimum smoke inhalation.   Sabel, our cocker, has taken this better than anyone.  She’s enjoying her extended stay motel and the dog park adjacent to the facilities.

People around the world hear the negative side of America.  But, I can attest to the fact there are some wonderful people here.  Our neighbors were great.  They fed us and wrapped us in blankets in the cold drizzle as we watched the firefighters work.

I can’t give enough thanks to the men and women who put their life on the line to save our house.  We called 911 and the first responders were en route in less than one minute.     They arrived on the scene in less than 4 minutes.

In the end, I’ve lost my server and my computers;  mostly from water and smoke damage.  But, rest assured, I’ll be up and running with this website as soon as I possibly can.

Daniel Schinhofen (as well as others) thank you so much for your outpouring of support and concern. It means everything in the world to us as we put back the pieces of our lives.

It may actually take close to a month to get by up and running.  In the meantime, I’ll try to get some guest bloggers to chime in with content to keep things moving.

If you’re interested in writing for this site, send me an email.  I still have a phone and can communicate via email.

There are many more people I need to thank.  From the restoration company that saved my mom’s ashes to the Red Cross who assisted us with temp accommodations to my doctor’s office who assisted with heart meds that were consumed in the fire.    I’ll try to give a more detailed ‘thank you’ as times goes on.

But, for now, I felt I owed my readers an explanation for my absence.  And, a thank you to all who have inquired.

 

Top 25 Bestselling LitRPG ending October 7 2017

Rank  Book Title Author Price Reviews Page No(s)
1 Space Knight Michael-Scott Earle $4.99 151 775
2 Alpha Company (Alpha World Book 3) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 78 409
3 Perfect Strangers (The Valens Legacy Book 2) Jan Stryvant $3.99 110 176
4 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant $3.99 152 164
5 The Builder’s Pride (The Legendary Builder Book 3) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 8 309
6 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 230 397
7 Pangea Online Book One: Death and Axes: A LitRPG Novel S.L. Rowland $3.99 20 255
8 Sicilian Defense: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 5) Andrey Vasilyev $6.95 9 359
9 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 111 534
10 The Laboratory: A Futuristic Dungeon Core Skyler Grant $3.99 28 226
11 The Builder’s Greed (The Legendary Builder Book 2) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 44 418
12 SHARDS OF REALITY: A LitRPG novel (Enter the Realm Book 1) Timothy W. Long $4.99 16 426
13 Wild Wastes: Eastern Expansion Randi Darren $4.99 147 368
14 Awaken Online: Catharsis Travis Bagwell $5.99 1,138 526
15 Awaken Online: Precipice Travis Bagwell $6.99 571 596
16 CHRONICLES of a PC Gamer Stuck Inside an RPG: Book One: Duelist Antony W. F. Chow $4.99 5 727
17 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita ThornLitRPG Freaks $3.99 93 371
18 Forming the Company (Alpha World Book 2) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 169 396
19 Provoked (Space Mage Book 1) Izzy Shows $2.99 32 260
20 More Than a Game: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 1) Andrey Vasilyev $6.95 99 320
21 Wild Wastes Randi Darren $3.99 400 321
22 You’re Not Allowed to Die (The Twenty-Sided Eye Series Book 1) Kip Terrington $2.99 96 352
23 Shaman’s Revenge (The Way of the Shaman: Book #6) LitRPG Series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 91 561
24 The Land: Swarm: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 5) Aleron Kong $5.99 387 743
25 Beyond All Expectations (Emerilia Book 8) Michael Chatfield $4.99 65 374

Author Interview – 20 Questions with Amazon Indie Author Eden Redd

Twenty questions with Eden Redd

If you could go back in time and tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?

Stop doubting yourself and your writing. Make the time and have faith in in yourself, you will get better.

How did you spend the first bit of money you earned as a published author?

Bought a thirty-dollar bottle of wine and drank it down the same evening.

How many unfinished or unpublished books do you have?

I have several half-finished stories and one half finished romance novel. The novel was too…ugh…normal for my tastes.

What is your writing process? Or, how many hours a day do you write?

Big cup of coffee and typing at the kitchen table. I write three to four days a week and my minimum word count is 5K. When I finish a novel, I celebrate with wine…and sometimes whiskey. (Not together. Celebration may be a two-night event.)

What was your favorite childhood book(s)? Why? Genie and the Witch’s Spells. I didn’t fit in much and identified too much with the main character.

On average, how long does it take you to write a book? (First draft, rewrites, edits to finally publishing)

Three weeks to a month.

We all get bad reviews sometimes when we publish.  How do you deal with bad reviews?

Ignore them and when I can’t, I make a character I hate in my books and do terrible things to them.

How would you describe your average reader?  Or, do you even have a particular kind of person in mind when you write?

I would say my readers like action, adventure, fantasy and sexy romantic fun (Insert perverted fun somewhere in there.)

What are your hardest scenes to write?

Drawn out build up scenes. I yell in my head “Get to the damn point!” all the time.

What is the best way you’ve found to market your books?

I haven’t. The search continues.

What do you think are the challenges facing new writers?

Dedication to writing more books. Often, many authors believe they will become successful after a book or three. Sometimes it takes more so keep writing.

What are some things you’ve had to sacrifice in order to write and publish?

My sanity but we weren’t on the best terms anyway.

How often do you read for pleasure? How many books a year do you read?

Rarely. Writing takes up most of my time.  How fast do you read (words per minute)? Pretty fast but remembering what I read is the hard part.

Many indie authors live and die by KU (Kindle Unlimited) and the “normalized page read).  What are your views on KU, Amazon and where do you think KU will head in the future?

It’s great for exposure but will turn into crutch as you grow your career. You have to carve out your own fanbase and when you do, you will have greater influence on your future. I see authors tear themselves apart depending on what the KU payout will be. No one needs that stress in their lives.

Many writers find editing drafts as frustrating.  How do you edit and what is your process?

I find writing the book is the hardest part. Editing is fun because it’s like sculpting your work into a masterpiece. I send my work to an editor and then I reread it two, maybe three times before publishing.

What software do you use to write?

Word.

Fans often have a preconceived notion of you.  What is one thing your fans would be surprised to learn if they really knew you or spent the whole day by your side?

I’m pretty boring. My everday life is very normal with small swells of gatherings over drinks and other times being home and watching a good movie.

What did it feel like to publish your first book?

Exhilarating!

What are some of the difficulties of writing characters of the opposite sex?

I sometimes don’t understand the thought process of a male character. Thankfully I have many guys friends that help me with advice.

If they turned your life into a movie, who would you want to play you? Why?

Cassandra Peterson with her Elvira character. We have the same sense of humor and taste in clothes. Or if closer to how people see me, Julianne Moore.

 

Author website- https://edenredd.com/

FB Page- https://www.facebook.com/edenredd/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/EdenRedd

Amazon catalog- https://www.amazon.com/Eden-Redd/e/B00I8X8BCK

 

Top 25 LitRPG Ebooks ending 30 Sept 2017

Rank Book Title Author Price Reviews Page No(s)
1 Alpha Company (Alpha World Book 3) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 35 409
2 Perfect Strangers (The Valens Legacy Book 2) Jan Stryvant $3.99 69 176
3 The Trapped Mind Project (Emerilia Book 1) Michael Chatfield $3.99 228 534
4 Space Knight Samuel E. Green Michael-Scott Earle $4.99 135 775
5 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant $3.99 125 164
6 Dungeon at War: Dark Dungeon 03 D. R. Rosier $3.99 21 162
7 The Laboratory: A Futuristic Dungeon Core Skyler Grant $3.99 13 226
8 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 107 534
9 The Builder’s Greed (The Legendary Builder Book 2) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 39 270
10 SHARDS OF REALITY: A LitRPG novel (Enter the Realm Book 1) Timothy W. Long $4.99 13 426
11 Awaken Online: Precipice Travis Bagwell $6.99 563 596
12 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita ThornLitRPG Freaks $3.99 86 371
13 CHRONICLES of a PC Gamer Stuck Inside an RPG: Book One: Duelist Antony W. F. Chow $4.99 4 727
14 Of Myths and Legends (Emerilia Book 9) Michael Chatfield $4.99 54 404
15 More Than a Game: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 1) Andrey Vasilyev $6.95 98 320
16 Dungeon Imperiled: Dark Dungeon 02 D. R. Rosier $3.99 65 179
17 Super Sales on Super Heroes William D. Arand $4.99 697 374
18 The Alchemy Worlds: Enter T(he)rap(y): A LitRPG Adventure LitRPG Freaks $3.99 8 237
19 Shaman’s Revenge (The Way of the Shaman: Book #6) LitRPG Series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 89 561
22 Blackflame (Cradle Book 3) Will Wight $4.99 398 370
21 The Desperate Quest: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 2) A. M. Sohma $3.99 29 307
22 The Pirate Guild Steven J Shelley $4.99 5 455
23 Apocalypse 2020: A Wasteland LitRPG James T. Witherspoon $4.99 5 397
24 Viridian Gate Online: The Jade Lord: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 3) James Hunter $4.99 86 274
25 The Luckless: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 1) A. M. Sohma $3.99 49 258