Category Archives: Bestselling LitRPG

Bestselling #LitRPG Books Ending 11/11/17

Check out the top selling LitRPG (Top 25) for the week ending 11 November 2017.

Rank  Book Title Author Pages
1 Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1) Hugo Huesca 323
2 Space Knight Book 2 Samuel E. Green Michael-Scott Earle 579
3 War Aeternus: The Beginning Charles Dean 463
4 Black Hat (Afterlife Online Book 2) Domino Finn 365
5 Delvers LLC: Adventure Capital Blaise Corvin 606
6 Beginner’s Luck (Character Development Book 1) Aaron Jay 308
7 Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1) Neven Iliev 252
8 The Builder’s Pride (The Legendary Builder Book 3) J.A. Cipriano 309
9 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano 534
10 The Pantheon Moves (Emerilia Book 10) Michael Chatfield 355
11 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant 164
12 Liar King (Tower of Babel Book 2) Adam Elliott 314
13 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen 397
14 Alpha Company (Alpha World Book 3) Daniel Schinhofen 409
15 On My Brother’s Grave: Reconnaissance: A LitRPG Adventure (Vatenkeist Online Book 1) LitRPG Freaks 219
16 A Slave in the Locked Lands (LitRPG The Weirdest Noob Book 2) Arthur Stone 405
17 The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 6) Aleron Kong 638
18 Eden’s Gate: The Sparrow: A LitRPG Adventure Edward Brody 424
19 Accidental Thief: Book One in the LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure Jamie Davis 314
20 The Trapped Mind Project (Emerilia Book 1) Michael Chatfield 534
21 The Greystone Chronicles: Book One:  Io Online Dave Willmarth 441
22 Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel (New Era Online Book 1) Shemer Kuznits 420
23 More Than a Game: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 1) Andrey Vasilyev 329
24 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita ThornLitRPG Freaks 371
25 Sicilian Defense: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 5) Andrey Vasilyev 359

 

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

LitRPG Top 25 Bestselling Books Ending 23 Sept 2017

#Rank Kindle Title Author Price Reviews Pages
1 Space Knight Michael-Scott Earle $4.99 89 395
2 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant $3.99 82 163
3 SHARDS OF REALITY: A LitRPG novel (Enter the Realm Book 1) Timothy W. Long $4.99 3 342
4 The Builder’s Greed (The Legendary Builder Book 2) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 28 270
5 For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2) Dennis E. Taylor $4.99 630 321
6 All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3) Dennis E. Taylor $4.99 466 282
7 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita ThornLitRPG Freaks $3.99 66 371
8 Awaken Online: Precipice Travis Bagwell $6.99 544 596
9 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 98 534
10 Of Myths and Legends (Emerilia Book 9) Michael Chatfield $4.99 46 404
11 You’re Not Allowed to Die (The Twenty-Sided Eye Series Book 1) Kip Terrington $2.99 77 241
12 The Alchemy Worlds: Enter T(he)rap(y): A LitRPG Adventure LitRPG Freaks $3.99 2 237
13 The Artificer: A Viridian Gate Online Novel (The Imperial Initiative DLC 1) S R WittJames Hunter $4.99 9 354
14 Life in the North: An Apocalyptic LitRPG (The System Apocalypse Book 1) Tao Wong $4.99 180 336
15 Shaman’s Revenge (The Way of the Shaman: Book #6) LitRPG Series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 86 561
16 The Desperate Quest: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 2) A. M. Sohma $3.99 22 307
17 Camelot Overthrown: An Arthurian LitRPG (Camelot LitRPG) Galen Wolf $3.99 16 254
18 Dungeon Imperiled: Dark Dungeon 02 D. R. Rosier $3.99 63 179
18 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 224 397
19 An Adventurer’s Heart: Book 2 of the Adventures on Brad Tao Wong $3.99 1 174
20 The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 6) Aleron Kong $5.99 528 638
21 Accidental Thief: A LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure Jamie Davis $4.99 42 332
22 Shattered Lands: A LitRPG Series Darren Pillsbury $4.99 41 527
23 Super Sales on Super Heroes William D. Arand $4.99 686 374
24 The Pirate Guild Steven J Shelley $4.99 5 455
25 The Trapped Mind Project (Emerilia Book 1) Michael Chatfield $3.99 228 534

Based on sales and does not include pre-orders or free books.

Top 25 LitRPG Bestselling Books ending Sept 16, 2017

Rank Kindle Book Title Author Price Reviews Page No(s)
1 Space Knight Samuel E. Green;
Michael-Scott Earle
$4.99 57 395
2 The Builder’s Greed (The Legendary Builder Book 2) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 20 270
3 Black Friday Jan Stryvant $3.99 50 163
4 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 95 534
5 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita Thorn;
LitRPG Freaks
$3.99 48 371
6 Camelot Overthrown: An Arthurian LitRPG (Camelot LitRPG) Galen Wolf $3.99 9 254
7 The Desperate Quest: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 2) A. M. Sohma $3.99 13 307
8 Shattered Lands: A LitRPG Series Darren Pillsbury $4.99 38 527
9 Shaman’s Revenge (The Way of the Shaman: Book #6) LitRPG Series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 84 561
10 Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel (New Era Online Book 1) Shemer Kuznits $3.99 302 420
11 Accidental Thief: A LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure Jamie Davis $4.99 37 332
12 Shattered Lands 2 The Fall Of Blackstone: A LitRPG Series Darren Pillsbury $4.99 13 552
13 The Luckless: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 1) A. M. Sohma $3.99 40 258
14 The Land: Swarm: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 5) Aleron Kong $5.99 383 743
15 Gong and Chalice: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 4) Andrey Vasilyev $6.95 21 392
16 The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 6) Aleron Kong $5.99 522 638
17 The Land: Catacombs: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 4) Aleron Kong $5.99 345 571
18 Viridian Gate Online: The Jade Lord: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 3) James Hunter $4.99 83 274
19 The Weirdest Noob (LitRPG The Weirdest Noob Book 1) Arthur Stone $4.22 143 409
20 Earth’s Gambit (The Gam3 Book 2) Cosimo Yap $3.99 64 412
21 The Karmadont Chess Set (The Way of the Shaman: Book #5) LitRPG series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 194 503
22 The Phantom Castle (The Way of the Shaman: Book #4) LitRPG series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 91 596
23 The Land: Alliances: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 3) Aleron Kong $5.99 328 641
24 Eden’s Gate: The Sparrow: A LitRPG Adventure Edward Brody $4.99 150 424
25 The Secret of the Dark Forest (The Way of the Shaman: Book #3) LitRPG series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 128 596

PreOrders are not included in the rank.  If they were included, the following books would be ranked accordingly:

6 Alpha Company (Alpha World Book 3) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 0 Pre-order
16 The Twilight Obelisk (Mirror World Book #4) LitRPG series Alexey Osadchuk $5.99 0 Pre-order

LitRPG Top 25 Week Ending Sept 09 2017

Rank Kindle Book Title Author Price Reviews Pages
1 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita Thorn $3.99 21 371
2 Awaken Online: Catharsis Travis Bagwell $5.99 1,046 526
3 You’re Not Allowed to Die (The Twenty-Sided Eye Series Book 1) Kip Terrington $2.99 28 242
4 Wild Wastes: Eastern Expansion Randi Darren $4.99 108 368
5 Awaken Online: Precipice Travis Bagwell $6.99 519 594
6 Gong and Chalice: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 4) Andrey Vasilyev $6.95 17 392
7 Shaman’s Revenge (The Way of the Shaman: Book #6) LitRPG Series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 74 561
8 Accidental Thief: A LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure Jamie Davis $4.99 33 332
9 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 89 534
10 Shattered Lands: A LitRPG Series Darren Pillsbury $4.99 32 527
11 Beyond All Expectations (Emerilia Book 8) Michael Chatfield $4.99 61 374
12 Ascend Online Luke Chmilenko $6 331 454
13 The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 6) Aleron Kong $5.99 511 638
14 Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel (New Era Online Book 1) Shemer Kuznits $3.99 284 420
15 The Land: Catacombs: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 4) Aleron Kong $5.99 345 571
16 World Seed: Endgame Justin Miller $3.99 2 652
17 The Trapped Mind Project (Emerilia Book 1) Michael Chatfield $3.99 217 534
18 Forming the Company (Alpha World Book 2) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 150 396
19 New Horizons (Emerilia Book 4) Michael Chatfield $4.99 119 312
20 Ring of Promise: A LitRPG novel (Elements of Wrath Online Book 1) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 38 394
21 More Than a Game: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 1) Andrey Vasilyev $6.95 97 320
22 Sufficiently Advanced Magic (Arcane Ascension Book 1) Andrew Rowe $3.99 384 625
23 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 218 397
24 Earth’s Gambit (The Gam3 Book 2) Cosimo Yap $3.99 61 412
25 The Weirdest Noob (LitRPG The Weirdest Noob Book 1) Arthur Stone $4.22 141 409

Twenty Questions with Daniel Schinhofen

Daniel Schinhofen Books on Amazon
Daniel Schinhofen Books
Daniel Shcinhofen "Forming the Company" Alpha World Book 2
Daniel Shcinhofen “Forming the Company” Alpha World Book 2

I first began reading Daniel Schinhofen in March of 2017 about a month after Gamer for Life came out on Amazon.     And, then I read Forming the Company (Alpha World Book 2).

I was impressed.  Schinhofen writes well.  You get drawn into the characters quickly and they never let you go.  I’m not a book critic, and wouldn’t pretend to be one.  But, of all the #LitRPG’s, Schinhoten books stand out as some of the best.   I can only tell you what I like.  And, Alpha World is a great series.  

Check out the links at the bottom for Schinhofen’s works.

Twenty questions with Daniel Schinhofen.

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

Follow my dreams earlier. I have been writing stuff on and off and never really finishing any of them. My grandmother, who passed last year, always encouraged us to follow our dreams. I didn’t really take the full plunge into writing until I found LITRPG.

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

Paid to get a cover for my first book. I had used the Amazon cover creator through KDP to begin with. Once I had money I paid a cover artist money to make me a cover for it. Which is the current cover still up on Last Horizon: Beta.

How many unfinished or unpublished books do you have?

There are a few that will never see the light of day, thank the gods for that. They are horrible and should never be seen. Books that I am currently working on two; Alpha World Book 3, Alpha Company & Apocalypse gates: Rapture. Both will hopefully be out by the end of this year.

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

Most of my free time is spent writing. I don’t have a writing process though. I just sit down and write, and let the words flow. The writing takes up all the time I used to spend playing games and reading.

What was your favorite childhood book(s)? Why?

The Hobbit. No seriously, my mother read that to me at 6 years old. It was what made me start dreaming about writing a book.

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

From the start of a book to publishing? About 3 months, maybe 4, if I get a stall in the process anywhere. I am in awe of certain other authors who put a book out every month, those guys are just amazing.

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

Remind myself that people are dicks? Okay seriously, I still feel a small hit when I read them, if they have any merit. The ones that obviously didn’t take note of the blurb that said contains adult scenes I shrug those ones off. After that I go back to writing knowing that some people have enjoyed them, which is all I care about. Having 1 person enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it was my goal with my very first book, and still is today.

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

No idea, as the idea of an average person doesn’t exist to me. Everyone has their own quirks that make them them. I write for people like me. Those people who love games and love reading and want them combined. My old friends who I used to play MMO’s with, but who don’t any more due to life getting in the way. People like that are who I hope will enjoy my work.

What are your hardest scenes to write?

For me action scenes. Not my forte at all, even in books where a lot of action comes in I have a tendency to skim those scenes. Being told exactly how the MC twisted in mid-air before landing in a three-point stance to get the position needed to behead the mob he is fighting is hard for me. I like character moments more.

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

For me it has been word of mouth through Facebook. The multitude of pages dedicated to LITRPG has been my way. Which is good because I suck at selling myself. So props to those guys who have helped me get word out to fellow LITRPG fans.

What do you think are the challenges facing new writers?

New writers probably face the same challenges I did. Lack of experience, no editor, no money to spend on editing or a cover. I would also tell them if they think they are going to be successful to plan ahead. An LLC or similar is a good idea to help with the taxes incurred from writing.

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

I sacrificed my free-time, that was about it. I wrote my first work out of love, and it did okay. It did well enough for me to justify writing my second book. Which was not as good but that still gave me the courage to write my next series.

How often do you read for pleasure? How many books a year do you read?  How fast do you read (words per minute)?

I used to read 2 books a week easy. Since I started writing maybe 1 book a month. Writing really does eat up most of my time. As for my speed, no idea.

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?

Kindle unlimited has earned me the bulk of my money so far. Would I have been able to make up for it with book sales only? I don’t know but probably not to an equal extent. I would love to see KU overcome a lot of the scams and cheats that have been seen used there. I hope Amazon will devote more to it, but I doubt they will.

If it ever comes to be not as profitable I might drop KU and try to branch out to other services, but that is hopefully never going to happen. 

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

Editing? Ugh why do you have to mention the ‘E’ word? I give it a going over once I’m done writing. I hand it to a good friend who is better at grammar then me and they go through it. I then go back through it again. After that, the beta readers get it, I have a lot more of them now woohoo. After I get their feedback I give it another go over then hope it is good enough and publish it.

I hope soon to get a paid editor to give it a once over as well. Hopefully in the not too distant future.

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?

Heh, hehe, hehehe, mwhahahaha. Oh wait your serious? They would probably run far and fast. Okay fine I’ll be serious; I am a geek or nerd to my core. Want to quote Monty Python, or the princess Bride, maybe the Fifth Element. I can do that and love to do it. Probably a bit too much, they would probably also be dragged into the D&D game I run on Sundays.

What did it feel like to publish your first book?

Fear, nervousness, anxiety. That is what I felt, along with a little rush of excitement. I only wanted 1 person to love the book as much as I did. Which happened, so in hindsight I should have felt more excitement.

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

As a female friend of mine has told me, women think differently. They process information and emotions differently. When I need a cold look at something,  I hand it to her and then take her feedback.

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

No thanks, pass. The only place that movie would be seen is in the adult sections anyway.

Okay I’ll think about it…. Ryan Reynolds, at least I know he can handle my humor.

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Author Interview: Twenty Questions with Jamie Davis “Accidental Thief”

Jamie Davis author of Accidental Thief
Jamie Davis’ latest book is Accidental Thief – a LitRPG

Twenty Questions with Jamie Davis

Accidental Thief | $4.99 | 332 pages | Kindle Unlimited

 

Accidental Thief by Jamie Davis & Chris Davis
Accidental Thief by Jamie Davis & Chris Davis

Jamie Davis, RN, NRP, B.A., A.S., host of the Nursing Show (NursingShow.com) is a nationally recognized medical educator who began educating new emergency responders as a training officer for his local EMS program.  As a media producer, he has been recognized for the MedicCast Podcast (MedicCast.com), a weekly program for emergency medical providers like EMTs and paramedics, and the Nursing Show, a similar program for nurses and nursing students. His programs and resources have been downloaded over 6 million times by listeners and viewers.

Jamie lives in a home in the woods in Maryland with his wife, three children, and dog. He is an avid gamer, preferring historical and fantasy miniature gaming, as well as table top games. He writes urban and contemporary paranormal fantasy stories, among other things. His Future Race Game rules were written to satisfy a desire to play a version of the pod races from Star Wars episode 1.

20 Questions: 

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

I would tell my younger writing self to hold off on publishing that first book until I had more of the series written so I could build some reader loyalty over the first three books in the series. This is something I’ve done with my two newest series and the readers are responding in a very positive manner to getting the books faster with a new release every four or five weeks.

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

I think I took my wife out to dinner on my first royalty check from Amazon. We went to our favorite local place for some good home-style country fare.

How many unfinished or unpublished books do you have?

I always have a project in process but I don’t have any unpublished books in the wings like some authors do. This might be because I go ahead and publish everything I write eventually. I feel like there will always be someone who’ll enjoy a certain book or character story so why should I hold it back because of my doubts.

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

I write about four hours a day, seven days a week. I get up early in the morning and write from four AM until eight or nine AM. Then I spend the afternoon working on marketing, responding to email, and connecting with readers and other writers. I also work in the afternoons on outlining the next story I’m planning to write. Then each chapter has a few sentences or a small paragraph describing what is supposed to happen. Once that’s ready, I have the info I need to flesh out the story from there into a full-sized novel.

What was your favorite childhood book(s)? Why?

That’s hard to say. I was a voracious reader as a child and read anything that was fantasy or sci-fi related. I guess if there was a single series it would be the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I read and re-read that series at least ten times in between reading everything else I was picking up. The books connected with me. I identified with the characters and could see myself making similar decisions and mistakes. I use this a lot when I write today. I think it’s important to connect with your readers so they can identify with the things your characters do.

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

It usually takes me two to three months to write and publish a book from start to finish. I write the first draft in a month, edit for a few weeks, get the editor/proofreader to go over it and it’s ready to go!

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

I celebrate one-star reviews when I get them. They are either review trolls who like to go around and leave one-star reviews on everything they see or they’re opportunities to learn from an unsatisfied reader. I see the former as a badge of success. Only successful people have others trying to drag them backward back into the pack. The latter are opportunities to improve my writing craft and connect better on the next project with the readers.

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

It depends on the genre I’m writing. For LitRPG books (which I co-write with my 23-year-old son, Chris), I picture a person very much like myself or my son. Male gamers who enjoy stories about gamers and the worlds in which they play.

For my Urban Fantasy books, I picture a female reader between the ages of 30 and 60. I know these are my target readers because I’ve surveyed the readers on my email list and I know their demographics.

I think it’s really important for authors or song writers or any artist to do this if you’re trying to make a living at this craft. If you just make art for yourself (which is fine), you can’t get upset if it doesn’t connect with others. I try to find the juxtaposition between what I like to write and what I think readers will enjoy, too. So far, I’ve guessed mostly right.

What are your hardest scenes to write?

For me, it has to be romantic scenes or interactions. I don’t write sex scenes but every good story has some sort of relationships in them. It doesn’t have to be overt but attraction is part of the human condition and a story without that angle at least somewhere seems empty to me. My wife is my primary beta reader and she tells me when I need a little more interaction and tension between the main character and their primary love interest.

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

Building an email list is the number one way I’ve found to consistently market my books to those who’ve identified themselves as my readers. It keeps me connected to them even when I don’t have a book coming out for a few weeks or months. Then when I have something new to send their way, they are ready and waiting for it.

What do you think are the challenges facing new writers?

The challenges faced by new writers are similar to those faced by more established writers, it just a matter of scale. For the new guy (or gal), you are struggling to find and identify with your readers. I remember when I had an email list of five people. I was related to all of them. You have to start somewhere and build on that base with consistent and persistent effort. Small changes, over time, build mountains. The same is true for authors. Try to do something to improve and build on your writing business every day.

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

I’ve given up a lot of TV time. I don’t watch a lot of narrative TV fiction. I’ll always have the news on in the background while I write. It’s my background buzz, but I don’t watch TV much for the shows that are put out (most of the time).

How often do you read for pleasure? How many books a year do you read?  How fast do you read (words per minute)?

I love to read for pleasure. I try to read a book a week. It keeps me connected to what’s popular out there and what is working for other authors I know. I’m a pretty fast reader so I buzz through books quickly.

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?

Whether or not you are “all-in” for KU or not (or somewhere in between like me) is a straight up business decision. I like to keep from having all my eggs in one basket which is why most of my Urban Fantasy books are available in all the various online ebook stores. For LitRPG books, though, at least half of the readers in the genre are KU readers. This makes it a good business decision to put your book in the KDP Select world for at least the first few 90-day cycles until you’ve satisfied the readers on Amazon.

Authors need to examine what their long-term goals are and not just chase short term money. Amazon could change the terms of service in a heartbeat and drop the KU program. If and when that happens, there will be a lot of unhappy authors who didn’t have a good reason and a plan for their books.

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

I like to read aloud to myself or have my computer read the book aloud to me. My ears catch things my eyes never would. It’s a good trick to remember , especially for those who can’t afford expensive editing services when starting out in this business.

What software do you use to write?

I’m an avid Scrivener user for my writing. I use the StoryShop.io tool for planning my books and organizing my characters and settings. When it comes time to edit and compile the final draft into a book, I move to MS Word and Vellum to edit and publish respectively.

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 think they’d be surprised by my other artistic pursuits, whether it is my music (I play electric bass in a church praise band), or how much I like to cook and prepare food. Each of them is an outlet for my complex creative drive.

What did it feel like to publish your first book?

I felt like I’d accomplished a lot and was simultaneously proud and nervous about the reader reactions.

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

You have to put yourself in the head of the characters you’re writing. This includes members of the opposite sex. I think it’s really helped me that I’ve learned a lot by observing my two daughters growing up in our household. They’ve taught me how women react differently to the same situation than a man would. I don’t always get it right but that’s where my wife (my #1 fan and beta reader) comes in. She sets me straight when my female characters say something out of line with who they are.

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

My life as a movie, wow! I think I would like John Cusak to play me in the movie of my life. I’ve always identified with him and his movies growing up and I think he’d be able to get inside my head and understand my motivations and drive in life.

My notes:  Jamie, thank you for taking the time to do the “20 Questions.”  You and Chris did an outstanding job on Accidental Thief.  A lot of respect goes out to you and all nurses, first responders, law enforcement and firefighters who put their safety at risk and often putting their own lives on the line, trying to help others.

You can check Jamie Davis out on his website: http://jamiedavisbooks.com

His latest book co-written by his talented son Chris Davis is on Amazon here.  Accidental Thief

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