Friday, August 26, 2011

The House on the Corner

So... The big news of the day, at least for me, is that The House on the Corner: First Person Edition is now available! Yes, I am excited. The proof looks SO good. Of course, Rusty Webb had a lot to do with that, since he did the cover art. The very spectacular cover art, I might add. Actually, not might add, because I did add it. I hope at least some of you will decide to pick it up and try it out. Currently, it's available through CreateSpace for $14.99 and for the Kindle for $2.99. You know, $2.99 isn't much. I'll have it set up for the Nook, soon, and I'm going to look at Smashwords, although I haven't used them before, so I haven't made any decisions about it, yet. Oh, and Goodreads. Which I'm on, but I only just learned I can sell through there, too, so I have to work that out. Autographed copies can also be available directly through me if you are PayPal capable. The book's supposed to be available through Amazon itself, also, but, for some reason, it's not showing up, yet. >shrug< It's better if you buy the physical copy through CreateSpace, anyway.

[Edit: The House on the Corner is, now, also available on the Nook for $2.99!]

Here's what I need from you guys... yeah, yeah, I know, but, really, there is something I need from you. I mean, other than just buying the book. It would be great to get some reviews. Preferably good reviews. :) Good reviews would be awesome. Especially on Amazon. So, yeah, this is what I'm asking: if you buy the book, read the book, like the book, please review the book. On your blogs would be great, but posting on Amazon and Goodreads would be awesome. Really awesome. Now, if you don't like the book, well... I'm not going to say don't review it. Because, you know, if you hate it and think it's the worst piece of crap ever written, it would be kind of wrong to just keep that to yourself. But I'm pretty sure it's not that bad. Of course, I'm biased. I mean, it's not Tolkien, but it's better than... well, I won't name names, but it's better than a lot of the traditionally published stuff out there right now. By "a lot", I might mean most.

Okay, I'll (mostly) be finished talking about The House on the Corner (for the moment).

As some of you might know, there's this blogfest thing going on. You know, this one:

Some of you are new followers from the blogfest, and I've picked up a few new blogs to follow, too, although I haven't had time, yet, to get around to as many as I would have liked. So far. It had something to do with trying to get the formatting finished for the Kindle edition of House. At any rate, I plan to spend more time making the rounds next week, now that I have the bulk of the work for House finished. Although, I didn't plan the timing, it seems to me that this is a good time for all of this (House becoming available for public consumption), since this is, theoretically, the purpose of the blogfest. Cool, huh? Interestingly enough, part of my participation in the Platform-building blogfest has included a re-evaluation of some of the blogs I already follow. What does that mean, you ask? It means I actually quit following some of them. I know! Horror of horrors! I exercised that "quit following" button. It's kind of a weird feeling. But! I just want you to know that I didn't do this indiscriminately. There were criteria. Things like it having been months and months since a post. I mean, if your not gonna post, there's nothing to follow anyway, right? Never responding to comments. And I don't just mean my comments. I mean if people leave comments but the author of the blog never responds to anything... well, let me just say you have to have a very, VERY interesting blog for me to follow you if you're not going to be involved with your followers. There were other things, but those were the main ones.

At any rate, the reason for dropping some is so that I have room to add more. heh Unfortunately, time is sort of finite, and I can only fit some many blogs into the time I have. Once I get that technology perfected for freezing time, I promise to follow everyone's blog. No, really, I do  promise! We're working on it. However, with the news that the Higgs boson particle probably doesn't really exist after all,  there may be some delays in the completion of the project.

Oh, and last (but not least), I received a blog award from Jennifer over at Serendipity's Library. The

I love Jennifer's blog. It always full of wacky fun, especially when she whips out Charlotte, the creepiest doll in the world. Check it out. I dare you.

And, now, I'm supposed to pass this one on to 5 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers and encourage them to do the same. So...

1. Has to be Rusty Webb. Even if he hadn't just done the cover art for my book, he'd be my pick for top slot. He always (well, pretty much always) has something interesting to say, even when he does things like title his posts "Most Boring Post Ever." And, really, he's just an all around nice guy who actually encourages dialogue in his comments.

2. Because she has a blog that is always full of useful information shared with excellent writing on the side, Alyssia Kirkhart over at Small World, Big Dreams. Really, her following does not reflect the quality of her blog.

3. Because she shares her Magic Eyes, Amanda Leigh Cowley. You'll have to stop by her place on the web to see what I mean.

And, well, actually, that's gonna be it. Everyone else I would award this to either already received it or has more than 200 followers. However, if I find 2 more blogs I think are deserving during the blogfest, I'll pass it on in a belated fashion.

That's it for me... for now, at least.


  1. Congrats on the book release and the Liebster.

    I'm a campaigner and I did the same things with my blog roll before starting. One of the things that bothers me about Blogger is that you can't reply to individual messages. I've heard there's a way, but I've never figured it out.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. I will of course be purchasing your book sir. But for right now, I'm putting it on my goodreads as I have several ahead of it that I need to clear out. Plus I'm beta-reading Munk Davis' book for him so that he can determine whether or not it is ready to query (I'm almost done-a real page turner if you are wondering).

  3. Sadly I have no book budget at the moment but this will be on my 'to get hold of' list as soon as I can. That cover is just so wonderful.

  4. Cool! I've been double mentioned in your post today. Awesome. Thanks for the kind words, I was thrilled you let me help with the cover.

    Good luck with Smashwords, I had more issues uploading there than I did the other two combined, and I did get all these warnings telling me I have all these formatting issues.... I'm not sure if I got those fixed or not to be honest.

  5. House on the Corner = will be purchased very, very soon. Super excited to read it.
    Also, hello, fellow Campaigner!

  6. Hi, Andrew - so chuffed you chose my blog for an award.. My first one!! Thank you so much. Will mention on my blog and pick some blog winners myself over the coming week.

    Thanks again!!

  7. Great cover. I really like that one. I'm on Smashwords, and I like it. The coupons make it worth it to me. Best of luck with it! :)

  8. Hello fellow campaigner. Just dropping by to check out your blog. I look forward to learning more about you throughout the campaign.

  9. Just ordered it for my Nook....well Nook app on my iPad. Can't wait to read it. Good Luck!

  10. Hey, I'm a new follower and fellow campaigner. Love the sound of your book :)

  11. Angelina: Thank you very much :)
    There is a way to do an email response to comments, but I don't know how it works. It may be that you just have to manual access the commentors email address to respond to them. I'm not really sure.

    Michael: Well, I will be looking forward to what you think of it. I may have to hit you up to beta the sequel to House.

    Sarah: I can certainly understand the lack of a book budget. I have about half a dozen books sitting in my Amazon cart, right now, that I can't get. It's driving me crazy.

    Rusty: heh I'm still dealing with Goodreads and why I can't get the cover to be visible there. I'm not sure when I'll make it over Smashwords.

    Julie: I appreciate every purchase I get! I hope you like it. Make sure to let me know what you think!

    Amanda: I am honored to have given you your first award, then. :)

    Kelley: As I said to Rusty, I'll make it to Smashwords at some point. Just trying to work through one thing at a time. heh

    J.R.: Welcome!

    Jennifer: Thank you so much!

    Christine: Welcome! And I'm glad!

  12. Your cover looks great! I'm so glad it's available for Nook. I'm a fellow Campaigner and I write YA romances. Nice to meet you!

  13. Cortney: Thanks so much! But I can't really take the credit for it. I've already stopped by your blog and started following :)

  14. HUGE CONGRATS, Andrew!!! *runs off to tweet about it* :)

  15. Thanks for the tweet, Sam! I appreciate it more than I can say! :)

  16. Congratulations on your book launch, Andrew! And you have my respect with all the formatting -- I think that stuff is a lot harder than writing. Here's wishing you all the best with "whatever you put your hand to."

  17. Thank you so much for the shout-out, Andrew! I am incredibly honored; truly, your blog is one of my very favorites.

  18. Oh, and congratulations on the release! I LOVE the cover!!

  19. D. Ann: Oh, man, the formatting sucks! I hate it! I can't wait for the day when I can pay someone else to do all of that! Of course, by that time, I'll probably know how to do it and won't need anyone else.

    Alyssia: Well, your blog is one of my favorites, too :)
    And, thank you! It is great, isn't it?

  20. Hi Andrew! Fellow campaigner and fantasy writer here. Like the look and feel of your blog -- looking forward to checking it out.

  21. Roger: Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like it.