Saturday, June 18, 2011

Zero Sight Is Now A Top 10 Hot New Release!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the Top 10 Hot New Releases in Contemporary Fantasy. As of June 18th, 2011, a new challenger has arrived:
  1. American Vampire (Vampire for Hire #3)
  2. Hounded (with Bonus Content): The Iron Druid Chronicles
  3. Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles
  4. Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family)
  5. The Vampire Who Played Dead (A Spinoza Novella)
  6. The Vampire Club
  7. Retribution (Dark-Hunter)
  8. Hammered (with Bonus Content): The Iron Druid Chronicles
  9. Zero Sight (Zero Sight Series, Book 1)
  10. Tangled Threads

What's that I see down that Dieter Resnick doing the happy dance?

I had to take the screen shot:

Interesting notes:

  • 4/10 of the Top New Releases are indies
  • 3/10 of the Top New Release are from Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles
    • Gotta give props to Random House for their brilliant marketing efforts
    • Gotta give the design staff credit the brilliant covers
    • Gotta give Hearne props for never giving up
  • Vampires continue to rule the school
  • Readers continue to listen to readers

What do I take from all this?

Despite having no agent, no publisher, no Publisher's Weekly piece, no big-ticket reviews, no NPR interview (yes, please!), an absolutely unknown author, and a staggering marketing budget of zero dollars and zero cents, Zero Sight is at the center of a Kevin Hearne—Jennifer Estep sandwich.

Jennifer Estep a USA Today Bestselling Author.

Kevin Hearne is a superb writer with the full backing of Random House.

Zero Sight was written and edited by two medical students.

I'm not saying this to brag. I'm saying this because I want other aspiring writers out there to realize that they can achieve great things by relying on reader word-of-mouth. I believe that if you write a good book, take special care with the editing, prepare a fun and interesting cover, and describe it with a clear and concise blurb, adventurous readers are going to take a chance on you.

They will let you know what they liked. They will let you know what they hated.

Listen to them. Thank them. Provide them with more : )



Trevor P. said...

That's awesome! Congratulations! Also, you changed Kevin's name to Peter at the end :P.

B. Justin Shier said...

LOL. Fixed. I once knew a Peter Hearne. It keeps throwing me off!

Trevor P. said...

Lol. Regardless, congrats on the success.

Karen S said...

Simply amazing!!! Congrats!!!

Anonymous said...

I've read the first couple iron druid books, and IMHO your writing is a bit less polished but has a lot more promise. Keep writing. I gave up on the Iron Druid series as an overhyped collection of increasingly empty action sequences. The characters, and really the story, seemed inferior to ZS. At the end of the day, I didn't care to know more about Atticus or his life. I did want to see more of Dieter and Rei, despite some rough writing that is evident on a reread. The amazing thing is you kept me from noticing all the rough patches the first time thru it; that says a lot. You deserve that place on the list. Keep writing...keep improving. ;) And watch out for the excess of very thinly disguised narrative (telling) at the end of book one. Good use of sporadic humor to help the reader stay fresh, btw (not many folks use that well). You're among the top of my list of new authors to watch. happy trails! b!

B. Justin Shier said...

Thanks for the pointers, Anon. The more I write, the more I see the weaknesses in my own writing. I'll keep trying to refine the ole' craft as I go, but it's super helpful to receive honest feedback like this. Keep it coming : )

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