Author Connie Suttle

Author Connie Suttle:
Urban Fantasy/ Young Adult

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Finder Release

Hey, everybody!

Finder, the first book in my First Ordinance series, has been released on Amazon. It is also available for a limited time from my website, subtledemon.com.

If you're a fan of my Blood Destiny series, you'll want to read this book. The connections may be subtle (pun intended) but they're there; just keep reading, you'll figure it out.

Happy Tuesday!
Connie

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hope and Vengeance Release

Hope and Vengeance is now available from Amazon and my website. The book has been uploaded to bn.com as well, but it may take a little longer to get it there.

Also, remember that we are offering new books from all three outlets for a two-week period, after which it will only be available from Amazon. This is an effort on my part to get the book to everyone, no matter what your e-reader choice is.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Connie

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Changes

As of January 15, 2014, I'll be enrolling my books in KDP Select. That means they'll only be for sale through Amazon—at least for the next three months. There are definite benefits to being enrolled in the program, so I thought I'd give it a try.

What this means is that the books currently for sale will only be sold from Amazon's website, and the sales on the current titles will be shut down on my website and bn.com.

If you own a Nook or another type of reader, don't despair.

For each new release, there will be a two-week window when the new title will be available from bn.com and my website, so you'll still be able to get it.

After that, I'll pull it off sale and offer it exclusively through Amazon.

Yes, this is an experiment, but one I've thought long and hard about. Here are the results of my ponderings:
   
      Whenever I've had a problem uploading a book, etc., and I've contacted Amazon and bn.com about the problem:
# of times I've been answered by Amazon—every time
# of times I've gotten a response from bn.com—zero

2.       Number of times I've been promoted by Amazon: many
Number of times I've been promoted by bn.com: zero

3.       Number of times I've actually been called by Amazon (I didn't call them, they called me) 
       several, asking me what I thought about the program, etc.
Number of times bn.com has initiated any kind of contact—zero

There are other things, such as the fact that bn.com only accounts for roughly 4% of my sales, but as far an actual interest in me as an author, bn.com pretty much has zero interest.

If things don't work out for me in KDP Select, then I'll back out of the program after the 90-day time period is up, but as of now, I don't anticipate that it will happen. No, I don't want to punish anyone for owning anything except a kindle, or for not reading on the kindle app. (See statement above—you'll have an opportunity to get the book before sales are shut down on other sites).

Too, this doesn't affect print sales at all, only digital sales. You can buy as many of my print books from as many outlets that offer them as you care to own, including my website, where you'll actually get a signed book quite promptly, because Joe has OCD about those things.

I hope this works out to everyone's benefit, as I don't want any of us to be disappointed.

One other set of changes:

There are new covers for Blood Wager, Blood Passage and Blood Sense, which will be available very soon on Amazon. I hope you like them!

All my best—
Connie


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Endings--and Beginnings

I almost don't know where to start this post. Yes, Blood Finale wraps up the God Wars series. That doesn't mean those characters are going away.

That's not what I intended.

You'll see quite a few of them in the Saa Thalarr series, beginning with Hope and Vengeance, which will likely be released in February, if not sooner.

You'll see Adam, Kiarra, Merrill, Joey, Grace, Devin, Dragon, Justin, Radomir, Wlodek, Weldon, Mack, Kyler, Cleo, Flavio—the list is enormous.

I also intend to write a series about Lexsi, Reah's youngest daughter. I don't know how many books will be in her series, but there are two on the drawing board right now.

The Finder series is also coming, and the first book, appropriately titled Finder, is more than half finished. Even in that state, I've had some very positive feedback on it, and it is connected (trust me) to the God Wars series, although it might not seem like it at first.

Plus, the door leading into the God Wars is still open a crack. Just this morning, I was thinking about another plot line. Yeah, I know. But it's time you knew a secret—originally, I intended to end the Blood Destiny series at book 5. But then I realized I couldn't leave it like that. I wrote another five books, because I couldn't help myself.

I guess what I'm saying is that you shouldn't mourn the ending of the God Wars. That ending is located at an open door, leading into other series. All I'm asking is that you stay with me. Make this journey—this leap of faith—with me, into the next universe. There is so much more to see and do. You'll see old friends and new ones. Old enemies and new ones.

The stories will continue, as long as I can put fingers to a keyboard. I've been saving them—for you.

Happy New Year.


May all your dreams come true.

--Connie

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Blood Finale Release

It's available from Amazon and my website. Haven't checked bn.com this morning. Happy reading!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Writer* Writes

I published Blood Wager (according to Amazon) on June 27, 2011. Since then, I've published 24 more books. That's 25 books in 29 months. I'm working on #26, #27 and #28 now, with several others just waiting for me to do something about them.
Yes, Blood Finale is getting the lion's share of attention.
What I'm writing about today deals with publishing, though.
I self-publish. Most of the people who will read this blog know that already. For those of you who haven't gone back to read the early blogs, however, I'll say this: I didn't always intend to be a writer. It was a fantasy I considered from time to time, and I even wrote a few things down through the years. I never really intended to publish them.
Really.
I always was a reader, though. I loved stories. I still do.
How and when did I start writing, then?
I started writing seriously in 2007, when my husband almost died. I sat in his hospital room in ICU and handwrote a story that had been floating through my mind for several years. No, you haven't read that story yet. Hope and Vengeance (book #28), will appear early next year if all goes according to plan.
That's when I became addicted to writing. In a hospital room in 2007. At first, it was just an escape—from the fear of what I faced at that time. After all, I'd been told by doctors that my husband might not live.
I worried that he'd die.
I worried that he'd never be the same.
I worried about the bills and a multitude of other things that tend to rear their ugly head in the midst of trouble.
If you think I'm kidding, consider this—imagine that you're there with me, after a doctor tells me that my husband is bleeding internally and if they have to do surgery to make repairs, he'll die. No chance of survival—he'll die.
Then comes one of the worst ice storms the area has seen in years, and you find yourself having to find an electrician because the weight of the ice on the power lines outside one of our rent houses has caused the electric meter to pull away from the house, resulting in an emergency for everybody involved. I was looking for an electrician to fix it while people were pretty much expecting my husband to die.
Yes, I kept writing.
Because I couldn't sleep—even after my husband came home, went through therapy and eventually went back to work. As a result of getting maybe three or four hours of sleep a night, I wrote A LOT.
Several writers have said in the past (some in the present) that you have to write a million words before writing anything worthwhile.
I wrote my million words.
Actually, I wrote more than that (12+ books) before I decided that the next one I wrote (Blood Wager) was good enough (by my standards) to publish. That was in 2011.
Since then, I've read a truckload of stuff on publishing, mostly on the self or indie variety.
If you've paid any attention to the publishing industry, you've probably read some of the same stuff.
A lot of people—including those who have self-published some of their work, often get on a soapbox and announce that most (if not all) self-published books are CRAP.
Thatit'stooeasytohitthepublishbuttonanduploadstuffthatnobodyshouldeverhavetoseebecauseit'slikewatchingsexormurderorpoodleabuseinpublic.
Indie authors are often viewed as being at the same level of appreciation as ax murderers. That we're just not smart enough—or good enough—to get published by traditional means. Therefore, anything we publish must be CRAP.
Oh, and did I say that indie authors aren't REAL authors? I've read that, too. That we're not real, bona fide authors. The most we can claim (and it may be a stretch) is that we're writers.
Maybe we ought to start putting an asterisk next to the word writer* when we describe ourselves. Sort of like in baseball, when they're trying to indicate that a record may have been affected by performance-enhancing drugs or something.
June 27, 2011
Since then, I've published 25 books.
Sold more than 250,000 of them.
And I'm not an author.
No agent has ever contacted me.
For the past two years, I've paid more in taxes than I used to make at Borders in an entire year as a manager (see previous statement).
So many people think I (and other indie writers*) will just throw up our hands and quit writing. Some of us may.
I don't intend to.
Writing is in my blood, now. I am infected and it's likely to be a terminal disease. That means (for those of you who might worry about things like that) that as long as I have a brain and hands that work, I'll be writing.
Nobody may read it after a while, but that doesn't mean the disease will go away.
I have too many things to write before I die.

I'm just sorry I didn't get started on it sooner.