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My Best Year

This has been my best year ever.

Since I released my debut novel, Titan Encounter, in 2012, my book sales have grown each year, but this year has been exceptional. With more than a third of the year remaining, my sales have already exceeded those of 2015.

When I released Titan Encounter I was a novice writer with a minimal website and no mailing list. While the novel received good reviews, sales were slow.

In August of 2013 I released Through Many Fires, and readers loved it. However, I still had only a basic website and no mailing list. When sales continued to be strong beyond the opening month, I talked with my wife, Lorraine, about quitting my job as a teacher and writing fulltime. It was a scary proposition. Typically, the sales for Through Many Fires would peak soon and then slowly decline. I had started writing the next book in the series, but it could bomb.

Despite my fears, Lorraine encouraged me to write. So, I turned in my resignation with the end of the 2014 school year. Sales of Through Many Fires remained strong well into 2014 and, when sales did slow, the second book in the series, A Time to Endure, was ready for release.

I've released other novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories since then, and remain thrilled with how you have received them.   

Because of you, my readers, I have never regretted the decision to become a fulltime writer. Thank you, for everything, especially this incredible, year!

Local Author Display

I guess it’s only natural for writers to support libraries.

Amy and Victoria with the books of Author Kyle Pratt

Back in September I blogged about finding my novel, A Time to Endure, at my local Chehalis library. When I visited the library to get a picture for that September blogpost, my friend Amy, who works there, checked the database and discovered other libraries in the system had copies of Through Many Fires. This surprised me since I’ve never made an effort to get my novels in any library. I guess I never thought about my books being there, but I was happy when I found out they were.

Several weeks later Amy contacted me and asked if I would donate a copy of each of my novels for a display of local authors at the Chehalis library. Of course, I agreed.

The picture here is from when I delivered the copies of Braving the Storms, Through Many Fires, Titan Encounter and A Time to Endure. I’ll go back, and get a picture of the display, when it is complete.

Letter from a Friend

Yesterday, I received a letter from an old friend.

Several things were unusual about it. First, it was a real letter, the kind you get in the mailbox. I get close to a hundred emails a day, but very few letters. The other thing that immediately caught my attention was the picture that you see here.

Dave Larson with a copy of Titan Encounter

Dave and I were both stationed at R.A.F. Edzell, Scotland over thirty years ago. We worked in the same building even though Dave served in the marines, and I was in the navy. Dave liked to take pictures and always seemed to have a camera. Together, with other friends, we explored the nearby villages, hills and valleys of Scotland. I married Lorraine while stationed there.  

I don’t recall who in our group of friends left first, but eventually we all did, to different parts of the world. Even the base ultimately closed. In such cases friends become fond memories of people, places, and events.

I’ve lost touch with most of them, so it was nice to receive the letter from Dave. In it he said that he had just bought my book, Titan Encounter and was looking forward to reading it. I looked up his phone number, called him, and we reminisced for a while.

Send me another letter when you’re done with the book, Dave, and let me know what you thought and we can talk some more.

Pure Publicity

Marketing and publicity are part of being an author but, like most writers, I avoid it.

Kyle Pratt with posters of his first four books.

I’d rather stay in my office typing my next story than go to a party, or even most meetings with other authors. It’s not as if I hate people. I don’t but, like most writers, I’m an introvert.

Kyle Pratt with posters of Through Many Fires and A Time to Endure.

However, getting your picture taken can be fun. The pictures here are of me posing with posters of my first four books. They have been hung in the order the books were released. From right-to-left they are, Titan Encounter, Final Duty, Through Many Fires and A Time to Endure.

Now if I could just figure out a way to make all the marketing and publicity as much fun as these pictures. 

Books are in the Mail

Last night I sat at the dining room table and signed books.

Earlier, I had made a list of 39 people that would be receiving one, or more, of me novels. When all the books came from the printer on the same day I decided to just sit down, sign and mail them all.

Kyle Pratt signing books

Twenty copies of Through Many Fires and Titan Encounter were going to winners of two contests I conducted. Other books were going to people who helped create them, such as Micah Hansen, who designs the covers, my editor Barbara Blakey, and beta reader William Childress. Many copies of A Time to Endure were heading for bloggers I've worked with in the past, reviewers, critique partners, and friends. 

Most of the books were going to places in the United States, but some were going to Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. I spent a good half-hour this morning getting to know the postal clerks in Napavine.

So, if I told you that a book was coming your way, I can truthfully say, it’s in the mail.

Goodreads Giveaways

I’m conducting two Goodreads giveaways.

My next novel, A Time to Endure will be released on December 12th and, as part of the celebration, I’m giving away ten copies of Through Many Fires and ten copies of Titan Encounter on Goodreads.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Through Many Fires by Kyle Pratt

Through Many Fires

by Kyle Pratt

Giveaway ends December 12, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Titan Encounter by Kyle Pratt

Titan Encounter

by Kyle Pratt

Giveaway ends December 31, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Goodreads is a social media site for readers. With over 20 million members their stated goals is “to help people find and share books they love.”

While I am sponsoring the giveaway, I have no control over who wins the books. Goodreads selects the winners, but entering is free and, like most social media sites, membership is free so login; visit my Goodreads page and signup to win Through Many Fires and Titan Encounter.  

Titan Audiobook Released!

Work began Titan Encounter audiobook in early March and now it is done.

We started by having Micah Hansen design a cover and moved on to listening to auditions. It didn’t take long to select actor Jeffrey Fellin to produce and narrate the novel. Jeffrey has extensive experience in both film and theater and the right voice for the book.

As Jeffrey completed the chapters my wife, Lorraine performed the first quality check, then beta-readers listened and finally it came back to me for a final QC.

There were delays and technical problems but by mid-May we turned the project over to Audible.com for final technical checks.

Titan Encounter is now available in paperback, Kindle, online in most other ereader formats and now as an audiobook on Audible.com. It will soon be available on iTunes.

The unabridged, five hour, Titan Encounter audiobook is available here on Audible.com.

BookBlast

I wanted to start the new year off right and so I arranged to do some promotions.

Readers of my newsletter learned earlier this month about Smashwords discount coupons for my novels. However, that is not the only promotion I am doing this month.

This week, I did another campaign featuring my science fiction novel, Titan Encounter. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Titan Encounter is a science fiction space adventure. I hesitate to make comparisons, but for the purpose of clarity I’ll say Titan Encounter is somewhat like Battlestar Galactica in the way it mixes science fiction and religion, but Titan is Christian friendly.

Part of the BookBlast email 

Titan Encounter was featured yesterday on the BookBlast mailing of Free and Bargain Kindle Books. This promotion raised Titan Encounter to the number six spot on the on the Amazon Kindle Christian Futuristic bestseller list.

If you haven’t read Titan Encounter, it will be selling at the promotion price of $1.99 through January 17th.

Advertisements Appearing

One of the nice things about being an author is being able to see your work in different places.

 As my books have garnered wider distribution, from Amazon, to Audible, iTunes and more, I’ve started to see advertisements for them. Recently I was pleased to see this online ad by Barnes & Noble.

These two books are available in paperback, Kindle and, very soon, on Nook.

As a new author I don’t have the sales to get my books in most stores, but you can buy them online from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. If you live near me in Chehalis, Washington, you buy the paperback version of Through Many Fires from our local independent bookstore, Book N Brush.

Titan Book Trailer

We made this book trailer to help promote my debut science fiction novel, Titan Encounter.

We didn’t spend a lot of money on the video, which is less than a minute long, but I think it is well done. I think you’ll enjoy it. 

Below video is the script for the book trailer.

Titan Encounter is the debut science fiction adventure novel by bestselling author Kyle Pratt.

“Justin Garrett starts one morning as a respected businessman and ends the day a fugitive wanted by every power in the known universe.

“Fleeing with his 'sister' Mara and Naomi, a mysterious woman from Earth Empire, their only hope of refuge is with the Titans, genetically enhanced soldiers who rebelled against the Earth, and murdered millions in the Titanomachy War.

“Hunted, even as they hunt for the Titans, the three companions slowly uncover the truth that will change the future and rewrite history. 

Titan Encounter is available in paperback and on Kindle.”