Amy J. Murphy

Author of the Allies and Enemies series.

Tag: kindle

Cover reveal: Allies and Enemies: Empire

Allies and Enemies: Empire (Book 5) is due out soon. Thanks to some diligent beta-readers, it looks like I’ll be able to publish well ahead of my original target deadline. Look for pre-order info by the end of this week (June 28th). I hate to leave things on a “cliff hanger” but book 5 should be well worth the wait.

In the meanwhile, I’m very pleased to share the beautiful cover art created by Laercio Messias. [Check out his other work here.]

Allies and Enemies: Empire (Book 5) – On pre order soon!

Allies and Enemies: Fallen on the Ballot for the Dragon Con Awards!

imageThis year marks the debut of the Dragon Con Awards and my book, Allies and Enemies: Fallen made the ballot in the “Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel” category. (Weird combo, I know. But so awesome!)

What the heck is a Dragon Con you ask? Based in Atlanta, GA and traditionally taking place over the Labor Day holiday, it is the largest fan-run multi-genre conventions in the nation. Think: San Diego ComiCon of the southeastern US.

The list has really fabulous talent on it, and like they say at the Oscars, “It’s an honor to just be nominated.”

Want to show your support for my book and a few others? It’s not too late to register and vote for me. Click the link here to find out how. (No, you don’t need to be a Dragon Con attendee or even know what Dragon Con is to vote.)

5 Things I Wish I Knew About Self-Publishing One Year Ago

It’s been a little over a year since this little self publishing experiment of mine got launched. Time flies when you’re stressing out over the small stuff like compulsively checking your Amazon sales and agonzing over how (or even if) to purchase promotions. One of my former employers once likened the internet to the wild west. That was nearly a decade ago. Because the ‘net ages in terms of dog years, some order has come to the chaos. The rules that run things seem to come out of no where and possess a life of their own. I’m no expert. I’m still figuring it all out.

And so far this is what I would hop into the DeLorean to tell 2015 me about this enterprise:

  1. Don’t waste your time with Book Tango. If you designed your own websites and taught yourself photoshop, you can figure out how to format your own ebook. Don’t let any distributor scare you into thinking you cannot create a functional ebook that works correctly on a Kindle.
  2. Skip the Kindle Scout popularity contest. It’s really not a venue for science fiction. It’s meant for romance and cozy mysteries (whatever those are).
  3. Don’t spend the money on the promoters that focus on Twitter. There is a figurative ocean of Tweets out there and odds are you’re never going to have “that” one message that makes everyone snatch up your book.
  4. Stop checking your rank. Yes, it’s awesome to see your book climb to the top 20 of military science fiction or space opera. But you will start hyper-focusing on the wrong things (promo) instead of the things that made you happy in the first place (writing).
  5. Be patient. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Remeber why you started this in the first place, nerf-herder.
  6. Also, Mattel will finally start selling hover boards.

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