Swordsmaster / writing

Writing Wednesday: Swordsmaster Release Wrap-up

Weekly Goals:

I made my three blog posts last week, but none of my reciprocal comments (I will plead LIFE issues on this one – home remodeling / hotel exhaustion as well as health issues for both me and my significant one. Of course, thee things would stop interfering if I would just stop living…)

I completed my contest entry piece and entered it; time to start on the other nine short stories I’m supposed to finish before the end of this year.

I logged 713 words of fiction while completing that story. Well short of my 3,000-word target.


So – Swordsmaster, THE NOVEL THAT WAS FORTY YEARS IN THE MAKING completed its preorder campaign as well as its release weekend.

I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s been forty years. I started writing Swordsmaster in 1979. I stopped writing after eighty handwritten pages, and didn’t resume (well, restart, really) until 2015. The bulk of the writing was done in the fifty or so months since then, but various iterations of the story have spun out in my mind throughout those forty years. That’s A LOT OF TIME to spend on a story – or anything else. Other than LIFE, of course.

I have such mixed feelings.

I’m proud that it’s finally out there. Aside from lurking in my mind for forty years, it’s also my first novel, so an additional accomplishment (the next one better not take that long; I don’t think I have that much time left…)

I’m glad that I’m able to move on now to creating new stories, instead of continually rewriting the same one. Rewriting and revisions can become a beating, and – at least from my experience – the effort seem to be exponentially tied to the length of the story. Makes me wonder when I’ll be ready to tackle another novel.

I am disappointed in initial sales, which is really me being disappointed in my non-existent marketing skills. I did sell twelve copies before the release weekend was over, which is more than all but one of my short stories (“QUIET!”) have sold over their eBook lives. There may have even been more than that – most of the markets that Smashwords distributes to won’t report in for anywhere from one week to three months later, so I won’t know the final preorder sales totals until the end of the year.

Meanwhile, some sales have also started to trickle in this week, even though the promotional discount has ended (yes, the MAGIC PIE SHOP is in play.) Perhaps it is more reasonable to expect a novel to sell than individual short stories and collections. So far, that seems to be the case.

So, was the preorder period effective? Not really (I only had five preorders on Amazon over the five weeks of the campaign, even with the promotional price as added incentive.) But at the same time, having the preorder campaign might have pushed me to promote Swordsmaster more than I would have otherwise. I made use of all my FRACTURED FRAGMENT FRIDAYS for Swordsmaster previews (of course, I have no way of knowing whether that had any effect.)

Well, time to stop staring at my sales reports and start on my next project, because


Just saying…


Swordsmaster – my first novel (which only took me forty-some years to write) is ready Swordsmaster4for reading.

Fate is neither something to run away from, nor something to run towards.

The first bright-eye to be seen on the mountain in living memory, Sandrik didn’t want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend, so he had worked hard to keep his special abilities hidden. But there was more to Sandrik than even he knew. Now that it was time for him to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld and be declared a man, what other changes might he be forced into?

Swordsmaster is available at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/954501

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WNK79FM

(there is also a paperback on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1691904910


William Mangieri’s writing can be found in many places, including, but not limited to:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri

• His site on WordPress:  https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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