See the video of the reveal at https://youtu.be/1xUXtbm5rYc
Looking forward to the fall of the House of Gammen? Here’s your hookup for pre-ordering the 6th and final book in the Midnight Guardian series. Don’t forget, order your ebook before October 6th to take advantage of discount pre-order pricing.
Pre-order & get it for only 99 Cents at these retailers:
Smashwords | Apple iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Amazon US | Canada | United Kingdom | Australia
*Pre-order only available for ebook editions. Paperbacks will be available Oct. 6.
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The Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is this weekend. I love this event filled with cryptids, Men in Black, conspiracy theories, and everything Mothman.
And a great weekend to announce that this is now the home of IamMothman.com. We’ll have features, graphics, and tons of fun starring your favorite winged legend.
To get started, here’s the schedule for this weekend’s main event…the Mothman Festival. The small, river town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is awakened this Saturday and Sunday. You’ll even find me there signing copies of the Mothman Mysteries and Midnight Guardian series books.
The Cover Reveal and Release Announcement for the 6th and FINAL book in the Midnight Guardian series is coming this Friday, September 16th.
At one minute before midnight (11:59 p.m. eastern) on Friday, the cover will be revealed and release date announced simultaneously on Twitter, Instagram, and this site. Want more? Join me for a special video where I’ll personally unveil the cover and share my thoughts on the finale. The video also premieres at midnight Friday on Facebook and YouTube.
If you haven’t picked up this series yet, there’s still time before the 6th book arrives in stores. Grab the first book, Of Sun & Moon, free in ebook format at major online bookstores. Better yet, for a real jumpstart on the series, sign up for my New Book Alert and get the first TWO ebooks in the Midnight Guardian series for free.
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It’s that time of year again! Time for my annual Word Counts post where we take a look at YA word counts for traditionally published and indie authors.
So let’s get right down to the nitty gritty. First, we take a look at the traditional-pubbed market. For this, I’m going to pull the bestsellers in the category of YA from Barnes and Noble.
Barnes & Noble Teen Bestsellers for the week beginning June 28, 2016
|| Word Count*
| Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
| The Last Star by Rick Yancey
|Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
|The Cellar by Natasha Preston
| The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
|The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
| The Novice by Taran Matharu
|The Maze Runner by James Dashner
| United as One by Pittacus Lore
| Kian and JC: Don’t Try This at Home! by Kian Lawley
*Estimated based on 250 words per page
Compared to last year’s list of B&N teen bestsellers, word counts are up 13%. I think it is important to note that some of the larger word counts in the list came from books that are the last in their series. Many readers already know to expect the last book to be a bit thicker as the author packs in everything needed to wrap up all the loose ends.
Word counts also increased among indie others when compared to previous years.
Smashwords Bestsellers Young Adult/Teen Category 7/2/16
|| Word Count
|The Raven King by Nora Sakavic
| The Wild Beasts of Anthony Mannis by Matthew Young
|In a House Made of Bones and Teeth by Alyxandra Harvey
|Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani
|Valley of the Shadow by Christina Ochs
|The Posterchildren: Origins by Kitty Burroughs
| Masters of Time by Sarah Woodbury
|Between Heaven and Earth by TJ Rudolph
| The Dark Wife by SE Diemer
|The Alcantaran Key by Terry Compton
The average word count for these ten is a whopping 99,468, the highest average for Smashwords bestsellers since I started the Word Count annual posts in 2013. This number also breaks trend by surpassing the B&N bestsellers word count average. Check out the dramatic incline over 2015’s average word count of 68,315 in the comparison chart below.
Those are the stats. Looks like word counts are growing and readers are buying, but let’s not forget the increasing popularity of novellas and Kindle singles. There is one novella-sized novel in the Smashwords bestsellers (there usually is at least one). Amazon’s Kindle Single bestseller lineup is starting to tout big names such as James Patterson, Diana Gabaldon, Lee Child, and Gillian Flynn with page counts ranging from 40 to 86 pages and price points at $1.99 and $2.99 making their work more affordable for the everyday reader and more competitive against indie authors who traditional charge these prices for full novels.
So take these stats with a grain of salt because as we all know…
Length is seldom a measure of a good story.
Past Word Counts Posts
>Do Word Counts Count 2015
>Do Word Counts Count? 2014 update
>Do word counts count? 2013
In celebration of #readselfpublished Sailing to the Moon has been getting in contact with successful self-published authors for interviews. Here’s an interview with Bryna Butler, author of the Midnight Guardian Series. (Which can be found here) How did you get into writing? I’ve always loved stories. In college, this led me to study journalism […]
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