Midnight Labyrinth by Elizabeth Hunter

Midnight Labyrinth is Live!

Purchase Links Amazon iBooks Nook Smashwords Kobo   It’s here! You guys, I’m so excited to share this book with you. I’ve had the bones of this series sketched out for FIVE YEARS. Seriously, I’m really excited. I love this book. I love these characters. They’re weird and wonderful in the best way. (I think.) I’m glad I have readers who appreciate them. I want to thank every one of you who thought these two crazy characters needed their own series, because I loved writing this book and I’m already working on the next one. Thanks for your enthusiasm AND your patience. Ben and Tenzin have taken a very long and winding path to their first novel. I hope you all think it was worth it. I hope you enjoy MIDNIGHT LABYRINTH. Giveaway Open to US residents only a Rafflecopter giveaway

A word about my book prices.

I’m feeling nervous prior to the cover reveal of The Staff and the Blade tomorrow. Not because of the cover. I love the cover. But because I am releasing my most expensive book ever. Now, to those of you who are accustomed to traditionally published books, $6.99 (USD) will probably not seem that high to you. That’s on the low end for a new release, as a matter fact. But for those in indie world like myself, that’s a pretty hefty price tag. via GIPHY When I started out publishing, the standard novel-length book price for self-publishers was $2.99. That was what I listed A Hidden Fire at. But lots of people said that 99 cents was the only way to sell books. Or just give it all away! You just want reviews and to get your name out, right?

Ten Things I Learned About Publishing in 2015

 1. This business moves too fast for anyone to predict. This is why I don’t predict. I only tell you a few things I’ve learned this year. You can find my posts from 2011, 2012, and 2013 at the links. (I didn’t do 2014, long story.) A lot of people consider me an early self-publisher, and I only started doing this in 2011. That’s four years ago, guys! I’m a baby at this. And yet… I’m not. Things that are common knowledge for me are still new for authors who spent all or most of their time under the traditional system. So I know a lot, but I’m still learning, too. And you have to keep learning. Nothing is static in publishing anymore. Advice that was written in stone two years ago is inapplicable today. Keep on your toes. Keep learning. At the same time… 2. My goals haven’t changed […]

The Formatting Hat: Why You Should Learn to Format Your Own E-books

(This is the next article in my Many Hats of Self-Publishing series. Read INTRO, EDITING, and COVERS here.) So, the post about formatting is going to be two part. First, I’m going to tell you why I think—even though formatting is something very easily hired out—it’s important for you or someone close to you (like a spouse or assistant) to be able to format your own e-book files. The second part is going to sound a little bit like an advertisement for Scrivener, even though I promise that no one from that company has hired me or even contacted me for promotion. NOTE: For this discussion, formatting refers to e-books only. Paperback formatting is a whole other kettle of fish which I may or may not tackle later. Formatting! The first thing to be aware of when formatting books for e-readers is what you see on the screen when you’re typing […]

The Magic Editing Hat: Turn Your Manuscript Into a Book

 Someone asked a very fair question in the comments last week, so I’ll explain a little more about my self-publishing “credentials.” I never submitted a manuscript or queried an agent before I decided to self-publish. I heard about self-publishing before I finished my debut novel, A Hidden Fire, and decided from the start that it was the direction I wanted to go. I published my first book in October 2011, and by June 2012, I was making a full time income. So I have been making my living from my writing for a little over a year and a half, and I have published nine books, two novellas, and a short story. I am a working writer. This pays the bills, and it does so better than any other job I’ve ever had. That’s where I’m coming from. Now, editing. I’m starting out with one of the most difficult publishing […]

Audiobook versions of the Elemental Mysteries from Audible.com

Cross-posted from ElementalMysteries.com: I am very excited and pleased to announce that all four Elemental Mysteries novels and the first Elemental World book will soon be available in audiobook format! I am partnering with Audible.com, the world’s biggest producer of digital audiobooks, to make the Elemental Mysteries and Building From Ashes available for listeners, as well as readers. I don’t have any details right now about when they will be available to buy (I’m sure it’s a bit of a process to produce them), but as soon as I do, I’ll make sure to let you all know. Many thanks to Audible and the wonderful people at Dystel and Goderich Literary Management (especially you, Lauren!) for making this deal happen, particularly over the crazy holiday season. I know some readers have been asking about audiobooks, so I’m thrilled to have that format available to them, and I hope this opens the Elemental Mysteries […]

For Writers: The sum total of my marketing knowledge (which is not much)

From the very sharp Passive Guy this morning: A couple of recent posts about Amazon sales, Watching the Numbers and KDP Select – Worth the Exclusivity?, generated lots of comments, some of them a bit heated. In PG’s experience watching the world of indie authors, this is typical. The reason is that nobody knows anything. Thank you, PG. Sometimes, the truth is uncomfortable, but it’s still the truth. And ignoring it will just make you itchy. I don’t talk a lot about marketing on this blog, because I’m of the opinion that you should write about things you know. I know nothing about marketing. Some people can sell ice to polar bears. I am not one of them, though I admire their abilities with the kind of detached awe I have while watching magicians and contortionists. So what can I possibly tell you about marketing your book? I should be able to […]

On Rivals and Competition in the New World of Publishing

Ever since the news hit that respected thriller writers (who shall remain nameless here) had been using fake accounts to leave online reviews for their own books AND leaving disparaging reviews on their ‘rival’s’ books, two thoughts have been circling my mind: As Chuck Wendig mentioned on Terrible Minds, say what you will about how this affects authors, but the people this really affects are readers. They’re the one damaged when fake reviews prosper and review systems become unreliable. Can most savvy readers tell a fake review from an authentic one? Sure. But they shouldn’t have to. It’s irritating and time-consuming. So, if you’re an author who is doing this or has done this, cut it out. You’re ultimately hurting readers. Shame on you. 2. Who has ‘rivals’ in writing? This last thought has been bothering me most as a writer. Is there a competition that I’m not aware of? […]

News, updates, and “ARGH!”

I’ve taken a few days off (“Really?” Yes, really.) and I’m enjoying a writing break before I start on my next couple of projects. The cover reveal for the fourth Elemental Mysteries book, A Fall of Water, will be happening tomorrow. ARCs will be going out to bloggers soon, and a teaser for the fourth book has already posted here. As for upcoming projects, I have three that I’m very excited about. Carwyn’s book is still a work-in-progress, but is reaching the halfway point. I don’t have an estimated time for that release, since I’m trying to catch my breath schedule-wise. I’ve also been planning a brand new series in an entirely different universe for my paranormal-lovers out there. I’m really excited about it, and I think I’ll have a short story published over the summer that will be a prequel for the first book. Most fun of all, my […]