I knew that The Lead Cloak had been written up in the Volcano … but I hadn’t seen that it was the whole cover until this afternoon.
That looks amazing!
Read the article yourself, which is mostly a Q&A about the book and sci-fi, but there is a very cool section at the beginning:
This sci-fi novel is a page turner: The year is 2081 and people are living experiences, hearing thoughts and seeing sights through the eyes of others …
The book is a phenomenal collection of characters, with no one playing ultimate villain or reigning good guy, much as in real life. While the novel is of the sci-fi genre, you need not be a geek to enjoy it. Hanberg doesn’t overload the reader with science fiction mumbo jumbo, and as a matter of fact, the future laid out seems a perfectly logical one considering lightening fast advancements in technology and what seems to be society’s obsession with over sharing and online voyeuristic-like habits.
… The end leaves you hungry for the next installment.
My thanks to Jackie Casella for the interview and the comments about the book.
Well, there are actually a lot more than four local authors doing it. But it’s great to see independent publishing getting some coverage as a trend. It’s certainly changed my life–finding readers has been incredibly motivational and my writing has picked up substantially.
It’s just hard to believe that if three years ago when I was ready to publish The Saint Go Dying that if I’d spent all the time trying to find an agent, and then an editor, that that book would even be out right now. Let alone another five.
That said, I’m not a die-hard about self-publishing. I really like it, and I expect I will do it for a long time. But if a traditional publisher came around and offered to publish The Lead Cloak, I would certainly consider it. And I don’t think this is the death of publishing. As I said in the article:
Not necessarily, says Hanberg. “Traditional publishing will be around for a long time,” he says. “I think self-publishing is the new ‘slush pile’ for traditional publishing houses. They will look for popular self-published titles and take them to a new level.”
Anyway, check out the article in the Tribune today!
The Lead Cloak was reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, and it’s got a humdinger of a review.
Most of it is actually a pretty crisp plot synopsis, so don’t click through if you don’t want to read a couple spoilers. But here’s the end of the review:
The Lattice is a staggeringly smart example of what sci-fi critics call the “Big Dumb Object,” but Hanberg’s expertly honed storytelling is sleek and fast enough that readers won’t get tripped up in the twists.
A solid premise supports this entertaining tale.
As you might imagine, I was pretty pleased.
“Expertly honed storytelling?” I’ll take it!
The “Big Dumb Object,” in case you’re wondering, is a pretty common feature in sci-fi. Wikipedia cites the sphere in Sphere and the dome in Under the Dome as two prominent examples. Basically the writer introduces an object, the basic ground rules of how it functions, and then plays with the effect of that object on the characters.
This pretty well describes the Lattice and how it functions in the book, so it was pretty great to see it called out for being a “staggeringly smart” use of it.
Those two sentences quoted above will form the core of a back-page blurb.
I’m thinking: “Staggeringly smart … Hanberg’s expertly honed storytelling is sleek and fast … [an] entertaining tale.” — Kirkus Reviews.
Combined with a blurb from the thoughtful review on Post Defiance: (The Lead Cloak delivers an engaging story, an exciting plot, and an author to watch) I’d say the back cover is going to look pretty good.
Here’s a list of links to the book in a variety of online stores if you want to get your copy! Tacoma folks can get a copy at Kings Books as well.
I moved to downtown Tacoma in August of 2002, living in the awesomely located and beautiful Bostwick Building. A year later I moved up the hill a couple blocks, and I’ve lived here ever since!
There’s a lot to like about living downtown. The easy proximity to so many cool restaurants, coffee shops, and stores. How easy it made it for us to go to one car.
This video has a little bit of us in, as we talk about what it’s like to live downtown with a young kid, but also the experiences of other people downtown as well.
I have a pretty good running tally of my weekly sales between all my books. I’m sure there are some that I missed here and there, but in terms of trends, it’s pretty helpful.
I was interested to see how my first week of The Lead Cloak stacked up to some of my other releases. Here are all six books and their first week of sales, in chronological order.
Personally, I was glad to see that The Lead Cloak was better than the rest. I put a lot of work into it!
But what did strike me is the falling off of the first week over time from The Saints Go Dying to The Little Book of Likes. I hadn’t noticed that until I created this graph.
This is in part happenstance: The Con Before Christmas and The Little Book of Likes are both pretty short and with smaller markets (one is the third book in a series, the other is written for executive directors of small nonprofits).
That said, there’s probably something more going on here. There is a lot more competition for books.
In 2010, I emailed some friends about The Saints Go Dying and it hit the Top 10 Mystery list, and then stayed on the Top 100 Newly Released Mysteries list for a full week.
A book would have to sell thousands of copies to do that today.
But the real truth of the matter is that most sales don’t happen in the first week. I’m very glad that The Lead Cloak had a good opening out of the gate. It doesn’t mean much in the long run, though.
I say it a lot, but these books will be around forever. The Marinara Murders has sold more than 8,000 copies. Most of them in 2012 and 2013. Its relatively slow start didn’t affect that.
Sales happen over time. They go in waves and spikes. If you’re thinking of self-publishing, don’t worry about whether people find your book on the first day or in the first week. Keep at the marketing, and good things will happen.