Fragments released today!
That's right, people. It's finally here!
Order of the Spirits: Fragments is now available on Amazon, in both digital and printed form!
(The book is also enlisted in the Kindle Unlimited library, so if you're subscribed to that service, you're in luck!)
For those new to Order of the Spirits, and Fragments in particular, this book is best described as a contemporary action fantasy. It is a non-linear, character-driven narrative told through six intertwined stories, multiple protagonists, diverse settings, and even different time periods! Are you ready to meet a grim vigilante, a charismatic demon slayer, and pair of legendary monster hunters, as they battle dark forces in the name of the Order?
The official blurb for the book can be found right here, and for more information on Fragments, you can check out one of my older posts, where I go into essentials and details both. I like to think that readers who like action and fantasy, or works of Sanderson and Sapkowski, would enjoy my book as well, though I guess we'll see.
Either way, if anything of what I said above sparked your interest, please visit this link to find Order of the Spirits: Fragments on Amazon. As this is my first and currently only published work, I suspect it will be tough to reach a wide audience, but if you want to help me out with that with nothing more than a simple click, maybe add Fragments to your wish list? The gesture would in a small manner support this book series, and I'd much appreciate it.
All right. That’s it for the clumsy marketing pitch (if you could call it such...). What I’d rather share here today is a more personal view on this publication, so let’s get real for a moment.
Today I published my first book... The total word count ended up being 102.500 words. It took me months to write and self-edit them, and years to convince myself that they’re worth publishing.
This last year, I put everything I had into this book (great timing, I know). All of my time, energy, and money went into this project. I invested years-worth of savings, pretty much everything I had, to hire an outstanding editor (shoutout to Courtney), an exceptional proofreader (hi Michelle), and an absolutely incredible artist (you the best, Cris!) so that I could rest easy, knowing that I’ve given this story and these characters my all.
Even though I'm hopeless at promoting this book, I suppose I should now commit myself to it so that all this hard work doesn’t go to waste. Marketing has, without a doubt, been the most difficult part of this whole experience. But as far as the creative process goes, the part that should matter the most, I know I’ve done the best I can. And of that, I'm proud of.
I didn’t initially plan on sharing this, but it came to my attention recently that maybe I shouldn’t think lightly of what I’ve accomplished… I wrote a book. I published it. I created something. Those are no simple tasks. So yeah… I guess I’m an indie author now, and I wanted to brag about it.
And before I sign off, I wish to thank those who helped me with this endeavor of mine. Wanting to keep Fragments focused on the story and the characters as much as possible, I wrote no acknowledgments or dedications in the book itself. But honestly, huge thanks are in order to the professional crew who's worked with me on this book: Courtney, Cristiana, and Michelle. I also owe thanks to everyone who’s read my first drafts and created art or even music for them, or simply voiced their encouragement. And lastly, I want to single out and thank my sister, Ru, for her relentless support this past year. If there were a dedication page in Order of the Spirits: Fragments, your name on it would’ve been the only one that would make sense.
All right… I think that’s everything. It’s probably more than enough, but fuck it. It’s not like I get to publish a book every other day.
And on that note,