Barnes & Noble CEO Predicts Two Years Left

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Barnes & Noble CEO Len Riggio Predicts only two years remain for B&N’s viability as a business if drastic measures aren’t taken. Riggio admits that while educational toys and games have slowed the decline in sales, he has no idea what the “magic bullet” is to turn things around.

Barnes & Noble storefront

photo: Flickr/Mike Kalasnik

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Black Magic on Black Friday!

Nat Russo Books, Giveaway, Holiday, Promotions 6 Comments

Hi friends!

I really need your help this coming weekend. I promise it’ll be easy. All you have to do is mention me to someone.

But first, I hope everyone in the USA is enjoying their Thanksgiving holiday! For those of you who reside elsewhere, you may have heard of this crazy American thing called “Black Friday.” It usually involves braving violent crowds and idiots who can’t park.

[Who am I kidding…that’s a normal Sunday at Walmart!]

This is where you come in. I need your help to spread the word about Necromancer Awakening and Necromancer Falling. The first will be more than 75% off on Friday, the latter is somewhere around 40%, and I’ll be listing The Road To Dar Rodon as completely free.

I’d like to make a personal appeal to you. Most of you who frequent this blog have already read my work. If you found any of these books entertaining, please take a moment to tell someone about them, and let them know that this coming weekend (starting Friday) will be a great time to pick them up. Prices will be returning to normal on Monday the 28th. (I think Necromancer Falling returns to normal on Saturday because of some strange KDP enrollment date issue…stupid Amazon.)

But most importantly, THANK YOU for sticking with me as long as you have and for making all of this possible.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Nat

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Map of the Three Kingdoms

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I was reminded this morning by a post on Twitter that I’ve yet to make a map of the Three Kingdoms widely available. The reason is I will be having an artist professionally render my hand-drawn scribblings in the near future, perhaps before (or around the time of) the publication of book 3, Necromancer Ascending.

But why wait? So, here’s a rendering that I made a long time ago in Campaign Cartographer 3 (absolutely INCREDIBLE software!). My apologies to Campaign Cartographer 3. I’m like a toddler using Photoshop to draw stick figures.

Oh, and you should be able to click on the image to enlargificate it. That’s not a word…but it should be. 😀

The Three Kingdoms

Books set in the Erindor universe:

Necromancer Awakening

The Road to Dar Rodon

Necromancer Falling

 

 

Nat RussoMap of the Three Kingdoms

Erindor Press is Now SSL Certified!

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That’s right! Erindor Press now has its very own SSL site certificate! You should see a green lock icon in your address bar (in Chrome. I’m not sure how other browsers represent SSL connectivity).

SSL Certificate Activated

What does this mean for you? Without getting into the technical details, it means browsing around on Erindorpress.com just got a LOT more private. So, click away! Enjoy the content!

Nat RussoErindor Press is Now SSL Certified!

Common Writing Myths

Nat Russo Art, Basics, Opinion, Writing 19 Comments

There are very few objective truths about writing. I think there are some (you’ll typically suck at first, a strong noun/verb is better than a weak noun/verb with a qualifier, remove needless words, etc). But most of these “objective truths” are little more than common writing myths.
Common Writing Myths
 
There are a host of suppositions masquerading as axioms:
– Show don’t tell
– Writers must write every day
– Writers can’t not write
– Never use an adverb
– Writing can’t be taught
 
And so many more…

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My Experience With Amazon Giveaways

Nat Russo Marketing, Opinion, Platform, Promotions 9 Comments

Amazon recently added a new tool they call “Amazon Giveaways” to our marketing toolbox. Using Amazon Giveaways, the book publisher can purchase an arbitrary number of copies of their book and have Amazon distribute them “free” to people who participate in the giveaway.

Amazon Giveaways

I’m not going to spend much time on “how to” in this article. There are a lot of resources out there that will get you started with Amazon Giveaways (including the wonderful resource written by my friend and fellow author Nicholas Rossis: How To Set Up An Amazon Giveaway). Instead, I’d like to talk about my experience and lessons learned after running two separate Amazon giveaways of the same title, Necromancer Awakening.

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Necromancer Falling Hits 3 Bestseller Lists in UK

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I woke up to some amazing news this morning. In less than 24 hours since publication, Necromancer Falling has hit 3 Amazon bestseller lists in the UK, and two “Hot New Releases” lists overall! Thank you all so much for the overwhelming outpouring of support you’ve all shown. This is truly mindblowing!

In the US:

#22 in Hot New Releases for Metaphysical Fantasy

#35 in Hot New Releases for New Adult & College

In the UK:

#65 on the Metaphysical and Visionary Fantasy Bestsellers list (both “Books” and “Kindle Store”…which I don’t understand since there’s no paperback yet, but I’ll take it!)

#72 on the Low Fantasy Bestsellers list.

Thank you all so much!

Necromancer Falling hits Bestseller Lists

 

Nat RussoNecromancer Falling Hits 3 Bestseller Lists in UK

Necromancer Falling: Chapter 1

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Necromancer Falling, the sequel to the 2014 #1 fantasy bestseller Necromancer Awakening, is almost upon us! Just as I did with Necromancer Awakening, I’ve decided to post chapter 1 of Necromancer Falling here on the blog to whet your appetite.

If you like what you see (I sure hope you do!), you don’t have much longer to wait. Necromancer Falling, in its entirety, will be in your hands by the end of this month! 

[Update: 5/30/2016 – Necromancer Falling is now available on Amazon!]

***SPOILER ALERT*** If you haven’t read Necromancer Awakening yet, you’ll regret reading this chapter if you hate spoilers.

BookCover_Kindle_WORKING-COPY

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Where’s Nat?!

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Where's Nat?

Still here. I promise.

I’m currently doing “stuff and things” related to the upcoming release of Necromancer FallingAnd playing a ton of EverQuest 2 because my Freeblood Swashbuckler is almost max level.

Necromancer Falling has been one of the most challenging projects I’ve been a part of. I’ve found it’s never easy to pull off “book 2” of a trilogy. Though it’s a “book 2”, the story needs to be self-contained. You can’t make too many assumptions about how much a reader remembers from “book 1”. You have to reintroduce old characters without boring the people who have great memories. The list of potential problem areas goes on.

And…once you’ve managed to get to a point in your craft where you no longer make the same mistakes you made in early drafts of “book 1”, you invent a whole new set of problems and habits to break.

But we’re in the home stretch now! The cover art is complete, and I’ll be sharing it with you all shortly you can see it over on the right-hand side of the blog! I’ll be spending the next three weeks or so in final edits. And, come hell or high water, Necromancer Falling will be in your hands toward the end of May!

Cheers!

 

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