Over the January 23rd weekend, I participated for the second year in the COSine, a science fiction convention put on by First Friday Fandom in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is a smaller, more laid back convention but it always brings in big names in the science fiction and fantasy literary community. This year was no exception. With Guests of Honor including Jim Butcher and Connie Willis, 2016’s event was an early highlight to my year.
This year, we launched the print versions of both Sleeper Protocol and Runs In The Family at the convention to a wonderful reception. I entered the convention with a small goal for book sales and nearly doubled it. I also had the pleasure of reading aloud from the books for the first time. My reading had about fifteen participants, about half were close friends and the others were acquaintances and new readers. It was a great experience.
Next week, I’m gearing up for Superstars Writing Seminar and looking forward to sit downs with James A. Owen and Eric Flint in particular. There are many interesting things afoot.
We’re GO for launch.
Wow, it’s here. At the stroke of midnight, my debut novel, SLEEPER PROTOCOL, will be available for purchase. As mentioned on my website, the ebook is available on all ebook platforms but will be sold at a discounted price of $2.99 on Amazon for tomorrow (January 5th) only. The print versions will be available for sale in late February. When they are ready, I will let you know. My offer stands that I will sign and send back (at my expense) any copy of SLEEPER PROTOCOL sent to me. It’s the least I can do. And, an audio version is coming, too.
Here are the links by vendor:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sleeper-protocol-kevin-ikenberry/1123161142?ean=2940152665338
If you purchase the book, you have my thanks. I sincerely could not have imagined the outpouring of support I have received in this endeavor. But, if I could, I’d ask for a little more help.
Making a book “successful” has a lot of different meanings these days. With search engine optimization and algorithms for everything, it’s hard to know what may work tomorrow. So I have a simple request. If you liked the book, do two things: 1. Tell a friend about it. 2. Go back to where you purchased it and leave a ranking / review. It doesn’t have to be much more than a few lines – maybe 100 words. Those two things will help push Sleeper Protocol into the hands of more readers.
Thank you to Red Adept Publishing for taking a chance on this story and for introducing me to a family of fellow authors who support and inspire each other every day. And, thank you for reading this and being a part of this journey, too. There are more stories to tell, and we’ll write them together.
Several people have asked, so here are the specifics for the launch of Sleeper Protocol.
Ebooks: The release date is January 5th, 2016. As of right now the book is available for pre-order at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.
Release special: For release day, my publisher has lowered the price of the book to $2.99 exclusively at Amazon. From now until January 6th, you can order the book at the lower price before it returns to $5.99.
Print Version: For review purposes, the book will not be available in print version until the end of February. As there is always an exception to every rule, I will have copies with me to sell at COSine in Colorado Springs in late January, 2016. The print copy will sell for $15.99.
Book Launch Party: We are in the process of scheduling a launch party in conjunction with a local craft brewery. More details to come, but if you’re local, this will be another way to pick up a print version of the book. I’m also working with the local Barnes and Nobles and the smaller independent bookstores in the Denver area to have Sleeper Protocol on their shelves.
Very exciting things are happening. Six days to go!