Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Update

Well, it looks like my foray into SF has been a success. To date Perilous Waif has sold almost twice as many copies as Extermination did in the same period, and the Kindle Unlimited readership is up 400%. So there are definitely going to be more Alice Long books on the way.

For those of you who prefer other formats, Perilous Waif is also available in print and audiobook versions. I must admit the sales of the print edition have been disappointing, but the audiobook (narrated by Mare Trevathan) seems to be pretty popular.

But I haven't forgotten all you Daniel Black fans. I took a bit of a break in February, and then spend several weeks struggling to convince my subconscious that this isn't the right time to start yet another new series. That left me with a collection of opening scenes and first chapters that will probably end up as Patreon rewards at some point, but I did finally manage to get my muse back on track.

At this point I've just started chapter 7 of Thrall, which is threatening to end up a bit longer than Extermination. If I had to guess at a release date right now I'd go with early fall, but as usual that may change depending on how the writing goes. If you don't want to wait that long, I'll be posting advance chapters as usual on my Patreon account over the next few months.

47 comments:

  1. Ok so just curious is thrall the new name for Daniel Black book 4 or is that possibly a 5th book

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  2. longer is always better and longer of daniel black series is even better, so yeah, longer please

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  3. Yaaayyy!!! You're alive and writing! Whoohoo!

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  4. Am eagerly awaiting the new book for Daniel Black. I was nervous with your branch out in SF but was very happy with the results perilous waif was smart and a great read.

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  5. Good to hear back from you! As for your books longer is better! Take all the time you need..

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  6. Longer is not a threat but a promise.

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  7. I love the Daniel Black series... but... I'm pretty sure when scaling them together I like the Alice Long series a bit more now. It could be because I just finished Perilous Waif and the story stands out more, but I don't believe that's the case. I am very interested in seeing where the next book goes and anxious to know how long I'll have to wait.

    Now, I know it's probably a bit forward to ask - but are you planning on alternating books, or focusing on one more than the other?

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  8. As though it meant anything, but I wish another Alice Long book was next. I love that girl and can't wait to read more of her adventures as she learns more about herself.

    I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of the Mirai battleship, Emperor's Hope, Strange Loop Sleuth, or Alice's mother.

    Bring her back SOON!

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  9. I haven't read Perilous Waif yet although it is in my reading queue. I would however love more of the Daniel Black series. I just recently finished the last installment.

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  10. I've been hooked on your Daniel Black series from the start. I've read them each three times,and I'm about to start them again. I am feeming.
    On a side note,you seem to have created a new genre with Daniel's magic cheat for enchanting,the Selfless Hero trilogy comes to mind,and as the pioneer you should coin a term for it. I hope you view imitation to be the sincerest form of flattery, as I see you enduring quite a bit of flattery in the future. :)

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  11. I've been hooked on your Daniel Black series from the start. I've read them each three times,and I'm about to start them again. I am feeming.
    On a side note,you seem to have created a new genre with Daniel's magic cheat for enchanting,the Selfless Hero trilogy comes to mind,and as the pioneer you should coin a term for it. I hope you view imitation to be the sincerest form of flattery, as I see you enduring quite a bit of flattery in the future. :)

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  12. I'm wondering if part of the reason for the print version of Perilous Waif not doing so well is the quality of the book.
    I read the Kindle version, liked it a lot, and so I did something I rarely do these days--I ordered a physical copy to keep on my shelf.
    And when I got it, and opened it, my immediate reaction was "Ugh."
    Because it's ugly.
    I have it with me now, as I type this, and seriously, looking at the pages inside makes me sad inside.
    Big, wide margins, vast bands of white space at the top and (especially) the botton... and yet the text is on the small side.
    I can't tell if the font is really as horrible as it looks, or if it's only the small size that makes it seem that way, but regardless, it hurts my eyes to look at it.
    I get that it's a long book, but using more of the page would have allowed a bigger, more comfy font size for no extra cost, which certainly wouldn't have made the print LESS readable.

    I hate not loving the physical copy; I like dead-tree books just fine. I grew up with them, and the fondness will never go away, even if I seldom read books in that format these days. I especially love the oversized floppy-cover paperbacks; for some reason those are just nice to handle, and I love reading them.
    But....
    Sigh.
    It looks pretty enough from the outside, I guess?
    I do like the cover art you got for it.

    Oh, and I've just read all the Daniel Black stuff over the course of a weekend, and liked those quite a bit as well, so I'm looking forward to anything new in either series.

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  13. Found you on a website chat board so i read the Daniel Black books after i was done , i picked up waif it rocked liked it better then the Black books and your body mod idea is friggen fantastic cant wait to see what happens next , so drop what ever your working on a do that series please .

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    1. Hey man he'll do what he wants, don't be a pushy jerk.

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    2. Oh you are the decider of which series is better? I think not. Do us all a favor and stop posting stuff on the internet.

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  14. Woohoo an update. Thanks for filling us in Mr Brown. I look forward to the fall now. I will keep up with both of these series as you put them out.
    As for having other stories clamoring to be written any author knows how that goes.

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  15. Perilous Waif was the first book of yours that I read and I have not been as excited about a book since I read Peter F Hamilton work for the first time.

    It is a true SF book asking questions that really need to be asked in a fun way. What does the meaning of artificial intelligence and augmented intelligence mean. How will it shape society and what will pervasive nano tech mean as well. Especially when it is used to augment humans.

    I like how you also addressed issue like if you can upload your mind into a computer will people still consider you human? If you can interface with your computers mentally will you still need counsels? I think these are all questions that need to have people thinking about them and SF is the format to do that in. Thank your for taking a stab at it.

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  16. I so so SO need a new Daniel Black book. Ive read the three too many times.

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  17. Eagerly awaiting the next Daniel Black book. Already listened and read to all three several times. Jonesing for my next hit

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  18. So Thrall is the new book title for certain? because it was originally Revenant right? looking forward to it coming out in Fall then, I've been getting super impatient to find out what happens after Extermination. Hope Daniel Black keep getting consistent updates in future. Happy writing.

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  19. Congratulations on your branching out Alice books it was good but i LOVED your Daniel Black books. Most enjoyable series i've read for years. Will you be alternating releases from now on? Im so looking forward to Thrall :)

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  20. Thrilled to see you post, and I'm looking forward to the next installment of Daniel Black. Perilous Waif was good, but I prefer good old-fashioned fantasy to sci-fi anyday.

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  21. I liked both series but I found perilous waif to be better written. Daniel black is my preferred story type but every book you but out is easier to read. So i hope both series continues.

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  22. Do not know if you read these, but two opinions for you:

    Perilous Waif was a fantastic read. I say this as a Daniel Black fan, and a non-Sci-Fi reader.

    Longer books are not a bad thing for me, personally. Longer the better, I do not like the story to end... just opinions!

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  23. Can't wait :) I'm not surprised Perilous Waif is doing so well. Your Daniel Black fans are the ones buying those Alice Long books after all. Just please don't ignore Daniel Black! It's my favorite book series of all time and is be sad if I had to go 2+ years before I got to see another one.

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    1. Oh you are the decider of which series is better? I think not. Do us all a favor and stop posting stuff on the internet.

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  24. The Daniel Black books are fantastic. I just haven't been able to gain traction with perilous waif. I have read each book several times and listened to the audio books a couple time too. The wait fir the next book is killing me

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  25. I'm having trouble getting on to Patreon. When entering Patreon I get a huge icon covering the whole screen. How do you pledge?

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  26. Any of your Daniel Black fans undoubtedly purchased Perilous Waif. Don't trust sell numbers alone when it comes to indicating interest. I like both and look forward to both continuing.

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  27. The Daniel Black series by William E. Brown, The Demon Lord series by Morgan Blayde, The Dresden files series by Jim Butcher, and The Good Intentions series by Elliot Kay, are the only series on amazon, That have managed to keep me coming back to them, for the last 10 years give or take a few, and out of all of them, the blog I F5 the most is this one.

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  28. Just listened to the audio book of Perilous Wait. What a fun listen! I haven't read any of your other series, but this one definitely has my attention. Can't wait for book 2!

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  29. Regarding paperback sales part of the problem may be distribution. I went to Barnes and Noble and the Perilous Waif doesn't even exist in their database, neither as a paperback nor e-book. We even checked using the ibsn number.

    I finally bought the paperback on Amazon. Read it as an ebook and loved it

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  30. Would prefer Daniel Black over Perilous Waif, though Alice is fun, too.

    Your Patreon page is failing to load correctly.

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  31. While you work out your structure/storyline for the next (dozen?) DB-books….

    Could you feed us some background / information-tidbits?

    Some background information like you did with your sf-project (in July 2016)?

    In September 2015 we got some Information about nature spirts (the tree-fairies) and in March 2015 we got some answers about magic and magic users.

    There are so many more topics for info-dumps…

    Information about magic, monsters, persons, organisations, history, countries, cities, geography……..

    Or even better some (Kindle-)short stories to keep the readers interest and shorten the waiting period for the next book(s).
    What about recounting the story from the perspective of the wolfen/Gronir (transformation / formation of the pack / fights / interpack dealings / spy stuff with Cerise / basically book 1-3 through Gronir’s eyes / or only some short highlights….)?

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    1. I am not sure what the difficulty for doing this would be, but I would pay $3.99 for a collection of something like 5 short stories from alternate viewpoints. Examples being something like the adventures of a previous black coven, a story of Steelbinder(? its been awhile since my last reading I might not have his name right) either before or during his rise to power, A story of a goblin's or a giant's daily life, a story from the Bast and her last acolyte, A little bit of what life is like for the civvies within the Black Citadel and how they actually feel about him, and other things like that

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  32. Perilous Waif really surprised me. I expected a compelling tale but not such well designed science fiction. Combined with the action and the memorable characters this was a book I could not put down. Easily the best book I have read all year. I am really looking forward to more books in this series and I have bought the books in the authors other series as I also enjoy good fantasy.

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  33. thank you so much. I love the Daniel black books. been waiting forever for book 4. glad to know my waiting will come to and end. Keep up the good work

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  34. Somewhere in book 3 or 4. Alice meets Queen Victoria.

    Queen Victoria: Daddy, who is this?

    Captain Sokolov: Vicky meet Alice. Alice, my daughter Vicky.

    QV: Daddy, is Alice my sister?
    CS: Sweety, do you want Alice to be your sister?

    QV: Daddy, I am always happy to see you. I am not sure why this young woman is here. Why don't you send her back to the ship or where ever.

    A naval officer with lots of gold braid rushes in and has an intense whispered conversation with the queen.

    QV focuses on CS and asks: Daddy, system pickets have spotted a Mirai battleship on fast aproach. Do you happen to know anything about it?

    CS: I might.
    CS looks at Alice, then returns his attention back to the queen.

    CS: Sweety, you see... Alice has this "little yacht" that she calls when she feels that she is not welcome.

    QV: I think I see... Yes. I do believe I see now. Daddy, sister, I was going to have a cup of tea and the kitchen promised me some wonderful pastries. I would be delighted to have you join me.

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  35. please hurry up with the Daniel Black book. i can only reread and listen to the audio books so many times before i go crazy form ack of another book.

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  36. outstanding efforts on both of your series, like one of the posters stated, I love the writing style and it is getting better as you go. We are all waiting for your books to pop up in Amazon. Do you follow your forum often? You have quite the fanbase. We even promote you on one of our LitRPG forums on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGGroup/?ref=bookmarks
    I know you were saying you had some other series floating around in there, I'm sure we would LOVE if you wrote a series for LitRPG. ok ok, I'm sure we would love it AFTER we get our DB fix! :) just sayin :)

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  37. I'm not really a sci-fi fan, so I can only curse your good fortune. It really seems to be a success, even to my eyes. My own method is to look at the reviews on goodreads.

    Reviews of any volume past the first are completely worthless as any truly critical reviewers drop the series after the first volume. So volume 1 is the absolute best way to judge the success of a series.

    When compared to volume 1 of Daniel Black, you have a higher average rating 4.4(Alice Long)>4.1(Daniel Black).

    Alice long only has about a thousand less reviews than Daniel Black, but that is fairly meaningless. A lot of people only pick up a book after a few volumes have been released for it. So Alice Long will probably have great longevity so long as you keep releasing good volumes for it.

    Sigh, now Daniel Black has to share writing time with this series.

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  38. Is the Daniel black series continuing soon? Read the perilous waif twice. I injoyed both series.

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    1. Per the post: At this point I've just started chapter 7 of Thrall, which is threatening to end up a bit longer than Extermination. If I had to guess at a release date right now I'd go with early fall, but as usual that may change depending on how the writing goes.

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  39. Wow, just finished book one of Perilous Waif, really incredibly good.
    Begging for the next book. Will do a review a for u here in a bit as well.

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  40. Just re-read Perilous Waif for the 3rd time...it's really great...I've never run across anything like it. Can't wait for more...

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