Last April, I got accepted by Booktrope Publishing. As one could imagine, I was relieved. Self-publishing had become an extra weight on my that I could no longer bear. At 17, I made a very quick and irrational decision, signing on, having no idea what to expect.
On April 29,2016, every author and team member for Booktrope received and email, letting them know that Booktrope is closing its doors.
We are deeply saddened to share the news that Booktrope will be ceasing business effective May 31, 2016. This decision was not reached lightly and we will share as much as we can with the community over the next few weeks.
When I read the email, I was shocked, but not really. Devastated. Hurt. Angry. But most of all, I was left with a heavy uncertainly hanging on my shoulders, as are so many who are being hurt by the loss of the company. As of May 31st, 2016, all four of my books will be removed from Amazon, no longer accessible to readers.
Due to this, May 3-7, I believe, I am offering all of my books for free. I wish I had an answer as to what’s coming next. I wish I could say that the books will go right back up because I’ll self-publish them, but it’s not that simple.
Booktrope offered me a way. A way to be a student, to meet some amazing people, and to live my dream that I’ve had since elementary school. I’ve grown so much because of them and everyone I’ve met. My teams put so much time and effort into my books that I can never repay them fully enough for.
After graduation from high school in June, I will be starting college in the fall. I’m starting to see that maybe this is a sign that it’s not my time. I wish I had better news, but at the moment, I do not.
I’m not giving up on my dream forever. I could never do that. But right now I’m at a loss for words and ideas, and it’ll take some time and thought to fully come up with a game plan.
I just want all of my friends, family, and most of all, my fans, to know that this is not the end of the line for me. A hiatus, maybe, but certainly not the end. While I do not know about everything else, that is the one thing I am certain of.
I hope to see you guys again soon.
Alec John Belle
A lot of you have finished reading Forbidden Darkness and have felt a little betrayed. I haven’t gotten many complaints, but I do know the book ended on a huge cliffhanger and left lots of things unanswered. And I really do mean a lot.
The funny part is, that was entirely unintentional. When I planned the first four books, I knew the first book was going to raise a lot of questions, and because it’s a series, I couldn’t possibly answer everything in one book. It would have dragged the book out if I did that, which is why the book was as short as it was (which is less than 44,000 words).
Here’s what I can tell you. Each book, especially the first four, have a designated goal. Take a look at this.
1. Forbidden Darkness
This book, I like to call, The Book of Questions. As I said above, this book raised a lot of questions as to where the series is headed and took a twist at the end. Even with that, there were a lot of things unresolved. That was the goal of the first book.
2. Shadow’s Wings
I like to call this The Book of Answers. In this book, you’ll get answers very early on, and I mean within the first few chapters. Some of the things you’ll find out are:
- What is Kadin?
- What is Hayden?
- What was the Shadow that visited Hayden?
- Where is Kristen’s father?
- Why was Heather kidnapped as a kid, and what does her birth mom have to do with the story?
All of those things will, in fact, get answered in the second book. Right away you start getting the truth, and so far it’s playing out in a very real and authentic way.
3. Fiery Passion
This book is what I liked to call The Book of Romance. Just in the title alone, you can suspect that this book focuses more on the romantic elements of the series than the first two books did, and this book also has a major twist ending you probably won’t be coming.
4. Frostbite’s Fury
This is The Book of Climax. Right from the beginning, this will be the turning point of the series that changes the course of the books, which is why the series will continue for four more books after this point.
That’s all I can say for now, but I can promise you, answers are coming and you won’t regret reading once you do. Right now I’m working on the first draft of book two, and will definitely have it out some time this year. Thanks for being such awesome readers, and I hope you stick around for the long run.
I just wanted to give you all the heads up that Forbidden Darkness is FREE one last time for a while. If you don’t already know, The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles is about a girl named Heather Hawkins who finds out that she is a Monster Hunter. If you’re interested, please go check it out and write a review!
Love you lots!
Fans are an essential part of the writing industry. Without fans, it’s hard to make money to produce more books, even if you’re a traditionally published author. If your books don’t sell, what’s the point in making more books?
For me, being a self-published author makes this even harder. It’s hard to reach my audience, mostly because a majority of them have no idea my books exist. With Forbidden Darkness’s release, I was looking for some way to promote my series, and the best way I can do it is with Kindle Select. There are a few pros and cons to using Kindle Select.
- I can reach a certain audience easier.
- I get 70% of my royalties.
- I can choose either a Kindle Countdown Deal or Free E-book Deal for up to 5 days.
- I have to stay enrolled in Kindle Select for at least three months.
- I can’t have my book on any other distribution channels.
- I can only do one Deal per three months (which I think is ridiculous, by the way).
I think the pros outweigh the cons even though they’re the same amount. I had my books on other distribution channels including Smashwords, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, and Page Foundry, but the sales weren’t coming in. Why? Because no one knows I exist. Most of these sites don’t advertise your book for you and the readers have to manually go in and search for you. They don’t just stumble across it. Which means I need to have an audience, so how do I do that?
Make the e-book free, of course. I remember when I did the free e-book sale on Kindle for Before I Break, and BOY did that book sell. Of course, I got no reviews which kind of sucked 5 mouthfuls of monkey balls, but at least it sold. So even though I told myself, I wouldn’t enroll in Kindle Select permanently, I am definitely doing it for the first three months as promotion.
So starting 1/11/15-1/15/15, Forbidden Darkness will be free. It will only be free during this time and probably not ever again for a long time. I want to reach my audience and help them discover me.
One thing I do ask if that you write reviews if you purchase this book. Reviews are very important to the author, whether they’re on your blog, Goodreads, or Amazon. They help me figure out what I did right and what I did wrong, and it also helps readers decide whether to read my books are not. The other thing I ask is that if you don’t like the book, please be polite about it. Constructive criticism is way better than tearing someone down who worked hard to get their book out there.
So there you have it, guys! The first book in my new paranormal YA series will be free for 5 days, so be sure to get it while you can! The link to the book is below!