Recap Redux and Updates!

Since it's been another eventful few weeks, I thought I'd round-up some of the recent news in this easy to digest post.

  • First off, my Thunderclap promotion is alive and kicking. It would mean a lot if I could rally your support, but time is limited, so please go check it out right here. If you elect to support, on May 31 Thunderclap will post a message on my behalf to your selected feeds that will help draw attention to my book, CONVERGENCE. And the more eyeballs I can get directed to my work, the better. Check out Thunderclap's About and FAQ pages for more details on how this thing works, but the gist is that it's kind of like Kickstarter, only absolutely no money is trading hands. The main form of currency here is entirely social media based, utilizing the power of crowd-speak to advertise a promotion.
  • This weekend, Motor City Comic Con returns to Novi, MI. Earlier this month I ran a brief promotion on Smashwords in honor of PenguiCon, which celebrated all things sci-fi & fantasy for a weekend, and am doing the same for my region's Comic Con. So, go buy CONVERGENCE at Smashwords for only $1.99 using the code KS22D. Feel free to spread the news!
  • Earlier this month, my book was selected as a Kobo Next read in the SciFi & Fantasy category. This was a terrific honor that helped draw some much-needed attention my way, and earned me my first international sales in the UK, Australia, and Singapore. Canadian sales helped push my book into the best-seller rankings for the sci-fi subcategory of High Tech, and knocked CONVERGENCE up to #89 overall. Kobo will soon be implementing book reviews, so if you've read and enjoyed my book, please consider leaving an advanced review by clicking right here.

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  • I think the Kobo Next promo helped push up some sales in other areas, and on Mother's Day, CONVERGENCE once again hit the Top 100 on the Kindle sci-fi cyberpunk subcategory. This past week also saw my first sales on Amazon UK, with readers there helping to push CONVERGENCE into the Top 100 scifi > cyberpunk and mystery/thriller > technothriller reads, as well. So, thanks to all my new readers overseas - it's quite a bit of a high to realize my book is going global!

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  • CONVERGENCE also made a brief appearance this week over at Joel Friedlander's e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2014. Joel said of the cover: "Delivers a strong appeal to sci-fi lovers, expertly handled."
  • Until May 23, I've got ten copies of CONVERGENCE up for grabs via a LibraryThing giveaway. Go enter for a chance to win a free copy by clicking here. Friendly tip - there's a lot of books being given away, so if you don't want to scroll through the entire listing, just do a search for my title.
  • I'm also happy to say that since launching this blog earlier this year, I've now gotten over 1,000 hits. Not a bad milestone!
  • And, finally, if you're a regular around here, you may have noticed my first blog tour post last week regarding my writing process. This idea sprung up from a thread on the KBoards message board and Heidi Garret got a nice chunk of us spec-fic writers involved. Go check out what the other writer's have posted thus far. On tap, we have Heidi, Cat Amesbury, Elle Chambers, and William D. Richards. This Monday, a couple more writer's will be joining the tour, so be sure to check out Elle and Bill's posts for links to those. And, if you're on twitter, keep an eye on the #specficwritersunite tag that Elle started up so you can stay current on new posts. [UPDATE May 18 - S. Eliott Brandis, author of the just-released IRRADIATED, has posted about his writing process over here.]

Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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