March Madness!

[Update 3/31/14: A very small update to the original post to close out the month. I woke up this morning to find CONVERGENCE had cracked the low-50s out of the Top 100 Paid Cyberpunk books. It is now sitting in the upper-70s, but to have cracked the Top 100 in a category two weeks in a row is a pretty big deal for me. Additionally, my book is now sporting four 5-star reviews and got a mention in Pegasus Pulp's round-up of new releases! Not a bad way to start a Monday. Not bad at all! OK, back to the original post...]

With CONVERGENCE now having been live for purchase for a bit more than a month, I thought a recap of recent activity was in order. Let the #Humblebrag commence!

Today, IndieView posted the interview I did with them a few weeks back. I think it turned out pretty great. You can check it out here!

Earlier this week, CONVERGENCE cracked the Top 100 Paid eBooks in the category of Science Fiction > Cyberpunk Kindle over at Amazon. Unfortunately, it has since fallen off that listing, but it has racked up two wonderful 5-star reviews. Not a bad trade-off.

To those readers, my thanks go out to you for giving the work of this newbie author a shot. I hope you got your money's worth. If you did enjoy, please consider leaving a review over at Amazon, Goodreads, or your etailer of choice.

Speaking of etailers, many customers recently received refunds to their accounts as a result of the antitrust eBook settlements with the US government. You can read about this bit of news here. If you're looking for a book to spend the refund on, might I suggest CONVERGENCE, which is only $3.99?

Over the last few weeks, my novel has been mentioned on a few other websites, so I must thank ECHOES author Therin Knite, who was kind enough to feature CONVERGENCE as part of the Awesome Indie Book Roundup. Knite also highlighted my work on the Awesome Indie Books Facebook page. So lots of kudos to Therin! Thanks also to Geoff Wakeling who featured CONVERGENCE on his Science Fiction Books group March 4 and March 17, and to the fine folks over at Remarkable Reading for their Feb. 27 mention, as well. If you're a Facebook user, go give these pages a Like and keep an eye out for other great reads, as they update frequently.

On March 15, Bards and Sages Publishing opened the doors again for their annual writing contest. This year, proceeds from the contest's $20 entry fee will be going to support the Operation Backpack program run by Volunteers of America Delaware Valley. Those entering the contest will be treated to a complimentary copy of CONVERGENCE, as well works from several other authors, as a thank you for participating. You can read more about all this in this earlier post. If you're a speculative fiction writer, this is a great contest with a terrific sense of quid pro quo and a chance at making some decent cash as a winner. Check them out and toss your hat in the ring with an unpublished work of up to 50,000 words.

Hopefully I'll be back with some more updates and new postings in April!

Michael Patrick 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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