Hi again! Good job finding the Incendiary Updates page! You ROCK! Okay, so here's what I did for Indebted, the last book I published: I started out by giving you a brief, general idea of where I am in the publishing process. I often times included a You Tube video of a song that I was either TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH, or one that had to do with something going on in my life at the time (which really amounts to the same thing, actually!) Then, after the video, I gave more details on publishing or if a problem existed, I filled you in on what that was and the steps I was taking to correct it. I did it that way because some people just want a quick update and don't want to slog through the details. So here we go:
I'm currently in the process of polishing and editing Incendiary. It's written, but I want to make sure that it continues what I have started with the first three books. It needs to ride that edge between fantasy and reality so that the story is thrilling and scary. I want you to say when you read it, "I FEEL IT ALL!" This AMAZING song by FEIST reminds me of Evie in Incendiary...
I don't know how long it will take me to edit Incendiary. I don't think it will be long (weeks, not months). It is written, but I'm considering a new ending. (I can't talk about it now because it will spoil everything. I have to bite my lower lip because I'm dying to bounce it off of you!)
I wrote Incendiary in 2010. I wrote it in tandem with another book in a different series. The other series has a working title of Kricket, which is the name of the main character. It's a dystopian novel with paranormal and supernatural elements. I did this because I had written 3 Premonition books and I was afraid that if I just kept writing the same characters, it would get stale. I wanted to see if I had more in me then what I had already created. I also wrote Kricket in an attempt to attract an agent with a smaller word count (Kricket is only 90K words whereas all of the Premonition books are 135K-168K, which to a traditional publisher is a ridiculous word count and an author with said word count should be strung up and shot—repeatedly.) Psssst...publishers and agents...readers love more words...I promise—look at my numbers. :D
After I finish editing Incendiary, I will immediately begin the publishing process. For those of you who don't know, I am a self-published author. I write the books, my mom, Gloria, helps me edit them, (she is a retired grammar school teacher with a wicked eye for errors). I publish my books through CreateSpace and KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). The publishing process takes 3-4 months. I thought last time I would be able to do it in 2 months. I was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! It ended up taking me 4 months.
When I publish my print books with CreateSpace, I purchase the Total Design Freedom—Standard Package. This gets me Interior Design Formatting (the formatting of the PDF for the interior of the book) and the Unique Book Cover Design (a professional cover design). I also purchase and LCCN (Library of Congress Control Number—this is what libraries use to identify my book) and the eBook Conversion Package (CreateSpace will convert the finished PDF of my book into a Mobi file that they will then upload for me onto Kindle Direct Publishing. This is the eBook that people purchase on Amazon.com)
The Total Design Freedom Package includes a free ISBN (International Standard Book Number), which is like the social security number for your book. With an ISBN from CreateSpace, people within the industry will automatically know that I'm self-pub. I can try to hide that fact by purchasing my own ISBN and creating my own "publishing Company." My thoughts on that are like this: IT IS WHAT IT IS. I am a self-pub author. I believe that my writing will speak for me. If it's good, people will read it. I have not done much advertising (like none). My work is mostly word of mouth right now. I hope to change that soon, but you're reading this, so I must be doing something right.
But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Right now I have to go back to reading Incendiary so that I can push it out the door and into your waiting arms. Get ready, because Brennus is bitter, Reed is avenging, Russell is super-evolving, and Evie is coming to terms with what she is and what she wants. Yeah...it's a total trip and I can't wait for you to read it!
Word count shmurd count... if readers are addicted to you like I am we WANT all we can get. I cant imagine your books shorter because if you cut anything out I would be so bummed! I adore your books and cant wait to finish Incendiary. ( I've been trying to pace myself, but its SO hard! ) You are incredible and I cant wait to see you in every bookstore and Library :-)
Ditto! I cannot wait to see what comes next! I am so proud of you!
I vote for any ending in which Evie and Reed end up together!
Yeah they totally need to end up together. It wouldn't be right if they did.
Reed and Evie have to end up together or i will be heart broken! BUT Russ needs somebody to love also ( brownie ) . Love your books and can't wait to read more !!! <3
LOVE LOVE LOVE your books! Me and the girls at work have added you to our book club books!
When I first started reading these, I told a friend how difficult it was as Evie was torn between her soulmate and an 'Aingeal' ;) and how was I supposed to choose a side when I adore both characters. Imagine my dismay when you throw in Brenn - an evil undead fairy who I absolutely adore as well!! Dammit!
Oh my.. I absolutely adore Brennus too. I got a bit sad when I see he is gonna be bitter in book four. Sigh.
How many books are you planning to have on this series?
Keep up the good work and thanks for the updates! So glad to have stumbled onto your books -- you create magical worlds with your words and we are lucky to have you publishing these books so quickly. We never have to wait long. :)
I am dying to finish this series! Please go into detail about Tao in this book.
I love your novels--I cannot put them down and they keep me up all odd hours of the night and morning until I finish. Incendiary cannot come soon enough. I agree with Christina, above--Reed and Evie have to end up together. I can only hope that in Incendiary, they spend less time apart. Also, the longer the novel, the better; most books end too soon for my taste. Please keep writing! I will read anything you publish; your writing is incredibly engrossing!
Readers absolutely love higher word count. It isn't until your books get to be comparable in size to Margaret Mitchell's or George RR Martin's that it gets to be too much. You are my new favorite self-pub author and I can't wait for Incendiary. I'm kinda ready for Russell and Brownie to help heal each other's hearts though. Keep 'em coming!
I am addicted to the Premonition series! I love your work. :) FYI I heard about your book through amazon kindle, it was a recommendation based on other books I like. So, props to amazon. Keep up the great work. I will be waiting for book 4!
Oh please hurry! I have loved this series since I first found them in January! They helped me stay sane during long hospital stays with hubby! I have recommended this series to so many people! I was so excited to get book 3 thinking yes..... and then more to come!!!!! Love it but can't wait!!!
I know that some writers think it gets stale and maybe it does for them to write it, but us fans do not feel the same! We crave and need more from you than you could ever imagine. We hang on every word we get from one book to the next and can't wait till the next book. You could write 10 books about Evie and with the same characters and we would still want more. Write all the other series you want, but please don't stop with this one.
I feel it all, I feel it all! :D
Your series is amazing! I blew through the first three books this week and can't wait for number 4. Put as many words as you need in it, just don't cut it short. I hope to get more Reed in this book.
I so agree I hope there is more Reed and a new female for Russell! I really loved this 3rd book, 'cuz it wasn't boring at all. Usually the 3rd book in a series is just a long read. You may be a self pub author, but thank the Fates for that. I so look forward to 'Incendiary' but you have no pub date. Please HURRY!!!!!
I FEEL IT TOO!!!!!!!!!
WOW!! Love this series - I started it 4 days ago and couldn't put it down - now waiting for #4. I love your writing and how it doesn't end up the way I think that you are going - You always leaving me guessing - with that said I am wondering where your going with the 4th book? Can't wait but Love both Reed and Russell but hope that Russell finds a love like Evie has :)
I was searching for books to obsess over and I found yours online. At first I thought I'll read the first book but I probably won't like it..." butthe book was so amazing and I couldn't stop!!! The greatest feeling in the world is obsessing over a book and characters that don't exist (although I hope they do!). So as Hannah said,"please please please please pretty please with a gigantic cherry on top publish this book ASAP"... I couldn't have said it better myself!!!
I just finished Indebted and CANNOT WAIT for Incendiary to come out! I love your books and have been telling everyone about them! PLEASE tell me Reed and Evie end up together. Pretty please? :-D
I love all 3 books... can't wait for the 4th one... and definitely recommend it to all of my friends... team reed and evie! yehhh... and team russell and brownie...
I love love love your books. I have read all three (up until 3am after the kids are in bed). I wouldn't even call myself a reader, but here I am- so thank you.
I absolutely love your books!!! You are such an amazing author and I cant wait to read your next book!!!!!! And I just want to let you know that in my opinion, the longer the book, the better!!! I love your books and I wouldn't change anything (just make sure evie and reed end up together :D)
I found these books 3 days ago on Amazon kindle and I have read through the first three since then. Every spare second I have has been devoted to dreaming about the amazing world you created. I FEEL IT!!! Please hurry with book 4! And I think it's amazing and wonderful that you are self-published. Obviously your books rock and I'm glad you had the courage to write them so that we could read them. Keep them nice and long, no matter how long #4 is, I will probably read through it in one day of literary bliss anyway.
I absolutely love this series. When I first stumbled onto the first book I was just looking for a book to read. I had no idea I would be up all night reading till I went cross eyed. I'm glad I started the series kinda late so I wasn't dieing like I am now waiting for the next book to come out haha. Personally Reed is who I would go for. He just sounds so perfect to me not that there is anything wrong with Russell. Hes cool but he just seems like best friend material to me. Anywho I can not wait for Incendiary. It's just so addicting. Amy, I am very picky on what authors I like and I have to say you are by far one of my top!! Gosh I cant wait to read it! So excited!!! :)
OMG!!! I love this series!! I stumbled upon in with my Kindle and couldnt stop reading. I read all 3 book in 4 days. You completely draw me into Evie's world. Like everyone else I hope Evie and Reed stay together and Russel finds that kind of love to. Everyone is right we love more words, the more the better. I didnt want the 3rd book to end and can't wait now for the 4th. I am gonna have to check on here everyday for new updates cause I cannot wait!
OMG puleeease put out Incendiary pronto!! Found the first 3 in the series thanks to Amazon Kindle recommends and blew through them in 3 days. Love doesn't even begin to describe what I feel for this series! Amazing characters, totally unique plots and jaw dropping twists! Bring. It. On!!! I will be checking back frequently for updates!
Thank you so much for the brilliant work you have given us with these stories. I read like I need it to breathe, and your books have sustained me for the last three days. Your characters are enchanting and real, while the plot keeps my heart stopped and my mind reeling. Thank you and I can't wait to see what happens next!
Okay, I was thinking about Evie (I am a bit obsessed at this point).
The song totally fits Evie...I'm not one to post comments very often, but I am way hooked on this series and can't wait for the next book. Love the updates and being in the loop so much. Keep up the awesome work!
I started reading your series when the first book came out. Every time the next book is released its a pleasant surprise. I have 2 kindles and over 700 books that I have already read. I look for new books on amazon everyday so I usually get the books from this series the day it comes out. In closing I would just like to thank you for allowing us all to read this amazing story, your are a very gifted writer and i appreciate all your hard work to make it happen.
I started reading your books a little after the first one came out and every time you announce a new one, I'm counting down the days in my head until it comes out!!! You are by far one of my Favorite if not THE FAVORITE authors of all time! You rock and keep writing, no matter how long it takes. I'll be patient (even if it kills me slowly). I am soooo addicted to this series….and please please please write more than four books. It's one of those series I don't want to ever end…so please write more!!! Thanks so much!
Please MORE BRENNUS!!! Maybe Evie should slip a little and go ALL THE WAY to the dark side just one time....ha! Then she can end up with Reed...but let the girl live a little! (sigh...I always fall for the bad boy) :) HA! (wait...just please dont kill Brennus...he deserves some redemption...maybe Tau can go to Sheol and negotiate for him to get his soul back for a second shot???) DO WORK, Amy!
I just wanted to let you know (In case you didn't) that you have fans in India too. I had no idea you were self published.You've put a lot of hard work into the series and I really enjoyed the first three. I can't wait for your fourth!
Please let us know how many books are planned. I want this story to go on and on... And yes, I hope Evie ends up with Reed:)
So glad you found me on Twitter and introduced me to this world! I've greedily devoured the first 3 books and am eager to see where you take us next. I applaud your skill at somehow managing to make Brennus a lovable character. He was cruel and wicked, yet you made me love him. Thank you again for being so forthright in your self-publishing experience.
I love this series so much that the anticpation make me feel like throwing up. I'm afraid that Evie and Reed won't end up together. I'm afraid the Reed will die trying to protector her leaving her with Russel who I adore but I don't want him near Genevie, not like that. As for Brennus I just kinda want him for myself lol. I understand his love for Evie somone said he's threatening her what kind of love is that? Well its the only kind of love he knows. Can u imagine living so long geting everything you want by force never being able to feel. Then something comes along and it thretens to tear your whole foundation apart what would you do. I hope he sees what he's doing before its to late sadly I think Brennan is going to die soon.
Great series. I couldnt put it down. I walk and read, and read while at stop lights. I am addicted. Can't wait till 4th. I know a good song for Reed. Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.
Ok so I first started reading the books a few months ago and after I finished the first in a day I was hooked!!!! I absolutely love the characters and the emotions that I feel while reading these books. The love triangle is INSANE but I cant help but love Reed more. Russell had lifetime after lifetime with her but Reed has just now finally felt the gift of love and desire that he deserves to keep after an eternity of fighting evil with no real emotion. Brennus reminds me of an Anita Blake character in that you know he's bad but you want to love and fix him. These books are amazing and I hope you keep the series going for a long time they are just too good to want to stop!!!!!!
Ok so I might sound crazy here, but wouldn't it be great if this series was made into a movie. We're all waiting for the next big thing and I would love to see this on screen.
Mee too pal. I've read the first three book at least 10 time.. I read the first two in one day I couldn't even put my kindle down to eat haha then I obsessed over the third book and begged my mom to get it as soon as it came out. Please make more and I wouldn't mind some more brennus action!!
I'm FOREVER TEAM REED!!I've loved him since the beggining of the book!!!!I think Russel needs to end up with Brownie!:-) and Brennus..i dunno..he's soo cute!!!I dont want evie with him ttho...so were stuck with him..he's BAD but he thinks he loves evie!!!Cant wait for Incidiary!!?
To say I'm an avid reader is a GROSS understatement. I average 3-5 books per week, making my annual book count over 200. Don't get me wrong....I'm not reading War and Peace or books on Philosophy or Trigonometry. I say that to say - I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES! I have read a lot of books and I am enraptured by these characters. Your writing is paramount and is so well done that I find myself taking laps around my living room sometimes when the excitement or nerves or plain old giddiness make it impossible to remain seated. I am truly invested in every page and I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting Incidiary! PLEASE, PLEASE...put me out of my misery and place this book in my greedy little hands!! I am at your mercy!
I FEEL IT ALL!! I feel the fluttering butterfly in my stomach as i 'REED' the books. I cant find the deeper word than LOVE to describe how i feel about the series. I love REED, I need RUSSELL along with the family (Zee, Buns n Brownie) n somehow ended up adoring BRENNUS too. I dont want Brenn to win EVIE over but certainly hope for a great ending for him as well. Im from a tiny part of the globe, MALAYSIA, and yes Amy, Im shrinking of wanting the next book (wish you wont make it the story finale, i want more) Write any length u like n I believe your fans will ask for even more :D
I discovered your books after reading The Fallen Series by Lauren Kate. These are by far superior!!!!! The depth of the characters and their world is incredinle and has me yearning for more with evey page! I read all three books in four days. Just finished Indebted and wdnt searching for info ln the release date for Incendiary! I had no clue you were self publishing...i didnt even know that was possible. Im telling you....these would make for AMAZING movies that I personally think would blow Twilight and others out of the water! Sharing with alll my girls...you are going to be a best seller in no time! I can't wait for Indebted, but also for your other works. Please get it to us soooln! You're fans and Evie's fans are dying out here!!!! Thank you for the beautiful escape your books have created for me :) BTW I appreciate you leaving out the sex scenes and staying true to the story...not turning it into erotica. Their love speaks for itself and we can imagine the love scene our selves
PHENOMENON will still be a shallow word 2 describe this series if it to be a movie. I totally agree with u sarah, with the right cast n production Evie will be the new 'Bella' for the fantasy admirers out there. Twilight fans please dont get offended bcause i'll b always one of u. I just cant help but admiring Evie, she is strong inside out. She doesnt succumb in her feeling for Reed but instead she fight for it. As selfish n foolish it sounds to sacrifice herself in her friends' place, she didnt hesitate. Im not a fan of suicidal, but hey it's Brennus, who as protective n territorial of Evie as Reed does. After all her feeling is content, even physically separated from Reed a magical bond hadnt been able to change that. BTW, im TEAM REED :) Way to go Amy!! Once again as Sarah was, I also like the decent way u describe the love scene. Less is more for this part i think. But anyway, im waiting for more in INCENDIARY
I read all three books in three days- I am that enthralled. I'm absolutely in love with this series and you are a fantastic author! My sister and I cannot get enough of all the suspense when we read the series and your style of writing leaves me wanting more.
I am so excited for Incendiary! I love each and everyone of the characters. I appreciate the complexity of Evie and her devotion to the people she loves. I can't wait to see what happens. I'm hoping Russell finds someone else to love. I guess I'll just have to wait and see... I check all the time to see when you'll be finished. Hurry, Hurry!
Hehehehehe hi my name is Evie and I'm being ligit that's my real name it's even on my birth certificate!!!! Anyways just thought id tell you that your an amazing writer I have always wanted to publish my own book one day and I hope I can get it as good as your's!!! I totally get what Evie is going through I think it might have to do with us both having the same name but I totally understand what it's like to not know who you are and what your set on this earth to do!!! My parents divorced this year and I started cutting and my self esteem levels went really down so one of my friends told me to read this book series and I love it a lot it made me see things in such a different way and now I hope that a will be able to have the courage that your Evie shows in the books!!! I just have one question what time do u reckon the 4 book will come out some time this year or early next year!!!! Thanks love Eviexx:D
I'm dying to read the next instalment!!! just finsed indebted! Argh please bring it on! :-)
OMG ADDICTED TO YOUR SERIES. Can't wait for the next one!!!! I've been hanging out for it ;) ur books have had me up till like 12 at night sometimes, bring it out sooooooooon!!!
I have been dying to Incendiary to come out!!! I am so hoping it's soon while I am laid up from surgery I am having tomorrow. I need more more more or Reed and Evie! I so hope Russell and Brownie end up together and I hope Brennus either realizes he loves Evie enough that he wants her to be happy and lets go of her finally - even maybe joining forces with the Angels against the fallen, or that Reed kicks his butt to kingdom come!! So excited to see how this last book is going to play out! And so hoping somebody makes this into movies! The visuals you give through your writing are amazing and would translate exceptionally well to the big screen!!
This series is my favorite and i love reading long books! It makes me feel like it's worth the money. I can't wait for this to come out! I read the whole series (before this book) in a day and I am addicted! If i wait any longer I wait any longer I think I'll freak! I love Brennus and Reed! Please hurry!!!
So seeing this was your last post back in May about Incendiary. Do you have any updates? I just finished book 3 and am really looking for the last book. I didn't know there were more books until I just finished the last one. Updates?
I am in love with this series, and so impressed with you as being a self published author, you ROCK, I love all the characters, and honestly I can't decide who I want Evie to end up with. I am so torn between Reed and Russel, and even have a soft spot for Brennus. Can't wait to read Incendiary. Any idea how long before it's ready?
Love your series. I am a teacher and this is at the top of my list for some of my more advanced readers! Now, we all know that there are some higher powers on the Fallen side that want Evie ( maybe Lucipher himself?) I totally am Team Reed and Evied but would love to see Russel happy ( maybe a new unexpected alli that makes Evie feel a little of that jealousy she's been dishin out so regularly) Brennus needs to go but I hope we see a bit more of Finn stepping up to the plate( she always did have a bit of a soft spot forFin) maybe new king? Thank you for letting us live in your world. Keep them long and keep them coming.
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AMY A. BARTOL
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