Minutes Before Sunset: One Month

2 Jun

I’ve been overwhelming happy with all that’s happened over the past month. It’s a gift to be able to share my words and stories with readers, and I am working hard to get “Seconds Before Sunrise” ready for publication this Fall. Speaking of which, this blog will be changing in the future to support the entire trilogy. It will have the same layout, but I will announce when it’ll have new pages (with more extras!) I’ll probably be adding a page for just writing and publishing tips too, so you can go back without having to use my search engine.

Onto today’s topic: I have one review by Coffee Shop Reader and an interview from The Kuwait Times, but I’ll also be sharing stats and feelings over my recently published novel, Minutes Before Sunset. I also have a press release from AEC Stellar that I’d like to share. It includes my novel, but it also shows upcoming and talented novelists, including Amber Skye Forbes, Oliver Chase, and Gregory S. Lamb!

Coffee Shop Reader Review

“Thompson’s reversal of the Light/Dark archetypes is really interesting and wonderfully unnerving and seeing the two extremes come face to face during intense battle scenes only highlighted the genius of this role reversal. HOLY DRAMATIC IRONY. For the majority of the novel, my mind was screaming “OMG listen to me! I know stuff you don’t!” and it was oh, so good. Thompson’s use of dramatic irony kept me on my toes, just waiting to see when the characters would figure out things. Also, Thompson sketches in her foreshadowing beautifully. I cannot wait to find out what’s in store for Eric and Jessica in Seconds Before Sunrise. The romance is genuine and did not have raging teenage hormones; instead, it shows that…(ahh, best part. You’ll have to read it!)”

Read the rest here. Additionally, the host aspires to live in the realm of stories, and she loves reviewing novels, so check her out! Her reviews are detailed and honestly balanced.

The Kuwait Times Interview

“Shannon is a young writer who dedicates her books to people she had loved and lost. She wrote her first novel when she was 13-15 years old, and her second novel when she was 14-15. She is still in a university, managing normal life with her writing career. I hope this interview shows that it is never too early or too late to take your writing seriously.”

Read the questions and answers here. But I’d suggest reading about Anglowaiti writing. It’s culturally diverse and thoughtful, while challenging writers to expand their palate into the writing industry. Nada Faris (the interviewer) is a talented young writer with three novels published.

Press Release by AEC Stellar

Click the link to read more about these upcoming novels (and you can also sign up to get the latest news from all or specific authors sent straight to your email!)

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Stats: 

I wanted to share these, because I think it gives insight to the publishing industry. But I’m also sharing these out of the goodness of my heart. I will not lie and say I am in the top ten, because I am not (although that would be amazing!) I ask to please respect the rankings in the sense that this is information I am not obligated to share but am sharing in the hopes of helping others use this tools for their novels’ spectrum of sales. I specifically wanted to share the ratings through AmazonCentral. For all of you who aren’t familiar with this website, this shows a graph of ups and downs, along with ranking within the genre.

These are the stats Minutes Before Sunset hit during May on Amazon, which has a 4.5 star rating (15 customer reviews.) Ratings are pulled out of 12,500,000 novels (and counting)

  • All Books: 46,268
  • Kindle eBooks: 24,593
  • Literature & Fiction: 12,963
  • Romance: 3,389
  • Fantasy: 1,114

I find these rankings exciting, but I mainly think they can help you all sell your books! For instance, ranks go up on holidays (specifically Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.) They also go up on the days I blog post, so keep your blog going on a regular basis.

My Facebook Pages also help keep track of sales. For instance, I reached over 2,000 people between April 26 and May 2, so I can conclude the release date reaches many. Top cities were in the Midwest, but countries included US, Canada, Kuwait, France, and the United Kingdom. This helps me know my reached audience while also allowing me to realize where I need to improve.

Overall Facebook Shannon A Thompson rankings.

Overall Facebook Shannon A Thompson rankings.

Let me know if you’d like to know more about any topics, and I will surely elaborate in a future post. I will also credit your blog (with extra information on your blog) and, again, my publisher will give out a free copy of Minutes Before Sunset to anyone wishing to review the novel. Simply email me at ShannonAThompson@aol.com for more information, and, again, your blog will be credited on all of my websites including Facebook, Twitter, and here. 

Minutes Before Sunset is available as ebook and paperback on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, SmashwordsKoboDieselSony, and Apple.

Have a great weekend!

~SAT

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14 Responses to “Minutes Before Sunset: One Month”

  1. John M. Wills June 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Mch success to you in your future writing endeavors.

  2. L. Marie June 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Congrats on those rankings. They look pretty high to me! And such great reviews!!! So awesome!

    • Shannon Thompson June 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Shucks. Thanks, L. Marie. I’m pretty excited. Just wanted to share them and what I’ve learned to help others 😀
      ~SAT

  3. lnahay June 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Wow! The graphing tools are helpful and informative for us that are almost there, but also very awesome for you! How exciting! Congratulations! I hope you and your books continue to gain popularity and readers.

    • Shannon Thompson June 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Inahay,
      I’m glad you found them so helpful! That was the goal. :] And thank you for the congratulations! I appreciate your encouragement.
      ~SAT

      • lnahay June 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

        🙂

  4. Piscis June 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    Pretty snazzy review! My interest is piqued. (>^-‘)>

    Cool to see some stats on it – I’m always curious about how fellow authors’ works are faring (I think you mean AuthorCentral, though?). Hope it only goes up!

    • Shannon Thompson June 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      I’m always thankful for reviews 😀
      I did Author Central and Facebook page stats.
      And thank you for your encouragement!
      ~SAT

  5. Miranda A. Uyeh June 3, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    Very impressive Shannon. Congrats again.

  6. L. Marie June 3, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    The signed paperback arrived. Thank you!!!!

    • Shannon Thompson June 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Yeah! Good to hear. You’re welcome, and I hope you enjoy it.
      ~SAT

  7. Ky Grabowski June 7, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    Reblogged this on Ky Grabowski and commented:
    Check out Minutes Before Sunset – it’s a fantastic book in the first of her Timely Death Series! 🙂

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