Friday, August 28, 2015

THE BEAST Reaches 1,000 Readers!

On June 22nd 2015, I published THE BEAST-- my first book. What a ride it has been so far!

I can't say if the book has done well, bad, or average. I can say that it has exceeded my expectations. The book began with a ranking in the millions (Kindle Version) and I have watched it slowly climb the rankings. To clarify, a low number is good for sales ranking. Meaning that #1 is good and every number after that is "less good". The ranking system is like a mountain and every time THE BEAST got its toes into a new foothold, it refused to go back. I remember thinking that it would be amazing if THE BEAST somehow was ranked above 10,000. Now it's average
seller ranking ranges between 7,000 and 10,000. I couldn't be more proud!

It hasn't been all rave reviews and perfection either. I've gotten my share of bad reviews that really did a number on me. But I'm not going to talk about that here. I'm going to cover my experience with bad reviews in another post to come. In this post, I want to talk about one of the great things that has come from publishing this book.

That great thing is that, two months into its publication, my book has found its way into the hands of one thousand people. I am insanely humbled and in awe at the idea of this. I have received several photos from people reading and holding THE BEAST. I've saved each of these photos and do plan to start some kind of WALL OF READERS or something on this blog. We'll see about that later though.

Right now I just want to take this chance to thank all of those people. Those that bought, shared, and reviewed THE BEAST-- Thank you! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. Because of each one of you, my dreams are coming true. I can't say it thank you <3 -Lindsay Mead

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Signed Copies Available!

It's all available! Nook, Kindle, Paperback, and now you can get The Beast SIGNED! Price includes shipping. Order in the next few days to be included in the first shipment.

How should I personalize it?

--- NOOK
Demon possession has swept through Glace's neighboring kingdom, turning humans into Hellhounds. These great, fanged wolves are wild, desperate, and hungry. Only the sworn Hunters have kept them back for five long, bloody years.

At the young age of fifteen, Belle LeClair became a Hunter. She no longer remembers how many hounds she's killed, or how many friends she's buried. Still, Belle leads the hunt till a tragedy forces her deep into the dark kingdom. Her heart will be turned, her loyalty tested— and fate will intervene.

Amid a backdrop of Steampunk inventions and a harsh winter landscape,
The Beast is a re-imagining of the infamous love between a beauty and a beast.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

This is it!

So tomorrow is the big day. Can you believe it? All of the waiting, the doubt, the hard's been leading to this. My book is going to be out there. The whole world will finally be able to read it. And anyone who ever thought that I'd never actually finish a book will have to eat some serious crow. 

But I know what everyone is going to ask me...How do I feel? Am I excited? Nervous? I'm not anything. Honestly. I thought I would cry or jump with glee. But I'm just kinda like, "yeah, it's a thing". I'm happy, but I'm not over the moon about it and I'm not nervous. I have a lot of faith in my book. I know that some won't like it and I'm ok with that. I love my story, I think it's great and I believe that the majority will love it too. I'd rather stay in that frame of mind rather than fearing the worst--which would destroy me.

I do have a couple theories as to why I'm not excited though. First, I've always known this would happen. I was always going to be a writer and I was always going to publish books. I think the excitement may come if I ever reach a successful place with my writing. If I can feed, clothe, and shelter myself because of my books--then I think I'll weep from happiness.

Second, there's a chance that it doesn't feel real to me. I haven't held the book in my hands. I've created this digital mass of words, but to me it's not a real thing. I'm not even sure if I'm being clear here. Maybe when the paperback proof arrives and I finally see it, real and existing--maybe then I'll be overcome. But that's not supposed to arrive till the 29th (ugh) of this month, so we've got some waiting to do.

But for now, I guess I'm just content. My life is moving forward. I'm in a good place, centered directly in my chosen path. The second book is steaming steadily into the halfway marker of the first draft and I feel confident in its 2015 release. So...I'm good. I'm genuinely happy :) -Lindsay Mead

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