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Receive updates about the upcoming fantasy novel by David Douglas, Demon's Bane.

Demon's Bane Newsletter #13 - Cyber Monday

Hi all!

Happy Thanksgiving to the Americans, and hope everyone is gearing up for a great holiday season. Since a lot of you may be starting your online Christmas shopping today, why not pick up a copy of DEMON'S BANE while you're on Amazon? It makes a great gift for yourself, or for anyone you know who reads fiction. Lots of readers have commented that they love the book, even though they usually don't read fantasy.

Where to buy Demon's Bane

You can "Look Inside" the book at the US Amazon site to get an idea of the writing style.

If you'd like to see what the author has been up to since last December when the book was published, check out Dave's Photo & Travelblogue or Guided Munich Photo Tours. It's been a busy year, including a 3-month trip around the world! Self-employment hasn't paid all that well, though, so now I'm looking to find an Engineering / Project Manager job while my literary agent continues to work on selling the book to German publishers. If that happens, my already-laid plans for a sequel will be put into motion.

For those living in Munich, I still have a few copies of DEMON'S BANE available that I can sign for you! Just let me know, and we can meet for a coffee & personal book signing.

Take care and Happy Holidays,
Dave

Demon's Bane Newsletter #12 - Self-Publishing articles

Hi All,

It's snowing again in Munich. Considering that the first snowfall was in mid-October, we're looking at a 5-month winter here - which is great for my side project of a carving-snowboard DVD!

Demon's Bane is still out there, and I'm biding my time until a German publisher (hopefully) expresses interest in the manuscript. In the meantime, I've received several questions about how I physically set up the book. So I decided to create a section on my website about it, which you can see here: Self-Publishing. I believe I've found the least expensive and highest-margin way of doing it, via Lightning Source, a very big Print-On-Demand printer.

So far I've created tutorials on:

Forthcoming tutorials,

  • Creating PDF Files (PDF/X-1a:2001 - pdf 1.3 compliant)
  • Obtaining ISBN numbers
  • Signing up with Lightning Source
  • Checking your book on Amazon, B&N, etc
  • Advertising your book

If you have friends that are writing a book, or know anyone who's thought about self publishing, this might be really helpful information for them.

As always, I'm still interested in your reviews of Demon's Bane on Amazon or any other book sales website where it's available. Thanks for your support!

Take care,
David

Demon's Bane Newsletter #11 - Book Depository, Search Inside!

Hi all,

I have lots of news this month! First of all, for those living outside the US / Europe, you can now get Demon's Bane much cheaper, at The Book Depository. Link: The Book Depository. The price is a bit higher, but they offer free worldwide shipping.

The next thing is "Search Inside," an Amazon feature that lets you look anywhere you want in the book before buying it. This feature is now enabled for Demon's Bane at the US Amazon.com site! You can see a limited number of pages. Check it out.

Amazon links are below:
Where to buy Demon's Bane
(at time of writing, it's on sale at Amazon US for $10.75, a 10% discount)

Finally, there's the long-term news. My wonderful German agent, Isabel Hagemann, is working to find a German publisher for Demon's Bane. In case a publisher has interest in the book, I would most likely have to stop publication of the Print-On-Demand version that's available now. So, if you want to buy a copy, don't delay or you may miss out on the chance.

I really want to thank those who have read the book and submitted a review on Amazon.com. If anyone else wishes to do this, please write what you think as an objective reader. Those Amazon reviews really help my publicity (whether .com or .de), and I can use them in promotional material.

Hope everyone is surviving the snowy winter (or warm summer, for those in the southern hemisphere)!

Read on...
David

Demon's Bane Newsletter #10 - first reviews, Facebook page, extended FREE COPY offer

Hi all,

Reviews of Demon's Bane
Today I'm really excited, as the first review came out on Only The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy. "When you want to read a refreshing and really entertaining story in a non door stopper format with a plucky 'little man', a good magic system and intriguing demons then I recommend to read Demon's Bane which is - I need to repeat it - David's debut novel."

Amazon Customer Reviews for Demon's Bane

Demon's Bane on Facebook
Check out the fan page on Facebook, where I will post news about new reviews and developments with my German publisher search. You can also discuss the book with other readers, and give feedback directly to the author on what you want to see in future books. Become a fan and share the page with your friends on FB!

Buy one, get one free - extended!
Also, the "Buy one, get one free" deal from Newsletter #9 is going to be extended until Sunday, Jan. 10th! That gives you a chance to participate if the reviews persuade you to give Demon's Bane a try.

  1. Buy 2 copies of Demon's Bane; at least one of them dated from Dec. 27th to Jan. 10th
    • this way, those who already bought a copy can participate by buying one for a friend
  2. Email me the receipts (e.g. scan/email Amazon packing slip; etc), latest by Jan. 24th
  3. I'll reimburse your purchase price of one book via your Paypal account (preferred)
    • in Germany, also by Überweisung, if you include bank details
    • in the US, I can mail a check from my bank, if you include your name/address
    • (be sure to tell me which method you prefer!)
  4. Reimbursement up to a maximum of the cover price in your currency:
    • $11.95 USD / €9.95 EUR / 8.95 GPB

Amazon links are below:

Where to buy Demon's Bane
(at time of writing, it's on sale at Amazon US for $10.75, a 10% discount)

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy it!
Dave

Demon's Bane Newsletter #9 - buy one, get one free!

Hi all,

I'm experimenting with ideas to get the word out. The first is going to be running from now until January 7th: a buy-one, get one free deal so you can give a copy to a friend. Here are the rules:

  1. Buy 2 copies of Demon's Bane; at least one of them dated from Dec. 27th to Jan. 7th
    • this way, those who already bought a copy can participate by buying one for a friend
  2. Email me the receipts (e.g. scan/email Amazon receipt; etc), latest by Jan. 21st
  3. I'll reimburse you the purchase price of one book via your Paypal account (preferred)
    • in Germany, also by Überweisung, if you include bank details
    • in the US, I can mail a check from my bank, if you include your name/address
    • (be sure to tell me which method you prefer!)
  4. Reimbursement up to a maximum of the cover price in your currency:
    • $11.95 USD / €9.95 EUR / 8.95 GPB

Amazon links are below:

Where to buy Demon's Bane
(at time of writing, it's on sale at Amazon US for $8.60!)

For those who have already received their copy, please consider leaving a review of the book on Amazon or B&N. I would really appreciate your honest feedback.

Happy New Year, und einen guten Rutsch!
Dave

Demon's Bane Newsletter #8 - Demon's Bane for sale!

Hi all,

As some of you in the US know, the book is already on sale there for the last week. Now it's also available on Amazon Germany and UK!

I'd much appreciate it if you could get the word out about the book. In case you know anyone who likes to read, please forward this newsletter to them. I've even put the first four chapters up as a free PDF download, so anyone can check out the writing before they decide to buy.

Download sample chapters

If you use the Amazon links provided here, I get a little commission to help buy more Ramen noodles:

Where to buy Demon's Bane

Thanks to everyone for your support, emails, and book-cover comments. I'm excited that the end result is finally here! In the next few months I'll be sending occasional updates about new blog reviews of the book, and information about potential publishing deals (I have a German agent now!). Don't postpone buying if you are interested--if I sign a book deal, I'll have to stop printing this "Print On Demand" version ;).

Happy Holidays!
Dave

Demon's Bane Newsletter #7 - November winner + sample chapters!

Hi all!

It's been a little while, but here's the status: I received one proof copy of the final book, and the margins weren't quite right. Now I just have to receive a revised proof and sign it off. The book should be available for purchase shortly after, via bookstore special order and (a bit later) on Amazon. I'm hoping it'll still be before Christmas, at least for special order.

Congratulations to CN Heidelberg, winner of the November giveaway! A big thanks to everyone who participated, your feedback helped me to fine-tune the cover.

Now the exciting part! You can download the first several chapters of DEMON'S BANE in PDF format:
Click here for the Samples page to download!

Let me know what you think! And feel free to forward the link or the PDF to any friends or family who also enjoy reading. I've had some feedback that even non-fantasy-readers enjoyed the story.

Happy reading!
Dave

Demon's Bane Newsletter #6 - New Cover Art!

Hi all!

The proofreading is almost done, in fact I hope to finish it tonight and send off the files to the printer tomorrow. That means this is the last chance to give your feedback on the UPDATED book cover: it's now an illustration with some artistic filters applied, instead of a stylized photo. There are two versions of the illustration as well, so I'd love to hear your feedback on which one is better.

If you leave a comment on the blog about the new cover, you'll have a chance to win November's free book drawing! Demon's Bane Book Cover Contest: Take Two. Your email address is hidden from the public, but visible to me as the blog admin to contact you if you win. (note, I must approve all comments, so it won't show up until the next time I'm online).

While you're visiting the blog, check out other recent posts about climbing Zugspitze: my first two nicely-cut videos with music & titles are up there :-) And there is snow at Hintertux for skiing...

Thanks for reading, and good luck!
Dave

Demon's Bane Newsletter #5 - Cover Photo & Book Giveaway!

Hi all!

I plan to finish book revisions next week and move on to proofreading and final typesetting. Printing time is almost here.

Part of that process is the BOOK COVER, and I want a lot of feedback on it! So, the November giveaway winner will be randomly selected from those who comment on the cover photo in my blog post!

To enter, just visit the Demon's Bane Book Cover Contest Blog Post and leave a comment. Your email address is hidden from the public, but visible to me as the blog admin to contact you if you win. (note, I must approve all comments, so it won't show up until the next time I'm online).

There's still one more day to enter the October contest: Newsletter Signup for a chance to win! in case you have family or friends that want to participate.

While you're reading the blog, check out other recent posts about Japanese Okonomiyaki, the fastest production car in the world, and the mountain paradise of Lenggries (including a medieval fire-twirling show at night!). If you like what you read, you can sign up with the orange buttons in the left sidebar to be notified about future posts.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!
Dave

Demon's Bane Newsletter #4 - Book Giveaway!

Hi, Subscribers!

Revisions of the book are ongoing now. DEMON'S BANE should be available in December or January, if all goes well. Now the big news:

I am doing a promotional book giveaway, with a personally autographed copy to be shipped free of charge to each winner after publishing. There will be one winner per month starting in October! And for those living far abroad... yes, I will even ship it to you (for free) in Malaysia, China, Australia, etc if you win.

For the October drawing, I'm going to use the Newsletter subscription list. If you received this newsletter directly from me, you're already in the running--no need to do anything! The first winner will be picked in the last week of October.

Please let your friends, family, and blog readers know, so they can have a chance at winning as well :-) Just forward them this newsletter. Signing up for a website account or newsletter subscription just takes a few seconds at daviddouglasbooks.com (look in the right sidebar).

In blog news, there's a new post about the Imster Achterbahn, a long Alpine Coaster in Austria... Imster Achterbahn with video and photos!

Good luck...
Dave