Updates on The Beast of Talesend

First off, I want to wish everyone reading this blog post a blessed and happy Easter. The stats for this site have risen significantly in the past few weeks, and I really appreciate all the interest my readers have shown.

Now, I’m not exactly sure how this next piece of news will be received, but I’m hoping it won’t be too much of an inconvenience. As of tomorrow, The Beast of Talesend will be leaving Amazon’s KDP select program. That means it will no longer be available on Kindle Unlimited.

Please don’t hate me. I assure you, I have the best of intentions. I’ve found the KDP Select program helpful overall, but at this point, the Amazon exclusivity is becoming an issue for me. I’d really like to be able to market the book on other platforms. In the near future, if all goes well, I intend to make it available on Nook, Kobo, and iBooks.

This change means that if you downloaded The Beast of Talesend through your Kindle Unlimited subscription, it will be disappearing from your library on Monday. This will, of course, be a great tragedy, as the book is incredibly awesome. To make up for it, I’ve marked the ebook down to $0.99 for the rest of this month. So you can own The Beast of Talesend forever, without no limitations, for just a dollar.

Are we good, then? *whew* Good. On to happier topics. I’d like to share the latest review of The Beast of Talesend, from author and blogger E.B. Dawson. I couldn’t be more grateful for her kind comments.

Kyle Robert Shultz is a master storyteller. That can be difficult to find in a day when writer blogs, self-help books, and accessible self-publishing have turned novel writing into a formulaic step-by-step process in an effort to make the gift of storytelling available to anyone. It is not available to everyone, nor will it ever be. Although the art of storytelling can be learned, it takes a great deal of time and investment. Some authors never get there. Whether by innate talent or hard work, Shultz has.

His dialogue is fresh and engaging. His writing is so clean and effective that it disappears and allows the reader to experience the story. His characters are believable and delightful. His story is a wild romp of pure imagination and though it touches on very real strains of darker human emotion, overall the tale remains refreshingly lighthearted.

I am very much looking forward to the next installment, and you should be too. Overall it reminded me of a mix of Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time, and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Remember, you can get your own copy of The Beast of Talesend on sale today for just $0.99.

Comments (4)

  1. Deborah O'Carroll April 16, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Those gifs though. XD I’m actually not affected, not having KU… I’m highly tempted by the sale and am just trying to decide if I’ll snag it or wait a bit and get a paperback next time I do an order instead… DECISIONS DECISIONS.

    Happy Easter to you as well!

    • Kyle April 16, 2017 at 4:41 am

      Thank you! (I count the day lost that does not include both a Doctor Who and a Tangled gif.) 😁 I’d actually advise waiting at least a day either way, as I’ve fixed some (very minor) typos in the book and the changes may not upload for another 24 hours or so. They’re probably up by now, but I’m not entirely sure.

  2. Daley Downing April 16, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I totally understand (and respect) your decision as an author with this choice. One of the many reasons I chose not to go through Amazon when I was figuring out how to self-publish was the restrictions on the formats/platforms your work could be available on. I didn’t even create e-book formatting yet, because I didn’t like the possibility of the Kindle version screwing up (as I’ve heard happens frequently), or not having control over other aspects (and when it comes to my own work, that gives me a great deal of anxiety). Anyway, I wish you luck with your future expanded marketing!

    • Kyle April 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, ebook formatting can be a real headache. I’ve only just gotten to the point where I feel confident doing it in Scrivener, and there aren’t really that many resources out there that make it easier. I’m going to be publishing a detailed blog post about compiling in Scrivener in the very near future.

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