Friday, June 12, 2015

John H. Carroll Bibliography

Why am I creating this bibliography?

Because I want to!  Nyah! . . .

*Cough Cough*

errrrr, the emo bunnies tell me that wasn't very polite.

Apology

They also tell me I must apologize.  Therefore, I apologize.  I am truly, deeply, sincerely, utterly, exceptionally . . .

Laying it on too thick

The emo bunnies tell me I'm overdoing it.  Therefore, I'm sorry.

Anyway

A friend recently asked me for a list of all my books with links.  I said sure . . . then I went home and realized I didn't have one.  So here it is:

Bibliography
Note:  Any book that says FREE! is for the ebook copy only.  I am not able to give away printed copies.

Compilation



Wings of Fantasy (A compilation of 4 stories by myself, Melanie Nilles, Stephen Nowland, and E.M. Sinclair)
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/470530?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NK6W2ES
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wings-of-fantasy/id913427017?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wings-of-fantasy-john-h-carroll/1120262959
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/wings-of-fantasy

Ryallon Series

My full-length novels are set in the world of Ryallon.  They are high fantasy with rogues, knights, dragons and flower children.  You can get them at the store where you found this one.

Dralin Trilogy (Set in time before the Willden trilogy)


     

Book 1: Dralin FREE!
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1479286982
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96981?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005WFA4M2
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dralin/id478046022?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dralin-john-h-carroll/1106721519
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/dralin-1

Book 2: Ebudae 
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1479382906
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/161921?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00833PJ84?
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ebudae/id543046061?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ebudae-john-h-carroll/1111398751
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/ebudae-1

Book 3: Pelya
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1479383198
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260147?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AM4IGO6
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pelya/id585944465?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pelya-john-h-carroll/1114042863
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/pelya-1

Willden Trilogy (Written first)



Book 4: Rojuun FREE!
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1475268254
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31154?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TXS0DI
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rojuun/id409277486?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rojuun-john-h-carroll/1029147189
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/rojuun-1

Book 5: Anilyia 
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1478286628
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51951?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VMPY8Q
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/anilyia/id433804578?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/anilyia-john-h-carroll/1102292819
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/anilyia-1

Book 6: Kethril
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1478331968
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/74403?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005D5J1SE
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kethril/id452923522?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kethril-john-h-carroll/1104361937
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/kethril-1

The Wyvern Trilogy (Parallel to the Willden Trilogy, set in time after the Dralin Trilogy)



Book 7: Wyvern
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484079329
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/304813?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CAUH6ZA
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wyvern/id635556128?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wyvern-john-h-carroll/1115163276
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/wyvern-4

Book 8: Liquid (August 15, 2015)
Print: *Not yet available
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/546948?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YKBCE1S
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/liquid/id1000776959?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/liquid-john-h-carroll/1122044464
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/liquid-2

Book 9: Cloudswept (Coming 2016)

The Crazed Trilogy (Set in time after the Willden Trilogy)



Book 10: Liselle
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1492319163
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/353884?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EY75H6M
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/liselle/id705769333?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/liselle-john-h-carroll/1116894298
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/liselle-1

Book 11: Bounty (Coming 2017)

Book 12: To Be Announced (Coming 2017)

Stand-alone Novella
Rain Glade
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/235595?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009A4FYVW
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rain-glade/id562793225?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rain-glade-john-h-carroll/1113045680
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/rain-glade-1

Coming soon:
The Morhain Trilogy (Set in time after the Willden Trilogy)

Stories for Demented Children:
Odd tales of anti-heroes doing their best to survive odd circumstances.



Books 1-5 are found in A Collection of Stories for Demented Children
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482719185
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/98171?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005Y05RAO
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/collection-stories-for-demented/id478043704?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-collection-of-stories-for-demented-children-john-h-carroll/1106851059
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-collection-of-stories-for-demented-children-1

The Emo Bunny that Should (Illustrated)
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1478286415
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/39089?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007S77AZG
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-emo-bunny-that-should/id419798714?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-emo-bunny-that-should-john-h-carroll/1113035459
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-emo-bunny-that-should-a-story-for-demented-children

Zachary Zombie and the Lost Boy
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/54691?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZR02XO
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/zachary-zombie-lost-boy/id433798726?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zachary-zombie-and-the-lost-boy-john-h-carroll/1115835323
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/zachary-zombie-and-the-lost-boy-1

Drippy the Peg Legged Rainbow FREE!
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/90553?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OEERVA
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/drippy-the-peg-legged-rainbow/id470215066?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drippy-the-peg-legged-rainbow-john-h-carroll/1115835329
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/drippy-the-peg-legged-rainbow-1

Unholy Cow
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93587?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005S1YW0U
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unholy-cow/id474985281?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unholy-cow-john-h-carroll/1115835331
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/unholy-cow-1

Attack of the Sugar Plum Fairies
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/98188?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Y2EGCC
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/attack-sugar-plum-fairies/id478041406?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/attack-of-the-sugar-plum-fairies-john-h-carroll/1115835333
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/attack-of-the-sugar-plum-fairies-1



Books 6-10 are found in A Collection of Stories for Demented Children, Volume 2
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494288877
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/382791?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GZANHWW
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/collection-stories-for-demented/id773606896?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-collection-of-odd-stories-for-children-volume-2-john-h-carroll/1117650572
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-collection-of-stories-for-demented-children-volume-2

Naughty Nanoworms
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/299645?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C8EWZH2
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/naughty-nanoworms/id627419574?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/naughty-nanoworms-john-h-carroll/1115835394
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/naughty-nanoworms-1

Phairyphant
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/295163?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BT71K3Y
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/phairyphant/id621421027?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/phairyphant-john-h-carroll/1114863559
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/phairyphant-1

Zachary Zombie and the Wicked Worm FREE!
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/328495?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DJB690C
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/zachary-zombie-wicked-worm/id666550700?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zachary-zombie-and-the-wicked-worm-john-h-carroll/1115864696
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/zachary-zombie-and-the-wicked-worm-1

Steampunk Roo
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1492726400
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/357374?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F6MGUCO
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/steampunk-roo/id711725587?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/steampunk-roo-john-h-carroll/1116968914
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/steampunk-roo-1

Pow the Panda, The Case of the Rainbow Dragon
Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494270013
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/381472?ref=johnhcarroll
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GWC85K2
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pow-panda-case-rainbow-dragon/id767147672?mt=11
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pow-the-panda-the-case-of-the-rainbow-dragon-john-h-carroll/1117558334
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/pow-the-panda-the-case-of-the-rainbow-dragon

Novellas (Halfway between a novel and a short story)




Short Stories








Saturday, June 6, 2015

"Liquid", Book 2 of the Wyvern Trilogy

Introduction

"Liquid", Book 2 of the Wyvern Trilogy, and Book 8 of the Ryallon Series is now available for PRE-ORDER.  The book's official release is August 15, 2015.  If you reserve a copy now, it will be downloaded to your ereader automatically on the release date.
Setting the book up for preorder allows me to market it while the final rounds of edits are going on. I have a few beta readers working on looking it over now. Once that's done, I'll take another month to go through and do more edits to polish it and make it pretty.

Meanwhile, any preorders made will be counted as sales on the day that the book goes live. That will shoot it up the rankings, hopefully enough that it will catch extra notice and sell more copies.

If the preorders do well, then bookstores might give it a little more promotion, which would generate more sales.

If I get more sales, then at some point, I might make enough to write full time for a living, which means I would be able to write 2-3 books a year instead of just 1 here and there. 




Description

Book 2 of the Wyvern Trilogy

Pelya Jornin is an agent of the Blue Wyverns Mercenaries. She and her apprentice Tina investigate internal corruption and external threats to the group. A year and a half since graduating from the recruit program, they have performed their duties with exceptional success.

Commander Brynin of Covert Services now tasks them with investigating whispers of a potential attack in the Kingdom of Swelth. Someone may be trying to steal a newly made Liquid Wyvern, an enchanted artifact priceless to the group.

The commander also charges them with investigating rumors of the Rojuun. The creatures are her personal obsession. Gossip of their existence has cropped up in Swelth. It is the commander’s hope they will be able to learn more about the mysterious denizens of the underworld.

Pelya and Tina embark on a dangerous mission through the kingdom of Swelth. It takes them into the beautiful and perilous depths of Ryallon where danger awaits them at every turn. Along with them comes an odd young wizard by the name of Jolen Klunjun. He practices a lost art called Throuala Magic that is just as much of a danger to his allies as it is to his enemies.

The Wyvern Trilogy is a swords-and-sorcery series following the journeys of Pelya Jornin. After leaving Dralin, she travels the world searching out injustices and her own purpose in life. Along the way, she makes many friends and even more enemies.

Wyvern

"Liquid" is the sequel to "Wyvern".  If you're interested in reading that one first, here is an introduction:





Book 1 of the Wyvern Trilogy

Pelya Jornin rides away from Dralin, never to return. Nightmares travel with her, haunting the lonely roads that threaten to drive her mad. The dangers within her own mind outweigh the perils of traveling alone.

The Blue Wyverns are a mercenary group dedicated to providing safe haven to any woman who arrives at their door. For centuries, they have grown and their power now extends throughout the Kingdom of Eddland and into bordering countries. They protect the roads and merchants of the countries with waypoints and well-trained companies of women soldiers.

It is Pelya’s intention to join the Blue Wyverns. However, things are not as they should be. Rather than being welcomed, Pelya is regarded with suspicion and contempt. The Recruit Program is unwelcoming and in disarray.

Pelya befriends other young women who also look to escape hidden pasts. Rather than admiring her experience and knowledge, they find her to be reckless in her actions. Pelya draws into herself, fearing loneliness even in the midst of company.

Will Pelya’s mind conquer battles that cannot be fought with a sword? Can she escape the eyes that haunt her sleep? Will her new friends discover the secrets of her past? Who will turn out to be a true friend and who has deception in their heart? Intrigue and danger surround Pelya as she learns the history of the Blue Wyverns. Will the beginning of her new life bring about the end?

The Wyvern Trilogy is a swords-and-sorcery series following the journeys of Pelya Jornin. After leaving Dralin, she travels the world searching out injustices and her own purpose in life. Along the way, she makes many friends and even more enemies.


Alternate Cover

The artwork of the Wyvern was done by Rachael Schiller, a very talented young up-and-coming artist.  I made white and black versions of the cover.  The black was chosen by fans and because it fit the story better.
Alternate White Version of the Cover

All my best,

John H. Carroll

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Why I blog

Why do I blog?

A number of people haven't asked me this question  Actually, no one has.  But I've decided to answer the question as though they had.

The answer is . . . . actually, I'm not going to tell you until the end of this post.  That way, you have to read everything until you get to the bottom . . . or you could just scroll down and get the answer . . . Never mind.  I'll just tell you now and you can read from that point on or not.  Up to you.

I do it because the emo bunnies make me blog like a puppetmaster makes his puppets dance.

That's right.  The emo bunnies are in control.  You are surprised, I know.

Evolution of a blog.

I started this blog because I was told that it was an important tool to market books.  Actually, I was told that I should start my own website for my books.  That sounded like a lot more work.  I really should start my own website still.  However, I've done more research since that time and discovered it really is a lot of work.  My time is limited and I'd rather spend it writing books, so I settled for a blog.

I named it "The World of Ryallon" because that's where my fantasy novels take place.

Speaking of marketing, feel free to try out my books, if you haven't already. :)  The emo bunnies recommend my Stories for Demented Children.

              


The blog has developed over time though.  I don't use it to market near as much as I should.  Instead, I use it to talk about stuff on the rare occasion that I actually feel like talking about anything.  A lot of my posts are random musings about life and things I think about.  Most of them are probably a good indication that I lack sanity.

I also write tutorials for other writers.  These include details on how to write, edit, market and various other details involved in self-publishing.  Much of these tutorials are part of my journey and sharing the things I've learned along the way.  Hopefully the advice is helpful to those who follow.

I still use it as a marketing tool.  Most of the posts are updates as to what I'm writing and how things are going overall.  I post sneak peak chapters every now and then, which my fans really like.

How the blog is doing.

It's actually doing pretty well.  I don't post often enough, but it gets a lot of views.  The details of my books interest my fans.  I occasionally get new readers who discover my work after reading my posts.  And the emo bunnies are . . . well, they're still miserable, but that's just how they roll.

My first post was may 13th, 2011.  Since then, I've published 124 posts and had over 200,000 views.  My most popular post is "How to make a clickable table of contents in Microsoft Word" with over 100,000 views.  Yeah, that's right.  Over half of my views have been for a tutorial on Word.

In Conclusion

I've been doing this for 4 years now and intend to continue for as long as I'm writing.  I'm sure things will evolve more over time.  We shall see where the journey takes us.

All my best,

John H. Carroll
and the emo bunnies.





Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Where to self publish your book

Publishing is fun and easy

Easy compared to spending years trying to get agents and publishers to realize how brilliant you are.
This is a list of where I publish my ebooks.  Other authors will do it differently, but hopefully this will give you insight in to what an author goes through in this new publishing world.

Before you publish a book, it's helpful to write it . . .  After that, I recommend editing it, then editing it again, having others edit it, setting it aside for a couple of months, then edit again a couple more times.  There's a good chance you'll still miss a thing or two, but the important part is that you polish it and publish a high quality product.  If at all possible, get a professional editor.

You'll also want a cover.  If you can afford a professional or semi-professional one, that's good.  Otherwise you can make your own with Photoshop, GIMP or some other editing software.  The better your cover, the more likely it will be noticed among the countless others.  The better the quality of your book, the more likely people will be to buy the next.

At the end of all my stories, I add authors notes with a brief description of me.  In it, I also add links to my blog, twitter, facebook and goodreads pages.  Then I add short descriptions to my other stories.  I have different copies of the author's notes for each store with links to that store.  In other words, I don't add Smashwords links to Amazon publications or Amazon links to Barnes & Noble publications.

Formatting

I write using Microsoft Word, which makes the formatting easy for me.  In addition, I write fantasy and don't have a lot of pictures, other things that make it easier.  I have a detailed formatting guide here if you need it http://ryallon.blogspot.com/2012/11/publishing-checklist-for-my-book-files.html


Publishing

Before I continue, I want to alert you to a company you should avoid.  Author Solutions and its many tentacles is a company that preys upon hopeful writers.  You can learn more about them here https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/the-case-against-author-solutions-part-1-the-numbers/

There are the places I publish my ebooks.  Others exist and you can look them up.

1. Smashwords.  I recommend using the Smashwords Style Guide to format your word document.  In fact, it's vital if you want to publish through them.  I distribute to Apple, B&N, Kobo, Scribd, and numerous other small bookstores through Smashwords.  Due to time constraints, Smashwords and Amazon are the only two I publish to at the moment.


2.  Amazon.  I make a copy of the Word Document that I used for Smashwords.  Then I add page breaks after the title page, copyright page and chapters.  After that, I save it as a filtered web document and then convert it using mobipocket.  Here is a more specific guide:  https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A17W8UM0MMSQX6

3. Kobo now has self-publishing platform though I use Smashwords. With Kobo, you transform your word document into html by saving it as a filtered web document. Then you use a program such as Calibre to transform it into an epub. You can find more info here: http://download.kobobooks.com/writinglife/en-US/KWL-User-Guide.pdf

4.  B&N has a Smashwords version of my novels, but you can publish directly with them if you like. Warning!!! B&N now partners with Authors solutions.  If you do publish with B&N, do not pay for any of their services.  It's just not a good value. With B&N, you just use the word document used for the others with the exception of specific author's notes and any publishing info.  You can find more info here:  https://www.nookpress.com/ebooks#

5. XinXii is a European competitor to Smashwords.  I haven't used their services, but from my reseach, I personally prefer Smashwords, http://www.xinxii.com/default.php/en


Print books

5.  Createspace is my favorite for print on Demand Books.  I only publish my novels in print, not my short stories.  Createspace is owned by Amazon and has been a dream to work with.  I make all of my covers to fit their guidelines, with a spine and a back cover.  https://www.createspace.com/

5a.  Createspace's biggest competitor is Lightning Source, and many of my peers use their service.  http://www1.lightningsource.com/

5b.  Lulu is the third company that does print on demand books.  I'm not certain how good their service is.  https://www.lulu.com/s1/paperback_b/r/site


Other

6.  Another lesser known place to publish is Scribd. http://www.scribd.com/  You can sell books in PDF form.  I distribute there through Smashwords.  The site has made vast improvements in recent years.  The biggest issue most writers have is its reputation of being a source for pirates to get material, though I don't know how accurate this currently is.

7.  There is also a site called Wattpad. http://www.wattpad.com/  They don't have a way for you to sale books as far as I know, but this is an excellent place to publish free books.  It's also a good way to get input on your writing, especially if you're willing to join groups and return the favor with other writers.  They only accept uploads in .txt, so you'll lose most of your formatting.  Links and tables of contents won't work. 

8. There is also a site called Obooko where you can put free books as well.  In it, you give the readers the right to print out pdf documents for personal use.  You can also supply .mobi (Kindle) and epub (everything else) for people to read on ereaders.

Note:  All of these sites enable you to retain your worldwide copyrights.  You are only giving them the right to distribute or sell for you.  None of them prevent you from distributing elsewhere.

Other opportunities

There are other sites out there where it's possible to publish ebooks.  Look very carefully at there terms and make certain that they don't have any sort of restrictions preventing you from publishing elsewhere, or exclusivity clauses.  Publishing your books is an endeavor where you truly want to read the fine print on everything.  I recommend hiring a contract lawyer if you're not confident about what you're agreeing to.

I don't publish to Google Documents because they have been known to reduce the price on all books, which means Amazon and the rest are going to price match.  This can really mess with your royalties.

Whatever your decisions, don't expect to hit it big right away.  Being a self-published author is a LOT of hard work.  Not only do you need to write quality books, you have to market them.  You can find some marketing tips here on my blog, but those are only a start.

All my best and good luck. :)

John H. Carroll