New Release- Xavier Doolittle: An End Times Short Story

christian fictionXavier Doolittle is the second short in my End Times Saga. It’s going for $.99 on Kindle, Smashwords, and Kobo currently, while the other sites will get the short story when they’re distributed to those stores.

Xavier Doolittle, a minor character from the novel, Times of Trouble, is the Secret Service Chief at the White House. We follow him when he first goes to college and begins abandoning the Christian life. Eventually, he begins working for the government, where they confuse him when it comes to what he believes. When the End Times approach, he discovers his attitude has been completely wrong in this short story in the End Times Saga.

A little over 9200 words and 30 pages.

Sample the Chapter Excerpt

Where to buy the story for $.99

Amazon Kindle (takes you to your store)

Barnes and Noble Nook

Smashwords

Apple (coming soon)

Kobo

Have you read the other story, Jon Ryan yet? Currently available only on Kindle, and going for $.99. Is rated 4.4 stars with 5 reviews so far.

jon ryan end times fictionIn this short story from Times of Trouble, Jon Ryan dreamed of becoming a doctor his entire life. Before he graduates from medical school, the government takes over healthcare, making him wary about the profession he’s going to school for, but not enough to quit chasing his dream. He practices medicine as medical plagues and disasters occur, all the while the government says they’re on top of things. Eventually, government oppression forces him to make changes to his practice that will affect his life as the End Times approach.

Six chapters, 8300 words, 27 pages.

Marketing and all that Jazz

Since having my novella published, I’ve discovered just how hard it is to get noticed by readers. There are so many science fiction authors out there and just authors in general that the market is probably saturated with un-read books. I’ve done the whole online marketing thing, since that is where everybody seems to be these days. I have a profile on myspace, created an ad on facebook to get people here, and I’ve created a profile on every site that I can find that has readers on it, like goodreads.com or librarything.com, places like that. I’m trying to up my presence on Amazon.com where my novella is being sold, since Barnes and Noble doesn’t really have any kind of features that Amazon has. 

I’ve tried google adwords for marketing myself and my novel, but I actually found that all you’re doing is wasting money and not making any, so I stopped that particular campaign and tried doing a facebook campaign. I’ve had more people visit my site in the last two weeks than I had in the previous month. I decided to target everyone on facebook, not just a particular reader of a particular genre, I’ve had quite a few people click on one of the links for my novella.  I really don’t like the idea of having to spend money to make money, but that’s the culture we live in, what are you going to do.

I created a forums page, like other author websites, so people can discuss what they think I’m doing wrong with my novella or what they liked about it. I even have a thread for a Q&A with me, along with favorite movie and book threads.  So, if you’ve read my novella, please don’t hesitate to post there, or just post for the heck of it.

You can find some of my other short stories, poetry, and articles here: http://www.helium.com/users/360400