Sharing My Book Happenings Over the Next Two Weeks

Indie-author self-promotion is utterly necessary.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
6 min readNov 14, 2023

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As I’m writing this, I have multiple things happening in my indie-author world. This is the result of a lot of work on a lot of different levels over the past couple of months.

Let’s start with the immediate, most time-sensitive element:

My standalone fantasy/Steampunk, rise of the villain novel, Infamy Ascending, is FREE for Kindle this week, until 11/17.

Why make it free? Because I think it’s an excellent read, and I’m using it as a funnel to gather more readers. Do you like this book? I have multiple others available for you to peruse.

The other reason it’s free for Kindle this week is because, as of Tuesday, 11/28, Infamy Ascending will be available to the world for wide distribution. That means lots of new avenues for eBooks and paperback.

Going wide-distribution has been an interesting challenge. Partially because I’ve had to create a “new” version of the book for the new channels. But opening myself and my works to this broader audience is an important step in growing my authorpreneur business.

This is all very exciting. Equally, and in some respects more exciting on this front is this:

Publishing my first book since 2021

In 2020, I published 3 books. Among these were the first two books of my Void Incursion sci-fi/sci-fantasy series.

Then, in 2021, I published a whopping 6 books. This included the four novels of my sci-fi clone, mystery, and conspiracy series Forgotten Fodder, and the next 2 novels of Void Incursion. It was very ambitious of me to put out that many books in a single year. To be perfectly honest it was also rather expensive.

The writing and publishing aren’t costly. But cover art and editing is. Unfortunately, the return on investment (ROI) didn’t recoup those costs. So, publishing in 2022 didn’t occur because funds for editing and cover art were tight.

Also, my process changed. Before 2020, I wrote pretty much exclusively as a pantser. For those who don’t understand that term, it means that I would sit at my keyboard and write by…

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Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com