Another chance to win

In support of the free promotion on Kindle Friday, 5/15/15, I’m giving away another autographed copy of In the Shadow of Angels. Enter to win below, or download it for free on Friday.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

In the Shadow of Angels by Donnie J. Burgess

In the Shadow of Angels

by Donnie J. Burgess

Giveaway ends May 15, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Free Kindle Gift Codes

I have three gift codes available for the Kindle version of In the Shadow of Angels. The Kindle 99¢ promo will be ending very soon, and I plan to turn my attention back to Mister Bearsley after the current Goodreads promo is over, so this will be your last chance to grab it for free for a while.

Just click this through this link: and copy/paste one of the gift codes below into the box to claim yours. The codes will only work once. If you grab one that works, please leave the others for someone else.

Gift Codes:

If you don’t get one of the gift codes, you can still get it for 99¢ on Kindle for a very limited time.

Another Goodreads giveaway

Interest in the Goodreads has been exceptional so far, so I’m doing another 2-day giveaway. Click below for details. Don’t want to wait? You can pick up the Kindle version for 99¢ here: In the Shadow of Angels or order the paperback for $9.99.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

In the Shadow of Angels by Donnie J. Burgess

In the Shadow of Angels

by Donnie J. Burgess

Giveaway ends May 07, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

Curse modern technology!

I got my first (and possibly only) royalty check payout from sales of the novel today. I curse modern technology that I didn’t actually get a check that I could frame. It’s much harder to frame a direct deposit. But, that’s $3.36 I didn’t have before! Of course this was never about the money, if it was, it would be positively depressing. Since I like being depressed, here’s some napkin math on the numbers:

Mostly to make this number bigger, I’m going to theoretically pay myself minimum wage for time spent working on the novel. I would estimate that I worked an absolute minimum of 200 hours on the book -including writing, re-writing, editing, and research. So at minimum wage, that would be $1610 (if I worked at a McDonald’s for $15 an hour, that would be a cool 3k. goddam Obama). So:

$1610 Labor
$350.00 Cover Design
$350.00 semiProfessional editing
$250.00 Purchased copies of book
$100.00 Shipping supplies
$171.86 Postage (so far)
$255.00 Advertising (so far)
$3086.00 Total

– 3.36 Royalties
$3082.64 Total

– $20.00 One person sent for postage, but I haven’t yet (and probably won’t) cash it
$3062.64 Total

Do it for the love of the game, kids!

Even discounting the 1610 in ‘labor’, there is still a fairly significant chunk of out-of-pocket for this project (about $1400, but I know I am missing expenses in my list). I knew there would be going in, so it doesn’t come as a surprise. The fact that the book is now in the hands of about fifty people, and the kindle version has been downloaded by over 300, is more reward than money would be (although it would be nice if they weren’t mutually exclusive). Now if I could just get some of those who have read it to review it on Amazon and Goodreads in the Kindle version and/or paperback, it would really be a shot to the old ego.

Kindle giveaway is over

The Kindle eBook giveaway is over now. About 200 people downloaded free copies. I kind of expected that number to be higher, as I financed a small social media ad campaign for the giveaway. Oh well.

If you missed out on the giveaway and really want the a digital copy, let me know on the contact page (make sure and include your registered Amazon email) and I’ll see if I can gift you a copy. I need this book in as many hands as I can get it into until I get some reviews.

If you are one that found your way to the site after reading the book, please consider taking a moment to review it on goodreads and the official Amazon page. It would be greatly appreciated.

Kindle free promotion has ended

The Kindle free promotion lasted for one day and is now over. 64 people downloaded the book for free, hopefully one or two of them will read it through and like it enough to post a review to Amazon. I’m also hopeful that if they hate it they will simply delete it from their device without taking the time to write a scathing review (I’ve seen horror stories about reviews coming from these free promotions).

So, we’re back to $2.49 for the Kindle version. I will probably run another free promotion in a couple of weeks, but for now I am tired of talking about this book every waking moment…


I should have copies of the book here early next week to start signing and sending out. Stay tuned for that!

And away we go

In the Shadow of Angels has officially been published. Publishing date: Friday, March 13th. It is so fitting for me.

It will be several days before the print version is for sale on Amazon, but if you really want a print version before anyone else gets it, you can order it directly through the publisher.

The kindle version is already available through Amazon, which seems odd to me. It is a print on demand book. They should be able to just add a tab right to the page with the Kindle version, but whatever. If you’re interested in the Kindle version, you can pick that up right here.

It is a bittersweet moment for me. On the one hand, I am pleased that it is now available for someone to theoretically purchase. On the other hand, I expect that reviews of it may be too critical for my liking. And while it is nice to think that I can just shrug them off and say, “Well how about I review your book then, asshole?” (here assuming that they have not written a book), it is much more likely that it will simply crush my spirit and I will give up on writing forever. It’s like Dad always said, if at first you don’t succeed, just give up.