Thursday, September 10, 2020

Thank you Alibris!

 I would like to publicly thank Alibris for choosing to add Vhaidra & the Destiny of Nikodemos to the list of books that they are advertising and offering on sale this month. It is currently only $15.62 for my paperback/softcover novel at https://www.alibris.com/search/books/isbn/9781734914009 and you can save even more by using the coupons tab and selecting the appropriate coupon (Up to $20.00 off) for your shopping cart checkout subtotal! You also can get a $5.00 off coupon for signing up for their mailing list!


Thursday, August 27, 2020

CALL TO ACTION: I Need Your Reviews, Follows, and Likes!

 Dear friends, family, followers, and fans,

I am asking for your help. If you have not yet purchased my epic fantasy action & adventure novel, "Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos", please do so. On Vhaidra.com I have over 50 stores carrying the book in the USA, and 18 other countries that have at least one bookshoppe selling my novel.

The most popular places to purchase it are:

After you have purchased it, if you can, please give it a 5-star review if you can. If you cannot, please contact me privately with feedback to make me a better novelist. Please also 'like' or mark 'helpful' the other reviews. The most important places to leave reviews, besides the bookshoppe that you purchased it from include:

  1. Amazon: https://amzn.to/31wAglK
  2. BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/vhaidra-and-the-destiny-of-nikodemos-by-nicholas-stanosheck
  3. BookWire: https://www.bookwire.com/author/Nicholas-Stanosheck-76431300
  4. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VhaidraIroas
  5. GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54650453-vhaidra-and-the-destiny-of-nikodemos
  6. Google Books Reviews: https://books.google.com/books/about/Vhaidra_and_the_Destiny_of_Nikodemos.html?id=YHB5zQEACAAJ
  7. Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Vhaidra-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-eBook/375887354

Please also follow me as an author on each of the review sites that have that option as well. It lets you know any updates to my books or me. Followers are important to authors. Thank you in advance for your assistance!




Saturday, August 22, 2020

Would You Like to Appear in My Reader's Collage for Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos?

 

Readers who LOVE Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos

I occasionally post collages of readers who loved my epic fantasy action & adventure novel, Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos. If you would like to have your picture added to these collages on social media and this blog, please post a picture of yourself reading Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos in reply to this blog post or on the Facebook page for Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos at https://www.facebook.com/VhaidraIroas/. I'd love to feature you on this blog and social media! Please be sure to tag your photo with both yourself and Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos or Nicholas Stanosheck, Author, if you post it on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

CALL TO ACTION!

 Friends, Family, Followers, and Fans,

If you have purchased Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos, thank you so much! I really appreciate your support! I'd like to ask you to do a few things, if you do not mind: 

  1. Please review the book at the store your purchased it from, at GoodReads, Google Books Reviews, and Facebook Reviews, if you can give it 5 stars. If you cannot, reach out to privately and give me the feedback of what you would like to see in future novels to make them a 5-star book. 
    Review Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos at GoodReads
  2. Please follow my Author Page at Amazon, GoodReads, and Facebook. This ensures you get updates about new novels as they are published.
    Follow Nicholas Stanosheck at Amazon
  3. Please share links (that will be listed below) to purchase Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos with your friends, family, followers, and fans on your social media networks and blogs. Here are some images that you can use to help me get the word out: 


  4. Thank yourself for helping me out. I thank you, but cannot do it in person due to the COVID-19 Novel CoronaVirus Pandemic, but you can thank yourself for doing a good turn and helping out this recently unemployed author. Thank you all again for your support and assistance!

If you have not yet purchased my epic fantasy adventure novel, I'd really appreciate it if you would pick up a copy. Here is the ever-growing list of many of the bookshoppes currently carrying Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos

AMERICA (USA)

  1. A Galaxy Called Dallas: https://bookshop.org/shop/AGCD
  2. AbeBooks: https://www.abebooks.com/products/isbn/9781734914009/
  3. Alibris: https://www.alibris.com/search/books/isbn/9781734914009
  4. Amazon USA: https://amzn.to/3fTpTNG 
  5. Anderson's Bookshops: https://www.andersonsbookshop.com/book/9781734914009
  6. Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/vhaidra-the-destiny-of-nikodemos/id1527905712
  7. Arts & Letters Bookstore: https://www.artsandlettersbooks.com/book/9781734914009
  8. BAM!: Books-A-Million: https://www.betterworldbooks.com/product/detail/Vhaidra-and-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-9781734914009 
  9. Bargain Book Store: https://amzn.to/3keE7LU 
  10. Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vhaidra-and-the-destiny-of-nikodemos-nicholas-stanosheck/1137418794 
  11. Best of Books: https://www.bestofbooksok.com/book/9781734914009
  12. Better World Books: https://www.betterworldbooks.com/product/detail/Vhaidra-and-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-9781734914009
  13. BiblioBar: https://bibliobar.indielite.org/book/9781734914009
  14. Black Pearl Books: https://www.blackpearlbookstore.com/?q=h.tviewer&using_sb=status&qsb=keyword&qs=9781734914009
  15. Bliss Books & Bindery: https://www.blissbooksandbindery.com/book/9781734914009
  16. Bookish: https://bookishfs.indielite.org/book/9781734914009
  17. Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Vhaidra-DESTINY-Nikodemos-Nicholas-Stanosheck/9781734914009 
  18. The Book Nook: https://www.brenhambooknook.com/?q=h.tviewer&using_sb=status&qsb=keyword&qs=9781734914009
  19. Book People: https://www.bookpeople.com/book/9781734914009
  20. Books Inc.: https://www.booksinc.net/book/9781734914009
  21. Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/12559/9781734914009 
  22. Book-Woman: https://www.ebookwoman.com/book/9781734914009
  23. California Books: https://amzn.to/30plgFK
  24. The Dock Bookshop: https://www.thedockbookshop.com/book/9781734914009
  25. eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vhaidra-and-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-Paperback-or-Softback/383664125493 
  26. Fabled Bookshop & Cafe: https://fabledbookshop.com/?q=h.tviewer&using_sb=status&qsb=keyword&qs=9781734914009
  27. Google Play Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=lKH0DwAAQBAJ 
  28. Google Shopping: https://www.google.com/shopping/product/9923216831165234301
  29. Grand Eagle Retail: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vhaidra-and-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-by-Nicholas-Stanosheck-English-Paperback/392890580584 
  30. Greenlight Bookstore: https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/book/9781734914009
  31. Half Price Books: https://hpb.com/products/vhaidra-and-the-destiny-of-nikodemos-9781734914009
  32. Hudson Booksellers: https://www.hudsonbooksellers.com/book/9781734914009
  33. Indie Bound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781734914009?aff=VhaidraIroas
  34. Interabang Books: https://www.interabangbooks.com/book/9781734914009
  35. Joseph-Beth Books: https://www.josephbeth.com/book/9781734914009
  36. Kindle USA: https://amzn.to/3ajuCXf 
  37. Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vhaidra-the-destiny-of-nikodemos-nicholas-stanosheck/1137433353 
  38. Patchouli Joe's Books & Indulgences: https://www.patchoulijoesbooks.com/book/9781734914009
  39. Powell's City of Books: https://www.powells.com/book/vhaidra-and-the-destiny-of-nikodemos-9781734914009
  40. Pretty Things & Cool Stuff: https://prettythingsandcoolstuff.indielite.org/book/9781734914009
  41. Publisher Direct: https://amzn.to/2FACmIR
  42. Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/vhaidra-the-destiny-of-nikodemos 
  43. Schuler Books: https://www.schulerbooks.com/book/9781734914009
  44. Second Sale: https://www.secondsale.com/i/vhaidra-and-the-destiny-of-nikodemos/9781734914009 
  45. Strand Books at The Strand: https://www.strandbooks.com/product/9781734914009?title=vhaidra_and_the_desti
  46. Tattered Cover Book Store: https://www.tatteredcover.com/book/9781734914009
  47. ThriftBooks: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/vhaidra-and-the-destiny-of-nikodemos_nicholas-stanosheck/26770326/#isbn=1734914009 
  48. Vroman's Bookstore: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/book/9781734914009
  49. Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Vhaidra-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-eBook/375887354 
  50. Whirlwind Book Bar: https://www.whirlwindbookbar.com/book/9781734914009
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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Kudos to My Contributors and Those I Dedicated My Novel To

The cover of "Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos" from Apple Books
I wanted to give a little information about those who helped with my novel and those I dedicated my novel to.

First the dedications: 

Keith Penewit quickly became my best friend when I moved to Aurora, Colorado, USA in 1979. He introduced me to the world of role playing games (RPGs) such as Dungeons & Dragons, Dragon Raid Adventure Learning System, Advanced D&D, and Marvel Super Heroes RPG. He was an amazing Game Master.

Ann Fornoff was my 10th & 11th grade English teacher in Hayes Center, Nebraska, USA. She saw more in my writing than I did and thus pushed and challenged me, making me a better writer. Unbeknownst to me, she submitted some of my writing to national contests, where I won awards. I would have never lettered in high school English/Language Arts without her immense influence. 

Now my novel’s international contributors:

Obed Joshua is my editor from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He has been editing professionally since 2014. His edits helped Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos be a much better book, in my honest opinion.

Stan Saint Yak's First Drawing of Vhaidra and Hypo
Stan Saint Yak
is the cover artist responsible for the line work. He lives in Moscow, Russia, and first drew my characters first in 2014 before my first draft of my novel was completed. Stan is a professional artist who is in high demand these days. 

Robert Nugent is the cover colourist from New York, New York, USA. He was recommended by Stan, as Robert's colouring syncs amazingly well with Stan’s artwork. Like Stan, he is a professional artist in high demand.

I also cannot fail to mention that my author photo was taken by my local friend and former co-worker, Bill Gibson, and it was edited by professional photographer and worker of miracles, Stephen Shore, a friend and fellow DFW Scouter.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Some Cool Stats About Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos

 In the first week at Amazon, Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos was #76 in Romantic Action & Adventure, #210 in Fantasy Action & Adventure, #315 in Epic Fantasy Books, and #4,461 out of all of Amazon's 33,000,000 (yes that is 33 million) books. I was happy with those numbers. In fact it actually still remains #3 in Romantic Action & Adventure and #15 in Fantasy Action & Adventure for new releases (released in the last 90 days) as of today!

Also as of today, at Barnes & Noble, Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos is #1 in English Drama, #4 in Fantasy Drama English Literature, and #22 in Epic Fantasy in new releases (released in the last 30 days)! Thank you to all of you helped my novel get such great numbers! I am super happy to be listed amongst the top books in these genres, (Othello, Richard III, Harry Potter, etc.) as you can see in the screenshots below: 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

More Bookstores carrying Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos!

The number of bookstores carrying Vhaidra & the Destiny of Nikodemos keeps growing! Please join me in welcoming this new, much larger list of bookstores carrying my epic fantasy novel in either paperback or eBook versions: 

AMERICA (USA)
  1. A Galaxy Called Dallas: https://bookshop.org/shop/AGCD
  2. AbeBooks: https://www.abebooks.com/products/isbn/9781734914009/
  3. Alibris: https://www.alibris.com/search/books/isbn/9781734914009
  4. Amazon USA: https://amzn.to/3fTpTNG 
  5. BAM!: Books-A-Million: https://www.betterworldbooks.com/product/detail/Vhaidra-and-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-9781734914009 
  6. Bargain Book Store: https://amzn.to/3keE7LU 
  7. Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vhaidra-and-the-destiny-of-nikodemos-nicholas-stanosheck/1137418794 
  8. Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Vhaidra-DESTINY-Nikodemos-Nicholas-Stanosheck/9781734914009 
  9. Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/12559/9781734914009 
  10. Better World Books: https://www.betterworldbooks.com/product/detail/Vhaidra-and-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-9781734914009
  11. California Books: https://amzn.to/30plgFK
  12. eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vhaidra-and-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-Paperback-or-Softback/383664125493 
  13. Google Play Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=lKH0DwAAQBAJ 
  14. Google Shopping: https://www.google.com/shopping/product/9923216831165234301
  15. Grand Eagle Retail: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vhaidra-and-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-by-Nicholas-Stanosheck-English-Paperback/392890580584 
  16. Kindle USA: https://amzn.to/3ajuCXf 
  17. Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vhaidra-the-destiny-of-nikodemos-nicholas-stanosheck/1137433353 
  18. Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/vhaidra-the-destiny-of-nikodemos 
  19. Second Sale: https://www.secondsale.com/i/vhaidra-and-the-destiny-of-nikodemos/9781734914009 
  20. ThriftBooks: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/vhaidra-and-the-destiny-of-nikodemos_nicholas-stanosheck/26770326/#isbn=1734914009 
  21. Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Vhaidra-the-DESTINY-of-Nikodemos-eBook/375887354 
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Saturday, August 8, 2020

eBook Versions of Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos now available internationally!

 

Today the eBook version of my medieval epic fantasy adventure novel is officially available on a wide variety of platforms. Whether you bought a paperback copy or not, now is your chance to have an electronic version for your Kindle, Nook, Google Books, Apple Books (nee iBooks and coming soon), Kobo eReader, Walmart eReader, etc.. 

Here are some of the stores where it is currently available: 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

UPDATED: Booksellers With My Novel Available For Purchase Today


I would like to list the online stores and countries (there are more than the last time I listed them) selling my book for your convenience. Recently Barnes & Noble, Better World Books, and Grand Eagle, all ran out of copies of my book, but all three now have stock available again.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos is Available NOW!



Friends, Family, & Followers:

Please share this post with your friends, family, and followers.

Thank you for your patience with my many posts about my novel during the publishing process. Now that my book is available, I am hoping that you are able to purchase my book, and if you love it, give it a 5 star review. If you do not like it, please email me and let me know what parts you did not like. Feedback is a very valuable gift and will help me improve my novels that follow after this one.

Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos is Available NOW at Amazon! I will provide links below so that you can purchase it at your nearest Amazon online store. It will be available from other bookstores a little later, but depending on the retailer, you may have to ask for it. It is distributed through Ingram, the world's biggest book distribution company.
When you order my book from Amazon, please click on the follow button, so you can be updated about my future books and any special deals from me. You will also be alerted when the eBook (later this year) and if an Audiobook version (not this year) comes out, along with my next novels.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Publishing Notes

Here are a few notes about my upcoming book, "Vhaidra & the DESTINY of Nikodemos".

  • The book is written in British English. This may make some spelling and grammatical conventions look odd to American readers. Please know that these are not grammar or spelling mistakes, but simply a different type of English than you may be used to. I personally think it adds to the feel of a fantasy novel and have long loved British English. 

  • I chose the digest size(5.5" x 8.5") rather than pocketbook size (4.25” x 6.87”) for my paperback and used 14 pt. text instead of 10 or 12 pt. text. This is smaller than what is considered "large print" (16 pt or higher) in the publishing world, but should make it much easier to read without eye-strain. Tiny books with tiny fonts have always been a pet-peeve of mine.

  • Did you know that the reason that some stores are out of paper bags is due to a paper shortage right now? The bad thing about this is that the cost of paper has increased since then, and so books publishing with small publishers that do not have a set price for sale in the contracts are going to be more expensive than originally planned. My apologies that the book will now be $19.99 instead of the planned $10.99-$16.99 USD price. 

  • I am only allowed to give credit to one person for cover design, so it went to the amazing cover artist, Stan Saint Yak, who drew the cover, however credit should also go to Robert Nugent, who is responsible for the wonderful colors. I think he really nailed the look of Vhaidra's dark grey skin, black leather, jacinth gemstones, and white hair reflecting the magenta faerie fire everywhere that Stan drew so beautifully. I am sure that their striking cover design will be responsible for many sales, hence I am sharing my profits with them.

  • I started the process with 30 chapters and 333 pages, but with editing and formatting we ended up with 292 pages and kept 30 chapters. Still circa 300 pages, which is pretty standard for a fantasy novel.

  • Amazon should be receiving the books tomorrow, which puts on pace for it to be ready for the August 1st date, as there is a standard 7 business day wait for approval and listing. Any advance release or delays are now in their hands. Other bookstores will be getting it from the distributor and not directly from the publisher, so they will not have the book available until after Amazon does. Some international Amazon stores are not receiving new items at their warehouses due to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, so it looks like residents of some countries may need to order through the American, British, or Indian Amazon sites for a few months, at least. 

  • Speaking of Amazon, they will be listing it as Fiction: Action & Adventure and Fiction: Fantasy. If you wanted to breakdown the sub-genres even further I would say it could fit into Fiction: Fantasy: AdventureFiction: Fantasy: Epic, and even Fiction: Fantasy: Romance. One publisher that looked at my manuscript even suggested Fiction: Religious or Fiction: Fantasy: Religion as an additional sub-genre to list it under. 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Book SWAG is here!

Book SWAG is here! Phone cases, laptop bags, stickers, tea & coffee mugs, magnets, pillows, tote bags, and even shirts! Purchase yours today at http://tee.pub/lic/vhaidra


Friday, April 24, 2020

Novel Series Timeline Updates So Far


  • Circa 1980: While playing role-playing games with my friends, I came up with a character who was a cleric named Nikodemos.
  • Circa 2000: Ideas started formulating in my head about a dark elf monk named Vhaidra, creating her armour and backstory both online and offline in a variety of games. Vhaidra, a Norse name that roughly means "Deep Lover" is fitting for a drow who loves the deep underground world of the underworld enough to become a monk there as a youth. 
  • Circa 2014: I started writing my ideas into a short story. The characters spoke to me and the story kept getting bigger. It ended up becoming a novel with a cast of 5-6 main characters.
  • Circa 2015: I share my novel with some friends, who all push me to get it published.
  • Circa 2016: Instigated by friends, I reach out to a famous fantasy publisher brand who says that while they love the idea, they are getting out of the business of publishing fantasy novels and recommends that I submit to other publishing houses.
  • Circa 2017: Received a first and second offer to publish my novel.
  • Circa 2018: Had discussions with a 3rd publisher.
  • Circa 2019: I start formulating sequels and prequels  to my novel.
  • Circa February 2020: The publisher who I will, in the end, choose to publish my novel, starts pushing hard to publish my book, having first reached out to me in 2017.
  • Circa March 2020: A 4th publisher offers to publish my novel as I am furloughed from my job due to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus.
  • 4/12/2020: I receive ISBNs and LCCNs for both my paperback and ebook versions of my first novel.
  • 4/15/2020: I had a 5th, 6th, & 7th publisher interested in my book. With more than 5 offers, I started considering who I wanted to publish with.
  • 4/17/2020: I finally decide on a publisher and sign a contract.
  • 4/18/2020: I send the manuscript to the publisher that I selected.
  • 4/20/2020: My publisher assigned the beta reader, line editor, copyeditor, proofreader, and book manager to my novel.
  • 4/21/2020: My cover artist, Stan Saint Yak of Moscow, Russia, began preliminary sketches
  • 4/23/2020: Initial sketches sent to me for approval
  • 4/24/2020: Publisher began the beta reading which will be followed by the first of three different types of editing (line-editing, copy-editing, proofreading) that will be applied to my novel.