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The Eurean Kingdom

What’s up, Freedom Flames? If you look to the sidebar of this article, and all articles if you’re reading from a desk or laptop you’ll see an image with a book entitled ‘The Eurean Kingdom,’ my free e-book that serves as the prequel to the Neo Skyehawk Series.

Now, you might be thinking ‘Why would I just give away my email address for one single free book?’

Well, let me ask YOU something.

Are you a fan of free?

I think we’re all a fan of free, right?

In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever turned down free before.

I Want You in the Freedom Flames!

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Put it this way, if you click through and join my email subscription list, there’s a reward in the making that goes so much further than a novelette that I’m offering.

Think of becoming a patron on Patreon, except the only price is an email address.

What can you expect?

How’s this:

1) Access to deleted scenes from both Neo Skyehawk and Lord of Columbia?

2) Exclusive access to Trilogy II, starting with Raven’s Flock. This includes sneak previews at certain chapters and scenes.

Kind of cool, right?

But, there’s much, much more.

 

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Soft Launch

Currently, the Lord of Columbia Series is in what I call ‘soft launch,’ meaning I’ve uploaded the works onto Amazon but haven’t started marketing the work except for a paid promotion through KDP Select for the Kindle version.

I plan on doing this for at least this and next year, and since Northern Knights has been in circulation for nine months, the first year is in its final quarter.

One reason why I decided to soft launch the work was due to the fact we now live in a binge society, meaning most of us want several works at once so we can go from one to another.

I once made the mistake of watching the television series ‘Lost’ from 20014-2010 and man, I wish I’d bid my time and waited until the series ended before binging. What a series, thought. What a series.

The same can’t be said for Game of Thrones, which is finally in its final season, therefore, I’ll be binging once the series concludes. Eight seasons, I believe? I can’t wait, as the show seems right up my alley.

But with a soft launch, I’ve been banking any and all extra money to invest in a launch, which I plan on doing prior to releasing Book VI in the series, which I’m planning for January 2021, yes you read that right and no, it’s not a misprint.

Again, this is due to the fact we’re in the midst of a binge culture with arguably no end in sight.

But, prior to the actual launch of the series, which again I’m looking to do in late 2020, prior to the 2021 release of Book VI, I’m looking for something else: Reviews, reviews, reviews.

 

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The Ultimate Benefit

First Trilogy, Lord of Columbia

Therefore, as a thank you for signing up to my email list, I’m offering my first 200 subscribers the complete works in the first two trilogies of Lord of Columbia when each work is completed in December 2020.

You will receive a PDF of:

1) Northern Knights

2) Swords of Destiny

3) Missing in Columbia

4) Raven’s Flock

5) Book V

6) Book VI

Six novels, two trilogies, one epic urban fantasy series.

Now that, you can’t beat. Very few authors do this.

 

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My Purpose

Your Mission Statement

A lot of indie authors would think I’m half-mad to be giving away six novels to two-hundred subscribers for absolutely nothing.

My question to them is, ‘Are you insane?’

The fact of the matter is indies have to come up with their own marketing schemes.

We must display commitment and patience among other variables while realizing the greatest way to earn a living on our writing are reviews, reviews, and more reviews.

We simply can’t have enough reviews, and Amazon takes notice of books and book series’ attaining reviews and will definitely make such books more visible.

I will be keeping this exclusive audience interested by providing exclusive updates plus access to both deleted scenes from earlier works plus a few scenes from current works, as outlined above.

Merry (very) early Christmas or Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings, by the way, or in my case Joyous Yule!

Again, the first 200 subscribers on my email subscription list will be offered this gift, and all I ask are honest, ethical reviews telling those browsing the Amazon store exactly what they think of the work.

And again, all I ask for are ethical reviews.

As I said earlier, think of yourselves being patrons on Patreon for free.

 

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Did You Join Yet?

So, do you want to join the Freedom Flame Army and gain exclusive access to my work as well as updates?

Go ahead and sign up for my email list pronto and get your free e-book, The Eurean Kingdom, which is available to ALL subscribers.

I hope you enjoy the work and oh, don’t forget to download the other freebies to the Neo Skyehawk Series, as these books are and always will be perma-free.

I thank you all so much for your support and I promise that you will be entertained in both the epic (Neo Skyehawk) and urban (Lord of Columbia) fantasy genre.

Now, if you absolutely cannot wait to get your hands on the urban fantasy trilogy, rest assured, as all books in the First Trilogy are enrolled in KDP Select will be available for free on select dates so with that said, there will be a time in the near future that I’ll be marketing all three books in Lord of Columbia’s first trilogy for free within KDP Select. But don’t worry, as you’ll still get the PDFs regardless.

So, if you wish to own the First Trilogy today, you won’t have to wait until 2020, but the Summer of 2019 before getting your hands on my work absolutely for free and yes, when you sign up for my email list as one of the first 200 subscribers you will be the first to know when they hit the Amazon shelves at ZERO cost.

Thank you all for choosing to join the Freedom Flame Army, please come back soon and go orange and brown!

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78 Comments

  1. Wow! I’m blown away that you’re giving this prequel away as a freebie, though I must admit I absolutely love the fact that you ask for an energy exchange. I do many things in my life for other people, just for energy exchange, it means that everyone gets something good out of the exchange. Thank you so much for offering this!

    • Todd Matthews

      April 29, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      Hi, Josie, it definitely does, but I have to thank Nick Stephenson for this suggestion as he’s the one I first came across talking about funnel books, magnet books, and of course, building a dream team to attain books to create reviews. 

      As I said in the post, so many indies are turned off by giving books away for nothing, but I digress, since the more reviews one gets on Amazon, the greater the chance of Amazon bots going out of their way to suggest your book over others. 

  2. OK, you got me…This is an offer I can’t pass up, and for the record, offering this great bonus for people that join your email list is a brilliant strategy, and the real cost to you is minimal. Of course, there is the lost revenue angle, but on the other hand, it is key to find a way to get more eyes on your work.

    This does that and since you mention that these are just a portion of what is to come and a series that people will want to binge on, it makes perfect sense. Are you using any viral tool to get the ball rolling with this offer? I am talking about something like PerkZilla, a tool that I use at times…

    If you are interested, I could help set something up, as I have access to it and could put it together for you. Let me know and let’s get this series rocking and rolling! Send me an email to get the ball rolling. In the meantime, let me register and provide me contact info to get access to the books! Thanks, by the way…

    • Todd Matthews

      April 29, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      Hi, Dave, yes, there’s definitely the ‘lost revenue’ factor here, but again it’s free advertisement for the most part, which for me means it’ll always cancel out that lost revenue. But as you said, the more reviews that come from my awesome email subscribers, the more eyes will be exposed to the work, which is always a plus. 

      Umm, I would love to talk more about that in the future, yes, and I’ve heard of PerkZilla, so I have a definite interest here. Big thanks for the help! 

  3. Hi Todd, it was such a bold move to offer that many books for free in exchange of an email address. Just to make sure, is it really a complete eBook or just sample chapters from each book? As a fellow writer, I think I can learn so much from you to market my book before soft launching. Do you have a plan to write about book marketing for beginners in your blog here? I’m looking forward to it. Thank you.

    • Todd Matthews

      April 29, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      Hi, Al, yes, all subscribers will be getting the full-length novels plus deleted scenes monthly, beginning this summer when I have more time on my hands to embark on this campaign. Also, be on the lookout for sneak peeks of scenes for my next works. 

      I have a blog that targets indie authors for book marketing called My Freedom Flame, but I’ve been devoting much more time to this blog and my other two here on the WA platform, but rest assured, I’m drafting a few marketing articles to be released on My Freedom Flame this week and next week! 

  4. Danny Cafferkey

    April 29, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Overall this  brilliant well planned website that hopefully goes from strength to strength.

    I have sent the link to my son who im sure will love it.

    All the freebies are genius and shows an honesty on the creators part, as i said i am very impressed and will be sure to share with my intrested friends.

    • Todd Matthews

      April 29, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks, Danny, and yes, the power of free is a way to get the words of new authors, or in my case rookie authors out there into the mainstream. While, as a few pointed out, revenue loss is there, if I did this with say, paid ads that I hope would reach readers, the same loss or an even greater loss might exist. And all I ask for are the reviews! 

  5. I’m done signing up and have downloaded the Eurean Kingdom ebook. Thank you for your generosity. I am so happy with this opportunity to download a free copy of your work. I am now officially a member of Freedom Flame Army? Whatever, what is more important is, I’m in. This is a one of a kind opportunity, and I will be sharing this to my friends on social media so they can join us too. 

    • Todd Matthews

      April 29, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you, Gomer, and yes, you’re in the Freedom Flame Army! This is definitely an opportunity avid urban fantasy readers, especially those in the war sub-genre don’t want to miss out on. Updates coming exclusively to my email list soon, plus more perks that I’m lining up as well. It’s only the beginning of something exciting and I’m happy you’re embarking with me on this journey! 

  6. Oh My Gosh! This is such a generous offer. I so much love Urban Fantasy books, but most of all if they are in a series. Yes, I am one of those people. As I think about all the hours you have spent as an Author in creating your characters and the world I which they are going to live, then put your heart and soul into the creation process. That is why this offer is amazing. I would be crazy not to except. My part would be so minimal in comparison, but you make to sound huge. Thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of this generous offer. All I have to do is Join the e-mail subscription list?

    • Todd Matthews

      April 30, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Hi, Rose, I’m with you when it comes to books in a series, since I can never wait to see what becomes of the characters after one book ends, but I remember playing the waiting game back when I was younger when it came to Harry Potter; I counted down the days before Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows were released. And yep, go ahead and subscribe and you’ll get exclusive access to my deleted scenes, plus previews of my future works and of course, the six PDFs come December 2020. 

  7. This is such a great deal. I feel so inspired, both as someone who loves to read and as a writer who has struggled to market my own books. I don’t think you’re half mad, I think you’re something of a genius. 🙂 I will be signing up and I have several friends I will be sending the link to that I think will enjoy this offer. I look forward to reading your books. Oh and I know what you mean about living in a binge society! All my favorite TV series are ones that I have binge watched. Waiting a week between episodes feels like forever these days. And it’s true for books too. When I find a series I really like I want to be able to start the next one as soon as I finish one. If I had to wait months between books my interest might start to wane. Best of luck to you! 

    • Todd Matthews

      April 30, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks, Barbra! I can guarantee you’ll enjoy the works and I can’t wait to make these final products available to the Freedom Flame Army! 

      I agree with you on that. So many of my friends want me to watch Game of Thrones, but I’m like, “Not yet, once the series ends I’ll have a blast watching the show!.” I remember back when I watched Lost waiting a week, or in a few of their seasons, weeks, for the next episode felt like an eternity. 

  8. Hi Todd! Thank you for offering this free eBook. I like you have written The Eurean Kingdom. It helps us have a general background before reading the Neo Skyehawk series. It’s not always possible to have this type of background. But I thank the authors that take time to deliver books to fill in the gaps.

    And usually these books aren’t free. So it’s a no-brainer. Thanks.

    • Todd Matthews

      April 30, 2019 at 2:55 pm

      Big welcome, Henry! It’ll be a huge year and a half in the making and I can’t wait to launch this! 

  9. Well I’m a mad nerd – therefore I only ever read horror, fantasy or science fiction…so this freebie has just about made my day mate! 

    Looking forward to finding out more about this interesting ‘urban’ fantasy world you have created. Are you planning on giving any other novel works away in the future, and how far are you planning on going with this fantasy ‘universe’?

    • Todd Matthews

      April 30, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks, Chris! And yes, I have given away novelettes, which can all be found by clicking the links or images on this article, which will take you to their pages on Prolific Works. Only those who subscribe to my email list will receive all six of my Lord of Columbia novels in December 2020. I’m looking, ideally, for 200 subscribers. 

  10. I quite love your dream and passion and how you have come up with a purpose for the year 2020 from this time on, that’s is marvelous.

    With that kind of purpose in place, I know you will do great. Plus you have a great heart to give your books out for free, it’s indeed awesome. Man, so far you found joy in what you do and it’s of good purpose, go after it. Good luck

    • Todd Matthews

      April 30, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks, Augusta, and I think it’s an idea that will not only help me, but all newer writers of any genre, despite their reluctance at times. I was hesitant myself, but after seeing results that some authors have had with this strategy, it’s definitely one that I would highly recommend. 

  11. LearnToEarn Admin

    April 30, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I think this is superbly a novel idea! Pun intended as you have hit a huge winner I believe!  The concept is quite an amazing one and I believe you will benefit immensely from this offer in the long-run!
    As I was reading it, I was slowly beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with you asking people to do reviews on it, just before I read that, I was thinking of adding this to my website as a Scam Or Legit opportunity, and my word, it will be an amazing win-win for both of us!
    So, I’m in and I’ll sign up to your offer and create reviews on all your books! 
    Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

    • Todd Matthews

      April 30, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks a bunch! And yep, there’s no monetary reward but definitely a reward the avid urban fantasy reader will enjoy, especially when they receive the tidbits on what’s coming up in the series, the first to know when the books run for free in KDP, plus deleted scenes and much more! 

  12. Hello,

    What an educated idea and awesome opportunity for followers. You offer an abundance just for there email. I think it is a win–win. Of course you are loosing out on all the give away, but you are also getting recognized for your work as well. Kudos to you. I love the idea and the fact that you offer something for something in return, and what you offer is not some aggravating scam.

    Since you mention that these are just a portion of what is to come and a series that people will want to binge on, it makes perfect sense, and I have to admit, you have me interested and I just can not pass up your free offer.

    Thank you, oh and Happy early Yule,

    George

    • Todd Matthews

      May 1, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Yep, definitely an idea I didn’t originally come up with, but after reading some positive results from authors like Stephenson and Dawson and seeing the two make a full-time living in time, I just had to go with it, myself. As mentioned, only the first 200 subscribers from this page will be eligible for the freebies and again, I do ask for reviews as those of us choosing to go indie rely on reviews. And as mentioned, if one just can’t wait to dig in, I will be running a free promo via KDP very, very soon, so definitely stay tuned for that. 

  13. Wow, I have to say I’m surprised at all you’re offering just for signing up for your list.  You’re right, who doesn’t like free?
    Deleted scenes and sneak peeks are a tempting force for sure.
    I’m relieved to find out I’m not the only one who hasn’t seen Game of Thrones yet.  It is on my binge list though (and it’s been hard to avoid spoilers thus far).
    I think I may just give you that email address after all.  Can you tell me if I’m one of the first 200?
    Thank you,
    Scott

    • Todd Matthews

      May 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      Hi, Scott! So far, I have over 150 slots left, so you’re definitely in the top 200 since I only just launched this campaign a couple days back. What I’ll do is leave an update in bold-faced letters when the top-200 slots are full. 

  14. I think you are half mad but a 100% passionate about your novels 🙂 Plus the deleted scenes sounds interesting, now I want to find out what happened in the deleted scenes. I will subscribe and share your post to my friends. You are right, sharing is caring. Cannot wait to read them.

    • Todd Matthews

      May 1, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Haha I definitely agree from the passion perspective! And yes, so many of these deleted scenes stem from Northern Knights, as the work was roughly 210,000 words before I slashed it to 78,000 before uploading it. When I went about these edits, it took me between October 2017 through August 2018, so ten months of editing made for a lot of deleted scenes! 

  15. Woo-hoo! Free books! I love it, what a great way to stimulate readers into getting hooked on Lord Of Columbia. 

    It sounds like you have a solid plan for publishing and getting your books out there, I applaud you for all the effort and hard work you’re putting into it. The fact that you are producing your own product and getting it out there is a highly commendable quality, people will be more inclined to check out your works and recommend them to others if they know you believe in your work enough to put forth the effort.

    Keep on rocking out man, you’re doing a great job and I have no doubt you’ll become a success! 

    Bobby

    • Todd Matthews

      May 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks, Bobby! Yes, it’s been a long time coming, I can say this, just with trial and error and all, but now that I have some direction on where I’m headed, the excitement is only going to build from here on out and each day and night I look forward to digging into my work! 

  16. Im impressed that you’re giving away 6 books. To me, that shows your commitment to your fans and your understanding of the binge culture. It doesn’t bother me too much with TV shows, but with books, if the next book in a series is not immediately available then I tend to forget about it and never read the next in the series. 

    Your series looks very interesting as this genre is right up my ally. Im so glad I found your site.

    • Todd Matthews

      May 1, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks, Lindsey! And yes, all successful authors should know the value of a fan base and what they can do for them. In return, it’s my responsibility to keep the fans engaged, and a great way to reward the first 200 to subscribe is to give them first dibs on acquiring my work for nothing. And again, I only ask for reviews.

  17. Hello. The idea of exchanging novels for an email list is very appealing. Maybe 6 is too much you could have given 3 and 3 more to those who brought you more subscriptions!

    I like the ethical review part too. It’s always better to have your own reviewers. If they are trustworthy, they add more “weight” (plus or minus) to the product they are reviewing.

    Maybe you could ask for a specific something in a review that you might think is missing from current reviews and it can more value.

    Good luck

    • Todd Matthews

      May 1, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Hi, George. Some might say all six are too much, but only 200 will receive the freebies. Still a little high of a number, but for those of us looking to break into the indie author game, a strategy like this early on will pay dividends in the future, as Amazon is in love with books that receive positive reviews. This here is just a one-time thing, however all subscribers will get The Eurean Kingdom for free plus the deleted scenes and sneak peeks! 

  18. PatriciaDivineEssence

    May 1, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I love your site and how the subscription pops up. It is very organized. Really enjoyed your bio. Congrats on being the author. Great accomplishment!

    Researching this further into wonder if it explains The bill of rights, etc!

    I love how you explained when your books come out for people to know this! Is there a direct link to where your books are? Under your heading “ Relation to Lord Of Columbia” 

    I will definitely follow you on Facebook and suggest your site to others! 

    Thank you for your dedicated work!

    Sincerely,

    Patricia Maragos/ Patricia Divine Essence

    • Todd Matthews

      May 2, 2019 at 1:38 pm

      Hi, Patricia! Go ahead and click the images on the sidebar and you’ll be funneled to the Lord of Columbia books on Amazon. You can buy them separate or save over 50% buying the collection. You can also use this link to view the collection set.

  19. Hello

    Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! It’s such a great review, I can’t imagine you are giving six novels all at once just for an email sign up. I will really love to read these books and more so it is free. As you mentioned we all like a free gift or something tagged free. I am signing up immediately to get my own free gift right away. Thank you for the review and free books.

    Pat

    • Todd Matthews

      May 2, 2019 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks, Pat, and there are plenty of slots left in the first 200 as of now, so definitely expect more to come your way toward the end of next year! Going to be a wild ride. 

  20. Andy Zeus Anderson

    May 1, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    A very nice offer that will really help you build up your street team. I am wondering if you will be adding a Facebook group as well? Gundy Gabriel uses a Facebook Group to grow a list of authors and book lovers to give advanced copies to and bounce topic ideas off of, etc.. Here book launches are massive with very little cash outlay for advertising and she is a perennial best Seller in the marketing niche. I am betting your fans would really benefit from such a program.

    • Todd Matthews

      May 2, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      Hi, Andy, I won’t be surprised if I do start a Facebook group around the series. It may very well be my next step once I get the subscribers number up then subsequently invite them in as several authors have done this with massive amounts of success. 

  21. Twack Romero

    May 1, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Todd, I’ve just had the pleasure of reading a number of your posts, loved it all. Signed up,sorted. I’m always on the look-out for new material to read and your genre is one I haven’t been introduced to as yet, well that’s about to change. As a bit of a bibliophile I have an affinity to ‘binge’ read when I find something that ‘piques’ my literary antenna. Last year I had what could only be described as ‘readers block’. From having between two or three books on the go at a time…I just stopped. No rhyme or reason to it, couldn’t bring myself to pick one up. I’ve slowly eased myself back into it but have also started a couple of manuscripts myself…most is in my head but it’s a start. I look forward to beginning a new adventure into a world that has parallels we can relate to.  

    • Todd Matthews

      May 2, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      Hi, Twack, thanks for signing up! And yes, you’re at a very good start, nonetheless, as during my early days writing manuscripts most of it was stored in my mind for ages before I had gotten around to putting words onto the screen. Once you get to that point, the rest will be history, because it’s an awesome addiction!! 

  22. Hi Todd, that’s a really generous offer giving away copies of you books like that. It makes sense though. I remember a time when I used to subscribe to a writers magazine and it often had snippets of advice from what were now big authors, and one of them did exactly the same kind of thing. He gave away his first book for free on Amazon and everybody thought he was mad, but he knew he was good and people would be back for the second book which he charged for. The result: He became a best seller over night practically.

    I think you have the right formula with what you are doing as people do love a good binge. I wish you luck 🙂

    • Hi, Stefanie. The ideal situation would be to give the first book away for free via Amazon but you have to fight them tooth and nail these days to do so and for many it’s not possible unless they open publish. But this way works well, too, as many authors these days have utilized such a strategy to their advantage.

  23. I have been following your progress for a while, adding my name to your E-mail list will get me part of what I have been reading about for free. What a deal. Cannot wait for the future selections.
    I guess I will have to set a time aside to read daily, do you think this reading would make a great bedtime story.
    John

    • Hi, John! The ball is just getting rolling and big welcome to my Top 200, so you’ll have access to the PDFs once they’re all released plus will be the first to know if I run a promo via KDP so you can take a look at the First Trilogy. I usually read before going to sleep, even if it’s a few pages since I’m beyond busy literally from 6:30-7am until 12am-1am. There’s little time for me to do anything else.

  24. You got me, I love the way you write, your energy, your spirit, and even though I am not a super fan of Epic Stories, I must admit I had sworn to my son I would never watch Game of Thrones but, later on, become an addict and super fan of the series, so yes, I have subscribed and I am now waiting eagerly to read your books.

    • Todd Matthews

      May 2, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks, Barbara! What’s funny is that fantasy wasn’t really my genre either until I stumbled upon a few stories when I was in grade school. Now, the Lord of Columbia Series is urban fantasy and upon reading its definition, originally wouldn’t have been my taste in say, a sub-genre, but when I wrote the work both urban and contemporary fantasy fit the series’ mold by containing characters with supernatural and magical ability in modern times! 

  25. Yes free is a good deal! And I just gave you my email and registered. This is awesome, because I love to read, and this book sounds really interesting. And when I’m done, I can choose more, thank you! My mother-in-law is a bigger book nut than I am, so I’m going to tell her about this when I see her! 

    • Todd Matthews

      May 3, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks, Buffy! And yes, after this first freebie there are three more available on Prolific Works, all free downloads plus two more on the way. 

  26. Subscribed! Awesome way of getting the word around man Todd, the free eBook prequel would definitely leave readers wanting for more, we’d love to know what happens next as it’s in our nature to be curious. I have to hand it to you, it’s a pretty genius plan to give you your eBook and not ma at all! I used to write a few books and had no idea how to market them so seeing how you got yours out is also very inspirational 😀

    • Todd Matthews

      May 3, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks, Riaz! Yes, the marketing part can be a chess game, but to have a 200-subscriber team to help me get the word out in exchange for freebies plus an overall subscription list gaining behind-the-scenes access is one that us indies can’t go without! It’s our subscribers and loyal fan base that make us. 

  27. Sebastian McCall

    May 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    It is a pretty cool thing you are doing giving away free copies of your books for your fans – best publicity ever. My question I have for you is being that I am absolutely new to indie genres and your books as well. What would be the chronological order in which a vivid reader should start?

    • Todd Matthews

      May 4, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      Hi, Sebastian. This is great publicity for indies, especially those who are still looking to carve out their niche in the game like me and have been at it for a very short while. For us, we need a following. Some will take a few years to build one before publishing their work but others like me will release a live product or a few live products for our budding audience. At the end of the day, there’s no right or wrong way to go about it! 

  28. “in the midst of a binge culture”. I absolutely love how you put this. Yes, of course, you are correct. I can’t stand to wait for the next week for the following show. I always wait now for the complete season to finish and then I watch it all in a day, glued and fixated!

    What you are offering is amazing. Who could resist. I think doing this to gain emails is a brilliant concept. You are a genius.

    I truly support all Indie Artists. Without that talent, the world would be very cookie cutter and boring. Thanks for such an amazing offer! 

    • Todd Matthews

      May 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      That describes me and much of the world in a nutshell these days. I don’t know about genius lol, since I got the idea from others but I do believe those of us who decide to go indie should be doing this as we must get creative with marketing and sales tactics in hopes of finding our targeted audience. 

  29. Thank you so much for offering this free eBook, I believe this might be something that my wife will really enjoy. I’m always looking for new series to bring to her attention… you know different from the norm she reads.

    I think this is a really neat way to go about getting “free” advertising out there, sure maybe you won’t make money now but if you get enough readers that enjoy them you’ll get a large following too for other series that you may write.

    I’m going to get the freebie and see how she likes it!

    • Todd Matthews

      May 4, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Hi, Josh! I hope your wife enjoys the work and yes, there won’t be huge earnings initially, but for me it’s simply the price of low-cost and free advertisement. For those who pay to advertise their works they’re going to make the initial income, but they will also have to climb themselves out of an initial financial hole in hopes to break even. This strategy allows me to remain even.  

  30. Hi Todd, 

    What an amazing offer you have put in place in exchange for an email address!

    I am new to affiliate marketing and I wish I could implement such a wonderful strategy to build up an email list of own subscribers. 

    However, I didn’t quite understand how are you able to manage to give away full-length novels and deleted scenes monthly?

    Thanks

    Nick

    • Todd Matthews

      May 4, 2019 at 7:34 pm

      Hi, Nick. My plan is to give away one deleted scene per work on a monthly basis, and with three novels and four novelettes out there, especially from my crazy deletion of Northern Knights scenes, we have a good number of scenes to get there. As for the full-length novels, it won’t be a monthly thing; only the first 200 subscribers will get access to the six novels in December 2020; it’ll be just a one-time giveaway. 

  31. Can’t beat free! It says a lot about a person that has a real passion and isn’t only interested in money. I agree with you about a binge culture. I binge watched List on Netflix and just watched G.O.T. season 1-7 the past week or so. What a great series. If you like fantasy you’ll love it too.

    I’m really into fantasy because it opens up your imagination and gets you out of your day to day routine for a little while. I’m was thinking about what I was going to do after G.O.T. ends. Looks like I just figured that out.Thanks forr expanding my imagination!

    • Todd Matthews

      May 5, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      Hi, David, I like fantasy for the same reason; it’s a mind opener, because it requires us to think outside the box and imagine what we once upon a time felt was an impossible endeavor. It’s motivating medication for the demotivated and inspiring to the uninspired. 

  32. Cian Dreamer

    May 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    The Header of your website is actually the cover of you books going to give away!! This attract my eyeballs! The previous articles were about how the story was being created; the connection is strong and clear for me! It helps people to follow. When they read the book, we become the characters! Appreciate how generous you are!

    • Todd Matthews

      May 5, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      HI, Cian, they might be the actual covers for the giveaway. They’re the actual covers now, but I may actually rebrand them before the hard launch in 2021, with the giveaway going on in December 2020. Nevertheless, I do think you’ll enjoy what I have to offer. And yes, if you’ve been to my site before, you’ll find articles both there and also in my main menu of all my works. 

  33. As a budding writer myself, I think this is a brilliant way to get your work noticed. Do you mind if I copy it once I get my work up on Amazon? I will give you all props of course :).

    I will be getting these, as the fantasy genre is one I have always enjoyed. You seem to be one of those secret nuggets we don’t hear about in the mainstream chatter. I love finding secret nuggets!

    Thank you and good luck!

    • Hi, Gwendolyn, definitely feel free to use the method! And yes, I’m much more comfortable living as a diamond in the rough rather than out in the mainstream! Best of luck to you, too!

  34. Wow what an ambitious project and well done you for committing to it and coming up with the goods. I have signed up for your free book and I’m looking forward to reading it. Giving away a prequel is a really good way of developing a hook and generating interest, so I hope your sales take off as a result of it.

    • Todd Matthews

      May 6, 2019 at 12:10 am

      Hi, Pam, most definitely an ambitious project, to say the least. I hope you enjoy the book and feel free to download my other freebie novelettes as well. Stay tuned as the newsletters will be coming out soon, too. Sales will start off slow, per the usual for new indies releasing products while simultaneously building their platforms. But in time, over the course of a year or so, the name is out there, credibility picks up, and ultimately sales pick up as a result. 

  35. Hi Todd! I hope I am not too late. Is there a free copy of your work left for me? I have signed up for your email list and I am looking forward to reading your ebook. I am so excited about it! You brought Christmas in my life! Thank you!

    • Not too late at all, Effie, as I believe you’re subscriber 176, so there’s still 24 subscribers remaining for the free gift come December 2020. I know it might seem like a long way off, but trust me, it’ll be more than worth the wait! In the meantime, I’ll be updating everyone with the deleted scenes, progress reports, etc.

  36. Babsie Wagner

    May 8, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    I ordered my son Thor your first 3 books special from another article, so I went ahead and signed him up here.  I just have to let him know so he can confirm his email to get the special “reward.”   It’s funny how you talk about the “binge” society, and I see that in my son.  When he reads, he usually orders more than one book in a series, and he will literally hole up in his room reading for days, Lol.  It’s like those folks who binge on Netflix series.  Ha Ha.  We are, indeed a “binge” society for sure.

    • Todd Matthews

      May 9, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks, Babsie! And yes, he’ll be getting some cool deleted scenes from those first three books that I couldn’t fit into the work, especially from the first book, which was like 185,000 words after the first draft. Also, I’m currently editing Book IV, Raven’s Flock, in a hardcore manner so there will be some snippets to see here as well as new releases from my perma-free Neo Skyehawk Series! 

  37. I think it’s great what you’re willing to share with your readers for free! These ebooks sound awesome and I can’t wait to dig in. I admit, I am also a “binge consumer”–when shows I like take a seasonal break, sometimes I don’t get back into them for years. The same goes for books!

    • Todd Matthews

      May 9, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you, Holly! And yes, the Skyehawk Series will always be for free while my first 200 subscribers will be getting my first six paid works for free via PDF in December 2020. I know it’s a long time off, but trust me it’ll be worth the wait. 

  38. Damn, so glad I ran into your website! Your books look amazing! The genre is right up my alley! Don’t know which one to begin with… Probably the one I’ll be getting as soon as I subscribe myself to your mailing list :D. I’m just wondering, you’re calling it an adult urban fantasy, when I hear that I almost immediately think about explicit material in the books.. Which isn’t really what I’m looking for, however, I can’t seem to find anything about that in your descriptions.

    • Todd Matthews

      May 9, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Hi, Virendra, you won’t find anything explicit here except language and yes, there is violence. But nothing else. New adult basically refers to the age group of 18-30, much like the way young adult refers to 12-17 in most cases. 

  39. I think it’s great that you are giving away copies of neo skyehawk books for free. I think this gives people more knowledge about the author and may buy more of their books in the future. Has your email list grew significantly since offering these books for free? I am thinking about signing up.

    • Todd Matthews

      May 11, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      Hi, Jon! I like giving away my novelettes for free because it allows the reader to test drive my writing to see if it’s a good fit for them. If it is, excellent! If not, it might be a good fit for a friend or relative, and word of mouth is still a fantastic free marketing tool! It has grown very well, especially since releasing this article a couple weeks back. Definitely feel free to sign up! 

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