• Matthew Staggs

I'm still here

I know, I know. I know what you're thinking. I dropped off the face of the Earth, went radio silent, disappeared briefly from the interwebs.

Well, for those that were Facebook friends before I became an author, you'll know that it's not true. I've been around, but for one reason or another, this blog got neglected. Call it distraction, anxiety, laziness, take your pick.

Life has been particularly busy, as I still have a day job, which has been much more demanding over the past month than it has the previous six. Since I can't devote all my time to my author career, things that are not of the utmost importance tend to fall by the wayside. Sad to say, that included this blog. And for that I apologize.

As far as the crushing anxiety and pressure of maintaining the relationship with my readers, I have been putting a lot of pressure on myself to finish the final chapter of the Containment series, Eradication. I've mentioned before that this is turning out to be the hardest book to write so far, and blockages have reared their ugly heads more than once while trying to get this one finished. I'm pushing through as best I can, and it's not without the least bit of embarrassment and disappointment on my part that I've had to keep moving the release date back. My secret goal is June, 30th, though given the way things have been going, I've generally stated that the book is "Coming Summer, 2018!"

Then there's the laziness. I know I said that I've had less time to write. But that isn't the case 100% of the time. Over the past month, I've had at least a few opportunities to blog it out. But honestly there just hasn't been enough going on to tell you about. I don't want to bore you with the mundane details of my life and remind you that I STILL haven't finished Eradication, so I opted out.

BUT...all that said, there are a couple of things that I want to put out there.

FIRST - I am happy to announce that I have agreed to a partnership with a narrator for the audiobook version of Containment, expected completion in August, 2018. Benjamin Bladh won the spot out after a slew of auditions, and I'm excited to be working with him. I've gotten the first few chapters and it's looking good.

SECOND - I am running a promotion through Amazon from 6/15 through 6/19 during which Containment will be FREE to download, exclusively on Amazon. If you have anyone that you think might like to try out the first book of the series, now is the best time.

THIRD - In preparation for the audiobook version, I have run Containment through a new editing round, and put out the 3rd edition of the book.

FOURTH - and finally, you may recall that I made my books exclusive to Amazon and enrolled in their Kindle Select/Kindle Unlimited program. This is a program in which subscribers to the Kindle Unlimited program can borrow and read for free any books enrolled in that program. The authors are paid per the number of pages read. I have decided, after a lot of contentious goings on between authors and Amazon, to allow my books to expire from their enrollment in the program, and "go wide" as they say in publishing circles. This will be a long roll out, as Containment will exit the program in July, Quarantine will exit the program in October, and then depending on when it is released, Eradication will likely exit the program shortly after Quarantine. The reason I am enrolling Eradication in the first place is to do service to those readers that did so in the KU program.

If you read my books originally on Apple or Kobo, drop me a line when Eradication comes out over on the Contact page, and I will do what I can to help you out if you can't wait (totally understandable).

That's it for news from the front. I want to thank anyone who has read my books, and as a result of starting to learn Amazon Ads back in February, that number has grown month over month. To date, I've had over 53,000 pages read through the KU program, and coupled with my ebook and print sales, I've sold over 300 copies of my books. I'm not making enough to quit my day job yet, but things are headed in the right direction.

A blog post from me wouldn't be complete without asking that you do me a huge favor and head on over to Amazon and leave a review on Containment and/or Quarantine. Social proof is one of the biggest selling points when a new reader comes across my books, and I can't get it without your help and support.

Thank you again for bearing with me while I power through this third book. And thank you again for all your support and readership.

Until next time...

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