Archive for April, 2012

To round-out Babylon’s release, the paperback is now available.

In light of the successful Eden promo, I’m fully embracing my Amazonian mistresses.

Yes, when I think of Amazon, I think this:

Not this:

The tools they offer are just too impressive. We reached 16,000 devices over the promo weekend and that’s difficult to ignore. As much as I do like to offer my ebooks on all devices, I always go with my gut. And it’s telling me to suckle at the teets of mother Amazon. If the winds change, I can change to. Nothing’s set in stone.

In the meantime, if you do own a nook (or, egad, a Sony device? Some other monstrosity?), feel free to email me (“About” tab). I cannot promise I can get a book to you in another e-format, but perhaps we can work something else out.  Of course, the paperback and hardcover versions will always be available.

>>> Shameless Plug >>> If you’ve read & enjoyed Eden (or anything else I’ve vomited onto your eReader), please feel free to leave me a glowing Amazon.com review. It’s easy! It’s fast! And it makes Matt happy.


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For the few, precious readers left in the world still buying physical books. (bless you all!)

As usual, the hardcover is adorned with some extra artwork on the jacket and it’s simply GORGEOUS. I changed my usual trim size for the paperback, which allows for the delightful cream-colored paper. Amazon did switch around their margin rules on me since the last time, so both Eden and Babylon are a tad larger in their paperback format. (PAPERBACK STILL PENDING – AMAZON IS CORRECTING A FEW ISSUES)

(extra update: The covers for Eden’s paperback/hardcover editions have also been updated with the new, sexy lettering)

Yes, you know you want one:

Babylon Hardcover. Bonzer!

PS – yes, I ripped the book out of the box and flopped it on the packing material for the picture. I’m *that* lazy.

PSS – I will announce when the paperback is ready.

(EDIT) PSSS: Get an additional 16% off until friday. Checkout code: EARTH

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Inks are coming along nicely:

Artwork by Andres Cornejo, all rights reserved.

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If you’ve been coming to my blog for a while, you know how transparent I am in most things. Since I do tutor other self-publishing writers, I try to share as much as I can about the process. So, how’d the free promo for Eden go? What are my thoughts? Keep yer shirt on (please!) and read below.

First of all, If you’re like me and you truly believe “PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN”, check out the previous blog post ripe with pics. Yeah, baby. That’s some great stuff. We shot up to the #1 Fantasy Epic after just a few hours (on the free store, as Eden was free during the promo). Shortly afterwards, we claimed the #1 spot in Sci-Fi as well. We held both spots during the whole promotion. Throughout most of Friday & Saturday we were also #1 for the entire “Fantasy” genre.

The numbers (Eden downloads during the promo):

  • 15,456* (US Store)
  • 537 (UK Store)
  • 70 (Germany)
  • 1 (Spain – thanks for chipping-in!)

* As I wrote this blog post, we got 9 more downloads, eventho Eden is now back to its normal price of $4.99. Weird… must be the ghost in the Amazon machine.

I really wasn’t expecting such a large turnout, but I’m jazzed by those numbers. (especially from the Iberian peninsula! Must be my 1 Portuguese friend…)

After all of this, I’m starting to construct my new novel “rollout plan,” and it certainly includes the Kindle Select program. Look for my thoughts on that matter in the next few weeks, if self-pubbing is your bag.

As an update to Babylon, the paperback and hardcover proofs are on their way to my house as we speak. If those look good, I’ll be enabling them on their respective sites for purchase. I’m also still working on a CT-based launch party (full of hardcovers), so I’ll announce that once we get a location/date. Also, I banged out a few chapters of Alexandria over the weekend (the next novel in the series). Let’s see if I can finish it in a timely manner so nobody has to wait an exorbitant amount of time. Hell, I’m interested to see what happens next too (no, I don’t write with outlines – plotting is the devil!).

Did you know?

I do have another novel out there… For Duty has kind of been my little, out-of-favor step child. And that’s amusing, because many of my close friends actually like it better than Eden. True, it’s sci-fi, but as I said in a few interviews: the story could have taken place anywhere. I’m not one to drown a reader in technobabble or lengthy back story. For Duty is about the characters and the story, not much else. And at ~70,000 words, it’s a quick read. Check it out! 🙂

For those of you new to my little blog here (you cannot hide from me!), I’m working on the audiobook to Eden. The talented Ms. Jacobs is doing the reading – she also voiced the Babylon trailer and she’s full of so much AWESOME, I cannot even begin to describe it.

We’re also working on a graphic novel version of Eden. I’ll have another treat from that project to share soonish.

Does Matt Know?

Yes, I know my blog banner looks like half-eaten roadkill.

Completely Unrelated

Yup, I’m sure I’m violating some “blogger’s code” or someshit. But, my wife & I have been thoroughly enjoying Geek & Sundry on YouTube. If you are a gamer, you must watch “The Guild.” If you are a German boardgamer (yes, we are), you must watch “Tabletop.” If you have an unhealthy obsession with Felicia Day, you must watch “The Flog.” Down with Network Television – rising indy channels are where it’s at. Give it a look-see if you have a geeky bone in your body.


What a weekend…

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Right alongside Game of Thrones… sure, it’s during my 5-day free promotion, but hey! It’s hard to dislike this picture:

Eden #1... kinda.

(yes, I firmly believe the Amazon list is the ONLY list)

So far so good for the promo! 🙂

A Pink song comes to mind (yes, I sometimes listen to Angry Girl Rock – back off!): “Underestimated… Look I’m still around.”

Update: We also hit #1 on the Sci-Fi list. What the frak is Game of Thrones doing there? Sigh, I guess Publishers consider all Fantasy novels as Sci-Fi too? Whatever:

Update #2: Shout-out to the incomparable Axel Torvenius, who’s world-class art dominates the cover of Eden. You are the man!

Update #3: Didn’t notice, but we’ve been holding the FANTASY #1 spot this whole time, not just “Epic Fantasy”. Damn:

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1a: exceeding usual limits : surpassing b : extending or lying beyond the limits of ordinary experience c in Kantian philosophy : being beyond the limits of all possible experience and knowledge

2: being beyond comprehension

3: transcending the universe or material existence

4: universally applicable or significant


Whether its celebrating Easter or the arrival of Spring, this time of year always reminds me of this one magnificent word – of how life is able to transform itself out of a dormant or dreary cold state into something… renewed, or even possibly anew.

And this, my friends, is where we now find our beloved Heroine, Alexandra Contreras.

I am absolutely thrilled to officially announce that Matthew C. Plourde’s latest novel, and long-awaited second book in the Eden Saga, is available for online purchase and your reading pleasure beginning today: Babylon. 





Neither have a Kindle nor E-Reader?  No worries – the paperback and hardcover will be released very soon, so stayed tuned by following Matt’s blog or Facebook page.

Also, as a special treat to all the fans, Eden will be free at the Kindle store starting tomorrow, Thursday, through Monday, April, 16, 2012.

Finally, to either renew or get you into the spirit of things, check out the fabulous trailer: http://youtu.be/JzhBHetrlFk


(note: Babylon is also on Smashwords in ALL eBook formats – including plain-Jane PDF. Check it.) – Matt

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Babylon final edit!

Just got it back recently from my awesome, talented, brilliant, beautiful, AWESOME editor.

Few more hours of work and Babylon will be on its way!  🙂

Stay tuned for the launch announcement from Lisa.

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