Help: The Ol' First-Aid Kit, or How You Can Help the Next Book Get Off the Couch and Get a Job!

Who exactly is Amaranthia?

Without spilling the beans too much--'cause an author's gotta have his or her secrets, right?--Amaranthia's a new character that makes her debut in book 7. Anyone counting will note we're still on book 5. So why am I putting her out on the site two books before her debut? To show you what's coming, maybe get you excited about seeing this series continue on.

One day soon

I'm waiting for the day this book series will become 100 percent self-sufficient. I dream of that day. Really, I do. The day where royalties and sales help keep this boat afloat all the time. Fortunately for you, I'm going to stop the boat analogy right there before it gets super ridiculous. But unfortunately, the aforementioned self-sufficiency isn't here yet. And therefore, sometimes I rely on the kindness of Internet folk like you to bring things along.

See, book sales are primarily what keeps the series financed. Yeah, I get a little kickback from shirt and poster sales, but about 95 percent comes from book sales. And not online sales--in-person sales: at expos such as Montreal Comiccon, Ottawa Geek Market, and Geeked Out; and from personal meetings with people who want to grab a copy of the book. That's a lot of sweat. I love the sweat. Some people may think it's smelly, but I love the sweat. But funding comes very slowly. And, therefore, I need help.

So where do you come in?

There are a ton of ways to help the series come along.

First way, if you believe in the series, grab a copy! Head over to Amazon and pick one up. While you're there, leave a little review.

But if you're in the Ottawa area, the best thing to do is meet up in person. The difference? Every copy I sell online earns me a couple bucks in royalties. Not bad. But, in person, every sale nets me a profit of about $8.00. A book costs about $7.00 Canadian for me: printing, taxes, shipping, and customs. This doesn't count service costs (professional editing, layout, cover art), expo costs (space rental, travel), and on and on. Selling it to someone in person is great because (1) this makes more money that I can turn around and put back in to the series, and (2) I get to meet all y'all (which is actually way more thrilling than it sounds, honest). The price is the same--$15.00 on Amazon or in person--but the difference is in-person sales don't include things like shipping. And I can offer a good discount to anyone who wants to go in on all books. Plus you get an autograph and I can show you the secret handshake. Can't say that about Amazon.

Second way, word of mouth. It's still, and always will be, the best and cheapest advertising. Tell your friends, tell your Facebook buddies, tell your Twitter followers, get your library to stock a copy or two. Every time you mention the series to somebody, you give its audience a chance to grow.

Third way, donations are always accepted. You can do so at the series' Square Store.

There you have it

That's the gist. Thanks in advance to anyone and everyone who helps out in any way. I really appreciate it. And, hey, wanna chat? Give me a buzz. 'Cause the fourth (and cheesiest) way you can help is encouragement. Yeah, that sounded super cheesy even when I typed it.

— Liam Gibbs, who needs help just waking up in the mornings