New Release–Superhero of the Day
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Season Two has officially begun! Get your paws on the first book of the year and buy “Superhero of the Day” from Amazon! Available as a paperback and an ebook!

Wait, I hear you say. Aren’t you forgetting something? What about preorders? What about signed copies?

Dearhearts, if I have to ship another package to anyone this month I’m going to have a nervous breakdown. If you really, really, really want a signed copy you can do one of three things.

1. Meet me in person and get me to sign your book.
2. Contact me privately and beg
3. Write a review for the omnibus

That’s right, I’m giving away signed paperback copies of the first two season 2 books to some lucky reviewer of the omnibus! See the details here. For everyone who funded the kickstarter and is still waiting for their copy–patience. I blame the government, and supervillains. Your books will be there soon, I promise. And when they arrive, it will be worth the wait.

So what are you standing around here for? Go forth and read!

 

Goodreads Giveaway!
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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Supervillain of the Day by Katie Lynn Daniels

Supervillain of the Day

by Katie Lynn Daniels

Giveaway ends April 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Releases and Reviews
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Omnibus Today my omnibus is finally available on Amazon. I’ve spent four months having a pretty consistent headache over this particular book, and I’m extremely proud of the result. If you did not get your bid in for a paperback or ebook copy on the kickstarter, now is your chance! And if you’re already signed up for your personalized copy then spread this link around to family, friends, people who enjoy a good read. This is a very good bargain for anyone wanting to read the entire series: it includes six entire books, for example. And two short stories–one of which is not yet available anywhere else. Co-authored by the talented Rachel Kays and, oh yes. Floyd himself wrote the introduction. Now that’s something you don’t want to miss. (Hint, you can read the entire thing in the Amazon preview.)

To make things even better, the kindle version is enrolled in the Matchbook program for free. So if you buy the paperback you get the ebook copy as a bonus. So if you’re like me and you want to own hard copies of books but read them all on your Kindle, you can do that! It’s awesome! And did we mention illustrations?

Last, but not least, please leave me reviews. Reviews are extremely important when trying to sell a book because they increase your visibility. I never used to understand reviews, because I certainly don’t read them, but it’s not about reading them. (Although believe me, this author hangs on every word a reviewer writes.) It isn’t about the words you write in the review–it’s about the accumulation of ratings over time. Writing a review is proof that you read the book, whether or not you enjoyed it. The more people who read the book, and rank and review it, the more statistics Amazon has to process to tell others whether or not they’ll like the book, and the more visible the book becomes. The more reviews the better, so get hopping! If anyone wants a free ebook copy for review purposes–I can make that happen.

So what’s next? I’m glad you asked that! Joel A Parisi released the first novelette in his series just last week: so if you haven’t read that, go check it out! And leave him a review as well! Reviews make us feel loved!

And next week I’ll be announcing the release of “Superhero of the Day”, the first book in the second season of “Supervillain of the Day.” Exciting, yes? The proof copy for that is in the mail, so keep your eyes peeled on Facebook and twitter for the official announcement!

(Yes, this is what you think it is. In case you weren't already sure you wanted this book on your shelf--check out that cover!)

(Yes, this is what you think it is. In case you weren’t already sure you wanted this book on your shelf–check out that cover!)

Excited? Good. We’re almost done.

In order to encourage people to help me promote this enormous accomplishment of mine,  I’ll be giving away a copy of “Superhero of the

Day” AND one of “The Dragon of London” to one randomly drawn reviewer of the omnibus! That’s both spring releases in one fell swoop! In order the qualify the review must be posted on the Amazon page, although posting it on your personal blog or social media site is also welcome. In order to enter send an email to supervillainoftheday@gmail.com with the subject “Review Contest” and include your shipping address, and a link to your review on Amazon. The drawing will be held on April 30th, and prizes will be shipping sometime after “The Dragon of London” comes out, sometime in mid-May.

So get busy! Write those reviews! Share with family and friends! Enjoy the pretty drawings! And get ready for the new season–because it will blow your mind!

To Make a Cover…
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The process of making the cover for the omnibus was…very interesting. We went through many different designs before settling on one we liked. Looking back on this particular adventure I thought perhaps you would like to see some of the designs that were rejected. They range from bizarre to ethereal and while they’re all quite good they need a different novel in order to be truly appreciated.

#1: Topsy-Turvy World

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To BushMaid’s credit this is almost exactly what I asked for at the time. But then it just….wasn’t quite right. Remember this one, though. We’ll come back to it.

#2: Star Trek

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My original title for it was “The aliens are descending!” But then I realized how similar it was to this:

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Which appalled the artist despite not being familiar with that poster.

#3: Summer Day

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This is an amazing cover, probably one of my favorites. I totally think someone should claim it, give it a new title, and write a novel for it, because it’s gorgeous. The reflections are just the icing on the cake. But in context with action and adventure it makes no sense whatsoever…

#4: Old Standby

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I almost went with this. But everyone kept saying: “It looks like a graphic novel.” I kept saying: “Is that a bad thing?” and eventually decided it wasn’t what I wanted. So what did I want?

#5: Death by Book Cover

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First of all, I really love this. Second of all, it’s a bit nebulous….so BushMaid said wait, I’m not done, let’s make it more dramatic!

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And I said “ooooh.” Because this is probably her best work, right here. Very dramatic. Very gorgeous. Just not quite…

And at this point I couldn’t even remember what I liked or what I wanted or anything. I went back to the earliest design (remember I told you it would be important?) and I said….I still like this one. It’s just…there’s something missing. But I like it. I like the simplicity, and I like the color black.

So I said…back to the drawing board. I said, what if the focus was the title, the cover was black, and you did something with broken glass to imply violence?

#6: We Have a Winner

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This is essentially the same cover that will appear on the final book. We made a few tweaks, but nothing significant. It turned out beautifully on the first try and I looked at it and said: aha, yes, this is the one. I can feel it in my bones.

And that, my friends, is how you design an omnibus cover.

S.H.R.A.I.D.
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website header A little over a year ago I released my first novella Supervillain of the Day under a creative commons share-alike license. I talked about what that is and what it means. I tried to get the attention of Lew Rockwell and other free information people, to no effect. Most of my fellow authors were like: that’s cool, but why would I do it? I’ll tell you why.

I am incredibly proud to present Joel A. Parisi’s new series SHRAID. I am very excited about this series for two reasons.

1. It’s based on Supervillain of the Day
2. It’s released under a Creative Commons license.

Joel came to me one day, a few months ago, and said: “I’m going to take you up on that CC-BY-SA license.” (He likes to use the full acronym. It makes him look smart and knowledgeable.) There were a few things that annoyed him about the Supervillain of the Day series, such as the lack of hard science (how do supervillains happen anyway?) and the way the USA is ignored except for when Floyd wants to make fun of them. SHRAID is the DoD’s version of Floyd: the Supervillain Handling, Research, and Intervention Department. But, of course, they do their job just as well as my one man team, if not better. I have occasionally referred to SHRAID as “what SHIELD should have been.”

But the most exciting thing about it, to me, is the license. In order to write a spin off to my series Joel needed to abide by the terms of the license, specifically the “share-alike” part. Which means now you’re free to write a spin off to his series. Which means I can hijack his characters if I so choose, without permission! (Although if I want him to keep speaking to me, I’ll ask permission.) Isn’t Creative Commons wonderful?

And for you SotD fans out there, it gets even better. SHRAID is going to be considered official canon for the SotD universe. Joel asked if I would endorse it, I said yes. There’s even rumours of a crossover next year.

Enough about me! Go read his (beautifully designed) website and like the Facebook page for further updates!

Supervillain Awareness Day
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Thursday was Supervillain Awareness Day! Did you help spread awareness? Over on the Facebook page we had an official event. Here are some of our favourite links to posts other people did:

Can’t Say I Didn’t Warn You by Aubrey Hansen

Supervillain Awareness Day by Joel Parisi
A Crisis at Hand by Jayson Lewis

The mad scramble was also a big hit! The final number of books given away is:

Supervillain of the Day: 417
Fire and Ashes: 244
Inspector Floyd: 233
Supervillain Hunters International: 234
Dreams and Shadows: 182
Supervillains of London: 237

Total: 1,547

That, my friends, is a lot of books.

Now then. All weekend I’ve been talking about a special surprise. It wasn’t ready exactly when I thought it would be, but that’s okay. It’s ready now. I’m getting ready to reveal it to you in just a moment.

And here it is! The Supervillain of the Day Season 1 Omnibus Kickstarter Project!

Yup, that’s right, we’re on Kickstarter! There are awesome rewards for everyone, so you know what to do. Go read about it over there, support it, and share around! Don’t forget the sharing part, it’s very important. And rest assured that every penny we get will go back into making sure even more people know about supervillains and the immediate threat they pose!

And who wouldn’t want that?

The Mad Scramble
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Supervillain Awareness Day is almost upon us! What are you doing to promote supervillain awareness in your community? Here’s a few ideas to get you started!

1. Post on your blog!
2. Put up posters!
3. Host an event!
4. Tell all your friends!

Choose from our amazing selection of graphics to provide a powerful image to accompany your activity! Sign up a few of your friends to receive one of our informational postcards by emailing us their mailing address! (Don’t worry, we don’t spam! Think of it as a greeting card sending service. We can even include your name on the card so they know who sent it!)

Book Sale!

Our contribution towards Supervillain Awareness Day is to get your attention through the biggest ebook sale ever. All six books in the “Supervillain of the Day” series will be FREE on Kindle November 20th through November 22nd. Are you missing one or three in your collection? Get them now! Due to the extremely limited time frame we’re calling this event The Mad Scramble. Spread the word! Already own all six? Consider gifting a copy to a friend! After all, it doesn’t cost anything.

And don’t forget to tell us why you love Supervillain of the Day! We’re putting quotes from readers into the omnibus version, and you can be a part of it!

The omnibus needs YOU!
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we want youWe’re putting together an omnibus version of the entire first season of Supervillain of the Day and we want YOU to be a part of it! Here’s how.

The first two pages of the omnibus will be “What Readers Are Saying:” quotes from readers expressing why they like Supervillain of the Day, how it’s affected their lives, and why they would recommend it to others! Anyone can submit a comment, and everyone who ends up in the book will receive a free complimentary ebook copy of the finished product. Entering a comment is easy. Just follow the guidelines below!

Comments should be no more than three sentences. Remember, these are just short blurbs and we want about twenty of them!

Include a little bit about yourself! Try to keep it to about 20 words. You should not spend more time talking about yourself then you do talking about the book. Common things to include would be your name, your age, and where you’re from! Feel free to also put in a few words about who you are as a unique individual such as: gamer, mom, avid comic book gobbler, aspiring author, or superhero nerd.

Enter your comment by commenting on this post, commenting on the Facebook post, sending us a Facebook message or a Twitter DM, or by emailing us at supervillainoftheday@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!