As part of a new marketing strategy, I am posting weekly on my Elf Mastery Facebook page and my Instagram page. The last couple weeks I recorded myself telling a joke, and just decided I should post them here as well! Along with the link to my books to make your life easier if you want to buy them. The link is:
And here's the most recent joke:
I received an interesting review on Goodreads today. Despite being my lowest review to date (2 stars), I found it rather complimentary and would like to share it.
Technically I liked everything Reil does. He avoids lots of fantasy tropes, develops characters beyond one-dimensional stereotypes and injects new twists on classic creatures of fantasy. The plot is fine.
I'm fully aware this is a book for kids, I'd say maybe grades 5-7 if I had to guess. Yet despite good character growth and the promise of ongoing adventure in the trilogy, I feel like I've had enough after just the first book.
I think this is just a case of personal taste. There aren't any flaws in Reil's writing and I think most people who enjoy fantasy and books written for younger audiences will like this.
I listened to the book and the narrator was up to the task of bringing the characters to life.
So low-scoring reviews aren't always bad, folks! Some people just have different tastes. Others have valid criticisms.
Just had an ad made by Despoina Kemeridou for the Elf Mastery trilogy! Posting it all over my social media to see if I can gain any traction. She'll be posting on hers as well. Here is the ad on Youtube. There is a link to the Amazon page in the description:
My interview with Despoina Kemeridou is up! You can read it here: Author Interview with Bryant Reil - Despoina Kemeridou
I'll be doing a giveaway of the Elf Mastery ebooks on Amazon for St. Patrick's Day! You should be able to see them at this link:
I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. For those who don't know, this is a writing challenge wherein authors (and anyone else who wishes to participate) tries to write a book of at least 50,000 words in a month. I managed to finish mine in about two weeks, and it is up on Amazon!
So...you know. I think it turned out pretty well, but it was written in two weeks. Read it and leave a review to let me know how you feel about it!
This was my first year doing it and I'm grateful for the kind community of support that put it together!
#givethanks #lovelessamends #nanowrimo2020
Elf Mastery is finally up on Audible!
The Audiobook for Elf Mastery narrated by Merphy Napier is on sale this week (Oct 13 - Oct 17) on Apple!
Have a great week!
Elf Mastery, Elf Doubt, and Elf Righteous will be freely available on Amazon on October 12, 2020 for Canadian Thanksgiving, and October 28-31 for the run-up to Halloween.
Click the button below for the link!
Have a great weekend!
PS If you enjoy the books, please leave a review!
I have reconvened my drawing practice, and have been trying different styles. Many failed, but I found a new one that I think looks pretty good. Now bear in mind, I'm not actually an artist and I'm just learning, but I am happy with how these turned out despite some problem areas. First, let me show you the early design for Kyla:
Notice she has no feet and her hands are behind her back. That's because they're hard to draw, so in this draft I didn't do them. Also, I wasn't happy with the shading so I decided to try a single tone shading, like this:
I like this style a lot more, and actually it's fun to do. So I put together a scene from Elf Mastery Chapter One, where Kyla is riding the coach with the goblin Grizzlesnout.
There! Now this is probably small potatoes to you artists out there, but for me, I think it looks pretty sharp. It gives a cute visual, and I'd like to get several pieces together so I can make a nice pitch bible.
Bryant Reil currently resides in Kelowna, BC. Recent accomplishments include completing a Master's degree, and having finished two books, Elf Mastery and Elf Doubt. The third book, Elf Righteous, is underway.