March Madness! Not what we were all expecting-is it?
I started the month with a two week vacation in Florida visiting friends. I left two weeks later at the start of the Pandemic in the US.
To say the least, we were not prepared for the fast spread of the virus in all 50 states. The Federal government response was too slow and ineffective. We are still lacking PPE for our frontline doctors and nurses and others. Testing has been a joke. We can not predict how fast the spread can be stopped or slowed down to the lack of everything we need. At least the public is now mostly staying at home to slow down the virus. I hope we all learn from this pandemic and prepare for the next one like we should have prepared for this one.
As for my writing I am still editing and proofreading my next book and the two other books in the series. I plan to complete this project by the end of April. My cover designer is helping to fight the pandemic in Madrid. I hope to see my new covers soon. I never thought I would experience an apocalyptic event as bad as this outside of reading a Sci-Fi novel or watching a movie.
Please, everyone, do what you can to slow down this virus and help our doctors, nurses, delivery people and anyone else who is trying to stop this pandemic as soon as they can. Stay safe and stay at home if you can.
It was a busy year in 2019. I'm looking forward to more success in 2020.
I spent a great deal of time editing and proofreading my books. I decided it was time to release Paperback versions of my books, which required another round of edits for each book.
I released PB copies for The Guardians Series and Nanomachine War Series. Each series is a three book Trilogy, which are Space Opera Military Science Fiction stories. I believe they are very entertaining and have received 5 Star Ratings on Amazon.
In addition, I did the same for my very first novel, Alien Storm. This is a 400+ page novel about First Alien Contact that leads to a surprising conclusion. I hope you enjoy it. I giveaway free ebook copies on BookFunnel promos if you are interested.
I plan to release all my books in PB formats by the end of 2020. I do all the editing and proofreading myself to save money. I believe I find 99% of any errors by the time I release a book in PB. I use Amazon KDP for all my PB books. They look great.
I am currently working to complete my third book in the UTOPIAS Series. I decided to write a prequel I am calling Book 0, The Dark Years. It will cover the period from 2098 to 2099 when humans finally entered Cryostasis Sleep Chambers in underground bunkers due to the Climate Crisis. I am having a good time writing the novel since in pulls characters and events from Books 1 and 2. Of course, I am adding a lot of new information how everything began and the reasons behind it. I hope to release before summer 2020.
I tried a lot of new promotions, both free and paid, to promote my books in 2019. I am a bit disappointed it did not result in that many more sales in units or dollars. I believe this is due to the tremendous amount of Free and 99 Cent Only book sales in the marketplace today. I am also disappointed in the low response rate for Book Reviews for my books. Apparently, more work needs to be done to increase sales and reviews in 2020.
One new thing I will try in 2020 is to attend Book Fairs now that I have PB books available for sale. I already purchased what I need to attend my first fair. I just need to find some local library book events near me this year. If you hear of any, let me know.
Thanks to all readers of my Newsletters and participants in my BookFunnel Sales Promos in 2019. I hope to hear from you in 202o! Keep reading Sci-Fi if you are a fan.
December sales Have Begun!
I reduced several of my books to the lowest prices ever. Check them out on my website or go to one of my online stores at Amazon, Nook or Smashwords for purchase.
I started my next book in the UTOPIAS Series. It will be a prequel story set in the year 2098 before humans had to go into cryostasis to survive the catastrophes caused by climate change. I hope to show what happens when world leaders refuse to do what is necessary to save our planet from too high CO2 levels. I hope to make this book as entertaining and educational as Books 1 and 2. It will be released in 2020.
For those of you who have read my books, please take the time to post a Review on Amazon or other site to encourage other readers to purchase my books. I have updated most of my work and released paperback versions in 2019. I will complete my updates for the remaining titles in 2020 with the release of my next book.
Thanks for following me on Facebook and Twitter. And don't forget to read my Book Reviews on Goodreads. I only post reviews for Sci-Fi Authors, so you will find over 186 book reviews to help you find your next read.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!
I have begun my November Sci-Fi Book Sales!
I reduced several prices to kick off sales for the Holidays:
You will see these Sales Promo Prices featured in several Social Media Promos, including Bargain Booksy, BookFunnel Sales Promos, Book Tweeters and BooksGoSocial during November and December!
I hope you purchase some of my books for the Holidays and post Reviews if you like them. I greatly appreciate it. Happy Holidays!
I recently had the privilege of giving an author interview with Author Voices, an online Gazette for writers and authors. You can read the whole interview at this link:
I decided to release a new Paperback book for Alien Storm, my first story released in 2002 and revised several times since I released it as an ebook. I completely updated the story and broke several long Chapters into smaller sections for easier reading.
The ebook is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords as usual. The Paperback book is only available in the US market at $15.99. The novel is a standalone book at 439 pages long. I hope you enjoy it and post some reviews.
My September Newsletter released on 9/13/19 offers several BookFunnel Sales Promos and free Giveaways, including several of my books. Sign up for the Newsletter at: http://www.subscribepage.com/donviecelli
and get Alien Storm for Free!
I am currently offering all of my books at 50% Off on Smashwords for their Summer July Sale, except for books already priced at 99 Cents. Good time to get them at
I am editing and proofreading all Nanomachine War Series books to prepare for the release of paperback versions by the end of July. Books 1 and 2 have been completed and released as version R4. Book 3 is in progress. I am confident I fixed 99%+ all previous errors. Its the best I can do without paying for expensive editors.
I just reduced prices on The Guardians - Books 1-3 paperbacks from $14.99 to $12.99 each! These prices include free Ebook version with each purchase. Time to get them for beach reading.
I still need more positive Reviews for my books to reach more readers influenced by Amazon ratings. I appreciate those readers who already posted reviews for my books. It really helps Indie Authors a lot.
I released Nanomachine War - Book 3, Killer Nanoboids on May 27, 2019. This completes my NW Series Trilogy. Book 3 will be 25% off at $2.99 for a limited time only. It took longer than I had planned for my new cover, but it looks great thanks to the efforts of my cover designer based in Madrid. All three covers match and tell my story the way I planned.
I was not sure how to end the series until I learned more about nanoweapons in development by the military. They are scary and very deadly. I used the concept of tiny drones built by nanomachines or nanorobots/nanobots to create the killer swarms I used in the story. I created the name Nanoboids to describe how they swarm like a flock of birds or insects to attack their prey. I hope this type of nanoweapon is never developed for warfare.
Book 3 is my tenth full-length novel. It propelled me past One Million Words as a Sci-Fi writer and author. I hope the story is entertaining and thought provoking.
I will spend the summer promoting my series. I publish online through Amazon, Nook and Smashwords. I offer reduced pricing and special promotions throughout the year. I also use BookFunnel to giveaway Free books and Sell my work.
Everything I write can be found on my Website. It is very helpful for Indie Authors to get book reviews, so please take the time to post reviews on Amazon and other sites after reading my books. Thank you for doing this.
Sometime later in the year, I will offer print copies of Nanomachine War Series. It will require one more round of editing and proofreading, which takes time.
Lastly, consider signing up for my Newsletters, which emails 2 or 3 times each month. I include books from the Writers Of SciFi Indie Authors, which I am a member.
It's been awhile seen I blogged. I have been busy writing my latest novel, which I do over the fall and winter months. I try to write one full length Sci-Fi story each year.
My next novel is the third one in a series. It will be called Nanomachine War - Book 3, Killer Nanoboids. I just finished the first draft today. I started it in October 2018. I reached 90,000 words putting the book at around 300 pages. As I said, it's a full length novel.
The story continues the war with the Yoykan Empire, which enslaves other alien races with their mind controlling nanomachines. The Military Alliance made up of Holtu androids, created by the Qumru, and the Human race are fighting the Yoyka for control of the galaxy. In this book, the Yoyka have developed a new Nanoweapon that attacks and kills intelligent beings based on their DNA. Emperor Rahta uses the nanoweapon to eliminate entire races who have rebelled against his empire.
The space battles are large and fierce. It is a war to the death. The Alliance develops a similar nanoweapon to use against the Yoyka. I call it the Nanoboid Drone Weapon, which is a new term I created based on the properties of the Nanoboids and the way they attack and kill their prey. It came to me organically as I worked out the most terrible mass destruction weapon real people are trying to develop even today for warfare. I feel it has more destructive power than nuclear warfare, chemical or viral warfare. The thought of using it in warfare is simply unimaginable.
The book won't be released until late May or June as I take the time to edit and proofread the story and do the same for Book 2 updates. This will conclude the Nanomachine War Series Trilogy and I believe it will be just as popular for readers as The Guardians Series.
Next on tap is the new cover, which my cover designer has agreed to do for me. Once I release Book 3, I will release the Box Set Book Bundle sometime this summer. After that, I will release all three books in paperback format. It will be a busy few months considering all the marketing and promotion efforts that must also be done.
I hope you enjoy this series and take some time to post reviews on Amazon if you like any of the stories. It's the best way I know to find out how I'm doing.
Keep reading Sci-Fi!
I achieved two new milestones recently and thought I would share them with my readers in this blog.
I finally decided to release paperback books for one of my best selling series; The Guardians - Books 1, 2 and 3. All are now available through Amazon KDP for $14.99 each.
I decided to do this after visiting Barnes & Noble to buy some gift books and noticed that most new paperback books available were all priced around $15 dollars. Wow, the retail prices have really increased since I last visited the store. I instantly realized that offering paperback copies of my work were now cost effective . I quickly checked the best sources for producing printed books and chose Amazon KDP since I already use them for my ebooks and they are easy to set up. To see the results for myself, I ordered five Author Copies for handouts to family and friends. It only cost me $30 for five printed books. The quality is amazing; just as good as what one can buy in a retail store. I plan to print more of my ebooks this year and offer them to my readers.
I just surpassed giving away over 10,000 free copies of my work through BookFunnel, which I use to build my Newsletter email list and create awareness for my writing. I do this even though I receive some critical comments on the need for more editing and proofreading on some of my stories. I am sorry the editing is not up to traditional publisher standards, but I do my best to correct any mistakes by self-editing, proofreading and updating my work every chance I can. This is one of the advantages of self-publishing.
I would love to use professional editors before releasing my books. However, since most Indie Authors cannot afford to pay hundreds of dollars for this function when the only way to get noticed is to offer Free books and only charge 99 cents per book, the decision to self-edit is understandable.
I promise to fix this issue when my books are best sellers or I find a traditional publisher for my books. Until then, I will continue to review and release new editions of my work until 99 percent of my work is error free. This may not end until the traditional publishers finally quit offering low priced ebooks from best selling author backlogs.
Writers Of SciFi has a new Sci-Fi Box Set Promotion going on for the Holidays. It will last until December 31, 2018. Prices range from $7.99 to only 99 Cents for a whole bundle. Here is the Link: https://www.donviecelli.com/holiday-box-set-promo.html
My bundle, The Guardians Series, Books 1-3, is included for only $2.99. You can review the Description on Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/659303) or Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Guardians-Books-1-3-Don-Viecelli-ebook/dp/B01AMNC7IM/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529941090&sr=1-10&keywords=don+viecelli)
It took me several years to complete The Guardians Series. Book 1 took the longest time to complete and I wasn't sure I should write a sequel after waiting a long time for some positive reviews. Finally, I just decided to do it because I liked the story and the characters. It was a good decision, not because of the great reviews I finally received, but because it allowed me to find my voice as a Sci-Fi writer and Indie Author.
Since I completed the trilogy, I have moved on to other stories. I am now completing the third book in The Nanomachine War Series. It contains similar themes as The Guardians Series, but deals more specifically with nanomachine or nanobot technologies and its use in war. Once I complete this series, I plan to write a Prequel to my UTOPIAS Series, which deals with different themes altogether.
I have no idea what I will write about in the future, but I hope my work is of interest to my readers. I write to entertain, not only my fans, but myself. Writing is what I wanted to do since I was young and I plan to continue to do it as long as I enjoy it.
Enjoy the Christmas holidays and find a good Sci-Fi book to read. Here is a link to some of the best Sci-Fi stories I have read and reviewed on Goodreads: https://www.donviecelli.com/book-reviews.html
I write science fiction stories. I hope you like them.