The End Hath Comen

Dear Reader,

Like all books, and especially first ones, Kingdoms of Evil was an experiment. It answered two questions. First, can I put one word in front of another until I have told a story? Yes. Second, can I get that story published? Uh…no.

I still think Kingdoms of Evil is a good story (and if you’ve read this far, presumably you do too), but even I have to admit that when I started, I had no idea what I was doing. I’ve learned a lot about the techniques and conventions of writing, and if I had the whole thing to do over again, it might stand a better chance of getting the attention of agents and publishers.

But I don’t want to spend my life writing the same story over and over again. I wrote this one, I learned from it, and now I’m moving on to write other stories (and hopefully do a better job of it). On the other hand, I like Kingdoms of Evil. I like Freetrick, and I didn’t want to just mummify him and his world in my hard drive. So I put them on the web, where they can flourish or perish on their own merits. It seems, at least in some ways, some flourishing happened, and that I owe to you, Dear Reader. Thank you.

Now, do you have any feedback? Whether your comments are negative or positive, I’d love to hear them. You can email me (bensen dot daniel at gmail dot com) or post critiques in the comments below, or post a review on Smashwords, Amazon, or Goodreads.Β  In fact, make a comment and tell me your email address, and I’ll send you my second book (now being shopped to agents and publishers). I think it’s better than Kingdoms of Evil, and maybe you’ll agree.

To those of you who bought my book in the hopes of seeing more Kingdoms of Evil, I’m sorry I can’t give you what you want. I only got 9 sales, which isn’t enough to justify taking time away from my current projects to write a Kingdoms of Evil sequel. I will send a copy of the World’s Other Side, to the people who bought Kingdoms of Evil, though, and, in general, I owe you guys one πŸ™‚

And I hope you’ll all keep coming back to the website. Now that Kingdoms of Evil is over, I’ll be posting some short stories, story ideas, and other bloggish stuff. Next on the menu is a Kingdoms of Evil short that takes place a generation in the future…

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  • Hey there, just wanted to stop by and say thanks, I really enjoyed your story! I haven’t bought your book, so I’ve no right to complain that this stops where it does, but if you kept it going I would read it. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing it.

    • dan

      Good to know! Thanks for reading. I hope you’ll stick around for the short stories and bloggish stuff.

  • FX

    I’ll definitely be staying around, and I hope we’ll be able to see more of your works! Kingdoms of Evil had something new compared to tons of other fantasy books I’ve read, and that’s kinda hard to come by these days, so thanks for the experience πŸ™‚

    • dan

      You’re welcome πŸ™‚

  • Hammurabi

    I bought the book back in April partially due to my impatience and partially to donate my buck, so I knew we would be ending at sort of a cliff-hanger. I kept up with the blog postings anyway because I liked seeing the comments. I admit I was hoping you’d decide to do a sequel, but if the fan base isn’t there then I can see how it wouldn’t be worth it. This was a great story, especially for early in your writing career, and I look forward to reading more of your work.

    • dan

      Thank you very much, both for the purchase and the kind words. And I hope you enjoy my other…”work.” πŸ™‚