Some pretty big news, and a big thanks to my supporters

So, members of Mitchell’s Militia. I’m kind of on Cloud 9 right now and I felt like I had to share it since you guys are completely the reason for it — and for some reason are tagging along with me on this journey.

Just a bit ago, I was getting in some much needed relaxing, and doing some kung fu before planning to get back on editing “Mexican Heat.”

And I had stopped to check my sales for the day — I do this way too much — and noticed my sales had jumped up a bit today. Immediately, like all newbie authors, I decided to check Amazon to see how high my ranking had climbed.

Unbelievably, Sold Out was at the following in its two listed genres:

  • #78 in the Top 100 in the Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Political.
  • #89 in the Top 100 in the Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Political.

Can you believe that?! (Click this link here to see, if you look fast enough — they change hourly.)

I’m in the Top 100 of the same list that includes Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Tom Clancy, Nelson Demille, Scott Turow, and others.

And I’m somehow in that list with no marketing support, no nationwide distribution, no big shot editor, no major publishing house behind me.

Without question, the only reason I’m there is because of you guys, so I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

Thanks for following me. Thanks for encouraging me. Thanks for telling folks about me.

I know I won’t stay in that list for long — I don’t have enough reviews, name recognition, etc.– but for right now, I’m about as pumped as a man can get!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

Why I decided to self-publish

I’m often asked, “Stan, why did you decide to self-publish an ebook?”

Great question. Here’s one of the best answers I’ve seen yet.

Believe me, if you really want to know some insider knowledge on how the publishing biz work, you’ll want to read this: http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/was-self-publishing-the-right-decision.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

My sales spiel: Want to read a crazy good, fast-moving, shoot-’em-up novel? Then go buy “Little Man, and the Dixon County War.” It’s gone as high as below 21,000 on the Amazon paid Kindle list — no small accomplishment — and the reviews say it rocks. Don’t have a Kindle? Read it from your computer, laptop, ipad, phone, or other device. Click here for free download.

J.A. Konrath — an author you want to know

I just finished two great books, from a new author (for me) that I hadn’t heard of. His name is J.A. Konrath, and he writes like a buzz saw. Sharp. Loud. And scary.

The first I read was “Shot of Tequila.” It’s without question one of the best books I’ve read in at least a year or so. It’s a straight-up mob story with plenty of action, blood, and tension. So many times I think there’s no way the main character can get out of the situation he’s in, and so many times he does. All in a believable fashion, with plenty of back clues that were in hidden (not really) in plain view.

The second book of his I just finished with “Bloody Mary.” It’s a super-tense police thriller that I can’t say much about without giving away too much. It just barely fell below “Shot of Tequila.” But “Bloody Mary” — with less action — has far more anxiety and tension. It’s honest-to-goodness almost spooky, and there’s not a single ounce of horror or supernatural involved. It’s just you’re living the book with the main character — a police detective — and she’s basically being stalked. The killer keeps doing things to get in her head, and by the end, she knows the killer is after her. And he’s an incredible character, too. As fearsome a foe as I’d want to face, and I don’t fear many foes.

Somehow, Konrath nails both characters and pace; something most authors struggle with. In my opinion, most authors either have incredible characters or an out-of-this world ability to come up with plot and tension. Rarely do the two combine. And when they do, said author gets rich and famous.

Anyway, if you haven’t checked out J.A. Konrath, you might put him on your reading list. I guarantee you won’t regret it. (And don’t believe just me. J.A. Konrath has written more than a dozen books, had his stories appear in more than 60 magazines, and has sold more than 500,000 ebooks. That number will continue to go up, by at least about ten more before I’m through this year.)

Stan R. Mitchell

P.S. I’ve lowered the price of my book to 99 cents for a limited time, and since I continue to get many of the same questions, let me lay out the facts. First, if you want to buy my ebook, Little Man, and the Dixon County War, it’s here. You can read a long sample of the book if you’re on the fence about whether you’re interested or not.

Second, some have said, “I’d love to buy it, but I don’t have a Kindle.” Well, you don’t need one. There’s a free reading application that will let you read my book and thousands of others on your computer. That link is here. (I warn you though, that’s a very addictive program to have… The price, selection, and convenience of an online bookstore will win you over quickly.)