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September 25, 2020

Book Released

Labyrinth to Tartarus is available and be purchased here:


Hopefully everyone who preordered the book will get the word and be able to enjoy it.
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Published on September 25, 2020 14:55

September 24, 2020

Preorder Woes

Well, I screwed up. When uploading the manuscript for the preorder of Labyrinth to Tartarus, I forgot to click the "Publish" button at the end. As a result, I missed the deadline and the preorder was canceled.

If you preordered the book, you will not be charged for it, but you will have to order the book normally when it comes out (hopefully tomorrow).

I'm terribly disappointed in myself for messing up a system I've used successfully three times before this. I had nearly as many preorders for this book as I had for Lord of the Dead, which is a great indicator that interest in the series remains high. I can only hope that those readers will be kind enough to buy the book when it is released.

My apologies to everyone.
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Published on September 24, 2020 16:14

September 23, 2020

Dancing as Fast as I Can

I just submitted the third book of the Eternal Journey, Labyrinth to Tartarus, to Amazon so it'll be ready for its preorder. That makes it fourth book this year, with one more book to be released in November.

LitRPG has been good to me so far. Sales blew the second Warp Marine series out of the water (the first novel of the fantasy series has outsold all three books of the Bicentennial War combined). After two years of declining sales, it is good to connect with a new audience.

The best thing about the genre is that I can write it quickly. An unfortunate reality of the current indie market is that slow authors risk being forgotten by readers.

I've been able to sustain a 45-60 day release schedule so far, and the continued interest and sales have made the long writing, editing, and promoting hours worth it. 2020 is going to be my best year since 2017.

Future Plans: Besides the Eternal Journey, I'm working on a spin-off series set in the same world of Eternal Journey. I'm also beginning to sketch a new setting that combines elements of mil-sf, cyberpunk and litrpg. Sort of a Ready Player One meets The Running Man sort of deal. We'll see.

As always, thanks to everyone who has supported me on this journey. I'll do my best to continue to entertain you.
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Published on September 23, 2020 21:38 Tags: amwriting, litrpg

August 3, 2020

Summer 2020 Report

Warning: most of this post involves "inside baseball" commentary on publishing and indie publishing. And none of it deals with politics or plagues or current events.

As we enter the last quarter of 2020 (may this year soon be on our rearview mirror), I figured I'd share on the state of things at Casa del Geek:

My sixteenth novel came ou June 25th and has been a success, with better sales and KU borrows than I've had for a book since August 2017, when the fifth book of the Warp Marine series came out. I'm having a lot of fun writing in the LitRPG genre, and people seem to be enjoying it.

The sequel (and my seventeenth novel) is finished and will be released on August 5th; I put it in preorder, resulting already in nearly half the sales of the first book so far. The third book is in development and availble on preorder as well, with a release date of September 21st:


There is a chance I might have twenty novels written and released by the end of the year, or by early 2021 at the latest. Besides sequels to The Eternal Journey, I'm working on a spinoff series and, for later in 2021, a mil-sf series in a new setting.

In 2013, I decided to go indie rather than throwing myself on the mercy of the slush pile readers at literary agencies (since most publishers no longer accept unagented submissions). In the ensuing six years and change, I've released sixteen novels, and three short story collections. If I'd gone the other route, I would be (at best) on my third or fourth release, and my income would be unlikely total more than a fifth of what I've earned so far.

If you're willing to do the work, indie is the way to go.

As always, I am incredibly grateful to all my readers, old and new, who made this possible.
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Published on August 03, 2020 09:49

June 10, 2020

On Switching Genres and Expectations

I've been seriously pursuing fiction writing for close to eight years now (by which I mean sitting down and writing novels, rather than thinking or talking about writing and maybe scribbling something down once in a blue moon). In that time, I've explored diverse genres, with varying levels of success.

I am a voracious reader, enjoying everything from modern-day technothrillers to military science fiction, urban "trad" epic fantasy, litRPG, alternate history and many others. I often follow authors across genres as well, because I enjoy what they write as much as the genres they write in.

I started out with a superhero-alternate history novel that became a four-book series. That did okay. Next I tried my hand at horror-action, which did so poorly I started having doubts about pursuing a writing career. Then came mil-sf, which sold more in its first month than I had in the previous two years and allowed me to write full-time.

After that, I dabbled in fantasy (Outlands Justice) with unimpressive results. The smart move seemed to be to stick to mil-sf (and I have no intention of abandoning the genre, although I may try starting a new setting). But I've been enjoying reading litRPG, so I figured I would give it a try. A serious try, with no less than three novels in a launch.

I have no expectations in either direction. The genre is popular but the competition is fierce. I'm doing a major promotional push on the release of the first book, and have both of the two novels already on preorder. We will see.

tl;dr: No idea how well my next books will do. Oh, and if you stuck with me all the way down here, you might want to check out the predorders (sample chapters on my site):
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Published on June 10, 2020 08:56

June 5, 2020

New Book, New Genre

Well, even as Victory and Death continues to sell at a decent pace, I am about to try my luck with a new genre, LitRPG. To the uninitiated, the genre incorporate game mechanics and concepts into a story, usually based on computer RPGs or MMORPGs like World of Warcraft.

Novels in the genre use such conceits as having fantasy worlds where the 'game' is real, or situations where the characters enter a virtual reality computer game and somehow find themselves facing actual challenges or high stakes. The best-known series in the subject is Aleron Kong's The Land novels.

In many ways, this genre is a perfect fit for me. I have been a game designer before I became a novelist, and have spent a good deal of my youth playing computer games, beginning with the original Wizardry (yes, I am that old). I have found myself writing at record speeds as I detailed the adventures of Ben, a gamer who sits down to start a new MMORPG and suddenly finds himself in a fantasy universe, trapped inside the body of his character, and discovers that the realities of a sword-and-sorcery setting are far more painful than a game.

The first book will be released in late June, and I'm planning to have the sequel out a month later. Hopefully enough of you, my dear readers, will take a chance on this story. I will be posting sample chapters early next week on my website, www.cjcarella.com.
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Published on June 05, 2020 21:40

May 2, 2020

And It's Out (Victory or Death)

The novel is out and can be purchased here:


That makes a total of eight novels and two short stories I have written in this setting. Am I done with the Known Galaxy? For now, yes, although I have ideas about where the story may go in the future. I have at least three novels (and possibly as many as 6-8) before I can return. Must write faster...
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Published on May 02, 2020 05:33

April 25, 2020

Warp Marine Corps Collection/Future Plans

While I wait for the proofreaders to get through Victory or Death, I have released a five-book set containing the entire Warp Marine Corps collection. All the five novels in the setting, from Decisively Engaged to Havoc of War, are available for one low price, or free on Kindle Unlimited.

I'm hoping to release the last novel of the Bicentennial War by the end of the month or first week of May. That will be my final foray on the Known Galaxy setting for the time being. If I go back to Mil-SF, I'm planning to do something a bit less genre-bending and a bit more mecha-oriented.

But my very next project is going to be fantasy, LitRPG in particular. I've been having a lot of fun working on the first novel of the setting, and the plan is to have two or three novels done before releasing the first one and then do three rapid releases (30-45 days apart). Will keep you all posted.

As always, I'm very thankful to all my readers. You've made it possible for me to make a living doing the thing I love.
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Published on April 25, 2020 19:51

February 13, 2020

Victory or Death is Near

Finishing up Victory or Death, the third (and last) book of the Bicentennial War series. I'm shooting for a Spring release.

Sample chapters can be found in my website at:


Going forward, my next project is a LitRPG series; that will probably consume the rest of 2020. After that, we will see. I have more ideas than I likely have years left in me, so it'll be a matter of picking and choosing.

As always, I wouldn't be in the position of deciding which new series or genres to write without your support, dear readers, so as always you have my sincerest thanks.
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Published on February 13, 2020 00:44

December 7, 2019

They Shall Not Pass - Out Dec. 12

Well, took me long enough, but Book Two of the Bicentennial War, They Shall Not Pass (title changed from Harbingers of War) is done and available for pre-orders. The book will be released on Dec. 12.

This is the second book of a trilogy. I want to get Book Three out early next year and bid goodbye to the Known Galaxy setting for a bit.

You can find They Shall Not Pass on Amazon:

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Published on December 07, 2019 09:55

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Writer and game designer C.J. Carella (WitchCraft, The Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG, etc) muses on various subjects and shares news about ongoing and future projects.
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