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Grimoire Game is now available. E-books are available from most major retailers. Print books, unfortunately, are only available from Amazon or Createspace.

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Grimoire Game (which I described in my last post), will be released December 30th.

It is currently available for pre-order. e-book versions are available at Amazon

Although there isn’t a pre-order, per se, the Smashwords page is up.  On the 30th, the print version will be available (only from Amazon or Createspace, unfortunately), and other e-book sites will begin to have the book.

Any reviews you leave will be greatly appreciated!

In early 2015, I’ll be releasing my next novel.  The exact timing will be determined by the remaining editing process.  Right now, I’m sending copies to my beta readers, though there’s still a lot of work let to do.

This will be the first book in what I’m tentatively calling the “Weight of Power” series.  Here’s my first take on the book description:

Since the dawn of time, the powers of evil have worked to destroy creation. Over the centuries, monsters of terrible power – Impurati – are created, each with the power to bring destruction to the world. Each has been turned back by the Guardians – warrior wizards whose purpose is to protect the world from these Impuarti.

But the Impurati cannot be destroyed. Instead they have been imprisoned, locked away for all time. Now someone is releasing the Impurati, making an army of these demigods. Can the current Guardians turn back this seemingly unstoppable force?

 

I just read a fascinating article about making it in traditional publishing. It’s both illuminating and disheartening. And completely unsurprising.

The thing is, most of us have a good story or two (at least) to tell. Many of us would love the opportunity to tell them, especially if we made a few bucks doing it. And of these, there’s a pretty good percentage that actually sit down and make an effort of a draft. How many of these are decent writers, I couldn’t say, but the end result is an enormous number of unpublished works. I dare say that a fair number of these would sell, at least respectably, if promoted properly.

Some could see this as condemnation of traditional publishing, and supporting independent publishing. But the thing is, that this doesn’t solve the problem. We use publishers (even before the days of print-on demand and e-books) as much for marketing expertise as for gatekeepers. Trying to get your name out there and get published is no easier, and probably harder. Yes, you can guarantee that your book gets published. Maybe you can even assume that you’ll get a couple of sales. But there aren’t any more people “making it” this way than with traditional publishing.

In the end, no matter what path authors take, their sales are as dependent on luck as hard work and talent.

To celebrate the release of A Memory of Light as an e-book, the Kindle versions of both Disenchanted and Peripheral will be available for free on Tuesday, April 9th.

Check them out!

Interesting news has been abounding in the last week.  First, Amazon announced the purchase of Goodreads.  While I will admit to a bit of fear that Amazon is moving closer to  monopolizing the market, I’m going to take a wait-and-see approach.  I am somewhat hopeful that there will be a benefit to my book sales, but I’m also not so tied to the idea of profits that I don’t recognize the loss of autonomy.

The other interesting news is still ambiguous.  Barnes and Noble notified Pubit authors that there was big news coming . . . but offered no details.  My books aren’t currently available on Nook, as I’ve been playing around with Amazon’s KDP Select (which requires that your work is not available elsewhere), but they will be again soon.

With both of these, all we can do is wait and see what the real impacts are.

As I write this, A Memory of Light currently has only 2 1/2 stars on Amazon’s website.  While this might have been an indication that the long-awaited book hasn’t lived up to expectations – that’s not the case.   The reviews (by and large) either give 1 star or 5.  5 stars for those who have loved the book . . . 1 star from those who are griping that it isn’t available as an e-book yet.  Seriously?  What does that have to do with the quality of the book?  This seems terribly petty to me.

I understand that, for those who prefer e-books, this is another frustrating delay, and I can’t say that I agree with Tor for making you wait longer for it (although perhaps there are good reasons).  But giving a (presumably) good book that you are excited about bad reviews is, frankly, childish.

There are some reviews who claim that everyone’s reading e-books, so Tor’s either not going to get any sales or just doesn’t understand their consumer.  Let me point out:  Most Wheel of Time fans have been reading the series since long before e-readers were around (First WoT book=1990 [23 years ago], First e-reader = 2007 [5 1/2 years ago]).  And for the time being paper book sales still far outweigh e-book sales.

One of the things I’ve always liked best about reading (and good movies, too!) is the philosophical wisdom to be found.  Whether the sage is Yoda (“Try not. Do, or do not.  There is no ‘try.'”) or an old Borderland saying (from the Wheel of Time, “Duty is heavier than a mountain.  Death is lighter than a feather.”) there is something about these expressions that helps put our world into focus.

But what about the other side of the coin?  Are George Lucas and the late Robert Jordan modern-day wise men, using their characters as surrogates?  Perhaps, but I think there is more to it than that.  What makes these sayings resonate with us is our acceptance of their truth.  In fact, we already know them, though we may not have expressed them in that way.  We all know that half-heartedly ‘trying’ will only get us so far, we have to make a real effort.  We’ve all experienced times when the weight of responsibility seems overwhelming.

As writers, we try to put all sorts of intangibles into words and phrases that are relatable to others.  We don’t have any more wisdom than anyone else, we just put it in words.

And finally some thoughts on NaNoWriMo.  (If you don’t know what that is, and have any interest in writing, I’d suggest you check it out: nanowrimo.org ) I read a blog post from a professional writer recently proclaiming that if we prepare for the event, we’ll be more likely to have some workable material coming out of it.  And that’s true, so far as it goes.  But I look at this in a different manner.  I see NaNoWriMo as 1) Giving us confidence that we can write a lot of material quickly 2) Giving us a chance to try out new ideas or characters that we’d never risk putting in our ‘serious’ work 3) Giving us a reminder that writing is FUN.  Any attempt to come out of November with a novel that just needs a little polish will kill all 3 of these goals.  No matter how you intend to approach it, though, I wish everyone the best of luck!

For the next few days, Peripheral will be available for free on Kindle.  If you don’t own a Kindle, you can download a free app from Amazon. 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JY54BS

 

The final review process for my latest novel, Peripheral, went more smoothly than I anticipated.  As a result, it will be available for purchase as an e-book in the next day or so.  The print version won’t be far behind.  If you’re looking for a quick Halloween read that isn’t terribly scary, I’d recommend checking this book out!

Peripheral:

“When Jim and Emma meet late one night, instead of a romantic rendezvous they are confronted by strange sights.  Shadows seen at the edge of sight turn into men who stalk them.  No one else, even Abby, Emma’s twin sister, can see them.  Are they ghosts, illusion, or something else?

When Emma disappears, Jim must search for answers, with the help of an emotionally fragile Abby.

Sometimes the answers we seek aren’t hidden in the shadows.  Sometimes, although they are in plain sight, they remain peripheral.”