More eBook Formats for Latest Book

We'll Watch the Sunrise from the Bottom of the SeaI finally put We’ll Watch the Sunrise from the Bottom of the Sea on Smashwords. It only took me a year. So if you love eBooks but don’t use a Kindle, you can find your preferred version there. While Smashwords has stated that it has already been distributed to other retail outlets, I don’t know how long it will take before it shows up in their respective databases. Hopefully only a couple of days.

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Scribbidedy Scrabbedy Scribd

Smashwords made a deal with Scribd. As Armistice Day is on Smashwords, it is now on Scribd, though I have no idea how you’ll find it. I activated my one-year free membership with Scribd. We’ll see what that does. Probably nothing. Can anyone tell me what the frack I’m supposed to do on Scribd to promote myself as an author? I admit that I don’t have a clue.

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Overdue Thoughts on the Nutmeg Book Festival

Me at the Nutmeg Book FestivalHere I am looking all bright-eyed and caffeinated (note the Monster) just before the start of the
festival. And I would have a great time. I met fellow indie authors, fielded questions from interested readers, and hung out with friends who stopped by to show support. I was sorry that it had to end (and I had to bolt to get home to drive Alex down to NYC for a hockey game). With any luck, Terri and Sharon (Thank you!) will invite me back for next year’s event, which doesn’t give me much time to get the next book done.

I sat next to Martha Edmond Bishop, who was simply marvelous. She’s the author of Rafe’s Grand Performance (Info, Buy it), and her enthusiasm for her craft was wonderful. She built this diorama—it’s a hobby of hers—that featured the characters from her book. She even had a raven perched on her shoulder, which the kids loved. She regaled me with her resourcefulness at finding material for her dioramas and her life story. I had a great time just listening to her talk—the sign of a truly great storyteller.

I’m not good at self-promotion—not a great trait for an indie author—so when people approach me and ask me to tell them about either me or my work, I struggle (Yes, yes, low self-esteem, self-worth and all of that. I’ve got it, not going into it here.). But it was good to have the opportunity to talk with would-be readers about my work and the writing process. And I guess I did a good enough job as I sold several copies of both books.

All in all, it was a good day, and I wish there were more of them.

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Nutmeg Book Festival Is This Saturday

Nutmeg Book FestivalAnd by “this Saturday” I mean November 23rd.

If you live near New Milford, CT and you’ve got nothing to do, why not come on down and check out the Nutmeg Book Festival. I will be among twenty indie and small press authors present, meeting the public, signing books, and socializing. Sadly, I believe this to be a beer-less event.

More information about the location, author roster, and genres represented can be found on the website. Hope to see you there.

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Armistice Day Now Available at Lower Price

Armistice DayI’m happy to say that Armistice Day is now available for $10. That’s 35.8% less than its original price!

How did I do that? By switching printers.

CreateSpace, the print publishing arm of Amazon, offers indie authors a less expensive platform with which to offer their work. This really isn’t news. Thousands of indie authors have been using CreateSpace for years. I started using them this year with my short story collection, We’ll Watch the Sunrise from the Bottom of the Sea. I was pleased by the results there and calculated that I could switch Armistice Day over and significantly drop the price.

Now, I don’t know if CreateSpace is more efficient than my previous printer (Lulu) or getting kickbacks from its parent company (Amazon). Frankly, I don’t care. The fact that I can significantly drop the retail price of my book without sacrificing distribution or quality is all the reason I need.

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Switching Printers

I am in the midst of switching printers for Armistice Day. That means it will be temporarily unavailable in print format. I will do my best to remove old links but it might be a problem on Amazon and GoodReads. If for some unimaginable reason you can’t wait, contact me to buy a copy.

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Nutmeg Book Festival

Nutmeg Book Festival logoOn Saturday, November 23rd, I’ll be participating in the Nutmeg Book Festival. Twenty local authors will be gathering at the New Milford Train Station in downtown New Milford. We range from indie to small press and the traditionally published.

I’ll be selling copies of both of my books: We’ll Watch the Sunrise from the Bottom of the Sea and Armistice Day.

This is my first book festival. I have no idea what to expect, but the cynic in me would say something if I didn’t have him bound and gagged. Will it be like a con? I haven’t been to one since college, and that was for records. Yes, vinyl.

And I’m going to be alone. My son has a hockey game in Central Park that day so my family is bailing on me. Can you believe that? They’d rather travel to NYC to watch Pee Wee hockey than visit me at a book festival up in New Milford. I just don’t understand people. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to celebrate the success of the day by myself. I think there’s a bar on the other side of the tracks. ;)

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New Editing Assignment

Muses of RomaI’ve just begun editing the first book in Rob Steiner’s new series, Muses Of Roma. It’s an alt history epic where the Roman Empire didn’t fall, but instead, reached the stars.

The picture at left is the working cover that Steiner commissioned for the book.

Here’s what Steiner had to say about the cover:

For this cover, I worked with professional illustrator Stone Perales. My idea was to combine something iconically Roman with an anachronism that told readers it was alternate history.

The result: Mark Antony holding a musket while looking down on his Legions as they sack Rome.

Stone did a wonderful job capturing the ethereal look on Antony’s face and the subtle detailing of his armor. My hope is that readers will see the cover and think, “Why is that ancient Roman soldier holding a musket? I’ve got to read this book to find out!”

Having read the Prologue, I definitely want to find out.

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Good Things Happen

A Calculated LifeI was fortunate to have had a chance to read Anne Charnock’s A Calculated Life. My review of it can be found here. The short version: intelligent, character driven sci-fi that proves a book doesn’t need to be a door-stopper to be good. Apparently 47North, Amazon Publishing’s speculative fiction division, came to a similar conclusion and has picked up Charnock’s book.

Congratulations Anne! Sometimes good things happen to good people.

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My New Book Is Now In Print

We'll Watch the Sunrise from the Bottom of the SeaMy short story collection, We’ll Watch the Sunrise from the Bottom of the Sea is now available in print from Amazon and CreateSpace. What’s the difference? For you, nothing. For me, quite a bit.

CreateSpace is Amazon’s indie print publishing platform. They offer higher royalties to me without charging you more money. The problem is that no one goes to CreateSpace to buy books; they go to Amazon. Amazon has a far easier to navigate site, a recommendation engine, free shipping, (when you buy enough stuff) and sells more than just indie books, films, and cd’s. Buying my book there means less money in the short run but potentially more down the road as word of mouth spreads.

As for e-books, you can only get it on the Kindle for right now but I will be releasing it in other formats over the summer. Kindle Select, in and of itself, isn’t some magic spell that you can cast to make sales appear. I’m under contract through the end of June so we’ll see what happens.

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