Free Dragon Slaying

As I mentioned before, So You Want To Be A Dragon Slayer… is published through Amazon’s KDP Select program.  One of the perks of that program is the author can make his title free for 5 days in every 90 day period.  Well I’ve chosen today and tomorrow for my first free promotion.

Yes, that’s right.  For two days, you too can obtain this fun and exciting story of adventure for free.  So way wait?  Go download a copy today!

Here’s the link:


So You Want To Be A Dragon Slayer…

…is now live on Amazon kindle.

I decided to list Dragon in Amazon’s KDP Select program.  That way it will be available to be borrowed in their prime lending library.  A lot of people seem to have a bee in their bonnets about KDP-S, seeing it as the spawn of Satan or something.  But I don’t see why.  It seems like a decent opportunity to have people potentially encounter my work.  Why not give it a shot for 90 days before putting Dragon up on the other sites?  Can’t hurt, and it may just help out a lot.  We’ll see.

Anyway, here’s the blurb:

82 Light Years away on Alcor Five, great flying beasts called Reptus Volans, which closely resemble the dragons of European legend, sit at the top of the food chain. They are so dangerous and exist in such great numbers that the Colonial Allocation Committee forbad colonization of Alcor Five by humans. Thus the planet went untouched and largely ignored until entrepreneurs formed Dragon Safaris, Inc. Using state of the art space portal technology, Dragon Safaris transports hunters and adventurers, along with specially trained guides, to Alcor Five. There they do battle with the great beasts, seeking to earn the title Dragon Slayer. When I saw Dragon Safaris’ commercial on late night television, it rekindled the sense of magic and adventure I used to have when I was younger. I could not resist. I needed to go on this journey and pit myself against these dragons. I convinced my two oldest friends, Vinnie and Carl, to come along. This is our story.

So You Want To Be A Dragon Slayer… is a 10,700 word (about 43 printed pages) novelette.

I would totally take that trip.  In a heartbeat.  Getting to see an alien world AND slay a dragon at the same time?  That is hard to beat.  It probably would be expensive, though.

Fortunately, you can live that journey vicariously for the low price of only $1.99.  Click Here!

Plugging a Friend

You may recall a while back I posted a review of J. E. Medrick‘s novel, Shackled.  You may also recall that I loved that book.

Well Ms. Medrick has not stopped with Shackled.  She’s written a number of other stories, all awesome.  Her big project is a series called Icarus Helix.  It’s a serialized set of novellas about teenagers who discover they have various super powers and how they deal with their new abilities.  It’s well written and engaging.  She has five episodes out so far: Cheat, Liar, Coward, Thief, and Thug.  The sixth, Frigid, is due to for release any day now, as I understand it.  Well, J. E. just released a compilation of the first five stories under the name Emergence.  Priced at $5.99, it’s a 40% discount from buying them separately, so it’s a great deal.  I’d highly encourage all y’all in internet-land to check it out.

Great cover, right?  The awesome Jeroen ten Berge, the same guy who did my cover for Masters of the Sun, does all of J. E.’s covers.

Seriously, though, check out this series.  It rocks.

Book Bloggers and Publishers

Interesting article in the UK Guardian yesterday about the relationship between book bloggers and publishers.  Apparently there’s a bit of a spat over something that Harper Collins said.  In a letter to various book bloggers, HC set out their new policies about review copies.  Basically they’re saying they’re not going to just send out review copies willy-nilly anymore (did they ever?) but rather only send copies that the bloggers request, that they’d like reviews posted within a month of receiving the review copy and ideally within 2 weeks of the book release, and that they’ll be tracking who they sent review copies too and verifying that everyone actually posts a review who got one.  If someone receives review copies and doesn’t post a review, they may be removed from the mailing list for future review copies.

Apparently a lot of book bloggers are taking umbrage over this.  There’s a lot of “I ain’t your bitch” and “I don’t work for you” talk.  And frankly, I don’t understand why.  Nothing in that letter seems unreasonable to me.

Ok guys, you may not work for the publishers in the traditional sense, but they are paying you (in the form of early copies of their books for free) and they have a right to expect a satisfactory service in return for that payment.  Not a good review, but good service.  They are perfectly within their rights to request that service within a reasonable amount of time that supports their business needs, since that is the whole purpose for paying you.  They are also perfectly within their rights to verify that everyone who gets paid actually provides the service for which they are being paid, and to terminate the business relationship if they are not doing so.  Seriously, I don’t understand the outcry.

Dear readers, do you have any insights here that I may be missing?  Because if not, it seems to me this is much ado over nothing and, if I may be so bold, a rather sorry display of entitlement on the part of some bloggers.  Seriously folks, publishers aren’t your bitches.

Samantha Warren’s Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Very nice lady and writer, Samantha Warren, has been hosting a blog scavenger hunt for the last couple days as part of a birthday celebration.  I’m rather flattered that she’s letting me participate.  🙂

One of her questions for today comes from me: What is the Net Present Value that I computed for 2016 through 2020 assuming sales decline by 10% after 2015 on a hypothetical successful series of books?

I’ll be nice and give a little hint, because that’s how I roll.  🙂  You’ll have to look back a ways to find it.  I was a bit perturbed over a discussion on Kindleboards about indie authors being approached by publishers and how to negotiate a contract with them.  The standard response was you gotta get an literary agent, because…well, because.  I cry BS on that one, because you don’t need a salesperson at that point.  You need a legal mind and a hard-nosed negotiator (spoken, a lawyer).  But one of the arguments used in favor of the agent need was the agent could get you a better advance (somehow), so I decided to explore how a writer can compute what an appropriate advance should be on his/her own, based on the writer’s indie sales history.  It’s not very hard to do.

Have fun finding the answer, and thanks for stopping by!