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Publisher's Office [Public] / Can't access Nook Press from the UK
« Last post by Mysterywriter on February 14, 2019, 09:22:12 PM »
Hey all, just wondered if anyone else is having issues accessing Nook press from the UK?

I can't get onto the site at all. I have used the 'is it just me or is it down for everyone' sites and they say it is running!
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: self-editing: what does your process look like.
« Last post by dgcasey on February 14, 2019, 04:23:34 PM »
I finish my first draft and let the manuscript sit for a week or two. Then I do a read through and catch what I can. Let it sit again for a few days. Then I have a text to speech program read it to me while I read it myself. After this second time through, I send it to my editor (daughter) and she sends it back dripping in red ink. Then I burn it.


Kidding. I make the corrections she sent back, and then do the text to speech thing one more time and then send it to KDP.
Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: The pain of saying no to a trade offer
« Last post by Dennis Chekalov on February 14, 2019, 03:57:03 PM »
There is an oversupply of good writers.

Maybe, but when I watch new movies and TV-series...
Remakes, reboots, remakes, reboots, reboots' remakes, remakes' reboots...
And many of them are much worse than originals...
Book Promotion Board [Public] / Re: New Release Announcements.
« Last post by CoraBuhlert on February 14, 2019, 03:44:27 PM »
Jeff and Ethan, if you want a new release spotlight at the Speculative Fiction Showcase or the Indie Crime Scene respectively, let me know.

Meanwhile, I released a new story in my Silencer pulp series:

A Valentine for the Silencer
Release date: February 12, 2019
Genre: Pulp thriller

Valentine's Day 1938: All Richard Blakemore a.k.a. the masked crimefighter known only as the Silencer wants is to have a romantic dinner with his beautiful fiancée Constance Allen.

But on his way to his date, Richard happens upon a mugging in progress. Can he save the victim and make sure that young Thomas Walden has the chance to propose to his girlfriend? And will he make it to dinner with Constance on time?

This is a short Valentine's Day story of 7200 words or approx. 24 print pages in the Silencer series, but may be read as a standalone.

Wide: Books2Read link

And because Richard Blakemore, the protagonist of the Silencer series, is a pulp writer in the 1930s, I always thought it would be fun to see his fiction. And when I wrote a series of sword and sorcery stories last summer, the crazy idea was born to pass them off as the work of Richard Blakemore, forgotten pulp fiction writer of the 1930s, and write an introduction as the "editor" who rediscovered these stories.

I just published the first two stories in Thurvok series under Richard Blakemore's and my name, so here they are:

The Valley of the Man Vultures
Release date: February 4, 2019
Genre: Sword and sorcery

On his way to Krysh, a city of fabled riches, the sellsword Thurvok must first pass through the Valley of the Accursed Blood.

Traditionally, those travelling to Krysh make offerings at the temple at the entrance of the valley in exchange for protection on their journey. But Thurvok scoffs at such superstition and decides to continue his journey without any divine protection. His refusal to make an offering infuriates the temple priest Alberon who promptly curses Thurvok.

Thurvok is not much bothered by this – he does not believe in curses. However, the valley holds dangers that don't particularly care whether Thurvok believes in them or not.

This is a short story of 4400 words or 15 print pages in the Thurvok sword and sorcery series, but may be read as a standalone. Includes an introduction and afterword.

Wide: Books2Read link

The Tomb of the Undead Slaves
Release date: February 4, 2019
Genre: Sword and sorcery

The sellsword Thurvok and his friend and companion Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, venture into the Rusted Desert to seek the tomb of the ancient king Chagurdai and the legendary treasure supposedly hidden there.

But once Thurvok and Meldom venture into the tomb, they find that a treasure is not all that's buried there.

This is a short story of 4100 words or 13 print pages in the Tales of Thurvok sword and sorcery series, but may be read as a standalone. Includes an introduction and afterword.

Wide: Books2Read link
Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: The pain of saying no to a trade offer
« Last post by David VanDyke on February 14, 2019, 03:36:35 PM »
I think it also has to do with IP and valuation, as KKR has been talking about. They want all these rights that they may never even expect to exercise, partly so they can point to the rights as corporate value. My little pebble would be just a tiny part of the mound, but the mound adds up.
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a matter what!
« Last post by Cathleen on February 14, 2019, 03:27:55 PM »
You go, Dan, Maggie, and munboy!

I've kept up some words every day, even if it's just 150 or so. It didn't help that I realized that my selkie story has grown what will likely be a 15k novelette, which will be too long to anchor my collection. So now I'm starting over with two short stories, which is something I haven't tried before. Maybe the best story will win.

One has a taxi driver who's given a lucky coin by a woman he saves. The woman is actually a Fae, although I'm not going to be that explicit. The taxi driver just knows she's something extraordinary, and the coin's luck is going to be specific to settling debts.

The other has a selkie in witness protection, and she's going to have to break cover to end some sort of Faerie incursion into the mortal world, although I haven't figured out what kind yet. Major sea monster stuff? I dunno. It seems like a selkie should be particularly suited to the task at hand or having one as a character is simply an indulgence.

Still wandering around in world-building land which is not an area of strength for me. I'm far better at things like characterization and three-act pacing. Still, I'm keeping some words going. Sometimes I can figure things out as I write them, but other times they'll bring me to a screaming halt until I figure out the answer.

Who knows? With two stories, maybe I can finish one. :)

And then I can finish my selkie novelette. I'll figure out something to do with it. It was originally supposed to be a prequel for a novel trilogy, so maybe I'll go back to that plan.
Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: The pain of saying no to a trade offer
« Last post by Cathleen on February 14, 2019, 03:04:52 PM »
Every time I consider querying--because I really would like to go through a large trade house editing cycle, for the learning experience--I picture something like this. Trade is getting hardcore on its rights demands.

So even though I had no problem with being a hybrid author under the old model, I guess the thought of all the money they didn't make off of Rowling (like her publisher didn't make some serious money off HP already) is enough for publishers to try to lock up all rights in perpetuity.

What it probably means is a sharper demarcation--fewer hybrid authors. Or at least fewer pubbing new work through the trade houses. I picture quite a few people satisfying their old contracts and getting out. Or worse, quitting the game entirely.

With B&N scaling back on their bookstore sizes, there's an increasingly small chance that a new author's work will be anything but a special order, with no shelf space at all. That was the big incentive, and it doesn't seem as likely going forward.

I think the idea of a trade contract is mostly a nostalgia thing. It's disappointing because I always pictured myself walking into a bookstore and buying one of my books someday. That was my real definition of success. And I don't think a trade contract is likely to get me that anymore, even apart from all the ridiculous rights grabs.

So, we learn to define success differently and move on. It just seems like anything else is engaging in dangerous wishful thinking. YMMV. :)
Promotion Signup Desk [Public] / Looking for holiday books
« Last post by CoraBuhlert on February 14, 2019, 01:07:34 PM »
The holiday book round-ups at the Speculative Fiction Showcase and the Indie Crime Scene are very popular features. Today, I posted a round-up of Valentine's day themed books at the Speculative Fiction Showcase and the Indie Crime Scene respectively.

I'd like to run more round-ups of holiday themed books and therefore I need your help.

Do you have a book that's set on or around:
  • Mardi Gras
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Easter

Then let me know, either in the comments or via PM. I'm mainly looking for mysteries, thrillers and crime fiction for the Indie Crime Scene, because holiday themed science fiction, fantasy and horror books are less common. But if you have one, by all means let me know and if I get enough books together I'll also do a holiday round-up at the Speculative Fiction Showcase.
Shoutout to Annie! Thanks for a wonderful copy edit. The 5th book of the epic fantasy series is going live on the 15th of February 2019. You made it possible for me to have an early release though it was a 117,500 word manuscript.
Promotion Signup Desk [Public] / Re: The Indie Crime Scene thread
« Last post by CoraBuhlert on February 14, 2019, 12:55:42 PM »
Today at the Indie Crime Scene, we have a round-up of Valentine's Day themed mysteries, crime fiction and thrillers by indie and small press authors. Lots of great holiday reads, so check it out.

Do you want your mystery, crime novel or thriller featured at the Indie Crime Scene or would you like to be interviewed or submit a guest post? We are looking forward to your submissions.
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