No, not plugs as in shoots (You plugged my brother, see?) Plugs as in promotes.
Fellow Stark Raving author Bobby Nash (whose new novella, Snow Falls, I wrote about in my last post) is one of the principals over at Earth Station One, a website dedicated to everything geeky. Science fiction and fantasy on the page, tube, and screen, comic books, professional wrestling … anyway, they do a podcast once a week, and the most recent features me. Thrill as I recount the story of how I became a writer! Learn what I think about electronic publishing! Watch me squirm on The Geek Seat!
Here’s the podcast. I show up about 26 minutes in …
… or listen to it on the Earth Station One site.
Another Bookxy e-novella, this one by Bobby Nash, hits the electronic shelves:
Abraham Snow is a deep cover government operative on assignment in South America. When his cover is blown, Agent Snow is shot and left for dead. Half an inch over and he would have been dead. After a long, painful recovery, Snow retires from service and takes his grandfather up on an offer to stay with him while he recuperates. He has not seen his family in over a decade.
Archer Snow has an ulterior motive. He wants his grandson to join the family business, Snow Security Consulting. Snow is skeptical. The company is owned by his grandfather, but is run by a man who doesn’t like him all that much, his father.
Persuaded to an international diplomatic conference as an excuse to see his sister, a diplomatic mediator, and brother, part of the family business, Snow becomes embroiled in an assassination plot against a visiting dignitary that puts his family in the crosshairs.
Using the special skills he learned in his former career, Snow, with a little help from a couple of friends: a FBI Agent and a former car thief, thwarts the assassin’s plans. Snow declines his grandfather’s invitation to join the family business, but offers to help out if they need it.
Fellow Stark Raving Group author Travis Richardson has a new e-novella out:
Keeping The Record is a tale about a disgraced former home run king whose rampant steroid use has modified the former All-Star into a testicle shrinking, soprano speaking, bra wearing recluse. Hiding from creditors, he discovers that his single season home run record—the only thing he has left, asterisk be damned—is about to be broken by a second baseman. Determined not to let that happen, he sets off for St. Louis from the East Bay, leaving a trail of destruction and bodies in his wake.
In December a whole bunch of Stark Raving Group authors sat down to tape individual and group interviews. That footage has been edited, color corrected, and uploaded to YouTube. SRG/Bookxy now has a YouTube channel, and all the interviews are on it.
Or you can check out the panel discussion I took part in.
Or you can see me sit in the Tunnel of Books at the Last Bookstore and dispense pithy bits of wisdom.
More SRG/Bookxy news soon …
No, it’s not mine. It’s by my Bookxy comrade, Eric Beetner, and it’s called “White Hot Pistol.” I’ve read it, and it’s great. A real old-style pulpy blood and guts tale. Normally, it’s only $2.99, like all of Bookxy’s stuff, but until noon PST tomorrow you can get a copy for free and apply that $2.99 to half a burrito at Chipotle.
Go to the Bookxy Facebook page to enter.
This past Wednesday I spent several hours at the fabulous Last Bookstore with roughly twenty of my fellow Stark Raving Group authors (pictured above). SRG is the company that’s putting out “Logan’s Young Guns,” my new e-novella starring a new protagonist named Logan. Actually, they’ve already put it out, and it’s available on SRG’s e-commerce site Bookxy. (It, and the rest of the SRG list, will be on Amazon and all other e-book markets early next year.)
We did a couple of panel discussions on the state of publishing. (Consensus: E-books are a good thing. Because we’re no longer at the mercy of publishing companies. For my thoughts on this, go here.) We also did some one-on-one interviews, which should make their way to the Interwebs real soon.
So go buy my book. (For your Kindle or a Kindle app on your computer, iWhatever, or Android, choose the Kindle version. For anything else, get the Nook, etc. version.) There’s a couple more novellas you can buy on Booksy too, and there’ll be a bunch more in the near future. You can even subscribe and get one a month. Two dollars and ninety-nine cents for a 25-35,000 word novella. Ya can’t beat that.
(Oh, and go like Bookxy’s Facebook page.)
First of all, I was wrong when I said I’d be serializing Joe Portugal number five on this site. It still might happen, but I’ve discovered that I need to know more about serial fiction in the e-book era. Getting people interested, making sure people who come in in the middle can easily catch up—it looks to me like e-serials are where e-books were five years or so ago. So the project’s on hold until I can figure things out.
Which leads to the second way I was wrong. For a long time, I thought e-books were dumb. I thought people were so attached to the feel of paper books in their hands that they’d never fall for cold hard e-readers. I thought the market for e-books would always be small, and every time I heard things like “X percent of all book purchase are now electronic,” I pooh-poohed them, because they didn’t fit my preconceived notion. Meanwhile, bunches of my colleagues are making decent sums of money from e-books, and they’re doing it without having to deal with 22-year-old editors and year-long delays.
It’s coming in January from Stark Raving Group, its cover is by the very talented Jeroen ten Berge and it’ll be available for every e-reader you can think of.