The first Ambassador book is now out in audio.
Check it out here and listen to the sample.
I dare you not to swoon at Matt’s voice. He is awesome, and will be doing the next book later this year.
Meanwhile, I’ve completed Moon & Earth (and the entire trilogy!) and have started on Ambassador 6.
I just heard this morning that The Dragon Prince won the Fantasy section of the 2016 Festival of Words!
I’ll be back to you soon with news about audio. The audiobook of Ambassador 1 is almost done!
Click here or on the image to go to the promo (opens a new tab).
This weekend, I’m taking part in a crazy promo with 166 authors, where we have lowered prices to 99c. Unlike so many other promotions, this is NOT a purely Amazon-centred event, and you will find a page for each retailer. I’m looking to expand this co-op to become more international. About a third of our visitors are currently not from the US.
I recently pulled all my more recent novellas and short stories together in an anthology. There are 15 of them:
This Peaceful State of War – WOTF winning story
Geospermia – published in Analog
The Rebelliousness of Trassi Udang – published in Belong, ISF-Allion world
The Shattered World Within – published in Giganotosaurus
Survival in Shades of Orange – published in Analog
Quarantine – published in Dead Red Heart
Party, with Echoes – published in Redstone SF
His Name In Lights – published in Universe Annex of the Grantville Gazette
Abode – published in Aurealis
A perfect Day off the Farm – published in Extreme Planets
Santiago Dawn – published in Neo-opsis
Where the Plains Merge With The Sky – published in Scapezine
Luminescence – ISF-Allion world novella
Charlotte’s Army – ISF-Allion novella
Looking For Daddy – absurd horror novella
It’s only 99c.
I’ll soon nuke this blog.
There will be a replacement, and it will probably look little different from this version, so you may not notice except for the fact that some key posts are no longer here. I am in the process of copying them to my author website. Those posts that still get visits probably deserve to have a more permanent home anyway.
The wordpress install in this blog is badly corrupted. I can still post (duh!) but no one can comment and on odd occasions that people do comment (although don’t ask me how), I can’t even see their comments for me to approve them. Also the theme is meant to be mobile-friendly, except Google says it’s not. Then there is also the mysterious auto-multiplying post issue where my old posts produce clones in dark corners. And the funny thing? I can’t even delete that rubbish! I can’t delete anything within the wordpress back-end.
So, I’ll be typing DELETE *.* in this directory, and re-installing wordpress again, re-installing the theme and starting over again.
I’ll be looking forward to getting a blog were people can actually, y’know, comment.
Announcement was originally published on Must Use Bigger Elephants
Yes, it’s that time of the month again!
Coming up on 5 January, 66 authors are offering their books for free.
Giant SF/F book giveaway! was originally published on Must Use Bigger Elephants
Self-publishing is easy. You write a book, edit it, put on a cover and upload it. Easy.
However, without help, the vast majority of books sink into oblivion with nary a sale. If it was your aim to get the book out of your system, you’ve succeeded, but what’s the fun if no one is reading it? You might buy a $10 ad, get two sales and the next day the book sinks again. With no reviews, you’re not even eligible to submit to many promotion sites. No sales = no reviews = no promotion. Dog, meet tail.
A sale a day per book, 30 sales a month, makes a huge difference in both your income and your book’s visibility. There are a few simple things that you can do to increase the visibility, but if you google “self-publishing”, you get hit in the face (in the search results and for months afterwards!) with ads for vanity publishers. URGH!
This is why I’ve written a free three-part mini-course on self-publishing tactics for beginners. It covers presentation and a few simple tricks that have been beneficial to many writers.
The course will go out in three emails that will be sent two days apart. Sign up for my mailing list before Saturday 9pm AEST or 4am US west coast time and you will receive the signup link with the newsletter that goes out that day.
Did I mention it’s FREE?
Mini-course on self-publishing basics was originally published on Must Use Bigger Elephants
Another great cover by Tom Edwards.
And the book is already out, too!
For a period of three months, this series is enrolled in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. If you’re a subscriber, you can read it for free. If not, you can purchase it as normal.
Ambassador 1A: The Sahara Conspiracy cover reveal was originally published on Must Use Bigger Elephants
Multi-author box sets are a good way to garner readers. But. They’re usually by invitation only. The person who puts them together has the final choice.
Several of my writing friends ended up in this science fiction box set, which is currently doing well.
Seriously, guys, congrats.
See, that word?
Not ONE SINGLE FUCKING FEMALE author.
Shoot me now. Self-perpetuating stereotypes anyone?
Yet again women locked out of SF was originally published on Must Use Bigger Elephants
There are three new posts on the mirror blog.
Apart from the background colour and URL, that blog is identical to this one, except I won’t be making many more new posts to this blog, so if you like to follow, subscribe to the new site.