In a perfect world of publishing, I would be able to write my novels, polish them up, and get them to readers wherever they wanted to read them, all without a lot of effort. Right now, our publishing world is not like that at all. Once I have finished all of my edits for a novel, there are many obstacles between me and interested readers. There are technical obstacles, such as formatting, but there are also obstacles that are created by the independent publishing distribution platforms. Those obstacles reduce the availability of my books to readers, and much of this is the fault of Amazon.
Amazon takes a very competitive approach to building their library of electronic books. Their Kindle Unlimited program mandates that the electronic edition of a book only be available through Amazon for the Kindle. As a result, it is not possible (while complying with their terms of service) to offer a book to readers who want to read it in Kindle Unlimited and at the same time make it available to readers who want to read it on the NOOK platform, or the Kobo platform, or the Google Play Books platform, etc. Read on for how this affects you and me both.
Birkran has a problem. He lives in a high-tech world where the bureaucratic government has extensive surveillance capabilities and where populations have been collected into densely populated cities. All of the people and all of the observation of daily activities make him nervous. He just wants to be left alone. Unfortunately, he is strangely connected to both an aspiring young politician and an anarchist hacker. What seems like an awkward connection at first becomes much more when Birkran realizes that someone is toying with him for their own benefit. You can read the whole story by borrowing it from Kindle Unlimited, or you can buy a copy for your Kindle for 99 cents. Continue reading to find out the story behind the story.
It's July, that means it's a good time to go camping, right? And I am doing exactly that! Although I may do some real camping near the end of the month, what I'm talking about in this blog post his Camp NaNoWriMo. If you're not familiar with it, it is similar to the main NaNoWriMo event in November but with more flexibility. You can choose your own target word count, and you are not expected to be working on a new novel. It's a good way to work with other writers and get caught up on an existing project or start a new one.
One feature that encourages working with other writers is that you can join a cabin, which is basically a team of up to 12 writers who can support each other, keep each other accountable, and just chat about writing and life as a writer. Read more if you would like to know how I am using Camp NaNoWriMo this year.
If you have a young reader in your family and would like a chance to load up your Kindle with some inexpensive summer reading for them, go take advantage of this weekend's special offer where multiple authors agreed to price their children's books at 99 cents. This is a promotion that I set up with the intent of promoting my own children's book (Two Boys, Two Planets) as well as books from as many other authors as possible. Due to a last-minute pricing glitch, I didn't get to include my own book, but of course I wasn't going to cancel the promotion just because of that. Books included in the promotion cover a wide range of reading ages from beginning readers up to middle grades.
If you like stories with mystery, suspense, and thrills, this is a great weekend for you! Over thirty Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller books have been marked down on June 11 and 12 to the affordable price of… Free! This is the latest multi-author promotional event that I have joined, and in this case you can go to the promo page to get a free copy of Extra Credit: Loyalty! for the Kindle. Be sure to check out the other titles from the other authors, as there are many to choose from. Considering that my book in this promotion is the second in a series, I thought it would make sense to make the first book free also. Therefore, you can also get a free copy of Lesson One: Revolution! for the Kindle on the same dates as the main promotion. Read on for even more information about multi-author promos.