E-Book Versions of The Hollow March live!

Well it’s no longer a tick-down, it’s a reality. For the technocrats among you – e-Readers or computer-based literati – I’m working to break any feelings of a snow-induced lock-down around your house with a new world ripe for the exploration. Best part? You don’t even have to get out of the chair. Well, if you don’t want to.

Brave the winter of The Hollow March – my new fantasy novel, now available on both Kindle and Smashwords for just $2.99. Years in realizing, it’s like an avenging wind of fresh air to finally see it given form. It’s also the fulfillment of dreams had since childhood and all that, so if I start waxing philosophic at any point, there’s your reason. Print editions will also eventually be available on Amazon, but it seems their processing times are a bit of a slow churn. Meanwhile, if you really want to get your hands on a solid, physical copy, you can breathe it in direct from Createspace, at: https://www.createspace.com/3739898. Like most print-related goodies, though, that classic paper smell does cost a bit extra.

In honor of the occasion, I’ve also launched a new home for the book on the classic social media heartland of the internet empire: Facebook. Want to show your support? Like us there!

Meanwhile, it’s time to get my head briefly out of the creative stars and slap it down into the all-too-real world of marketing. I think it’s how they keep writers from getting their heads too inflated. But c’est la vie, for it is an important part of the journey – and I thank you all for sharing it with me. Your support has meant the world.

Still uncertain? Well don’t forget to check out the full chapter preview for a good feel of things.

Also, a notable addition for those international would-be readers – the Kindle link above is to the U.S. version of the book. If you would like the link to your own country’s version, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at: “shadowedwolfe (@) gmail.com.” Or comment here, I suppose, per your fancy!

Ticking down to Publication…

Drink it in. Then take that image, and apply it to the roads. Less fun.

Hello all. Hope the weekend’s treated you well.

The mountains have apparently taken it upon themselves to shower us lowlanders (relative term in Colorado to be sure) with an icy layer of the fluffy white stuff, but other than the plummeting temperatures, I must say it has been a most relaxing weekend. Not restful, but relaxing. Restful, after all, would imply sleep – and as all writers and journalists should know, that’s pretty much the long lost ambrosia. Coffee, however, makes a good substitute. College sorts will tell you Red Bull constitutes a solid counter-option. Laugh at them. Most heartily.

To the point, however, it’s a big night here at my little den. Much like the ball drop on New Years Eve, we’re counting down the hours now until The Hollow March‘s debut. Tomorrow the e-book editions go live (barring any fumbling actions from any of the sites in question – see less laughing, and more scowling, if that be the case), to be followed several days later by the print editions.

Hope to see you at the launch! I’ll undoubtedly be posting another of these cheery little bits come tomorrow, though – so watch out, or stay tuned, as you will.

In the meanwhile, I’ll continue to stress over the concept of someone, somewhere, on some planet (e-books, they know no bounds) finding a typo therein. That, or I’ll indulge in a celebratory drink.

Hindsight: not really much of a question between the two, now is it?

P.S. And come check us out on Facebook, where you can show your support by “liking” The Hollow March! We try not to bite. Usually.

E-Readers

The Kindle

The Kindle. The I-pad.  The more time comes and goes, the more of these electronic goodies come prancing onto the market place. Book sales are at a terrible low, profits made only worse by the war raging between the motley crew of national bookstores left and the online sellers like Amazon.com.

So the question I ponder today is: what is the future of literature? The Kindle costs over $200, but if you are a voracious reader, you’re easily paying more than that for your hard copies every year. Books themselves can be cheap, but no book (outside of a penny and dollar shop) are going to top the stories on Kindle. Kindle’s prices are on the rise, but as a whole, its prices remain incredibly cheap compared to its hard-copy competitors. Plus, as long as you don’t drop your Kindle in water, your collection is going to last forever. Wear and tear’s not an issue there.

Another advantage of E-readers? Many books in one. You have a portable little friend that has your whole collection right at your disposal. It’s far easier to keep track of than a stack of bulky books. If you are like me, though, you have a thing for aesthetics. I love the smell of old books. I love the feeling of the paper between my fingers, nor can I focus so clearly on a screen as I can upon a book. Plus, there is nothing quite like the weight of a hard cover well-in-hand.

Still, for those well-suited to the screens, these electronic readers have adjustable fonts, to accommodate aging eyes. They can easily combat the glare of the sun, as well. There are no pages to turn, nor tear, and you can proceed at just the touch of a hand.

Speaking as a college student myself, though, the benefits to us students should be obvious. Supposing the book stores all turned to Kindles with their stocks? Hundreds of dollars are wasted on textbooks every semester. With the Kindle’s prices, imagine how much money we younglings could save?

Yet what do these electronics mean for libraries? Could the future be shelves lined with blank readers, waiting to be checked out? Maybe you would have to bring your own and set to browsing their selection. Perhaps a display—pick your program, what’s your pleasure? Just click a button and download your choice! When the due date’s come and gone, the program/book of your choice will simply disappear again, and you will be ready for another check-out. It’s less personal, but the ease is undeniable. I would be interested to see how they charge you fines, though. Perhaps it would simply do away with them all-together, if the program simply disappears after a time anyhow.

But as an author, I implore you one and all to think on what the e-reader will mean for the writer. We labor over every script, but it is we that are always the first screwed over by the companies, the publishers, etc. When the market suffers, rarely is it the companies that feel the hurt—always the writer. Money is rough to come by in the profession, unless you are one of the lucky ones like George R.R. Martin or J.K. Rowling. So when we turn to the even cheaper markets of e-books, how much additional hurt will it put on writers? Are the royalties on a $1 book sale going to keep a writer going? The companies still have to pay everyone that works for them, and at a buck a pop, do you really think they are going to be kind to the authors? That nice little copyright only means so much.

As a practical son of the times, I see the advantage of the e-readers. I see the advancement they embody for society. As a writer, however, I have to side against them. Convenient, yes, but the negatives for authors far outweigh the good. Plus, for me, it all comes back to those aesthetics. I am picky where many others aren’t, I know, but it is simply how I feel.

Think about it. Draw your own conclusions. One thing is for certain, though: the literary world is at a crossroads. One can only guess what might yet come after.