BINARY STORM is available at a bargain price for the next few weeks through the auspices of Humble Bundle, a digital distribution platform with a mission to support charities. Publisher Angry Robot Books has a number of its sci-fi and fantasy novels available during the promotion. Check out some great deals!
I'll be autographing my books and comics this Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Antietam Valley Farmers' and Artists' Market, from 9 a.m. to noon. It's indoors at Parkview Ave. and Byram St. in Carsonia, ten minutes from downtown Reading, PA.
Feel free to stop by and say hello; no need to make a purchase. Other authors will be signing too and the market offers a variety of scrumptious food.
https://www.facebook.com/antietamvalleyfarmersmarket/ (scroll down for profiles on authors attending)
My first novel is available now (Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017) for the bargain price of $1.99. The ebook can be downloaded from all major online retailers, including Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google and Kobo.
Here’s a revelation sure to unsettle those responsible for selling and promoting an author’s books. I don’t care for an essential aspect of the contemporary publishing business: the author as chief promoter, cook and bottle washer.
Yes, I know, it’s considered indispensable in this Amazonian, take-no-prisoners, con-encrusted slab of modern times that the author grab the rudder and hustle his or her latest book with the tenacity of that great white shark from Jaws hunting its next meal. Those who fail to adopt such aggressive tactics are considered by publishers, agents, fans and other movers-and-shakers to be hopelessly out of touch, or worse, actively courting authorial extinction.
They have a point. There are millions of new titles and reprints published each year. Some statisticians put the total number of books in the world at well over a hundred million. Common sense dictates that a way must be found for an author to stand out from the crowd.
I do a certain amount of promotion, of course—this website is one obvious example. Nevertheless, my idea of standing out from the crowd is decidedly old school. If your passion happens to be track and field, run faster. If you want to succeed at your job and maybe ascend to a higher position, work harder. And if you’re an author trying to sell copies, write better books (while acknowledging that better is one of the most subjective words in the language).
Subjective or not, I concentrate the bulk of my energies on storytelling. I try to give readers memorable tales, the kind that sends thematic shrapnel coursing through their synaptic byways long after the last page is reached.
Speaking of pages, it’s time to get back to working on that new novel.
In the wake of the successful one-day sale of "Liege-Killer" by ebook publisher Open Road Integrated Media, publisher Angry Robot Books will do a similar promotion for "Binary Storm" next month. Stay tuned for details.
And special thanks to Berks Book Junkies for having me as the guest at their latest meeting. Good conversation, good food and drink--a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
BookBub, a daily ebook deals newsletter with millions of subscribers, will feature "Liege-Killer" this Saturday (7/22/17). That day only, the ebook will be available for $1.99 from all U.S. retailers.