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Free Through the 21st

So the stars finally aligned between Amazon and Book Barbarian, and I was able to run a freebie sale for Exile’s Redemption. If you know of someone who has yet to give the series a try, let ’em know they have a couple of days to snap up the first book at no cost. Lots of folks have already taken the plunge and I’m excited to announce that for the moment, Exile’s Redemption is #1 in the free Kindle store in two categories! With luck it will stay visible for a few days and more folks will discover the series.

Creeping Tyranny

Ye old “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

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It’s actually not all that common to have the Evil Tyrant take over the land and impose crushing new rules that the Hero and friends spend the book trying to overthrow. No, more commonly the Evil Tyrant replaces the previous Evil Tyrant (meet the new boss, just like the old boss) and changes who’s on the enemies list and the beleaguered subjects do the same as they’ve been doing forever and get on with life in general.

And bruised souls from the compromises that are necessary to get by when living in an abusive regime.

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It’s a Cover Up I

Sarah provides a lot of good advice in this article. As someone who designs book covers for other people, I find myself in a bind at times because the client, the person paying my bills, isn’t necessarily interested in my input. They just want me to create the cover based on what they envision. When I suggest that putting five characters on the cover is going to make it too busy, and much too difficult to distinguish at a small size, they often tell me to go pound sand and then find someone who will make the cover without providing advice. But you as the writer looking for someone to make a cover for you can benefit from Sarah’s article and either make a decent cover yourself or commission a cover that doesn’t suck.

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Most indie authors have rolled, with relative ease, into hiring content editors and even copyeditors, (just don’t put either under “editor” on amazon. That editor tag on Amazon is for anthologies. You also shouldn’t put your cover artist under “illustrator.” Before I figured out that clueless authors were doing that, I passed up a bunch of books because I thought “An illustrated hard boiled mystery? Too weird for words.” That tag is there for actual illustrated books.)  or figuring our how to swap with other indies for these services (which amounts to hiring) or other more creative arrangements.

One stumbling block remains in most writers’ publication schedule: covers.

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Relationships and Anthologies

I am very pleased with the relationship I have with Chris Kennedy Publishing. Their contract is very clear and fair for participating in an anthology. I’m still thrilled that I had the opportunity to participate in one of their Four Horseman anthologies – “Luck is Not a Factor”.

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I got involved in a conversation over on a friend’s social media this week. He’d referenced a memory, and commented that it had been 8 years since he’d been published in these anthologies, and he’d never seen any money from it. No upfront payments, no royalties, nothing. Now, it’s not that Jason Cordova is a bad writer. Far from it. And the man grinds at his work, he’s not lazing around waiting for something to hit big. But it rankled him that there had been big promises, brutally constrictive contracts and in the end… nothing. The conversation wandered from discussing, in veiled non-specifics, the publishing company that had burned him, to talking about how to find anthologies that actually care about the writers involved.

I was asked to write about how to find non-predatory small presses, and I’m happy to give my small insight into this, but I also…

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A day short and a dollar late

Short stories have always been a challenge for me since they tend to be plot driven at the expense of character development. Still, I think it’s a skill worth developing if only to force myself to work tighter.

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The short story, once the absolute heart of the sf writer’s career has long since dwindled off to become so irrelevant that many a successful author never writes one, and certainly many (me included) never sold one prior to selling a novel.

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It’s Finally Out? Yes, really!

I cannot believe I am actually typing these words. Volume Three of the Chronicles of Shadows – Exile’s Legacy – is finally freakin’ out! Yes, I am as stunned as you, good reader. In addition to the story itself, I redid the primary map and updated it to show that Teresland is no longer around and to show the area where Raven’s crazy forest is proliferating. There is a new map as well which depicts the Badlands where Croaking Wisdom’s people live and where the city-state of Uhtheim stands, home of the mysterious Dragon Queen. My maps still won’t be winning any beauty contests, but I do think they are much improved over the original.

Oh! You want to know where the actual book is, what it looks like and stuff. Well, okay, I guess I can help out in that area. Currently, only the ebook version is out. I expect the print version to go live around Wednesday (1/23/2019) after I have a chance to review the proof copy Amazon is sending me. You can check out Exile’s Legacy here (click image):

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If you don’t mind, after you’ve read the book, please, please, leave a review. Reviews both good and bad provide legitimacy when potential new readers are considering whether to read a series. In theory, you can leave a review using this link: Leave a Review for “Exile’s Legacy”