LTUE Snippet and Those In Peril

Hey Everyone!

So last week was pretty wild.  I attended Life, The Universe, and Everything (LTUE), a writer’s symposium based in Provo, UT.  Longer discussion coming soon, once I have a chance to collect all my thoughts and note from the weekend.  Suffice to say I had a blast, got to see lots of old friends and make new ones, plus network.  Highly recommend, especially if it’s a trip that won’t require a hotel stay.

While I was at LTUE, Those In Peril, the alternate history anthology I edited with Chris Kennedy, dropped.  To be clear, when I say “dropped,” I’m meaning out the bottom of a B-san on an unsuspecting civilian city.  Not only did Peril rocket to the top of the alternate history charts, at one point is was #513 on Amazon’s charts period.  As in, there were only 512 books that sold more copies than Those In Peril did on 15 February.  I remain totally blown away, and hope everyone reading this decides to go grab a copy.

For all the LTUE folks who were at my panels, feel free to poke around.  As I mentioned, I talk about cover art here, also here, and finally here.  History-wise, I have entire categories dedicated to air warfare and naval history.  Feel free to poke around a little bit, and I’ll probably be putting another short piece together again in the coming weeks.  Thanks for stopping by!

Another Interview and a Blog Tour

So a while back I did an interview for a local Web TV show.  You can see yours truly in all my “Whoa, that was a quick seven minutes…” glory here.

 

Also, a reminder that I start an audiobook blog tour on Monday.  I’ll try to remember to post links here for new and interesting info.  😀

Finally, Aries’ Red Sky is still for sale on Amazon through Saturday for $.99.  If you know someone who loves Sci-Fi, feel free to gift them an e-copy.

 

 

Sales and News!

News Item #1An Unproven Concept is now on sale.  It will also be promoted by Free Kindle Books and Tips (a promotion website that comes highly recommended).

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News Item #2:  Acts of War and Collisions of the Damned will shortly both be available for circulation with the Mid-Continent Public Library system in Kansas City, Missouri.  This should also make them available for inter-library loans elsewhere in the United States.

News Items #3:  On 31 January, I successfully defended my dissertation.  Barring a few minor edits and rework of the conclusion, the long twilight struggle against academics is now over.  Not quite a “Tearing down the Berlin Wall…” moment, but it’s definitely up there!

News on Reviews

Recent news about Amazon reviews here.

My quick thoughts:

Jeff Bezos and the gang are not playing around.  This is a strong action taken against click farms and other gimmicks that have had Amazon’s review / marketing features in the news for all the wrong reasons.  It was starting to appear to some indie authors as if Amazon did not care so much about review veracity as long as the money was flowing in for sales.  This would seem to indicate Amazon cares a great deal about protecting the integrity of its brand.

Getting reviews just got harder.  If you have books in Kindle Unlimited, this probably means that getting borrower reviews may be more difficult.  I know of at least one regular indie reviewer who is on a fixed income (hence why he does KU).  It sounds like this is $50 total lifetime, but still–it’s just another barrier to having, say, people who borrow a book from the library give an author good buzz.

Grudge Killers.  While I’ve yet to annoy someone enough that they thought it was worthwhile to create 20 different accounts to one star me, I know of several authors who have.  Amazon had previously had a “We have neither the time nor the energy to get involved…”-view of this.  However, I think in part this is due to several prominent figures getting just avalanched by fake accounts when they publish a memoir.  Regardless of the reasons for the beef, this should make it harder for crap like this to happen.

Overall I think it is a plus.  We’ll see how it turns out.