Friday, April 27, 2012

Amazon's Authorcentral has a problem

There is currently an issue with Amazon's Authorcentral. Sales figures are being misreported. I discovered this myself when a sale I know took place on a certain day was not, and has not, been reflected by their accounting software. I have informed them of the error, but it will take time to fix I am sure.

If you are an Amazon Authorcentral user for your books, please check yourself and do some verification of the data. I believe this to be more than just an isolated issue with me.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The next book

I know, I know... I'm not done with MINIMAL yet; but cut me some slack! I'm still writing it, but in the mean time that does not mean that I can't plot and prepare for the next idea. I've briefly mentioned it before, and it has a title of The Lost King, but that is always subject to change.

Regardless, I've come bearing something of a gift. Below is a gray-scale rendering of the world in which The Lost King will take place. Behold, the world of Emerhald.




Emerhald is a big place, about twenty times the size of the USA, by the looks of it, if my math is correct (and it rarely is.) There's plenty of room here for lots of adventure, and I hope to visit the place more than once when I am able.

Speaking of a return to a familiar place, twice now in the same week folks have asked me (or threatened, depending on how you take it) if a sequel to Memories of the Dead is in the works. The answer to that is "Yes and no." (Cryptic, huh?)

"Yes," I have a plan for a sequel--which will bring to light the "unhappy memories" mentioned in the final pages of the book; "No," it's not currently in the works, but we're going to get to it, I promise. After all, you followed Locarno around long enough that you deserve to know what ends up being the fate of his family. Right?

Right. So, yeah...eventually I will get on with book 2 of Locarno's sad tale; but in the mean time, be on the look out for the (hopefully soon) completion of the rough-draft of MINIMAL, and the beginnings of The Lost King, which I hope will spark a bit of interest all by itself!

Friday, April 20, 2012

My next book

Once the current work-in-progress is done, I have another lined up in my noggin, and I have to say, I'm pretty excited about it. I can only hope that the idea I'm excited about is one I can get on paper properly in a way that makes other people excited as well. The tentative title is "The Lost King," but I'm not sure about that because there's a Margaret Weis book by the same title (and a bunch of other authors used it as well), so it might just end up being without a title until such time as I can think of a better one.

Writing

You might think that with me being quiet about writing that lately I haven't done much. You'd be right. But, that isn't a bad thing, because I've been thinking about what's next. That's a good thing. I know some details that otherwise I would have missed, this is good. I know a thing or two that I almost forgot to mention, this too is good. So when I get the next chapter down--and I will soon, I'm sure of that--I'll be in a better position and the flow will return. But even with that, I'm not sure exactly how large a tome MINIMAL will be. No. Freaking. Clue. If I had to guess, maybe 70000 words. More? Maybe. Hopefully not more than 90000. That would be daunting to write or read. But honestly, I don't know yet. The story takes me to where it needs to, and luckily for me, I don't have to worry. I write for me, it's not a job. I like that luxury, even if it means I'm slow at it.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Birthday sale!

Well, Hi-didly-ho there, neighbor! :)

It's Friday the 13th, and it's a LUCKY day for you!

From right now, until late on the 17th, you can download my ebook for only 99 cents!

Nook? Yes! Kindle? Yes! 99 cents? Yes! It may be my birthday, but you're the one getting the gift!

Amazon Kindle Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Memories-of-the-Dead-ebook/dp/B006SLTXMG/

B&N Nook Link:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/memories-of-the-dead-phillip-hall/1108117337?ean=2940013687004

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

DOJ files suit against publishers

The Washington Post just upped a story about this... Here's some goodies.

In March, antitrust officials told Apple and the five publishers that they appear to be price-fixing and that the Justice Department would sue them unless they agreed to change their business practices.
 Bloomberg reported that Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins could settle with the government as soon as Wednesday.
 Penguin Group was also reported to be preparing to go to court over the issue, Bloomberg said.
Apple and Macmillan have denied that they colluded to raise prices and argued that the deals between Apple and the publishers helped boost competition in the e-book market, according to Bloomberg.
Don't overcharge...don't collude to fix prices...don't piss off the customer. How simple is that to get? Apparently, the two biggest sins (Greed and Stupidity) over-ride all these simple rules. Personally, I hope there's a lot of people nailed to walls followed by the sounds of lamenting teeth being gnashed.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Piracy and me

I must be something now...my book has been pirated. Found it on the Internet...Lets hope that those articles that say "Piracy increases sales" are correct. Time to find out.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1200 hits on the MMSAI review! Wow!

Holy crap, y'all... Just heard word from MeMyShelfAndI that the review for "Memories of the Dead" has had over 1200 hits this month alone! Which, apparently, is a big enough deal that they emailed me about it! Pretty snazzy, eh?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Contest winners!

The contest winners have been chosen and announced! They are...

Amanda Jo Payne  

Jack Flacco  

Joanna Sincock Geidel  

Congrats to all the winners! You've been contacted and I hope you'll be so kind as to let me know where to send your prize! :)