3.31.2012

Updates: Pricing and Distribution Changes, The Endlands, The Death of Dead Wives Tales, and a New Work in Progress!

It's amazing how fast time can get away from you. March has been a busy month, and there is even more fun on the horizon. Writing has been my chosen career for years, but it's only been in the last couple months that it's started to feel like a truly fruitful one. And with that comes some necessary updates and changes, so I figured I would get everyone up to speed. Here's what's happening, in no particular order.

1. The cover for The Endlands Volume 2, which will contain two of my stories (Under the Scotch Broom, and the brand new Shiva Apparatus) has been unveiled! It looks fantastic. No word on a release date just yet, but it's definitely getting close. The folks at Hobbes End put out quality work, and it will be worth the wait. I'm also quite honored to be listed among some great talent.

2. There are currently some changes underway in regards to the way my books are priced and being distributed. First off, I've become very disillusioned with the communication between Smashwords, Apple, and Sony. It has made it nearly impossible to keep control of my pricing. There are titles in my collection that I like to rotate in and out of the free pile, but when Sony and Apple refuse to honor the price changes I make at Smashwords, that means Amazon won't either. Several emails to the folks at Smashwords have not resolved this problem. As a result, I have opted out of distributing all of my titles to Apple and Sony, as well as Kobo and Diesel. I will only be distributing to Barnes & Noble through Smashwords from now on. Remember, you can still get my work in any format at Smashwords, and if you have an iPad, you can use the Kindle or Nook apps to purchase my work. So I don't really think anyone's going to be missing out too much here. I was getting a lot of free downloads through Sony, but it's a hit I'm willing to take in order to be able to have more control over my prices.

Say bye bye...
Of course, it will likely take several weeks for these stores to remove my books from their pages. This whole thing has been incredibly frustrating, to say the least. So here is the current breakdown on where things stand:

  • A Debacle of Donuts is currently FREE at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. It won't be that way very long, so get it while you can.
  • Dead Wives Tales: A Collection of Dissolved Unions is going away. While it has been selling well, I've decided after a long deliberation that the collection is throwing a bit of a monkey wrench into the way I want to package and distribute my short stories from here on out. The eventual plan is to have one large volume of short stories available for purchase, as well as all stories available for individual download. I have a few more shorts I'm working to complete before I assemble the full volume so that there will be some new material available in there. But rest-assured, I plan to release Epilogue and Abner's Wisdom as separate downloads, and I will integrate the alternate ending for Aria into the current edition. You will still be able to get DWT through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and Apple until it disappears in a few weeks. Consider it a collector's item. ;) 
  • To that end, Epilogue has already been released as a separate download. You can find it on Smashwords and Amazon. Note: it's currently FREE on Smashwords, as I hope to do a free promotional period on Amazon for this title as well. Expect to see Abner's Wisdom in the next week or so. 
  • My novel, The Stargazers, will also be having a free promotional period soon. You can already get it free on Smashwords. Hopefully Amazon will be following suit, once the title is distributed to Barnes & Noble. 
  • Scarlet Letters: The Tale of the Vampire Mailman is still free through Amazon, Sony, and Apple, but that will be changing very soon. My intent was to be charging regular price for that novel awhile ago, but again, I've been having major problems getting all of my retailers to cooperate on price. Once Sony and Apple drop the title from their stores, though, it will be back to $2.99.
  • After a long run in the free category, Dust, Vermin, and Under the Scotch Broom will be going back up to $.99. Barnes & Noble and Smashwords are already reflecting these price points, and Vermin has been changed across the board. But again with the Sony and Apple being douches. Get Dust and Under the Scotch Broom free while you still can through those retailers or Amazon. 
  • Aria and Singularity will remain permanently free. And of course, I will be rotating other free tales in and out of the roster every few months or so. 
3. I've been going through a bit of a creative fit, as of late. Call it being stifled or repressed, but my freak flag has been hanging limp from the pole. While I'm nearly done with The Shiva Paradox, I've been feeling the need to start something new. Something completely different and way out of the box, that really speaks to my gritty psychological horror roots. The new project is called City of Sand, and it's high on the weird and surreal factor. It is a strand of nightmare scenarios organically flowing into one another with a light narrative arc. Each chapter will use a common fear/phobia as a theme. On Facebook, I described it as what would happen if Charlie Kaufman and Lewis Carol took some really powerful mushrooms and had a love baby. The freak flag is waving again, and I'm quite happy with it so far. 

4. Things are also going strong on the co-authored novel I'm working on called The Oilman's Daughter. Ian Healy and I hope to have that one wrapped up by this summer so we can start shopping it around. I'm very excited about this one. It's all plotted out now. It just needs to be written! 

Well, that's about it for now. Irons are in the fire, things are taking shape, and more things will be added later. As always, thank you for making my career as fruitful as it has been, and if you've taken the time to leave a review at any of the online stores or at GoodReads, I really appreciate it!