Glint of a Suncatcher – New Novelette

The business-side story of this new ebook will also be discussed in a later post. But for now, I’m pleased to announce a new release.

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Elvy Akuma discovers a mysterious ancient artifact while on a picnic with her family. Believing the it could be the key to allowing her father to keep his job at the Jad Cultural Center, she instead finds it might re-ignite a devastating war between the humans and Chion.

A 9750 word Novelette by J.A. Marlow.

 

Spires

I’ll go into the business side of this in a later post, but for now I do have exciting news. It’s started. Yep, I’ve started the indie publishing company and the first (small) work is now up!

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I should be scared, like the rest of them.

Scared of the sea of green vines moving in from the surrounding forest and slowly taking over the city. I should be at home, with the doors and windows barricaded. But no. I’m out on the streets, walking and walking, sure my mind is about to burn out.

Yeah, I’m one of “them.” Just high enough on the Telepath ratings to be required to register, low enough that pursuing a career using my so-called ‘gift’ would be a waste of everyone’s time.

The last thing I need is to run into a snot-nosed kid with a stolen alien artifact. Both seem to have something to do with the vines, but why should I care? If my mind burns out it will take care of the problem on my end permanently.

Unfortunately for me, the vines care.

A 4900 word Short Story by J.A. Marlow.

The link is to Star Catcher Publishing, where there are links to the various online retailers it is available for purchase from.

Indies on Bestseller Lists

Amanda Hocking is finally getting some well-deserved attention in the ‘official’ news channels, in this case USA Today. Like many have wondered, why have the big Indie success stories not been reported on? Amanda is close to the million-ebook sales figure, a level that only the likes of Nora Roberts, James Patterson, and Stieg Larsson have made.

And she’s Indie.

Well, it’s starting to happen. The big success stories in the Indie Author movement are finally getting a little notice. And why shouldn’t they? Isn’t this a numbers game? And aren’t they starting to get big numbers?

And yet, that wasn’t the most interesting part of the USA Today article. Nope, not by a long shot. It was only a small sentence in the article, but the meaning is HUGE!

Amanda Hocking will appear in the USA Today ebook Bestseller list.

Which means they intend to include Indies.

It means that an Indie Author selling big numbers is going to get into one of the big bestseller lists. It means that one of the other big advantages of going ‘traditional’, which include bookstore shelf space, more reviews (a lot of review sources won’t touch Indie books), and exclusion (some) from bestseller lists, has just fallen. One more wall an Indie Author/Publishere won’t have to scale.

It’s only one wall, however. I’m still trying to dig up info on the New York Times version of the list, specifically how the rankings are calculated and who they will include or exclude. Which is the reason I didn’t get all excited when the new ebook bestseller lists were announce. After all, if it doesn’t including well-selling Indies, then it’s a lie. (Update: from what I’ve been able to gather, the NYT WILL NOT include any Indies. At all. BIG FAIL!)

We shall see.

Indie Benefit: Flexibility

“…in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

I think that phrase needs to add, “and uncertainty.”

Life changes fast, often broad-siding us from unexpected directions. January has been a month filled with events. I won’t go into the details, but suffice to say that I’m now a month behind on almost everything because of it.

And it brought to mind another benefit of going the Indie route: Flexibility.

My household had a bad month, including me personally. Choosing to go Indie meant that I could give all my attention to those events without worry of losing a contract or angering an editor. Or all the other fall-out that can occur.

Several Indie authors I’ve been following have mentioned that they try not to announce hard and fast release dates because of this sort of thing. It’s one reason I chose not to announce release dates on my first work. Instead, I gave a ball-park estimated time of year. I’ll miss the very first part of that estimation, but perhaps I can hit the latter part.

What this means is that “Night of the Aurora”, the first book in the Salmon Run series is going to be delayed at least into March. After losing January, there’s no other option. Family and health had to come first.

Life happens. I like having the flexibility to roll with it.

The good news is that in February I’ll have a couple novelettes ready to go and perhaps another short story. The novel “Into the Forest Shadows” is also almost ready.

Spring is shaping up to be an interesting release time.

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