Nobility Among Us No Longer in Global Distribution

The global distribution deal on the paperback version of Nobility Among Us ended last month and will not be renewed, so the various bookstores around the world that previously sold it will stop doing so once their stock runs out. It can still be bought from the publisher’s site, or direct from me. If there is sufficient interest in the future, I will start a separate print run with a company that does not charge an annual fee for additional sales channels.

The sales page has been modified to reflect this.

Sci Phi Issue 7 Teaser and SuperversiveSF Rountable!

SciPhiJournal_Issue7_Cover

The above teaser of the cover art for issue 7 has been released, the signed copies of Nobility Among Us and Selected Verse: Faith and Family for the contest winner have been posted, and I have also submitted my first article to Sci Phi Journal, based on one of the lesser-read blog posts here. We’ll see if it gets accepted, and if so in which issue it will appear.

Issue 7 of Sci Phi Journal will contain chapters 12 and 13 of Beyond the Mist, in which the main character’s new name will be revealed (along with a lot of other things)

Also, tomorrow at 3pm Eastern time there will be another superversiveSF live stream, in which we will be discussing the merits of the various Hugo-nominated works, the day after voting on the awards closes. Many of these works can be read for free, links can be found at SFsignal:

http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/04/finalists-2015-hugo-award-with-free-fiction-links/

Christmas Ordering Deadline for Nobility Among Us Paperbacks

I have been informed by the publisher that in order for deliveries to arrive in time for Christmas, printed copies of Nobility Among Us need to be ordered on or before Monday the 8th of December, i.e. this is the last weekend in which it can be ordered and be sure that it will arrive in time.

Price Reduction on the Kindle ebook version of Nobility Among Us

I recently noticed that The Kindle ebook version of Nobility Among Us had an error in it, the Noble Hierarchy chart image was not displaying in the file, and the two maps were on their sides. These issues have now been fixed and the price of the ebook has been reduced to only $2.99, the price for other amazon territories being reduced to match. So take a look, and risk a little less of your hard-earned money to see if the rest of the story is worth it.

How to write a good long Sci Phi Story?

A question was asked over at the Sci Phi Journal website.

I was wondering if anyone out there could shed some insight onto the following question: How do you make a serialized series that intends to go on for at least two decades, have large epic plots that still manage to make cogent philosophical points?

I ask because it seems that most tales that do make cogent philosophical points most seem to be one-shots. Even the Twilight Zone, as chock to the brim with far more insight than both recent live-action Star Treks combined as that show was, was an anthology, or a collection of one-shots with little to no serialization.

Though I love to make philosophical one-shots and read such one-shots, I must admit that my heart lies in making tales with long plot-threads, as it was such shows like, everything in the DC Animated Universe, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and Avatar: The Last Airbender that got me into wanting to be a writer in the first place.

I think that it’s not impossible, as those three things I mentioned above somehow managed to do it, but I’m just curious as to how one accomplishes such a thing and how difficult it really is, because I seem to be finding it’s mighty hard.

Short answer, yes it is very hard. Long answer below: Continue reading

Another Kindle Countdown Deal for Nobility Among Us!

What difference can one family make?

For those of you who missed out on the contest (and other interested parties in the US), starting on midnight PST at the beginning of this coming Saturday (the 19th of July) and ending on midnight PST at the beginning of Saturday the 26th of July, i.e. for a full week, the kindle ebook version of Nobility Among Us will be available for only 99 cents. Please take advantage of this opportunity and tell your friends about it.

The kindle ebook can be bought here

 

Win a Free Copy of Nobility Among Us!

NAU_poster_familyA competition has been set up over at my publisher’s website, with 2 free paperback copies of Nobility Among Us on offer for the winners. All you have to do is read an extract from the book and give your name and email address to be entered into the random draw. The deadline for entering the contest is the 12th of July.

Details can be found here:

http://www.feedaread.com/p/1234/