Happy Easter to all my friends and fans. He is Risen!
I hadn’t given much thought to Scribd and Oyster until recently. If you are not familiar with these services, they have been compared to Netflix in that paying a monthly fee offers the subscriber the opportunity to read as many books as they like. Having my books on Smashwords brought these distribution options over the last few months. As part of their deal with Smashwords, I received a free year subscription to Scribd. Will and I downloaded the app and immediately searched to find my books there.
I can’t help but think this is a good thing for indies as each avenue that opens up for us to get more readers should help us to build a fan base. I do wonder, though, what this type of thing means for books/ebooks in general. As I understand it, an author gets paid if/when someone reads over a certain percentage of a book, doesn’t seem like a bad deal. Not much different than offering a free sample, or similar. Would you be willing to pay a monthly fee to read books? If you haven’t read my books, I know they are on Scribd, they are also supposed to be on Oyster. I think both services have a free trial. I’d love to hear your thoughts about such services and I would certainly be honored to hear your thoughts if you choose to try my books this way.
Earlier today, I had the treat of seeing the original episode of Carl Sagan’s COSMOS which featured the Library of Alexandria. It has been years since I’ve watched this and I had honestly forgotten just how much his computer generated library was like the one I always envision when I write about my character Alexandria.
I’m a huge fan of Sagan’s original series and if you like to ponder the universe and all its complexities like I do, then I hope you will join me in tuning in to the NEW COSMOS with Neil deGrasse Tyson tonight.
I hope you will have a chance to come out and meet the authors at the Third Annual Augusta Literary Festival
on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Augusta Public Library, 823 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901. You can get all the details here:
Book signings will take place from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM and at 3:00 PM I, along with Jessica Hawke, & Alicia Michaels will be featured in a panel discussion: The Mind of the Fantasy Writer
My dear Will is always looking for ways to do his part in getting the word out about my books. He has spent some time recording a bit of Book 1. He and I would love to share these with you so that anyone who hasn’t yet read Book 1 might get a preview. Just click the AUDIO tab above and scroll past the information about Will’s online radio show. If you haven’t checked out his show, please consider giving that a try too.
Will would also appreciate your feedback as to his read of the book as he might consider doing a full e-book (or e-books) in the future if these chapters are well received. Please comment here, or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This Present Darkness” & Hogwarts. High praise from a fellow author!
Originally posted on Sunshine Somerville:
First, the big picture: The mythology of angels, fallen angels, and their Nephilim offspring used in this book is incredibly interesting and yet not overly complicated. You quickly understand (especially if you have a Christian background, although I wouldn’t say that that’s necessary to enjoy this book) the history of this age-old struggle and get a feel for what’s at stake. The way the author brings historical places, objects, events, and people into the story adds a real depth to these immortals’ lives. I also really enjoyed that the Nephilim were shown to be from many, many different cultures and ethnicities.
As for the main character, Alexandria learns about herself right along with the reader. This was a really great way to maintain a sense of mystery to the story, and her back-flashes move the story along without being just distracting little bits of character development. So much of the…
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