Close out your summer or head back to school with a boatload of FREE and 99¢ ebooks from yours truly. Almost everything in the M.S. Hund catalogue is on sale this week, so head over to Amazon and fill your Kindle (or equivalent device).
If you haven’t yet explored the seedy underbelly of the dying city called NuLo, you're in luck! All this week (9/12 - 9/16), my novel Seven is just 99¢, and the novella Quinboy is FREE.
Skirting the uncertain waters at the nexus of dystopian science fiction, urban fantasy, and cyberpunk, Seven is the story of a girl who might be psychic and might be psychotic (or maybe both!), while Quinboy is a prequel novella exploring the backstory of supporting players from Seven.
Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo
Seven and Pug must cross the dying city of NuLo, evading the clutches of wolves and cyber-witches, priests and madmen, in a desperate race to counteract a virus before it transforms Pug into a monster. But what lurks in Seven’s head may be the greatest monstrosity of all.
Quinboy: A Tale of NuLo
Danny is in trouble. An orphan recruited into a gang of street thieves, his first job ends in disaster. His best friend is injured, and the man he tried to rob lies bleeding on the pavement. With nothing to show for his efforts, Danny can expect only punishment from Pipejohn, the cruel gang-boss.
This week only, you can get the entire historical fantasy series, The Dreambetween Symphony, for under $3! With all three novels in the series on sale at 99¢ per book and the companion volume Preludes & Elegies available for free, there’s never been a better time to discover this sprawling saga of dark lords and orphan girls, sorcerous songs and tragic loves.
What readers are saying about The Dreambetween Symphony...
“Refreshingly original, exquisitely written, enchanting, beguiling and utterly worth the read.” -Jenny ten Wolde, Amazon reviewer
“M.S. Hund did it again in painting a beautiful world within the Dreambetween.” - Joanna Ogan, author of Prophecy Revealed
“Well written fantasy you feel and see coming together as you read each book.” - Fred Oakman, Amazon reviewer
Remember: the sale ends Friday, so don’t wait. Complete your collection or discover the Dreambetween for the first time today. Get the entire series of four books for under $3!
A song is calling to you from the far side of sleep. Will you answer its siren call?
Beginning this week, I will be removing the ebook versions of my work from sale at all retailers except Amazon. While the print editions will continue to be available from other storefronts, for the foreseeable future the only electronic editions will be Kindle ones. This is not a step I take lightly, but I have not seen sales numbers on the other retailers that would justify giving up what being exclusive to Amazon offers. In the meantime, please be assured that you do NOT need a Kindle to buy and read my ebooks (more on that later) and that I fully intend to return my ebooks to wider distribution in the future.
There is a potential upside to this move, but only if you’re not militantly anti-Amazon. In fact, if you subscribe to the Kindle Unlimited program or have access to the Kindle Lending Library through your Amazon Prime subscription (you did know about the Kindle Lending Library, right?), you’ll soon be able to borrow my ebooks as part of those programs (and compensate me for every page you read in the process ;-). I’ll also be scheduling more sales and giveaways as a result of this narrowed market focus (watch this space).
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"What if I don’t have a Kindle?"
No problem. Amazon makes Kindle apps for almost every tablet, smartphone, and computer.
"But what if I don’t like the Kindle reading experience?"
Every book I sell (and have ever sold) is DRM-free by choice. You can use freely available software like Calibre to convert the Kindle editions of my books to a variety of formats, enabling you to read them wherever and however you like. That includes converting to EPUB format for reading in your favorite ebook app (iBooks, etc) or on devices that don't have Kindle apps available (such as Kobo or Nook).
But I really, REALLY hate Amazon and don’t want to spend any money supporting them!
Technically, that’s not a question. But send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can work something out.
What if Amazon isn’t available in my neck of the globe?
Hit that email link above.
But I despise reading books on an electronic device.
Again, that's not a question. Also, I already answered this above. But to repeat... My print books will continue to be available on every market they were previously available on. You can even walk into a Barnes & Noble (gasp!) and ask them to order my books for you. Alternatively, if you pester your local library, maybe they can order a copy or two for their shelves.
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I think that about covers it. If you have any questions or concerns, hit me up on email or social media (links in the footer below). I know this isn’t great news for some of you who love platforms other than Amazon, and I do apologize for that. Sadly, this is the state of the ebook market today. I wish Amazon didn’t require exclusivity to play with their toys, but at the end of the day, they have the best toys and the widest reach. I don’t like it, but this is the best business decision for me at this time.
Requiem, the third and final novel in my historical/paranormal fantasy series The Dreambetween Symphony, is now available as a Kindle ebook and 6x9" trade paperback available from both Amazon and CreateSpace. Fancy getting your hands on a copy? Hit the buttons below and be whisked to your preferred destination. Or read on to learn more about the book...
(Haven't yet discovered this series? Start with Song of the Severed Lord. All three novels will soon be available on iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and several smaller e-booksellers. Mailing list subscribers will get the first word when those titles are available, so sign up today!)
Lily is a broken woman…
Ten years ago, Lily Markart lost the ability to dream and ran away from home, abandoning the only family she had ever known. Now she has a new life and is ready to start a family. But without access to the Dreambetween, the communal dream shared by her bloodline, her body is suffering. Lily fears that she might not survive having a child, much less be able to protect that child should it be born with the dreaming talent.
Lily’s fears deepen as she hears whispers that the dream has become a more dangerous place and that an old enemy has returned to threaten it. But help from an unexpected front may enable her to return to the dream she lost and join the battle to ensure its future. For herself. For her child. And for all who possess the dreaming blood.
REQUIEM is the third part of THE DREAMBETWEEN SYMPHONY, a sprawling tale of history, romance, fantasy, and dreams that follows generations of the dreaming blood from prehistoric Britain to the modern day. It is the sequel to SONG OF THE SEVERED LORD and EXILE BALLAD.
The long wait for print is over! Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo is now available in trade paperback from CreateSpace and Amazon at the limited-time launch price of $9.99 (though it appears Amazon is offering a bit of an additional discount at the time of writing). To coincide with the launch, I've also dropped the price of the ebook version to $2.99 across all platforms. Pick up your copy (or copies!) today.
Having now published at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo, I've found that all have their strengths and weaknesses, but the big dog is still the leader of the pack...
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While Seven is still in the uncertain (and often torturously long) process of approval with Apple, the rest of my published fiction is available at the "Big Four" ebook stores. I'm not going to claim that the process of publishing is torture with any of them, but they all have their faults and frustrations (and, to be fair, shining moments of quality).
So let's run through the pros and cons as I see them (in April 2014), shall we?
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
Pro: fastest approval (usually within hours), best online preview tools, ePub upload means one less step in the pre-publication process, biggest/best marketplace, email notification when books are live/published, easiest to find help (KDP documentation, kboards, and the web in general)
Con: book description formatting is messy, utilitarian (but functional) back-end, two places to post descriptions (Author Central and KDP) is confusing, lower royalties
Kobo Writing Life
Pro: pretty back-end design with fun status messages, streamlined and quick process to upload and prepare books, fastest approval/availability outside Amazon (within 24 hours)
Con: finding bank was a headache for payment processing, non-existent online previewer (download an epub and look at that in an app), WYSIWYG formatting of book synopsis didn’t work (and apparently hasn’t for some time, despite claims of ignorance from Kobo on Twitter), bookstore probably the least searchable/effective of the four, no email notification that books are live/published
NOOK Press (Barnes & Noble)
Pro: pretty back-end design, not quite as streamlined a process to upload/prep books for sale as Kobo (but close!), slightly slower to publish than Kobo (but up in about 24 hours), store/catalog pages are the most useful/elegant
Con: help documentation vague and (sigh) unhelpful, online previewer present but terrible, no notification that books are live/published, weirdness surrounding whether to accept ePub as uploaded or as modified within online previewer (even when online previewer not used)
iBooks/iTunes Producer (Apple)
Pro: predictably, the catalog pages for books are the most aesthetically pleasing (but app-based is a bummer)
Con: why do I need an app (iTunes Producer) to upload a book? why does it have to save a package to my machine as part of the process? no preview of any sort before uploading, approval time way longer than other stores (over a week), byzantine and overly complex sign-up process to even get started publishing through them is not indie-friendly, no email notification that books are live on the store
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So how would I rank them? Amazon is still the easiest to use, the fastest to publish, the easiest to get paid, and has the biggest reach. It's easily #1 (as I knew going in, which is why I published there first). Correspondingly, Apple is easily dead last (I'd heard the rumors and hoped they weren't true, but they were...in every gory detail).
There's not much between Nook and Kobo, but B&N's greater market reach (at least in the US) and higher quality storefront trump Kobo's indie-friendliness and irreverent "cute" factor. At least in my book, and, as I said, not by much.