self-publishing

Return to the KDP Select Fold

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).

Questions?

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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 mshund@gmail.com 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.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

One year ago, I published my first novel, Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo. Of course, when I say first, what I really mean is third, since there are two novels sitting in the digital filing cabinet that will never see the light of day. NEVER, I say! 

(Note: When a writer says never, they usually mean that they'll probably recycle and incorporate bits of those stories into new projects going forward. ;-)

And new projects are certainly on the horizon for me. After years of piling up the rejections, the move to self-publishing (or indie publishing, if you prefer) seems to have increased my forward momentum, shaking the cobwebs off my glacial production machine and getting the gears well and truly churning. Let’s review…

When Seven launched in January of 2014, it was available in one format (Kindle ebook) on a single market (Amazon). As I sit here on the far side of 2014, I have three novel-length works and six collections of short fiction available as ebooks on the four major platforms (Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo). Additionally, all three of the novel-length books are available in paperback from Amazon and CreateSpace (and in bookstores and libraries via special order).

Of course, one of those "novel-length" works is a compilation of the six short fiction collections I published, but still, I’m pretty pleased with my first year as an indie publisher. It’s set up a good platform for the second year.

So that’s enough ego-stroking and navel-gazing. What does 2015 have in store for you, the reader?

 

Finish the Dreambetween

Song of the Severed Lord, the first book of The Dreambetween Symphony, my contemporary/historical fantasy series about a communal dream and the family that inhabits it, was published in September, 2014. The follow up, Exile Ballad, will be released in early February. Requiem, the final novel in the series, will follow in late May or early June (I’m just about a third of the way through the first draft as we speak…write…whatever). 

A fourth novel-length Dreambetween book comprised of short stories, novellas, and appendices containing family histories, an index of story locations, glossaries, and a translation/pronunciation guide (Preludes & Elegies), will be released in the autumn, thus completing the Symphony. The short stories and novellas will also be published separately as ebooks, often for free, and the appendices will likely feature on this website as well. The final step in the series will be to get all four volumes released as an omnibus ebook edition (and possibly also in hardcover—not sure about that one yet).

 

Start the Next Series

With the Dreambetween put to bed (sigh), I’ll begin work on a second series. I have four potential ideas that are currently percolating and vying for my attention, but I’m still not sure which one will grab me and demand that I write it. I’m pilling up notes and ideas for all four, but I’m not going to dive in until all of the first drafts for the Dreambetween stuff are safely out of my head. I doubt that this second series will hit the digital shelves before 2016, but if I hit a rich vein of form…

 

Revisit the Inventory

Production is job #1 at the moment, but part of the idea of releasing so much work in 2014 (including quite a bit from the short story back catalog) was to see what worked and what didn’t from a publishing angle—refining the process and identifying the best tools and workflows for the job. I’ve certainly made mistakes and been a bit scattershot on the marketing/social media side of the equation, but I fully expected that that would be the case. So in addition to production, I’m going to start cleaning up after myself a bit in 2015. Expect things to get a lot more streamlined and focused.

Time, health, and ambition permitting, of course.

So thanks for coming along on the ride with me through Year One. Hope you enjoyed the stories and the journey, and I look forward to providing you with more words soon...


Exile Ballad, the follow-up to Song of the Severed Lord, will be released soon. Sign up for my mailing list to get the first word about the release (I plan to launch at a special sale price) and to get a free Dreambetween short story ebook, La Chanson du Sang.