Publishing and Unpublishing

It’s been a while since my last update. Writing has been slow and difficult, but with some recent submissions made, hopefully I’ll have some publication news for you soon.

My first bit of news is that I’ve temporarily withdrawn Scar On The Sky from publication. This novella is particularly close to my heart, but it’s clear the book needs reworking. Gerwyn will undergo a name change, and the story will be developed further and lengthened. There are two more novellas planned in the series, so I intend to re-release when the next book is close to being ready. At this stage the Rockington series will be ready to grace your shelves sometime in 2019.

As some of you may have heard, Amazon is merging CreateSpace into KDP. Until now, I have been producing my paperbacks through CreateSpace, but this decision will mean any future titles I publish will have paperbacks printed by another company. The problem is that KDP will not provide Australian authors with proof copies, nor with author copies. Amazon (the parent company) is refusing to sell anything to Australians unless it’s through their Australian retail site. This means to obtain a copy of my own book, I would have to make it readily available for sale and then buy it through a retail channel. Not only is this significantly more expensive, but it also means the book would be available for purchase before I got to check the appearance and quality. On screen proofing is not perfect. At the very least, cover images can appear quite different when printed compared to how they look on a screen. The existing paperbacks will remain printed through an Amazon company for now, but other factors might see me move them elsewhere in the future.

I had hoped to bring you a 2018 new release by now. Rest assured I do have a number of projects in development, including plans for a short story collection. If you’ve read and enjoyed any of my titles, please leave a review somewhere. It will help motivate me to keep writing. Even a single sentence is enough!

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Australian Shadows Awards

The shortlists for the 2017 Australian Shadows Awards have been selected. I’m pleased to say Midnight Echo #12, which includes my story Effigia Malo, is up for contention in the best edited work category.

You can see the full shortlists HERE Perhaps you’ll find your next dark read among the contenders.

I was a judge for the novel category, and I can tell you, the amount and variety of dark fiction coming out of Australasia is amazing!

The Tasmanian Writers Centre needs your help

The Tasmanian Writers Centre is a marvellous organisation providing services to, and showcasing, Tasmanian writers of all kinds. Lack of funding means they at risk of being shut down.

Tasmania is a relatively small place, but is filled with creativity. To lose an asset such as the Tasmanian Writers Centre would be a terrible blow to the writing community.

Governments throw ridiculous amounts of money at sports but practically ignore the enormous value of arts-based organisations. Therefore, it is up to the public to support and save them.

If you would like to help the Tasmanian Writers Centre to survive, please make a donation to the GoFundMe campaign HERE. Any amount would help.

Thank you.

Consolidating

For a short while there will be an interruption in the availability of some of my titles in ebook format in some stores. One of the publishing companies I have been working with has reduced the number of stores they distribute to, as well as shifting operations. The result is that they no longer have the advantages that attracted me, so I am consolidating those titles into another of the companies I use.

Affected buy links will be restored on my site when new ones become available.

Migrating ebooks and hardcover looks

A publisher I have been using to distribute some of my ebooks, Pronoun, is closing down. This means some titles of my ebook titles will disappear and then reappear on some retailers as I change over to a new company. In most cases any reviews they have received on the retailer’s site before the move will be lost, so if you have been kind enough to leave one, please check in a few weeks that the review is still there. It’s a disappointing situation, and means spending time on something other than writing, but if all goes to plan my books will be available in even more places than before. I’ll try to update the sales links on my website as the move progresses.

In other news, I have finally received my copy of the hardcover edition of Thank You: A Tribute To Chris Cornell. The images are darker than I’d like, but not bad enough to attempt reworking the whole book. Expanded distribution has now been selected, but buying directly from Lulu will save you 40% off the list price. The hardcover will start appearing on other retailers over the following couple of months.

I recently published a long-lost novel by Australian-born Rosa Campbell Praed. The Soul of Countess Adrian was first published in 1891, but had been out of print for a century. The story is a romance, but is set against Bohemian London and the occultism that was the craze of the time. Charm and drama merge in this lost piece of Australian literature history. It is available as a paperback on Amazon US, UK and Canada, and will appear on other retailers in the future. The ebook is also out on Amazon, and will appear on other retailers soon as part of the ebook migration.

I don’t have any titles scheduled for release in the near future, but I am working on a number of projects. Some horror, some romance, some long, some short. I had hoped to have at least one out before Christmas, but it’s highly unlikely now.

Hurrah for Hardcover!

IMG_5836Do you love a hardcover book? Well, good news! My books are being released as hardcovers. Here are the first four of my titles to be in the format.

Dylan’s Rock in both Regular Print and Large Print

Scar On The Sky in Large Print

Arachnight & Tasmanian Devils in Large Print (also in the same volume for the first time).

Buy directly from Lulu and you will save big on the list price. Also make sure you check Lulu’s homepage for additional discount offers.

Two more titles will be joining them in hardcover – Scar On The Sky (in regular print), and Thank You: A Tribute to Chris Cornell (also in regular print). I will be updating my buy links as I approve the proof copies, although all the titles mentioned here are already available for purchase through Lulu.

 

Thank You in paperback

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The paperback edition of Thank You was released earlier this month. Initially available on Amazon, you can now purchase copies from other retailers such as Barnes & Noble, and Book Depository. Please see the book’s page on my website for links.

There were a few problems in getting this out there. Last minute issues with the manuscript delayed the ordering of the proof copies, which then took almost a month to arrive. Then, a few days after publishing, Amazon suddenly wondered why my name wasn’t listed in the author field and they suspended the book. Once they’d read my brief email replying to theirs it was soon available again, but it would have been better all round if they’d inquired about it during the set-up stage. Recently the book disappeared off Amazon’s sites completely. It’s back again now, after I contacted them on discovering its absence, but it was gone for up to five days, and I never did hear from them as to what had gone wrong. Fingers crossed, that will be the final problem.

There have also been occasional problems with people unable to download the free ebook edition from Amazon. If this has happened to you, please try again.

It’s possible a hardback edition of Thank You will be released in the future, due to popular demand. Watch here for news.

Thank You

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The free ebook edition of Thank You has been released to a wonderful response. I am honoured to have been able to bring to life a book that holds so much meaning to so many people. Thank you to each and every contributor.

I am still waiting for the proof copies of the paperback to arrive, but I hope to be able to release it next month.

Chris Cornell tribute book update

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The free ebook edition will be released on 20 July, 2017. Pre-orders are already live on Amazon, and it will also be available through Google Play, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. The book has already hit #1 on some Amazon sites.

The paperback has been delayed slightly, but will hopefully be available within a month. The list price will be around $15US.

Download and buy links will be activated on the book’s page on my website as they become available.

I have enormous gratitude to all the contributors. This book simply would not exist without them!