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Kate Paulk’s Knights in Tarnished Armor is now available through Barnes & Noble.  You can find it here.  Unfortunately, as of a couple of minutes ago, it hadn’t yet shown up in their search engine, but I assume that will be corrected in the next couple of hours.  As soon as it’s available through Amazon and other stores, I’ll let you know.

The Google e-book store opened yesterday.  We’ll be putting our titles up through there as well over the course of the next week or so.  I’ll keep you updated on this as well.

Now I’m off to work on the garage door that has decided it only wants to close half-way.  Such fun.  Of course it would choose the one morning this year so far where our temperature is 33 degrees.  Oh well, I guess it’s just another excuse for me to put on another pot of coffee

Until later!

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As you can see, we have a new logo.  We’ve got a new banner to go along with it.  Just visit our homepage to see the full-sized image.

To go along with the new logo, we’ve re-opened the web-store.  As promised yesterday, we’re proud to announce that the first of several short story collections by Dave Freer — The Goth Sex-Kitten & Other Stories – is now available for purchase.  It will also be available shortly at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.  Of course, as with all our titles, it is DRM-free.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, and remember to check back tomorrow for Darwin Garrison’s next Animanga Viewpoint.

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Last week the internet was ablaze with the Cooks Source debacle.  For those who might not know what I’m referring to, here’s my post on it.  There are links in the post where you can find more background information.   Since then, the folks at Cooks Source have issued an apology (of sorts).

I say “of sorts” because they still don’t admit they did anything wrong in using an article without permission or recompense.  Nor have they addressed the comment made by their representative that anything on the internet is in the “public domain”.  You can read their statement here.   I happen to think John Scalzi’s comments about it are dead on point, especially when he states that Cooks never would have addressed the issue had the internet gone viral about what happened.

In other news, Hell must be a bit colder this week.    The New York Times has announced that it will begin listing a best sellers list for both fiction and non-fiction e-books after the first of the year.   According to the article, the lists will be  “compiled from weekly data from publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers and online retailers, among other sources.”  One of those “other sources” is RoyaltyShare.  It will be interesting to see just how complete the data will be when compiling these lists.

Going hand in hand with the news from the NYT is the AAP’s (Association of American Publishers) release of September’s sales figures.  E-book sales increased 158.1% over September 2009.  The only other areas showing an increase were downloaded audiobooks (73.7%), university press paperbacks (10.6%), higher education (2.2%), and professional books (0.7%).

“The Adult Hardcover category was down 40.4 percent in September with sales of $180.3 million, and sales for the year-to-date down by 8.1 percent. Adult Paperback sales decreased 15.8 percent for the month ($111.5 million) but increased by 1.5 percent for the year so far. Adult Mass Market sales decreased 23.6 percent for September with sales totaling $67.8 million; sales were down by 15.7 percent year to date.”

The year-to-date figures for e-book sales shows an increase of 188.4%.  While that is still a small part of a traditional publisher’s overall sales, that figure is growing.  The fact is this trend is only going to increase.  E-book readers are becoming more affordable.  Tablets such as the iPad also make reading e-books more attractive to readers than sitting at their desk reading off their PC or Mac.  E-books are here to stay.  The only real hurdle still left to clear — leaving aside the elephant in the room called DRM — is how long it will take for an industry standard format to be decided upon.

Until that happens, we’ll continue to offer our e-books in a variety of different formats and all will be DRM-free.

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We have received notice from our web host of issues with our shopping cart program.  Because of this, we've temporarily taken down the links to our store.  In the meantime you can access all our titles -- with the exception of our short story collection Night Whispers -- through Amazon.  If you check the links on our homepage, they will take you directly to the appropriate Amazon page.  Also, in keeping with our no-DRM policy, there is no DRM attached to the .mobi files purchased form Amazon.  However, if you want other formats, check out smashwords.  Most of our titles are already available there and the rest should go "live"shortly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  But at least our techs now know why they were pulling their hair out.  Hopefully, things will be back to normal here in the next 24 - 48 hours.

For those of you who have made purchases through our webstore, if you have any problems downloading your purchases please let us know.  Thanks!

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First of all, apologies for the delay between posts.  Real life kicked several of us in the teeth this past week and we’re just now digging out.  However, beginning this week, there will be at least four posts every week — God willing and the creek don’t rise.

Since my last post, we’ve published two more short stories and the Halloween collection.  The first short story is Hell of a Job by Kate Paulk.  It should appear on Amazon, B&N and other “store” sites in the next few days.  Here’s a short excerpt:

Elizabeth Antonia Harrisfield snuggled into the cushions on the obsidian throne and sighed. Being a Dark Lord, Supreme Ruler of the Southwestern Corner of the Mappe and loyal minion of the Dread Lord of Hell Himself wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

There was the throne, for a start. Carved from a single block of flawless obsidian, massive and foreboding, emphasising the Dark Lord’s power to all who saw it, it was also hellishly uncomfortable and froze the Dark Lord’s backside. Which helped to explain the previous incumbent’s fondness for incinerating his underlings.

That latter was also partially explained by the Dread Lord’s habit of watching the Dark Lords and occasionally popping in to offer advice. Her predecessor’s predecessor had resigned after one such visit. It wasn’t that unlike board meetings back home, except that forced resignations usually didn’t involve the luckless victim devolving into a screaming lump. Elizabeth hadn’t been graced with any such visits yet, but once she’d learned they happened she’d set about finding out what they involved.

It seemed that being a Dark Lord and Loyal Minion was a high risk, high turnover position. . . .

In the next short story, Zebbie by Sarah A. Hoyt, a young cat’s antics leads his family into a dangerous world where reality and fable merge.  Here’s an excerpt:

. . .Zebbie froze by my side, his paw raised like a pointer dog in an English hunting print. I looked down, surprised at this unnatural pose, then froze in my turn. My heart hammered somewhere between my mouth and my ears. Above and in front of Zebbie’s paw, floated something that looked like a giant, shimmering soap bubble. Only it wasn’t a bubble, just a shimmering of the air and a faint suggestion of rainbow color. Inside this, suspended, flew… I can only describe it as a human, if a human were about a palm long, with a golden exoskeleton and dragon-fly wings.

I don’t remember screaming. I didn’t even throw the flowers over my head, nor let go of the sharp knife. Funny how, when the impossible happens, one acts in a perfectly reasonable way. Instead, I turned my back. “Come on, Zebbie,” I said, and started walking towards the back door. Then looked back to see if he followed.

Zebbie darted me a reluctant look, then made a half-movement, as though to pounce on the thing.

“No,” I told him. “Don’t you touch that.” Just as rational as you please, as though restraining Zebbie from playing with a squirrel or a mouse.

I made it all the way to the phone, dialed Glen’s office phone and found myself telling him, “I just saw a fairy in the garden.” . . . .

Both of these stories are available for individual purchase or as part of the collection of stories we did for Halloween.  The collection, Night Whispers, is available here.  As with the stories, it will also be available through Amazon and other outlets within the next few days.   The collection includes Jack by Dave Freer, Till Your Proud Heart Break by Sarah A. Hoyt, Gooble, Gobble, One of Us by Charles Edgar Quinn, Predator or Prey by Ellie Ferguson, Bite One, Get One Free by Robert A. Hoyt as well as Hell of a Job by Kate Paulk and Zebbie by Sarah A. Hoyt.

As far as observations go, I’m not a big TV watcher.  When I do watch, it’s usually something on the History Channel, BBCA, one of the Discover Channels or an old movie.  But the other day I decided to take a look at AMC’s new series, The Walking Dead.  I’ll admit right now that I’ve never seen the graphic novel it’s based on.  Nor am I that big of a fan of zombie movies.  My opinion has been that zombie movies have gone the way of slasher flicks — after the first couple of really good ones, they’ve become nothing but parodies of themselves.  But The Walking Dead changed my mind — at least so far.

Don’t get me wrong.  There isn’t a lot of new material here.  The sheriff waking up alone in the hospital after being in a coma reminded me a lot of Howard Keel awakening in the hospital and ripping the bandages off his eyes in Day of the Triffids.  (Oh no, now I’m going to have the opening theme of Rocky Horror Picture Show playing in my head — “And I really got hot when I saw Janette Scott fight a Triffid that spits poison and kills”.  Okay, it’s been one of those days.  What else can I say?)

Okay, back to business here.  Before getting hijacked by RHPS, I was going to say that I found myself enjoying the pilot of The Walking Dead more than I’d expected.  I haven’t had a chance to see the second episode yet, but it’s on the dvr waiting for me.  Maybe tonight.

I also want to let you know that we are having a few issues with our store right now.  It’s nothing major — unless you happen to be one of our IT guys and they are pulling their hair out right now.  For some reason, on the pages where our new short stories and novels are listed, some of the images have decided to appear one moment and then disappear the next.  We aren’t having that problem on the individual product pages, nor does it impact your ability to purchase and download the items.  It’s just frustrating and I’ve got a tech or two threatening to commit violence if they can’t find the problem and fix it soon.

Finally, tomorrow we’ll be publishing Darwin Garrison’s first anime/manga review.  His column will appear twice a month.  Beginning December, it will be the first and third Wednesday of the month.  So be sure to stop by and take a look tomorrow.

Until tomorrow, I’m going to go see if I can’t calm the techies and keep them from throwing a computer across the room.  They never clean up the mess when they do ;-p


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I want to thank everyone for their support and interest in NR.  It's still early days and there have been the expected -- as well as some unexpected -- bumps in the road.  But we are working them out.

Over the next few months, you'll see our catalog grow.  If you are a fan of historical fantasy, sf/f, mystery or humor, you'll find it here.  The same goes for if you prefer short stories or novels.  With the beginning of the new year, the genres you'll find here will expand as well.  So please keep checking back.

I also want to thank the authors who have been in contact with us about submissions.  As a writer myself, I understand how exciting it is to find a new market that might fit your style.  However, a word of caution.  Please check our guidelines before submitting.  If you have any questions about them, email us.  We will do our best to answer within 24 hours.  It is our goal to make this as easy and as seamless as possible for anyone who wants to submit to us.

We will be open for submissions for both novels and short stories November 1st. Our reading period will extend through that month, closing at 11:59pm est on November 31st.  We will be accepting submissions in all genres except erotica.  Submit the entire work.  You can find a complete breakdown of the submission process and what we want to see here.

Remember, we are open to new and established authors.  You do not have to have an agent to submit.  Most of all, remember that Naked Reader is a DRM-free zone.




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Monday, August 2, 2010

I can't believe it.  After months of preparation and more than a year of talking, Naked Reader, LLC (aka Naked Reader E-Books) is finally a reality.  There are a number of people behind the scenes who have helped make it happen and over the next few months, you'll get to know each and every one of them.  But today, I'd like to say, "Thanks," for stopping by and tell you a little about Naked Reader.

First things first, we are not THAT kind of publisher.  Unless you want us to be Because you, our readers, are the driving force behind what we will offer in the months and years ahead.  So, please, pull up a chair, browse through our site, and take a look at our free offerings this month.

Let me tell you a little about Naked Reader and our authors.

Naked Reader came about when a group of us, all writers, editors and others in the publishing field  as well as a few with legal or accounting backgrounds, got together and started talking about what we would like to see in a publishing house.  That conversation quickly turned to the number of authors who were taking advantage of e-publishing through their own sites, through "cooperatives" and the like.  A few more conversations down the road and we came to the conclusion that we wanted to offer more than just our own books and stories for sale.  We wanted to offer the opportunity for authors with backlists to release those books in a digital format at terms that were fair to them; terms that would keep cost to the reader down while giving the author more money per book than they would get through a traditional route.  Later, after more talk and a lot of research, we decided that we could pool all our talents and Naked Reader was born.

So, what's our goal?  That's simple.  We want to bring you, our readers, e-books and short stories you will enjoy in a variety of genres and formats.  Some will be new.  Some will be reprints.  Some will by established authors.  Others will be by authors just breaking into the business.  But all will go through full editorial review before ever leaving our offices.

That's not to say we won't have some bumps along the way -- usually from me -- as we get things up and running.  If you see something, don't hesitate to send us an email to let us know.  There's a contact link on the side of the page.  Click it and it will take you to an email form.

Over the next few days, you'll get to know a little about the authors whose work is available for download this month.  The first is Dave Freer.  For those of you who are familiar with Baen's Bar, you might know him as Dr. Monkey.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure yet of meeting Dave and reading his novels and short stories, here's an extract from his website:

Where to start?
With the hard questions I suppose.
So what is it I get called again?
Ah yes. "Hey, you." or " #@$%#." or "Monkey". My mother has called me 'David' for the last forty years or so, when she's mad at me. No one else ever does.
I am a New Australian and an ex-South African of half Scots, half Yorkshire and half Afrikaans descent, which explains a number of things:  My logic, my mathematical skill, my attitude. These days I live on a remote island in the middle of the Bass strait, only reachable by plane or an 11 hour ferry trip - where you would have to disguise yourself as a cow, as they do not take human passengers. You can read about it on Flinders Family Freer.

Dave also hangs out at Mad Genius Club, where he blogs every Monday.

His short story, Left Behind, tells the story of what happens when an attorney finds himself in Hell and face-to-face with not only the Devil himself but his own grandmother.   It is a fun read, and one that you'll think about afterwards.


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