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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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Wow.  Another week.  I want to start by thanking everyone who has downloaded our books and stories, both here and from Smashwords.  For those of you who are Amazon customers, you'll soon be able to find our books there as well.

What I'd like to do today is give you a glimpse of our upcoming publication schedule.  Listed below are some of the things you'll be seeing in the months to come.

September:

  • Short story collection by Dave Freer
  • Wedding Bell Blues by Ellie Ferguson.  Weddings seem to bring out the worst in people.  But they don't usually end in murder...or do they?
  • The Star Cats short story collection by Charles E. Quinn
  • Lawyers of Mars by Pam Uphoff

October and November will be our freebie months.  Each month we'll offer a selection of short stories for you to download.  These short stories will be by established authors as well as those just breaking into the business.

December:

  • Angels and Demons, an anthology
  • Knights in Tarnished Armor by Kate Paulk.  Take everything you've learned about knights in shining armor and toss it out the window.  This fun-filled collection of letters between the rather tarnished knights and their lady loves will keep you laughing from start to finish.
  • Quicksand by C. S. Laurel (sequel to B. Quick, currently a free download)
  • Holidays in Hell (working title) by Robert A. Hoyt.  You'll never look at the holidays the same way again after reading these fun, and often twisted, takes on our most favorite days of the year.

We'll be adding titles to our schedule throughout the year.  So be sure to check back regularly.

If you're interested in previews of any of our titles, simply click on Previews in the menu.  Over the next few days the files will be added for your downloading convenience.

Later this week, other members of our team will be blogging. So check back to see what they have to say.

 

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As you can see, we've got a new layout.  I hope you like it as much as we do.  However, as with anything new, there will be a few glitches.  We've done our best to find them all, but there are still a couple we have to fix -- primarily the forums aren't online yet.  Check back in a couple of days and they should be fully operational.

You'll also notice that we have now implemented a "shopping cart".  Simply set up your account and place your orders, even for the free downloads.  After checking out, you'll be sent two emails.  The first will detail your order.  The second will have a download code and link to follow.  I think everything's pretty self-explanatory.  But if you have any trouble, let us know ASAP.

Finally, next week we'll start regular blogging.  You'll hear from some of our authors, from some of those working behind the scenes here at NR and from others we manage to drag in -- er, invite to blog about publishing, books we've read or anything else that might be of interest.

Until next week -- Have a great weekend!

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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.

Enjoy!

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