Saturday, May 24, 2014
Amazon can teach you a lot about selling books. I've been plugging away with my books for years and never had a runaway. I publish Jack Mackenzie's Military SF novel Debt's Pledge and I get a front seat view to what a runaway seller looks like. I'm not going to talk numbers because that's private but let's just say Jack's novel has been out for a month and sold more copies than all the books I've ever sold. Am I jealous? A little bit but mostly I'm happy. Why? Because I'm learning every day about the biz from the rider's seat. If Jack can do it ... so can I (I hope).
What have I learned? That would be telling but one tid-bit I will share is that there are different kinds of buyers. Debt's is a great read and lots of people are enjoying it. Other times I see a buyer (I assume it's the same buyer - assumptions are dangerous though) purchase three of my books in a bunch. That's heart-warming. Not just the fact that they spent $12-15 but that they like my work, they trust me as a writer, enough to buy more than one at a time. Jack's starting to see this too, as Debt's readers come back to buy his first book, The Mask of Eternity as well. The experiment is over and they now know that Jack is a fun read. (Of course I already knew that because I edited the books.)
Anyway, enough about selling books. If you want to know where to buy them: www.gwthomas.org/bookstore.htm keeps an up-to-date catalogue of both Jack's and my books. Have fun reading good books this Spring. Good luck with selling some too.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Well, I finally did it. The second Book of the Black Sun with all the Book Collector stories. You may have heard "Goon Job" or "Merlin's Bane" at Pseudopod. Well, they're here along with 9 others, two of which are novellas. So far only on Amazon but soon a print version at Lulu and more ebooks at other vendors.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Check them out here:
Night Visions - horror flash fiction and a precursor to The Book of the Black Sun
Sundown - vampire anthology with a Mythos novel segment
Triskaideaphobia and Other Mythos Poems - signed and numbered - limited to 25 copies
The Stones of Doom scenario generator for Call of Cthulhu - deluxe set - unique item
Friday, March 14, 2014
I was reading Loren D. Estleman's White Desert (2000), a Western partly set in Canada. I came to screeching halt when I got to Page 67. His Northwest Mounted Police office has "The maple-leaf flag hanging from a standard in one corner..." They must keep the time machine in the other corner. Canada's maple leaf flag was first presented on February 15, 1965. The Canadian flag, when it wasn't simple a British flag, was red with a Brit flag in the upper, left-hand corner. I'm surprised Estleman missed this. (Estleman isn't alone. The film Pennies From Heaven (1981) set during the Great Depression has a school in it with a poster of flags of the world. You guessed it. Maple leaf flag.)
Estleman should have watched these videos:
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I have to admit as a kid I never read Otis Adelbert Kline. Or Michael Moorcock's Burroughs knock-off or really anybody's except perhaps Lin Carter's. Though not the Callisto series. I tried the first one and found it too ... unnecessary.
Edgar Rice Burroughs always pooh-poohed his ability to write, not to entertain but to write. I'm beginning to think he sold himself short.
Right now I'm reading Otis Adelbert Kline's Planet of Peril (1929). It reads like any Burroughs clone would.. there are weird monsters, sword fights when missile weapons would make sword-fighting unnecessary, princesses and kingdoms to be won. Burroughs did it over and over and I never held it against him. I read it here and I sigh -- with boredom. Kline, like all the other imitators are just so unnecessary. Burroughs was a prolific writer and his 69 books are enough for me.
Now in OAK's defense, this is his first novel. But compare it to A Princess of Mars and I fail to see how being a first book matters. Burroughs had it coming out of the gate. I can only hope they get better as I read on. Kline was the first ERB clone, writing while Burroughs still worked. The two never really corresponded or took much notice of each other. There is no evidence of the ERB-OAK feud that some fanzine editor cooked up. Kline did not like to be told he was a second-rate Burroughs imitator, but if the shoe fits...
I will keep an eye out for anything original in the Venus books as I work my way through them. Here's hoping...
Friday, October 25, 2013
During the Age of Enlightenment (that the Renaissance put in motion), Romance became associated with anything fanciful, unrealistic, unscientific, as those tales of old certainly were. A Romantic notion was anything unsupported by Science. The Fantastic had fallen on hard times. One had to look to parodies of the fantastic for any kind of fancy.