Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Chaz had always felt that the Mandrake anthology was forced out of circulation rather prematurely, due mainly to the close of the local Borders store, but also due to the start of the rise of the digital eBook. Now that Fenriswulf Books have almost totally abandoned print in favour of digital distribution, it's nice to see those pieces given another crack of the metaphorical whip.
Leper Messiah: A Pariah Messiah in Mandragoric Mollification is now on sale at Amazon, here.
Friday, 14 November 2014
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
But Marlowe's ghost refused to stay forgotten, and now he's returned...
A rowdy post-modern theatre group perform a short boisterous play in tribute to their deceased master playwright - the dark, angry and precocious genius known as Christopher ('Kit' to his friends) Marlowe - shot through with lashings of black humour and tragedy.
Now available on Amazon for Kindle, right here.
And from the 5th - 9th November inclusive only, it'll be free, too.
Monday, 29 September 2014
In any case, the 'Geekz' continue to poke fun at all things techie, geeky, weird, surreal and plain off the wall every week, at: 2Laugh.com
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Puns and mirth abound in this loving tribute to classic sci-fi television, starring lowbrow underground comic stars Arf & Mo as a myriad of intergalactic Time Lords, their companions and enemies, all courtesy of Mr Frank Bland.
US readers can download theirs here.
UK readers can reverse the polarity of their eBook readers here.
Recommended for mature sci-fi fans. Images (c) Frank Bland and Fenriswulf Books, 2014.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Following Amazon's open letter to KDP authors which we posted about recently, the BBC reported this by Monday afternoon.
Whose side are you on?
Saturday, 9 August 2014
"Dear KDP Author,
Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing. It was the paperback book. This was a time when movie tickets cost 10 or 20 cents, and books cost $2.50. The new paperback cost 25 cents – it was ten times cheaper. Readers loved the paperback and millions of copies were sold in just the first year.
With it being so inexpensive and with so many more people able to afford to buy and read books, you would think the literary establishment of the day would have celebrated the invention of the paperback, yes? Nope. Instead, they dug in and circled the wagons. They believed low cost paperbacks would destroy literary culture and harm the industry (not to mention their own bank accounts). Many bookstores refused to stock them, and the early paperback publishers had to use unconventional methods of distribution – places like newsstands and drugstores. The famous author George Orwell came out publicly and said about the new paperback format, if “publishers had any sense, they would combine against them and suppress them.” Yes, George Orwell was suggesting collusion.
Well… history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.
Fast forward to today, and it’s the e-book’s turn to be opposed by the literary establishment. Amazon and Hachette – a big US publisher and part of a $10 billion media conglomerate – are in the middle of a business dispute about e-books. We want lower e-book prices. Hachette does not. Many e-books are being released at $14.99 and even $19.99. That is unjustifiably high for an e-book. With an e-book, there’s no printing, no over-printing, no need to forecast, no returns, no lost sales due to out of stock, no warehousing costs, no transportation costs, and there is no secondary market – e-books cannot be resold as used books. E-books can and should be less expensive.
Perhaps channeling Orwell’s decades old suggestion, Hachette has already been caught illegally colluding with its competitors to raise e-book prices. So far those parties have paid $166 million in penalties and restitution. Colluding with its competitors to raise prices wasn’t only illegal, it was also highly disrespectful to Hachette’s readers.
The fact is many established incumbents in the industry have taken the position that lower e-book prices will “devalue books” and hurt “Arts and Letters.” They’re wrong. Just as paperbacks did not destroy book culture despite being ten times cheaper, neither will e-books. On the contrary, paperbacks ended up rejuvenating the book industry and making it stronger. The same will happen with e-books.
Many inside the echo-chamber of the industry often draw the box too small. They think books only compete against books. But in reality, books compete against mobile games, television, movies, Facebook, blogs, free news sites and more. If we want a healthy reading culture, we have to work hard to be sure books actually are competitive against these other media types, and a big part of that is working hard to make books less expensive.
Moreover, e-books are highly price elastic. This means that when the price goes down, customers buy much more. We've quantified the price elasticity of e-books from repeated measurements across many titles. For every copy an e-book would sell at $14.99, it would sell 1.74 copies if priced at $9.99. So, for example, if customers would buy 100,000 copies of a particular e-book at $14.99, then customers would buy 174,000 copies of that same e-book at $9.99. Total revenue at $14.99 would be $1,499,000. Total revenue at $9.99 is $1,738,000. The important thing to note here is that the lower price is good for all parties involved: the customer is paying 33% less and the author is getting a royalty check 16% larger and being read by an audience that’s 74% larger. The pie is simply bigger.
But when a thing has been done a certain way for a long time, resisting change can be a reflexive instinct, and the powerful interests of the status quo are hard to move. It was never in George Orwell’s interest to suppress paperback books – he was wrong about that.
And despite what some would have you believe, authors are not united on this issue. When the Authors Guild recently wrote on this, they titled their post: “Amazon-Hachette Debate Yields Diverse Opinions Among Authors” (the comments to this post are worth a read). A petition started by another group of authors and aimed at Hachette, titled “Stop Fighting Low Prices and Fair Wages,” garnered over 7,600 signatures. And there are myriad articles and posts, by authors and readers alike, supporting us in our effort to keep prices low and build a healthy reading culture. Author David Gaughran’s recent interview is another piece worth reading.
We recognize that writers reasonably want to be left out of a dispute between large companies. Some have suggested that we “just talk.” We tried that. Hachette spent three months stonewalling and only grudgingly began to even acknowledge our concerns when we took action to reduce sales of their titles in our store. Since then Amazon has made three separate offers to Hachette to take authors out of the middle. We first suggested that we (Amazon and Hachette) jointly make author royalties whole during the term of the dispute. Then we suggested that authors receive 100% of all sales of their titles until this dispute is resolved. Then we suggested that we would return to normal business operations if Amazon and Hachette’s normal share of revenue went to a literacy charity. But Hachette, and their parent company Lagardere, have quickly and repeatedly dismissed these offers even though e-books represent 1% of their revenues and they could easily agree to do so. They believe they get leverage from keeping their authors in the middle.
We will never give up our fight for reasonable e-book prices. We know making books more affordable is good for book culture. We’d like your help. Please email Hachette and copy us.
Hachette CEO, Michael Pietsch: Michael.Pietsch@hbgusa.com
Copy us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider including these points:
- We have noted your illegal collusion. Please stop working so hard to overcharge for ebooks. They can and should be less expensive.
- Lowering e-book prices will help – not hurt – the reading culture, just like paperbacks did.
- Stop using your authors as leverage and accept one of Amazon’s offers to take them out of the middle.
- Especially if you’re an author yourself: Remind them that authors are not united on this issue.
Thanks for your support.
The Amazon Books Team
P.S. You can also find this letter at www.readersunited.com"
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
The BBC has the full article here.
Saturday, 21 June 2014
The BBC carried the full article earlier this week, here.
Sunday, 15 June 2014
Well, finally the White Prince of the Hunting Ground is now out there on Kindle. Aimed at younger readers and taking advantage of the new Amazon age and reading categories, it's one of those projects that kept getting sidelined for other things. There is definitely potential for a sequel with Ciquk and his pack, but we wouldn't like to say anything more at this stage. We'll see how this one performs in the sales rankings first of all, and take it from there.
UK Kindle readers can get it here.
US Kindle readers can get it here.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
One day, some day, Part 2 may actually make an appearance but the conclusion to such an epic tale cannot be rushed...
Friday, 28 March 2014
The full story was reported on the BBC Technology website, here.
Keep an eye on this story as it may suggest that Amazon, and other vendors, will be forced to increase prices.
Thursday, 13 March 2014
For US Kindle readers
For UK Kindle Readers
The sequel, Londinium's Burning, is also now underway, with an expected release date sometime later this year, work commitments permitting. Chaz hasn't been doing a lot of writing of late but is now getting his mojo back, so watch this space for more news...
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
You can grab the freebie right here.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
This new and expanded edition contains additional scenes and flashbacks cut from the original, and some background that had originally been planned to appear in the third book of the 'Chronicles' series. Overall, the book is now over 15% longer. The new edition is not designed to supersede the previous one, but rather to stand alone as an alternative version - a Director's Cut, if you will. The original plan had been to bundle this along with Maranatha under the umbrella title The Vanessa Descartes Files, and include scenes also deleted from the sequel, in a special bumper edition. But we thought we'd hold this idea until the third book has been released, and then put out all three as a special omnibus edition.
A release date for the third and final book, which ties up all remaining loose ends and provides a devastating climax to the whole series, is still far in the future but it remains a work in progress.
You can download it right here.
Sunday, 5 January 2014
The second volume of the Sword and the Ring graphic fantasy/mythology series is back on track at long last, with a tentative release date scheduled for the second part of the year, as well as some sketches for the next book in the Angel of Vengeance series...so watch this space.
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