Spilled Blood - video trailer

Monday, 28 October 2013

Halloween Week Freebie: 'The Dawn of Battle (Angel of Vengeance)' !

That's right, in celebration of the sinister season (or to the true pagans out there - the New Year!), we're offering for free the brand new third part in the adult supernatural Kindle series.

The giveaway starts on October 29th, and runs until November 2nd.

UK readers can grab it here.

US readers can get it here.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

'Angel of Vengeance: 3' Arrives on Kindle

Just in time for Halloween week - the 3rd and concluding part of the 'First Trinity' in the Angel of Vengeance series appears on the Kindle platform. And it's the biggest and baddest adventure featuring Bosch, Aldaraia and co. to date...

Mr. Skinn, the arch-fiend from 'Angel of Vengeance', is back in town and stronger and nastier than ever. When his henchmen turn up on Bosch's doorstep and demand back a magical sphere of dark and terrible power, Bosch and Aldaraia are forced to go on the run and seek help from the Lucifer's Bastards motorcycle gang.

All seems lost until some help appears from a very unexpected ally...one who was responsible for ripping off Aldaraia's wings and casting her down from heaven. Can an alliance of Heaven and Hell put an end to the evil schemes of Mr. Skinn for good, as a bloody showdown looms?

And when Lucifer himself shows up to make Bosch an offer, can the imp really refuse his own lord and master? With the sides now drawn, only a battle fought by the bravest – and boldest – can save the material world from the subjugation of Mr. Skinn and his mindless legions of beast-men. Whatever happens, Bosch, his friends and the rest of the world shall never be the same again.

'Dawn of Battle' is the epic conclusion to the First Trinity in the 'AoV' series. And it wouldn't be an 'AoV' tale without a good dollop of extreme over-the-top gore, supernatural sex, dark humour and otherworldly horror: 'Dawn of Battle' delivers all the good(ie)s in Spades!

Strictly adult readers only.

And now available right here.

Bosch holds the sphere which imprisons the evil Crawlers of the Void
Cover portrait artwork of Aldaraia
Additional: we've also just released the complete AoV series in a single volume, featuring new and never-before-seen artwork.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

WH Smith Commits Hara-Kiri in eBook Porn Shocker!

Somewhat amused to come across the following piece of news this week regarding WH Smith's decision to blackout their website following the "revelation" that they had somehow inadvertently allowed gross and offensive hardcore porn e-books to appear for sale there.

Amid the usual cries from the usual suspects and their dogs regarding censorship, morality, freedom of speech and the unspeakable, outlaw nature of the Interwebz, I can't say I found many rational or vocal contributions from the group most likely to be affected by any of this: the indie writer/publisher. The most surprising thing to me is that it's taken this long for someone to notice.

Almost a year ago, when we began our aborted migration to Smashwords.com, I wrote about the user-generated content on that site thus in an FWB blog post:

"...there seems to be a heck of a lot of seriously gross-out porn freely available on SW. Perhaps it's just because there's an awful lot of it, but it's a slightly disturbing trend nonetheless, and not something I particularly like my own material to be associated with (although there's no accounting for potential buyers' browsing habits). I'm no prude and am pretty open-minded when it comes to adult material, but some of the titles alone in the viewers' and purchasers' lists makes me want to squirm. Well, as I always say: if you don't like it, don't look at it. I don't, so I won't, and that's all we have to say about that."

And as I recall, with one of the offending XXX-rated distributors being Kobo, Smashwords insist upon an ISBN for all works entered into that sales channel (along with Sony, Apple, and others). The assignation of an ISBN is no mere task, involving money, research and a letter to the relevant authorities: yet nobody, until now, seems to have clocked the fact that there were a growing number of works appearing with ludicrously graphic and disturbing titles which themselves could only hint at the twisted perversities contained within? I won't condemn this blog to cheap and nasty affiliations by quoting any of these titles but it was something that I, as an author found myself wondering: just how big is the market for perverted, deviant material, and is anybody going to do anything about it? (Amazon don't seem to mind - they cheerfully sell sex toys now on their main site, which in days gone past would have been kept under the counter in specialist sex shops.)

Well it came down to the lovably bumbling WH Smith to 'out' this issue in the most hilarious and British fashion. I stand back waiting to see how long it takes for eBooks to become the new 'filth' intended to corrupt everyone's children, as video games once were, or VHS cassettes in the bad old knee-jerk "Ban the sadist videos!" days.

To conclude on a serious note, I'd be interested to hear the opinions of all of you on this topic. Feel free to comment or email us with your thoughts, and if we get enough of a debate I'll publish them in a future post.

We need hardly remind our gentle readers that this is not the first time the publishing industry has been involved in Shock! Horror! moralistic headlines... ;)

Friday, 6 September 2013

Guest Post by Paul Smith: "Book Promotion on Social Media"

It's been a while since FWB featured a guest blogger. This time, we're happy to present a timely post on using social media as a medium for book marketing purposes, as here summed up by writer Paul Smith:

"To promote your book via social media is important and noteworthy for a writer. There are significant facts that are not secret, but we forget about them when we have the need to use it. Promotion of a book on social media is not an easy thing, but only for those people who don’t have a desire to achieve a success. The first question is: how do you find your potential customers?

The first thing that you must do is to find your target audience. You should tell about your book, using social networking. Focus your attention on defining what types of people will be interested in your book. These are those who are ready to pay money for your book, because frankly speaking, they don’t have your knowledge, experience and want you to impact them this knowledge. Examine them and fall in love with them, comment on their blogs and display your interest to them.

We clarify the audience and you may begin to create commercial or ad marketing. You should find the blogs that connect with your book and write posts there. In this case use search systems, like Google, Bing, Yandex etc. In this way you can find the articles that link to your theme and to determine the main subjects that are of interest to your future clients. Certainly you should be constantly on-line; if a customer has any questions after reading your posts or some extracts from your book, you should always be ready to answer these questions. If the consumer has to wait ‘til you answer, he’ll go to your competitor. Use your social media profile to connect with people, make new friends and invite them to your site or blog.

How to influence the audience? Introduce yourself, show your advantages, tell them that you like their work and what you like exactly; tell that you respect their interest and will share their blogs on your social networks and other channels. Now it’s time for you to offer them a valuable suggestion. Give the review of your book to users via email. Make sure that it’s your target audience and they are looking for new and fresh content. In addition, you can attach a covering letter. You may even give them an exclusive chapter, to encourage them in that way. It will be like an incentive for future cooperation. It is a bait that permanently works. Be sure! If it takes some time, don’t worry; you can’t achieve a success at once. Certainly to promote your book is not the same as promoting yourself, even as a writer. People will review only your work. You must understand it. Share your book content and add value to it. Promote your book and ideas instead of yourself. It is more profitable."

Finally, put the advertisement into masses. Promotion of the book online is necessary work, because the internet is one of the parts of our life.

About the author: This article was written by Paul Smith, who is fond of writing on the topics of business, technology, lifestyle and social media. Paul can be contacted at dissertationediting.org/.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The last 2013 Big FWB Freebie Giveaway is Here

That's right, our last book giveaway of the year is now happening. From 22nd - 26th August, we're giving away most of our back catalogue for free.

So just pop along to your local Amazon store, run a search for 'Fenriswulf books' (we are the only one, like Tigger) in the good ol' search box, and see if any of the freebies on offer takes your fancy.

Monday, 19 August 2013

The 'Geekz' Arrive on Kindle

Latest new Fenriswulf Books release - a collection of the tech support parody webcomic, which is now an Amazon Kindle ebook - showcasing 130-odd strips, including some new and exclusive content. 'Geekz' has been around since 2009 and looks set to continue well into the future.

Written & drawn by Chaz Wood, 'Geekz' is a regular webcomic set in an email-based IT support helpdesk. Featuring such bizarre characters as: Garth, President of the Outlaw Motorcyclists for God; Tomasz, the most antisocial man on the planet; and Bolivar, a talking parrot who thinks he's a Brooklyn wise guy. 'Geekz' is published online every Monday (or thereabouts) at: www.2laugh.com

You can disLike 'Geekz' on Facegook, at: www.facebook.com/pages

Thursday, 8 August 2013

"Happy 5th Birthday, Fenris!"

Five years ago to the month, in August 2008, the first FWB publication - the 1st. edition of Maranatha - hit Amazon in print form. Back then, 'Fenriswulf Books' was nothing more than a domain name and a Blogger template, designed to advertise the fact that Chaz Wood had released his first full-length novel. Five years down the line, and we've produced a rather surprising array of works - from graphic novels to comics, and fantasy, occult, cyberpunk and thriller prose. In his sideline, Chaz has also produced over 160 strips in his zany and surreal Geekz weekly tech-support webcomic.

In that time, we've also gotten over the disappointment of our local Borders closing down, saw the e-book arise from a new-fangled novelty to a whole new form of publication loved by millions, experimented with Smashwords.com and produced well over half a million words of published text across more than a dozen titles, incorporating dozens of unique illustrations, book covers and web design. In 2011, we started our hybrid text/art 'graphic fiction' format, which is still a bit ambitious for the current limitations of the Amazon platform, but we can see it coming into its own before too long.

Who can say what the next five years might hold?

A visual chronology of FWB cover art - from the tentative text-only 'Maranatha' to recent ambitious illustration.
But from a visual design perspective, this very site and the works which it promotes have come on leaps and bounds, as Chaz's (and Frang's) cover artwork has successfully reached an increasingly wider audience. And to celebrate five years of still being in business, we'll soon be offering the entire FWB Amazon Kindle back catalogue for free - watch this space for more info nearer the time.

But this isn't just about us. It's also thanks to all our readers, fans, collaborators, commentators, friends, and supporters, past and present. We couldn't have made it this far without you. And while we're taking note of landmarks - this happens to be our 175th post. Whew!

You can also find us on Facebook, right here.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Apple Found Guilty Of eBooks Conspiracy

So it's now been decided that Apple were, in fact, guilty of conspiracy and price-fixing in the recent eBook scandal. Whether this will have any long-term effect on Apple eBook sales, or e-publishing in general, remains to be seen.

Get the full story here.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Forthcoming Books: Angel of Vengeance 3

The third book in the Angel of Vengeance dark supernatural series by C. E. Wolfe is now nearing completion, and concludes the 'First Trinity'. It ought to be out exclusively on the Amazon Kindle platform later in the summer, and will be the biggest and most epic entry in the series to date.

We'll also be collecting all 3 books together into a single-volume edition, which will feature never-before-seen artwork produced especially for the compilation, including a brand-new cover. In the meantime, here's a sneak preview:

Ben-Yehudah: ancient Qabalist, mystic, and creator of golems
Svenja Braun: victim, or...?
Lucifer, the Lord of Light
Book 1 is still available for Kindle here, and Book 2: Long Way Back From Hell here.

Keep an eye on this space - you'll be the first to know.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Bad, Bad Apple...

So it looks as though Apple are to stand alone in court, over the recent e-book price-fixing row. We noticed this article recently in the IT News:


We'll resist the moderate urge to make any more fruit-related jokes, since this is serious stuff. It'll definitely be interesting to watch the outcome of this one.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Fight LEGALISED artistic copyright theft in the UK!

Sorry for the sensationalist headline but this one's rather important.

If you're a UK-based artist or creator, you really ought to consider signing this government e-petition  to protect the future of your creative works.

I won't go into the background of all of this as it's already been done rather well, over at this blog.

Have a look anyway and see what you think. We think it stinks like rotten poultry.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Smashwords? Enough, already.

A definite case of SLAGIATT ('Seemed like a good idea at the time'), when we decided to bin Amazon's KDP in favour of Smashwords' untried but independent platform end of last year.

We've been patient, and worked at promoting as best we can on the site, but the fact is that stuff just isn't shifting on SW. In fact, all our SW sales combined to date wouldn't even equate to the sales of one book on Amazon over the same timeframe. As 'Getting books out there' is greater than 'Not getting books out there', we have, with immediate effect, removed all of our catalogue from SW and restored our Amazon KDP Select for every prose fiction title. We had wanted it to work out differently, but you'll never find out if the grass really is greener or not until you've jumped the fence.

Not only that, but all titles will be offered free between Sunday 28th, and the 2nd May. Despite the Kindlegate controversies and the fresh appeal of a new platform, the hard fact appears to be: books shift faster on Amazon, for better or for worse, and several of our titles will now be exclusive to that platform.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Wordpress Blog Botnet Seems to be Warming Up

Recently noted in the IT news that some number of Wordpress bloggers still using the old 'admin' login may have been compromised by the latest wave of Internet criminal activity.

This article: http://www.itpro.co.uk/security/19621/wordpress-botnet-attack-could-pave-way-larger-site-takedowns reminds us all to be ever-vigilant and avoid complacency at all costs, especially as more and more people are relying more than ever on their online services to conduct communications and business.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

10k views...and rising!

Today this very blog attained the milestone of 10,000 pageviews.

Many thanks to our followers and all our visitors, guest posters and commentators over the past few years.

We hope to be posting some new content before too long and in the meantime, here's to another 10k.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Whoops! Amazon Kindle Bug Has Just Deleted Your Entire Library...

Seems that somebody at the Big 'A' has made a boo-boo...

Read the IT Pro news article here.

While it seems the content is still live and downloadable via the Amazon Cloud server, can you really be bothered downloading an entire library of hundreds of books again this weekend?

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Apple's Legal Antitrust Problem

While browsing the tech and IT news this evening I came across this interesting article on Apple and the pending e-book antitrust legal case in the US.

Curious to see if this one makes it to the court, and what the long-term ramifications for e-book publishing elsewhere might be.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Klylii: by J. I. Stuart

Chaz recently contributed cover art and design to a new book by a fellow writer of sci-fi sagas, J. I. Stuart, who was featured some years ago in the early Fenriswulf Books anthology release, A Surfeit of Mandrake.

Those short stories were later expanded into a full-length piece which is now available as the first in an epic series: Klylii:The Awakening of an Alien Superbeing.

The book is published by Snipe Publications, and is currently available on Kindle, right here.

'The Klylii. Who were they? What were they? Where did they come from? Did they even have a home planet? Why would they need a one hundred kilometre long starship? Where and when and how could they have built such an incredible fabrication. And what was their interest in Mark John Richards an average middle class, middle aged, middle management executive living out his middle-life crisis in Middle England?

It was an ordinary evening like hundreds before, walking the dog before bedtime. But for one man, nothing was ever going to be the same again. It was only the beginning of the most fantastic adventure ever!

The first volume of the Klylii Sagas – the space epic to end all space epics!'

Monday, 11 February 2013

The Angel is Back

Brand new adult fiction from C. E. Wolfe, in the form of the second part of our 'Angel of Vengeance' series, has just hit Amazon's Kindle platform.

'Long Way Back from Hell' will be offered free for the next 5 days, as is usual for FWB's new releases. The first book in the series was our best-performing title so far, and also picked up another hot reader review over at Smashwords.com.

Again, strictly adult readers only, and for those with a love of jet-black humour and twisted horror. The third part in this initial trilogy (or trinity) is also underway, and we'll be looking at releasing a special compilation volume in the future, featuring the three original stories and all Chaz's original pencil art.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Pay-per-Page Ebooks...?

Yes, you read that right. A new ebook marketing model that only charges the reader the pages they actually read - because buying a book in its entirety is now so 20th Century.

You can read a bit more about this project here.

I can see the reasoning behind it - I'm just not entirely convinced how well it'll perform against the big opponents in that game. It also doesn't seem to take into account the free preview features offered on KDP and Smashwords where 15% - 20% of a book can be previewed beforehand - which is usually, I would have thought, a good enough indication of whether the work is worth pursuing further. Interested to see how this one develops, however, and I certainly wish the creator luck for having thought of a novel (pun intended) entry to an already saturated marketplace.

Monday, 21 January 2013

'Maranatha' - Our First Smashwords Freebie!

Effective immediately, the Smashwords.com edition of our first book, 'Maranatha', is now available for free until the end of January. I rather like the available options Smashwords provide to writers & publishers with their coupon system - allowing a book not just to be given away free, but for much longer than was possible under Amazon's KDP, and also grants the ability to discount a user-defined percentage price cut as well (although this only seems to be valid for books priced over $0.99 - and all of our books are currently priced at no more than one buck, US!).

Here's the freebie code you'll need to enter at checkout: KF62M. Give it a shot. If you like it, we plan to offer the prequel, 'Venus in Saturn', next month for a couple of weeks, too.

So far, we've found Smashwords to be far friendlier than the corresponding Amazonian equivalent. But then Amazon are out to turn huge profits and sell e-book readers, and aren't run by writers for the benefit of fellow writers. See the difference?

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Amazon Enforced Exclusivity?

While reviewing our current list of Amazon KDP-enrolled books tonight, I came across the following interesting statement regarding one of our titles which was previously enrolled in the KDP programme, and then recently removed:

"As this book's enrollment in KDP Select was cancelled once before, you do not have the option to cancel once you enroll this book again."

So taking this at face value, it appears that if we do enroll this title again, it will become locked into the KDP system forever, until such times as we decide to remove it from sale entirely from Amazon. Perhaps I missed something in the Ts & Cs when I signed up to this service, but has anyone else come across this situation? I must say that I'm becoming less and less impressed with this service the more I see of it.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Lulu.com: DRM or not DRM?

So, this afternoon I received the following update email from Lulu.com, or sometime POD printers:

"Dear valued customer,
Lulu was founded on the philosophy of breaking down barriers that prevent talented authors from sharing their knowledge and telling their stories. Our goal is to help authors reach the broadest possible audience by providing tools to create, publish, market and sell their remarkable work. In an ongoing commitment to our founding philosophy, we continue to remove barriers when we see them, which brings us to the subject of Digital Rights Management (DRM).

On January 15, 2013 we will remove the option to apply Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM) to new and revised EPUB and PDF formatted eBooks.

On March 12, 2013 all remaining DRM-protected eBooks will be set to Private Access, removing them from the Lulu marketplace.

If you have a DRM-protected eBook, you must revise and re-publish the title at your earliest convenience, in order to continue offering it on Lulu.com after March 12, 2013. For more information, see this article: DRM & eBooks Published in the Lulu Marketplace.

Once this process completes, we believe your readers will enjoy a more integrated shopping, downloading, and reading experience. For more information about why Lulu will no longer offer DRM, please read this blog post by our COO, Tom Bright: Lulu Says Goodbye to DRM."

Now, while I'm no fan of DRM, and have never enabled it on any of our own e-books, it seems rather heavy-handed to completely remove even the option of protecting one's own copyrighted material. It could even be argued that far from helping to combat piracy, Lulu are helping to embrace it, although I would also venture that playing hardball with DRM limitations isn't the way to go either.

However, I am more and more coming to the conclusion that Lulu's services are based upon user vanity rather than any desire to further the concept of successful self-pubbing. Certainly, the last time I had anything to do with their customer services team, I had to resort to outright public humiliation on their own FB page to get action for a service I'd already paid for (documented painfully, I seem to recall, via the pages of this very blog).
We may continue to work with them in future for comics and graphic novels, but to be honest, having siphoned off half our prose works to Smashwords and removing Amazon exclusivity, it may also be time for a change to another Print-on-Demand comics outlet.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Smash 'n Grab

First of all, a belated Happy 2013 to everyone!

Proof that the Internet is a funny old thing, and that our content can turn up in the strangest places, recently surfaced. I was testing Smashwords' search algorithms when I managed to come up with a link to the Malaria 9 Youtube book trailer, via this rather serious news page.

Well at least it wasn't hosted on some bizarre porn site or something, but it's still hardly relevant content. Still, I'll never complain at a little extra exposure...

Underground British Metal for Discerning Listeners

Underground British Metal for Discerning Listeners
Because Chaz is a fan of these guys and their music. Help support the British metal music scene!

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