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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

'Leper Messiah' Rebooted...and Resurrected

Chaz and Frang's prose/graphic novel collaboration which debuted in A Surfeit of Mandrake back in 2008 (almost exactly 6 years ago!) has been revised, extended, and was launched on Amazon Kindle this week. Frang's gritty graphic art once again graces the cover, and this edition also includes Frang's 'Fragments of a Time to Come' which graced the Mandrake anthology.

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

Amazon and Hachette Resolve Bitter Dispute Over Price

And so finally it’s over…according to this article on the BBC.

Although I'm quite sure we haven't heard the last murmurings of discontent between the monolithic Amazon and the world of publishing...

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

A Tragicall Historie Retold

Fenriswulf Books have just released a newly-repackaged piece with a bit of history behind it - originally written in 1993 for the 400th anniversary of the death of Christopher Marlowe, Chaz's idiosyncratic blank verse tribute lay unseen until it was featured in the 2008 anthology A Surfeit of Mandrake , FWB's second ever publication and which had a very short shelf life due to the demise of Dundee's Borders soon after.

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

The 'Geekz' Get as High as Can Be...

Had to do a double-take this weekend when I noticed on Amazon UK that the 'Geekz' webcomic anthology was sitting at the #1 spot on the Kindle chart for comic & graphic novel/anthologies...

Given that it hasn't exactly set our bank balance afire with sales of late, we were rather surprised to say the least...though rather chuffed as well. Perhaps this event offers a wee hint as to how critical a few sales can be to a book's current chart position on the Kindle platform at any given time, and how fluid the Amazon sales stats really are.

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

'Dr Howl' Materialises on Amazon Kindle

Fenriswulf Books are pleased to announce the latest addition to their eBook graphic novel catalogue: Dr Howl!

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

Authors Get Upset at Amazon

We didn't think this one would stay quiet...

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

The Amazon vs Hachette Battle Just Got Personal

I checked my email this afternoon to find the following missive, sent from an Amazon KDP support address. I reproduce it here in its entirety. I expect all other writers who have ever supported the Amazon KDP platform will also have received it, but if you haven't it makes interesting reading - especially if you've been following the Amazon v Hachette row in the media in recent months:

"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: readers-united@amazon.com

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

Apple Settles to the tune of $400m

So despite still admitting no wrongdoing in the whole eBook price-fixing affair, Apple looks set to pay up nearly a quarter of a billion pounds for its part in the alleged conspiracy.

The BBC has the full article here.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Apple Won't Go to Court over eBook Price-Fixing Case

Well, it looks as if Apple have settled out of court in their ebook price-fixing lawsuit, in a move which looks calculated to have prevented dirty linen to being aired in public.

The BBC carried the full article earlier this week, here.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Fenris Wolf Pack: Revisited and Now Released!

A few of you may remember this post from almost exactly 3 years ago when Chaz started work on his 'something completely different' title for FWB.

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

Amazon v Hachette: Round 2

Looks like Amazon and publishers Hachette will be continuing to go toe-to-toe for some time over their respective eBook policies, if this recent article on the BBC is anything to go by.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

New Look for 'The Wish and the Will'

After attracting some unexpected interest in the Amazon Kindle marketplace, Sundancer's Regret: Part 1 has just had a makeover in the cover art department, featuring a montage of supporting characters and improved lettering and logo work. Following a few minor text revisions, it also transpired that Amazon's new cover art requirements had rendered the old cover obsolete, so Chaz came up with this higher-spec improvement. 

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

New Tax to Hit E-Book Sales?

It seems as though the fact that ebooks are susceptible to tax, unlike their print equivalents, isn't enough for HMRC - they want to squeeze even more money out of readers (and gamers and listeners), according to recent tech news.

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

'Malaria 9' Kindle Freebie - This Week Only

It's been a while since we did any FWB Kindle freebies, so here's a chance to catch our recent cyberpunk horror thriller for free until Sunday 16th March:

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

'Venus in Saturn' New Edition Freebie!

To celebrate the re-launch of Venus in Saturn in its new, extended edition, we're currently offering the title for free as of today (22nd Jan) and throughout the next 4 days ('til Sunday).

You can grab the freebie right here.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

'Venus in Saturn': Special New Edition Just Released

The first book in the Trinity Chronicles series - the original backbone of Fenriswulf Books - has just had a makeover, and been re-released exclusively on Amazon Kindle together with a brand new (and less ideologically sensitive) cover.

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

Welcome to 2014!

Just a quick post to say we hope that everyone out there had a great festive season, and has lots of exciting new things lined up for 2014.  Things have been pretty quiet here of late as Chaz has been busy with other commission projects, but there are still a few projects in the pipeline which should be seeing the light of day later in the year.

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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