Third Kestral novel re-released with new cover


cover of The Kestral Voyages: The House of JacquarelleThe Kestral Voyages: The House of Jacquarelle has been re-released, with revised text and a spanking hot new cover by yours truly!  If you haven’t yet checked out the Kestral saga, now’s your chance to get all three novels, with their new cover treatments, and start your collection off right.

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First Kobo experience: Not impressed. At all.


noKoboIt took me a few years to decide that I might be well-served by putting some of my books on sale in a bookstore outside of the U.S. (presently Amazon and Barnes & Noble sell all of my available books).  Eventually, I came to feel Kobo Books, an outfit in Canada, would be a good place to expand my reach, and I went to their site with a book that had recently undergone a new cover and text revision, As the Mirror Cracks.  I went through the ebook publishing process (a free service)… and things only went downhill from there. Continue reading

In time for the holidays


cover of Verdant SkiesAll of my currently available novels have been put back in Amazon’s Kindle Store and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books.

A friendly (and capitalistic) reminder that Ebooks are great gifts for that reader on your list: Get them at the stores above, or buy them from me directly, save $1 on each, and send them to your friends via holiday email attachments!

Our electrons are standing by, 24-7-365, for your orders… act now!

“I’m sorry you have no friends.”

Steven Lyle Jordan, author and futurist

Steven Lyle Jordan, author and futurist

Years ago, my wife and I bought our house in Maryland. Our real estate agent was a man whom we’d met at a house sale elsewhere, and we liked him so much that we’d asked him to represent us; with his help, we found a great house, and have been more than satisfied with it to this day.

One day, a few months later, we chanced upon him, and after mutual greetings, he said to us: “I’m sorry you have no friends.” It took us a second to realize he was sarcastically referring to his hope that we would have recommended him to our friends in the market for new homes, thereby bringing him fresh business. We didn’t take it personally, of course—and at the time, we didn’t happen to know anyone who was house-hunting, so we couldn’t have helped even if we’d wanted to—but the point was taken. Continue reading

Ebooks: Scarcity, abundance and economy


A recently revived subject by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Scarcity and Abundance, examines the ebook industry in terms of the shift from a “scarcity” economy, in which things are valued and priced due to their limited availability, to “abundance,” in which items are available in effectively unlimited supply, turning the old economic model upside-down or destroying it entirely. Continue reading

The danger of the “easy route”


When I first began selling ebooks, there was no Kindle store; Sony hadn’t yet begun to sell ebooks, and Smashwords was not yet heard of.  So there weren’t a lot of examples for a newbie like me to follow in setting up my site.  Fortunately, I knew HTML, so I was able to design my own site.  But when it came to collecting money and sending products, I didn’t have the programming savvy (or money) to figure it out on my own. Continue reading

Time to concentrate on selling


sellingWe are almost at the end of 2011; a year that has seen many new ebook reading devices, new services by ebook sellers, more schools and libraries opening up the possibilities of ebooks, and a lot of activity in general in the ebook world.

This was also my worst sales year ever.  Even with my two most highly-acclaimed books becoming available this year and last.  It seems I haven’t been able to work out a way to encourage sales of my ebooks, nor have I been able to find affordable advertising outlets.  I haven’t made enough in the last year to take my wife out for a single decent dinner. Continue reading

Defective by Design practicing Thuggery by Design


Defective by Design logo

I don’t put Digital Rights Management (DRM) software on the ebooks I sell; it doesn’t work, so why bother? So I’ve never had an issue with Defective by Design and their campaign against DRM. To be sure, our opinions differ, DbD essentially objecting to DRM on a philosophical level, and me on a practical level, but I never considered the difference an issue.

Until I discovered something about the ebooks I was posting to the Amazon website: My product pages were getting vandalized, as far as I’m concerned, with “defectivebydesign” and “drm-infested” tags, despite the fact that my ebooks had no DRM applied to them. Continue reading