Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Barnes & Noble, which introduced its Nook electronic reader last year to compete with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle, said customers bought or downloaded 1 million e-books via the Nook on Christmas Day.
A spokeswoman for Barnes & Noble said that figure included free e-books, but that most were paid downloads...
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
SiFi Channel: Here's your next hit series!
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Posted December 6, 2010, 2:47 PM EST: This book, while rough around the edges as far as editing goes, especially in the later chapters, but is otherwise a great read. It doesn't trouble itself explaining any of the conundrums of time travel into the past (where killing your own great great grandfather could cause you to cease to exist), but hey, its Science Fiction, not physics. Also hardly a chapter goes by without characters imbibing ridiculous amounts of alcohol. But the story line begs to be featured on the SiFy channel as the next big hit like the Stargate series (Timegate?). And the writing style is perfect for episode serialization. The tendency to use vintage military gear from an era where it was plentiful should make props cheap. Characters are sufficiently developed without wasting time on soul searching / tear jerking sentimentalism. Bedplay merely hinted at instead of becoming the story. Wayne Watson yanks some chains along the way, misses opportunities to yank others, and gores a few sacred oxen as his characters strike out on a major "do over" of history. With the entire history of earth as its playground the book never lacks for subject matter and neither would a TV series. The book keeps you waiting to find out what effect the meddler in time had in changing earth's history. Getting there is the fun part. A fast and easy read.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Saturday, May 15, 2010
Meddlers in Time started life as two books- Meddlers in Time and Meddlers in Time- Culture Shock. There are five copys of each in print version- I had a small print done as a test run. At that time I thought the books migh never go any further than that.
But then I rolled the two together, as I planned to self-publish and it was more economical for me to produce one big book.
The next book was started- this was to be Meddlers in Time- Catspaw and covered mainly the adventures in the 35th century that happened before the first book(s)
But then came ebooks and I changed plans, deciding to release the parts of the book as short novels/novellas. This seems to be the way to go when targeting the ebook reader users and those reading on IPhones, Ipads and suchlike.
So I rolled out the first part of this tale as Meddlers in Time- Out of the frying pan, into the fire.
Next came Meddlers in Time- The Cockatoo River Incident and now I'm working on the next part, Meddlers in Time- Downward to Earth.
Friday, May 14, 2010
MIT- The Cockatoo River Incident is at 72/370 in the Adventure section (all books)
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Curse Microsort Word's autofarmatting!
If you have purchased an older version, you may upload the latest revision at no cost- hell- anyone can have one of the new ones- I'm giving the books away!
It is curently 89th in the queue at Smashwords, so may no be available for a few hours.
The lesson here is- get a book on how to write before you start to write!
Bugger- something didn't work, so I have gone back to the saved copy.
It's updated, just not quite as nicely formatted as the version that failed. Back to the drawing board!
What they teach you in school here does NOT cut it!
There is a problem- the new version won't convert to EPUB and I think that the problem is at the other end. It used to work and I have only simplified the formatting- nothing new is in there.
Now its a 'wait & see'...
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Meddlers In Time- Out of the frying pan, into the fire.
This is part one of the 35th century tales. It covers the period of when Wayne Jamieson is drafted into the Imperial forces, having spent the last forty years as a spacer, pirate, mercenary and lastly- as the commander of a successful privateer Free Company.
After leading a raid that turns the course of a civil war, he is shipped off-planet because of a large price on his head.
On his way back to Old Earth, he manages- as usual- to get involved in a desperate action with the other main character, Jenny DeVries.
This time they do not have the near-magical gates to help them.
This and the next four parts cover the shaping of the protagonists into the deadly weapons found in the first book of Meddlers In Time.
The next in the series is: Meddlers In Time- The Cockatoo River Incident and is due to be released early May 2010.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I have found a few formatting errors and have minimised the use of italics. I might like them but a lot of readers don't!
I have learned from this and are now doing all my work on one computer and NOT cut & pasting chapters into a master document- where most of my troubles started!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
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Saturday, March 6, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I DID want to write a story that was a bit of fun and an entertaining read.
When I wrote it, I thought I would be happy if a couple of other peple liked it. I still enjoy re-reading it!
It was one of those 'Bucket List' tasks. A lot of people I know TALK about writing a book. They have been doing so for near 1/2 a century in some cases- but I actually did it!
Now I want to do it better and keep getting better!
Monday, February 22, 2010
I'm at the point of the incident now and I'm enjoying getting back into writing, after a couple of years of fiddling and editing.
With the ebook format, I'm now thinking of getting away from the 'big book' 200k word model and turning out a series of novellas/ short novels in the 'Meddlers In Time' series.
I can always string a couple together into a larger book...
Friday, February 19, 2010
For once, NZ is not the test-ground for the new technology.
This would be our telcos wanting crazy money for some of their un-used 3G capacity, no doubt. Not exactly world- leaders in inovation or service, that lot...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
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Sunday, February 7, 2010
I learnt much from that, the big lesson being 'slow down, do it once, do it right'
or at least don't spent three years editing and tinkering!
It's slow going, with work and everything, but 500 words a day adds up over a year1
Saturday, February 6, 2010
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
[Serious grovelling mode on]
my chances would be greatly improved if I recieved supporting nominations!
To help with this, I have prepared a nomination email body below, which just a cut & paste and your name added.
The information is all is here: http://sffanz.sf.org.nz
What category you think the nomination belongs to i.e. Fan awards, Professional awards
e.g. the media it appears in - radio, web
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
This gives you a counter with the percentage of the book you have so far read.
The 25% available in the free sample just wasn't enough! I'm just getting warmed up at that stage (I don't do short stories!)
So I have upped the free sample to 50%
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
If you want a copy and don't have paypal or a devils card- get in touch and see if we can do a deal.
Plugs on prominant blogs* and reviews are good currency at the trading post!
*- as many daily hits as mine!
Friday, January 1, 2010
The end user, AKA the customer, is so far from the producer that he is paying far more than need be. Look at the retail price of a paperback these days!
And I don't mean those poor abandoned orphans on tales outside the shops- the full price material on the shelves.
Where it is staying.
Then along comes the ebook and Print On Demand.
No more waste or risk with advance printing.
Ebooks can be produced dirt cheap. Mark Coker of Smashwords talks about the model of the four dollar book. Customers will be more inclined to try a new book or author when the price is low- way below even the discount books.
Smashwords pays authors up to 85% of the net proceeds from the sale of their works. Net proceeds to author = (sales price minus PayPal payment processing fees)*.85.
Also, the author gets to set the price and can control discounting through coupon codes. I have just had a 100% discount for the Christmas period. Being a newbie, I need to get my name out there!
Now a lot of folks are traditionalists and prefer to read paper books. I have to admit to being one of them. But there is a new breed of reader coming up- one who is more used to reading from the screen than the printed page.
They will change the face of book retailing.
Folks who live in small city apartments can keep huge libraries in digital form. No more packing crates of books- just grab the Kindle and a handful of USB sticks.
Students won't need to bust themselves carrying 30kg of textbooks around!
And best of all- those who love there card & paper can have their favorites printed out and bound as hard copy via POD!
Books will never go out of print and I won't have to hunt through second-hand book shops for long-lost old friends (although I probably still will,because I like doing so!)