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Why I think short fiction is a good bet

Why I think short fiction is a good bet

Lately, I've been putting my chips on short fiction. I can't give you anything close to a research-driven perspective on why I think this is a good bet—it's a gut feeling more than anything. But it seems like some big names are more or less thinking in the same direction. Recently, Hugh Howey (author of Wool) has been writing posts about Kindle Unlimited and short fiction, and what he's saying hits home with me. But I've also noted some chatter on various forums, and seen some uptick for certain authors, and all of it makes me believe that short fiction is a contender now.


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Philadelphia, Shadow Strait, and Lucid

Philadelphia, Shadow Strait, and Lucid

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An open letter to Hachette

This morning I received an email from Amazon, with details about the dispute with Hachette. It was a call to action, asking readers and authors to write to Hachette CEO, Michael Pietsch (Michael.Pietsch@hbgusa.com) and to CC Amazon (readers-united@amazon.com), asking that Hachette accept one of Amazon's offers to remove authors from the middle of the debate. It also made the case for lowering ebook prices and increasing the royalty paid to authors. I support both of these ideas, for multiple reasons. 

You can find the Amazon letter at www.readersunited.com.

I would encourage all readers and authors to read the letter and write emails of their own. This is a watershed moment in publishing. We can create something new and amazing here. So please, take action.

My email to Michael Pietsch appears below. 


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Steven  Gould, SFWA - books for charity

Steven Gould, SFWA - books for charity

Steven Gould (author of Jumper and current President of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) just posted a link to handful of great science fiction that you can purchase to support a couple of worthy charities.


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Meet "Citadel" Narrator John Pio — SNEAK PEEK!

Now that production has started for the audiobook version of "Citadel: First Colony," I thought you'd get a kick out of hearing a sneak preview! 


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I have become Revisionist, destroyer of continuity

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For the past few weeks I've been editing the first two Citadel books, getting them ready for a second edition release. I'm exercising the author/publisher prerogative to change a few things as I go. That's going to irritate some purists, and I'm really, really sorry about that. But it's not like I'm changing the plot or anything, just a few tweaks to dialogue and exposition that really need to happen for things to make more sense. Relax about it.

I have an ulterior motive in this. I needed to refresh my memory, get my head back into the story, so I could write Book 3. I'm taking notes as I go during this edit, cramming Evernote with every relevant bit of info I might need later. I'm breaking down key character traits and plot points, and small details that might get overlooked if I'm not careful. I don't have a big enough following for my stuff to permeate Wikipedia yet, so I can't cheat.  Curse you all.

The edits—there's a part of me, the reader in me, that's screaming about that. I mean, sure, I say  relax about it, but the truth is some of those changes are significant. I'm tweaking little incongruous details that bugged me, and that had painted me into a corner. Subtle things, to be sure, but big enough in the grand play that if I left them as they were I'd have to write something really convoluted to make it all make sense. 

The reader in me hates it. The author in me knows it has to be done. Think of it like a kid going to dentist. Sure, the kid would rather be out playing with his favorite toys, but the dentist has to take care of that rotting tooth that could spoil all the fun. 

The good news in all this—Book 3 is on its way! It's been way too long, and I know that. And again, I'm really, really sorry about it. I had other books to write, and other stories to tell. But it's finally coming, and along with it, Books 1 & 2 will get a tiny tummy tuck to make them a little more fit.

If you've already read Citadel: First Colony and Citadel: Paths in Darkness, I probably owe you an apology, but what I'm going to give you is a huge debt of thanks. The feedback I got from many of you has helped me make some big decisions on the shape and direction of this story. So the edits I'm making are really for you. Thanks for pointing out the typos and flaws and plot holes and character goofs. In particular, my friend Athena pointed out a major  character goof in Book 2 that could have ruined everything. Thanks to her quick reading and ironclad memory, I was able to fix the goof before the book went to print, which is a really, really good argument for releasing to ebook first. 

This is a dicy game, self publishing. And I'm learning as I go. But you folks are making it all worthwhile, so thanks for that! And I'm going to do my best to make sure you have more books to read.  

Look for the second editions to release over the next month!


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new ebook - "Getting Gone" - Exclusively for Kindle at Amazon.com

It's kind of a good book.My new ebook "Getting Gone" just hit Amazon.com! It's a novella (that's a short book ... keep up), and I'm very excited about this one! Here's the cover blurb from Amazon: 

Shawn Stewart is kind of an unusual husband.
He has high-functioning Asperger's Syndrome, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming an incredibly wealthy inventor with a gorgeous wife. Brilliant and resourceful, and sometimes a little clueless, Shawn knows he's anything but a typical guy.
When his wife, Christine, turns out to be an ex-spy and is murdered by someone Shawn thought was a friend, he's forced to go on the run and stay one step ahead of the organization that will do anything to bury one of Christine's darkest secrets.

Buy it here! http://amzn.to/UiVlm3 Exclusively for the Kindle, at Amazon.com!

 


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Review "Citadel: First Colony" for FREE (with a catch)

"Citadel: Paths in Darkness," aka "Book Two of the 'Citadel' trilogy," is set to release at the end of March, and to celebrate I'm giving away free copies of the electronic version of "First Colony" from now through April 30!

Free ... with a catch.

I'm asking anyone who downloads the free version of the book to post a review of it online. Write a review on your blog, pitch it in your social media posts, write a little something on Amazon or on Smashwords, brag about it on Goodreads.com ... or do 'em all! Support from readers like you is the biggest reason I put words to page every day, and it would help a lot to have your ringing endorsement.

So, if you're willing to review the book, go ahead and visit my landing page at Smashwords.com (http://bit.ly/smashwords_jktumlinson). Once there, you can use this coupon code to claim your free electronic version of "Citadel: First Colony": QT33Z

This code will be active until April 30, 2012, so feel free to pass it along to your fellow bloggers. Just make sure to tell them the one caveat ... I need reviews! 

I'm taking an honor system approach here, and I'm placing a lot of trust in you. You've earned it. You're so loveable. But seriously, I really, truly appreciate what you're doing.

And one last thing! I sincerely hope you enjoy the book, but a "good" review isn't a requirement. If you think it sucks, I understand, and I'm perfectly willing to accept that as a review. I grow as a writer with every bit of feedback I get. So feel free to be honest (actually, I'm counting on you being honest, aren't I?). Read. Enjoy. Review!

Oh, and once you review, let me know about it. I'd love to read it! I'll even post a link here. Thanks!


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Booked up

I read a lot.

It's a funny thing, but somehow, in an age when bookstores are going bankrupt and publishers are holding out on offering writing contracts like a fat kid holds out on sharing his Oreos, I am suddenly finding it easier than ever before to gain access to books. It has a lot to do with the fact that the definition of what a book actually is has started to shift.

You know what I think is the most surprising technological advancement of the past 30 years? If you said the iPhone or iPad ... you're pretty close, actually. I was going to say "eReaders," but it all amounts to the same thing, doesn't it?

Four years ago I carried a paperback book in my shoulder bag so I could read whenever I had the chance. This allowed me to chew through maybe five or six books per month if I was on a roll. I probably averaged three on most months, though. And once I was done with a book, I'd have to wait until I had a chance to drop by the book store to pick up another.

About two years ago, though, my wife gave me a Kindle 2 for my birthday. It. Was. On.

I was still slipping a book into my bag, but now it was a sleek and slim volume that allowed me to read a book to its end, then hop on and buy a second book that I could start right away. And I could keep a virtual library of these books at the ready.

Then, about a year ago or so ago the first smartphone eReader apps started popping up. It. Was. On. Part 2.

The only way I can truly describe the impact of this advancement is by saying "Holy crap." Seriously, it's that big. It's like seeing the Death Star for the first time and suddenly realizing it isn't a small moon. It's like discovering that your wardrobe leads to Narnia. It's like going to a family reunion and being introduced to Uncle Bill Gates.

Now I not only had access to a virtual Alexandria of books, I could read them anywhere, any time.

I am of that certain temperament of fella that absolutely MUST have his iPhone on him at all times. Want to see a major freak out? Run my battery down sometime. Shit goes wrong.

Quirky part is, I rarely use my iPhone as an actual phone. I'd say that phone usage accounts for maybe .5% of total use. The rest of the time, it's a texting, web surfing, book displaying, audiobook playing machine. It should be called the iTextSurfReadListenThingy. Steve Jobs take note.

Thanks to my Kindle, and then my iTextSurfReadListenThingy, I went from reading  3-5 books per month to 5-10, and then about 10-15. I now have greater opportunity to read than my attention span can allot for. Keen.

Notice, I count audiobooks in my final figures. If you don't [or more importantly, if you sneer and look down your nose at the mere mention of audiobooks] I encourage you to look up the definition of "read." Here, let me Google that for you:

"Read (v.) - To apprehend the meaning of (signs, characters, etc.) otherwise than with the eyes, as by means of the fingers: to read Braille. (Dictionary.com)


I submit for your consideration: If one can read with one's fingers then one can certainly read with one's ears. I'll let you know if I figure out a way for someone to read with one's nose.

So what do I get out of all of this reading? I like to think I primarily get a bigger, bulgier brain. But in addition to increased brain girth, I also get the bonus of a sense of accomplishment, a sense of fulfillment, and a sense of how to use language and story to motivate and inspire. Handy, if you happen to be a writer. Equally as handy if you want to be a leader in an industry, or impress smart chicks at parties.

As the landscape of reading changes, I'm glad to see new paths opening up. It's telling, I think, that as new technology starts to crawl out of the primordial ooze and evolve from its single-cell origins, books are still a vital and iconic part of our advancement. Gutenberg changed the world with his printing press, and centuries later we're still using books as stepping stones into the future.



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