MONSTROUS is Here

MONSTROUS is Here

Hello, Fellow Goner, Dave here to talk about our second Kindle Serial for 47North. When 47North approached us to do a serial for them, we pitched them four or five stories. They surprised us by signing us for two. The first was Z 2134, which we’d already started as an indie project. The second was Monstrous, which might be our darkest story yet. Given our catalog, that’s saying a lot. Our inspirations for this story are a bit less obvious than Z 2134’s, but they’re there, if you’re looking. With Monstrous, we wanted to tell a dark heroic journey. A story of a man who has lost everything. With nods to the 80s TV show, Beauty and the Beast (not the remake), Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, and another comic, The Punisher, Monstrous weaves its own dark tale of a man wrestling with his past and his future. Here’s the pitch: Would you go through Hell to save your family? Henry Black’s life ends in one horrifying moment when three intruders force their way into his home. He wakes in purgatory, where he’s met by two men — one who offers the possibility of an afterlife in heaven, and the other, who offers Henry a chance to go back and find out what happened to his family. The deal has a few strings, of course… Get Monstrous here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009XJBHHO IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHARACTERS While Monstrous has lots of action, the characters are what made this story so fun to write. These are some of our most complex and angst-ridden characters yet. While Henry is the star of the show, the demon,...
Party

Party

Yesterday’s Gone: Season Three begins at Amazon in just four days, and today we’re announcing a virtual book launch/meet the authors party scheduled for June 18 Monday night from 8PM EST until 10PM or so. All you need to take part is either a Facebook or Twitter account. The site will ask you to approve the app, and then you can chat with us from either your Twitter or Facebook account. The website, Savorchat, is super easy to use and intuitive Go here on Monday night http://savorchat.com/r/8vw at around 8 PM or so, and chat with us about Yesterday’s Gone, our other books, or writing, or whatever you want. It’s YOUR party, so stop by, say hi or tell us how much we suck for making you wait so long to find out what happens next! (I blame Sean) We can’t wait to meet you. A FEW NOTES: If, for some reason the Savorchat website is down, check back here Monday night and I’ll update you with our backup chat plan! I tested the chat out last week and it seems pretty easy. You can select (by checking a box before you enter a comment) whether or not you ALSO want to post your comments to your Facebook or Twitter timeline. I would advise not to check the box except for a couple of times if you want to share a specific comment with others. But I wouldn’t post EVERY comment you make to your feeds, or you’ll probably alienate your followers/friends. If you’re worried about app privacy, you can always disapprove the app when you’re done (if you...
WhiteSpace: Episode 5 & Free Books

WhiteSpace: Episode 5 & Free Books

Hey fellow Goner, it’s Dave again with this week’s missive from the Writing Cave. We’re just 20 days away from the debut of Yesterday’s Gone Season Three (June 19th), and Sean and I are mapping out the season this week. We can’t wait to delve back into the world of Yesterday’s Gone, and we’re looking forward to picking up where we left off. We get lots of email asking about the storylines we put on the back burner during Season Two such as Jade and Teagan and Black Island. Without posting any spoilers, we will be revisiting some of the threads we left dangling early on in Season Two. But first, we’re putting the finishing touches on WhiteSpace: Season One, and I’ve gotta say, you’re gonna LOVE how the season ends. It may be our best (most WTF) ending yet! The mystery deepens in WhiteSpace: Episode 5, as secrets are revealed, Houser’s life is endangered, and Milo receives a surprise guest in the hospital. We also learn what happened so many years ago to drive a wedge between Sarah and John. WhiteSpace has been a blast to write. The sense of looming danger, the mystery, the family dynamics, the secrets, the paranoia, it’s all coming to head as the season winds down. Of all the series we’ve written, WhiteSpace is the one that feels most suited for television. You can download Episode 5 now at Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00870FI2A/ If you missed last week’s Episode 4, you can get that here: www.amazon.com/dp/B00856ID28/ FREE BOOKS Want free books? We’ve made a few of our short stories free at Amazon over the next...
Game of Thrones, Being a King, and Howard Stern

Game of Thrones, Being a King, and Howard Stern

(note: We’ve decided to post our newsletters here on the blog every week for those who haven’t yet subscribed, and those who are just happening upon our blog for the first time. However, if you want to join the Goners and get free stories and exclusive sneak peeks when we offer them, you’ll need to sign up to join our FREE newsletter.) Hey Goners, Dave here with this week’s missive from the Writer’s Cave. Do you watch Game of Thrones? If you’re not watching it, I urge you to start. HBO is on Season Two now, so you definitely want to start with Season One. It’s one of the most complex, enjoyable shows I’ve seen in a long time. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the show (and the book series it is based on, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin) is how you get the story from so many perspectives. You find yourself identifying, loving, and hating people in different sides of the same war. As you can tell from Yesterday’s Gone and WhiteSpace, we’re kinda big into alternating POVs. Martin was interviewed in this week’s Rolling Stone and he was asked about his characters. He said something I loved. I’m paraphrasing here, but essentially, he said, people have different favorites. But one of the best things is how readers write to him having very different opinions on his characters. A character hated by some is loved by others. And vice versa. And Martin said if all your letters say the same thing about the same characters, then you know you’ve written a...
Are Cheap eBooks Ruining Literature?

Are Cheap eBooks Ruining Literature?

    Okay, I’ll bite. Chad Post at Publishing Perspective posted an interesting bit of link bait in a post claiming that cheap eBooks are destroying people’s minds. While the post doesn’t actually live up to its premise, it does provide some food for thought, essentially saying that cheap books are destroying traditional publishing. It doesn’t help that the author (a publisher, himself) takes an elitist shot at popular self-publisher John Locke. At BEA, Keith Gessen introduced me to the works of John Locke (probably not the one you’re thinking of), a best-selling Kindle author whose books are all sold for $0.99. He made over a hundred thousand of dollars in royalties last year — far exceeding the wildest dreams of most every mid-list (if John Locke is even midlist) author in the country. Having read the opening of one of his “Donovan Creed” novels, I can assure you that he’s not selling all these books due to his talent. No offense intended, but let’s be real about this — it leads to a much more interesting conundrum. Two of my longstanding issues with e-books are: a) how your brain processes texts read on a screen, and b) e-books make books feel like disposable entertainment. I’m going to leave the first for a separate article and/or book, but I think the second objection is valuable here. Which brings us, of course, to what I suspect is the root of why this post is proving so popular – it’s the whole battle of traditionally published versus self-published. Self-publishing has a stigma associated with it. Those who had to resort to...

Romance Author Courntey Milan Walks Away From Book Deal Over Low Royalty

Bravo to historical romance author Courtney Milan, who walked away from a book deal with publisher, Harlequin in February over it’s royalty offer of 8 percent of the cover price for digital sales. Eight percent is damned insulting to authors in this day where eBook sales are stronger than ever and other publishers are offering authors 15% and more. And of course, when you self-publish through Amazon, you get to keep 35% of your sales, or 70% for books priced $2.99 to $9.99. To most indie authors, the decision is clear. However, when you’re a published author, it’s a bit tougher choice to walk away from guaranteed money to go it on your own. And add to that the stress of doing everything yourself, from writing, to editing, to layout, to cover design, to marketing. It can be a daunting task – as anyone who has done it themselves can tell you. Milan discussed her decision on her website, saying: “Unlocked was my proof of concept–to see if I could produce something of traditionally-published quality in a self-published setting. If I concluded that I couldn’t, I would have found another way to get my readers the third book. I refuse to compromise on the quality of the work I produce, no matter what my personal business objections may be.” Milan is now offering her first solo eBook, the novella Unlocked at Amazon for 99 cents. We wish her success! Check out Milan’s entire post at her website. (update: check out her agent’s post on the matter...