– There’s whole bunches of stuff to catch you up on, so I’m turning down the effervescent charm and wit, turning up the maximum information flow (while still remaining effervescently witty and charming. Handsome too. It’s a curse).
– A Sword Into Darkness has now topped over 200 reviews on Amazon and sits at 4.5 stars overall with 123 5-stars and 58 4-stars, alongside a whole buncha real nice write-ups between ’em. If you needed an excuse to get yourself a copy, that’s a pretty good one. I’m still continually surpised about the folks that are reluctant to give it a try because of its indie-published beginnings. It’s good, folks. Trust the hoi polloi.
– Speaking of good, I just listened to the first half of the A Sword Into Darkness audiobook from ACX and Will Perez of Sci-Fi Publishing, and it’s like experiencing a brand new story. It really comes alive, and even though I wrote the damned thing, it’s like I’m just discovering it. If you’ve read it, but haven’t heard it, you gotta! And if you haven’t read it or lent it to your friends, ummm, see the bullet above.
– REMO continues to chug right along, though it has not had the explosion of popularity that ASID had. Is it because it’s short stories? A relatively short collection? Not as much advertising as ASID had from third parties? I dunno. It has gotten great reviews (4.8 stars in 6 reviews) on Amazon, but it has not made it above 7000 in sales ranking yet. It has more than paid for the investment in its cover from 99Designs, so I’m happy about that, but I would love for it to do ASID numbers. If you haven’t tried it out, I urge you to give it a shot, or to recommend it to your friends. And I’m also producing an audiobook on ACX for it as well, with the talented Heidi Mattson of VO Hollywood reading. It would make your perfect commute companion!
– REMO remains Amazon Kindle exclusive, but ASID has turned out to be a dirty little book that gets around to all the e-book sites. Shameful. But apparently the elder book has been a bad influence on the innocent story collection, and they will soon both cheapen themselves for all the world to see in an internet wide sale! I am shocked and you should be too. In fact, you should tell all of your friends about it and urge everyone to get their own copies during the sale so you can tell them youself how dissapointed you are that such good books would just put themselves on the streets for a mere 99¢. More details to follow.
– In other news (and these are the reasons I’ve been so busy), I’m waiting on the approval draft of “The Rememberists” for Daily Science Fiction, I’ve gotten a commitment from Baen on “Bumped” if I make some revisions, and I’ve completed the first draft of “The Commuter” for the Baen Fantasy Adventure Short Story competition. For Stealth Books, I’ve also reviewed and blurbed Graham Brown’s latest SF masterpiece, and I’m working through John Monteith’s latest Rogue sub-thriller. On top of that, I’m still working on the ASID tabletop game and app with Nathaniel Torson of Jabberwocky Media. Then there’s life (Don’t Talk To Me About LIFE . . . .) where my brave, strong, and beautiful wife keeps kickin’ cancer’s ass and staying busy, and my three kids are ALL in baseball and softball, each of which have both simultaneous and consecutive games in different locations. Plus work at my unspecified Day Job, which eats about 14-16 hours a day.
– What this means is, I have not yet made progress on Lancers Into the Light or on Co-Pilot, but I pledge to! Soon(ish)!!
– Congrats to Ancillary Justice for winning the Nebula! I gotta read that one to see what all the hubbub is about. Best of luck to it and all the upcoming Hugo nominees, though I’m pulling for a Larry Correia and a Brad Torgerson win.
– Final note about goings on, I got to spend an afternoon with Chris Kennedy, author of Janissaries and When the Gods Aren’t Gods, at the Virginia Beach Central Public Library’s AMAZING event devoted to their new Local Author collection. It was a pleasure to donate books both for the collection and to circulate, as well as to meet so many great local authors and small press publishers. A good time was had by all and I really look forward to doing it again next year. If you live in the Hampton Roads area, I urge you to go and check out ALL the books!
– And that’s about it. I obviously don’t understand the concept behind brief, bulletized statements. I have a problem. Pity me!