Saturday, January 19, 2013

Launch Party Recap and Chapter 10 of Air Keep

Thanks to everyone who came to my launch party for Zombie Kid. I was terrified no one would show up. Instead, we had two hundred people there. So many great friends and family. I was relieved, excited, thrilled, and a whole bunch of other -ed words. If you missed it, here are some pics.

Great crowd! 

 Either some really ugly fans, or zombie suckers.

Doing a drawing with the awesome Rachel.

Chocolate-covered zombie brains, 

Signing books.

Getting devoured by my zombie daughter and son-in-law.

My zombie daughter and zombie-bait grandson.

And if you're really a glutton for punishment, you can even watch the whole thing, thanks to the great folks at Writer's Cubed.

Starting two weeks ago and going through the end of April, I'll be visiting schools both locally and across the country talking about reading, writing, and valuing our differences. Tomorrow I will begin posting weekly updates about the tour, what I've learned, what I wish I hadn't learned. (For example that my car automatically locks the doors when you start it. So closing the doors to clear the windows is a bad idea.)

And finally, the next chapter of Air Keep. This is the last chapter in Part 1 of the book, and the last chapter I will post on-line before Air Keep comes out . . . next month!

Interlude 1
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9

Chapter 10--The Time of Shadows

“Maybe you should think about this a little more,” Riph Raph said, hopping from the chair to Kyja’s bed and back again. “Master Therapass seemed pretty sure that bringing Marcus to Farworld was a bad idea.”
“Master Therapass thinks everything’s a bad idea.” Kyja walked to the balcony and looked out at the night sky. Two of the three moons were visible—an almost completely full pink circle and a green fingernail. Should she wait to pull Marcus over? She definitely didn’t want to put him in danger. But what if he was already in danger, and she did nothing about it?
She ran her fingers along the worn surface of the stone railing. Should she try to help Marcus but risk hurting him or leave him to something that might be even worse? There was no good choice.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Zombie Kid Launch Party

If you live in or around Salt Lake City, I'd love to have you come by my Zombie Kid launch party Wednesday the 9th at 7:00. We'll have brain cake balls, Zombie Kid Posters, bookmarks, zombie suckers, and a drawing for a bunch of awesome zombie items.

If you can't come, don't worry, though. I'll be doing book signings all over Utah and Idaho and will post a list tomorrow. Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Why I Believe 99 Cent E-books Are Bad for Authors and Readers

(Note: After rereading this, I want to make one clarification. I've read lots of free e-books where the author took an old, possibly out of print, book and put it up for free as a way to hook readers. I totally get that. They've already made most of their money on it, and it's a way to say thanks and introduce themselves to new readers. Makes all the sense in the world. My comments below are really focused on why a 99 cent price point is unsustainable for new books, and why the expectation of buying all e-books at that price is bad for books and readers. Okay, carry on.) 
Yesterday I posted a Facebook status which said something like, “I’m really glad the $0.99 e-book trend seems to be fading away.” I had a lot of people agree, but I also had a lot of people question my reasoning both on and offline. They brought up some very good points. “Of course you don’t want books to sell for ninety-nine cents; you’re an author.” “I’m on a tight budget, so I like ninety-nine cent books.” “Ninety-nine cent books are a great way to see if I like an author.”
As I said, these are perfectly reasonable responses. Everyone likes cheap stuff, almost everyone is watching their money, and ninety-nine cents isn’t much to spend on a book—even if you hate it. As an author, the temptation is great to price your book low. Especially if you haven’t built up much of a following yet. It’s exciting to see your book jump up the Amazon lists—even if your book is free.
If you sense a “but” coming (was the blog title a giveaway?), you are right. I am going to argue why I believe $0.99 e-books are generally a bad thing for readers and writers alike. If you think this might offend you, feel free to stop reading now. I promise we’ll still be friends. (Actually we’ll still be friends even if you read on and completely disagree.) (Unless you get mad and egg my house.) (And even then we’ll still be friends if you say you are sorry and bring me cookies to make up for it.)