I have my science fiction novel THE HIGH EDGE in a brand new bundle that just started a few hours ago at www.storybundle.com/disasters
This full novel is set in my Seeders Universe. And there is a reason it is in the “disasters” bundle because I tend to have a pretty high body count in this one. (grin) All disaster related, of course. No character kills anyone. (spoiler not)
So you can get my book to test out the Seeders Universe and you can get books by Bob Meyer, Brian Herbert and Bruce Taylor, David Sakmyster, Bill Ransom, Alan Rogers, Laura Ann Gilman, Brian Herbert and Jan Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, Chris Mandeville, and an anthology edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey with 22 stories in it.
That’s right, 11 books which include a bunch of short fiction. If you pay at least $15 or more, you get all eleven books. And you can donate a little to the Challenger Center in the process.
And the women in science fiction bundle still has a few hours to go, but not many. You will be bummed you missed that one.
Not much to report other than the bundle tonight. Another very busy day with a lot of business talk.
And for some reason tonight I watched a couple episodes of The Shark Tank while eating some dinner. (Never watched it before.) I just kept laughing imagining writers standing up there in front of those people and trying to give a business plan. The thought just kept making me giggle. There are a few writers who could do it, but darned few.
I could just hear the question from one of the sharks…
Shark: Are you telling me that you are giving an untrained person you haven’t vetted 15% of all your money for a few hours work? And you are selling property for a few thousand dollars for the life of the property? What does this person do and how do you make a living or a profit?
Writer: Uhh, I don’t make a living or a profit and the person takes care of me.
Shark: You are telling me that in your own business you have hired a person who you did not vet and are giving them 15% forever of all your property just to be a body man for you?
Writer: Uhh, they don’t do that kind of job.
Shark: What exactly does this person do then?
Writer: Make a few phone calls, read my manuscript, negotiate a contract for me.
Shark: So this person is an attorney?
Writer: Uh, no…
Sharks fall out of their chairs laughing.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: New World
One again I flat didn’t have time to get to finishing the first chapter on the new book. Might need to wait until the middle of next week now to get started.
You all might have noticed that Kris has two books in a Storybundle that is just ending and I have one in a bundle that is just starting up.
When Kris put together the Women in Science Fiction Bundle and when Kevin J. Anderson put together the Disasters Bundle, they both had to ignore all writers who were only traditionally published. The traditional publishing contracts would not allow the writers to participate in this wonderful way to get books to readers.
Nope: Traditional publishers want their writers to be exclusive with the book or novel. Just like Amazon does in its Kindle Unlimited program.
If your book is in the Kindle Unlimited Program, it can’t be in the bundle either.
But bundles really help readers find writers they were not familiar with.
One of the top ten things I said in that business post last night was a poke at how writers think exclusivity is a good thing.
Now I meant that toward all the people who swear by the religion of Kindle Unlimited.
However, in this modern world, writers do exactly the same stupidity as only having books in one bookstore by only having books in traditional publishing.
The indie world is here to stay and it is golden. And in a ton of blogs all over the place, people have gone back and forth on the benefits of either traditional and indie, or being a hybrid writer, which means doing both.
(But no book under contract to a big five or in Kindle Unlimited can be in a bundle.)
These bundles are an amazing way for readers to get a lot of quality books cheaply and find new professional writers in the process. That’s why I push them all the time.
Bundles in this fashion, with multi-authors in the bundles for a short time, is a totally new world. It did not and could not exist seven years ago.
But writers continue to shoot themselves in the foot by being exclusive, one way or the other. Just makes no sense to me to cut out supply to readers purposefully.
But Kindle Unlimited authors have their reasons and so do traditional-only authors. And they preach the reasons to anyone who will listen.
Neither make a lick of sense to me in this new world.
Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 26
Writing in Public blog streak Day 756
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 15,750 words
— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,300 words
— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 626 e-mails. Approx. 22,500 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers
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