Crudrat and A Carriger Quartet

Many of you supported me in a kickstarter a while back to create a full-cast audiobook of Gail Carriger’s excellent YA science fiction novel Crudrat and a quartet of her short stories. We got the usual crew on board–Danny Schade did the music, Tee Morris, Stephen H. Wilson, Philippa Ballantine, Nathan Lowell, Kitty NicIaian, and a host of local actors did the voices, and we wound up with some excellent productions.

These stories are now available for you to listen to, through the AWP Books storefront on Gumroad. They will be coming this fall to Audible, and also on CD to Amazon, but what those storefronts give you in terms of convenience they can cost you in terms of DRM and shipping. So, for those of you who, like me, prefer your entertainment DRM free, here’s the place to get ’em.

Click here to get Crudrat in high bitrate MP3
Click here to get A Carriger Quartet in high bitrate MP3

Cover Reveal: Rebranding Lantham

As a writer, I have a problem. It’s the kind of problem I might need therapy for. I seem to have a terminal inability to keep short stories. They keep escaping.

The Antithesis books? That was supposed to be a short story. The Suave Rob books? That was supposed to be a short story too. Ditto for The Resurrection Junket and Ideas, Inc.

But five years ago this week, I had a short story escape, and it’s turned into the granddaddy of them all. And Then She Was Gone, the first of The Clarke Lantham Mysteries. It started as a short story, which escaped into a novel. At the end of the novel I realized I had a series that would run perhaps four books. Now that initial arc is going to run eight novels, and I’ve got more arcs starting to develop as well. It also marked a huge turning point in my life as an author and as an entrepreneur.

Never before had I written in the mystery genre, much less written a book with a market in mind. I didn’t actually “write it to market” (in the sense that I took a look at what was popular at the moment and tried to hit that moving target), but I did write it for a particular market. Self-publishing was just starting to get viable, and I wanted to test the waters.
If only I could have known what was in store!

Up to that point, AWP–a production company I’d founded and worked with for ten years–had settled firmly into its second lifetime. It started out doing radio dramas and indie films, then (after that proved wildly unprofitable) moved into media services, doing corporate videos, concerts, stage plays, and the like. With And Then She Was Gone, it became a publishing company.
Now, five years later, Lantham’s getting his sixth and seventh installment this year, and coincident with that the folks at AWP have decided to shake the series up a bit.

When the books first came out, the company decided on a faux-dangerous aesthetic, to evoke the feeling of the golden-age pulp stories, complete with scratchy fonts, to evoke a sense of dark, dangerous fun. The result was something like what you see here.

As the team at AWP got a clearer understanding of the book business, and trained under design professionals in this very specific niche, the basic concept got refined into the look the series has carried for the last few years.

Now, five years in, with two new books coming out in the series, the powers that be have decreed that the series needs a new look. Something more modern, more in keeping with current tastes. Something that’ll bring out the dark edge in the books, more than the humor–my publisher reasons that while the dark twistiness in the books might put off people who come to them for the humor, the humor will register as a bonus to people who come for the dark, twisty puzzles.

So, with that, I’m proud to present you with the new covers for The Clarke Lantham Mysteries. I hope you like ’em!

So, if you like the old covers, grab ’em while you can. The paperbacks are going to be changing over the next couple weeks, and the ebooks are already in transition.

Indie Authors: Would This Help You?

After a consult with some other authors this weekend, I’ve been able to wrap up a multi-year project here, designing a spreadsheet-based system for sales tracking for indie authors and other IP professionals. It has a high-level data granularity level, so you can see where each title is selling, per month, and how much revenue it’s generating.

It occurs to me that this might be useful to other authors, perhaps as a companion piece for a short book explaining granularity and metrics.


Suave Rob Rides Again!

He’s back, that double-X daredevil with the heart of adrenaline. Last time he surfed a supernova–this time he’s up against deep web monsters, deep sea madmen, and a horde of preteens with bird wings.

When bastardly forces threaten, only Suave Rob can save the day!

Surfing Betelgeuse made him the galaxy’s ultimate badass, but when Suave Rob gets thrown in the klink for brawling with his best bro, and forced to babysit a bevy of bratty delinquents to avoid the Bastille, he figures that even badasses get the bogus end of the stick sometimes.

But egregious evil never sleeps, and when his wards get hijacked by the world’s most heinous underwater overlord, Suave Rob pulls out all the stops to jump bail and embark on history’s most epic high-dive. With seventy-two hours to save their bacon, the double-X daredevil’s gotta put it all on the line to rescue the rugrats, and bring ’em back to the stars!

This balls-out, adrenaline-soaked, laugh-filled Rugrat Rapture is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple, and a few others.

The first of two Suave Rob books this year, and the second in the trilogy that forms the origin story of the galaxy’s most bodacious superhero, this Rugrat Rapture is one spectacular ride you don’t want to miss–especially with what’s coming next. Book your pre-order today!

Read the first three chapters here

And keep your eyes peeled for Suave Rob’s Amazing Ass-Saving Association later this year, where you just might learn the real story between how the galaxy’s most excellent adrenaline junkie became the galaxy’s most bodacious superhero!

Clarke Lantham In The Cloud

Attention, fans of Clarke Lantham and his twisty adventures:

The first of two of this year’s Clarke Lantham Mysteries is now available for preorder at Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple, and a few others.

This book sees the debut of the first of the new Lantham covers–you’ll get to see the rest in a few days here–and a huge turning point in the series.

An early morning phone call from law enforcement? Never a good sign in Clarke Lantham’s world—but for a private detective desperate to make ends meet, a government paycheck for a measly three hour delivery job couldn’t come at a better time. Playing postman might be a little beneath a PI’s pay grade, but only an idiot says “no” to five hundred dollars for an early morning coffee-and-cake run.

But when a Jeep runs him off the road and gunmen descend upon the accident, Lantham finds himself the unintentional custodian of the other driver and his business partner: two hapless geeks with a doomed tech company.

With no phone, no car, no partner, and no hope of rescue, Lantham must survive a deadly game of hunter-prey through steep mountain terrain in a fog bank as dark and deadly as the secrets surrounding the package he was hired to deliver…
…before the gunmen’s employer finds another target, closer to home.

You’re not gonna want to miss this one–especially with what’s coming next. Book your preorder today!

Read the first three chapters here

The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Episode 6

This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours, we have a conversation on the beach. Because: beach!

Within you will find:

  1. A conversation about schedules and structure. On the beach.
  2. Reading: A brand new, complete story: Last Words
  3. Kitty’s Corner: Beach vs. City

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

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And remember, you now have a little more than 24hrs left to pick up your Write Stuff bundle from — don’t miss out!

Win a Write Stuff Bundle!

Hola, Amigos!

StoryBundle’s The Write Stuff (click on the covers to read all about each book) is entering its final days, so time is running out for writers and aspiring writers to get this eleven-volume craft and business toolkit.

We want to spread the word as wide as possible in these last few days, and I, for one, am not above resorting to naked bribery. So, here’s the deal. If you tweet about the bundle using the hashtag #writebundle (with a link to or blog/facebook about the bundle (and let me know about it) before Sunday, I’ll put your name in a hat. I’ll draw the winner on Monday and let you know about it via however I found you, with your claim code. You’ll then have till Thursday evening to claim your prize before the bundle expires for good.

Tell your friends!

Free Will, Episode 08 — Fixed!

This episode originally got truncated in upload. That has since been fixed. Hopefully iTunes picks this fix up now. Grumble.

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Free Will continues, with all new doses of intrigue. It’s time for Episode 8 of Free Will and Other Compulsions, In which Doug causes a stir, Greg joins a conspiracy, and Cassy meets with her lieutenant.


Cast this week (in order of appearance):
Kitty NicIaian as The Airport Announcer
George Chlentzos as Douglas Reeves
Michael Lemonjello as Hakim and Xylar Portillo
Chris Lester as Greg Singh
Michael Seltzer as The Chairman
Stephanie Sawyer as Cassy Orinthal
and Derek Moore as Jim Hartman

Promo: The Write Stuff bundle, a toolkit for writers. Only available through June 3, so get it while the getting’s good!



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Podcast Promos for The Write Stuff

Fellow Pod-People!

I’ve made a few audio promos up for The Write Stuff, current book bundle at Storybundle. The bundle runs for about another eleven days, and if you or your audience is interested in the craft and business of writing, this is a must have, because…well, look what’s in it:

So, if you have a podcast, or know a podcaster, please run this. It isn’t often you can get upwards of $100 worth of writing books for $15, and especially when each of the authors is a high-level expert in the exact subject of the book she or he has written for this bundle (for example, this is why my book on audiobooks is here, but why I did not write a book on craft. I am a puppy next to some of the great wolves in this bundle whose books concentrate on craft).

Here are the promos, for your listening and propagating pleasure.

Promo one (male voice, 58 secs)
Promo two (female voice, 80 secs)
Promo two (male voice, 74 secs)

Thanks to kickass composer Danny Schade for permission to use his track Gravity from the Crudrat soundtrack.

The Write Stuff

If, like me, you love writing, you may have noticed that, when you get to a certain point, writing isn’t just about writing (if it ever was in the first place). It starts to eat your life. Ideas come faster than you can write them down, you start to accumulate rejection letters and/or low indie pub sales, and you really start to wonder if it’s worth it.

For a while, you can find encouragement through solidarity. Peers who know what you’re going through, because they’re going through it too. But it’s hard to actually find your way forward–mentors on the Internet are a dime a dozen, but good mentors are ones that have mastered the things you want to master, and they’re hard to find, because they’re usually busy doing that thing (or, alternately, they’re not very good teachers, since that’s a whole different skill set).

And it’s not just that way with craft. At a certain stage as a writer, you have to start learning writing as a business. You have to deal with taxes, you have to learn to structure your time, to decide which projects are worth taking on. If you self-publish or form your own company, you have to learn about packaging and subsidiary rights. And, while all that’s going on, you still have to find a way to write.

The trick to surviving this season of writing is to acquire tools and acquire them fast. And it is in that spirit that I am very VERY proud to be included in the kind of toolbox I wish I’d been able to find when I was first learning writing as a business.

The Write Stuff is a craft and business ebook bundle featuring books by writers who are both great teachers AND well-accomplished in their area of expertise. Vonda McIntyre (one of my favorite writers!), Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Judith Tarr, Doug Smith, Dean Wesley Smith, Chuck Wendig, Bob Meyer, Jerrold Mundis, and myself. You’ll learn about audiobook production, writing without an outline, writing fast, dealing with publishers, structuring a novel, writing fantasy, structuring your business, and loads, loads more (plus a 40% off coupon for Jutoh, a very well-put-together ebook authoring suite that runs everywhere, including on Linux and Android).

If you love writing, if you have dreams of making your voice heard, or even if you’re a little ways down the professional road, you’re going to find a LOT in this bundle you can add to your artistic and professional toolboxes (I’m finding loads in here). Give yourself the price of lunch, and dive in. Grab the tools, use them, and add your voice to the new golden age of fiction. And, if you want to, earmark a portion of the sale price for Girls Write Now or Mighty Writers.

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