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Monday, April 28

Right Around the Corner!

UPDATE: Everywhere the Road Ends, The Traveler of Ord Book II, is now more than halfway through the final edit phase. This is the last one, really. After this it's going straight to Create Imaginations to start work on the cover design. We're in the home stretch - get ready for more people, more places, more plot - More ORD!

Tuesday, April 15

TGL is back!

Well, it has been for a few days now, but I thought it fair to jump on and mention that formally. I must say the new matte cover finish is WONDERFUL. If you're planning to pick up a paperback copy of TGL and have yet to do so, now is the time!

Book II is now most likely an imminent release for May, as I have taken control of the considerably long editing process in an attempt to get the ball rolling again (4 months is just too long on one book, even for an editor). Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 3

TGL Temporarily Unavailable

I've fallen in love with CreateSpace's new matte cover finish option, and have decided TGL must have it. Therefore, The Goldenwealth Light will be unavailable in the Amazon store for the next few days while the cover finish is updated. Don't mind the price if you try to look it up - as soon as a previously available book on Amazon suddenly becomes unavailable, for some reason the list price shoots up to something ridiculous (like $300+!). All will be well once the book becomes available again. In the meantime, TGL remains available on Kindle for just 99 cents!


Friday, February 7

Ordic Everygoodness for your Kindle Continues!

The holiday sale of TGL went so well, a decision has been made to extend it indefinitely in anticipation of Book II: Everywhere the Road Ends. Enjoy 99 cents of Ordic goodness on your kindle device, and thank you for your support of the adventures of Theodore Ellsworth!

Get a copy here!

Thursday, January 30

Take care when you imprint

I'm going to be polite and not name names, but I just saw an article promoting a new publishing house for first time, unagented authors, and it reminded me that while I'd enjoy having representation, I won't just desperately go anywhere. Here are some big red warning flags to let you know you might be in for more trouble than it's worth down the road:


-It's natural for an imprint to request an author provide a marketing/promotional platform (especially if the author in question is unagented and untested). However, if this is requested repeatedly, but there is no word at all about what the imprint is going to do to promote on their end, you might want to look the other way. Especially if the imprint is POD. If the promotions and marketing are going to be entirely your own responsibility anyway, you might as well go POD on your own and not have your rights tied up with anybody else. Should you be responsible for promotions and marketing? Of course you should. But it's a mutual relationship -- why are you seeking a publisher in the first place if not to utilize their added power to help make your book a success?

-Submissions should be detailed, but there's a limit. If you see all the usual requests, but then it's followed up with a dissertation on how every bit of english punctuation should be used in lieu of a simple comment that your manuscript must be properly edited, or a long list of extremely specific "don'ts" that go so far as to say "we want sci-fi, but no stories about space" (yes, I have actually seen this in so many words), then you might want to bring the imprint's professionalism into question. There are certain, very reasonable expectations a publisher should be able to hold you to if you intend to be taken seriously when you submit to them. But you should have your own professional expectations of them as well.

-It's not necessarily bad that an imprint publishes their author contract to view right under the submissions link, but ask yourself why they are doing this. The contract is not step one. Or step two, for that matter. Is there anything in there they might be eager to come back later and say "hey, we showed you the contract before you even submitted to us" about?

-This one should go without saying, but at the first instance of any sort of request for money from the author, head for the hills. Professional publishing houses do not charge their authors for the priviledge of working with them.


I wish anybody who has written a book great success, but by the same token, if you're not willing to go POD then you're going to need to have great patience. Don't let that extreme desire to see your book in print draw you into agreeing to just anything.

Ord Goes On

Just checking in. The next installment in the Traveler of Ord series, "Everywhere the Road Ends", will include more content, more characters, and more perils for poor young Theodore Ellsworth, as well as a bit of soulsearching and some surprises. Yes, it's late, but be advised it WILL be coming soon. The manuscript has been finished for awhile now. Proofreads and edits are taking some time is all. Book three is also scheduled for later this year, so expect twice the Ordic Everycontent in 2014!

FYI - TGL is doing so well right now, the 99 cent sale has been extended!

Check it out here!

Wednesday, January 15

Have some more Ord!

Due to overwhemlingly positive response, the special holiday sale price for the Amazon Kindle version of TGL has been extended through January. Enjoy the first installment of the sword and sorcery adventures of young Theodore Ellsworth in the world of Ord for 99 cents!

Grab it here!