I sense the tree will have a growth spurt in January. Until then get caught up conveniently and within budget.
If a publisher buys the rights to a book from an agent and lays out the expenses for editing, typesetting, publicity then I fully understand and endorse their setting a product price that proves to their board that they have a plan to recover expenses and make a profit. I’m referring to actual printed books with an army of middle persons involved in the process.
Profile, if you will, the top of the chain self published author. Likely they will not go through the expense of dead tree publishing unless it is on Createspace because everyone who has a say in the industry has made that option very prohibitive. Typically the self published author will have the expense of editing and cover art. Copyrighting the work costs $35 per title on the eCO website. If they are deluded enough to think that they can be compensated based on their own time and effort then they are not really near the top of the chain. So if they do a print issue which is ‘Print on Demand’ through a mechanism like Createspace the process forces the author to price at least at the cost of production which their software makes plain.
My point here is this. Pricing should cover the cost of unit production then arbitrarily a dollar per unit, or $.99 which psychologically looks better for some idiotic reason. If you have written a work that you feel should appeal to say 100,000 readers in it’s shelf life who can spend $1 on a book then you will have earned back $100,000 for what may have been $2,000 on the creation top end of inputs for a self-pub.
Overall take home. Price your work so that it will reach and win over the most fans.
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The Forgotten Age
by Jack Eason
I really wish to forget this unfortunate book because it is forcing me to violate my rules regarding book reviews but I am angry. I do not generally do negative reviews. If a book is going poorly, the story doesn’t grab me or the genre is not my normal flavor and not changing my mind by fifty percent completed then I bail and give it the review of silence. This aberration drew me in past the fifty percent mark even through the poor editing and character development so here goes.
The Forgotten Age is a novella trying to paint a story of a pre-Pharonic civilization in Egypt using a protagonist who is supposed to be a modern English (pun-intended) Indiana Jones with all of his compatriots being Ukrainian mafia and corrupt Egyptian bureaucrats. Oops, can’t forget the clever American sidekick who has some unexplained religious beliefs that must come into conflict with the protagonist’s mystery solving because…it just does.
List of crap:
1) Do not build paragraphs by pairing three or more sentences saying exactly the same thing. Paragraphs have a point and supporting sentences, and yes there is a difference.
2) It is a bad idea to bombard the reader suddenly with hyped up drama where there has been no build up of conflict.
3) Point of view issues can be catalogued using this one work. Narrator dumps are an extremely poor method of telling fiction. Moving on.
4) Time scale within this story is so skewed you would have the reader believe the group of explorers spent almost a year under Ghiza with just the supplies they had carried on their backs.
Lastly do not try to suspend the disbelief of the reader so that in their struggle to reach the end of your…thing…they are rewarded by you pulling the ripcord and sealing (not ceiling) in the protagonists and all of his lemming helpers for the remainder of eternity just because your brain went on vacation. Was that sentence long enough to make it onto your radar?
The Forgotten Age will not be receiving any of my usual promo. I intend to post this on my blog, Facebook, Google+, Amazon and Goodreads as a warning buoy. ‘Beware, someone soiled themselves here.’ Now you know why I have my rules of review. I don’t like doing this. Enjoy.
Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures Volume 1
by Jayce Grayson
It’s the twenty forth century and humankind has moved on to adopt ‘porn’ as a culture. Everybody is doing it, or each other, as long as they participate. One of the selling points is ‘the choice is yours’. Focus on the protagonist, one James Street, a twentyish individual on a plan to work his way from low earth orbit to the colonies and Mars. Farther if he could. James is an abstainer.
He plans to get from the space station he has been helping to build by hitching a ride on a cargo vessel called the Xianne. Temptations await as he struggles with balancing his beliefs and not being a wet blanket.
There are many comical scenes in this book mainly revolving around sexual innuendo and situational awkwardness. I found the editing well done and the material slanted more toward erotica than science fiction though the author carried off several scenes of actual space work in as good a fashion as Ben Bova.
I give this work a thumbs up and warning to keep it with readers over seventeen. We haven’t quite adopted porn culture yet.
Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures Volume 2
by Jayce Grayson
Book two of this series picks up with James on a chore run down to the moon. I think maybe the second chapter has one of the funniest scenes I’ve read in a long time, I had to wipe my eyes and read it again. Moses Jones, or Moze is mainly the flight engineer for the ship Xianne and when he catches the protagonist and an oversexed Oklahoman named Sax wrestling in the locker room he blinks a few times, nods and walks back the way he had came. Moze gives me a mental picture of Tucker Smallwood who has played multiple science fiction series rolls and seems at home with a kind of dry humor.
As with the first volume this one also has a lot of sexual scenes and a key to why the Duncans, owners of Xianne would enlist an abstainer aboard their X-rated vessel. Science fiction covered in this book includes sustainable agriculture on the moon, the technology of moon walking-driving and how to get water on the moon.
This is a good work but does not stand without volume one so if you haven’t read that one I suggest heading there. Readers over seventeen and those who want more erotica than science fiction in their ratio.