Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sky Warrior Books New Releases!

We have some awesome new releases here at Sky Warrior Books, including The Second Coming (The Millennium Series) and Rough Magic (The Fallen).

Sky Warrior Books is proud to reprint The Second Coming (The Millennium Series) by John Dalmas.

A Savior or Anti-Christ?

In the midst of a global economic collapse, when famines and natural disasters abound, one man appears with the message of a messiah to bring hope to the world. Ngunda Aran, the head of Millennium and a charismatic speaker, works miracles and brings the message of the Tao to Americans and people across the globe. But his message isn't always welcome and there are many who would put an end to this messiah. But will Aran usher in a millennium of peace, or will his dire predictions of a global catastrophe come to pass?

Explore the mean streets in Rough Magic (The Fallen) by Pat MacEwen.


When Worlds Collide

Twenty years ago, the modern world collided with the world of Faerie, leaving behind its denizens in a world of cold iron. Unable to work in the modern world of steel, those of the Fallen have been forced into welfare, prostitution, or thievery.

Once the proud Queen of Air and Light, Sathyllien works with the Stockton police department to solve the murders of elves and human prostitutes. The clues lead to a 5-year-old, cold-case murder—that of her daughter. But can she find the killer before a race war starts?

Monday, July 23, 2012


Is it too late for print? (via The Masquerade Crew)
The following (except for the pic) is syndicated from the blog Never burn your apron and is posted here with permission.Will I be too late? This question haunts me as I struggle to create time so that I can work on my novel — to finally finish. It has been seven years since the original seed of an…

Friday, July 20, 2012

What to do in case of Copyright Infringement


What to do in case of Copyright infringement? (via ePublish a Book)
Our book might be offered for free by unscrupulous distributors or “idealists” promoting the idea that everything on the Internet should be available for free – obviously, they have not thought it through as they have no problem paying for a physical object ordered through the internet, they…

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Awesome Deal with Sky Warrior Books! : $20 worth of E-books for only $10

We're trying something new out.  For one week only, we're offering a $20 gift certificate to any of our e-books for a mere $10 -- a 50%  savings (limit 2 certificates per person).  These are valid until 1/17/2013 and will make excellent gifts, especially if you have a family member who loves e-books.  Get one and tell the world about it, and we'll give you $5 more in gift certificates.

SaveLocal : $20 worth of E-books for only $10

When you redeem one, email me with your order and I will send you your e-books directly.  Tell your friends about this. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

When out of print isn't out of print -- or WTF?

This isn't exactly what you think.  Read on.

As many of you know, I'm a professional author as well as a publisher.  I've been through the big houses, and I've been working hard on my own press, as well as some of my own books.

I've received a note from a publisher via my former agent that a particular book is out of print.  I'm okay with that, because, quite frankly, it's nonfiction and more than 10 years old.  I own the copyright.  So, I should be able to do something with it, yes?

No.

You see, when I asked for the rights back, I got a letter stating that it wasn't "really" out of print.  Yes, it is, but they're not releasing the rights back.

WTF?

You heard me.  They're not going to give my book back even though the book is out of print.  Come to think of it, I have other out of print books there and they're "considering" whether they want to use them in the future.  Maybe. 

This isn't a fly-by-night operation.  Oh no-siree.  This is a MAJOR NYC publishing house.  You'd recognize their label anywhere.

And I won't be making money on my own books even though I own the rights.  Got to love it.

This is why I give my authors 5 year contracts.  And this is why I don't tell them "screw you" if they want out of the contracts.

Folks, whatever contract you sell your soul to, be sure you can get it back some way if the book goes out of print.  Lesson learned.  Money is good, but not making any more on the book is very bad.  It's your work, damn it.

There, I'm done with ranting.

The Google Nexus 7 heightens competition in the red-hot market for tablet computers


Google ramps up competition in hot tablet market (via AFP)
The Google Nexus 7 heightens competition in the red-hot market for tablet computers, which is dominated by the Apple iPad but has a number of other players. An ABI Research survey showed overall global sales of media tablets amounted to 18.2 million in the first three months of the year, up 185 percent…

Author and Artist Updates for July 2012

Our authors and artists have been a busy bunch.  We've caught up with them to find out what they've been up to.

Laura J. Underwood will be an Attending Professional at Dragon*Con starting August 31st.  She has a reprint story titled "What More Could a Dragon Ask For" out in the new Spellbound sampler from Eggplant Literary Productions that was released as a reward to those who supported the return of this fine little childrens magazine of fantasy.  Additionally, her story "Song of Mushrooms" set in her Harper Mage universe is scheduled to be released in Sorcerous Signals August 2012 issue.  At the moment, she is working on writing and updated version of Magic's Song, the first Harper Mage novel as well as sequels to several previously published books and editing a standalone novel titled Thunder Hammer set in the world of the Haxons in the age before the Great Cataclysm.  After many requests from many fans, she is even working on another novella about the "Demon-Bound" tentatively titled "The Axe of Wexor."  Fans wanting to hear what she is up to should visit her occasional ramblings on her Livejournal page at http://laurajunderwood.livejournal.com/ or visit her website at http://www.sff.net/people/keltora.

Artist Peter Bradley reports: Interesting note, I now have a twitter, a Facebook art page, and a tumblr account all due to a couple of my lady friends who think I don't promote myself enough. Two of them took over the job.  I did cover art for author Shane Moore's White Wraith book, for his Abyss Walker series of books.  I also did the cover for Rachel Hunter's first novel, Empyreal Fate.  I also did the interior art and layout for the Rogue Mage role playing game, based on the novels of the same series name by an author named Faith Hunter.

Alma Alexander reports her upcoming short stories: "Night Train", anthology Dark Faith 2, scheduled for the mid-August to mid-September window but I can't be more specific than that right now, "Secret name of the prince", anthology Scheherezade's Facade, September 2012, "Bones of our ancestors, blood of our flowers", Phantom Drift #2, October 2012, and short stories in two upcoming Sky Warrior anthologies, The Mystical Cat and Gears and Levers 2.

David Lee Summers says "I will be one of the participating authors at Bubonicon 44 in Albuquerque, New Mexico from August 24-26 held at the Sheraton Albuquerque Mariott Uptown. Moreover, I am this year's official chronicler of convention mascot Perry Rodent. So that means that membership in the convention comes with a brand-new, original short story by me! Learn more about Bubonicon at http://www.bubonicon.com. My Greek vampire tale "The Vrykolakas and the Cobbler's Wife" appears in the current issue of Cemetery Dance Magazine, available at: http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/CDP/PROD/_cd066 "

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Remembering a time before e-books

I'm not nostalgic, but sometimes when I'm touching an app on my smartphone, I wonder what the younger generations would think about the world I grew up in.  It must seem positively primitive.

I remember a time before cell phones, before cable TV, and yeah, before the Internet.  I do remember black and white shows.  We didn't have a VCR until I was in high school, let alone CDs or DVDs.  Computers were ridiculously primitive when I was in high school--and way too expensive for ordinary people to own one.  Hell, I remember when Pong came out.

GPS was still cold war era technology and you had to use a map.  Microwave ovens, while they were around, didn't really catch on until I was in high school.

So, what did we do as kids, you might ask.  We played with low tech toys (we didn't have high tech toys), listened to records, read books, watched TV -- 3 or 4 channels--wow!  We pretty much made up games and played board games too.   Phone calls were made via land lines and phone booths.  Oh yeah, and I remember rotary dials.

Now that I've dated myself terribly, I have to admit I was somewhat instrumental in bringing about this technological evolution.  I was a software engineer and worked with various technologies that are the backbone of what we work with today. That includes e-books. 

I look at the evolution of the book to e-book.  Sure, we had e-books in the 90s, but I really didn't think they would take off until the readers hit a price point that everyone could afford.  (I was right).  I just got a 1/2 terrabyte drive -- and it fits in the palm of my hand.  When I look at our technology, I realize that the paper book is going to be just a collector's item for the few folks who really can't stand holding an electronic device.

Look, I'm sure when papyrus or parchment was introduced, people resisted.  After all, stone is something that hangs around forever.  And when the printing press showed up?  I'm sure some Luddite complained that it sent a roomful of monks to the unemployment lines.  And when we switch to paper from parchment?  Horrors that we were using tree pulp instead of goat hide.  And I'm pretty sure that old-fashioned typesetters hate computers.

I still have authors who cling to their treeware books and ask me to print paperbacks.  I do, but it's more of a loss than a gain for me.  Still, if the book does well, I'll print some copies to make my author happy, but beyond that, it's a waste.  In paperback,  I make more money off selling author's copies than sales from bookstores.  Sad but true. 

At some point, we'll see the final shift over to e-books. I've been a bit ambivalent, but I realize the need for it.  Paperbacks are too damn expensive, and the large press publishing paradigm is wallowing in the tar pit trap the big publishers built for themselves.  Independent publishers, self-publishers, and small press get it.  They know that moving with technology, and not trying to stifle it, is a good thing.  Adapting is what will make the smaller presses succeed.

Several scientists theorize that it wasn't just the asteroid hitting the earth that killed all the dinosaurs.  Yes, the asteroid was the death blow, but it wasn't the entire story.  You see, dinosaurs became specialized.  Specialized to the point where they couldn't adapt any further.

If you've ever owned a bird, you know how fragile they can be.  I have chickens, geese, ducks, quail, and turkeys, and I can tell you if one little thing goes wrong with a bird's health, it's pretty much a goner.  You work on trying to keep it from killing the rest of the flock.  So, for birds to survive the asteroid, I suspect the asteroid impact was far wimpier than we're led to believe.  Dinosaurs were so adapted to their environment that when their environment changed, they didn't know what to do.  The smaller mammals and birds survived because they probably needed less oxygen and were capable of keeping themselves warm and living underground. Small, fast, and adaptable will win over big and bloated.  Small needs less resources, so when the resources become scarce, there's a better chance of survival.

Hmm, see a parallel?

I don't think you need a GPS navigation system to see where the bigger guys are going. 


Friday, July 13, 2012


Self-Publishing Statistics – Who are the Top Earners? (via ePublish a Book)
Continued from Self-Publishing Statistics: Women fare better than men at making money from self-publishing So what are the factors that make the difference between the Top Earners (the respondents who said they could live off their royalties) and the others? Two third of the Top Earners are women,…

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


ePublishing Week in Brief – July 2d to 6th, 2012 (via ePublish a Book)
Amazon Said to Plan Smartphone to Vie With Apple Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is developing a smartphone that would vie with Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone and handheld devices that run Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system, two people with knowledge of the matter said. Foxconn International Holdings…

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Who knew? Computer Scientist Determines Weight of E-Books

Yeah, but I guarantee it's lighter than hauling all those dead-tree books!



Computer Scientist Determines Weight Of E-Books (via redOrbit)
A computer scientist at the University of California, Berkeley has found that e-readers can pack on more weight as more books are downloaded. Professor John Kubiatowicz told the New York Times that storing new data involves holding electrons in a fixed place in the device’s memory. E-readers use…

Michael_Levin: The Incredible Resilience of Publishing Fantasy

Excellent article!  Or why the major publishers just don't GET it.

Michael_Levin: The Incredible Resilience of Publishing Fantasy

Monday, July 9, 2012

24 things you need to know about self-publishing, part 2

Self-publishing a book: 24 things you need to know – Part 2 (via ePublish a Book)

Self-publishing a book: 24 things you need to know – Part 2 Back to Self-publishing a book: 24 things you need to know – part 1 13. A self-publishing company does not necessarily have the best editors/book cover graphic designers Most self-publishing companies offer various packages aimed…

Friday, July 6, 2012

24 things you need to know about self-publishing an e-book


Self-publishing a book: 24 things you need to know (via ePublish a Book)
Self-publishing a book: 24 things you need to know   Your book is ready and you are considering self-publishing but not quite sure what it implies. Here is a list of elements to take into account . The other option is to publish the traditional way. If that is still a question in your mind, have a…

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


The Fourth of July (via Clean Me)
The Fourth of July As the US Independence Day Author: AlicLane Thus, the country’s independence day may also be referred to as the “Fourth of July,” “the Fourth,” or “the Glorious Fourth.” The independence day celebration usually involves political ceremonies, parades, fireworks, baseball…

Windrider and Quick Shots are Now Available in Paperback!

Quick Shots: A Killer Collection by Gary Jonas

THE GUN IS LOADED

Get ready to read an outstanding collection of 29 stories including some that appear here for the first time!

THE TARGET IS SET

If you love horror, suspense, fantasy or just plain fun, you’ve come to the right place.

TAKE AIM
“The Blood on Satan’s Harley” - a headless biker roams the highways of Oklahoma searching for victims.
“By Death Abused” - a paranormal investigator helps a boy deal with his dead, but still abusive father.
“In League” - a rock band’s music opens gateways to Hell.
“Single White Vampire” a lonely vampire seeks romance while trying to avoid her master’s goons, including an Elvis impersonator vampire.
“Maternal Instinct” - a young woman hears a voice whispering to her baby over her nursery monitor.
“Broken Spirits” - two damaged people track down the man who stole their souls.
“Since I Had a Gun to My Head” - a man deals with the intense after-effects of an armed robbery.
“So You Wanna Be a Hitman” - one hitman tale alone would be worth the price of admission, but you get five (count ‘em) tales about this politically incorrect killer. He has virtually no redeeming qualities, but you’re going to love him.

PULL THE TRIGGER

Why are you still reading this?  Buy the book already. You know you want it. You know you need it. You know it will help you earn millions of dollars, make you look like a movie star and win the heart of your one true love. Some say it will also cure cancer and bring about world peace. Of course, your mileage may vary. But you’ll definitely find some Quick Shots of entertainment and that’s the next best thing. QUICK SHOTS - a killer collection. Bet you can’t read just one.



Windrider Book 2: Masters of the Elements

Where do you go when the Wind knows your name?

"Leave singing to the Hag to Fifth Ranks, lad, if you don't want to end up a witless madman shrieking to the storm from a cell in the Tower of Winds." Good advice, all in all. Sheshan ak'Kal lives to regret that he did not heed it. Desperate to remember the windsong that once let him sing even the great storms off the sea to tatters, he forgets for one foolish moment of shared rage that Wind's gentle sister is the angry, vengeful--and quite insane--Hag. With the Hag stalking him across Metrenna, singing a wild, terrible note that only he can hear, Sheshan discovers that weaving torrents of living air between his hands is no longer enough to keep her at bay. For his clan, his life, and a fragile new love he has found with the most unexpected of women, Sheshan must learn a new song, and become what none of his people have managed in millennia--a Windrider indeed.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


ePublishing Week in Brief – June 25th to 29th, 2012 (via ePublish a Book)
ePublishing Week in Brief – June 25th to 29th, 2012 Book Publishing in the UK Industry Market Research Report now updated by IBISWorld The United   Kingdomis home to some of the oldest and most respected book publishers in the world. In fact, Cambridge University Press is the world’s oldest publisher…

Monday, July 2, 2012

Analysis of eBook Pricing


Smashwords Releases Revealing Analysis of eBook Pricing and Selling (via http://www.lucreid.com)
Smashwords founder Mark Coker just released a presentation and related free eBook revealing the results of analyzing sales of more than 50,000 books over several years. Admittedly, what applies to Smashwords might not apply to Amazon, but based on what I’ve seen here and on the data I’ve seen from…

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Call for Submissions: Werewolf Stories!

Do you howl at the moon?  Eat raw meat?  Sniff butts?  Is your name Lawrence?  Do you like Warren Zevon?  Oh wait, I meant do you write about creatures like that?  Namely werewolves. 

Sky Warrior Books is publishing a werewolf anthology called Tails of the Pack.  We're looking for good werewolf stories, the more unusual, the better.  Light horror, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, humor, science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, eclectic, off-beat, unusual werewolf stories.  NO BESTIALITY OR EROTICA.

Payment

Payment is author share divided equally among the authors.  We pay quarterly.
DEADLINE: AUGUST 1, 2012

Yes, that soon, but we take reprints.

How to Submit or The Nitty-Gritty

We accept RTF files via e-mail only to the publisher at skywarrior3@gmail.com.  Put the words: STEAMPUNK SUBMISSION in the subject line with the title of your piece.  Send us a virus and we will never accept anything from you again.  Double spaced manuscript in Times New Roman or some other pretty font (not Courier!).  Use italics, not underlines.  Have your contact information on the manuscript including your email address.  Let us know if this is a reprint and from where.  Again, be sure you have the rights to reprint – we won’t chase down permissions.  MUST BE STEAMPUNK.  500 to 6000 words (actual).  Query for long pieces.  Be sure to send us a manuscript free from spelling/grammar errors.  Visit our website at www.skywarriorbooks.com.

How to Submit or The Nitty-Gritty

We accept RTF files via e-mail only to the publisher at skywarrior3[AT]gmail[DOT]com.  Put the words: WEREWOLF SUBMISSION in the subject line with the title of your piece.  Send us a virus and we will never accept anything from you again.  Single-spaced manuscript in Times New Roman or some other pretty font (not Courier!).  Use italics, not underlines.  Have your contact information on the manuscript including your email address.  Let us know if this is a reprint and from where.  Again, be sure you have the rights to reprint – we won’t chase down permissions.  MUST HAVE WEREWOLVES IN IT.  500 to 6000 words (actual).  Query for long pieces.  Be sure to send us a manuscript free from spelling/grammar errors.  Visit our website at www.skywarriorbooks.com.
How to Submit or The Nitty-Gritty

We accept RTF files via e-mail only to the publisher at skywarrior3@gmail.com.  Put the words: STEAMPUNK SUBMISSION in the subject line with the title of your piece.  Send us a virus and we will never accept anything from you again.  Double spaced manuscript in Times New Roman or some other pretty font (not Courier!).  Use italics, not underlines.  Have your contact information on the manuscript including your email address.  Let us know if this is a reprint and from where.  Again, be sure you have the rights to reprint – we won’t chase down permissions.  MUST BE STEAMPUNK.  500 to 6000 words (actual).  Query for long pieces.  Be sure to send us a manuscript free from spelling/grammar errors.  Visit our website at www.skywarriorbooks.com.
How to Submit or The Nitty-Gritty

We accept RTF files via e-mail only to the publisher at skywarrior3@gmail.com.  Put the words: STEAMPUNK SUBMISSION in the subject line with the title of your piece.  Send us a virus and we will never accept anything from you again.  Double spaced manuscript in Times New Roman or some other pretty font (not Courier!).  Use italics, not underlines.  Have your contact information on the manuscript including your email address.  Let us know if this is a reprint and from where.  Again, be sure you have the rights to reprint – we won’t chase down permissions.  MUST BE STEAMPUNK.  500 to 6000 words (actual).  Query for long pieces.  Be sure to send us a manuscript free from spelling/grammar errors.  Visit our website at www.skywarriorbooks.com.
How to Submit or The Nitty-Gritty

We accept RTF files via e-mail only to the publisher at skywarrior3@gmail.com.  Put the words: STEAMPUNK SUBMISSION in the subject line with the title of your piece.  Send us a virus and we will never accept anything from you again.  Double spaced manuscript in Times New Roman or some other pretty font (not Courier!).  Use italics, not underlines.  Have your contact information on the manuscript including your email address.  Let us know if this is a reprint and from where.  Again, be sure you have the rights to reprint – we won’t chase down permissions.  MUST BE STEAMPUNK.  500 to 6000 words (actual).  Query for long pieces.  Be sure to send us a manuscript free from spelling/grammar errors.  Visit our website at www.skywarriorbooks.com.