Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Remains E-Book Experiment!!!

It's becoming more and more the case these days that E-Book publication....and I mean everything from Kindle to the new Apple preceding the actual paper publication by up to half a year. That used to be unheard of, especially in the major New York City publishing world. But my new traditional but indy-based publisher, Stone House, has just brought out my new thriller, The Remains, on Kindle and this week they will make it available on every E-Book known to man and Artificial Intelligence. This is happening 4 to 5 months prior to the paper release!

I'm excited about the possibilities of being published in E-Book first because number one, I make more per unit sold in this format; second, I will sell something like 6 or 7 times more E-Books than paper inevitably; third, I will reach a far wider audience; fourth, the book will remain in "print" forever; fifth, E-Book sales will encourage paper sales down the road, especially when reviews start coming out next month.

Thus far the Kindle E-Book has done great right out of the gate, having broken into the top ten thousand on Amazon yesterday afternoon. The publisher expects it to do far better later this week when, on Thursday July 1, they organize a global "Push." On that same day, a virtual tour for the E-Book will also begin. It will be accompanied by guest blog posts, a very cool trailer teaser, and of course, numerous reviews. Good or bad, they will all serve to promote The Remains and make hopefully make it a bestseller.

And here's a note of special interest: this will be my virtual publicist's first ever virtual tour for an E-Book!!!! How's that for a paradox born out of cyberspace.

The commercial publishing world is changing faster than some can keep up. But with Kindles and other reading devices predicted to be priced less than a $100 by X-Mas, you get a real clear sense of where the reading world is headed!

To download a Kindle and or pre-order your copy of The Remains, click here!

To get a look at the trailer teaser, click here!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Traditional Book Signing goes Bust!!!

"Think Joe, think. Okay, J-O...."

This past Sunday I decided, more or less off the cuff, to do a 24-hour E-Book push for my recently pub'd noir thriller, Moonlight Falls. I posted notices everywhere from FaceBook to Twitter to Kindle Boards and more. Judging from the Amazon rankings, the novel closed in on bestselling numbers. All this means of course, that in the time it took for me to drink a large Dunkin Donuts coffee, I sold a whole bunch of paperbacks and Kindles. And, the sales continued for 24 hours as a global audience took notice.
Why am I telling you this?
As a novelist who's been published by the biggies, like Delacorte Press and more, I know from experience that I might blow an entire day at a proper book signing in some B&N and sell maybe four books if I'm lucky. Frankly, the time has come where I might give up traditional signings altogether for something that really works.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Permanence to be Re-Released on Amazon this Summer!!

PW announced this morning a near 300% increase in e-book sales for the past three months. Also a rise in Trade Paperbacks. My new publisher(s) are now publishing me in both formats so I'm a happy camper. I guess the future of publishing is here now. Just this morning, I took the leap into "indy" Book publishing and sent my first, now OOP, novel, Permanence, (originally published by NPI, 1995) to a pro who will format it for me in HTML and make it available as an E-Book on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, you name it. It will be my first attempt at self-publishing an OOP book and I'm pretty excited about it. With the publication of The Remains by Stone House and Moonlight Falls by R.J. Buckley, Permanence will ensure that I will now be making money on three books...Forever! Hopefully Dell Publishing will soon release the E rights to my noir novels, As Catch Can, and, Godchild, so that they can be resurrected and brought to the market also.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

ITW Announces The Remains!!!

The ITW's Big Thrill is kind enough to make an announcement for the E-Book version of The Remains, which should be out later this month. The Trade Paper will follow in the late Fall. But you can Pre-Order First Editions now.

And here's something that doesn't happen everyday in the publishing world. My newest publisher, Stone House Ink, a house better known for its Christian fiction, is going to expand their line to publish me and my noir. And I mean, all of my noir, back-list and all. The name of the new imprint? Stone Noir! Has a pretty good ring to it doesn't it? When does truth become stranger than fiction? When a house that publishes some notable Christian bestsellers and some very cool thrillers is going out on a limb to publish my noir, and willing to do so for a very long time. Hat's off to Aaron Patterson, the publisher... Thanks for believing in me when a lot of publishers would rather count their pennies.

Like the song goes, the times they are a changin'....

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Book Piracy and Just Plain Cheap!

"Jesus has returned to earth. But it will cost you five bucks to see Him."
"No thanks, I'm pinching my pennies."

Maybe it doesn't seem logical, but there's a school of thought amongst some authors and publishers that books robbed off the internet, or what's better known as "pirating," doesn't hurt individual book sales one single bit. This seems illogical since those doing the pirating won't have to buy the actual product. It's been the same for the music industry. Pirated music doesn't need to be bought, so the artist suffers. Or does he?

I can't tell you how many people ask me for a "free book" or who tell me that their brother gave them their copy, who got his from a friend, who got theirs from a used bookstore, and when they're done with it, they're going to pass it on to their Aunt Trudy who will hand it over to the Salvation Army bin and then ask for a receipt for her taxes. Cheap ass Aunt Trudy.

My point?

Is this not a form of piracy? Only difference between stealing books or music off the internet and people passing paperback or hardcover books around without having to buy them, is that the latter group commits their crime right out in the open. In fact, nothing irks me more than being approached in a crowded bar and some obnoxious blond will walk up to me and shout "Where's my book?" Like I somehow promised her a freebie. What I always wanna say in response to one of these cheapskates is, "Ok, the novel is 20 bucks. Let's see, you keep the books at a construction company for 15 bucks an hour. How about you do an hour and a quarter's worth of accounting for me and I'll trade you a signed copy of Moonlight Falls for it. Deal?" Inevitably, I'll receive a kind of screwy upturned brow look, that screams, "Well aren't we all high and mighty?" Well, I write for a living, lady!

What will happen the next week? I'll see the same dame in the same bar, and once again she'll scream, "Where's my book?" Only this time, she'll tell me she's started on her own novel about her second marriage to some guy who didn't know he was gay until he got in bed with her. Or maybe he wished himself gay. "You're agent will love it. What's her email address?"

JA Konrath has yet another interesting experiment going in which he is allowing people to pirate his novels. He's going to prove the piracy won't affect sales. I wonder if he ever willingly gives away hard copies to people who refuse to pay for them?

Stay tuned....and anyone interested in pre-ordering The Here!