On October 30 and October 31, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, my newest short story Into the Rift will be free. I haven’t decided yet when the next free days will be, but I’ll post here and on FB when I know.
So if you like sword and sorcery short stories, please grab a copy this week and let me know what you think.
Into the Rift is now live in the Amazon US store. I’ll add links to the other Amazon stores on the fiction page as they go live, too.
For three months (roughly, to Jan. 16) the story will be exclusive to Amazon’s Select Program. This allows me to use five free days over that period, so I can introduce the story to a somewhat wider audience. I’ll announce those free days here on the blog, and also post to my email list and on the Clary Books Facebook page. If you want to hear about new releases without the need to monitor my kind of random blog posts, please join the list! It is for announcements only, and we never use your email address for any other purpose.
After three months, I’ll publish the story at B&N, Smashwords, and through Smashwords to the Apple store, Sony, and other distributors. If you need a copy in .ePub format before it is available there, my email address is on the “About Clary” page. Just let me know.
The ability to publish your own work so easily and have it distributed to the world is a complete thrill for me. I’ve enjoyed working on this story, and I hope you will enjoy reading it.
This is worth thinking about.
Into the Rift is finally in its finished state, or as finished as it’s going to get anyway. I have to fiddle with formatting, TOCs, and back matter, but later this week I’ll upload it to the various Amazon stores.
I’ve decided to put the story into Select for three months, which requires me to keep the story exclusive to Amazon for that period. So it will be months yet before it gets published to the Nook, or into Smashwords for wider distribution. My hope is that having a few free days will gain some visibility out of the gate. But I don’t want to stay exclusive to Amazon for long, so after that first 90 days I will publish it elsewhere.
I’ll definitely post here when the free days are, so if you want to pick up a copy for free, please keep an eye on this space. Or, you can sign up for the Clary Books mailing list, and I’ll send a notification right to your inbox.
At any rate, the story will be available soon. I am a sadly slow turtle, but I do get there eventually.
So I’m working with Into the Rift a bit more after Mr. J delivered a second round of suggestions. And I’ve contacted an editor for a final line edit/proofreading run next week (maybe two. whatever). That means a new publication within a week from today. I’ll be glad to move on; I’m ready to be done with this story.
I’ve already begun the next story in the Tahylam series. The working title is “Faolan”, which is the name of the young mage at the center of the story. It feels good to be creating new words again. This series will be five stories, as I’ve envisioned it so far. Four more short stories will easily take up the rest of this year.
More news as I get it.
My short story Last Night is now free in the Amazon U.S. store. I’m very happy to make this short fantasy freely available to Amazon customers at last.
If you are in another country or need a different format, you can download the story free at Smashwords, where it is available in all formats. If you have a Kindle though, and a U.S. Amazon account, it is much easier to download through Amazon’s own site.
I am still working through the edits and cover for another short story, Into the Rift. I’ll post here and to the mailing list when that story goes live as well.
I am sorry to report that the edits Mr J returned to me were excellent and useful. This unfortunately means I have more work to do on this story. So that’s what I’ll be doing for the next few days. I hope to get back to new words by the end of the week. Fingers crossed on that.
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.
- attributed to H.G. Wells
Yes, the story is off to Mr. J to edit. He so loves getting his hands on one of my stories.
Last week was taken up with my husband’s computer dying unexpectedly. We had to rally around to get a replacement ASAP. We’re still dealing with finances and paperwork from the surgery he had recently as well. He’s my best editor and beta reader, and I haven’t sent the story to him yet. But now the computer is all in place, so this week we’ll do a round on the editing.
I’ve already got a general outline of the follow-up story, so that’s up next once this is published. Then I have to get back to the novel. In the meantime, we have tomatoes! Four kinds of tomatoes, along with two kinds of peppers and bunches of eggplants. I’m carrying in baskets of fruit once or twice a week. Last night Mr. J baked pans of tomatoes in his own way that makes them all caramelized and sweet. Very yummy.
Here’s how the cover looks so far. I spent two days scrubbing pixels around the archer. In the end getting a demon to crawl out the port defeated me, so the port had to go too.
I still need to work on the background a bit but generally I’m happy with this cover. It’s a good representation of the storyline. The woman seems strong and active. You can’t imagine how many “archer” pictures are women in a bikini holding a bow in a languid posture. /eyeroll
With a bit of work I might have this story published within a week or two. If you’d like to receive a publication notice, please sign up for the Clary Books announcement list. Link is in the column at the right.