New tab for book reviewers

Just added a new contact form for book reviews who want to review my books. You can either click the “For book reviewers” tag above or simply click this link and you will be taken to a contact form, which you can use to contact me for a free copy (electronic or paper) of any of my currently available books for reviewing purposes.

“The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock,” $3.99 for this week only on Amazon and Libiro!

Hi, guys.

From today, Monday, August 25th, to Sunday, August 31st, you can buy my first novel, The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock, half off in ebook form from Amazon US , Amazon UK and Libiro (as part of Libiro’s Indie Summer sale).

That means it’s only $3.99 on Amazon US and Libiro and £3.08 on Amazon UK. This is a great deal, made especially urgent by the fact that this is going to be the last sale I run until early 2015 at the earliest, so if you’ve been waiting to get a great on my book, this is an awesome chance to do it.

Additionally, The Activist, or the Snake’s Chuckle is also on sale on Libiro at $2.99, while The Activist, or the Snake’s Chuckle: A fantasy collection is also on sale for $2.99. Both prices are for this week only, so if you want to get them while they’re at this amazing price, I highly suggest that you do so right away.

 

 

 

Feedback on the blurb for “The Return of Prince Malock” wanted

Hey guys.

Next month will be the official release of The Return of Prince Malock, the sequel to June’s The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock and Book Two in the Prince Malock World series of novels.

I’ve been working on the blurb for the novel, but it’s been a kind of frustrating process, largely because I’m not sure how interesting it is. Just to be sure, I am going to post it here for my readers so they can tell me if it sounds good or not.

Here it is:

After the disastrous voyage to the once-mythical island of World’s End, Prince Tojas Malock is no longer sure what he believes in anymore. All he wants is time to think about what he and his crew have experienced and to see his home once more.

But upon returning to Carnag, Malock’s parents — King Halock and Queen Markinia, the rulers of Carnag — reveal that they have already arranged a marriage between him and Princess Raya Kabadi, the Princess of Shika, to take place exactly one month later. This leads into a series of events that Malock couldn’t have possibly foreseen or prepared for, including the rise of a new social movement dedicated to ending worship of all of the northern gods.

In this riveting sequel to “The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock,” author Timothy L. Cerepaka delves deeper into the world of Martir, a world where the gods are divided and the mortals must do whatever it takes to survive.

Does this sound interesting? If you saw this on an ebook store or on the back cover of a print book, would you be enticed to buy the book (or at least read the first few pages just to see if it’s as interesting as this makes it out to be)? If not, why not?

I would really appreciate as much feedback on this as I can get. A novel’s blurb is very important in helping it sell, so if it’s uninteresting or badly written or whatever, I would like to know so I can rewrite it and make it better, if necessary. Specific comments would be more helpful than vague ones, though I’ll take what I can get.

And if you would like to be the first to know of this novel’s release, you can subscribe to my newsletter here.

Hard work vs. talent

Cristian Mihai has some excellent thoughts about hard work and talent. Well worth the read.

Cristian Mihai

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” John C. Maxwell

They say hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. And I do agree. After all, talent is never just an innate ability. It’s a lot more than just that.

It’s hard work, perseverance, discipline, vision, courage, faith, and a bunch of others all mixed up into one.

But can hard work alone make you a good artist?

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“The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock” is now enrolled in Kindle MatchBook, and some other news

For those of you who are interested, I just enrolled The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock in Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook program.

For those who don’t know, Kindle MatchBook is a program where if you buy the print version of a book from Amazon, you can get the ebook version either for free or priced at $0.99, $1.99, or $2.99, depending on what the writer/publisher priced it at. I think it’s a pretty neat idea myself, even though I don’t know how often people actually use it.

So if you buy the print version of The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock from Amazon, you can get the ebook version absolutely free. Since the ebook version is currently priced at $7.99, you’re saving that much money when you buy the print version and get the ebook version through MatchBook.

Also, the sequel–titled The Return of Prince Malock– is almost finished. I expected to publish it sometime in late September. After that, I will start work on Book 3 in the Prince Malock World.

You read that right. There will be a third book in the series (currently untitled). I didn’t plan for it to be that way, but the story grew again and I decided to roll with it. I don’t think there will be a Book 4, but if there is, I will make sure to let y’all know.

Also, I have activated the “Ask the Author” section on my Goodreads profile. So if you want to ask me some questions on Goodreads about my books or writing or whatever, go to my profile here.

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“The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock” is now available in print!

I am pleased to announce that the first novel in the Prince Malock World, The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock, is now available in trade paperback form via CreateSpace for $20.99 USD.

You can buy a copy of the book here.

Also, because it is available via extended distribution, you should be able to order it through your local bookstore, if for some reason you don’t want to buy it through CreateSpace.

The print version will also become available on Amazon in a few days. I’ll be sure to update this post when it is.

And remember: If you want to be the first to know of my new releases, sign up for my newsletter here.

Edit: You can now buy the paperback from Amazon here.

My take on the Amazon/Hachette Dispute

For those of you who may not know, Amazon and book publisher Hachette have been in a pretty public and major dispute over how much Amazon is allowed to price Hachette’s ebooks. From what I understand, Hachette wants higher ebook prices ($9.99+), while Amazon wants to price them lower (less than $9.99). This dispute has been going on for a while now and doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon.

In the beginning I eagerly followed every update about the dispute I could find. I did this because I believe it is part of my job, as an indie writer/publisher, to keep as up to date on news about the publishing industry as I can. I don’t want to be taken by surprise by some sudden or unexpected change, after all, the way some publishers and writers have in the past.

But recently I’ve been avoiding almost every article written on the subject, even if it is written by someone I like. Why?

Because the dispute has nothing to do with me*. I could honestly care less about who ‘wins’ because neither side’s victory or loss is going to affect me in any way. I am certainly not going to raise or lower the prices of my books in response to whatever happens. If I were a Hachette author or Amazon worker I might care, but I am neither, so I have no reason to give a hoot about which way the conflict goes.

Basically I just think there’s more drama surrounding this conflict than it deserves. I was especially disappointed when Stephen Colbert weighed in on it a while ago, not helped in the least by his misunderstanding the whole situation. I think that was the point when I just got fed up with it.

If Amazon and Hachette do come to some sort of agreement soon, I’ll definitely read about it. But I’m honestly not holding my breath and definitely won’t be altering my own plans in reaction to whatever agreement they come up with.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to return to writing my next novel, which does concern me and therefore deserves my attention.

*Dean Wesley Smith wrote a good blog post about it back in July that reflects my own attitude toward the dispute quite well.