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An introduction to the Immortal ChroniclesGeneDoucette_ImmortalatSea1400

As of today, you can own a copy of Immortal at Sea for free from just about everywhere.  Here are the links:

iTunes

Nook

Kobo

Google Play

Smashwords

If you’re reading this, you probably already own a copy of Immortal at Sea but I’m betting you know a lot of people who don’t, so let everyone know!  I’m looking into promotional email blasts and so on, but the best kind of recommendation will always be the one that comes from you guys.

Whither Amazon?

You might have noticed Amazon isn’t on the above list.  That’s because they don’t accept a zero price point on KDP books.  If you know someone who wants a copy on their Kindle, there are two options:

  1. request a price-match from Amazon.  By the time you read this, Amazon may have already price-matched the book to Free, but if they have not, it’s possible to ask them to do so.  You can also click their “tell us about a lower price” link on the page for Immortal at Sea and let them know about one of the above merchants selling the book for nothing.
  2. Smashwords sells in all formats, including Mobi, which is what the Kindle uses, so it can be picked up there.

UPDATE: Immortal at Sea is now free on Amazon

Why am I doing this?

I’ve talked about my efforts to publish wide before.  This is one way to get people who use those other platforms to find my books. Immortal at Sea is a good entry-point to all of the other books in The Immortal Chronicles, as well as the Immortal Trilogy, and maybe everything else I’ve got going on.  Fixer_Hi-Res_CoverIf you’re talking about the international market, Google, iTunes and Kobo are just as important as Amazon, and possibly more important.  Getting attention in those markets is something I have to start working on now, especially with a new Fixer novel in the works and a fourth Immortal novel in development.

Four of the Chronicle books are available at all of the above sites.  Nook, iTunes and Kobo also have the novels.  Getting this book for free is just a start.

So tell your friends!  Send them to this page, or point them to one of the sale pages, or just get them to look up the novella themselves.  Or write it on a paper airplane and throw it at their head.  Whatever works for you.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Back in 2012, I was enjoying the first big success of my career.  Immortal had taken off–not in the mega-best-seller sense, but in the “oh shit, I’m making real money” sort of way.  That might not sound like a huge deal to you unless you happen to also be a writer, and then maybe it does.  logo-new

It was kind of a big deal, anyway.  Big enough that I wondered what I could do with this success, however modest and/or transitory it might be.

One of the things I checked out was the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.  Immortal and the sequel, Hellenic Immortal had been best-selling on Amazon for five months in multiple SF/F categories.  Surely I could meet the minimum membership requirements on that alone?

I couldn’t.  What I had made in royalties far exceeded the minimum monetary threshold I needed to prove, and I had a publisher–I hadn’t self-published either book.  But I didn’t have the right kind of publisher, and I hadn’t earned that minimum the right sort of way.

Basically, the money had to be in an advance, and that advance had to come from a publisher on their list of approved publishers, and it didn’t look like there was a lot of flexibility on either point.

Immortal_Cover58Even for 2012–which was just at the start of the ebook revolution–this was breathtakingly behind-the-times, but I was in no position to do anything about it other than decide, oh well, I guess I won’t be joining SFWA.

Well, good news: I just joined SFWA.

The organization came to more or less the same conclusion I had back in 2012, and just changed the bylaws to allow for somewhat more flexibility in the application process.  There is still a not-immodest minimum earning threshold ($3,000 from one novel in a calendar year) but I could meet it, and so I’m in.

What does this mean for the future?  I have no idea just yet.  But I’m pretty excited about that future.

In other news

GeneDoucette_YuletideImmortal1400I’ve added Yuletide Immortal to iTunes and Nook.  (I haven’t given up on publishing wide yet!)  I’m still woefully behind on Kobo and Google Play but will keep everyone updated on progress there.

I’m looking into establishing a more robust web page for Adam and all his adventures (and for Corrigan Bain and all of his) and hope to have something to show all of you in the next few months.  With a more up-to-date landing page I’m anticipating being able to do some more things for all of you, like, I dunno, T-shirts?

Something, anyway.

If you have an idea of what you’d like to see in an Adam the Immortal website, drop me a note here.

New ways to read AdamGeneDoucette_HardBoiledImmortal1400

Hard-Boiled Immortal, the second book in The Immortal Chronicles, is now available on Nook and Kobo, and as a pre-order on iTunes with a release date of 12/16.  (No link to the iTunes, which is app-based.  It’s there, though!)

Why book two first?

Here’s the thing.  I wanted to start moving the Chronicles out to other platforms, but they were all enrolled in KDP Select, which is Amazon’s exclusive publishing thing.  GeneDoucette_ImmortalatSea1400By being enrolled there the stories could be read by people with Kindle Unlimited and by people using the Kindle Online Lending Library, and I had other benefits I never used, like countdown deals and free days.

In order to be able to publish to other platforms I had to first get the books out of Select, which meant unchecking the auto-renew box for each of them.  When I did that, Hard-Boiled Immortal came out of Select on 12/9, but Immortal at Sea won’t be out until February 8 and Immortal and the Madman on January 30.  I will be putting both of those out to the other platforms in February.

First Folio

Once The Immortal Chronicles volumes 1-3 are all out of Select, I can add First Folio: Pirates, Succubi and Madmen to the other platforms as well.GeneDoucette_ImmortalandtheMadman1400

The print edition of First Folio is available from other retailers, incidentally.  Barnes and Noble has it.  And if you want it on Kindle, don’t forget you can pre-order it right now.

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The day has arrived

Yes, you can now own a copy of Sapphire Blue!

So go get it!

Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Kobo  Direct from Publisher

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New reviews

I wasn’t even up yet this morning and there were already three reviews on Amazon.  (Two on the print edition, one on the Kindle.  Amazon hasn’t matched up the two listings yet, because they are Amazon.)  I was impressed by the speed and efficiency of all concerned, and happy to see two reviews I’d never read before, with lines like:

Its a strange book in a way, very different from what I expected and I still have mixed feelings about it. Its very well written, with characters that felt real – and when I began it Mara and Argent seemed headed for the typical billionaire playboy/naive young lady scenario. Then it gets deeper – they have sex on their first meeting, its not lovemaking, just a quick, hot, heavy burst of sex. Their relationship seems to consist of purely that and Mara is unsure of why. When she tries to ask Argent he’s enigmatic ,and very clever at changing the subject til she’s forgotten what she was asking…

and

The writer does a great job in giving you the creeps.

A few weeks ago I was thinking about what I wanted to write next and I had the idea that maybe I wanted to write a horror story, since I hadn’t done one of those yet.  But the more reviews I read for Sapphire Blue the more I wonder if I already have.

Happy Fixer release day!Fixer_Hi-Res_Cover

It’s finally here!  Fixer is now available for purchase from (most of) your favorite online retailers in e-book and print form.

*applause*

Here are some links for you:

Amazon Kindle edition

Amazon Print edition

IBooks

Barnes & Noble Print edition

Direct from The Writer’s Coffee Shop, Print and E-book

(Note: The Nook edition isn’t listed yet.)

Personal note

I would like to thank everyone involved in getting Fixer to this point.  It has been a very long time.  As I said last night on Tumblr, “Having a new book come out is like watching your baby go out into the world for the first time, provided you kept that baby hidden in your basement for six years first and didn’t tell anybody about them.”

This is pretty accurate, because I finished Fixer at the end of 2005, and didn’t show it to a publisher until 2012.  Why?  That’s a long story, and maybe I’ll tell you sometime.  I’m just glad you’re all here and you finally get a chance to read it.

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Paperback availability

It has been a tremendously successful several months for Immortal and Hellenic Immortal, with both books selling more copies, as ebooks, than I’m probably permitted to disclose.  (Let’s go with an awful lot of copies.)  Most of these sales have been for the Kindle, because Amazon, for all their faults, cross-promotes very, very well.

One of the surprises in all of this is that the book sales have come largely despite paperback availability.  I say largely because you could always buy a paperback edition of either book, but that purchase almost had to be made directly from the publisher.  You could also buy it through Amazon, but you would still be buying it from the publisher, only now you’d be paying more for the copy in order to make sure every company touching it got paid.

I’m happy to announce that this is no longer the case.  Copies of Immortal and Hellenic Immortal are now available in paperback form directly from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and whatever remaining online retailers I am unfamiliar with.

Immortal paperback on Amazon

Hellenic Immortal paperback on Amazon

Immortal paperback on B&N

Hellenic Immortal paperback on B&N

New purchase option

I’m actually a little late on this announcement– I’ve been traveling, as you know– but Hellenic Immortal is indeed now available for purchase on the Nook, alongside Immortal.  You can purchase it here.

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