SHAMAN OF KARRES comes out tomorrow, so of course there’s a huge launch party, with loads of champagne and plates of nibbles and me doing signings at a sequence of book-stores and various publications doing reviews and interviews, and the publicity machine running hot and fast, making sure anyone who might like it, knows about it. I don’t have time to write posts for MGC…
In the real world, if I didn’t look it up on Amazon, I wouldn’t know when it came out. Anyway, SHAMAN is good fun space opera, bound to cheer you up if life is being a misery. Probably going to cheer you up even if it isn’t. The e-book (The picture below is a link and I get a few cents extra if you use it) is a fraction of the cost of the hard-back – even if my own kindle publications are around half that, it’s not bad value.
I gather at least one of the major printers in the US has just filed for bankruptcy, so either paper sales (via book-shops at least) are doing pretty badly, or their supply chain is. I’m betting on former and that more people will move to cheaper e-books, especially if this economic downturn continues or gets worse. The effect on publishers who (or did) rely on sales from the whole traditional process above will be interesting. As I’ve said before: book sales were historically counter-cyclical (like beer, camping equipment and seeds) – but not the last couple of economic downturns. I think, provided they don’t cost more than a couple of beers, and they cheer the reader longer than the beers, that might be different this time around. I’ve definitely seen an uptick in my e-book sales, and I think making them cheaper helped. Not that that amounts to hill of beans – I haven’t had a new book out for a while.
Anyway, SHAMAN OF KARRES is probably my last Karres book, and possibly my last trad published book for the foreseeable future. The foreseeable future of course is not a very long period – especially at the moment! It follows the usual Karres suspects, but has the Leewit and her future as a core issue. It’s what in the old days they called a ‘light-hearted romp’ and ties off a lot of the ends.
Like everything I write, there is tuff to think about, but I don’t shove your nose in it, and, honestly, my first concern was writing good entertainment.
Given that the picture at the top happened to me on Saturday (we had strong gale-force winds, and they destroyed the shed that our power and water and sewage feed through). I kind of need a little cheering up myself. I’ve had an exhausting day proving that not everything that can go wrong, has already done so. I have talent that way. So even if I am not at a huge launch party, I’m not up to writing much of a post.
So, I’ll have one of those beers, thanks.