Shaman of Karres out tomorrow

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…

Oh. Wait…

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.


  1. ***hands Dave a Beer***
    Well, having looked at snow damage to the parental’s RV canopy, I will just be glad it was not nearly that bad compared to your nuked shed.
    I’d offer some lumber to help rebuild but it’d take a bit to get there.
    Good luck on the book sales, and more success in fixing yon shed.

  2. *hands over bottle of Champagne and one of sparkling rosé* Congrats on the new release! I can’t vouch for the wines’ quality. MomRed found them in the wine rack we’d forgotten that we had (long story).

    I’d say supply chain, plus the distribution lag. People deciding that instant e-book gratification beats waiting up to a month for print to come by mail is probably also a factor. (I noticed that after the UK dropped their 20% e-book VAT, my sales to readers in he UK jumped. Coincidence?)

    1. It’s a bit soon yet to credit the VAT change with anything, plus my impression is that in most cases – without authorial intervention – the price remains the same and it’s just more money for the author (and Amazon). A good thing in itself but not a driver of sales, though cutting the prices to the pre VAT level might be.

      1. There might well be a psychological effect involved. As I wrote, it could be coincidence. I no longer price my books to make up for the VAT (when the EU and UK went to the e-book VAT, Amazon took it out of the author share, so I adjusted prices up accordingly.)

  3. *Throws confetti* Try to think of all those trials and tribulations as fodder for your poor, unsuspecting characters. Sort of a form of in depth research.

    Huge congrats on the book! Always a serious win.

  4. Always a relief to watch a work in progress finally wrap up and go live.
    Pity you had such a heavy weight on your coat tails and that said weight will garner much of the profits.
    As it’s high summer down under it would seem the perfect time to shed that coat and crank out a series of new works, perhaps sufficient remunerations to provide you with a new shed, or better yet a garage and possibly even a vehicle to park in it.

      1. My bad, thought since we here are in early spring you lot were still in the warm there. Goes to show one should always check before making statements such as I did.

  5. Yay for getting another one out the door! Here’s to good ebook sales, even if the shops are shuttered.

    Here’s to an excellent end to trad pub, and a bright future ahead for you in indie!

  6. I always loved Schmitz generally and the Witches in particular. I have all the new series to date, so I’ll be picking this one up too. And I say this as someone who doesn’t buy books anymore, so its praise indeed.

    Hoisting a virtual ale in your honor, Dave.

  7. I already ordered the eBook off Webscription months ago Dave. I don’t drink alcohol myself so that just means I can spend ALL the beer money on books! 😉

    For those that aren’t aware if you follow Dave’s affiliate link to the e-book above it sets a cookie in your web browser and Dave would get small cut of anything you buy off Amazon in that session even if you don’t actually buy the e-book as well. Doing so does NOT raise your costs, Amazon takes it out of their own % and charges it to advertising. So its a great way to help your Monkey buy some Banana Beer and parts for a new shed when you need to order something anyways.

  8. Given that you’re by the sea, and there’s always going to be high winds, maybe you can rebuild the shed into the side of the hill, like a root cellar? No idea if drainage/seepage or natural critter habitats would make that possible, but the wind has a hard time blowing down what’s underground. And then maybe you could just bang the roof back into shape?

    (I am really bad at photo interpretation of landscape, but it would also give you a good place to put any annoying rocks that are in your way. They’d be part of the wall.)

    1. Well, that was the highest wind we’ve had in ten years, but yes, always windy. All the structures _I_ designed and then put up stayed up just fine (I over-engineer to the ridiculous). This was an engineer designed automatically approved by council shed. My rebuild is A LOT MORE robust. 🙂

      1. Yay for overbuilding! I also bought and read all three Karres books by all y’all yesterday, and I solemnly take back previous grumbles about people trying to follow Schmitz. They aren’t the same as his books, but they are an awfully good set of “continuing adventures.”

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