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How Will Publishing Look After Covid-19?

Let’s start with a singular truth many of us don’t think about when considering the publishing industry. It consists of much more than the publishing houses. There are distributors, like Simon & Schuster which is now on the auction block. There are the various contractors who work for publishers, including editors, proofreaders and even those who design the interior and exterior of a book. There are the bookstores and online merchants. Each of these have been impacted over the last decade plus by changes in technology, changes in reading habits and by Amazon and other online retailers. But nothing will impact them like Covid-19, thanks to actions taken by local, state and national governments. Read more

For your reading pleasure

Yes, this is a repost of Friday’s promo post. Because some of the books may have aged off, please be sure to check the prices. However, a number of them are still on sale/free. There have been a few additions as well.–ASG

Here at MGC, we know everyone loves to read. Right now, most of us have extra time to indulge in our favorite pastime. Some of our bloggers decided to follow the example set by fellow indie author JL Curtis. We have either put some (or all) of our books on sale or have taken some titles free. Here is a list of what we have at reduced prices. Read more

Friday Promo Post

Good afternoon, everyone. Here at MGC, we know everyone loves to read. Right now, most of us have extra time to indulge in our favorite pastime. Some of our bloggers decided to follow the example set by fellow indie author JL Curtis. We have either put some (or all) of our books on sale or have taken some titles free. Here is a list of what we have at reduced prices.

I want to again, thank JL Curtis for coming up with the idea and letting us tag along. And, since he started this, I’m going to start off with a link to his Amazon author page. Jim’s put all his books on sale and, if you haven’t read his work yet, please take advantage of the sale and check him out. Read more

New starts and other thoughts

I’m baaaack! Actually, sleep will come shortly.More on that in a minute.

With Risen from Ashes now out, it’s time to turn my attention to the next project. Night Shadows is the next entry in the Eerie Side of the Tracks series. I am really excited about this book and the plot is all but screaming to be let out. This is a good thing.

The bad thing is that every project seems to have its own idiosyncrasies that seem to slow down the actual writing. It might be needing to find a new place in the house to write. Sometimes, it means changing which machine I write on–the Mac or the iPad Pro or the PC laptop. Usually, within a chapter or two, I can move back to the Mac. Usually being the operative word. Read more

Release Day!

Well, to be accurate, it is Release Day + 1. Risen from Ashes rushed through the approval process at Amazon in record time and actually came out yesterday. It is available as an e-book now and the print version should be available (knock on wood) in another day or two. The files for it have been submitted and we’re just waiting for the final approval.

Because of the delay in release, I’ve done something I don’t usually do. I discounted the price. You see, I love this series and want you guys to as well. It is also available as through Kindle Unlimited. I’d really appreciate it if you’d leave a review, especially if you enjoyed the book. Oh, and don’t forget to let your friends know!

Here’s the blurb:

As a Marine, Ashlyn Shaw knows the day might come when she would not return from a mission. As an officer in the Fuerconese Marine Corps, she’s faced the difficult duty of sending the men and women under her command to their deaths. Both are nightmares she, and so many like her, live with. War is a cruel and costly endeavor, but one well worth the cost if it means keeping their homeworld free.

What Ash wasn’t prepared for was betrayal. Betrayal by members of her own government. Betrayal by certain members of the military. Betrayal by supposed allies. Betrayals that cost the lives of too many she cared for.

Unluckily for her enemies, that betrayal has cut too deeply to be allowed to go unpunished. Her enemies will soon learn how foolish they were to push her too far.

Not How I Expected Today To Go

Well, today was supposed to be release day for Risen from Ashes. It had been on pre-order for two months. It had gone to alpha and beta readers as well as my editor. Everything looked to be in place. But, like the best laid plans, things fell apart Friday of last week. So listen, my friends, to a tale of warning, if not of woe. Read more

Who are the real gatekeepers?

(This post originally appeared October 2013. While some of the players have changed, the basic premise still remains. There are still those out there who believe indie authors are hacks–at best–who haven’t struggled hard enough to earn the title of “author”.)

Over the last couple of days, I’ve seen a number of posts by authors from both sides of the traditional vs. indie publishing discussion (yes, I’m being nice here. In most cases, discussion doesn’t exactly describe the content. Argument or even screaming hissy fit usually comes closer). This comes on top of a long thread in a discussion group I belong to where a couple of folks flat said they would never read anything not from a traditional publisher because anything else never rises above the level of dreck. Pile on top of that a blog post I read this morning from an agent discussing the role of agents in the current world of publishing and, well, my head has exploded again. Read more