Monday, November 30, 2015

You Snooze, You Lose

Tomorrow, The Wrong Sword goes back to its new normal price of $1,000,000. So get it while you can at $1.99.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Why Time Travel Appeals Most to Under-30 Readers

One of the big classification schemes for books is called BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications Subject Headings). Amazon uses it. It gives us headings like Nonfiction>Law>Agricultural, and Fiction>Christian>Historical.

Did you know that"YA>time-travel" is an actual subject heading on BISAC? BISAC code YAF063000. No kidding. An entire young-adult subgenre devoted to time travel. It's that popular.

So what's the deal, aside from Doctor Who? Why is this as appealing as vampires and zombies?

Because if you're over 30, you've already experienced time travel.
Think about it, my fellow gerontonauts. And welcome to the future.

I Know It's Tedious, But-




Friday, November 27, 2015

This Would Have Surprised Henry Not At All

I'm enjoying this article in the Guardian discussing how the monks of Glastonbury faked - gasp! yes, I said faked! - not just Arthur and Guinevere's resting place, but the Holy Grail and Joseph of Arimathea too. I wouldn't go so far as to draw all the lessons he draws from these episodes, but then, I'm not a writer of op-eds.

If you've read The Wrong Sword (and if you haven't, why not? It's only 99¢ today) you know that my protagonist, Henry the Rat, dabbles in selling the occasional forged relic. What I like about Simon Jenkins' piece is that it illustrates one of the biggest (and not necessarily warranted) assumptions in TWS - that certain aspects of human nature remain unchanged, even after a thousand years.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Today Is the Day!

Today is the start of the 99¢ sale for The Wrong Sword ebook.
Not tomorrow.
Not Arbor Day.
Not Rosh Hashanah.


But what if you have already bought the book?
What if you already follow the blog?
What if you have already pre-ordered the sequel and the hit album, Excalibur Drops It Like It's Hot?
Tell your friends.
Tell your family.
Tell the little girl who lives down the lane.

This cannot be kept a secret!
The world must know!

Monday, November 23, 2015

What Happens When You Send Your Book to the White House?

They send you a nice "thank you" card. It looks like this:

The President and First Lady Thank You

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday! The Big Deal Is Coming! November 24!

Yep, the 99¢ deal on the Kindle edition of The Wrong Sword is coming.
This Tuesday going through next Monday - November 24 through November 30 - the ebook edition of TWS will be available for only 99¢.

Spread the alarm!
Warn the villagers!
The ebook is coming! The ebook is coming!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Free Books, Away!

Yep, the TWS free copies I handed out on Goodreads are now winging their way to their lucky recipients. Oh, you few, you happy few, you band of brothers (and sisters)! What joys await you!