Epic Fantasy Mailing List Party: Extreme Beach Volleyball Edition

I now have a mailing list.  Join it if you want to be part of the list of people whom I will e-mail.  There are multiple levels of subscription depending on the kind of e-mails you want to receive.  And by “multiple”, I mean “two”.

MEANWHILE

Nebula-nominated Vera Nazarian’s Epic Fantasy Party is still rockin on strong, and as a part of it, Deep Sounding is $2.99 for only THREE MORE DAYS. 

Like dwarfs?  Novellas?  Cheap stuff?  Tired of having to choose between them?

It’s okay.

You don’t have to anymore.

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Epic Fantasy Party

Deep Sounding has dropped to $2.99 for for FIVE DAYS ONLY, as a part of Nebula-award-nominated writer Vera Nazarian’s Epic Sale: a steaming platter of indie fantasy e-books, pulled fresh from the oven.  Get ’em while they’re hot!

I highly recommend Shane Michael Murray’s book “Orc of Many Questions”.  I’m about a third through, and enjoying it immensely.  It’s funny, it’s poignant, it’s brutal and violent — and, unlike a lot of indie books the majority of books being published today, it’s not just a neat idea or a well-told story: it’s actually got well-crafted prose to back it up.  That is rare, and it is wonderful.

To top it all off, the way it approaches orcs is so similar to the way Deep Sounding approaches dwarfs that I just had to reach out to Shane and tell him so.  These books are practically blood-brothers.  It’s eerie.  I don’t know what form it’s going to take yet, but he and I are going to have to hook up for some serious cross-promotion.

I mean, seriously, Orcs and Dwarves?

Come on.

COME ON.

Howdy, Woolies!

Saw a big spike in blog visits (and book sales!) after yesterday’s post.  I presume most of the new traffic is coming from Hugh Howey’s generous link to the article on both his Facebook page and his Twitter, so I thought I’d better strike while the iron is hot and get to marketing my book to you guys while you’re still hanging around.

I thought about writing the normal self-published-writer self-marketing-rigamarole.  Stuff like “Hey!  Check out the book!  Drop me a review!  Tell your friends!  Here’s links my facebook and twitter; let’s network it up!  And dig these exclamation points!  They denote optimism and zazz!”

And then I thought, nah.  These are Hugh Howey fans.  They’re savvy readers.  They know what’s up.  If they want to check out my book, they’ll find it — and being fans of Hugh Howey, if they like it, I’m quite sure that they will make their opinion known.

So with that ugly business out of the way: welcome!  Come on in.  Put your feet up and stay awhile.  I’m Brandon; nice to meet you; make yourself at home.  There’s water in the fridge and leftover cookies on the counter.  Bathroom’s down the hall.  Remember to jiggle the handle and flush twice, cuz it sticks sometimes. 

And if you need me, I’ll be naked in the basement.  Knock first.

Building a Better Batman

Author Hugh Howey has an interesting approach to fan-fiction: he encourages it.  For those who don’t know, Howey is the author of “Wool”, a self-published sci-fi series turned breakout mega-hit, the buzz around which is changing a lot of minds about self-publishing.  His book and his success were what inspired me to try self-publishing “Deep Sounding”, and I’ve been stalking him ever since.

But to the subject at-hand: Howey encourages fan-fiction.  Even more radically, he encourages authors to PUBLISH these works, for money, and he doesn’t ask a cut.  He considers it free publicity, and he’s rightfully jazzed at the idea of fellow artists who love his sandbox enough to come play in it.  It’s a notion so common-sense that of course no one has ever tried it before, and it’s got me thinking about communal storytelling.

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Conan the Theologian

Excellent post over on Read, Seen, Heard. Makes me want to go pick up some Conan.

Read, Seen, Heard

It is not often in the Conan stories of Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) that we find the noted barbarian in a philosophical frame of mind, but in “Queen of the Black Coast” (1934) he has this conversation with Bêlit, the pirate queen:

“Conan, do you fear the gods?”

“I would not tread on their shadow… Some gods are strong to harm, others, to aid; at least so say their priests. Mitra of the Hyborians must be a strong god… But even the Hyborians fear Set. And Bel, god of thieves, is a good god. When I was a thief in Zamora I learned of him.”

“What of your own gods? I have never heard you call on them.”

“Their chief is Crom. He dwells on a great mountain. What use to call on him? Little he cares if men live or die. Better to be silent than to call his…

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