Browsing Archive: August, 2014

Book Review: Phoenix & Ashes

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Friday, August 22, 2014, In : Book Review 

Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey

Elemental Masters: Book Three

Daw, 2004

(paperback) ¥832

Comment: ☆☆☆☆☆

Phoenix and Ashes is a wonderful retelling of Cinderella set in Ms. Lackey’s Elemental Masters universe during WWI. Eleanor Robinson takes the role of Cinderella, a young Fire Master trapped in her own home by a wicked-witch stepmother who forces her to slave as the lowest of servants for herself and her two conniving daughters. Reginald Fenyx is the charming young lord of the ...

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Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, In : Update 
So, this has been an exciting couple of days. My book came out on August 15 and then I started looking at other ways to make it more accessible. I went to Createspace and am in the process of getting a print version done (the proof is in the mail). And, just recently, I discovered a way in which I might be able to get an audio version up on Amazon too.

All of that is just to make the ebook more visible though, and to make it more appealing as a buy. I don't expect print or audio sales (if I ma...

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Going Indie

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, In : Publishing 

There's a perceived stigma associated with indie publishing amongst those not actively involved in it, a conception that it isn't 'real' publishing. This conception extends to ebooks too; if your book isn't in the corner store, it's not really a book, it's just a file on the computer and we all know they aren't 'real', after all, who of us hasn't lost a file to a computer crash? If self-publishing isn't 'real' publishing, and ebooks aren't 'real' books, then a person who self-publishes an ebo...

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Cover Reveal

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, August 3, 2014, In : Books 
Just got the cover for my new book that is going to be released on August 15 (ebook only for now).
Artwork was done by a talented guy from Peru, Carlo Neira. I'm really looking forward to seeing this up on Amazon.

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I'm a writer, editor, indie publisher, and dedicated Magic Spreadsheet user. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I've been living in Japan since 1995. I've had a life-long interest in writing and in speculative fiction. My first book was published in mid-2014.
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