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The Adventures of Crimson Overcoat: Crimson Overcoat and the Unicorn Prince of Avalon

I’ve finished my third book, Crimson Overcoat and the Unicorn Prince of Avalon.It’s the second book  in The Adventures of Crimson Overcoat series, the first being Crimson Overcoat Versus Christmas, available for free at Smashwords.

Crimson Overcoat and The Unicorn Prince of Avalon is available for $0.99 in all eBook formats for  at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon.

 

Writing exercises are funtastic!

@GoblinWriter presented a great writing exercise on a guest post on @theaatkinson’s blog. Being a huge fan of writing exercises, I decided to write one myself. It involves an escape from a dungeon type location, using found items. So I wrote a story staring my urban occult heroine, Gretchen Fortunato, aka @gothic_nosering (yes, she has a real twitter account. How meta.) Trapped in an upscale suburban closet, she has a knitting needle, a cell phone, and the ghost of a show dog to make her daring escape.  Without further ado, I present Don’t Mess with the PTA

Holy Cow! My Book is on Amazon!

http://amzn.to/nWWddl

$2.99 is a fine deal for a classy steampunk novel by a classy guy. The print version should be available by the end of the week.

Self Loathing, Madness, and Diet Pepsi-An MBA Explores Independent Publishing

My name is Luke. I am a writer amongst other things.

A few months back, I decided to self publish my first novel after having a revelation regarding digital distribution for e-readers. With my background in computer graphics, I can adapt anything I write and sell it on Amazon without any cost to myself, other than time. Why not, I said.

Later, I came to learn via a post on Freakanomics that through createspace.com, another Amazon sponsored entity, I could self publish in print form as well without any cost to myself. That really lit my fire, and two weeks later the final draft is hours away from completion.

Of course, as a MBA, I had to go and complicate things with branding, a marketing plan, and all the other stuff that goes along with the baggage that too much education provides.  I come up with a catchy name, make sure the appropriate blog and twitter names are also available, and there you have it.

So what does this have to do with anything?

Very little, actually. Self inflating biographical nonsense is both amusing and cathartic.

For those of you who were unaware of these tools to allow for self publishing, here are some links. The dawn of mass independent publishing is being born to the weeping of soon-to-be-former Borders executives.

Createspace

Kindle Self Publishing

James Alutcher’s Blog post on self publishing