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Date Posted: 21:09:44 12/11/11 Sun
Pre-orders are now being taken for the next Spearfish Lake Tales story,
Randy's friends get to go places and have adventures, while he has to stay home and work. His heart is set on having some fun and adventure while he's still young, but the job is important to his family and to him. It's eating up his life to the point where it's not even worth trying to plan something fun -- if he does something will probably come up to interfere with it. His wife feels his anger, and so do some of his friends, but there's not much they can do about it . . . or is there?
Posting Starts 12/19/11! Preorders shipped 12/18. Order for as little as $19.99.
See the store page for details
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Lots of Changes at the Spearfish Lake Tales Store
There have been a number of changes recently at the Spearfish Lake Tales Store, and there are more to come.
Amazon/Kindle sales: Several Spearfish Lake Tales books, specifically Dawnwalker, are now available in the .mobi/.prc/,azw format at the Kindle Store. Andromeda Chained, and Absent Friend should be available by December 15. These books are at really competitive prices: $4.99 for Dawnwalker and $2.99 for Absent Friend and Andromeda Chained. In addition, the short story, The Lone Ranger: A Dawnwalker Series Prequel will be available there for only 99˘.
In order to present the best possible product, all these older books have been re-edited and hundreds of fluffs, punctuation errors, and downright boo-boos have been fixed. A few scenes here and there have been massaged a little. Most of my earlier books were posted without benefit of editing -- and it shows! That's something my editors and I have been working to fix. Dawnwalker received the treatment last year; Absent Friend and Andromeda Chained were recently finished, and the updated versions have been posted to the website in the last few days.
Over the next few months, most of the rest of the list will be re-edited, re-posted, and put on the Kindle store. Next up, hopefully soon after the first of the year, will be Magic Carpet, Alone Together, and Rocinante. Others will follow, hopefully at the rate of about one to two per month.
Lulu Sales: In addition, I'm not slighting Lulu.com. You can still order Spearfish Lake Tales books in hardcopy, .pdf and .epub formats. If you order them direct you don't have to wait around for me to upload them to you. I will replace the existing files of the older books there are soon as re-edits are complete.
Store Sales: Store sales will continue as before. You can order books directly from the Spearfish Lake Tales Store, in the traditional .rtf format, or an e-book package that contains both the .prc/.mobi format for the Kindle, and the .epub format for most other readers. Some readers still like the .pdf format, so those will also be available from the Spearfish Lake Tales Store, but as a separate order, not bundled in with the .epub and mobi/prc formats as I've done recently. The small (one cent) price differential between the three helps me figure out what you are ordering.
The store page has been massively rearranged. The old page was turning into a real headache to keep straight; with the new ordering options and more coming it could have turned into a major disaster. Now, when you click on a book on the store page, you will go to a separate page that gives you all the ordering options. This includes taking you right to the appropriate Lulu page for Lulu orders -- no more searching around on the Lulu storefront page!
All new pricing: In order to have competitive pricing on Amazon and Lulu, I decided to cut the prices on the books posted there -- but when I did a little price study, I realized that made everything else a bit out of whack. So, I've cut prices on all books in all formats, by as much as 70%!
Price cuts include cuts on the hardcopies from Lulu.com. Because of the cost of printing, I couldn't cut them as much as I could on the e-books, but it's still a substantial savings over the earlier prices.
Other sales outlets: As time goes by, Spearfish Lake Tales books will be made available on other e-book sales sites. I don't really have a timetable prepared for this.
New Covers: If you've scanned down the store page or the main book list page recently, you may have noticed the covers for the books have changed, some a little, some lots. The reasons were many, but it was partly to standardize the appearance of the covers, admittedly with an eye to online sales. I'm still working on the process, and it won't be complete until all the hardcopies have been updated.
There are going to be some more changes coming -- but probably not as big as these. They'll be incremental, rather than a big overhaul.
Five books are planned to start in 2012. I'll be starting a new series -- Bullring Days -- in March. In June we'll finally get back to Spearfish Lake, with a new series of Spearfish Lake stories featuring old friends and new; I have nine done, and three more on the drawing board. I have enough books completed or nearly completed to continue the current posting rate up into 2016, and have more in the works.
I'd like to thank everyone for their support over the last four years. Writing and posting the Spearfish Lake Tales books has been a lot of fun, and I've met a lot of interesting people either in person or online as a result.