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The Book Bazaar / Re: My novels The Ark and Rogue Wave coming soon
« on: April 13, 2010, 03:01:11 pm »
The audio is just for the trailer. I think they did a great job.  I haven't heard the audio book yet.

The Book Bazaar / Re: My novels The Ark and Rogue Wave coming soon
« on: April 13, 2010, 11:41:17 am »
The new book trailer for THE ARK is up on Youtube!

The Book Bazaar / Re: My novels The Ark and Rogue Wave coming soon
« on: April 06, 2010, 02:19:33 pm »
I just found out from Simon and Schuster that The Ark will be available on Kindle on May 11! It's not available for pre-order yet, but I'm told it will be available at least two weeks before the book is released. No word yet on Kindle pricing. I know that's been a big issue lately, but unfortunately those decisions are made at a high level in S&S, way over my head.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading (2010)?
« on: March 26, 2010, 05:14:53 pm »
Just finished Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais and Echo Park by Michael Connelly. Both were excellent.


I'm now reading a fascinating book on conspiracy theories called Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch.

The Book Bazaar / Re: My novels The Ark and Rogue Wave coming soon
« on: March 03, 2010, 08:37:48 am »
Some of you have asked how to get a signed copy of THE ARK if I'm not touring in a city near you. I've set up a system with a local proprietor here in Seattle called The Signed Page where you can order personalized, signed copies on the Web. It's great because the store is near me, and they take care of all the shipping to make sure the book arrives intact. It's a pretty slick setup.

The Book Bazaar / Re: My novels The Ark and Rogue Wave coming soon
« on: February 28, 2010, 07:54:42 pm »
I tried to follow the first posts to buy the books, but got "cannot be found" notices from Amazon.  Any help?

I've modified the original post to explain about my publishing deal. I also removed the Amazon links so new readers of this thread wouldn't be confused about why they were broken. Thanks for bringing to my attention.

The Book Bazaar / Re: My novels The Ark and Rogue Wave coming soon
« on: February 28, 2010, 09:57:07 am »
Thanks for the tip, Ann.

Regarding the titles, my feeling is that no matter what they're called, at least the content of the books is the same. That's what I have control over, so that's what I focus on. The title is merely the enticement to get someone to pick up the book, so if Rogue Wave does that as well as The Palmyra Impact, then I'm happy with it. I did veto some other title ideas that just didn't work.

Gertie, in addition to hardcover, The Ark is also coming out in large print format and as an audio book. The audio narrator is a four-time Tony-award-winning Broadway actor, and his name is--get this--Boyd Gaines. What are the odds?

Steph, I'm not familiar with Fantastic Fiction, but it must be big over in the UK.

Great, Jason! Hope to see you there.

Are these new books going to be published by S&S?
Or indie?

Tyler Locke 2 is the second book in my hardcover deal with Touchstone/S&S.

Any idea when they will let you get through with the promo for the first three and produce the next Tyler book?

I'm so glad everyone is eager for the next one. Tyler Locke 2 is due to come out next summer. I've got ideas for the next five Tyler Locke adventures, so I'll keep writing them as long as people keep reading them.   :)

What? You're gonna be in Houston but not Dallas?  Sheesh.  How rood.

Yes, my friends in Dallas weren't happy about that, either, but the resources are limited for this debut (sort of) author.  :'(

But take a roadtrip to Houston, and we'll have a party there!

Boyd-  you have many real followers here like me.  Might I suggest that you start a new thread on this,  It is easier for peoiple to find it and follow it.

Best of Luck.  Let me know when you get to Boston.  I'll have you sign my kindle.

Thanks, Askenase! I'm happy to start a new thread, but I'm not clear how it would help. Got any suggestions for what to call it?

Boyd, our own Maureen Miller has a book out entitled Rogue Wave published 3/1/09.  I don't know if you can have the exact same title or not, but I just thought I'd give you a heads up on that.

Keep up posted.  Sounds like it's getting better and better.

Thanks, Gertie. As you can see, it's very difficult to come up with unique titles. Titles can't be copyrighted, so you see the same titles all the time. I remember that last year, in the same month, both Iris Johansen and Robert Liparulo had books come out with the title DEADLOCK. In fact, if you search for "deadlock" on Amazon, you'll find at least six different titles with that name.

That said, although both of our books take place in Hawaii, it sounds like the plots are very different. Besides, there are three other books called Rogue Wave, so we're all in the same boat <groan>.

Yes, I liked the old titles, too.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Pricing - authors share your experience please
« on: February 25, 2010, 11:08:28 am »
Hi CJ,

I priced my books at $0.99 for The Adamas Blueprint and $1.99 for The Ark and The Palmyra Impact. Of course this was a year ago (has it been that long?), so things have changed substantially since then. It still seems to me that the sweet spot is $1.99 because it's low enough to get people to take a chance on it. I'll be curious to see how $2.99 does when Amazon raises the royalty rate to 70% for any book between $2.99 and $9.99.

Sorry to have dropped out for a while. I've been proofreading The Ark for the fourth time, and it is now on the way to production. I've also been deep into revisions on The Palmyra Impact, which I think is much stronger now for the changes. I've also been working on Tyler Locke 2 and cranking up the publicity machine for The Ark.

But I DO have title news. S&S wanted shorter, punchier titles for The Palmyra Impact and The Adamas Blueprint, and I think we've got two that fit the bill. THE PALMYRA IMPACT will now be titled ROGUE WAVE and is coming out in December 2010. I like that Rogue Wave sounds sinister and hints at the out-of-nowhere nature of the tsunami. We have a tentative new title for THE ADAMAS BLUEPRINT, which is coming out in December 2011, but it still could change, so I can't share it yet. Believe me, titles are difficult; THE ARK was originally titled THE NOAH COVENANT.

No news yet on the ebook edition, but I'm confident that S&S will work out their differences with Amazon before The Ark comes out. I wish I had more insight into what's going on, but you agree to give up a certain amount of control when you sign a publishing contract (otherwise, no contract), and I'm happy to let S&S deal with all of that stuff.

Simon and Schuster has put together a fantastic web page for me on their site. It lists my book tour stops (I hope I will see some of you at them), it has a book club guide, and it has some factoids and interview questions if you're interested in that kind of thing (beware--the interview contains some spoilers). Here's the link:

Finally, if you're looking for a great action/adventure to read, I'd recommend Graham Brown's Black Rain. Full disclosure: he's a friend of mine, and we're represented by the same agency. But don't take my word for it. Black Rain has been getting awesome reviews on Amazon, and they're well-deserved.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading (2010)?
« on: February 19, 2010, 06:09:49 pm »
I just finished Black Rain by Graham Brown and really enjoyed it. A team of experts heads into the rainforests of Brazil in search of a powerful new energy source, only to find hostile natives, a cleverly vile beast, and a science fiction twist. It's a fast-paced adventure story along the lines of Michael Crichton's Congo and James Rollins's Amazonia.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading in 2010?
« on: January 28, 2010, 04:54:25 pm »
Just started this thriller by a friend of mine, Graham Brown. It's been getting rave reviews on Amazon, but for some reason the paperback reviews aren't linking to the Kindle reviews, which makes it look like he has no reviews if you just see the Kindle version.

For those who haven't seen this, this is a video of what probably happened the first time someone moved from scrolls to books. At least technology is so much easier to use these days.  ;)

The Book Corner / Re: Literary Trivia Challenge - Come Join In
« on: January 17, 2010, 11:13:01 am »
Time's up.

Mayday by Thomas Block and Nelson DeMille.

Correct! Maybe this novel is a little too obscure. It's a great read though, and it was a bestseller. My misdirection may have thrown people off. DeMille was born in Jamaica, Queens.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Updated Amazon Terms and Conditions (for publishers)
« on: January 17, 2010, 10:44:01 am »
That's interesting, Edward. I never noticed it before. At least I can't remember it now. Or maybe at the time I was thinking it was intended to be aimed at other ebook store competitors, like Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. Perhaps Amazon doesn't care about writers giving their work away on their own web sites.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Updated Amazon Terms and Conditions (for publishers)
« on: January 17, 2010, 09:39:48 am »
What this says to me is that you can no longer take the strategy I used last year to distribute my books, which was to sell the books on Amazon Kindle but give them away on my web site in other formats. Also note section 5.4.1:

5.4.1 Royalties. Provided you are not in breach of your obligations under this Agreement, we will pay you, for each Digital Book sold to a customer (i.e., an end user) through the Program, a royalty ("Royalty") equal to thirty-five percent (35%) of the applicable List Price for such Digital Book, net of refunds, bad debt, and any taxes charged to a customer or applied with respect to sales to a customer (including without limitation any value added or sales taxes). If your List Price for a Digital Book is higher than permitted under Section 5.3.1 above, we will be entitled to deem it modified so that it is equal to the maximum List Price permitted when calculating Royalties due to you under this Agreement.

The bolded sentence seems to indicate that if Amazon finds out that you've been giving books away for free somewhere else, then Amazon will calculate your royalty based on that price, meaning they will not pay you a royalty.

When does the thrillerfest take place?

It's July 7-10 in New York City. It's a lot of fun, and some huge authors will be there, including Ken Follett, David Morrell, Harlan Coben, Gayle Lynds, Lisa Scottoline, and Brad Meltzer. Here's the link:

The Book Corner / Re: Literary Trivia Challenge - Come Join In
« on: January 16, 2010, 08:41:08 pm »
This is a best selling novel?

I don't know if it was a bestseller, but I'm assuming it was because the co-author was huge by the time it was re-released.

Nogdog's clue is apt.

This novel's bestselling co-author currently lives on Long Island.

The Book Corner / Re: Literary Trivia Challenge - Come Join In
« on: January 16, 2010, 12:38:06 pm »
To summarize and add another clue:

This thriller novel co-authored by a number one NY Times bestselling author was originally released in 1980 without his name on the cover.

The novel I'm thinking of was re-released with the bestselling co-author's name on it in 1998.

Much of this novel's action takes place on an airplane.

The bestselling co-author of this novel was born in Jamaica.

The Book Corner / Re: Literary Trivia Challenge - Come Join In
« on: January 15, 2010, 04:33:52 pm »
King is a good guess, but it's not him.

Much of this novel's action takes place on an airplane.

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