Today my latest book has appeared on Amazon, and that always puts a nice big smile on my face. It’s a book about the coming of the Zombie apocalypse, and the start of the fall of society. Back in April I posted about how I was writing a zombie book. As is often the case with books, I had been writing it for a while, and thinking about it for a long time before that.
The very first book I ever published was The Pet Dragon, and it has been available on numerous platforms for several years now. It can be bought, for example, from Smashwords, the very first site I used to get it out to an audience. It has never before been on Amazon, however, except as a print on demand paperback. At last I have gotten around to trying to do something about that.
Digital books are becoming ever more popular, but unlike real books, you cannot do what I like to do and pick up the entire novel in a book shop to read samples chosen at random as you flick through the book. In a bookshop, it is quite easy to pull up a chair and read the entire chapter if you want, to see if it is compelling enough to purchase it.
I’ve been working on one of my 3D spaceships for a while, several months . This current spaceship project is quite different from any spaceship design I’ve ever done before. Usually I create spaceships with a traditional metal look, similar to these famous spaceships, which all have the classic metal-panel look. The spaceships I usually do are at home in what many people call the used future. This is the kind of future seen in sci-fi shows where spaceships look dirty, dingy, and used.
I live in Italy, in Venice to be exact, and I’ve lived here long enough now to start thinking of it as my adopted home. My Italian isn’t perfect but I can read a book. I don’t understand every word, but I can usually guess the ones I don’t know from the context. I was browsing through a second-hand bookshop in the nearby city of Trieste, which is just up the coats from Venice, and I found a sci-fi book set in my adopted home town.
I’m a writer, but I don’t just write books. I have also written a few role-playing games, many of them connected to the Cthulhu Mythos, for example my game called Present Day Cthulhu, which is available from DriveThruRPG. The Cthulhu Mythos isn’t as obscure as it once was, and most nerds in the know are at least aware of it these days. Most are also aware of the controversy attached to the inventor of Cthulhu and of its themes of cosmic horror.
It’s a long time now since Nick from New Girl managed to finish his long-awaited zombie novel, Z is for Zombie, but it’s been on my mind lately. It is famous for having the word rhythm spelled incorrectly 38 different times. It is also where Julius Pepperwood first appeared, a character and alter ego that Nick made up in Season 2. Julius is a hard-boiled New Orleans zombie detective, racing around on fan-boats, who finds JFK alive.
After yesterday, when I wrote a story for submission to Daily Science Fiction, I thought I might try and repeat that trick today. Unfortunately Daily Science Fiction only accepts one submission at a time, so I went looking for another website to write a story for. I quickly found a site called flashfictiononline who are, unsurprisingly, looking for sci-fi flash fiction. They want very short stories, of 500 to 1000 words, but the story I wrote was 1,300 words.
I am more and more impressed with Pronoun for self-publishing. I’ve been with the platform for only a couple of days and already things are happening. It isn’t reporting to me that I’ve made any money yet, but things are happening. A Kindle edition of Galaxy Dog is listed on Goodreads, and it already has a four star rating on Goodreads. Here it is, Galaxy Dog on the Kindle store. And the cover images that Pronoun generates for its own use on the site are absolutely gorgeous.
I’m always looking for new channels to place my books with, and this brought me to Pronoun. I thought to myself I would use Pronoun to cover any tiny channels that I wasn’t reaching through Draft2Digital or Smashwords. Pronoun say their mission is to build a new model for publishing that puts authors first. They believe that independent authors deserve a better way to publish, so they are creating the tools, technology, and information they need to succeed in today’s digital market.