Jason Kristopher
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Jason Kristopher:

A. K. Klemm is the author of a great novella, “The Bookshop Hotel,” which had me wanting to build the bookstore she describes just so I could live/work there. Seriously, it’s great, and you should totally buy it (online from a local bookstore, naturally): http://bit.ly/1kMPl3R.

In the meantime, check out her review (first in a series) of another bookstore she visited while on a…

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5 Stars: “The Walker Chronicles” by… Me!

5 Stars: “The Walker Chronicles” by… Me!

Walker Chronicles, The [Cover, Kindle]The first official review is in for my short story / ‘deleted scenes’ collection, and it’s a doozy!

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74 Wave writes:

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I’ve read both Dying of the Light books and was thrilled with each. The Walker Chronicles add to an already excellent series of books by this talented author. I would suggest and highly recommend reading the series in order, these are like no other Zombie books. I…

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5 Stars: “The Last Man on Earth Club” by Paul Hardy

5 Stars: “The Last Man on Earth Club” by Paul Hardy

cover (2)From Amazon.com:

Six people are gathered for a therapy group deep in the countryside. Six people who share a unique and terrible trauma: each one is the last survivor of an apocalypse.

Each of them was rescued from a parallel universe where humanity was wiped out. They’ve survived nuclear war, machine uprisings, mass suicide, the reanimated dead, and more. They’ve been given sanctuary on the…

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Don’t Make People Pay for Music, Let Them

Don’t Make People Pay for Music, Let Them

Amanda Palmer, musician, artist, internet pioneer and wife of the nerd-god Neil Gaiman, has had some choice words for her labels and detractors over the years. In this TED talk, she explains why she advocates piracy and the “pay what you want” model.

This presents an interesting idea for publishing, too, or really any sort of creative endeavor. Another way of looking at this payment model is that…

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5 Stars: “Seed” by Ania Ahlborn

5 Stars: “Seed” by Ania Ahlborn http://wp.me/s3Ajca-seed

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From Amazon.com:

With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something…

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Hugh Howey: “Media Bias Against Self-Publishing”

Hugh Howey: “Media Bias Against Self-Publishing”

Hugh hits it out of the park again with his coverage of the ALCS report on author earnings:

The ALCS just released a survey on authors’ earnings, and the news is bleak. The ALCS surveyed 2,454 participants, some of whom considered themselves professional writers. The number of these professional writers who make a full-time wage from their craft has dropped from 40% to 11.5%.

The survey looks at…

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YouTube: “The Dancing Dead”

YouTube: “The Dancing Dead”

As a zombie writer, I get a lot of stuff sent to me, or I’m tagged on Facebook, or a myriad of other ways find out about it. Most of it is, as you’d expect, pretty standard fare. Let’s face it, there’s a LOT of zombie stuff out there.

Every once in a while, though, I come across something that is different from the rest – rising above the pack, as it were. The Dancing Dead, from filmmaker Daniel…

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4 Stars: “Darker Things” by Rob Cornell

4 Stars: “Darker Things” by Rob Cornell

Darker Things [Cover]From Amazon.com:

Craig Lockman… 

No one had called him that in fifteen years. 

Not since his days at the Agency. Not since he was trained to kill creatures that were supposed to exist only in nightmares. 

Yet the teenage girl on his doorstep not only knows his real name, she claims she’s his daughter. 

Before Lockman can learn how the girl found him, he’s attacked by a black-ops team of…

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Gatecrashing the Cosy Consensus on Amazon

Gatecrashing the Cosy Consensus on Amazon

Jason Kristopher:

I signed the petition that Gaughran talks about in this piece, authored in part by one of the most knowledgeable authors out there on the publishing industry, Hugh Howey.

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

amazonhachetteA group of bestselling traditionally published authors – including James Patterson, Scott Turow, and Douglas Preston – engaged in an act of breathtaking hypocrisy on Thursday…

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3 Stars: “7th Sigma” by Steven Gould

Welcome to the territory. Leave your metal behind, all of it. The bugs will eat it, and they’ll go right through you to get it…Don’t carry it, don’t wear it, and for god’s sake don’t come here if you’ve got a pacemaker.

3 Stars: “7th Sigma” by Steven Gould

Welcome to the territory. Leave your metal behind, all of it. The bugs will eat it, and they’ll go right through you to get it…Don’t carry it, don’t wear it, and for god’s sake don’t come here if you’ve got a pacemaker.