Thursday, September 22, 2022

GameLit: Not Just Written Games

 

Gamelit / LitRPG is one of the hottest literary genres on the market. It attempts to replicate the gaming experience in written form, taking the tropes of role-playing games and reproducing them on the page. As a reader and a gamer, the genre ought to be in my alley.

And yet... it is the opposite.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Pulp Legend J. Manfred Weichsel interviewed by DMR Books



Breaking news! J. Manfred Weichsel just did a terrific interview with DMR Books where he talks about the influence of classical satire on his books. Weichsel usually doesn't talk about his classical influences, but he decided to make an exception. You can read the interview HERE! or by following the link: https://dmrbooks.com/test-blog/2022/9/20/independent-author-spotlight-j-manfred-weichsel


This is a super-interesting interview with one of the great new pulp presses, so make sure to check it out!


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Pulp legend J. Manfred Weichsel releases Planet of the Wage Slaves


 

Surprise! Pulp legend J. Manfred Weichsel has a new book out. It's called Planet of the Wage Slaves, and it's his most topical book ever. What's it about? The title says it all. This hilarious short read will have you laughing from beginning to end. The eBook is only 99 cents, and the paperback is only $5.99.

You can get the eBook at AmazonApple BooksBarnes & NobleGoogle PlayKoboScribd, and Smashwords

If you are international or shop at another store, use the universal book link.

That's about it. Stay tuned for tomorrow when the new issue of Cirsova comes out with Weichsel's story Tripping to Aldous

Thursday, September 8, 2022

The Based Fall Book Sale!

 

Hans G Schantz is back with his seasonal book sale! For the Fall 2022 edition, he's put together a humongous list of free and discounted books. There are so many books, he had to split them into no less than four separate pages!

A number of luminaries grace this season's sale, including: Declan Finn, John C. Wright, Brian Niemeier, Denton Salle, Jonathan Moeller, David Drake, David Skinner, N.R. LaPoint, Jon Mollison, J. Daniel Sawyer, Frederick Gero Heimbach, Tom Kratman, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Eric Flint, and more.

And of course, there is myself.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

LORD OF BEASTS is live!

When beasts swarm the Central Plains, the city-state of Yudu issues a call for aid. Martial cultivators from across Xiazhou descend on Yudu, chasing dreams of wealth and glory. Among them is Li Ming and his fellow biaohang from Dayong.

Shattered by recent losses, Dayong needs to rebuild their reputation, earn much-needed revenue and expand their influence. But when they arrive, what was supposed to be a straightforward beast hunt spirals out of control.

Old foes and new enemies crawl out of the woodwork. The beasts themselves are acting strangely. And from the shadows comes a plot to overturn the world of the rivers and lakes.

Surrounded by chaos and conspiracy, Li Ming and his allies must plunge into the fray and unmask those who seek to become the Lord of Beasts.

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LORD OF BEASTS is live on Amazon!

Saga of the Swordbreaker is a cyberpunk cultivation series, a collision of the past and the future, a synthesis of the ancient and the cutting edge, the cynicism of cyberpunk meshed with the idealism of the rivers and lakes. Previously in DAWN OF THE BROKEN SWORD, Li Ming worked to prove himself as a biaohang. Now he begins to see the true nature of the world of the Five States and Ten Corporations—and glimmers of the true antagonist of the series.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

LORD OF BEASTS is available for preorder!

When beasts swarm the Central Plains, the city-state of Yudu issues a call for aid. Martial cultivators from across Xiazhou descend on Yudu, chasing dreams of wealth and glory. Among them is Li Ming and his fellow biaohang from Dayong.

Shattered by recent losses, Dayong needs to rebuild their reputation, earn much-needed revenue and expand their influence. But when they arrive, what was supposed to be a straightforward beast hunt spirals out of control.

Old foes and new enemies crawl out of the woodwork. The beasts themselves are acting strangely. And from the shadows comes a plot to overturn the world of the rivers and lakes.

Surrounded by chaos and conspiracy, Li Ming and his allies must plunge into the fray and unmask those who seek to become the Lord of Beasts.

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Book 2 of Saga of the Swordbreaker, LORD OF BEASTS, will be live on 7 August 2022. Preorder it now on Amazon!

Monday, June 27, 2022

How to Not Lose Money From Self-Publishing

 

Singaporean author John Lim wrote an article on TODAY describing the challenges he faced as a self-published author. Being a self-published author myself, I sympathise with his situation. With that said, he made the kind of mistakes that the successful self-pubbed author cannot afford to make.

I am Singapore's first Hugo and Dragon Award nominated writer. I started writing professionally in 2015. At present, I have published 17 books. 2 of them became Amazon bestsellers. Almost all of them generated income. Only 2 did not. It's not much money, to be sure, but I can say that I haven't lost the sums that Lim had.

I am an artist. With every series and every book, I seek to push the limits of my abilities. I am also a businessman. With every book I write, I think in terms of revenue and expenditures. This is how I managed to sustain my writing career for so long, without incurring thousands of dollars in losses.

Writing for profit is a business. Starting a business does not guarantee income, but at least most entrepreneurs see some sales. Authors are the exception. Having a book does not guarantee income. The publishing world is brutal, more so for self-published authors. You can spent thousands of dollars and months to create a book, only to see no return. If you want to make money from writing, you have to treat it as a business.

You have to start with why.