Maybe I’ll get this all done in time

So– have I mentioned this?– I’m going to be at Kokomo-Con on October 14th, if any of you are nearby and feel like hitting up a convention.  I have a new book coming out on September 26th.  You knew about that part!

It would be cool, wouldn’t it, if the new book was available at the convention?  Seriously, right?  It would totally be cool.

Which is why I spent the entire evening yelling and screaming at Microsoft Word, again, and at CreateSpace’s stupid, stupid online file proofer that doesn’t actually seem to work right, and okay I think that there’s gonna be a print edition of the book available for purchase on Amazon right around day-and-date with the ebook and the book will be available at the convention.  But holy crap am I gonna get my butt kicked on shipping.

$8.99 for the print edition, by the by.  Cheaper at the convention, probably.  And I’ll sign the book for free!  Come see me!

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IT’S REAL

IMG_5827Had a thing or two what needed correction inside once I took a look at it, but I suspect this is gonna be available in print by early next week, y’all.

Until then?  Just 99 cents as an ebook!

A last stand against ultimate evil. A refugee from outside of time. A corrupt governor and a graveyard of wronged spirits. A technological breakthrough that could change human culture forever, or end it entirely. An executioner listening to a genocidaire’s final statement. And a door, hanging in the air, a door that must never be opened. These and other tales await you within BALREMESH AND OTHER STORIES, a novella-sized collection of short stories and microfictions in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres.

Hundreds-selling, Hugo award-nominated(*), generally-not-as-acclaimed-as-he-feels-he-deserves author Luther M. Siler returns to independent publishing with BALREMESH AND OTHER STORIES, his first new project in nearly two years. His other works include the BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES series, the near-future science fiction novel SKYLIGHTS, and a nonfiction book about teaching, SEARCHING FOR MALUMBA.

(*) Anyone can nominate anyone for a Hugo. It’s like the Nobel prize. He was not a finalist.

It’s as real as my skull, and it does exist!

CJ-cdQVWoAAQj3L.jpg-largeGot my proof copy of Benevolence Archives Vol. 1 yesterday.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out– it’s still a thin volume, obviously, being only 150 pages long, but it’s got a good heft to it for all that and looks decent on the shelf.

As of right now Amazon has created a page for it but it’s listed as “unavailable.”  I assume that will fix itself later today, and that the other print book online retailers will be following suit soon as well.  It’ll be $7.99 if you buy it through Amazon; if you get it from me at a con it’ll be $5.  (And I’m still waiting on some things to come together before I can announce what that next con will be.)

A quick word: Keep in mind that the entirety of BA 1 is included with the print edition of The Sanctum of the Sphere.  I’ve gone back and forth on whether I should keep Sanctum as an omnibus or not and for now I’m sticking with it just because I’m thinking the print BA 1 will be mostly a thing I sell at conventions.  Plus I’d have to go back to my artist to alter the cover for Sanctum again and I think she might eat me if I do that.  If you want both of them for the shelf, obviously, go for it, but if you’re unconcerned about that and just want physical copies to read, I suggest just ordering Sanctum.

(Goes and looks at shelf, geeks out again.)

(Reminder: Signed copies of Skylights and Sanctum remain available at reasonable prices.  Signed copies of BA 1 are not available because I only have the one, and you can’t have it.)

In which I have good news and bad news

Here’s the good news:

IMG_2186(The cover’s less pinkish than it looks there.  Artifact of the lighting.  The color balance is about where I wanted it.)

Here’s the bad news:

IMG_2187That was supposed to be in all-caps, and somehow not only did I fail to hit the Caps Lock key while typing it, I failed to notice the fucking mistake until it was in my hands.  And while my wife and a couple of helpful Twitter folks claimed it didn’t look bad, I cannot abide this font in lower-case, particularly that “e”.  So it had to be fixed.  Also fixed, unnecessarily: adding some space to the front of each chapter and switching the cover from matte to glossy at my wife’s suggestion.

Not altered: the interior font, on account of the number of issues I thought it could introduce.  I’m told sans-serif fonts are never used inside books.  Be prepared to embrace diversity on that particular point.

Oddly, something about those two changes altered the minimum price– I think I may have gone over an invisible page count threshold when I added the space to the chapters.  The print cost will be $12.95, which I think is entirely reasonable for a book of this quality.  (The print quality, I mean.  The quality of the words is up to you guys.)

It’s back in review, but I’m going to skip the proof stage at this point– there’s nothing changed that should cause additional problems– so being available by Friday is still within reach.  I will, most obviously, be letting you know.  🙂