Why Digital?

Paper is one of the oldest industries still going, and for good reason. There’s nothing like the feel of old book paper, or the appearance of documents that have survived the test of time. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most inefficient, outdated, and wasteful industries. Paper waste makes a few hundred million tons of waste in landfills every year. The traditional book publishing industry is likewise a dinosaur that demands millions of dollars in resources annually, just to function. Warehouses, distribution networks, retail space, and countless other seemingly minor necessities, combine to create a perfect storm of imperfect and unsustainable practices.

We place an emphasis on digital products for many reasons. Primarily, it keeps costs at a minimum, which means we can offer much more affordable products. There aren’t added costs for retailers, shipping companies, or packaging fees. Digital transactions are virtually instant and you can access your product as soon as you purchase it. You can store an entire library of books on a single device, whereas you can only carry one or two physical books.

Most home printers today have the capacity to create professional-looking products. Any images or files, that can’t be printed at home, can easily be sent to any major retail chain (such as Wal-Mart or Walgreens) for affordable printing. There’s little need to charge tens (or hundreds) of dollars more for a physical item, when the home user can access the same for a few dollars.

We occasionally offer physical products, but always in limited quantities.

 

“The Demon Machine” Novel Thriller by L. Chambers Wright

Renewal through destruction. Hell on earth.

Blue Ridge Nuclear Energy is the largest and safest nuclear energy facility on earth, until the impossible occurs. A mushroom cloud arises from a reactor. Freak electrical events plague nearly every home. There are no answers, no evidence, and as soon as it seems the worst is over, new horrors begin. First responders abandon their posts. Teachers desert their classrooms. The citizens of Thompson are stricken with a strange affliction. Enraged hordes of the ailing gather in the streets, and those who should be dead are not.

Four strangers from vastly differing lives must survive this new world of madness and destruction. Each must conquer their demons within, to fight the evil that surrounds them. Their struggles come down to a battle of shadow and light, but hope ebbs as they discover just how powerful the enemy is. The explosion wasn’t a display of power, it was merely a distraction for an even greater adversary.

 

 

 

 

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Print

  • Amazon
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Books-a-Million
  • Wal-Mart
  • Ebay
  • Jet.com
  • Createspace

 

Ebook

 

Writing Realities

 

So, you’ve written a book. Good for you! A book is most often one of the easiest things to start, and most difficult to finish. A good deal of people like to talk about writing, but only a fraction actually do it. This is a brief guide that will hopefully assist you on your way to writing self-sufficiency.

 

 

 

Before we begin, there are a number of things to establish.

  1. Professional writing is not for the faint-of-heart.
  2. Easy editing usually makes for difficult reading.
  3. If you can’t handle rejection, don’t write.
  4. Never have great expectations.

 

Realities

The reality is that only around 30% of writers actually make a their entire living from writing. The rest haven’t quit their day jobs. Literally. The authors you hear about on the radio or on television are generally the only authors you hear advertised. The authors who land the multi-million dollar contracts, are the only ones who land multi-million dollar contracts, and there are millions of authors out there.

Between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books are published yearly, in the USA alone, and every writer wants their book to achieve bestselling status. The financial figures do appear to be slightly improving as publishing technologies flourish, but the standard will likely apply for some time. If you are writing for money, you should choose another pursuit. Writers write. It’s in the DNA. We can’t stop it just because it isn’t profitable. If you are compelled to write even when faced with such astronomical odds, you are indeed a writer.

Most authors, who are fortunate enough to land on the bestseller lists, will spend the rest of their lives vainly trying to get their next title there. No one really knows the exact formula for calculating books for the major bestselling lists, and there are many schemes (such as “book laundering”) where writers buy their way onto them. Even bestseller lists, however, should be seen for what they are. Other than giving your book a little more visibility and boosting yours sales, traditional bestseller lists appear to be fairly obsolete. At least, they are operated in such a way as to confuse and confound all who monitor them.

Your publisher will help you market your book, as much as possible, but won’t hold your hand. Not even the major houses in New York can afford to give every author such attention, and there’s no real reason they should. They’ve already invested a great deal in getting your book published. They’ve already spent much more than you probably have, just getting your book ready to market. Their job is done. They have proven and shown their confidence and faith in your capacity as an author.

Now, it’s your turn.

Your book is a marketable product, and you are the CEO of your writing corporation. As the CEO, your product’s success is entirely dependent upon a number of factors, planning, research, and a bit of luck. Marketing and promotion are necessary, but you shouldn’t get obsessed with either. If your book is good, readers will provide more help than any publicist in existence.