Thursday, December 8, 2011

An Objective Analysis of Zero Sum by Fantasy Book Critic's Mihir Wanchoo

So, I was buried in hospital fun-time when I got an excited phone call from a friend. A review of Zero Sum appeared on Fantasy Book Critic yesterday, and, wow, just wow. I'm still picking my jaw up off the floor.

The reviews for Zero Sum on Amazon have also been encouraging. The sequel to Zero Sight is now rated in the Top 20 of Contemporary Fantasy. It may even surpass it's predecessor.

I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone who has offered criticism and corrections, as well. I plan on a life of 'aspiring' authorhood. I'll be applying your feedback to future works.

I'll also be adding the corrections you sent me to the e-book this weekend. Amazon, et al. will then send you an Email when the updated version is live. Sorry again for there being typos in the first place. I'm going to try (yet again) to improve the workflow for the next book so that fewer errors survive through to the final draft (more beta read-throughs and some new editing software).


Right now I'm dealing with a major bruhaha in the indie publishing world. Amazon has just offered to give publishers a bag of new tricks in return for offering novels exclusively on Amazon. It's called KDP select, and I've got to carefully read the new contract before I can comment on it.

In the meantime, here is some background from The Passive Voice:
Announcing KDP Select for KDP Authors & Publishers

And the relevant (monstrous) thread on the Kindle Boards:
KDP Select: Will you enroll your eBooks?

Every single indie publishing on Amazon was just handed an offer to join up this morning. All they have to do is unpublish their book on B&N, Smashwords, Apple, and company...

E-book aficionados, this development is a big deal. Depending on how many authors/publishers sign up, it may determine where, when, and how you can read e-books in the future. And this new Amazon publishing arrangement is being rolled out on the heels of allegations by the EU that the Big 6 and Apple are breaking the law. Sheesh! What a week.


UPDATE #1: And Smashword's response to Amazon's new deal.

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Jim Mercer said...

Just got done reading your second book.


Dang, what a great read. Unusual for me, but I couldn't put it down - lost sleep reading it.

Please, keep up the great work, and (*shudder*) it would appear I've become some kind of fan of an author! How the heck did THAT happen??

Like I said, though - and I mean it - bravo... and of course... ENCORE! ENCORE! :)

I won't go into detail here about what I liked because I hate spoilers. Great job, great setup for the next novel, too. :)

Best regards,

Jim said...

That gif is killing me :) Congratulations on that review. I really think this was a huge success! I am looking forward to reading your next book!