So I am switching to the hardcover format for my Lexus Toulouse Mysteries and will discontinue the paperback for Armageddon’s Princess. Specifically, the laminated hardcover format, where the printer puts the artwork on the cover and laminates it with a glossy finish. The final product looks amazing!
Sometime in the fall of 2013, my book sales shifted to eBooks by a wide, wide margin. Apparently my blip with print sales was an anomaly.
I’ve talked to a few people about what they like in a print book. Anecdotally, it seems to me these print-lovers love hardcovers. While the majority of readers I know, like myself, have shifted to eBooks, there is still that fan of the literal printed word. The people I know who liked to only buy paperbacks switched to eBooks.
In that light, it makes sense to do a hardcover. The print on demand hardcover from my printer, Lightning Source (an Ingram company), is of superior quality. The laminated, glossy cover is superior to the paperback cover and also superior in quality to a jacketed hardback cover you would normally find in a bookstore. The interior print is of better quality to the paperback, and the size ( 9.2″ x 6.1″) is perfect for the printed book lover. All that and a bag of chips: the price is only a few dollars more than the trade paperback edition.
You like print books? I got you covered, my friend.
Going forward, this series will be in eBook, hardcover, and audio.
Here at Deep Mountain Studios, we deal in graphics. Print book cover design. Kindle cover design. Audio book cover design. Cuts for Amazon’s Look Inside feature.
You’ll notice Deep Mountain Studios takes great pride in offering high-quality art. In the past, I’ve hired the artists themselves do the cover layout and lettering in addition to placing the artwork on a template. I have no complains, but, I’ve learned, this has a cost in flexibility.
I’ve decided to “normalize” the graphical design for, well, everything I do by hiring a graphics designer separate from the artist. I feel the cost is well worth it. Not only does it add to a common visual appeal (brand), but I can now do things like change the size of the book without bugging the original cover artist with annoying changes like putting the art work on a slightly larger template for the printer. (which, some of them charge for).
This is a win-win in my publishing workflow for everybody, really. When I commission book cover art, the artist now only has to produce a high-resolution graphic file. They can focus exclusively on the artwork with an eye towards the elements needed on a book cover (such as the right to left flow of a wrap-around artwork). They don’t have to worry about getting the right template, lining up all the text, picking the right font, dealing with OCD authors (cough), etc., etc. All they have to do is do the thing they love.
I admit it, I’m a cover slut.
I’m having Kate Strawbridge of Dwell Design & Press do all my graphical design. Kate is a talented professional and I love her eye for style and focus on enticing visual impact. Highly recommended.
Now, some of you are going OMG Anthony you only have one book out where are the others?
They are in the pipeline, my friends, in the pipeline. I’ve done a major quality push, and that push while slowing things down will speed things up in the long run. Trust Uncle Anthony.
And if you need a graphic designer, check Kate out. She does entire covers, too.
Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson is his groundbreaking debut while at the same time, the definitive libertarian science fiction genre reboot. That it came from the publisher Baen is just icing on the cake.
As most of my 32.5 readers know, I’m huge fan of eBooks. I do, however, buy hardcovers on occasion both as collector items and to share with other people. I bought the the Limited Edition Hardcover edition of Freehold the moment it went on sale. You can get it from Amazon here.
I consider the two great libertarian sci-fi works to be The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Freehold. Check it out. You can also get the Kindle version on Amazon for the nice price of free.
I read Freehold once a year. It is my go-to book for a libertarian sci-fi fix. It’s that good. It’s way less preaching and way more action than many books before it examining the same topic.
A Science Fiction Mystery Now as an Audio Book!
Deep Mountain Studios is pleased to announce the audio book for Armageddon’s Princess read by May Ling Su is available via Audible and iTunes.
All three places have an audio sample.
I believe there is an untapped market for science fiction on Audible. Initially, I was willing to spend some money (half the production cost of the print and Kindle versions, but a big chunk of that was the cover art) in order to validate that. Is the story what listeners want? We think so.
However, when the book came back from May Ling I was floored. This is not simply a dramatic reading of something I wrote. May Ling turned the book into an intensely personal emotional journey for the listener. The first-person present-tense narrative coupled with May Ling’s talent presents you with Lexus in all her conflicted, broken, righteous, sexually charged, glory.
I’m totally sold on the format. There will never be a Lexus Toulouse Sci-fi Mystery book published without the audio book following as fast as my wallet and May Ling’s schedule will allow. I consider it part of the package, and thus, if you come to this page searching for science fiction audio books, especially ones with a mystery and tailored for adults, I pledge to fully support this format.
Enjoy, and please leave a review where you bought the book!
I outlined a kick-ass near-future urban fantasy over the weekend. It was a lot of effort but I believe you will be pleased with the story: a cross between Supernatural and Dexter featuring a man who likes lots of guns, sharp pointy things, explosions and wizard spells. Wizards spells, you know, that would give him an edge against the devil, demons, urban wizards, witches and other malcontents. He works for Death as a trouble-shooter. For those times when a normal death won’t do. Lots of series potential.
Let me know what you think!
Oh fuck yes.
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The audio book, Armageddon’s Princess, is in final production. Deep Mountain Studios will exclusively publish it via the ACX platform, which is Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.
I finished listening to the entire book today. It is exquisitely intense and May Ling Su’s reading is wonderful and an emotional journey.
This is all rather surreal. If you would have asked me two years ago if I would have an audio book for my novel I was wrapping up, I would have laughed. But with some time, some effort and a lot of hard work on May Ling’s part, here it is.
The ACX platform is easy to use and a focused on quality. I determined that there is an underrepresented market for science fiction on Audible. I believe the expense and effort is well worth it and I’m now a big fan of the audio book platform.
Stay tuned for release details. I don’t have an exact date, but the changes we need to make are small.
Hold on to yer butts’, folks. I’m just getting started!
This is an eggnog recipe perfected by me. It is a cooked eggnog recipe.
Now, many consider cooked eggnog blaspheme. And I would tend to agree. However, I would assert that people just get sick on the holidays. This way, they can’t blame your uncooked egg yolks!
Hardy-har-har. Actually, adding heat into the process departs a nutty flavor that is delicious. The egg whites remain uncooked, so exert caution and only use Grade AA, whole eggs.
Anthony Pacheco’s Libertarian Eggnog
Makes 10 to 14 servings.
8 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 pints whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg, with some nutmeg added later
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated cinnamon, with some cinnamon added later
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
8 egg whites
18 ounces of Kraken Dark Rum
Carefully separate the egg yolks and egg whites.
In a large mixing bowl, add the egg yolks and whisk until slightly lightened. This is a non-frothy eggnog recipe, so cowboy up and use a wire whisk. Do not over mix. Once the yolks have turned a slightly lighter color, gradually add the 2/3 cups sugar. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
Now add the milk, the heavy cream, the nutmeg, the cinnamon, the ground cloves and the vanilla and almond extract. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
Pour the yolk/milk/cream/goodness in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir occasionally and bring to a mild boil. Do not overcook and burn the milk. The flavor of the eggnog will also change if you bring to a hard boil and not in a good way. Pour into a large measuring (mixing) bowl and refrigerate until cold. Set the egg whites aside in the refrigerator.
Once the eggnog yolk half is cold, it is time to mix in those egg whites.
In a clean mixing bowl, add the egg whites and brown sugar. Simply beat with a whisk until mixed. The goal here is to mix the whites and the sugar. Forget about peaks, froth, what-have-you. Just mix it, Baby!
Now whisk in the egg whites/brown sugar mixture to the rest of the eggnog. Serve chilled.
This recipe adds the rum after the fact, and also adds extra flare for both presentation and taste. For the kids, skip the rum.
In a glass, add the eggnog and 1 ounce to 1 1/2 ounces of Kraken rum. Stir until mixed. For a strong drink use the 1 1/2 ounce option. Adding more will change the flavor of the eggnog and mute the complex flavored goodness you just created.
On top of the eggnog, grate fresh nutmeg and less of the cinnamon. You don’t want to overcoat it, but you do want to add a punchy nutmeg flavor to the top. If you do not want to add nutmeg to the top of the eggnog. then change the recipe to 2 teaspoons of freshly ground nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
But I do not recommend that. Because this recipe will rock the socks off. Serve to family members and 17 to 22-year-old nubile Christmas Girls standing under the mistletoe.
Deep Mountain Studios enrolled Armageddon’s Princess in the Kindle MatchBook program with the Kindle edition set to FREE. Once the program goes live, if you buy, or have bought the print version of the book from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version for free.
I’m a firm believer of a free electronic copy of a book if you buy the printed version, and am happy to offer this Kindle book feature for Armageddon’s Princess and any future titles going forward.
The program will go live in a couple of weeks. Once it does, past and future print orders from Amazon will have an option to send the book to your Kindle or Kindle device. For free.
How cool is that?
I love Amazon.
The first giveaway for Armageddon’s Princess is over. 893 (!) people entered the 40 book giveaway. W O W !
Deep Mountain Studios will print out the mailing labels today and some of the books may even go out in the post this afternoon. Once mailed, it usually takes 3 to 10 days for a book rate package to arrive via USPS.
I love Goodreads and sending these books out makes our day. Goodreads does many things like organize your library and keep track of books you’ve read. One of the things it does well is connecting readers who like to read (and buy) to writers who like to publish (and sell). I love seeing what other people read and review. I’ve found some really super awesome books and people on Goodreads.
Click on the button to go to Goodreads!
I am very happy to announce that the audio edition of Armageddon’s Princess is in production, narrated by the spectacularly sexy-voiced May Ling Su. Deep Mountain studios will release it this spring on Audible, iTunes and Amazon.