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The 2016 Barnes and Noble Death Spiral

October 16, 2015 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random  0 Comments

Barnes and Noble is closing their flagship Washington D.C. store in December.

Borders was the herald of the mega-bookstore apocalypse and everything after it is simply the end-game, including the inevitable B&N death spiral.

Borders and their other chain stores used to be the place you can go where you had local people buying and selling books of regional interest and popularity. At that one magical moment in time, they were just the right size with all the wonderful books. I could browse for hours and frequently spent $100 or more.

That gradually changed when the older bookworms were all fired because they cost too much and replaced by hippsters who would look at you funny if you asked for help. If you could find one to ask for help. Soon the store was stocked with books that didn’t mean anything to the people who used to shop there. Then they added DVDs just when digital distribution of movies started to take off (dudes, really?) and toys. Toys.

While the staff at the local B&N is actually friendly and bookish, Amazon remains a very reader-centric place to buy books. Barnes and Noble is not. They have a horrid frequent-buyer’s discount card that cost money and while they are less prone to the Borders centralized stock list, the B&N’s around here don’t stock and display their wears like the indie bookstores with their reader-centric focus on book clubs and regional best-sellers list.

And the problems with their customer service, especially with the Nook, is legion.

B&N can’t compete with Amazon’s “buy any book you can find and you can find anything.” They can’t compete with prices, and they can’t compete with the indie bookstores and their personalized customer service. It is just a matter of time, and if I was a landlord I would boot B&N out of my space as soon as their lease was up, too, because at some point they won’t be able to pay the rent.

It’s not just the landlords who need to plan ahead. If anybody has a business model that relies on B&N, now is the time to really start planning an exit strategy.

This is all very sad. And predictable.


Armageddon’s Princess Audio Book in Final Production

February 09, 2014 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

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!

Armageddon's Princess ACX Cover


Buy My Print Books from Amazon, Get the eBook Free

September 03, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce  0 Comments

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 Reader

Armageddon’s Princess Book Launch and Contest!

February 22, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft  23 Comments

Book Announcement and How to Get It

Here at Deep Mountain Studios, I’m super excited to announce my science fiction mystery, Armageddon’s Princess, is now available for to buy!

Click here to buy from Amazon: Print Edition.

Click here to buy from Amazon: Kindle Edition.

You can also buy the book right from my Amazon store here on my website!

Click here to buy the print edition from Barnes and Noble.

Add my book to you bookshelf on Goodreads (as a reminder to buy later)!

Go here to enter the Goodreads Armageddon’s Princess Giveaway for a chance at a free print book!

And finally, Amazon Prime members can download it to their Kindle (from their Kindle) for free!

Catchy Book Synopsis


Investigator Lexus Nancy Toulouse, ex-soldier extreme: finds her Libido Generator is on the fritz, learns her old warship wants to “get back together” (despite the fact she already has four husbands!), loses whatever war-torn sanity she had left in a crime reenactment and becomes the Princess Concubine to the mysterious Empress. Then, while trying on lingerie, someone tried to blow her up and she regenerated all the way back to a teenager. Now there will be lots of blood…


And an Awesome Contest! For Kindles!

Update: Contest ended!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a Kindle Fire 8.9″ HD  and two Kindle Paperwhites.

Yeah, you read that right. To enter these contests, all you need to do is:

1) To enter in the drawing for the Kindle Fire, all you have to do is subscribe to my blog. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one subscriber. That person will get the Kindle Fire. To subscribe to my blog, go to the left hand side and fill out the form that looks like this:

Blog Subscrbe

Be sure to confirm your subscription in email, or you won’t get added to the list we’re drawing from.

2) To enter the drawing for the one of the Kindle Paperwhites, all you have to do is subscribe to my monthly newsletter by clicking here and filling out the form. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one subscriber.

Be sure to confirm your subscription in email, or you won’t get added to the list we’re drawing from.

3) To enter the drawing for the other Kindle Paperwhite, all you have to do is comment on this post. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one commenter.

Note that could take 24 hours for your comment to get out of moderation.  Only one comment will count towards the drawing, multiple comments from the same person only count as one entry.

Pretty simple, isn’t it? There are no fancy point system, no complicated rules. Sign up to win, have a chance to win.

Launch Contest Q&A:

Q: Where is the contest valid?
A: The Untied States, Canada and the United Kingdom only. Sorry, Amazon limits me on which stores we can buy and ship from.

Q: What versions of the hardware?
A: The 8.9″ HD Fire 16 megs Wi-Fi with special offers, and the Wi-Fi Paperwhites with special offers

Q: Can I enter all three contests?
A: Yes. Please.

Q: How will the drawings be done?
A: Names are printed and cut out, folded, and put in a hat. We’ll hold the hat above someone’s head, and she’ll pick a lucky winner. We will drawn an alternate name, if, when we contact the first person, he/she does not have an US, UK or Canadian shipping address.

Q: What’s to stop me from unsubscribing when the contest is over?
A: Nothing!

Q: What do you blog about?
A: I blog about science fiction, fantasy, books, libertarian topics and announcements.

Q: What will be in the newsletter?
A: Mainly announcements and links to popular posts. Lightweight stuff, but a good way to get info on upcoming projects and releases.

Q: How can you run such a cool contest?
A: Because I’m a capitalist pig!


Oh, and please buy my book. Buy 100 copies. Give them to your friends. Have those friend buy 100 copies. ANTHONY WINS BOOK LAUNCH! See, it’s that simple.

Actually, purchasing the book and leaving an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads or Barnes and Noble would be a bit of the awesome, really. Unless you hate it. But I know you will love it. I hope.

And please: share this contest with everyone! Share! Share with all the peoples!

Ready? Set? GO!

Armageddon's Princess book cover

Happy New Year and Anthony’s Best Book of 2012 Award

January 01, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, Characterization, Plot, Setting, The Craft  0 Comments

Hello my 27.6 readers!

Happy New Year. I plan on making a year in review post, but I consider this a special category. What new book in 2012 did I feel was the best?

I read a considerable amount this year, despite my terrible Goodreads updates. Most of this goodness was on my Kindle, and the Kindle Paperwhite has accelerated my book reading with its pure design awesomeness. At $119 + cover and some unobtrusive, actually useful ads, this is a reader’s device and I am a reader.

But, I digress.

Out of all the books I read, one stands out as the winner and yes, you can rank books from the best to the worst.

Ken Kiser’s Fifthwind is the clear winner of 2012. From a storytelling standpoint, it’s a throw-back to the Sword and Sorcery days of yor before everything got pretentious, message-y and emo. As epic fantasy, it is a stunning debut. The novel also has great pacing, obviously edited with loving care and delivers across the board on action, world-building and best of all, a refreshingly masculine but not arrogant protagonist. Check out the reviews on Amazon.

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