Sometimes David needs to pay Goliath

For some number of years it has been well-known among indie presses who use Ingram to set up their print-on-demand titles that Amazon, that retailing mammoth, would never play fair. Fair isn’t how you amass billions of dollars in wealth. What the giant would do is accept Ingram’s data feeds so that your title would appear on Amazon’s website, and then within a few weeks the titles would be listed as unavailable from Amazon, and…

Review: The Centaur’s Wife, by Amanda Leduc

The Centaur’s Wife by Amanda Leduc My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic, nature-takes-revenge on humans, with a fantasy overlay novel which represents disability rights, then The Centaur’s Wife is your ticket. Amanda Leduc presents a dark, relentless story in which a group of survivors takes refuge in the remains of a city which sits at the foot of a mystical mountain. And the mountain is in turn the refuge…

Developing DIY audiobooks

Am I nuts? Apparently. Throughout my life I’ve thought: am I capable of doing that? Usually, after much research, the answer comes back: Not sure, but why not? Whatever adventure you choose to undertake it’s usually about lots of research and lots of pig-headed determination. In this case, it was to record and produce my own audiobooks. While I do believe audiobook producers, good ones, certainly are worth every dollar you pay them, for most of us indie…

Review: Thraldom: A History of Slavery in the Viking Age, by Stefan Brink

Thraldom: A History of Slavery in the Viking Age by Stefan Brink My rating: 5 of 5 stars Stefan Brink’s book about slavery in the Viking Age is a dense, academically focused tome, and also a fascinating read if this is a subject you find of interest. Certainly I do, mostly because of research with which I’m involved. Having said that, even if you aren’t involved in research, Brink’s book illuminates another aspect of human…

Caliban in audiobook

And we’re live on Kobo My first foray into recording an audiobook has been a success, at least partially. Caliban is now available for pre-order through Kobo and very soon through their other distribution channels: Indigo, Walmart, BOL, and Booktopia, and officially releases January 1, 2022. The audiobook runs 7.3 hours, and retails through Kobo for $6.00, which is pretty much a bargain. When will Caliban be available on through Amazon’s channels? Well, that’s a very good…