Your thoughts on Steam Powered eBooks

When is a book not a book? When it is an eBook perhaps? I recently wrote a guest blog over at www.flamesrising.com called Steam Powered eBooks. The purpose of that article is to discover reader preferences where it comes to eBook length. This is not an idle query. I am considering breaking the sequels to Hell’s Door Opens into shorter length novellas. Each novella would stand on its own in the sense that it had a recognisable beginning and end. Unlike a traditional novella the books would be divided into chapters as is Hell’s Door Opens. The reasons for considering this option are outlined in the article at Flames Rising. I’ve read that eBook readers prefer shorter works of fiction. Is this true? I would really like to hear your opinion. So, please leave...

Remembering Gary Gygax

Gary Gygax’s name wasn’t on the cover of the first D&D book I owned. Inside, in the example of play, one character mysteriously jokes that “Gary sent us!” when parlaying with some goblins. That is when I first encountered the name of the man who was to have a big influence on my life. I soon learnt a bit more about him, the boxed set I’d been given as a birthday present included Keep on the Borderlands and this did have Gary’s name on the front – a slightly otherworldly name at that… Gygax… In addition, the box set held TSR promotional material, including a brochure that suggested gamers come to GenCon for the chance to meet the “grandmaster adventurer Gary Gygax” or words to that effect. Who was this mysterious designer of fantastic...

Free eBook Readers

If you don’t own a Kindle or other fancy eBook reading gadget fear not! Free eBook readers are available for all the leading formats. Download a free Kindle App for your PC, Mac or Phone here Download free Nook reading Apps here Download free Reader Apps here With one of the free eBook readers installed you will gain access to a whole library of books including numerous free titles. In addition you can read the opening chapters of most books – including Hell’s Door Opens – without making a purchase. Once the eBook reader is downloaded you can check out every book you’ve ever thought of purchasing with just a click of your mouse! Buy the eBook edition of Hell’s Door Opens at Amazon.co.uk ,  Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or...

Reviews and Publicity

Okay, so Hell’s Door Opens has been released. At Amazon, the iBook store, Barnes & Noble,the Reader Store and elsewhere, its evil villains and hard pressed heroes are ready to tell their tale… but how many people know about them? There are many potential readers but how to let them know the book exists? Hell’s Door Opens has generated a number of reviews. We’re glad to see them. On FaceBook its page has gained a number of “likes” – but how should we turn that goodwill into widespread knowledge of the book’s availability? Talking of reviews, here are a few links for those who might want to read them: A Wonderful Other World Creative, Immersing and Compelling Engaging Start At the present time we are relying on...

Gygax Memorial Fund

I was lucky enough to work with the late Gary Gygax. Gary was a real inspiration and a great friend. He was a powerhouse of creative ideas and a role model to any aspiring writer. Gary worked exceptionally hard every day. He put in long hours and routinely put me to shame with his amazing output. Working with Gary was a dream come true.  I’m glad to have an opportunity to raise money for the Gygax Memorial Fund. 10 cents will be donated to the fund for each copy of Hell’s Door Opens Book 1 sold. Gary deserves a memorial. I believe that as the years pass his impact on popular culture, the world of games, books and films, will become clearer. His creative vision touched the lives of countless people and inspired gamers, artists, designers, actors,...