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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Blue Prometheus by Ned Marcus
« on: February 17, 2019, 10:57:55 AM »
If anyone is interested, Blue Prometheus is on sale on Kobo and Amazon all day today (one day only). Reduced from $4.99 to $1.99.

Small Press & Self-Published / Book #2 in the Blue Prometheus Series
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:45:18 AM »
Book #2 in the Blue Prometheus Series (The Darkling Odyssey) is now for sale. Here's something about the novel.

Thomas Brand is imprisoned in darkness, deep beneath the surface of Prometheus. When Aina died to save his life, so did the magic and hope within him.

But when a fiery creature visits him in the night, telling him that Aina lives, and demanding that he descend to the centre of the planet to where she waits—and to take the magic Fire—Thomas begins to question his beliefs of life and death.

The discovery that his friend, Lucy, might still be alive, and the arrival of dark sorcerers intent on killing them, forces him to attempt escape, and to consider the dangerous journey to the centre of Prometheus.

Could Aina really be alive?

You can discover for yourself at all major online booksellers  :)

Here's the link for The Darkling Odyssey on Amazon (US) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N7YLKKW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1548895792&sr=1-1&keywords=ned+marcus+the+darkling+odyssey

Or you might prefer to begin with the free prequel to the series (Young Aina) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077KBXCZR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510969117&sr=8-1&keywords=Ned+Marcus

General Discussion / Re: Fantasy Poetry
« on: January 21, 2019, 11:35:12 AM »
I hate hate hate free verse, and love putting patterns.

Me too. I've thought about trying to write some for the monthly contest, despite the likelihood of not gaining a single vote. Maybe I'll start a collection of unfinished fantasy poems, alongside all the unfinished short stories that have never quite made it into the contest.

I agree with xiagan that there are no bad tropes, just bad execution of them. I enjoy all the standard tropes, if done well.

About knowing the ending—I think this is fine too, as long as the journey there is interesting. Actually, in most genres you know the ending almost as soon as you start the book. For me, that in no way reduces the pleasure.

General Discussion / Re: Fantasy Poetry
« on: January 20, 2019, 12:04:37 PM »
I don't remember ever seeing fantasy poetry books.
Me neither, but I was living in hope. Perhaps our bard will know more :)

General Discussion / Fantasy Poetry
« on: January 20, 2019, 07:52:05 AM »
I've noticed that the monthly writing contest is for stories AND poetry. Has anyone ever read any fantasy poetry? Any recommendations?

I've read classic poetry that feels like fantasy: Paradise Lost, Beowulf, and the Four Zoas, but I've never come across any modern fantasy poetry. Please tell me there is. I'd love to try some.

Thanks for your thoughts. I think that's a good point on permanent 99c/p books.

Actually, I go wide, and my best platform is Kobo. I'm experimenting with $4:99. I'll see how it goes, but I will reduce the price sometimes (in the next few weeks I'll probably have another sale before my next novel comes out).

Self Publishing Discussion / What are your thoughts on pricing ebooks?
« on: January 19, 2019, 02:10:56 AM »
I'm interested in your opinions and experiences with pricing ebooks.

Do you think permafree works? Would 99c/p work instead of permafree as an introduction to your series? And what about regular prices? How much do you think we should charge for novels?

If you love reading (but don't write) fantasy, I'd love to hear your thoughts, too.

At the moment, I have a permafree novelette, the same novelette + a short story free for signing-up to my mailing list, and my first novel is priced at $4:99 (although I sometimes put it on sale). My second novel, which should be out in a couple of weeks will also be priced at $4:99.

What are your thoughts on pricing?

General Discussion / Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:15:53 AM »
I meant to add my website/blog about a year ago but forgot. I write about the themes behind my fantasy, and seem to be doing something a bit different from other writers (at least the ones I've seen) and I'm not yet sure whether that's good or not, but more people are visiting.

My tagline is nonfiction to show you other worlds—fiction to take you there.

My latest article, Tarot & Me, has been my most popular so far. You can see the website here https://www.nedmarcus.com.

Introductions / Re: American Outback Explorer who loves Fantasy
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:09:12 AM »
Welcome. Cool map!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 15, 2019, 12:14:30 AM »
I've just started The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. So far so good.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: robin hobb
« on: January 12, 2019, 03:12:37 PM »
Is it true she kills dogs off in Assassin's Apprentice? I have put off the series because of this.
I love dogs and I love the series. Just read them!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 05, 2019, 05:36:58 AM »
Started Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed a few nights ago. Shaping up to be really interesting.
One of my favourite Le Guin books.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Character in SFF
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:19:30 PM »
I almost forgot, Miles Vorkosigan in Lois McMaster Bujold's great sci-fi series. Thinking about the character makes me want to read the series again!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Character in SFF
« on: January 04, 2019, 09:57:45 AM »
So many. Mara in the Empire Trilogy, Pug in the early books (Magician), and Nighteyes of course :)

All of them moved me in different ways.

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