Booking, publishing, and would like some help…

Doing some publishing work. Trying to get the 2 books in a collaborative series I’ve worked on over the past (almost) decade ALL OVER THE WEB. The first one has been out for a while, but I’m giving it some love to other platforms in preparation of the release of the second.

I’m trying out some new platforms (Google Play Books, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and more). I also want to have a non-retailer giant friendly version. Something that’s more direct. It’s also something that I want to be able to use with my personal giveaway stories that I do regularly (I’ve crudely been using Dropbox).

I’m finding Gumroad might be the sweet spot. Any Gumroad users on this site? Anyway…

I’m setting it up two ways for my personal usage: one link in the Gumroad store for purchasing, another “discount” link I can use that offers the same book for free.

Here’s how that looks:

  • $0.99 version of my short story The Experiment:
  • FREE version of my short story The Experiment:

You do not need a Gumroad account to purchase/download. After you purchase, the email address you provided will receive a receipt with a download link. Save that email for yourself. And because I’m nice, there’s no DRM on the ebook. That way you don’t have to worry about “too many” copies locking your file, or it only working in certain apps, or whatever.

Feel free to click the links and use it. Let me know what you think. Is it nice? Is this a process you wouldn’t mind going through if you were purchasing an ebook? And no, you don’t have to give me $0.99, you can use the freebie one. This is a test.


#ebook, #publishing, #short-stories, #writing

The Experiment (revisited)

In the fall of 2011, a pretty amazing thing happened for me. I had a short story of mine published in The Derby Telegraph over in Derbyshire—you guessed it, in England. I had a short story being read by the people of Derbyshire, and in print no less. It was a fuzzy feeling of warmth. Knowing that somewhere, across the pond, people were picking up their local newspaper and reading a story by me. I’ll never forget that fuzzy feeling.

Soon after the story made it to their website and I linked to it form this blog.

Well, recently I clicked on that Derby Telegraph link and found it no longer existed. Saddened by its removal from their website, but kind of understanding because it did sit on their site for many years, I’ve decided to republish the story here. And as is my new custom, I’ve converted it into 3 readable formats (epub, mobi, PDF). And also as is my custom, they are all free for download to read at your leisure on whatever device you carry or keep locked to the desk.

BUT FIRST, some art!

Hitchcock’s artwork and headline as they originally appeared in The Derby Telegraph.

The above amazing artwork was made by David Hitchcock to accompany my short story when it ran in The Derby Telegraph. This artwork is fantastic, and really captures the feel I had in my head at the time I wrote the story. I wanted to make sure that I shared his work, because it was incredible and if you know him, let him know how amazing his artwork is and that I love it.

If you are tired of waiting, here is the link to the files: Download link for eBook files (epub, mobi, PDF).

About the story.

But before I go, how about a little history on the story? A little behind the scenes? When I wrote this story it was just under 2,000 words in length, but The Derby Telegraph was accepting stories under 1,500. I had to trim a good 500 words out of this already short story. The result? In my opinion, it turned out to be a much better story, after I trimmed and trimmed and trimmed. It really felt like I let a lot of excess go.

Side note – do you think I might have more to this story? WELLLLLLL…. I did develop some more to it at some point. But still have not written any of that down. If you’d be interested in an extended Experiment someday, let me know in the comments.

#ebook, #science-fiction, #scifi, #short-story

FREE ebook of ‘Rose’s Thorn’ until May 2nd

Still learning my way around the site Smashwords as a publisher. And thanks to Belinda Frisch last night, I discovered the wonderful coupon option within Smashwords.

I have created a coupon, which when used during checkout, will give you Rose’s Thorn for free.

Here is the code: VZ96Y

And it is case sensitive.

Please feel free to use this coupon to obtain a free copy of the short novel.

Smashwords offers several download options upon ‘purchase’. Here is a screenshot of their options:

The coupon expires May 2, 2013. In the meantime, feel free to pass the coupon on to as many folks as you want. The more the merrier.

ROSE’S THORN eBook for $0.99

Well, I was working on publishing Rose’s Thorn as an eBook at Smashwords, and I somehow published it unwittingly.

Rose’s Thorn is one of the darkest pieces I’ve ever written, and I’m not sure I’ll ever write anything darker than it honestly. The content of the piece is not for the faint of heart, as it blends domestic violence in a horror/fantasy/supernatural setting.

The piece originally started out as my first take at writing a super hero. But this is not your usual comic book super hero by any means.

Many thanks to +Philip Neale and my mother-in-law for editing this piece some time ago, and shame on me for sitting on it for so long.

Also, thanks to +Morgen Bailey for her piece about publishing through Smashwords, though I am afraid my first walk in the park was a little clumsy.

Follow the link in the FB post below to purchase and get reading. Be sure to leave a review and let me know what you think. It’s a short novel and reads at a pretty quick pace.
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Tales from Babylon

ROSE’S THORN eBook for $0.99.
Rose’s Thorn, an Ebook by Nathan Weaver
Rose’s father, a charismatic preacher with a dark side, begins abusing her at a very early age both emotionally and physically. It doesn’t take little Rose long to see things are not what they seem in her life, and to know that she wants out of this terrible existence. She then makes it her purpose …