Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited

As most people have probably heard by now, Amazon is launching Kindle Unlimited, a kind of all-you-can eat subscription reading service for Kindle users. It costs $9.99 per month (US-only at the moment), and a lot of people are describing it as Netflix for books, which seems pretty accurate.

As a reader, I think this could be great, and if (when?) it comes to this side of the Atlantic, I’ll definitely be signing up. It doesn’t have every book ever written included, but with 600,000+, I don’t think running out of titles will be a problem.

As a writer, I think it also presents some big opportunities, and therefore I’m going to be slightly changing the way I release books from now on. Or rather, going back to the old way…

I’m going to go back to my old system of serializing things, i.e. releasing each book in a series of chunks for 99 cents each and then bundling them all at the end for $2.99. This system worked well for me until early this year, when I took a break and then changed to just releasing whole books.

I’ll start early next week with the first parts of The Return and Grave Girl. Oh, and I already have some pretty vicious cliff-hangers lined up.

The only real change now is that there’ll be a 90-day window where each new book will be exclusive to Amazon. After that, they should end up on Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo and other sites. I know that’s not ideal, but books in Kindle Unlimited have to be exclusive to Amazon in 90-day chunks, so I’ve made a compromise that I think should work out okay in the end. As ever, I’ll keep an eye on things and maybe there’ll be changes ahead.

Summer Sale – 7 books at 99 cents each!

For the summer, I’ve dropped the prices of seven of my older books to 99 cents (from the original $2.99). The offer will run through July and part of August at Amazon!

The books are Asylum, Devil’s Briar, American Coven, Ward Z, The Night Girl, The Library and The Dead and the Dying. So if there are any titles in that bunch that you haven’t read, and you’d like to, then now’s the time to pick them up!


Mass Extinction Event: The Complete Third Series is out today!

mee3Mass Extinction Event: The Complete Third Series is out today in both ebook and paperback from Amazon. This is the first time I’ve released both formats in one day, so it’s a bit of an experiment. I’m hoping to get the first two series out in paperback in the next couple of weeks.

When I was plotting the third series of Mass Extinction Event, I also plotted the fourth, so I knew exactly where the characters had to be by the cliffhanger. There’s a time jump from the end of the second series, but only about a month. This time around, Elizabeth and Toad are setting out to find a new home, while Thomas heads to Chicago and then finds himself joining a group who live by a lake.

The rotting creatures aren’t around so much, but don’t worry, they’re not gone for good, and besides, I hope there are some real body horror moments in this series. In particular, there’s something horrible that happens to Elizabeth, and I also hope that one of the images right at the end, on one of the final pages, will burrow deep into your nightmares.

Series four will be out either later this year or early in 2015. I just have to juggle various other projects first.

In other news, thansk to Draft2Digital a load of my earlier books are now available at Scribd. I’m very bad at predicting future trends, but right now I think that this type of subscription service might become really big in the next few years, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Amazon did something similiar, probably involving Prime. But as I say, I’m very bad at predictions.

Finally, July should see the release of The Dead City (Ophelia 2) and a new horror novel called The Prison, although a few other books, including The Agency and Graver Girl (Grave Girl 2), are also on the horizon and release dates might get switched around. Oh, and Broken Red (The Broken Trilogy book 3) and the rest of Awake are coming soon as well!

The Werewolf’s Curse, print copies, Ten Short Sequels and more

werewolfs_curseThe Werewolf’s Curse is available now from Amazon at the usual price of $2.99. It’s a standalone book, so there won’t be any prequels or sequels.

The self-contained story concerns a girl named Natalie who learns that one of her ancestors put a curse on a family of werewolves. Unfortunately, the curse didn’t quite work out as planned, and now both Natalie and the last surviving member of that family are in danger.

Meanwhile, I’ve finally managed to get some of my books out in paperback. Ophelia was the guinea pig, but over the next few days there should also be copies of Finality, The Ghosts of London, Vampire Asylum, The House We Haunted and Dark Season: The Complete First Series on Amazon. I’m hoping to have more (including the rest of Dark Season) available soon.

Most of the paperbacks cost either $10.99, although the first series of Dark Season is $17.99, which is purely because it has a much larger page count (over 700, compared to around 440 for the others). I’m trying to keep the prices low, but there’s not a whole lot I can do. I could make the text tiny, but I don’t think anyone would like that. I’m hoping to give away some signed copies in the next few months, but I’ll wait until there are more books ready first.

Looking ahead, I’m currently putting the finishing touches to Mass Extinction Event: The Complete Third Series, which ends with a huge event that sets the stage for the next section of the story. I’m also working on Graver Girl (Grave Girl 2), a comedy (!) called The Agency, and another standalone horror story along the same lines as Asylum. Oh, and a collection titled Ten Short Sequels, which is exactly what it sounds like: ten short sequels to earlier books, including Asylum, Devil’s Briar and The Girl Who Never Came Back. More on these books soon!

Six books in one day!

ghostoflondontemplateIs that a record? It is for me, at least. This weekend, I put out six complete books in one day at Amazon. It was a bit of a weird situation, but it was my way of coming out of the accidental lull that has been going on since the beginning of the year!

opheliatemplateSo, to introduce the books…

First, there’s Lupine Howl: The Complete Fourth Series, which needs no further introduction. I’ll just say that, yes, the fifth series is coming later this year. And, yes, I do know when and how the whole Lupine Howl series will end, but I’m not saying. Not yet. It certainly won’t be after series five.

housewehauntedtemplate1Then there’s The Ghosts of London, which is a fantasy story set in modern London. It’s the start of a new series, with the next book Archangel coming later in the year. Another new series is Ophelia, which is a crime / thriller story set in London. Meanwhile, Vampire Asylum is the continuation of the Abby Hart story, with the next part, Demon’s Grail, coming later in the year.

finalitytemplateThe House We Haunted is a horror story, about three siblings growing up in a house that refuses to let them leave. Finally, Finality is my first foray into the science-fiction genre, with a story set on a distant space station. There’ll be a second series of Finality coming later in the year.

vampire_asylum_cover2As long-time readers might have suspected, these books mark a change for me. I’m going to release complete books, rather than serialized parts. I might do serials again one day, but for now I want to focus on putting the full books out.

lupinehowl4Also, I’m hoping to have paperbacks out soon. Dummy copies of Asylum and American Coven are in my hands, and although they need some tweaks, I’m hoping that they’ll be on sale later in June, along with paperback versions of Dark Season, The Girl Who Never Came Back and a few other books.

So that’s my update for now. I hope you like the new books, and I aim to release a few more later in the month…

Vampire Asylum is out now!

vampire_asylum_coverThe full version of Vampire Asylum is out now from Smashwords. The Amazon edition won’t be out until later in May, but I’m putting a version up on Smashwords early. The usual price is $2.99, but if you use the coupon DC76U at checkout you’ll get it for free.

I’m planning to release another book around the end of May, more details about that soon…

Normal service will be resumed shortly…

This is just a quick update to say that I’m hoping to be releasing new books very soon. Unfortunately, family problems have got in the way and I’m having to spend all my time dealing with various issues that are taking up 100% of my time.

I hope to be back up and running with new releases in the next month or two. First to be released will be the rest of Vampire Asylum along with new Joanna Mason,¬†Lupine Howl and Broken Red. There are also a couple of new series coming, but I’ll say more about those later.

So, yes, I just wanted to say that I haven’t been sucked into a black hole. I’m still here, and normal service will be resumed shortly. As a way of saying sorry for the delays, I’ll be having lots of free offers once I’m back up and running, including copies of the new books. Stay tuned for more details!