I’ve just published one new item through Razored Zen Press, and in the next few weeks will be releasing two more. The first item is a print version of the Louisiana Inklings anthology, which appeared in ebook a year or so ago. This is a collection of writings from members of my writing group, which I organized and edited. A few of my own pieces are included, although all are more literary than genre fiction. I used CreateSpace, Amazon’s printing arm, to produce it, and the proof copy came out perfect. I’ve now ordered the first actual copies. If all works out well with this, I’ll probably start producing some print versions of other ebooks I’ve published, such as Killing Trail and Days of Beer. I might produce some “super” collections, of several different individual ebook publications lumped together. I expect Louisiana Inklings to be primarily of interest to local folks around the Abita Springs and southern Louisiana area, but if you want to check it out, it’s here:
One of the soon-to-be-released items is a longish short story/novella called The Machineries of Mars. This is a Sword and Planet fantasy tale, which was originally earmarked for an anthology that never came to fruition. The editor released the stories back to us a month or so ago and I’ve been setting it up for publication. I really like the cover I’ve come up with for it, although I had to have help from Lana to bring it to fruition. I’ll talk much more about it when I upload it.
The second soon-to-be-released piece will be the first ever non-Charles Gramlich story to be published from Razored Zen Press. It’s a political satire from a friend of mine and will be published anonymously because it contains graphic depictions of sexual activity. I still have to do the cover for this but it’ll probably be done within a week or so.
Slowly, ever so slowly, I make progress on getting projects finished and published. It’s always nice to see them appear.
Best of luck on these endeavors, Charles. Your books deserve to be on every reader's shelf!
Looking forward to The Machinaries of Mars!
very very cool, Charles.
Was wndering about create space and appreciate the nod.
ALOHA from Honolulu
Congratulations. Like David, I'm looking forward to the Machinaries of Mars.
Charles -- congrats, and best of luck with the books. :)
Cloudia -- I know a bunch of people who use Createspace, and no one's had any significant problems with it. Note that if you go for extended distribution, your book will be in the Ingrams and B&T catalogs. Give yourself a couple of bucks of profit margin, because booksellers have to have room to get a decent discount and take their cut; there are calculators on CS to help you with that.
For someone who was just a few weeks ago was complaining about being out of gas Charles, it seems you made your way to the pump. Is the anthology going to be on Kindle too?
Looking forward to picking up the print versions of your e-books. I know they'll be winners.
Chris, thanks, man. I appreciate it.
David J., it was a fun write, and with a hero few will guess.
Cloudia, I'll say more about it as I see how it works.
Keith, I think a lot of folks might enjoy that one, and it could potentially turn into a series.
Angie, thankee! I'm going to look into the extended distribution for my own stuff probably from Create Space.
Mark, all these projects took their own sweet time in arriving. They're finally just about here. All of the stuff will be on kindle ebooks as well for sure.
G.B., thanks, man. I appreciate it.
Aimless, thank you!
Great, Charles! Nothing better than to see your books published and sold in bookstores. I wish you luck.
Looking forward to both stories.
Be sure to let us know on Facebook or email when THE MACHINARIES OF MARS is released.
Very cool! I like the sound of the Mars story.
Charles-you amaze me with your perseverance and talent. Also the nod to Miss Lana!
Very much looking forward to Mars. I need to get my story out there too.
Prashant, thanks, man. I'm enjoying getting these projects near completion.
O'Neil, will do. Two to three weeks but I'll certainly announce it.
Alex, I had some serious fun with that one.
Jodi, Lana is a treasure.
Tom, yeah, I was wondering if anyone else besides us is planning to do anything with those tales.
Good news. The Louisiana stories sound interesting to this reader 1700 miles away.
Ron, the Louisiana Inklings collection is eclectic. There are poems, memoir, short stories, and pieces of novels that kind of stand on their own. It leans toward the literary side, although there are a few more genre oriented pieces.
How nice to publish your group's work. My group in almost all poets so I am not sure it would work for them. The two other fiction writers lean toward novels so that might not work either.
Patti, I did include poetry in the collection but it was a nightmare to format.
...And it was such good form to publish somebody else, some of your group members.
More Gramlich is always welcomed. And I like Createspace. Been using them for years.
That is so cool, Charles!
Very nice, Charles! Best of luck!
I love the title "The Machineries of Mars"!
Ivan, amazon has made some good stuff available that otherwise wouldn't be. Of course they've published some stuff not so good as well.
David Cranmer, thanks. man.
Riot Kitty, thankee.
Vesper, it's a partial borrowing from Bradbury's "The Machineries of Joy."
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