Robert Swartwood

USA Today Bestselling Author

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The Calling On Sale

The Calling — what Tim Lebbon has called “a novel that will become a classic” — is currently 99 cents on Kindle and Nook. If you purchase the Kindle edition, then you can also purchase the Audible edition for just $1.99. That’s crazy! Hurry, because this offer is only good for the next couple days.

Another Kobo Sale

The people at Kobo are the best. They’ve included me in the past several promotions and I’m eternally grateful. This month my novels Legion and Bullet Rain are eligible for a 30% off promo code. It’s an unlimited code, so use it as many times as you please on select books. Check out other books by Douglas Clegg, Nick Stephenson, Hugh Howey, and many, many more. Offer ends Monday, so check it out!

Dear Barnes & Noble

I thought we had an understanding, you and I.

Well, not just you and I, but every writer who uses your NOOK Press platform.

We sell books on your website, you pay us after 60 days, thereabouts, less your commission.

Pretty simple, right?

And for a while it hasn’t been an issue, at least on my end. Every month you deposited money into my bank account. It was never clockwork—not like with Amazon—but I could always depend on the money being there near the end of the month, or at the very least right at the beginning of the month.

But something strange—not to mention worrisome—happened this past month.

No money was deposited into my bank account.

No money was deposited in several other writers’ bank accounts, either. I know, because I’m friends with several different writers, and they all confirmed to me they haven’t been paid. I’ve even seen writers on your infrequently-visited NOOK Press message board complain about not being paid.

Another complaint?

No communication.

Numerous emails from several different writers have been sent with no reply. Not even a public statement.

As you can imagine, this is quite worrisome.

It’s especially worrisome for us writers whose sole income comes from our writing. We depend on places like yours and Amazon and Apple and Kobo and Google Play to pay us every month. After all, we have rents to pay, mortgages, utility bills, car payments, the friggin IRS. And even for those writers who don’t make a lot of money on your platform—say it’s only a few bucks—money is still money. They might need to pay for gas. Or food for their kids. Anything at all.

I’ve never had any issue with you guys. While many want to dismiss you as a time bomb just waiting to go off, I’ve sold quite a lot of ebooks on your website. So much so that I could never bring myself to pull all of my books and put them exclusively on Amazon, as I know many other writers have done. A kneejerk reaction now would be to say that I’m going to do just that, but the truth is I make good money on your platform … at least, I do in theory. Until the money actually enters my bank account, they’re just numbers on the screen.

I suppose anyone publishing on your platform—just like any platform, such as Amazon’s—agrees to play by your rules. We agree to your terms, which means you can basically do whatever you want. Which is pretty shitty, but something we need to accept.

Still, the fact that several writers haven’t been paid yet—and many haven’t even received a response from you about said payment—does not bode well for the future of your company.

And as a writer who uses your platform to sell books—in which I make money and you make money—I’m beginning to question our understanding.

Because I’m not the only one who’s worried. There are many, many others out there. Many writers who could just as easily stop publishing on your website. Maybe not as many to make a difference to you at first, but the more time that passes in which you don’t pay us, the more angry writers get, and, well, you know how that goes.

Every cent counts. You know that just as well as we do. So how about your hold up your end of the deal and pay us our money?

Thanks for your time, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Robert

UPDATE: I received an automated email on 9/10 from B&N:

A payment of $XXX.XX for your NOOK Book sales through NOOK Press was deposited into your account on September 5, 2014. It typically takes between one and five days for the payment to be reflected in your bank account. We apologize for the delay in getting this payment to you. Last week, we experienced a glitch in our systems and acted quickly to get it resolved. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

New Avalon Is Coming

November 15, to be exact. My first (and possibly last) literary novel. You can pre-order it on Kindle here.

The Front Line Is Everywhere

For the next few days my thriller No Shelter is 99 cents on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, and Google Play. And, as an extra bonus, Bullet Rain is just $2.99 on Kindle. That’s a savings of 40% off the retail price! If you haven’t had a chance to follow the adventure of Holly Lin and Nova yet, here’s your chance, as more stories will be coming next year.

Kobo Weekend Sale

The good folks over at Kobo are having what they’re calling a TGIF Summer Sale this weekend, where you can get 30% off select titles using coupon code TGIFSAVE30. You can use the code as many times as you want, but only for those select titles. Two of my titles are included in the sale — The Serial Killer’s Wife and The Calling — so if you have a Kobo and don’t have either of those books, now would be a good time to grab them. And check out the other books on sale too!

Pillar of Salt

I just released a new ebook called Pillar of Salt. It’s a short story that originally appeared in Postscripts a couple of years ago. As I mentioned before, I plan to make more of my short stories available as single ebooks because … well, why not. Plus, with the recent announcement of Kindle Unlimited, I figured it would be a good chance to test the system.

What’s Pillar of Salt about? Here’s a short blurb:

In a small Pennsylvania town, the dead still get their mail.

The rule is simple: do not open the mail.

Somebody is about to break that rule.

I priced this ebook at $2.99, much higher than I normally price short stories, mostly because I don’t expect anyone to actually buy this. Instead, I want people to download it via Kindle Unlimited, seeing as how everyone has a free 30-day trial. You download it for free, read it (or at least get past the 10% mark), and I still get paid. Win-win.

Obviously, because this ebook is exclusive to Amazon right now, it won’t be on Nook, Kobo, iTunes, or Google Play for another three months. Also, from what I understand, Kindle Unlimited is only available to U.S. residents right now. Sorry.

In the meantime, download Pillar of Salt on Amazon, and add it to your Goodreads bookshelf.

Operation: Ice Bat – A Benefit Anthology

OPERATION: ICE BAT is a new benefit anthology edited by Brian Keene. It’s available for $2.99 on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

It contains new stories and reprints by Brian Keene, Christopher Golden, J. F. Gonzalez, Kelli Owen, James A. Moore, Mary SanGiovanni, Geoff Cooper, Robert Ford, Mandy DeGeit, Nate Southard, and many, many more. My story is a rare reprint entitled “Noogle Knock.” Here’s the whole table of contents:

Introduction – Brian Keene
Breathe My Name – Christopher Golden
The Tin Box – Kelli Owen
For Whom We Mourn – Geoff Cooper
Inviolable – Mandy DeGeit
Mouth – Nate Southard
Little King – Nikki McKenzie
Home – J.F. Gonzalez
The Taste of Our Indiscretions – Robert Ford
In the Details – Michele Mixell
The Guardian of Tsalal – Brian Keene
A Family Birthday – Jacob Haddon
Emily’s Kiss – James A. Moore
Pretty, Pretty Shiny – Alyn Day
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday – Mike Lombardo
The Mime – Mary SanGiovanni
The Wretched Spawn – Michael H. Antonio
Arrearages – Wesley Southard
Noogle Knock – Robert Swartwood
Biographies

100% of the proceeds go to our friend Dave Thomas, who is going through hard times right now.

DOWNLOAD TO KINDLEDOWNLOAD TO NOOKDOWNLOAD TO KOBO

Writer’s Digest Conference Two Weeks Away

So in the next two weeks I’ll be at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City, hanging out with the likes of Harlan Coben and Hugh Howey … or, at least, seeing them from a distance. The dates are August 1 – 3, at the Roosevelt Hotel. I’m on two panels  Expanding Your Brand with Co-Writers, with my Refuge co-authors Jeremy Robinson and Kane Gilmour, as well as Sean Ellis, and Getting Real about Self-Publishing, with Jeremy and Kane, as well as Judith Gille and Ember Reichgott Junge. You can see the rest of the schedule here. AND, if you haven’t signed up yet, you can use this (case sensitive!) discount code for $50.00 off the Basic Conference or Pitch Slam/Basic Conference Package: WDSPEAKER. Hope to see some of you there!

Two New Bundles

I’ve just released two ebook bundles. The regular price for both ebooks is $6.99, but for a limited time you can grab each bundle for just 99 cents on Kindle and Nook.

  • Two Complete Novels: The Calling & The Dishonored Dead (Kindle and Nook)
  • Two Complete Novels: Legion & Man of Wax (Kindle and Nook)

Already have the books?

Gift them to a friend!

Seriously, I think I may have lost my mind. That’s four novels for just $2.00. But act fast — the price goes up to $6.99 after this weekend.

The bundles will be available on Kobo, iTunes, and Google Play very shortly. If you use those retailers and don’t want to miss out on this amazing deal, you can purchase the bundles directly via Ganxy (here and here).

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