The talented and generous Joe McKinney had these very kind words to say about The Dishonored Dead:
"The Dishonored Dead is simply brilliant, and its telling a superb achievement. Robert Swartwood has given us a wonderful twist, not only on the zombie novel, but on the dystopian tale as well. It's like Brave New World meets Logan's Run, but with a bite all its own. Strongly recommended!"
In other news, remember yesterday I mentioned how Amazon had once again made The Silver Ring free in the US Kindle Store? Well, apparently it's now back to 99 cents ... that is until Amazon decides to make it free again.
Finally, there's this essay about self-publishing that came to my attention today. Here's some of what it says:
So to start with, let’s see why you’re thinking of self-publishing. I’m not going to lie to you, friends, going it alone is an uphill battle. Although issues of distribution and printing are no longer a concern, you still have the marketability angle to deal with. The big boys have the money to shell out for advertising (such as they do), and big names will always dominate the searches on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the other online stores. You may well have written the finest horror novel of the 21 st century (so far), but on the day you upload your novel to the eBook store, the bestseller list is still going to be dominated by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Charlaine Harris.
Here’s the good news. Also on that list are guys like Scott Sigler, Paul Eldard Cooley, and Robert Swartwood -- names you may not be familiar with, but who started pretty much where you are now and have used the social media and new media techniques that are just as available to you as anybody else to earn a spot on those Amazon lists.
Um, what??? Don't get me wrong, I'm flattered to be mentioned, but right there next to Scott Sigler? The man is a New York Times best-selling author, for pete's sake! Still, my thanks to Blake Petit for including me in his essay. You can check out the first installment here.