[sticky entry] Sticky: My Books

Mar. 13th, 2012 09:44 pm
elizabethmccoy: Two youths on a rooftop. Text: All That Glitters (All That Glitters)
There's really not much I can say that isn't implicit in the subject line. Follow the links to pages for either the story/book itself, or to a landing page for the "universe" in question, which will then link to the individual pages.

Science Fiction
     The Kintaran stories
     Snips and Snails
     Queen of Roses

     The Lord Alchemist stories
     Sweet Phantom

Or search for my books at your vendor of choice.
elizabethmccoy: A girl with a polar bear, titled "the bear prince." (The Bear Prince)
I have, at long-last, uploaded the translation. Hopefully I didn't introduce any errors when formatting it for Smashwords...

Currently in all formats at:

Should be propagating to B&N, Sony, Diesel, etc. (But not Amazon, sorry; Amazon won't take Russian-language e-books.)
elizabethmccoy: A black-haired woman's face. She's glaring. (Kessa)
While Smashwords has always been happy to sell to anyone who can get money to it, Amazon has just opened an Australian store. My stuff should be there, too, of course! Now I have to go and enter the proper URLs on all the other pages...

(Sorry about the few updates. The perils of only updating when I have something useful to say. Work proceeds apace on Alchemy's Heirs 2: Crucible.)
I have also been known to do a spot of editing now and then. While I'm not as happy with the ending as I could be, the rest of it amuses me and even made my spouse smile.

For Want of a Comma

Scene: a throne room. Prince John paces. You may imagine him played by a scruffy lion with a short mane if you wish.

PJ: I have sent my man, Rich Lackcomma, to spy upon Robin Hood. He reports today!

ENTER Lackcomma. You may imagine him as played by a cross-eyed crocodile.
PJ: You have returned with information? )
Because this site, http://www.livrariacultura.com.br/Produto/Busca?Buscar=elizabeth%20mccoy , certainly has my stuff from Smashwords... They're probably operating as a Smashwords Affiliate rather than as a retailer in the Channel Manager, but it was a bit surprising to discover!

...anyone know any decent Brazilian translators?
elizabethmccoy: A blue star on a dark blue background, titled "The legend of the morning star" (Legend of the Morning Star)
The same story, now available in Russian. This tickles me greatly. As it's the only Russian-language story I have up, it is currently at the minimum price I can set (in USD), of 99 cents. Hopefully, as I can afford it, I can get The Bear Prince translated, and then slowly accumulate enough to get the duology translated. (Alas, at the moment, translations are pretty much "a lark" for me. But a very awesome lark!)

Давным-давно, во времена, когда драконы еще не истребили богов, жила-была принцесса...

Ветерки--добродушные духи воздуха--унеслись вихрем прочь, в вечном танце--такой уж у них обычай. Поднимаясь высоко в небо, они пересмеивались и сплетничали о красивой смертной девушке, которая--ну и ну--почти не уступает им в искусстве танца.

Важно знать, что к болтовне ветерков прислушивались и другие существа. Например, дух огня, слуга солнечного бога. А еще... а еще сам солнечный бог, Алайон.

Подслушав разговоры ветерков, Алайон заинтересовался. И послал своего слугу Кайро проследить за девушкой--проверить, так ли она красива, как уверяют ветерки...

Available at:

Apple iBookstore
Barnes & Noble (as "Unknown (Russian)"...)
Kobo Books

• More to come...
(Just posted this as a comment to http://dearauthor.com/features/letters-of-opinion/to-save-indies-publishers-need-to-reconsider-drm/)

One brick and mortar store admits that he doesn’t know why his customers would buy ebooks through him.

1: Desire to support a resource/establishment they enjoy.

2: This is the reason they should do it (and in mass numbers!), that I bet no one's enabling technologically: that the customers can voluntarily let the bookstore access which ebooks they buy (and have not returned!), and give them a steep-to-good discount on the matching physbook. Yeah, so they may be buying for Aunt Edna, Uncle Rodger, and Cousin Lee; they're in the store, buying physbooks; just make sure the discount is better than break-even. ( Likewise, if the store is allowed to keep records of physical books bought at their bookstore, offering a smaller discount on the matching ebook encourages people to do all their physbook shopping there, as well, rather than on "the 'Zon.")

B&N is perfectly positioned to offer this sort of service to its members and isn't doing it. (If they're not keeping the purchase data from membership card discounts in their stores, they're... seriously not thinking.) Neither is Amazon; they're doing that Select thing instead. Kobo is partnered with indie bookstores already? Hopefully Kobo will realize how they can offer a service that can offer lock-in to both their e-store and their affiliated bookstores -- even without DRM.

(Heck, if they'll do the "buy a physbook at any affiliated store, using your Kobo Membership data, and get an e-book discount"... That would certainly encourage shopping at affiliated bookstores for split-format buyers like myself, and if the Kobo Membership data will quietly give the ebook's affiliate fee to the store that sold the physbook, even if the ebook purchase is made through Kobo's main site... Stars know, I get physical books gleefully, zip through my Read Right Now purchases, then wind up wanting to read something in the bathroom and having... my phone or my iPad, with my physical Read Later purchases downstairs in the To Be Read pile. Or I finish one and am away from home. Oops. Now, imagine I could get on Kobo's website, access my list of bought physbooks, and click "buy ebook" for the one that intrigues me, with a discount...)
elizabethmccoy: A black-haired woman's face. She's glaring. (Kessa)
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/03/2013/books-arent-dead-yet/ asks if one would rather own KDP or B&N. I said...

If I were to own one of them, I'd like to RULE B&N WITH AN IRON FIST, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *cough* A little autocracy and vision might yet save it. Or at least let it go out with an impressive bang. (Get the impression I'm not impressed with some of B&N's choices, especially in the online realm? Yeah. I love the local-ish one, but I've never had very good experiences with the online store or their customer support. I hope other people do better there, because I do get sales from B&N and certainly would never harsh on readers... But I don't think B&N is doing as much as it can.)

Things I'd do with B&N:

• Hire programmers with skill and humility, who want to Solve Problems YAY. More under the cut! It got long. )

I'm sure I could come up with more -- I heard some horror stories recently about gift cards and the B&N online store, for instance -- but that's just for starters...

Now, someone give me command of the B&N stuff, and a copper parachute, and I'll get to it... >:)
elizabethmccoy: A black-haired woman's face. She's glaring. (Kessa)
Computer programmers have been known to say, "There are always N+1 bugs," where N is the number of bugs found and squashed.

Likewise, there are always N+1 typos.

But should enough typos be found in a given book, I can correct them and upload a new one. (This will be a bit of a production with Smashwords, for some books; the new requirements for cover-images are excused for ones uploaded before those requirements, but if I upload a typo-fixed copy... I'll have to make a new cover, too.)

In any case, please feel free to post any typos you might find, that I may wince and eventually correct them.
Should I be posting links to reviews? Most of my reviews are on Goodreads and Amazon, with a few on Smashwords. I think there might be one or two on the B&N site. Anyway, a couple of the awesome ones that make me bounce up and down and want to geek out like a fangirl with the reviewer (but I don't, because I don't want to risk making the reviewers uncomfortable), are at GoodReads.com. These are really detailed reviews. (Less-detailed reviews also tend to make authors pleased, of course! Don't feel that there's some kind of review bar that you have to pass before you can review.)

Read if: You're looking for something living comfortably between fantasy and romance. You like thinking about the problems of consent and forced marriages. You love a heroine who has a bit of sneak thief in her. You're my sister.

Read if: You enjoyed the first one. You are interested in the high points of self-publishing in the year 2012. You like actually complicated forced-marriage scenarios, and not stupid ones.
There are also "skip if" paragraphs, which are, frankly, fine by me. I'd rather people be warned off if they wouldn't enjoy a given book!

This next pair is extremely spoilerific. Heck, I'll put the excerpts from them under a cut, just in case! Spoilers! )

If I've forgotten any good, detailed reviews... I did link to the Dear Author review, yes? ...please tell me! Or tell me if I shouldn't do any more "hey, look, awesome reviews!" or if I should make more strenuous use of the cut-tags, or whatever.
elizabethmccoy: Plague mask; text "Plague" (Plague)
When sickness comes to the country of Cymelia, alchemists and herb-witches create the healing brews that save lives. But this illness is different; the usual measures have little effect. Master Iathor is his city's best hope to discover a cure – but even with his alchemical skills, the plague is spreading through the city, and amongst his own household . . .

This 6,000 word short story is a prequel to Herb-Witch and Herb-Wife, set around 20 years (give or take a few) before the events in the duology. It includes approximately 2,000 words of worldbuilding notes in the glossary. Hopefully one will not need to read any of the glossary in the back, but for people who want to know more about the world? There's ample information, and perhaps an easter egg or two.

Art is once again by the amazingly talented Sarah Cloutier.

Priced at 99 cents, it is currently available at:

•• Also, in American-English: Amazon.AU, Amazon BR, Amazon.CA, Amazon.DE, Amazon.ES, Amazon.FR, Amazon.IN, Amazon.IT, Amazon JP, Amazon UK. Prices may vary, according to automatic conversion of price at time of upload; VAT & other fees may be added by Amazon. *sigh*
Apple's iBookstore
Barnes & Noble (Nook)
•• Nook UK
Blio (Blio doesn't use static pages for books; search on name and title at the homescreen.)
Diesel eBook Store
Sony ebooks
Smashwords (with 35% available as a free sample)
elizabethmccoy: A black-haired woman's face. She's glaring. (Kessa)
I'm planning on attending the Arisia convention in Boston (as a guest, not a panelist), and am working on some little tri-fold brochure mock-ups so we can get some pretty color ones printed for leaving on appropriate tables at the con.

I now have over half a dozen black and white mock-ups, futzing with the margins. Guh. Word, why don't you have a Tri-Fold Brochure template?

*long pause*

*checks the Templates section*

*tries loading a brochure Template*

*discovers it wants weird stuff filled in, and has pretty well tweaked her version anyway*

Hush. Just hush. -_-
elizabethmccoy: An anthropomorphic feline's face, with the words "Uniqueness Counts" (Uniqueness Counts)
Prompt by LJ's Tuftears

"You will look fabulous," the signal-flare crimson Kintaran promised.

His target, a svelte female with unfortunately common tabby markings, flicked her ears nervously. "But... you have a hairdresser's. I..." She gulped. "I don't want the 'popular' cut."

Flare put his own ears back in indignation. "You think I'd be k'eetha? Please! Have faith! Credits entirely refunded if k'eetha!"

"All right..."

Over an hour later, mane curled and galaxies nestled within every formerly-plain black stripe, the Kint fem purred happily while she handed over her cred-card.

Several hours afterward, both Kintarans purred happily, and no credits had been swapped at all.
elizabethmccoy: A feline-humanoid face, with the words "what really matters" beside it. (What Really Matters)
This bookstore, in Massachusetts, apparently has a "kiosk" with Kobo. If you want to support Porter Square Books, and want to buy one of my ebooks, please consider clicking on http://www.portersquarebooks.com/search/kobo/elizabeth%20mccoy .

They have no idea I'm putting this on my Dreamwidth Journal/Blog, and have never even met me. We're not even in the same state. But I read an excerpt from an interview with Josh Cook of Porter Square Books, which included:
If I could get one wish from the ghost of Sylvia Beach, it’s that she, or someone who cares about the inherent value of books, gets a seat in those boardrooms to advocate for readers not consumers, for books as a pillar of culture not as a unit of sales, and for bookstores as community centers not retail outlets and merchandise showrooms. And yes, I can totally see my house from the high horse I’m on right now.

I'm a bit of a sucker for that last line, so for what it's worth... There's a link that might do a little to make both me and Porter Square Books a little happier. :)
elizabethmccoy: A black-haired woman's face. She's glaring. (Kessa)
Or: I aint'nt dead! (To quote Terry Pratchett's Granny Weatherwax...)

Late night chatter. )
elizabethmccoy: A black-haired woman's face. She's glaring. (Kessa)
Well, I've been added to one, anyway... Check the "Literature" link off of http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FantasyContraception and you'll see Dry Tea mentioned! I am astoundingly tickled, giddy, and delighted to be on the page.

Of course, this means that even when I escape TV Tropes, I'll never truly leave... ;)
elizabethmccoy: Two youths on a rooftop. Text: All That Glitters (All That Glitters)
To ensure his sons' immunity to hostile potions, the Lord Alchemist defied tradition to marry the only immune woman for generations: a half-barbarian.

Jani's been hired to blackmail the Lord Alchemist into disinheriting his "mongrel" heir, Iontho. When she mistakes the heir for a servant, Iontho takes the opportunity to pose as her alchemically-loyal minion and seek information about her mysterious employer.

While the travel is worse than he'd expected, the company's better than either had hoped, and young hormones are fully engaged -- but can youth and unexpected skills defeat age and treachery?

(All That Glitters is an approximately 92,000-word novel, and has mature scenes.)

It is available for $3.99 at:
Amazon* (DE: 3,13 EUR, ES: 3,13 EUR, FR: 3,13 EUR, IN: 218.99, IT: 3,13 EUR, UK: £2,53)
Apple iBookstore
Barnes and Noble (Nook UK)
Blio (Blio does not allow linking; please search on name and title)
Sony, Sony Canada

* Amazon may add VAT and/or additional fees to countries according to their arcane calculations (I've heard a total of $6.89 quoted for someone in .no). I know what I entered on the pricing page, but cannot predict taxes or Amazon fees. Sorry!
Set in the same universe as the Kintarans, but featuring the reptilian aliens who call themselves Mmsar, this is a slice-of life story.

Haatha Chaas'-Eighth is an Mmsar poet, content to live alone though his brothers all have families of their own and think he should have apprentices, too.

Unfortunately, someone left a clutch of eggs in Haatha's back yard, and now he's got to deal with hatchling Mmsar, which are no better than vermin at that age. But one hatchling, despite its lack of sapience, has an intriguing cunning -- and a bad attitude.

("Snips and Snails" is approximately 6,500 words long, and contains alien family patterns that may disturb humans.)

It is 99 cents, and is available from...

Amazon (and all the other Amazons, too)
Apple iBookstore
Barnes and Noble
Blio (links are unreliable; please search on name and title)
elizabethmccoy: A black-haired woman's face. She's glaring. (Kessa)
Work For Hire is a legal term that means, "PERSON pays money, and AUTHOR gives them the copyright for this work. Forever."

If you are seeking to secure rights to publish something from an author, and you do not mean that you wish to purchase the copyright, then do not use the term, "work for hire." Do not breathe the term work-for-hire. Do not allude to it, save perhaps to say, "no, this is not work-for-hire."

I have done Work For Hire. I am happy with how that publisher has treated me and love them oodles.

But that was RPG writing, not fiction. More, that was using someone else's sandbox entirely.
Coli and her sister have gotten their ship out of hock, but without enough crew, the Choosaraf will slide back into debt. They need a Negotiator to help the merchant clanship recover -- and Coli will have to find one on her own, without her sister guarding her back.

Previously published as "Recruiting," in Shanda Fantasy Arts' Fantastic Furry Stories #2 and Sofawolf's Best in Show, this 6,700 word short story is a direct sequel to "Spoonfuls of Sugar."

Currently available at:
Barnes & Noble
Blio (Blio uses dynamic URLs; please search on author or title. Sorry!)

Coming Soon:

• Sony
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