Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Author Spotlight: Uprising, The Rose Warriors by Craig Kimber




Blurb:

In a small village over the mountains surrounding Kyoto, the villagers prepare for an annual tradition. All seems to go well until the village is stormed and all the inhabitants are taken prisoner, except one. Simple village girl, Osei, finds herself alone in the misty mountains on her way to the city. A run in with a near death experience brings her to Kilik, an extremely powerful samurai who vows to keep her safe. Their ventures pull them both into a war beyond imagination, and Osei finds herself gradually transforming into something that she grew up to fear...a samurai.

Excerpt:

“Hurry,” I said, quickening my pace. “It looks like they have already started!”
          
“Shit!” Kota yelped, dashing towards the crowd. We rushed to the courtyard where the villagers had gathered and at the front stood Grand Master Zhuge. He was an elder man though his height was not affected by his age, as he was considerably taller than most of the other villagers. The white of his robe clashed with the silver of his stubble and he bore a scar that ran across his cheek. He held his hands up and the air fell silent, then he eased his hands down and began to speak.
          
“Welcome to all of you who gather tonight,” he called to the crowd. “The spirit of the mountains watches over every one of us and keeps us safe from harm, and I for one am truly grateful. The White Tiger is one of five spirits who grace us with their presence and four are yet to be discovered. We know little of these other spirits but we do know they watch over us just as the Tiger does. The legend says that the spirit can sense evil, and he does not allow it to pass through. This is why we all stand together today in our little peaceful village, because fate has smiled upon us and given us a guardian. I ask anyone to come forward and share their stories of the mountains.”

About Craig Kimber:

Start of Career: I started writing as a hobby at the beginning of February 2011, and my love for samurai stories led me to begin writing "The Rose Warriors: Uprising." Originally named "The Five Rose Warriors," its main influence was the video game, "Way of the Samurai." When playing the game I found that a single samurai building a faction to take down a vast empire was simply exhilarating, so I decided that I need to make that my aim. The story started as a simple village girl learning to be a samurai, but the idea just wasn't special enough. I asked myself "What will make this book different to every other book I have read?" So I did some research and I found that there were hardly any stories written about the historic fall of the samurai, which the movie "The Last Samurai (Tom Cruise)" is revolved around.
After the first four chapters I let my friend read it, and I was told it was the best story he had ever read. I passed it around to get some further opinions, and I was asked every time "What happens next?" with the upmost enthusiasm. I thought up some ideas for how to make the story different to every other samurai rebellion story, so I called upon another genre passion, fantasy. I took the end of the samurai era, and transformed it into a war filled with magic and supernatural beings.
I spent every single night coming up with ideas of how to make it better and all I could think about while living life was the story, and it was from that moment I discovered my calling was to make a living of my newfound passion. More ideas for stories started to fill my head and began to make plans for future novels, including the sequel to "Uprising," "Revival."


Monday, December 14, 2015

Update to Spero Publishing Has Merged With Eternal Press and Damnation Books...

Well, I was hoping that getting my rights back to Alien Deceptions would be the end of it, but apparently not. So, here's the update, because as an author I think this is critically important for other authors.

I mentioned this before, but it's very very easy to take books down from distributors. I do it for a small e-publisher whenever one of their books completes its contract. A lot of authors don't know this and believe publishers when they say it takes a lot of time, but it doesn't. All you have to do is sign into your account and in most cases check a box or click on unpublish as is the case with Amazon to remove a book from distribution. In 99% of the times I've done this, the book is removed from distribution within 24 hours, usually no later than 48 hours. Even if you have multiple distributors we're talking 30 minutes at the most to do your part as a publisher.

That all being said, after two weeks went by and my books were still for sale at three different distributors, I sent out DMCA notices to two of the distributors. Since one is connected to Barnes and Noble, I decided to wait and see if it comes down there once it's removed for sale from Barnes and Noble.

Here's the thing, the book was for sale for half a year after the contract expired. Eternal Press had a lot of time to take that book down everywhere, I think I was more than generous in giving them that time. Especially considering they never did return the rights to me for Homecoming, I fought with Kim Richardson via e-mail for months and then just gave up and sent out the DMCA notices. I was trying to avoid that this time around. Unfortunately, things were not moving fast enough and I sent them out. The interesting thing is that once they came down from B&N they came down everywhere else. The main thing is that e-book versions are no longer available and I believe they are no longer available because I did send out the DMCA notices. Had I not, I know that the books would have remained for sale probably for months more, and I just wasn't willing to allow that.

The moral of this story is don't assume publishers are going to give you back the rights to your book in a timely fashion. Know your contract, read it and understand it before you sign anything. Once you do sign it, mark on a calendar or make a note somewhere you won't lose it for yourself that has when your contract is up. If your publisher hasn't contacted you within a reasonable amount of time, contact them, and request the rights back if you want the rights back. If you want to sign a new contract with the same publisher then suggest that. But don't allow your books to be sold once your contract has expired.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 ie I'm giving away goodies!



Just wanted to do a quick post and let everyone know I'm giving away goodies in my Advent Calendar this year! I've seen this done with 3D items for years and I suddenly had an epiphany this year. How cool would it be to be the author that did an advent calendar and gave something away every day until Christmas? So, I decided I was going to try it this year. You'll find all sorts of goodies, and I won't spoil the surprise by telling you what kinds, but I promise they are all fun! 

So, that being said, please feel free to pop in every day for your free gift, and also feel free to let me know which gifts you liked the most and what you'd like to see more of. If this goes well, I plan to do it again next year. 

Enjoy! :-)