October Surprise #3!

by wjw on October 9, 2017

futuristic soldier armor at warI’ve indiepubbed a new trade paperback edition of my novel Voice of the Whirlwind.

The book is printed in very readable type on cream paper, is a generous 6×9″, sells for a very reasonable $13.99, and features a glossy cover.  It will make a handsome addition to your library.

The book may be ordered from Barnes & Noble or from Amazon.  Completists will want both!

Etaoin Shrdlu October 10, 2017 at 4:47 am

Hey WJW, you might want to alert your cover artist to a book called “Recruit” by James David Victor, which apparently just came out a couple of days ago. The central image of the military dude is identical right down to the highlights and patches; someone just shooped a bit of blur over it, turned the background into wreckage, and made the outside red instead of blue.

I’ll email you a link at the address on your “contacts” page.

Steve October 10, 2017 at 10:30 am

Walter–Amazon lists a kindle edition for $0.99. Is that part of your book release plan or is that an error? Also, are the ebooks you sell via Amazon/B&N DRM free?

Etaoin Shrdlu October 10, 2017 at 2:05 pm

BTW, I happened to remember just now that Amazon stopped sales of Vox Day’s parody of Scalzi’s “Collapsing Empire” over a similar issue, back in mid-March. Amazon cited the “misleading” nature of the cover, title, and pseudonymous author.

kpacheneg October 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm

Well, I believe the covers Walter self-made for his ebook releases feature free art assets you can find on the net, so those dudes may be allowed to do this?

wjw October 10, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Steve, it was supposed to be $4.99, and it said $4.99 when =I= looked at it. But apparently Amazon was matching the .99 on another site, where the “save changes” button didn’t work.

Both fixed now, I hope.

The art on most of my ebooks is stock art, for which I purchase non-exclusive rights. Other people can use the same or similar art. It’s funny how art shifts around from one cover to the next: I remember the US edition of Philip K Dick’s “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch” using the British cover for “Dune,” complete with Fremen and sand worms; and the German edition of “Hardwired” used the British cover from JG Ballard’s “Crash.”

Etaoin Shrdlu November 21, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Thought I’d let you know, you have now officially created a new subgenre of Science Fiction — “novels with covers copycatting WJW’s VotW reissue”.


This can go in your trophy case alongside your new Fantasy subgenre of “Rogues and Rogering”. 🙂

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