New Releases! (Re-Releases!)

If you’ve been following my work on Patreon and my new thread Adventures in Indie Publishing, you know that I’ve gotten the titles back to my Jack Palms novels. Well, after much work, debate, and new covers (Exciting!), I’m ready to announce that new eBook AND print editions of Jack Wakes Up and This Is Life are here!

Yes sir! You can get these sweet new covers on re-issued content of Jack Wakes Up and This Is Life using the links below. Check ’em out!

Jack Wakes Up     Amazon US: Print  eBook      Amazon UK: Print eBook

This Is Life           Amazon US: Print  eBook      Amazon UK: Print eBook

I’ll have more coming soon, including Young Junius, Czechmate, then….

THE MALTESE JORDANS!

Stay tuned!

New Thread: Adventures in Indie Publishing

I’m going to start posting a new series thread here about my thoughts, questions, and work around Indie Publishing. This means re-issuing some of my old books, the ones I’ve gotten the rights back to, as well as marketing, promoting and advertising them.

Here’s a quick Q&A to get us started.

What is Indie Publishing?

This used to be called self publishing. Now it’s called “Indie Publishing” and may have dropped the taboo. May have. We shall see. Honestly, I’m doing it because it’s the best game in town.

Why are you doing it?

Well, economics.

I honestly don’t see a publisher out there that can help me sell books on the level that I want to. No one is ready to put in the time using the tools and investing the money that will make the Jack Palms Crime Series sell.

I think it can, and I hope you do too. But it’s going to take work. This is where I start doing the work.

What is the story with publishing today?

Well, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. You know the quote. I’m going to focus on the upside. Here’s a great blog post by Mark Dawson that claims “this is the best time in the history of the world to be a writer.”

Wow! Can you imagine! I’ll let him explain the why of that. Basically, he supports it with his own success story and Kindle! That’s it, the magic of… Kindle!

So? Well, ebooks are selling, people are reading, and the royalty rates I can get by Indie Publishing titles myself is higher than I can get anywhere else–by far! That’s a big part of the economics segment.

There’s also a huge set of tools including Amazon ads, Facebook ads, Bookbub, and more that I can use myself to sell books and get my work out to readers who haven’t heard of me. This is the central reason I think this is a unique time to be writing: we’ve never had access to these channels or affordable advertising before. Any of the tools that former gatekeepers could offer have now been widely democratized. They’re accessible to anyone!

What are the most exciting changes you see?

Publishing is affordable, accessible, freelancers are ready to help at all stages of production, KDP offers favorable rates of return on book sales (70%)… these things have never happened before. It’s like the gatekeepers have given out the keys!

Plus, people can buy books from anywhere, and start reading them instantly on devices!

So, I’ll add these to Mark’s blog post as reasons to be excited about Indie Publishing and being a writer today.

I am excited. And there’s lots to do.

Here’s where I’ll be charting my progress.

Update for End of March: Get your Jordans NOW!

Download the audio episode here to get all the current news from me on The Maltese Jordans audio, print version, and lots more coming soon!
Here’s the news: On April 1, the past episodes of The Maltese Jordans are going up to the $5 reward level. Now’s the time to hop in and download all the eps for just $3 a month AND that’ll keep you tuned in for the new content and updates. Enjoy!
Also, my next Office Hour is Coming Friday @3PM Eastern. Tune in!

Booked Presents: An Evening with Seth Harwood

Click here to listen or download this interview. Enjoy!
The fine folks of the Booked. Podcast were nice enough to have me on last month for a far-ranging conversation about: GI Joes, Publishing, the urge to write and where it comes from, podcasting history (my own and a general one), what I’m reading, and much more.
We also talked about Patreon and The Maltese Jordans. I hope you enjoy it.
If you’d like to hear more from Booked, including plenty of great discussions and reviews of contemporary crime novels all the time, find them here on the web and consider supporting them on Patreon here: patreon.com/booked

The Maltese Jordans – 01 (Now FREE!)

Episode 01 is free now — Three Chapters — live and direct for your ears! 

What if Michael Jordan played one secret pickup game in summer 1996 to pay off a debt so big it would get him banned from the NBA for life?

Follow Jack Palms on a hunt from San Francisco to Hawaii and back across the country as he tracks the one man who knows the truth and has the shoes to prove it, a felon who just skipped bond to chase his dream — and the mythical pair of sneakers that can only go by one name.

Want more? Go on and follow THIS LINK to get Episode 2 free over at Patreon. That’s right, go ahead and double-up on your Jack Palms today!!

Want more? Here’s:


Mastering the Power of Verbs (Video)


Thanks to Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop for hosting this short video. It sums up my thoughts on Verbs and what I covered during my craft lesson earlier this month.
Here I discuss three kinds of verbs, how to evaluate their presence in your writing, and using this for better revision!
A few examples of linking verbs are: to be, to seem, to look, to feel, to become, to appear.
If you’d like more teaching content, please subscribe to my Patreon here. Or join this mailing list. You can also sign up for
my next online class: The Gripping Read at LitReactor
my next local class: 8-Week Intro to Fiction Workshop
Thanks for watching! I’d love to know your thoughts!

Upcoming Classes in 2018

Seth_Harwood_Portrait_12-15-17This winter I have two classes coming up: the first online and the second local to the Pioneer Valley (Central Mass.)
1) Online Course: The Gripping Read at LitReactor
Dates: Jan 23 to Feb 20th   Place: Fully online
You know the feeling when the sense of reading falls away, and you find yourself completely immersed in a book’s action? I’ll show you how to write like that: Engage readers. More here at LitReactor.
2) Local course in Central Mass: 8-Week Intro to Fiction Workshop
Dates: Mondays from Feb 5 to March 26th.    Time: 7-9PM.        Place: Williamsburg, MA
In this course, you will produce creative work of your own and learn how to discuss and critique the work of others. More here from the Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop.
I hope you’ll come join me to learn more about writing craft, stories, and fiction in general. We’ll be doing a lot to discuss the writer-reader connection.
You can also find more of my teaching options and private sessions here via my Patreon page. (Look to upper level rewards.)
I’m also teaching a monthly office hour on the last Friday of the month. Sign up here to get notices about that. It’s FREE!
 

Short Story: To the Bone

41oFurbtTcLHere’s my Southern Gothic style story “To the Bone” for your ears.
Click here to download or listen.
This audio first appeared on CrimeWAV with guest host Mark L. Berry–my boy! Thanks, Mark!
“To the Bone” was first published in The Booked. Anthology back in 2013. Thanks much to the Booked. Podcast guys, who’re also on Patreon here.
Backstory on the story: I don’t know where this one came from, but I wrote it back in SF about 5 years ago. It feels very Faulkner-influenced and, since I’ve just picked up Go Down, Moses again for the first time in a LONG time, I thought of it. Where did these characters come from, Duncan and Estep? Neither of them PC or forgivable? Perhaps the story “Pantaloon in Black” holds the answer. Also, if you’re looking for a good read you could do a lot worse than to start there.
Anyway, that’s my background on this one and a reading tip for the month.
Thanks for listening! If you’d like to find more of my new audio work, head to my Patreon page here.

Chapter 1: THE MALTESE JORDANS (free)

IMG_0294JACK PALMS is BACK! And now for the first time, Chapter 1 of The Maltese Jordans is free for you to download, listen to, share, and crow about to all your friends!
Feel free to share this post. After you listen here to chapter 1 (click to listen or right-click to download) you can head over to my page at Patreon OR go right to this page:

THE MALTESE JORDANS – Episode 1 is HERE

to hear all of episode 1, 3 chapters, all free for your ears! Take the story out, give it a test-drive and see what you think before you buy, purchase, support right there on the Patreon page. Go on! What have you got to lose?
So here’s your boy, working on a new publishing model for audiobooks, asking you to come along for the ride. Enjoy!
See links below for sharing. Thanks.