Booked. reviews My Book!

One of my favorite podcasts, Booked., reviewed The Maltese Jordans last week, giving it five stars! Times two!

Truly. Both of the hosts of this awesome, long-running crime / literary review podcast gave “The Full Five” to my new novel. I was and am psyched!! I’ve been a listener for a long time and have never heard them give double fives before.

It’s a fun listen. So check it out. Even if they know nothing about sneakers, they did a hell of a good job of talking about the book. I’m honored!

The Maltese Jordans – Take Your Pick

Click here to download or listen:

Seth Harwood Crime – Quick Greeting – The Maltese Jordans is live!

Do you want the Jordans? Are you ready for the Jordans? Well, if you are, take your pick of how you want it:

  1. I want to hear the book as a podcast.
  2. I want to be in the acknowledgments of the new book.
  3. I want a signed copy.
  4. I want to do all three.
  5. I want to just buy it on Amazon.

Thanks for listening. Stay tuned for more about the release…

New Audio Episode Drops Tomorrow!

Want to have your name featured in the print and ebook versions of my new novel, The MalteseJordans? Well, read on to find out how.

First I want to tell you that the 17th audio episode of The Maltese Jordans – Jack Palms’s newest epic adventure—is coming out tomorrow on my Patreon. If you’re already subscribed, great! You have something good to look forward to. If not, here’s your chance to join the Patreon page and get all of the MJs episodes (51 chapters!) for just $3 a month. That’s right. Cancel anytime. I’m so convinced you’ll like what I’ve got going on there—you did used to listen to my podcast, right?—that I’m offering it for just $3 to get all the episodes, caught up, and ready to roll on into the ending and book-release in January and Feb.

And here’s how you can get your name in the book: join now and you’ll be assured a spot on the Maltese Jordans Acknowledgements Page! That’s right, I’ll be thanking all my Patreon subscribers specifically in the book. Get on this before I start my special offer campaign and you’ll be in the most-special spot.

Does this email read like I should be offering you a free set of Ginsu knives? Well… actually I have a special offer coming up soon and I will be giving away Jack Palms Swag! Check out this poll and vote now to let me know what items you’d covet. Yes indeed! Maltese Jordans swag is coming!

That’s all for today from Easthampton. It’s cold here, but sunny with no snow on the ground. Great things! I wish you all the best for a wonderful holiday season and rest of 2018. May 2019 start off killer-awesome for you and yours.

What’s more: Young Junius and Czechmate are both on sale today for $0.99. Pick ’em up!

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.

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:


THE MALTESE JORDANS – what I'm doing

Listen to the new audio here. Or read on…
Last week marked 8 years for me at Jack Palms Crime! But you know what’s a real anniversary? May 5th, which I originally called Cinco de Harwood back in 2009, when Three Rivers Press released Jack Wakes Up for its second time in print. That was a big release for me; Three Rivers Press / Crown / Random House put my first novel in bookstores from coast to coast. What a thrill!
And now, eight years later, I’m ready to bring Jack Palms back in the same way that I originally brought him out to the world: as a serialized podcast novel. It’s hard for me to believe that so much has changed since I started podcasting back in 2006, and in all I’ve done, I still haven’t found a better way to reach people than by giving them my serializing audio episodes as MP3s on the web.
That fact amazes me.
We’ve all come so far with technology, publishing has moved miles, and still I’ve come full circle to reach out to my audience again in the same way I did over eleven years ago. Know what? It’s still the best thing I’ve done, hopefully this next step will be a new “best thing” for me.
What’s new? Well, now I’m using Patreon.com, a hybrid of Podiobooks and Kickstarter that enables me to build a consistent, sustainable crowdfunding model along with the RSS and direct distribution of my audio right to listeners.
So it’s a big thing, one I’ve seen other writers use so well that I’m moved to try my own hand at it. Want to know more?
Most recently, I did a Q&A all about it last week that you can listen to here.
And the new JACK PALMS adventure? I’m happy to tell you that I am more excited about this title than any other book I’ve done to date. This one is called The Maltese Jordans and it’s gonna be fun! You can hear more about The Maltese Jordans here. Then subscribe to get episodes as soon as they release for a small fee, and see me spinning out videos of what I’m all about. All right here: patreon.com/sethharwood.
I hope to see you there.

The Maltese Jordans / Patreon Q&A – Hangout

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I’m going forward with the online live session tomorrow night to answer questions, talk about why I’m doing Patreon, what this means, and get all the necessary details for you on THE MALTESE JORDANS.
Mainly, I want to get in touch and say hey.
If you’d like to join, please use the following link and come out tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th starting at 8:30 Eastern. We’ll wrap up around 9:00. If you’re on the Pacific Side of things, that’s 5:30 to 6:00. 🙂
Here’s how to attend:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/190665239
You’ll have to download some Zoom software that you may not already have going, but if you don’t want to do that, you can use phone lines below, or use the following link to find the live action via Kickstarter:
https://live.kickstarter.com/seth-harwood/live/the-maltese-jordans-patreon-q-and-a-hangout   Continue reading

JACK IS BACK — 5/5/17 — Cinco de Harwood

JACK is back
You want JACK PALMS (Mr. All Caps)? You GOT JACK PALMS!
The man himself is returning to your earbuds in just 12 days on Cinco de Harwood – May 5th, 2017. That’s exactly eight years after Jack Wakes Up hit stores nationwide in its re-publication by Three Rivers Press (Random House). You found it in Borders, snapped pics of it on shelves of Barnes & Noble and all the indies we could find, and many of you bought it on Amazon! Thank you for making that dream a reality.
Now five books and several publishers later, I’m coming back to the serialized audiobook format that was so much fun to create for you. You ready to join me again?
Cinco De Harwood, May 5th, 2017, will be the drop date for

JACK PALMS

in

THE MALTESE JORDANS

Where can you find it? Well, some of it will be here, and ALL of it will be here:

patreon.com/sethharwood

Find your way to the new Patreon page, pick a reward level, and subscribe. I’ll be right there to thank you.