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With 12 full color illustrations from the novel
Jack Ryder - The Rundorth Faction!
Before I made the movie slideshow of the illustrations for the first book: Jack Ryder - The Rundorth Faction, at the top of this page, I made a html slideshow that showed larger images at a slower pace, and with different music running in the background:
You can right click and save the images you want as you view them for your desktop. If using an image for distribution (print/website), all I ask is to have Jack Ryder - The Rundorth Faction credited as its source with a link to http://www.lulu.com/mergedcenturies. If you havn't seen the sideshow yet, give it a peek!
Speaking of illustrations, I will be publishing a 2006 calendar featuring 12 full color illustrations from the first book. Details coming soon!
The bad side? With the lack of professional editorial quality control, there is a huge variance with the quality of POD books. Some are badly written or formatted. Some are, however, greatly written and presented as professional as any published book found at your local book store. The key, is to read a free preview of the POD book to check out the books content and decide for yourself.
The good side? Open up any traditional non POD novel and inside you'll read something that says:
"Sale of this book without a cover may be unauthorized. If this book is coverless, it may have been reported to the publisher as unsold or destroyed and neither the author nor the publisher may have receicved payment for it."
Most book stores do not pay for books until they are sold. If unsold, they just rip off the cover and mail only the cover back to take the book out of their inventory. The book itself is destroyed. Millions of unread books are destroyed this way each year. No, that's not the good side. The good side follows:
You will not see that happen to POD books, as a POD book is printed only when there is a reader wanting to read it. Read a POD book, and help save a tree.
But, this good side has a bad side. POD books have a non-return policy. Book stores are reluctant to stock books that they cannot rip the cover off, and thus it is difficult for the author to get their books stocked in major book store chains. You can, however, order the book over the counter at most local book stores, and POD books can be ordered on the internet and delivered straight to your front door.
Jack Ryder - The Rundorth Faction is now stocked at Waldenbooks, Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton, NC. I'll be adding more store stocking info as I get them verified. If you find it stocked in your area, drop me a line and let me know. If the book store in your area does not stock it, feel free to ask them to stock a few copies! Give them the ISBN#: 1-4116-2575-7 and tell them it's distributed by Ingrams. Thanks!
The Used Bookery
6774 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405
While you're there, check out my new Jack Ryder promotional poster, and don't forget to browse through Kay's (the owner) huge stock of new & used books! Thanks, Kay!
I just finished a new book, and GAVE it away! I'm part of an online group of people who play and support Starfleet Command, a pc starship tactical game developed by Taldren. Taldren has closed their doors, yet they passed the torch to a non-profit organization called the Dynaverse Gaming Association©. To help fund the organization, I called for content contributions from the SFC community, compiled the content into a book called Starfleet Command: Orion Pirates Revised Strategy Guide, and gave it to the DGA to help fund their projects. I appreciate and thank everyone who contributed to the book. It came out quite well.
What next? I'm receiving requests for a sequel to Jack Ryder - The Rundoth Faction, and am considering doing it. For now, I'm behind on tons of yard work LOL! Time to mow the yard and do some painting.
The thumbnail image of the front cover is really bad, though, and I have ordered a copy of the book through Barnes and Nobles to verify if the book itself reflects the thumbnail image. I ask for you to hold off on ordering the book until I get a copy and verify the cover quality. The cover from Lulu.com looks great, however, so if you want a book right now, that's the place to get it as they use a different printer.
For a complete list of online stores that you can order from, go to www.bookfinder4u.com.
Jack Ryder - The Rundorth Faction landed at Barnes & Noble! No, not the physical bookstore itself (yet), but the Barnes & Noble online website! The novel should be available for sale at this and other online bookstores in June.
To commemorate the launch of the book, I have created 4 special limited edition versions (available online at Lulu.com only), each with a different cover and each with 20 pages of additional content. It will be discontinued after New Year 2006. Expect the special editions to be released first week of May.
The novel is available here online, but my next step is to place it into online bookstores such as Amazon.com and Barnsandnobles.com amongst others. I expect that to happen throughout April.
After that? As this publication is self-published, it'll be tricky getting it into major retail outlets, but with some work it can be done. Expect some booksignings toward the Fall. Perhaps a booth at various fall festivals. It's gonna be an interesting year!
Meanwhile, you can order the book online for only $12.95. Have a friend join you in your order, and order two to take advantage of free shipping (USPS only).
Thumbs up! I have received my proof copy of Jack Ryder - The Rundorth Faction, and it's perfect (okay, at least to me it is)!
After reading your copy, please drop me an email at Reptor7@Yahoo.com and let me know if I made any typos, or if there are any confusing elements within the book. I'd appreciate it. The ISBN version will come soon after a few small tweaks when I get some reader feedback.
I'll be getting my first proof copy soon and need to pour through it for final quality verification. The other book's that I've published through Lulu.com had always came out good, with the only mistakes being self inflicted. I'm sure my first proof of Jack Ryder - The Rundorth Faction will be fine and shall be ready for distribution mid February.
Return here mid or late Feb. and look for a thumbs up. It's on the way!
Above is the final cover design for the book. I made some different ones and this one got the nod from my family. It seems to be the best eye catcher.
I'll post when the book is ready for distribution after I get a copy and verify the quality. Thanks to all who gave suggestions on improving the book. You've been a great help.
I am still productive this Winter, however, for I am doing something I always wanted to do: Paint with words.
Have you ever looked at a painting or drawing, and seen a story in there? Inspired by some paintings I've done, the past couple months has me banging out the first chapters of what should be a 200 page novel, and it should be done by late spring. The early prototype cover (above) gives an idea as to the novel's storyline and genere.
As an artist, I have the unique opportunity to illustrate it as well, as most other writers must hire others to illustrate their vision. Those writers, who are indeed artists, have my greatest respect, as putting out thousands of words in a meaningful fashion is a daunting experience. The word is their brush. For me, I thank God there's spellcheck.
More on my novel next month after New Years, and I'll post some illustrations I've already done for the novel. But for now, I wish everyone out there a...
I have begun to chronicle my paintings by taking notes and photographs, and compile the information into step-by-step instructions on how each painting was created using the Grisaille and Wet-On-Wet oil painting technique. Head over to the Chronicles section for more information.