Saturday, June 30, 2012

I Hear a Banshee Floating Around

Well, I'm almost ready to load Banshee up for people to download.  I just need to set up a Dropbox account and upload.

Just to recap:  Banshee is the story of Jared Blackroot, son of David Blackroot, a disability-retired Heroe's Guild legend.  Unfortunately, there's bad blood between David and Boyd Pelcrow, father of Darvis Pelcrow, who has been making life in and out of school impossible for Jared.  What Darvis doesn't know, however, is that Jared actually is the "freak" he's been calling him since Jared's family moved to town, and he's not just a one-off weakling -- something Jared has kept secret from everyone except his family, and something he may finally show the world after the last beating Darvis and his toadies gave him.

This story comes with a content advisory -- the violence and language are graphic in places.  Also, a disclaimer is needed:  Much like The Justice Fiend in Subject 12, opinions stated by characters are not my own.  I feel the need to emphasize this as one reader was so turned off by the opening scene that she had to force herself to read the rest and part of it was the sentiments and epithets uttered by one of the characters.

Well, with that out of the way, I want to share my plans for this piece.  I'm going to offer it in epub/mobi/pdf formats for free download with no cover image via Dropbox for an unspecified (but at least the month of July) amount of time.  If I can find a cheap (under $10 -- I got paid $85 this month in royalties) cover I'll throw it on and put it up as a "donation" version on Smashwords for $.99 if I can stand to jump through the hoops I'll need to in order to get it formatted.  Why Smashwords and not Amazon?  Royalties.  The Grand Granger sold 40 copies this month, totaling $17.40 in royalties that I'll see in 2 months.  Smashwords offers a flat 75% royalty plan that means I'd see 2x per sale, even with a delivery charge.

If I can work through my ADD enough to finish the project, Banshee will be at Amazon, however, in an anthology of short stories.  I don't plan on spilling the beans on this one, though, as I don't want to get hopes up in case I run out of steam or interest in the project.  Suffice it to say there will be a direct tie-in to Subject 12.

As soon as I have Banshee converted and uploaded I'll edit this post to include the link and post about it on Twitter as well as in both the Subject 12 and my author's profile discussion forums on Amazon.

As always, feel free to comment or ask any questions here, on Twitter, or on Amazon.  I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Thanks for reading

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