Twin Dragons – Teaser #2

Here’s a teaser for Twin Dragons coming out September 16:

“Kill them all,” Creon ordered as he stepped over the body of a Valdier traitor. “Ha’ven should be in one of the cells. Find him.”

Cree nodded, before he froze. His eyes darkened and a snarl curled his lip. Calo felt it as well. More traitors were coming.

“Go, my Prince,” Calo growled under his breath, glancing in warning at Vox. “Cree and I will make sure that no traitors live. You and… King d’Rojah find the Curizan.”

Creon noted Calo’s hesitancy when he mentioned the Sarafin King who was coated in the blood of the men they had just fought. He knew it would take time for his people to learn to trust the Sarafin and Curizan again.

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Twin Dragons – Teaser #1

Here’s a teaser for Twin Dragons coming out September 16:

Calo leaned back against the side of the cottage. He looked at Cree who was staring at the remains of the twin dragons. They had arrived in time to hear what Barrack told their father. They watched as he was put to death, his head severed from his shoulders. They heard the murmurs from the other villagers agreeing with Barrack.

“Do you think…?” Calo whispered, staring at the smoldering remains of the green and white dragon.

“No,” Cree answered as a grim determination filled him. “You heard him. We will die in battle, like warriors, before we let this happen to us. We will do the honorable thing before we hurt another.”

Calo turned his suddenly older gaze to his brother. He could see the tightness around Cree’s mouth. He could feel the quiet sadness that mirrored his own. For as long as he could remember, their father had told them the legends of a warrior one day earning the right to be blessed with finding his true mate. Now, he realized that was all it was… stories.

“We will die in battle,” Calo agreed, watching as their father’s symbiot healed him. “Or we will take each other’s life before we hurt another.”

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An Author’s View of the Conflict between Amazon and Hachette

Just as other authors are, I have been both fascinated and puzzled by the conflict between Amazon and Hachette, or should I say Hachette and Amazon. Either way you look at it, from either point-of-view, the only one being hurt is the author. This argument is not about the authors and doing right by them or the readers, but about power and fear.

Amazon sent out a letter to explain their side of the conflict. As both a reader and an author, I appreciate this upfront approach to explaining the situation. I like having the facts and being treated like I’m intelligent enough to understand the underlying problem. I’ve read through the articles, weighed the different points of view, and being an author, came up with my own conclusion… this is about power and fear.

For those not familiar with what I am talking about I will give you a brief summary, but I’ve included a link to the article http://www.readersunited.com/ for those wanting to explore the situation further. Now, I am not claiming to be an expert on the world of publishing or big business, but I am familiar with both. All I can give, as will many others, is my opinion based on the facts (and other opinions) that I have read.

To summarize the situation, Hatchette was caught colluding with its competitors to raise ebook prices. Amazon, currently the #1 ebook distributor in the world, refused to cooperate. They have a reputation of offering discounts and ebooks at reasonable prices for their readers. I know this, because they have discounted my books. Does this affect my royalties? No, I still get the same royalty as I would have gotten before. The big difference is that I offer my ebooks at a reasonable price of anywhere from $.99 to $3.99. This is a huge difference from Hatchette’s asking price of $14.99-$19.99.

You might think, why shouldn’t they? Their authors are BIG names, after all. The reason the authors are big names is for another blog. But, let me assure you there are a lot of GREAT stories out there by authors that would have been turned down by the Big Six Publishing Houses for not fitting into the little boxes they have created.

But, I don’t want to regress. As I mentioned a moment ago, that is a discussion for another blog. This blog is about the issue as I see it between Amazon/Hatchette. This is about power, control and fighting change. In other words, fear of losing control and not being able to keep up with the changes going on around them. All the numbers from the numerous algorithms are spitting out the same thing; cheaper ebook prices equal greater sales; which means more money. More money for the publishing house, more money for the author, more readers happy AND better for the environment.

So, what is the problem then? As I stated before, this is not about what is good or right. It is about power, control and fear. The publishing industry is changing dramatically and at an exponential rate. Publishing companies like Hatchette are not ready, or set up, to handle these changes. They are still set in their old world standards where they pick and choose who will be the next bestselling author or newest book to take the market by storm.

amazon vs hatchetteSo what is the answer? Amazon has offered multiple olive branches in an effort to work with Hatchette. Those branches have been torched and returned without any suggestions for compromise or resolution. Well, I have an idea. It is brilliant in its simplicity. Instead of an olive branch, I think Amazon should send Hatchette a pair of big girl panties and tell them to put them on. Change isn’t coming, it has already happened. The world has tasted the flavors of books that Indie authors have to offer and they are finding they like it. It is time to make lemonade, boys and girls. The Internet, ebooks, and Indie authors are here to stay, not to mention Amazon. It really is a wonderful world. I’d like to invite Hatchette to see just how beautiful it is.

S. E. Smith is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author. She enjoys exploring new worlds and taking her readers with her. Readers can reach her at sesmithfl@gmail.com or at http://sesmithfl.com.

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