Amazon TOS Now Covers the Zombie Apocalypse

Amazon TOS Now Covers the Zombie Apocalypse

Now game developers who are working with Amazon’s new Lumberyard Materials can truly help out in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse. The Amazon TOS now covers the Zombie Apocalypse.

So, while in normal times developers must not write game software to be used militarily, this rule is dropped during the Zompoc.

Clause 57.10 of the AWS terms of service:

The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat.

However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.

Gotta love this! But it makes sense, doesn’t it? Why not have game software developers help the military after the Zompoc, when all other bets are off?

Yet another reason to love Amazon. And maybe another plot addition to ZKS?

(photo by Gage Skidmore)

Calling All Indie Book Reviewers

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Indie Book Reviewers – Help Us By Reviewing Our Books!

I realized this week that we have given away hundreds of copies of both ZKS books, and very very few of our readers have bothered to review them on Amazon. And even folks who requested the books have also not reviewed them.

While it is always understandable that indie book reviewers, like everyone else, get busy or forget, I have always tried to review anything I agree to as soon as possible, especially when I get the book or product for free. It takes little effort on my part and helps someone else out. A win-win!

That said, we would love some new reviews!

If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, our books are free!

If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can borrow both books for free!

And if you contact us and want to read and review, I will send you copies for free.
Zombie Killing Stoners, Episode 1: Rescuing the Samoan Princess
Zombie Killing Stoners, Episode 2: The Coming Storm

So, if you review indie books, and zombie books in particular, let us know in the comments below and we will hook you up. All we ask in exchange is a review on your blog and on Amazon.

Thanks!

.99 Zombie Kindle Books (and a Review)

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Zombie Killing Stoners – .99 Zombie Kindle Books!

If you have been waiting for a sale on the Zombie Killing Stoners books, now is the time to buy!

Both Zombie Killing Stoners Episodes are on sale for only .99 thru Monday, and then will still be a low $1.99 for a few days after.

And as always, they are both completely FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

C Che’s Review of Dead Island: Operation Zulu (5 Stars)

This is definitely going in my desert island reading list. An almost perfect blend of action, humor, and terror. The zombies are nasty and hungry, the heroes and villains are badass but not invulnerable superstars (spoiler….. the women are just as badass as the dudes).

I would love it if Mr. Gambia would continue with this group of compatriots in other adventures.

So go ahead and read this first installment – we think you will like it!

Zombie Books on Sale

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Zombie Books on Sale!

Zombie Killing Stoners Episodes 1 & 2 on sale! Only .99 starting 12/26/14 at 8am PST.

I love Amazon Countdown Deals, and now you can purchase the Kindle editions of Episodes 1 and 2 – Zombie Killing Stoners for only .99 each 12/26-12/29, and $1.99 each from 12/30 – 1/2.

Our zombie books on sale!

Zombie Killing Stoners, Episodes 1 and 2

Spread the word like a Zombie virus, my friends!

These books have a solid FIVE star rating and are really funny and gory, if we do say so ourselves.

Zombie Killing Stoners, Episodes 1 and 2

 

Halloween Book Giveaway

Halloween Book Giveaway: Zombie and Dystopian Books from Survival Mom

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Our friends over at the Survival Mom Blog are doing a Halloween book giveaway, and we are happy to say that we are involved!

Halloween is always a favorite holiday for us Zombie lovers, and C. Che and I are excited to be in the great company of authors we know and love.

In addition to Bobby Adair’s great Slow Burn series and Liz Long’s YA OMG! Not the Zombies! (Stuff Hits the Fan Book 1), you can enter to win signed copies of both Zombie Killing Stoners books in paperback, along with a copy of Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford.

There are some interesting dystopian novels as well, including Adair’s Ebola K: A Terrorism Thriller – timely, even though it was written before our current Ebola situation.

The giveaway is live thru November 2, 2014.

Go on over to the Survival Mom Halloween Book Giveaway now to enter to win!

Our Zombie Novels are Free for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers

Our Zombie Novels are Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!

Check out both Zombie Killing Stoner Episodes on your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

When C. Che and I first heard about Kindle Unlimited, we were fascinated and both subscribed immediately.

Why?

Well, we love independent, self-published authors (being that ourselves) and we love to read a lot on our Kindles. Since Amazon is actually paying authors whose books are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, we figured this would be a great way to read tons of great books and support or colleagues.

Plus, since our books are enrolled, we wanted to see what the user experience was like.

As usual, the user experience is seamless. We can read up to 10 books at any given time, and then return them to get more.

Authors are paid as soon as a reader makes it past the 10% mark of the book, so it is a fair deal for everyone.

And it’s only $9.99 per month!

So, what are you waiting for? Zombie Novels are Free!

Support independent authors and subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.

And of course, check out Zombie Killing Stoners Episodes One and Two!

Why We Support Amazon

Why we support Amazon

and why we think every author should.

Over the past couple of months there has been a lot of news regarding Amazon and their fight with Hachette Publishing. Authors lucky enough to be making money with legacy publishers have tended to speak out for those businesses, including Chuck Wendig and Scott Turow.

But there is an even larger group of authors like us, and like best-selling J.A. Konrath, who see how much Amazon has done to level the writing and publishing playing field. Konrath has a unique perspective, since he bought himself out of his contract with Hachette and has been making more money with more freedom publishing directly with Amazon.

Hachette vs. Amazon

Amazon asked Hachette to lower e-book prices to put them more in line with most ebooks on Amazon.

Hachette said no.

Amazon asked again.

Hachette said no.

So while they were negotiating, Amazon took away pre-order buttons and stopped stocking Hachette paper titles in case they end up not agreeing.

The big issue here, however, is ebook pricing.

Hachette authors, who only get 25% or less on ebook sales, support Hachette on this.

Amazon authors, who get 35-70% on ebooks, depending on price, support Amazon.

While they work this out, Amazon offered to co-fund a pot of money to pay the Hachette authors 100% on ebooks.

Hachette said no.

This is not an issue of the giant Amazon stepping on the little guys.

This is an issue of the former giant publishers not being happy that self-published authors like C. Che and me make more money on an ebook than their contracted authors. And that pisses off their authors too.

Turow sits there wondering why we should be getting 70% on a digital sale when he gets 25%. I get it, I really do. But I wonder why he doesn’t buy out of his crappy contract.

Readers should support Amazon, since they are pushing to lower ebook prices.

Writers should support Amazon, since they allow you to self-publish, maintain rights, set your own price, and earn up to 70% (we earn 70% on our ebooks).

Publishers should support Amazon, since they make it easy for readers and authors to buy and sell books.

Even with Kindle Unlimited, an author gets paid once a reader reads more than 10% of the book. Even with Amazon Prime (One Year Membership) borrowing, we get paid per borrow, always more than 50% of the price we set.

Lots more folks are writing and publishing now, opening the field to so many of us who were either turned down by legacy publishers or just knew enough not to go there.

Keep in mind that the big publishers have been busted by the US government for artificially maintaining high prices through collusion. They have had power and would like to keep it.

For all of these reasons, we support Amazon.