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!

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.

New Amazon Reviews – 5 Stars

New Amazon Reviews of ZKS Episodes One and Two Give It 5 Stars!

It is always exciting to check Amazon after doing some Kindle free days to see if any new reviews have cropped up.

Today is one of those exciting days! We have a new 5 Star review of each Episode!

Thanks to reviewer Liz Long

For Episode 1: Rescuing the Samoan Princess

It is a short book, but it left me wanting more. The lead characters are well prepared thanks to their job in the security field. One of them is a drag queen, which is well done, IMHO. There are nice details like a custom-made dress dummy for Polly included in the story, but it feels like a natural part of the story. This whole episode definitely feels like the set-up for a series, so just know going in that you won’t get closure. But that’s why it’s “episode 1” not “the whole story”!

OK, so they didn’t hire a professional proofreader – the reality is that indie authors usually can’t afford it. It’s still a fun book!

And for Episode 2: The Coming Storm

Really, it’s hard to find something different about the Z.A. This book manages to do that. As we learn early on, the building is quite secure from anyone outside getting in. It’s the first time I’ve read a book with a true safe space in Manhattan. Seeing how they keep it safe, especially given the hazards already locked in with them, and move forward should be a fun ride.This book also introduces new characters and stories from outside their building to start making the world a little fuller. I’m looking forward to seeing how they all intersect.

So if you haven’t read them yet, go now! You will be so happy you did.
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Zombie Killing Stoners in Paperback

Read Zombie Killing Stoners in Paperback

Now you can read Zombie Killing Stoners in Paperback and Ebook formats.

When we first launched Zombie Killing Stoners, we chose Amazon KDP and only published ebooks, naively assuming that publishing on paper would not only be costly and a pain, but would look cheap and self-published.

But being the middle-aged stoners that we are, we just didn’t feel published without feeling and seeing a physical book.

We went with Amazon’s CreateSpace, and now you can read Zombie Killing Stoners in paperback! Here is what our books look like:

The Front Covers:

ZKSFront

The Back Covers:

ZKSBack

And the inside:

ZKSInside

They look great! Now you can read ZKS in any format, and we can sell copies at book fairs, zombie fairs, and ComicCons!

Here are the Amazon pages for the print books:



We Have Real Books 0

real books

We have Episodes 1 and 2 in real paper book form – we have real books!

Maybe it’s an age thing (I am 47 and C. Che is closing in on 60), but we like to know that a book is a book.

Yes, we were early Amazon Kindle adopters and read mostly ebooks, but when you publish a book there is nothing like seeing a physical copy.

Since we used Amazon KDP so successfully to get the ebooks ready for sale, we decided to use Amazon’s CreateSpace for the printed books. Between them and our beautiful cover design by Liz Torres, our books look beautiful.

We did the inside in Garamond, so it easy to read. Each book is $6.99 and around 135 pages.

Look for us at Book Expo and NY ComicCon this year.

Also, our friends at Stuff Stoners Like are giving away ZKS t-shirts.

Check it out!

Publishing With CreateSpace

ZKS book cover ep 1

Publishing with CreateSpace was easy.

Now we wait for approval, order some proofs, and release the paper version out to the world!

C. Che and I have been talking for a while about releasing the first two Zombie Killing Stoners Episodes in print paperback form.

I did some research on POD publishers, including Lulu, Smashwords, and CreateSpace.

Lulu seemed to charge more for less for the print book. Photos of the books show a lesser quality, and if you use their free ISBN, Lulu becomes your publisher (what happened to “self-published?”).

Smashwords looked OK, but we are looking for a high quality printer with a low price for us to buy copies to sell at ComicCon and other events this year.

So we settled on publishing with CreateSpace. Their printed books looked the best, including the cover. Publishing with Createspace has other benefits, too. CreateSpace allows free library and bookstore distribution, as well as listing on Amazon. And their free ISBN belongs to you as the publisher.

And it was easy. They walk you right through each step.

Once the books are approved, we will order proof copies and release ZKS to the world (it’s true – Amazon distributes the books internationally).

We can’t wait!

Zombie Book Sale

C. Che is hard at work on (or is it in?) Episode 2, which we hope to have out to all of you shortly after the spring. He is immersed in new characters, new situations, and the ongoing issues about bugging out versus bugging in.

So farĀ Zombie Killing Stoners has FIVE 5 Star reviews on Amazon.com, but we really do need some more feedback from you guys.

Since we can’t offer you any kind bud, we can offer you Episode 1 for only 99 cents (that’s 66% off).

If you’ve been on the fence about buying, or even borrowing, Zombie Killing Stoners for $2.99, jump right on over to amazon and snag it for .99 while you can!

And do leave a review. Good or bad, feedback is how we grow as writers….

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