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Archive for August 2014

Ring Ring, by J Jackson Bentley Coming Soon

A new  novella by J Jackson Bentley is in the final stages of editing and will be released in the next few months.

Following the success of best-selling novels 48 Hours, Final Whistle, Shadow of the Burj and others, J Jackson Bentley keeps producing stunning stories that capture the imagination of the public.

His latest novella, Ring Ring, is the latest in City of London Thrillers. Details of publication will follow in the coming weeks.

The Talent Scout is Released

Further to our last news article, The Talent Scout now available for purchase on Amazon for the Kindle.

The book tells of a science lecturer and a school teacher striving to protect a device that can determine natural abilities from DNA.

You can find the book here.

The Talent Scout is Available for Pre-Order

Will Thurston’s follow-up novel to the Replacement Phenomenon, named the Talent Scout, is now available on Amazon for Pre-order, with its full release scheduled for Tuesday 19 August. The book tells the exciting story of a university lecturer and a science teacher embroiled in a world of organised crime, aiming to protect a device that can determine natural abilities through an individual’s DNA.

Full details, and the link to pre-order/purchase can be found on this site here, and under the Books heading.

E-Book Prices

We were emailed by the Amazon Books Team only yesterday with a letter, also available online, about e-book prices. The letter echoed the feelings that we have held for some time about the prices of e-books. In short, the majority are insanely expensive, considering production costs.

When we consider that the process of publishing to e-book is simpler and more cost-effective, it makes little sense to fight the emergence of today’s technology. When we consider that the Fidus authors have achieved success using only e-book sales, we’re all beginning to wonder whether traditional publishing methods are terribly effective these days, especially for new publishers.

The letter suggests that there are no printing costs, no warehousing, no surplus printing issues, and a number of other factors, which suggest that publishing to digital formats should save a lot of money, and generate a lot when done properly. Even when digital versions are released in conjunction with a print release, obvious factors suggest the price should be lower.

As far as new authors go, there is far less risk. If a book doesn’t sell, it doesn’t cause the publisher to miss out on huge sums. The books can also remain on sale indefinitely without putting anyone out. It is easier for new and unknown authors to build up a back catalogue and to eventually sell their books. There are no returns of unsold books, no charges for remaining copies to be stored after several months. The life-cycle of the average novel increases significantly. No longer is an author published today, and gone and forgotten tomorrow. E-books are worth keeping competitive, if only to allow indie publishers to get some excellent authors noticed.

We think the pricing of e-books by larger publishers matters for more reasons than stated in the email we received. The pricing of e-books can make or break the careers of authors. They can make the difference between a child, a teen or a young adult growing up by reading books or simply consuming media from other channels (TV, movies, music, games). When we consider the implications of ignoring this technology, we need to remember the purpose of publishing books in the first place. We don’t speak for all publishers, but we’re not in it to get rich. We’re in it to get good books in the hands of good people. Publishing is about the freedom of expression, and finding people who enjoy your literary voice.

Yes, some people get rich from writing (most do not), and some publishers make a fortune from their authors (almost to the point of exploitation, dropping their wonderful author far too quickly), but writing and publishing are about more than money for those that believe in the industry and art of writing. No longer should big publishers get away with fixing e-books at unrealistic prices (thankfully this is being addressed more and more). They would most likely find, if they lowered their pricing, and that they would find out that e-books are actually worth the effort.

We encourage writers (and potential writers) to support Amazon in their efforts to make all e-books affordable, not just for them but for all e-book distributors. Only when this happens can we see this medium reach its potential in getting the written word to significantly impact the lives of more and more people.


Fidus Publishing

The article to which we refer is here.

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