I met Barbara A. Barnett at TNEO, a graduate-level workshop for Odyssey alumni. In addition to being made of awesome, she is a member of SFWA, an organization for professional SF/F writers. Her stories have appeared in pro magazine Daily Science Fiction, as well as Fantasy Magazine and many others. Find out more here.
Now, without further ado… take it away, Barbara!
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The free run for “The Godless Land” ended at 3 p.m. EST today. The price has gone back up. I gave away nearly 1,000 copies in 1.5 days, which — from what I’ve heard — is very good for a short story. I got up to #4 in epic fantasy at my peak and reached the 200s in popularity.
I encourage anyone who read the freebie and enjoyed it to like my Facebook page or become a fan on Goodreads.
Thanks to all who downloaded and made yesterday such a success! I greatly appreciate it and hope you enjoy “The Godless Land.”
Hi, everyone. I have two announcements (or three, depending on what you count.)
Episode 1: Hag Hollow is ¡free! on Smashwords (easy to read on a mobile device) and Kobo. Amazon will hopefully price-match soon.
Episode 2 is available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo (B&N coming soon) for $.99.
Episode 3 is coming next month.
The Godless Land will be free on Sunday, August 19, 2012.
Also, Episode 2 in Enchanted Forest will be available very soon.
In the meantime, if you read this blog, I would greatly appreciate it if you could like my Facebook page or become a fan on Goodreads. Anyone who does both will be double-appreciated.
Any little bit helps.
James Beamon, a writer of fantasy and science fiction, currently lives in the windswept land of Afghanistan. He has published stories in numerous professional-paying magazines. He is a member of the Codex Writer’s Group, and he hasn’t told me whether he is a member of SFWA, though he almost certainly qualifies.
Take it away, James!
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Announcing 2 new freebies this week…
The Avenger and the Destroyer: Free on Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Godless Land: Free on Thursday, August 9, 2012
Today, I released “Hag Hollow,” (Amazon; Kobo and B&N) the first installment of “Enchanted Forest,” a new short story series. Kobo and BN are priced at $1.99, while Amazon is $2.99 until they decide to price match.
Beginning with the first story’s publication today, August 5, I will release a new episode every month. I will do my best to make each episode stand-alone, so that you can start anywhere and end anywhere — and yet give a sort of overarching plot for those who read them in order. For me, it’s also an exercise in crafting compelling plots in each episode.
The blurb reads:
Enchanted Forest: A New Short Story Series
In the Kalamar Forest, the line between the material world and the Otherworld is thin. Here, will o’ wisps draw unwary travelers into quicksand; the lupine Firvalg hunt in packs; giant spiders trap victims in sticky webs; and the vicious Mandragora coils through the western swamps in her never-ending search for food.
One warrior stands against the forces of darkness and decay, and the encroaching human threat: Pirosha Shortsprout–heir to the throne of Bayne yet smallest of all his people–who will be called the greatest norg that ever lived.
Episode 1: Hag Hollow
In the Kalamar Forest, norgs disappear every day. A “Gray Ghost” haunts the wood, speaking of the birth of a male to the west. It becomes increasingly clear to Pirosha Shortsprout that he must ignore his childhood warnings and do the unthinkable: cross into the deadly western swamps and visit Hag Hollow.
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Rick Novy (website here) is a member of Codex, a group of neo-professional writers that includes yours truly. He also holds a membership to Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), a group of (paleo?)professional writers. His stories have appeared in various and sundry professional magazines. He also has some well-reviewed novels available on Amazon Kindle. I give him a hearty thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and stopping in on my little blog.
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