Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes …

Remember when I said my publisher changed? Yeah? Of course, you do. Due to this change, my books are NOT available in a paperback version from any overseas site. Waiting for it to happen is futile. There are NO plans to make The Byte Series paperbacks available overseas. Remember I am a kiwi. Overseas is EVERYWHERE that is not New Zealand. 🙂

If you like reading paperbacks you can purchase them from Writers Plot Bookshop. 

Writers Plot website has a gorgeous shopping cart and Paypal.

When I say they are ONLY available from Writers Plot Bookshop, I mean it. The decision was made to stay away from Amazon with my paperbacks. Why? A few reasons but the biggest is that they allow 3rd Party Sellers to flog off authors books at whatever price they see fit … but (for mine at least) I can find nothing that says those books were purchased from Amazon (or anywhere else) via my former publisher. That means there was no royalty payment. So how exactly are these 3rd Party Sellers getting the books they’re selling? I have no idea! How are they allowed to sell books and cut the author out completely? Again no fucking clue. But I will not be part of this shitty scheme. So, my books are available from New Zealand. And ONLY NEW ZEALAND. For absolute clarity, they are ONLY available from Writers Plot bookshop. Should you see them anywhere else, please do not purchase them. They are not authorized copies, I have not and do not receive any royalty when they’re sold.

Digital versions of my books are available from all good digital retailers. But not all of my books are available from Amazon. Some have been reformatted and are available, for example: Eraserbyte, Psychobyte, Metabyte. Qubyte is available on Amazon. The first six novels are not yet available. Mostly because I don’t have the files for Flashbyte, Soundbyte or Databyte. I didn’t have the files for Eraserbyte, Psychobyte or Metabyte either, so had to find the last edit I did have for those files, cross my fingers and format those. It’s a little bit frustrating and annoying.

On the plus side, you can buy them all in ePub from ePub distributors everywhere. Why? Because Smashwords allows publishers to revert rights to the author and Amazon does not.

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Give me something for the pain

*Title is a Bon Jovi song

Feels like it fits today. Not that it hasn’t been a good week or anything, it’s more a writing thing. If you don’t think writing can be painful then you’re living in fairyland.

Currently, I’m back at the beginning of #Cryptobyte because I know more now than I did before, as often happens. Something else cropped up and I need to make sure I address it. The fun thing is, I’m back at the beginning. 🙂 That implies I got to the end.

In other news the article I wrote last winter is in the: The Spin Off  

For all of you asking why I didn’t mention my books in the article … at the time of writing I didn’t have any in the shop. This was written before the PledgeMe campaign finished and before I could get the Byte Series printed here. Of course, they are in the bookshop now! If you order paperbacks of my books from us you can request signed copies. 🙂

Welcome to February.

Ten years …

This year marks my tenth year in this industry. Obviously, my journey began long before 2009 because, well, you don’t write a book overnight. Nor do you learn your craft, overnight. My journey began in about 1992. It began because I wanted to read something with real women in it. I wrote a lot and then became serious about this storytelling lark. In 2001 my first short story was published. (Yes, back in the dark ages with gatekeepers and whatnot.)

Around about this time of the year in 2009, I approached Rebel ePublishers in South Africa. (Yay for the internet!)

This year is the tenth anniversary of Killerbyte (April 2009) and the tenth anniversary of Terrorbyte (Nov 2009). They are the original publishing dates. Even though, we tend to say terrorbyte was 2010. It wasn’t. The paperbacks came out in 2010.

The tenth year! That’s supposedly a magic time. Any second now and I’ll be an overnight success. I know, right? Exciting stuff.

Ten books, 1 novella, 3 boxed sets, 1 book of poetry, I don’t know how many related short stories, all in the Byte Series. [Never mind the earlier short stories, or the kiwi novel, or the long shorts, that are unrelated to the series.] The work is there and continues.

I’m as prepared as I can be for instant success. Bring it on. 🙂

Ten years with a main-character like Ellie – could be medal worthy!

Playing with Keynote

This was the result of my messing around with Keynote this morning. Haven’t used it before and it was kinda fun exploring. There is no sound. Haven’t figured sound out yet or maybe that’s not a thing that Keynote does. I don’t know. 🙂

Good chance I’ll spend more time fiddling around inside Keynote at a later date, but right now, I should get back to work on #Cryptobyte.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend.

New Years Eve 2018

The year ended with the release of my tenth book (in the Byte Series). Pretty amazing achievement really. I’m going to let that settle for a bit (and then I’m going back to work on the 11th book!).

2018 was an interesting year. It saw much upheaval with my publishing journey and the end of Rebel ePublishers. As traumatic as the months leading up to the end of Rebel were, they were also a learning opportunity. From the rubble grew the Wayward Guild and 9mm Press, forward momentum, and new fabulous friends.

My daughter designed the cover for Qubyte. This is her first book cover and it’s excellent. You have to see it in print – it’s beautiful! 🙂 Paperbacks will be available in March from Writers Plot Bookshop. 

No plans for the paperbacks to be available via Amazon – but you can order from anywhere in the world on the bookshop website.

A note here about my growing annoyance with Amazon. Paperbacks of all the Bye Series – killerbyte through to Metabyte – are available via our bookshop and NOT on Amazon or anywhere else!) As an author I prefer readers to buy digitally from Smashwords, Apple Books, Kobo … our bookshop. Anywhere but Amazon. I have many reasons but the biggest is: I do not like the way Amazon treats people and I do not like the way they behave toward authors. Also, their reporting is shit.

Earlier this year I attended a two-week intense PopUp Business School. During that crazy experience, I met my tribe. That’s right, I found my people. And without them, I wouldn’t have my books in our bookshop now. They know who they are and if they need reminding they’ll see a reminder in the acknowledgments within Qubyte. 🙂

Listen out for a podcast on the Break it Down Show featuring yours truly, coming soon. 🙂

Happy New Year!

Massive sale and Merry whatever to you my friends!

The entire Byte Series is heavily reduced (killerbyte is free) until New Years Day, on Smashwords.

Here are is the link you need to take advantage of this:

The Byte Series.  

Also, the In between byte stories are heavily reduced (in most cases free).

Here is the link to those! In between bytes.

Get in there, folks! The latest Byte Novel – Qubyte releases on Dec 30th! You want to be up with the play before that drops, so you know the buzz is about. 🙂

Trust me. I’m a professional.

Ride Cowboy Ride

When I hear from someone reading my new book (yes, the one that’s not released yet, Qubyte) and he says he has a technical question, there’s a little moment of ‘what could this be?’ and a small sense of foreboding.  

It was a really good question and easily answered, but not something anyone else has mentioned so that was very cool. 

The question involved an Internet café more specifically the term ‘Internet Café’ – it’s an important place and it never had a name that Ellie knew, it was always the Internet café. This place brings up the past and reminds her how quickly shit can go wrong. 

I really liked being able to tell Pete why the café existed the way it did. No branding, no real movement into the 21st Century, it’s still the same café that Ellie visited in Killerbyte. These days you’d be hard pressed to find an actual Internet café with computers sitting in a row and that makes this particular place standout in the story which is obviously set in the present day.

Then he told me that he’s enjoying the book. And I breathed a sigh of relief and maybe there was a little fist pump! 🙂

Yeah, this is my 10th Byte novel, but it never gets easy. I’m never sure if I hit the marks or not. And when someone new to Ellie Iverson’s world begins with book 10, it’s nerve wracking. 

To be honest, no matter where someone I care about start the series it will always be a nervous time for me. 

Having someone who knows shit and who you greatly respect read it – well, it’s a sink or swim moment. So, I’m one pretty happy author right about now. Thanks Pete. 🙂

My biggest hope when new readers hop on board the crazy train is that they love Ellie as much as I do and that she becomes a real person to the reader. Someone they’d like to drink tequila with or grab a coffee with, someone they care about. 

Ellie is who she is because of a culmination of experiences (just like the rest of us) and she rarely backs down because she believes in justice – however that unfolds. I’ve known her a long time – and she still surprises me. Writing Ellie Iverson gives me a sense of security. (I know, right? Insane stuff!)

Writing Qubyte not knowing what would happen or who would still be standing at the end was interesting and a little bit scary, but, there were things I did know. I knew how Ellie would react in various scenarios (to a point, once that point was hit all bets were off!), I knew what pushed her buttons, and I knew without any doubt that she would never ask anyone to do something that she wasn’t prepared to do herself. 

Sending a book out into the world is terrifying.

It will never get easy and for that I am grateful. 

You can pre-order Qubyte for kindle here.  

Pre-order an ePub version of Qubyte from kobo here.

Pre-order from Apple Books here.