I’ve been pretty much sucking for a while on the blog. Most of it has to do with the fact that work has been INSANE the past couple of months, but the rest of it has to do with what I’ve used my free time for.

First, yes, I’ve been reading books – but I need to write reviews to post!

Second, I’ve been prepping something very special. I’ve edited (yeah, didn’t purchase editing, so don’t expect much), formatted, and re-done the cover for AMERICAN CHIMERA.

If you recall, I published American Chimera here on the site in 2020. It came out serially, and a few people read it. I’m terrible at advertising, so it’s not like I got it out to the world. Berthold Gambrel’s review of the book encouraged me a lot, as did a few emails I received from people who read it.

One thing I learned, though, was that a sketchy PDF download on a random site isn’t very attractive. A bunch of links on a website to get you to and from chapters and scenes isn’t very simple to use or find where you left off (unless you read it real time, which a few people did!). Others said they’d read it if it weren’t so hard to manage; reading should be easy, after all!

A Kindle book or an Amazon printed paperback is extremely easy for people to access. The problem? I think Bezos is a POS and I don’t want to fund him. It’s why I didn’t put it on Amazon in the first place.

However, I’ve decided it’s time to bite the bullet and use the system that’s more accessible for people. I’ve published quite a few short stories, and more are coming out soon. People may read one of my shorts, decide they want more, and be unable to find something else.

And, at least for now, Bezos won’t be getting your money for the ebook! He’ll only be getting a smattering of cash if you order a paperback! That free, free pricing won’t remain the case forever, probably. I think at some point, people treasure books that aren’t free, but free books are just garbage. I want to keep it free until I think my friends have gotten it, but then I might give it a price.

As a warning, I will be taking down my PDF copy and getting rid of the posts by June 5th! This is because Amazon doesn’t like competing, and I’m pretty sure it’s in the contract (for the free barcodes and ISBNs, anyway) that I can’t have the book appear other places. If you want to get the PDF or read the posts, do it before then! I’ll let you know when the Amazon publish date is once I get my proof copy and am sure everything’s working out.

Cheers, and hope you enjoy the product if you’re interested.

17 thoughts on “NEW COVER REVEAL

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Thanks! It’s very, very similar to the original. However, when my hard drive died earlier, I lost access to the .xcf GIMP file to edit it and make a spine and back cover for the paperback. I think it turned out just as good or better than the original, though!

  1. Alexander Elliott says:

    Congratulations! I use Amazon exclusively because it simplifies my life and ends up putting more in my pocket – even after KDP gets their share. Do what works for you and get your stuff out there!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I think KDP is a great resource for many authors. I wanted to traditionally publish (before I got my job), but now I’m seeing that as kind of a pipe dream because I don’t have time to deal with agents/editors/other demands.

      • Alexander Elliott says:

        Self publishing of any kind takes an enormous amount of time and energy, as well as cold hard cash. I’m barely keeping my head above water doing my author thing on the side and working FT. It makes for some hard choices and sacrifices.

  2. Chel Owens says:

    Yes yes yes! I especially want it signed (and delivered; you’ve avoided stepping out of the airport when you come down here for too long!!!).
    Okay, I’ll just settle for however I can get a copy. šŸ™‚

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