It’s out. My first placed fantasy story. Again, this came about because a writer friend suggested I write for it. The call was for a story featuring any elemental creature. They gave suggestions for dragons and griffins. Beings with magical abilities and steeped in mythology.
I’ve never written fantasy. I read a tiny bit of it and this group struck me as the epic fantasy types. Color me clueless as to what fantasy readers expect in their stories. I am out of my own element. I didn’t want to leave my comfort zone and the whole maximum word count made me nervous. I am not fond of word count caps.
So I told myself, screw it. I’ll write my fantasy story, my way. I knew they would hate it. After all, I went with the underdog element, Earth. It is the most boring sounding. I made up my own elemental creature and made up my own mythology. Those Earth Elementals, Tiera, though they are more dangerous than any dragon. Don’t underestimate Earth.
It’s a short story, so I went with an old school Twilight Zone inspiration.
My romance roots show a tiny bit. It’s very clean and only hints at attraction. Romance is all about the relationship and this story is basically the first meeting between people separated by elements, misunderstandings, and time.
There aren’t any sword fights to the death and absolutely no wizards or magic. I took a speculative fiction slant.
So, it isn’t epic or dark. It is a story of discovery and realization both for the characters and readers. And I pat myself on the back for getting what I would consider a speculative (maybe paranormal) fiction romance into an Epic/ Dark Fantasy Anthology.
Elementals are myths, distorted legends at best, that is until Reis and Aryon come face to face with an Earth Elemental known in stories from long ago as a Tiera.
First Place Short Story – Tiera: Earth Elemental
Paranormal / Fantasy
Release date: July 2015
Available from Amazon
On the heels of Zon switching their payment methods which no doubt is to help curb their fund drain, Scribd has decided to cull their romance section. With no explanation as to what they’ll keep or why.
Damn you authors for writing exactly what the readers want! Those romance and smut readers are downloading so many books per month, causing subscription book services to crumble.
Instead of learning from their very successful authors and adapting to the market place, their knee jerk reaction is to cut the most in demand product they have.
Way to go. Piss off your authors and your customers. Drive both to your competition.
You didn’t do your homework. I could have told you romance readers rip through about a book a day.
Romance is THE biggest chunk of the book market. 60% last I saw.
The readers of today trend towards shorter reads.
The email contained two bullet points worth noting.
- Fourth, we’ll be tweaking our catalog on an ongoing basis, rotating titles in and out, so that romance readers always have something fresh to read.
- Fifth, we’re working hard to establish more mutually beneficial terms with our publishing partners, so that we can continue to grow our catalog.
Which means to me…yeah they’re going to attempt to find the sweet spot on number of romance titles offered. They want to limit their cash drain by offering less. No way they can “rotate” titles and keep the offerings “fresh” enough.
Adapt KU and Scribd. And quick. While you’re trying to bail water from your sinking boats, the self published romance writers are turning on a dime and making plans on ways to thrive with out your subscription serviced based model.
If someone can come up with an erom Netflix business model that can make money, now is the time for that.
I don’t know how you procrastinate, but this is how I do it. I make a desktop wallpaper from a book cover I designed. Actually, I made more, but I’ll stick with sharing this one for now. Download it, plaster it on your laptop and pimp a fellow writer’s book.
Melkorka is available on Kindle Unlimited or from Amazon if you do not subscribe to KU.
For information’s sake, because we should be intelligent and informed consumers, if you borrow from KU the author gets about $1.33 for this complex 400 plus paged dark fantasy. After July 1st, he will get paid per page read. No one knows what the set price will be. It could end up more than $1.33 or less. They’re keeping that a big secret until August 15th.
*sigh* Just buy the book. It costs the same as a fancy coffee you could make yourself at home.
Definitely download the wallpaper though. ;)
Drawn along on the quest to remedy the mistake of his masters and protect the Ash Tree, Branimir becomes the most unlikely of heroes in an inimical world of magic and mayhem.
To celebrate another step towards equality for everyone.
Ooooo! Look! Freebies too!