Cover to Cover #470: Amazon vs Hachette, or Authors Are Doing It For Themselves

Mike and Mike talk more about the fight between Amazon and Hachette, continuing from Show 468 and including comments from your feedback via Facebook.

They talk more about how different authors are taking sides, how the monies are being distributed differently now than before, the different options available to authors (with publishers and going self-published) and things authors should be doing to sell their books and sell themselves.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #469: Talking with Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson joins Mike and Mike to talk about his newest novel, The Dark Between the Stars. It's the first of his new series, "Saga of Shadows", which takes place 20 years after the events of his "Saga of the Seven Suns" series, with reviewers calling it "Game of Thrones, with planets".

He also talks about his writing process (dictation), and how he got started publishing ebooks through his own WordFire Press.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #468: Amazon vs Hachette, Or Who Moved My Marketing?

The contract dispute between Amazon and Hachette has Mike Stackpole a little fired up, and the conversation revolves around the details some of the blowback that midlist and new authors are feeling because their books can't be pre-ordered or ordered, and the alternatives the Big Five publishers are beginning to investigate.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #467: Talking About "Reading Rainbow"

Sam Roberts joins Mike and Mike to talk about LeVar Burton's Kickstarter efforts to bring "Reading Rainbow" to new audiences using newer technologies and methods that weren't available when the show was still airing on PBS, and about the grumblings making the rounds that vilify the effort for not being about bringing the show back in its old format.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #466: Changes in Book Selling

Mike and Mike recap the technological and book-selling shift since they last talked shop in 2012, including the shift from big format bookstores to local stores & specialty stores that promote events more than book sales, the shift to authors marketing themselves at conventions and other events, and the growth of crowd-funded book projects.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #465: Catching Up and Moving Forward

Mike and Mike pop in for a quick visit, and have fun with not remembering anything they talked about or did for the show 2 years ago.

They chat about what's been going on since then, and the changes that happen with stories as the writers get older and gain more experiences.

And they ask you: what elements of Dragon Page "Cover to Cover" do you miss and would want to hear more of?   [Read more...]

Coup D'etat

As the Germans, with England and France on their side, slam deep into Russia, Stalin’s terrible machine fights for its life. But the agreements of world leaders do not touch the hearts of soldiers.   [Read more...]

Two Weeks' Notice

After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife -- with regular doses to keep her going.   [Read more...]

The Wanderers

Time is running out. Falaste Rione is imprisoned, sentenced to death. And even though the magical balance of the Source is slipping and the fabric of reality itself has begun to tear, Jianna Belandor can think only of freeing the man she loves.   [Read more...]

Hunter and Fox

In a world that is in constant shifting, where mountains can change to plains and then to lakes, Talyn is the Hunter for the Caisah, and a wreck of a once-proud person. She has lost her people, the Vaerli, and her soul working for the man who destroyed her people.   [Read more...]

America Pacifica

by Anna North Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica--one of the last places on earth that is still habitable, after North America has succumbed to a second ice age. Education, food, and basic means of survival are the province of a chosen few, while the majority of the island residents must struggle […]

The Destroyer of Worlds

Kingdom of the Serpent, Book 3 by Mark Chadbourn It is the beginning of the end... the end of the axe-age, the sword-age, leading to the passing of gods and men from the universe. As all the ancient prophecies fall into place, the final battle rages, on Earth, across Faerie, and into the Land of […]

The Night Sessions

It's been a long time since anyone saw anything like this. Terrorism is history.   [Read more...]

The Impossible Cube

In an age where fantastic inventions of steam and brass have elevated Britain and China into mighty empires, Alice Michaels faces a future of technological terrors...   [Read more...]

Lies & Omens

After escaping secret government cells and destroying a Miami landmark, Sylvie’s trying to lay low—something that gets easier when a magical force starts taking out her enemies.   [Read more...]

Deadlocked

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she'd rather not see -- like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.   [Read more...]