Back in September, I elected to make my new book Death’s Good Intentions a Kindle exclusive. Part of the deal also meant that the book was added to the Kindle Unlimited library, so it could be read for free by subscribers to that service.
Well, I wanted to give you an update and let you know that Death’s Good Intentions will no longer be a Kindle exclusive starting in 2015. December 27th is set to be the final day of my enrollment in Kindle Select and Kindle Unlimited. The ebook will begin appearing on other sites like Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and iTunes soon thereafter. It’ll still be available on Amazon, just not exclusively.
So, for those of you who wanted to read the book but did not wish to feed the Amazon machine, you can have your chance to pick it up elsewhere soon enough.
And to anybody reading the book in the Kindle Unlimited program: I do not know what will happen to your ebook download when the book is taken out of the Kindle Unlimited catalog on December 27th. It could disappear from your Kindle library or it might let you read it to the end. Either way, if you’re enjoying it, my advice would be to try to finish before December 27th. You know, just in case.
As far as the whole Kindle exclusive thing goes, I know it seems to be a hotly debated question among self-published authors. Exclusivity sucks but Amazon is where most the sales come from. It’s a tough choice. Ultimately, I chose the Kindle Select package for the minimum three months to see if it could help give the book some traction. But now with the prequel books in the End of the World and Some Other Things series getting downloaded in larger numbers elsewhere, I no longer wanted Death’s Good Intentions to be an Amazon exclusive. I might consider going the Kindle Select route again with a future book – I like the benefits – but I won’t be making any of the books from this series an exclusive again. Well, probably not, anyway. The future might get weird…
So anywho. I just wanted to give you an update about Death’s Good Intentions.
I should have new info on my next book soon.
Godzilla’s first film was released in Japan November 3rd, 1954. Throughout the 60 years that followed, we got to see many different iterations of Godzilla – he went from being the villain, to playing the part of the superhero, and finally settling into the role of the reluctant anti-hero. I like all versions of the monster, but I like Godzilla as the grumpy anti-hero the most.
Over those 60 years we saw some classic films… and some lame ones, too. The series started with a dark, brooding masterpiece of sci-fi horror, but by its second sequel the series was getting goofy. And while I may not totally understand the shift in tone, I like it just the same, because the sense of fun is what allowed the series to survive this long.
This year we saw the release of the second American take on Godzilla. Thankfully it was much better than Roland Emmerich’s film. And while the Gareth Edwards film is far from perfect, I really kind of love it. Sure, I would’ve liked to have seen more of Godzilla and a little less of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, but it was a good movie with some excellent cinematography.
In a couple years we are going to get a sequel to the Edwards film… and there are rumblings that Toho is considering making new Godzilla movies of their own.
The world (and film) has changed so much in those long 60 years, but Godzilla’s here to stay. Whether the monster is a man in suit or the work of CGI, whether he’s mean or friendly, whether he’s made by Japanese or Americans… Godzilla, like the heroes of comic books or the horror monsters Dracula and Frankenstein, feels like an immortal part of pop culture.
And that’s just fine by me.
I’ve been a Godzilla fan since I was a little kid. I would go to Blockbuster (RIP) and pick out a random monster/dinosaur movie on VHS. Eventually I found my way to the Godzilla series—I think my first was the original Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, then titled Cosmic Monster or something—and I was hooked ever since.
It was my wish to release my kaiju novel In the Shadow of Extinction this week to honor Godzilla and those who created him. For without Godzilla, I would never have written this book… But I didn’t get my wish. The book is over 600 pages and the editing will take a long time. It’s just not ready for the public eye yet. I had a choice: release the book now and capitalize on a historical release date… or release the book when it’s actually ready to be read. It was an easy choice, really. Hell, I don’t even know if it’ll be available before the end of the year. I’ll give updates when I can.
I feel like Godzilla’s been with me my whole life. A giant radioactive reptile is a part of me. Which is weird. And awesome.
Happy 60th Birthday, big guy.
Now excuse me, I’ve had King Kong vs. Godzilla on pause while I wrote this and Mr. Tako looks pissed. Gotta go.
Writer of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Lover of fiction and film. Lifelong Godzilla fan. Reluctant blogger.
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