Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, and Stuart Jaffe, among others. The post is called “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” and it’s about the strange things that happen in real life that don’t always translate well to fiction. I hope you enjoy it. Oh, and by the way, there’s a new contest up on my website: http://www.DavidBCoe.com. Visit the site and maybe you’ll win a signed copy of my upcoming release, The Dark-Eyes’ War!

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Update:  Here is a new message from MacMillan CEO John Sargent.  I like him more and more everyday.  Bezos could learn a thing from this guy.

It’s been several days now, and a check of Amazon.com shows that there are still no “Buy” buttons on my books.  What’s the problem Amazon?  I thought you were giving in.  I thought that you were interested in taking care of the consumer and fostering an open marketplace.  I’m not sure this qualifies.

Clearly, I’m not the only author whose work is being affected by the Amazon-MacMillan throw down.  I would urge you to read John Scalzi’s take on this.

I can also tell you that my friend Doranna Durgin has a new book out from Tor today.  The book is called The Reckoners, and Doranna posts about it here.  She’s a wonderful writer and a terrific person.  You should get her book, too.

Also want to add that it would be great, if you’re shopping for books, to give your business to one of the many terrific independent bookstores out there.  Check out this site.  There’s a link at the top of the page that can help you find an independent bookstore near you.

And here’s another perspective on the Amazon-MacMillan controversy from Tor author L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

New Paperback Out!

February 2, 2010


The Horsemen's Gambit, by David B. Coe (Book II of Blood of the Southlands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)The Horsemen’s Gambit
, Book II of Blood of the Southlands, is being re-issued in paperback today.  It is now available at all bookstores and online booksellers.  Except Amazon, of course.  Amazon may have claimed that they have reached an understanding with MacMillan, but they have yet to restore the “buy” and “preorder” buttons on the pages advertising my books.  So I would encourage you to do a few things.

First, I have a post up at the Knight Agency blog site about the new book and my other February release, the hardcover original of The Dark-Eyes’ War, the third and final book in the Southlands trilogy, which will be out on February 16th.  You can even be entered in a contest to win a copy of The Horsemen’s Gambit just by visiting the Knight Agency blog and leaving a comment.  Here’s the link to the Knight Agency post.  I hope you enjoy it.

Second, here are a few links to places where you can buy The Horsemen’s Gambit in paperback without having to deal with Amazon.com.  This one is for the MacMillan site itself.  You can buy the book directly from the publisher.

You can also buy the book from Barnes and Noble online.

Or Books-A-Million.

Or Borders.

Of course, you can also go to a local bookstore and buy it in person.  My point is that I I’m not going to let Amazon get in the way of my career, and I hope you won’t let Amazon’s policies get in the way of your reading enjoyment.

Finally, please visit my website — www.DavidBCoe.com — and enter the contest to win a signed hardcover copy of The Dark-Eyes’ War.

Many thanks.

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and C. E. Murphy. The post is called “Promotion Time and Publishing Wars” and it’s about promotion I’m doing for my upcoming releases and the impact the Amazon v. MacMillan war might have on my sales. I hope you enjoy it. Oh, and by the way, there’s a new contest up on my website: http://www.DavidBCoe.com. Visit the site and maybe you’ll win a signed copy of my upcoming release, The Dark-Eyes’ War!