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Song of Myself: Gerada Aus Spreads to All EBook Formats

posted Jul 29, 2012, 10:27 PM by Douglas Sun
Originally posted: March 24, 2011

Well, almost all ebook formats. Kim Unger tells me that we’re still waiting on Barnes & Noble to vet the Nook version of Gerada Aus, my companion novel for Agiliste. We hope that it will be available within the next day or two. But as I noted here, the Kindle version of Gerada Aus has been available for a few  weeks now — in fact, if you buy it through the widget on the lower-right side of my home page, I’ll get a commission on the purchase as an Amazon Associate, as well as my royalty — and on Smashwords in a variety of formats since late February. Since then, we have added the Diesel ebook store as an outlet for the ePub version, and an iBooks version (those of you who own iOS devices and are iBooks-capable, I assume you don’t have to be directed to the iBooks store).

As someone who has lived in Apple’s ecosystem for his entire adult life, I find it particularly cool to search the iBook store by my name and turn up something I actually wrote, rather than just a rash of books that have “Sun” in the title. It’s a modest thing, as self-validation goes, but at this point, I won’t turn up my nose at it.

As nice as it is just to see my name in lights, though, it’s box office receipts that keep a career going. I do need people to buy copies. I don’t care if you ever read it; I just want you to buy it.


I finally got my Amazon Author Central page more or less straightened out. It’s not a complete bibliography in that some of my books are just not available through Amazon — and unfortunately, that includes my main contribution to Decipher’s Lord of the Rings RPG, Paths of the Wise, which was only published as a PDF and I don’t even think it’s available through Drive-Thru RPG anymore. But it will do as a point of presence on the Internet.

The main issue, as I said here, is that I had to convince Amazon that I deserved credit for some of the books I co-wrote and/or developed because their protocols for crediting authors in their item listings has had problems in the past coming to grips with the committee authorship that characterizes a lot of roleplaying game writing. But evidently, they had a way of checking an actual copy of the books in question, and they verified my credit without much hassle.

At some future point, I may elaborate my thoughts on the status of writers in roleplaying game publishing, but for now, I’m just glad it’s done. This self-promotion stuff doesn’t come all that naturally to me, and I just want to get back to two things that do come naturally, writing and gaming.