Slaving Away

chained-to-deskIt must’ve seemed like things have been pretty quiet here at COP the last few months. Quite the opposite!

Since January, we’ve been working with our friends at SciFi Saturday Night, polishing Farnham’s contribution to their recently funded anthology, My Peculiar Family. Work also continues at flank speed on the conclusion to the Angry Ghosts Series, Plasma Rain. A completed first draft by end of year may be optimistic, but that’s our target.

We can hear you thinking, “Yeah, right. I bet Farnham’s gonna George RR Martin this thing forever and never finish it.

Such thoughts occurred to us, as well, so we’ll say this: Slavery may have been abolished except for the convicted felon, and though Farnham has no criminal record, as such, he’s been convicted in our Star Chamber of keeping readers waiting too long. Hence, he’ll be chained to his MacBook for the remainder of this year and next.

Already, Plasma Rain is shaping up to be the best of the series. But please don’t tell Farnham we’re pleased with his work so far. He’s nicely bottled in a modern day Chateau D’if, and we hired a thug to thrash him awake whenever he nods off. In fact, it’s time we hid the bourbon and introduced him to the special joy of Fire Ants every time a deadline skates by unmet.

We do it all for you, dear readers! Artists should suffer for their craft. It certainly isn’t because we enjoy it. Not really.

To all, a wonderful Summer!

-C.O.P.

Progress on Plasma Rain

Bring me the axe

Dear Readers-

This is going to read like an apology to an abused lover. And right it should, since we at C.O.P. absolutely adore our readers. But like the jerk in any abusive relationship, we’ve been unkind. Two years it has been since our last release, and people have been rightfully asking,

“When is your next book coming out? …you just can’t leave it like this.”

We let Farnham field that one, which, in hindsight, could have been like letting Mommie Dearest handle the gardening. We’re lucky he was actually coherent that day.

In that response, Farnham said we had some soul searching to do, which is true. And we’ve decided that Plasma Rain is not ready. Yes, it’s novel length at 100,000 unedited words. But to sling a cover on it now, without a conclusion… Wouldn’t be right for anyone, least of all for our readers.

Our target is to have a fully proofed, finished work available before next December. If Farnham continues at his current rate, we might actually make it.

This will wrap it all, folks. We’re excited to get it to you. Can’t cheap out now, though. No short cuts. We owe you nothing less than our very best.

It should go without saying, however, that we will be whipping Farnham with wire coat hangers until he gets us a clean first draft. Want to help? Send us any that are cluttering your closet. They’ll go to good use.

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Thanks for hanging in there, and we’ll keep you posted on progress!

-C.O.P.

Accepting Autumn

Beaver Pond NH

We love Autumn. Fall brings the colors that draw us out for woodland hikes. The air is crisp, dry, and cool. Bugs aren’t trying to bash their way through our eyes, nose, and ears. The smell of a modest campfire…just heaven.

The long cold quickly thereafter can bring the blues, however. So we at C.O.P. are sharing a bit of warmth for the cooler days ahead.

From October 2nd through October 6th, Angry Ghosts will be free for worldwide download. We’re also reducing the regular sale price of Angry Ghosts to $0.99 and $4.99 for The Exhausted Dead.

As always, we love your reviews. So if you’ve taken a peek, please leave a comment on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or anywhere you feel like it.

Special thanks to all who have supported us over the years! And please know that Farnham is still slugging away at Plasma Rain. There’s a lot to rein in. Will be a lot of work ahead, but we hope to see a digital release by about this time next year.

Believe us, we know that three years is a long time. We could have committed manslaughter and gotten out on parole in three years. We remind Farnham of this daily.

Hang in there folks, it will be soooooooo worth it.

-C.O.P.

Branching Out

Day Job

Howdy, folks.

Being a micro publisher means we can try a few things to maximize efficiency, experiment with them to see how they work. Another way of saying it is that our day jobs keep getting in the way, so we do as much as we can in the time we have.

One distributor seemed to offer our biggest bang for the buck: Kindle Direct. Biggest market, national distribution, easy set up, nice automation, and strong returns for exclusivity. But recent events are a tad concerning.

Why should Amazon have any say whatsoever in what a publisher charges for their books?

We have no affiliation with Hachette. And to be frank, we do think their ebook prices are high. But who are we to say? If that’s what the market will bear, then let them charge what they like. There just isn’t any sense in Amazon trying to strong arm a publisher into a pricing model.

So we’re branching out. Something we should have done ages ago, in fact. As of today, all three books from Cadre One Publishing are available for download from Barnes & Noble Nook Books:

Angry Ghosts

Black Hawks From a Blue Sun

The Exhausted Dead

Next stop will be iBooks. Would be there already if Mavericks OS would run on our old Black MacBook. We’ll let you know soon as they’re up and available.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, work continues on Plasma Rain. We know this one’s been a long time coming. Bringing the series to conclusion will take many pages, and we want to make sure it never turns preachy, never drags. Hang in there, folks. We’ll make certain it’s worth it.

In the meantime, keep that hate mail coming! We use it to keep the fire going under Farnham’s feet.

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-C.O.P.

Angry Ghosts, an eBook at last

Four years have passed since our first release. Seems like forever ago. And in that time, there’s one question we’ve heard repeatedly:

“For frigg’s sake, why don’t you guys put Angry Ghosts out on eBook?”

Our answer was always,

“We did! We licensed it to Eirelander Publishing under the title, Wraiths of Earth.”

Eirelander is a great little press. Really is. There’s a lot of industry experience there, and we at C.O.P. were glad to have a knowledgeable partner for our first release. But Wraiths didn’t thrive there, which is too bad, because Lee Morris and Pierre Roustan did a lot of work cutting, shaping, and cleaning what was admittedly a very rough manuscript.

In life you try different things. Some work, some don’t. So to Lee and Pierre: thank you both. Your efforts made Wraiths a significant improvement over our first printing of Angry Ghosts.

Now that electronic rights are back in-house, we’re plugging that gaping hole in our line up. After giving it one final round of polishing, we are overjoyed to announce that Angry Ghosts is finally available as an eBook. To celebrate, we’re giving it away for free over the next five days. For anyone who read the first printing, come back and check out the revised cut. It’s worth it.

What’s that you say? That’s not the only hole in the line up? Funny you should mention it…

We’ve got Farnham lashed to his MacBook again. Work begins on the final installment of the series, working title, PLASMA RAIN.

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Oh and should we mention? There’s another book beaning around in that gin-addled brain of his: something dark and awful about the desperation of winter starvation. No idea where he came up with that. Or…

Wait, didn’t we leave him locked in the office for Christmas break last year?

We did?

Eh, he’ll be all right.

-C.O.P.