The recently announced updates to the existing Armada Wars Kindle eBook titles are all live.
The Ravening Deep has a minor plot-based correction, and quite a few tweaks for readability. Definitely worth getting! And if you own the Books 1–3 Omnibus, that volume contains the same changes.
Steal from the Devil and List of the Dead just have a few corrected typos and some cosmetic tweaks.
If your Kindle account doesn't have automatic updates turned on, details on how to obtain the updates can be found in the last section of the FAQ page.
In addition to the previous simplification of shipping, the higher shipping rates for posters have now been scrapped. Everything will now be shipped at the same rate, governed by weight, whether the order contains paperback books or posters.
It does cost about £2.00 GBP more to mail a poster tube than a box of books, but Armada Wars is going to pay that difference.
However, since posters do require different packaging, please continue to order posters separately from other products wherever possible!
Few of you — if any — will have noticed the small, occasional fluctuations in the prices of the Armada Wars Kindle editions, but as it happens whenever I upload updated files to Kindle Direct I also take the time to check that the prices are fair across the different Kindle regions.
Using the $USD price as a starting point, I check the current exchange rates and nudge prices for other regions (Canada, Mexico, Japan etc) until they have more or less the same value. They tend to wander apart over time, you see, as exchange rates rise and fall.
With all the ongoing chaos of Brexit, and the founding of the Nation of Trumpmania, exchange rates have gone a bit mad. That has affected the bookshelf prices of all Kindle publishers.
They started off the same, but right now I would have to majorly hike UK prices to make British sales 'fair' on USA customers. And nobody wins there; UK customers would be paying more, and USA customers would not actually gain any benefit. I can't simply drop USA prices by the relevant amount because I would then not be able to stay in the Kindle Select programme. KS specifies allowable price ranges for each region, which bafflingly are not adjusted for exchange rates — they are treated as if the values of the different currencies are equivalent.
I'm not sure what to do about it at this point. I am open to suggestions.
I'm also aware that the King Trump intends to pull the USA out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Amazon has not yet advised publishers and authors whether or not they think this will impact on Kindle or CreateSpace sales in countries such as Japan, Australia, etc. In the event that problems do arise, I have started to sketch out a plan which would subsidise shipping for paperbacks to that region. But we'll see what happens.
The way things are going around the world, and particularly in Europe and the USA, I can't imagine stuff will suddenly get cheaper anywhere. I would expect rises, personally. So if you were thinking about getting into the Armada Wars series at some point in the near future, you should probably go make some swift purchases!
When you read a book with made-up names it can be difficult to know how to pronounce them. For that reason, a new feature is rolling out across the site: audio clips!
Appearing now in the Main Characters, Secondary Characters, and Societies sections, as well as on the Many Worlds page, these little clips tell you how the names are pronounced... at least, as they are in RCV's head. They will soon be available for All Other Characters as well.
The following price reductions have been made to the store, with immediate effect:
The official store is now far and away the cheapest place to buy the paperbacks new!
In the past two days, massive improvements have been made to this site. And we're not just talking usability here, oh no. Piles of content have been added!
In the run-up to the delayed release of From Shattered Stars, many of you will no doubt be planning to re-read the first three books of the series. If you're reading on Kindle, or using the Kindle app on another device, then before you start you may wish to update to the latest versions.
Steal from the Devil and List of the Dead have only minor changes, however The Ravening Deep has some corrections which put right a very silly mistake that slipped into the battle for Ramm Stallahad.
During that fight, Admiral Betombe and his task force use their wormhole generators in a novel way, with the intention of making life difficult for the intruding Shaeld Hrathan fleet. The problem is... the way I originally wrote that scene, interdiction had already begun throughout the system. So all of the admiral's ships' GNGs should have stalled.
That sequence has now been fixed, and a number of other minor edits have been made to clarify sentences and paragraphs. The Books 1–3 Omnibus gets the same improvements, of course, as do the paperback versions. All volumes have also had their back matter updated to reflect the delayed release of FSS.
If you are uncertain about how to download the updated eBooks to your device, please refer to the final section of the FAQ page.
All the updates are now available for existing customers. You will know if you have the latest versions by checking the back matter — the release date given for From Shattered Stars will have changed to 2017.
Many of you will have been disappointed at the postponement of 2016's promised novellas, I Dream of Damastion and The Granite Whistle, and I imagine even more disappointed at the lack of From Shattered Stars appearing on the Kindle store and Amazon paperbacks list.
Firstly, an abundance of profuse apologies for the wait. And I really do mean that, because I know that a year is a long time to wait between books. Granted, many series gain new entries over several years (and sometimes even decades), but this was not supposed to be one of those.
The reason for these delays is, essentially, the curse of 2016. As it was for many people it was a horrible, horrible year for me. Just because it will be remembered — amongst other things — as the year in which gravitational waves were proven to exist, doesn't mean it wasn't lousy, demoralising, demotivating, and generally... well, shit.
I'm not going to go into the details here, because they are quite personal. Also that would feel very much like proffering excuses. Suffice to say that if you're angry at me for not having these titles out yet you can rest assured that I've paid for it.
So my plan now is to act as if 2016 never happened, in writing terms. The launch of From Shattered Stars is now the priority, since the novellas are not essential to the overall story; they are merely there to expand the universe a bit and offer different perspectives on the Great War.
The good news here is that the delay has allowed me to further develop several major plot points and character arcs. The novel which will be released this spring is going to be quite different from the book which would have appeared in December had I slogged away at it through all the heartache of 2016. The opening few chapters now have a more logical, internally consistent structure than I originally planned. Some key characters are now exposed to events and conversations which better utilise their established personalities and recent histories, and which also set them up wonderfully for all the terrible things they will have to face in the finale, Whom Gods Shall Fear.
So in some ways, this has actually been a helpful interlude!