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Iron Pen Anthology

Discussion in 'News & Announcements' started by Ankari, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. Ankari

    Ankari Hero Breaker Moderator

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    I'm excited to announce the publication of the Iron Pen Anthology: Volume 1. I'd like to thank all those who contributed time and effort. In no particular order:

    • Tim Goff aka ThinkerX
    • Anita Howitt aka Caged Maiden
    • Antonio del Drago aka Black Dragon
    • Robert MacAnthony aka Steerpike
    • Michael Poretski aka MFreako
    • Philip Overby
    • John Wong aka Penpilot
    • Martin Spernau aka Guru Coyote
    • Brian W. Foster aka BWFoster78
    • Camila Vielmond aka Nihal
    • Joseph Flis

    Producing a professional quality book proved more time consuming than I thought. In the end, every minute was worth it. If you're interested, you can check out the book at the following sites:

    Cracked Anvil

    Barnes & Noble

    Amazon

    Kobo

    I've linked the cover elsewhere, but it won't hurt to do so again:

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  2. Noma Galway

    Noma Galway Archmage

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    Very cool! Probably going to buy it :) probably not a probably. Will buy it. :)
     
  3. stephenspower

    stephenspower Inkling

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    Publishing question: how did you settle on the price?
     
  4. Ankari

    Ankari Hero Breaker Moderator

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    Amazon hits hard if you price your book less than $2.99. Most authors do so to earn the higher royalties. As such, most self-publishers are lost in the shuffle, as most consumers can't differentiate between minimal and higher production investment. I've invested in this ebook. Cover art, copy-editing, website plugins, ISBNs, and marketing.

    Most traditional publishers price their ebooks between $7.99 to $12.99. I figured my work equaled more than the regular self-publisher, and less than a traditional publisher. Thus, $4.99.
     
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  5. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    Which Iron Pen Challenges are covered? Is it just the winners, or does it sometimes include the runner up?

    And which challenges will the next volume cover?
     
  6. Ankari

    Ankari Hero Breaker Moderator

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    Hello Devor,

    This anthology covers 1 through 12. The next will be at least through 20, maybe 24. It depends on a few factors. Does that mean I've given you enough incentive to finally take a stab at one?
     
  7. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    And deprive other talented members of the chance to be featured in the anthology? That sounds cruel!

    . . . .

    :chicken-sign:
     
  8. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Bought it just now. It says something about this forum that I bought without even looking at the ToC, much less trying to read any of the free sample. I didn't have to. I knew there would be quality.
     
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  9. ALB2012

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    I've just grabbed it and also tweeted:)
     
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  10. Trick

    Trick Auror

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    Congratulations to all who made the cut! The book looks great, Ankari, and I will be buying soon. Maybe reading all the great stories will help me get into the next one. It surely can't hurt :)
     
  11. N.T.D

    N.T.D Dreamer

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    bought and read and i loved it. some stories i liked more than other, but I liked them all. it is very nice work. very professional. congratulations. and i would love to see more soon.
     
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  12. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    Those who've purchased it, don't forget to post your reviews on Amazon.
     
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  13. N.T.D

    N.T.D Dreamer

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    review done. :)
     
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  14. thecoldembrace

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    I bought it as promised. I shall go sit down and read my new book. Cheers to all those included and awesome job Ankari and the editors!

    -Cold
     
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  15. Ankari

    Ankari Hero Breaker Moderator

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    Much appreciated. I hope you enjoy and look forward to your review.
     
  16. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    No Amazon reviews yet.
     
  17. T.Allen.Smith

    T.Allen.Smith Staff Moderator

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    Bought my copy on iBooks today.

    I'll be sure to review when I'm done reading.
     
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  18. Sparkie

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    Well, that's been remedied. I picked up a copy for my kindle and had some fun reading and re-reading the entries. My review is now posted on Amazon.

    Big congratulations to everyone involved! Here's hoping there are more volumes to come.
     
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