Print on Demand done wrong

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 12/17/13 11:38 AM
As I'm sure many of you are aware, the paperback versions of my books can be easily found on Amazon and Lulu. Lulu has been my print on demand company of choice for some time, and while they are absolutely horrid at creating hardcovers, their paperbacks are of excellent quality, at a decent price.

A while ago, Bol.com, the biggest Dutch e-store, announced their partnership with Print on Demand company Brave New Books (which I will refer to as BNB), giving us
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The Hobbit brings back fond memories

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 12/10/13 8:00 AM
In the next few days, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will premiere in theaters worldwide. To celebrate this occasion, I've teamed up with a number of other fantasy and supernatural fiction writers in a 4-day blog hop. As part of this blog hop, I'm giving away 2 sets of ebooks of the entire Hunter in the Dark trilogy, in a format of the winner's choice (MOBI, EPUB or PDF). One set can be won by participating
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Erana vs. Katrina

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 12/1/13 9:46 PM
WARNING: This post contains spoilers for the Quest for Glory series of games

A few days ago I posted a number of songs from video games that help me focus while writing. One of the songs I featured was "Meeting Katrina" from the video game Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness. Shortly after I posted this, I posted a message the following message to Twitter:

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Musical Inspiration: Video Games

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 11/29/13 8:32 PM
Regular readers know that I often find inspiration for my stories in music. In most cases, this is either Trance music, or Celtic folk music, with the occasional Emma Hewitt song thrown into the mix. But another "genre" I listen to when writing is video game music (and, considering the diversity, the word genre is in quotes).

These songs often evoke memories and feelings I felt when playing these video games, and I would like to share them with you:

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Dungeons and Dragons

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 10/31/13 11:36 AM
I got my first copy of the Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook in 2006, and I've been playing the game ever since. For the past seven years, I have run two different groups as a Dungeon Master across three campaigns, the last of which was completed about 3 months ago. It's a game I really like, even if the rules can get a bit overwhelming at times.

I've never really been anything other than a Dungeon Master in all this time (with the exception of 1 or 2 games I played with different
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I need your help

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 10/29/13 9:43 AM
In my previous blog post I said I was considering making Gift of the Destroyer permanently free. For this to work, I first needed to get out of Amazon's KDP Select program, which meant waiting until the 27th of October (i.e. last Sunday). Now that Gift of the Destroyer is out of KDP Select, I've uploaded Gift of the Destroyer to Kobo books, setting the price to $0.

To get Amazon to also offer it for free, I need
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Considering making Gift of the Destroyer free

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 10/8/13 4:27 PM
Last weekend I ran another free promo for Gift of the Destroyer. After 3 very successful promotional days (over 2000 downloads) I decided to spend my additional two KDP Select days, leading to an additional 500 downloads. Throughout the weekend, I managed to stay in the top 5 free of the Epic Fantasy category on Amazon.

In the month preceding this promo, I sold exactly 1 copy of Gift of the Destroyer, and that one sale was refunded when I ran the free promo (which I think was a smart move
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An unusual kind of story research

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 10/3/13 11:25 AM
Last week I wrote that my next writing project will be an urban fantasy project set in the region I live in. I'm sure many will agree that writing a good story requires a fair amount of research, and I usually spend quite some time checking facts and making sure my stories are consistent. But all my books so far have been Epic Fantasy, set in a world of my own creation. With Urban Fantasy, the story takes place in a variation of "our
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Thoughts on Steelheart

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 9/27/13 9:22 AM
This morning I finished reading Steelheart. Yes, yes, I know a lot of you will grumble at me reading instead of writing during my commute, but I just couldn't stop!

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Regular readers will know I am a fan of Brandon Sanderson's work, so when I heard he was doing a book on supervillains
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Vanishing act

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 9/26/13 9:39 AM
I'm sure that many of you will have noticed a distinct lack of blog posts in the past few weeks. In addition to not writing on this blog I also haven't done much work on books either. I have been watching movies for story structure analysis, and doing so has solidified the stories I'm going to write next, but I haven't reached the point of being able to start writing yet.

The reason for this vanishing act is surprisingly simple: I moved to a new house last weekend, and spent the past few
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Time to watch some movies

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 8/20/13 8:22 AM
I'm currently in the process of polishing and finishing up The Troll Warriors of Sheepbane, and while waiting for feedback from the alpha readers I'm making preparations for my next writing project: a series of five urban fantasy novellas. As with previous books, I started with a rough plot outline, stating a number of things that should happen in each book. This process is mostly done, but before I can start outlining each book in detail, I need to do one more thing.

I need to watch a
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Print edition of Hunter's Chosen available from Lulu

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 8/13/13 2:59 PM
Two weeks ago, the Kindle Edition of Hunter's Chosen was released. As of today, you can order print versions of Hunter's Chosen from Lulu.com. This version will also be available from Amazon in a few weeks.

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Hunter's Chosen now available for Kindle

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 7/30/13 12:23 PM
The third and final part of the Hunter in the Dark trilogy is now available in Amazon's Kindle store. Head over to Amazon.com and get your copy now!
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A note on constructed languages

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 7/19/13 11:54 AM
One thing that has always bugged me about fantasy novels is that in many of them, language barriers are either non-existent or glossed over. While there are many notable exceptions (George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb and Christopher Paolini come to mind), there are also a number of well known books where language barriers are non-existent despite there being every reason for them to exist.

Let's start with a real world example: Afrikaans is one of the official languages of South Africa. It
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My books now available on Bol.com

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 7/12/13 1:28 PM
A few weeks ago a lot of people notified me that Bol.com was opening a self-publishing branch: Brave New Books. At first I was somewhat skeptical about this new venue (since I have an exclusive deal with Amazon for e-books), but when I figured out they also offered print books, I decided to check them out.

There were a few issues with their terms of service, but after a short chat with their legal department we managed to clear those up, and I uploaded Gift of the Destroyer and
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Wait it's July already?

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 7/2/13 9:40 AM
The last few weeks have been very busy for me, mostly due to things that have not been book-related. As a result, I haven't given this blog much thought, even though I could have reported a number of things over the past few weeks. Hopefully I'll get to writing blog posts more often in the coming weeks, but I can't make any promises. That said, I have a number of things to share.

Sales update
A while ago, I wrote that I had decided to enroll Gift of the Destroyer in Amazon's
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Musical Inspiration: Armada Music

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/29/13 10:57 PM
Those of you who have been following my Musical Inspiration posts know I have turned into a bit of an Emma Hewitt fanboy over the past few months. I can't help it, many of her songs help inspire me while writing.

However, while I love roughly 70% of the songs she performs in, my tastes are not Emma Hewitt-exclusive.

Music plays a huge role in shaping the stories I write, and more often than not, I find that music released by Armada Music (the production company co-created by
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Writing Plans after Hunter's Chosen

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/23/13 12:02 PM
A while ago I explained my editing plan for Hunter's Chosen, which involves multiple re-reads and editing passes. I am still at step 1 of this process (backward re-read done, forward re-read at 16%), but I'm confident that I'll finish both this step and step 2 (automatic checker) within reasonable time, which means the book will be sent to alpha readers soon. I have no idea how long they will take to review the book. They might be
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Gift of the Destroyer availability

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/17/13 8:53 PM
As some of you know, my e-books are available from a wide range of stores. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, the iBookStore, Lulu and probably quite a few resellers of the previous. Most of these external stores are facilitated through Lulu.

My long-time readers will remember that I originally had a different cover for Gift of the Destroyer, that included the series title on the cover. As a result of this, I had to include the series title in the e-book title to get Lulu to distribute
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Spring Break Bash - Featured Authors for Sunday

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/14/13 9:00 PM
The final day of our Spring Break Bash, and our final list of featured authors. Today we are featuring Anna Kyss and Cate Dean:


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Spring Break Bash - Featured Authors for Saturday

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/13/13 9:00 PM
Todays Spring Break Bash featured authors are Elizabeth Baxter and myself!

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Spring Break Bash - Featured Authors for Friday

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/12/13 9:00 PM
Today's Spring Break Bash feature authors are: Emily Ann Ward and Shana Norris.

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Spring Break Bash - Featured Authors for Thursday

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/12/13 8:46 AM
Yes yes I know it's already Friday in most parts of the world, but I figured I might as well point out Thursday's featured authors for our Spring Break Bash still.

So, for our Spring Break promo, today's featured authors are: Selina Fenech, Katherine Pine�&� Valerie Gillen


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Spring Break Bash

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/11/13 5:59 AM
For those of you who haven't heard yet: I have finished the first draft of Hunter's Chosen and am currently in the process of preparing the manuscript for the alpha readers.� This will probably take another two weeks or so, and after that it'll be at least 6 weeks before the book ends up with the editor. So if you've already read Gift of the Destroyer and The Raven's Endgame, but are still eager for something to read in the main time, I have just the thing for you:


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A bunch of books I've recently finished

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/3/13 9:40 AM
***This post contains spoilers***

You all know I love writing fantasy. Naturally, I also love reading fantasy, and I spend a lot of my spare time doing so. I'd say the roughly 75% of the books I read are some denomination of fantasy, with the remaining 25% split between Science Fiction and Alternative History. A lot of the books I read leave me thinking, and I have plenty of things to say about the various books I read, and I have done so at several occasions, but my "reviews"
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Book 3 title/cover reveal: Hunter's Chosen

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 3/25/13 11:12 AM
In a few months, I will be releasing the third and final part of the Hunter in the Dark trilogy. I've been working on this trilogy since 2009, with the first book Gift of the Destroyer released in November 2011, and the second book The Raven's Endgame released in September 2012. I've been working on this trilogy for four years now, and with the release of the final book, it
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The editing process, 2013-style

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 3/24/13 8:40 PM
Every once in a while, I get e-mails from aspiring writers asking me all sorts of questions. I don't mind these (and please keep sending them in guys!), but every so often I get a question that I think would be interesting to address in a blog post. The question in particular was "When is a book ready to be released?", and it really got me thinking about my own book release process.

As my long-time readers know, the first edition of Gift of the Destroyer was released too early.
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Mailing list live

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 3/16/13 11:22 PM
In my previous post I mentioned I was going to test a new mailing list system, and I am happy to report the tests have been completed successfully. I will now be sending out promotional e-mails whenever I have something important to share. You can sign up for these e-mails at promo.jeroensteenbeeke.nl. I'll put up a big link somewhere on the site.

I've been wanting to create a mailing list like this for some time now. I used to have a Google
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New writing schedule

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 3/11/13 8:05 AM
In my previous post I said I would be keeping my current writing schedule for the current novel, and instituting a more flexible one for my next novel.

Ahem, yeah, right. After making only 3% progress in the previous week (mostly due to illness and general exhaustion), I'm throwing the current schedule out, and instituting a new schedule that's more flexible. This way, I can keep writing at a pace that is still fast (i.e. gets the book done in a reasonable amount of time), while at the
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Chasing after my writing schedule

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 3/6/13 3:14 PM
It seemed like such a good idea at the time.

A while ago I declared that I would be following a strict writing schedule until the first draft of book 3 was finished. I've been following this schedule for 6 weeks now. Of these six weeks, I've finished in time twice. Each time I didn't, I did "remedial writing" the weekend after my deadline, making sure I could start with a clean slate the next week. In one particular case, this meant staying up until past midnight.
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Musical Inspiration: More Epic Trance

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 2/13/13 9:37 PM
As my regular readers will know I often listen to music while writing, as it helps me focus as� well as create a specific mood. I listen to a variety of genres to this end, mostly shifting between Epic Trance and Celtic Folk (yes, quite a leap between those two genres).

Lately, there have been a number of songs I favor more than others. A number of these are songs by Emma Hewitt, but since I already did a full blog post feature on her music before, I'm not going to feature those songs
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Site categories rearranged

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 2/8/13 9:13 AM
This is probably going to result in a few hundred 404 errors in my website log, but I just finished rearranging the categories of my posts. The categories I had were pretty meaningless, and not very well defined.

As of today, this site has 5 categories:
  • Announcements - Important stuff such as book releases, interviews and promotions
  • Writing - Anything that relates to writing my own books, or writing in general
  • Reading - Reflections on books I read, including
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More progress math

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 1/30/13 2:54 PM
Yesterday I blogged about the amount of progress I made in the past few weeks, and what the consequences were for finishing my draft. I estimated that to finish the first draft by the end of April, I needed to write 0.63 to 1% each day - double the output of what I've been doing for the past few weeks. Yesterday, my progress counter was at 38%. As of this morning, it is at 40%, quite a massive increase from the 0.3% I was doing the days before.

So, how did I pull this off? Did I make a
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A little bit of math

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 1/29/13 8:24 AM
This morning I decided that the scene I had been working on for the past 3 days needed to go straight to the trash. This happens to me from time to time, and is perfectly normal for writers, and happens all the time. For this particular book, this is the third time it has happened, and with regard to overall progress, it barely made a dent.

However, it did make me wonder how I was doing in general. My goal is to release the final part in the Hunter in the Dark trilogy sometime this summer.
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Guest post by Andi Judy

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 1/11/13 8:30 AM
Today I have something special for you guys.

As most of you know, I really like using Twitter. It is a perfect tool to get in touch with all sorts of interesting people. Using Twitter, I got in touch with fellow writer Andi Judy, who runs a blog containing all sorts of interesting writer's advice, with the occasional personal piece. Because I really enjoy reading her blog and Twitter feed, and because she also likes fantasy, I asked her
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New year, new chances

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 1/1/13 7:14 PM
Let me start by saying: a happy new year to all of you!

The last few weeks have been extraordinarily busy for me. So busy in fact that I've barely found the time to work on the final book in the Hunter in the Dark trilogy, and so I'm still stuck just below 30% completion on the first draft. The reasons for this are varied and mostly due to changes in my personal life (good changes, but changes that take quite a bit of time and energy), but I won't bore you with those.

The most
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