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05 August 2016 @ 10:47 pm
_Directorate School_  
Unless I see  last minute problem, it'll probably publish it Monday.
Here's the cover:

Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on August 6th, 2016 01:59 pm (UTC)
Having a External Directorate sub-series is a fine idea, but this cover conveys no connection to the Wine of the Gods super-series, more no connection.

So perhaps replace "Creator of the Wine of the Gods Universe"

with " Paer meets Ebsa - let the Wine of the Gods Universe Tremble"

" Paer meets Ebsa - Let the Wine of the Gods Multiverse Tremble"

or Paer and R'ad meet/join Ebsa
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Not sure I agree.

Perhaps you could say, "A Branch of the Wine of the Gods series" though.

although, I do like "Paer and Ra'd meet Ebsa, let the Multiverse tremble" as a great tail end to the blurb.
matapampamuphoff on August 6th, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
The point of the Directorate Series is so people unfamiliar with my stuff won't go "Oh good grief! I'm not reading a whole series of . . . OMG! Twenty-seven books! Before I even start this one, which looks rather interesting."

Of course, I hope that as soon as they finish this one they'll race back to Amazon.com and start buying everything of mine, especially to find out the history behind that cut scene, and who the Hell is . . . the God of Just Desserts?
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on August 6th, 2016 10:39 pm (UTC)
I see what you mean (but keep snickering and thinking Wine of the Gods, the Next Generation).

Could you retcon Olympian, Rael and Embassy as a new series at once ?

cutting off the old series at 24 ?

Or Olympian and Warrior of the One which introduce Paer and Ra'd ?

Can we expect _Directorate, The Three Interns_ as the next title?
matapampamuphoff on August 7th, 2016 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm kicking around the concept of omnibusses. One of them would probably be:

_Stories of Empire_ 258K

Empire of the One 124K
Warriors of the One 8K
Dancer 63K
Olympian 28K
Just Following Orders 16K
A Small Family Wedding 19K

And eventually, I'll gather all the singleton Directorate based stories in one, except what needs to be in _Helios--Tales of the Cannibal World_

Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on August 7th, 2016 10:44 pm (UTC)
If you are going to change the title A Tale of Three Interns then the excerpt in Directorate School should be changed ?

Or just "currently titled"

On the Omnibus idea, you now have other packaging possibilities which many authors are using

Like the Boxed set (the individual books retain identity on the web page)

example removed since it gets it marked as spam

Or the discounted set sold as one item (not sure how this is handled).

matapampamuphoff on August 7th, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
I have a lot of short story collections, and I'd like to slot the shorts in between the larger works where they occur chronologically. That's why I was thinking the Omnibusses would be nice.
muirecanmuirecan on August 6th, 2016 04:05 pm (UTC)
Very nice I'll take one.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
I understand you are trying to make a new entry point without the intimidation of the other umpty books in the series, but on the other hand, if there ISN'T any notice that it links with the other series, then you will also get some quibbles. I think there should be a notice at the beginning (a forward, something that doesn't explicitly show on the web page blurb, but does show if anyone samples the book), that explains (at least sorta) how characters link to Wine of the Gods.

As an example, my mother likes the mysteries of Steven F. Havill. He has a continuing series set in Arizona, where the first part is labelled the "sheriff Gastner? series" and the second part is the "Posadas County" series. Only difference is the original character has retired from being the sheriff, but is still around. You're doing the same thing - new characters are taking over, but the old ones are still there too.

On the other hand, I keep thinking of some variation of "Children of the Wine" which would be rather true.

matapampamuphoff on August 7th, 2016 02:43 am (UTC)
Did I snippet any bit of _Children of a Foreign God_? I know I posted the Rael finds out about the Twins bit. Did I go further?
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2016 04:43 am (UTC)
First bit, about the kids being gathered up, and Rael coming to visit, and her son spilling the beans, and Rael going to Xen for comfort. Later bit, where her son saves the bank robbers and victims who got trapped in a vault by using a corridor, and her daughter throws a hissy fit about how her brother ruined her life, and Xen takes the twins down to the beach.