Chokepoint is now out in print and in e-book

Both Kindle and Nook. Also in trade paperback.

If you are interested in any other formats, send me an email at the mark sarney gee-mail com.

My writing plan for 2013

Hello. I hope your holiday stretch was festive, fun and safe.

My writing plan for 2013 is:

  1. Self-publish the first Kagent novel. I think I have a handle on producing professionally-edited print and e-book novels for less money than what paralyzed me with fear in 2012. Now I have to just do it. (Of course, by blogging this, I’m kinda publicly declaring my intentions and in that way am holding myself to it.)
  2. Plan out what I’m writing before I sit down to do it
  3. Write about 300,000 words (so far have about 12,000 done), primarily on Kagent II and Kagent III.
  4. Read a mix of sci-fi novels, other novels, nonfiction books, books about writing, and a smattering of short fiction.
  5. Get enough sleep

What about this blog? I’ll be posting regularly-ish.

What about cons? I may be skipping them this year to free up time for writing. And to take a break from the four I went to last year. In two years, I’ve been to Comic-Con, the Nebulas (twice), Balticon (twice)

New short story: The Tap Water Massacre

My new 3,000 word short story The Tap Water Massacre is now available as an e-book at Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes and Noble (Nook). It features bounty hunters, facial expression analysis, a massacre, and privacy curb-stomping in the interests of justice. All set in the 24th century town of Bath, NY, where a local government dictator has gone too far. The full blown description:

When a mismatched pair of 24th century bounty hunters help prosecute a local dictator for mass murder, their squabbling jeopardizes the prosecution’s case and their own safety.

This 3,000 word short story is set in a world where bounty hunters have a monopoly on Big Data and any information is available – for a price. Assuming you don’t end up with a total clod of a bounty hunter to get it for you.

This is the first story out in the Kagent universe, of which there will be several novels and short stories forthcoming. There is a character in this story who appears in the first Kagent novel, so come for one story, stay for the universe.

I may try to get into a few other e-book outlets or I may not. Let me know if you want it on another e-reader. Publishing this story was an experiment in digital publishing and if you see things to fix, or want something in addition, let me know. And like it or hate, please leave reviews on Amazon and B&N!