Saturday, April 12, 2014

Look At Me I'm Walking




Look at me I'm walking.
After three months spent sitting on my ass waiting for my surgically healed foot to heal, I'm not only walking but somehow managing a gimp-style jog that leaves me fairly exhausted after only a couple of miles. A word of warning: When your surgeon sits down with you to discuss an upcoming surgery, listen to him/her. You will spare yourself a lot of grief in doing so. I am such an idiot, I half listened to my doctor and in turn, assumed I'd be back in the gym after only a week or so.

Two weeks later when I had my stitches removed, only then did I realize the full extent of the surgery. I'd had a bunion the size of a walnut removed; a hammer two repaired with two screws, a tendon replaced, and a cracked bone also screwed back together with two more screws. There's a six inch pin that had been inserted in my toe which eventually got removed with the help of a pair of common construction pliers (no shit!).

In a word, my foot looked like I'd stepped on a landmine.

But all the time on my posterior did not go wasted. In that time I wrote the second in the Chase Baker series: Chase Baker and the Golden Condor. I also wrote the first draft of what might become a serial novel called Orchard Grove. I also wrote a third draft of The Breakup. All this, plus a script for Pathological which is being shot as a short movie in Albany, plus my normal journalism duties for Globalspec.

Maybe my foot didn't work, but I used the time to my advantage, and now it's time to get back into some kind of shape for my upcoming field research trip to Nepal and India for Chase III.

When you're down for the count, don't just lie there. Put the time to good use. Otherwise, you'll go bananas.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Deadly Dozen Delivers and Shivers



There's power in numbers.

Since joining the thriller collective, THE TWELVE, I've learned an awful lot about the publishing business. You'd think that by now, a fifteen year veteran would know everything there is to know about this crazy endeavor.

But I've learned something else to. The members of this group truly care about their audience, their fans, their readers. When they came up with the idea to put together twelve of our novels in a boxed set called DEADY DOZEN, I thought it was good idea. But I had no idea that it would literally explode onto the scene.

Now, as the end of the third week of the book's publication approaches, we've sold close to 24,000 units. That's right, 24,000 units sold, earned 47 5-star reviews, and even made the USA TODAY Bestseller list. With your help, we might even make the  NYTime's list. But make no mistake. This collection of twelve novels isn't for our benefit, it's a gift to you, our readers. Please enjoy the thrill of it all.

TO PURCHASE DEADLY DOZEN FOR LESS THAN A BUCK, CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PULP! The Boxed Set!

Boxed sets that contain a few novels and hundreds of thousands of words seem to be all the rage these days. So I decided to jump into the deep end and put out my first boxed collection of Two Novels and a Novella that will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat. At least, that's supposed to be the point of PULP!

The collection contains:

1. Moonlight Sonata (A Dick Moonlight PI Thriller)
2. The Shroud Key (A Chase Baker Thriller)
3. Full Moonlight (A Dick Moonlight PI Novella)

So without further verbal bloodletting, here's where you can get yours for your Kindle: Pulp!

I'm pricing it at .99 for a limited time so I hope you take advantage. And don't forget to Join Up with the Vincent Zandri "For Your Eyes Only" Newsletter at WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM



 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I'm Packin' a Full Twelve




Don't let the title fool you.

It is however the bloody truth.

Oh, haha, I know what you're thinking. Shame on you. This Twelve isn't the kind that measures out to be a foot long. We're not talking foot long subs, Fruit Roll Ups by the foot, or Magic Johnson's johnson for that matter.

The Twelve for me is a collective of master thriller writers who have banded together not only to co-market our work and to exchange ideas, both creative and businesslike, but we have also established our own publishing imprint. First up on The Twelve's new list of killer thrillers is the aptly titled, THE DEADLY DOZEN. It's currently in e-book stores near you. So grab hold of one for your smartphone, tablet, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or computer. Doesn't matter, just grab one.


Nab the US Kindle version HERE.
Nab the UK Kindle version HERE.

So, like I said. I'm not lying. I'm packing a full twelve. In this business where you sit at the typewriter and bleeed, and do so all alone, it's nice to know that you have eleven other writers who are watching your back. There's strength in numbers and in this case, there's twelve times the talent, as the novels and novellas collected in THE DEADLY DOZEN will demonstrate. Killer stories by Diane Capri, J. Carson Black, Alan Leverone, Joshua Graham, Vincent ... well you know the last name... and many more.

Go ahead and grab hold of the full package.
DEADLY DOZEN Alert! Since its official publication on Monday, February 17, the "Deadly" boz set has hit the Top 150 in Overall Amazon Kindle Books. Plus it's been killing it on Kobo, Nook, and iTunes. Here's a list of links that will take you directly to some Deadly Dozen thrills:

The Deadly Dozen Website:  http://thetwelvexii.com/deadlydozen/
Other Smart Links: 
http://smarturl.it/deadly12
http://smarturl.it/deadly12-bn
http://smarturl.it/deadly12-itunes
http://bit.ly/1f7It0V


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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Let's Get Physical


Week two into my foot reconstruction surgery.
People keep asking me how I'm feeling, and I always respond the same way. I feel like somebody has drilled two stainless steel screws into my right foot and jammed a steel rod into my second toe. That's how it feels (for all you runners out there, remember to take care of your feet or you'll end up like me). But seriously folks, I'm starting to feel like I'm on the mend. Thanks for all the good vibes.

One month into the New Year and already I'm taking notice of the vast changes occurring in the publishing business. Things are getting personal out there. The word of the day for full-time novelists these days is "relationships."

That's right, we ... I ... want to get physical.

We, and that means yours truly, are attempting to establish personal relationships with everyone of our readers. That means encouraging you (both readers and authors) to join my new monthly "For Your Eyes Only!" newsletter (subscribe at Vazandri@aol.com). By doing so you will be privy to daily, weekly, and monthly specials. There will be stuff in there for writers, and stuff in there for readers. I'm even featuring another author every month, so if you're a writer interested in getting some great exposure, please subscribe. I'll be giving away free stuff. Everything from t-shirts, coffee cups, to signed paper editions of my novels. I'll also be giving away $100 gift cards to both Kindle and Nook from time to time to selected subscribers. But again, you gotta join up or you'll miss out.

More than just free stuff though, I want to here from you. I encourage you to write reviews of my books and stories. Honest Reviews!!! I encourage you to send me an email, or when time permits, give me a call. For instance, if we both happen to be in New York City for the day or a weekend, let me know and we'll have coffee or a beer. Seriously, I want to see you, and I want to know you, and I want to make you feel like we have a personal relationship together, because we do.

Okay, I'm going to limp my way into the kitchen for some breakfast. We'll talk soon!

FULL MOONLIGHT is FREE today only!!!! Grab one Up and Review it!

Also, SUSPENSE MAGAZINE says  "Zandri has brought back that wonderful ‘quest’ story ... THE SHROUD KEY is well worth every minute."






Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Zandri's 2014 Publishing Predictions

I've waited a few days to post my 2014 publishing predictions for a couple of reasons, the major one being that I'm jetlagged beyond belief and second, I had a novel to finish that I came close to finishing in Europe, but not quite. A third reason might be that I wanted to see what the real experts like JA Konrath and Dean Wesley Smith  were going to predict first so that I could more or less rip them off. Curiously however, it turns out my own observations weren't too far off from theirs to begin with, so I guess I don't have to steal my material after all. Ha! 

Okay, here goes:

1. While Barnes and Nobles brick and mortar stores tank, Amazon and Kobo brick and mortar stores will emerge from out of the rubble and dust.

2. Indie bookstores will continue to subscribe to the antiquated system of returns while, at the same time, 2014 will see more and more traditionally published authors switching to indie publishing or at least, like me,  hybrid publishing. What this means is that indie bookstores won't be able to count on the mega-industry writers for financial stability like they used to as more than a few of them begin to jump ship. At the same time, POD or Print on Demand books will grow in popularity. Indie bookstores usually don't stock POD since they can't return them when they don't sell. But if they are to survive, indie bookstores will have no choice but to stock these books. Anyway, I'm not an indie bookstore expert so I'm going to stop with my bookstore predictions right here before someone tosses a chunk of brick and mortar at my skull.

3 Libraries will thrive as they continue to make the transition into the digital age by offering up thousands of ebooks for library members while continuing to perform their traditional if not ancient vital function as community meeting places for the exchange and/or enhancement of ideas.  

4. Overseas markets are about to go gangbusters. In 2013 I earned half my royalties in the foreign markets. This trend will continue and perhaps even overtake my US domestic sales, at least for a time. New presses like Meme Publishers who are embracing the future of digital are springing up and taking advantage of this new "world" market. I've hopped on board. Have you?

5. Indie publishers who were doing well prior to 2013 will begin to shut down for two reasons: It's harder to make their books visible in a market flooded with self-published books, and two, many authors are no longer interested in giving up both their rights and a huge chunk of money to indie presses when they can self-publish just as, or even more, effectively. If indie pubs are to survive they must offer up more to the writer than simply "printing" a book and seeing if it sticks.

6. Less visibility in the marketplace will frustrate new authors who lack a platform and cause many to quit. I've said it before and I'll say it again, many authors like myself who have achieved a degree of success in the indie market have done so because we've been published previously by a major publisher. Those without that kind of background will find it harder and harder to be found. Of course there will always be the exceptions like the Hugh Howey "Wool" story, but that's about a likely as winning the lottery. But then, even Hugh is not quite the overnight sensation he appears to be. He worked his tail off for a lot of years before becoming an "overnight success."
 
7. The big five will lower prices and begin to downsize their shops. Also, Dean Wesley Smith revealed that the major pubs are about to introduce a direct submission system which will all but squash the role of the agent. More on that later.

8. Traditional and hybrid authors will go indie. I'm a hybrid author meaning, I publish with the big guys (Amazon Publishing's Thomas & Mercer), the little guys (StoneHouse/StoneGate Ink), and also my own imprint (Bear Media). As I mentioned, I also now have a foreign publisher, Meme Publishing, in Paris and Milan (a forward thinking group that broke off from Atlantis). I now enjoy a direct relationship with my fans and readers and no longer worry about the marketplace and its trends. Gone are the days when you would hand in the novel you'd been working on for a year to an agent who two months later would send it back along with a note that reads: "Great book, but I just don't see a market for it. Have you thought about writing a vampire novel?" In 2014, it's not if your novel is going to be published, it's when and by who. In the end, it will be the reader who will decide if it's any good, not some editor sitting behind a desk in a high tower overlooking Times Square.

9. Indie authoring will become a full-time job. Only authors who can produce great work rapidly while maintaining a healthy virtual platform will win out over those slower or part-time authors. In the digital age, content is king.
 
10. Indie prices will rise while the Big 5 drop their prices leveling the retail playing field.

11. Author collaborations and/or authors hiring writers to make more books will be big. From a personal standpoint, I'm not sure I want to go there or if I ever will. It seems like a cheap way to cash in to me. But that's just my opinion, and like they say, opinions are like bungholios. Everyone's got one.

12. The best, most well written, best edited novels that are penned in genres that consistently sell (such as romantic suspense) will beat out those novels that are also well produced but seeking out breathing space in a digital platform flooded with novels. 

13. Importance of agents. Some indie authors are once again predicting the end of the agent. I'm not so sure. My agent has learned to adapt to the changing marketplace by embracing the possibilities of indie publishing and the importance of creating income streams for his authors. In other words, he's made the shift from the guy who sells your work to the guy who manages the career both for the written page and the major movie screen. He also edits my books and offers up services for making them live on indie publishing platforms like KDP and B&N. But here's the catch: He does it all for free. I like my agent. He's also a friend. I want to see him make money. Tons of money. I'm predicting that this year he will sell the movie rights to not just one of my novels, but several. 

14. Amazon KDP will announce a quality assurance program for its direct publishing venture similar to that utilized by Bookbub. In other words, not all books will be accepted onto the platform. The market is getting swamped with garbage and sooner or later, Amazon will have to find a way to police the quality of the writing they are promoting and making money on via their self-publishing program.

15. The only thing you can count on in 2014 is more and more change.   

Okay, these are just a few predictions from someone in the know. You might agree with them or not. But in short, I see a year of slower sales in the US while the world market rises overall. The importance of an author creating a personal bond with his or her readers/fans will become paramount. In fact, in some ways, it will be the only way to be heard above all the noise. And like I've already mentioned, it will be the author who can put out an exceptional word count on a daily basis, day in and day out, who will make a good if not great living this year, and the next, and the next. So stop reading my stupid blog and get to work.



 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

When Traveling ...





When traveling in Venice, try not to stay on the Grand Canal anywhere near the Casino. You know, the one where James Bond rolls up to the table in his white dinner jacket, tosses a couple of die, and nails craps. And then, when the lovely young brunette standing beside him spilling out of her red gown asks him his name, he replies, "Bond ... James Bond," with a face that conveys neither happiness nor sadness, but surly intuits, "I'm also available and I've got a big hard gun." Anyway, don't stay at a hotel near the casino because you will be up most of the night due to thunderous beat of Euro-Disco, the lyrics "I'm too sexy for my car ..." replaying in your brain again, and again, and again. Not even James Bond could withstand such a torture without cracking (You listening to me Q?).

But hey, this is Venice so I'm not complaining.

While here I have been retracing the steps of my main characters in The Disappearance of Grace, my Venice stand-alone novel. Hitchcockian in form, the novel is about a solider, an officer, who having returned from the Afghan war suffering from PTSD along with temporary bouts of temporary blindness, attempts to try and reconcile his stressed relationship with his significant other. A painter named Grace. Problem is, while the two are enjoying a quiet lunch in San Marco, Grace suddenly goes missing. Our blind soldier has no choice but to try and find her, blindness be damned.

Yesterday while in Piazza San Marco I saw the exact table where Grace disappears and I saw the exact boat that carries her away to one of Venice's many islands. This is not my first time here but every time I visit I see something different and the experience becomes new again.

Walking the narrow, maze-like corridors of this ancient city is an experience of both claustrophobia and wonder that is not always easily described unless you expose yourself entirely to its magic on your own terms. I tried to get all the emotions right in "Grace" and hopefully I've succeeded. Imagine being half blind and losing the love of your life inside this aquatic city of love and broken hearts? A city that, at times, seems impossible to navigate even when your vision is 20/20.

Tonight I will board the night train to Paris. I've been overseas now for 64 days and will fly home from Paris later this week. I've gathered more material for a new novel or two, while completing a brand new novel called The Breakup.

Europe can be a wonderful place to write, to disappear, to find yourself amongst the eternal ruins. But do not ever try and attempt a good night's sleep by laying your head beside a casino.

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