Top 10 January Audiobooks

Top 10 January Audiobooks

These are the top selling Audiobooks from Crossroad Press in January… a very eclectic mix, I think… You can find all of the Crossroad Press Audiobooks at Audible – also available at Amazon and iTunes.

The Tournament of Supervillainy by C. T. Phipps, series narration by Jeffrey Kafer. No surprise here, making the top ten list in all three editions. These books are hilarious, engaging, and memorable… you’ll notice that #3 is The Rules of Supervillainy, the first book in the series and also present is the second book in the series, The Games of Supervillainy. Charles also makes it into the top ten with the first in a very different, dark fantasy series, Wraith Knight, narrated by Peter Berkrot.

Robert Monroe’s Journeys out of the Body and The Ultimate Journey, both narrated by Kevin Pierce, are constant sellers for us. Robert founded The Monroe Institute, and was a pioneer in out of body, remote viewing, and other psychic phenomena.

Clive Barker is on the list with tree titles. Weaveworld and Imajica, narrated by the immensely talented and award-winning Simon Vance, And the Books of Blood, Volume 1 – narrated by Simon Vance, Dick Hill, Peter Berkrot, Jeffrey Kafer, Chet Williamson and Chris Patton.

And finally, in the True Crime genre, we have DYING TO GET MARRIED – The Courtship and Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch – written by Ellen Harris and narrated by Lee Ann Howlett .

Top 10 Print Editions January

Top 10 Print Editions January

These are the titles that sold the most copies in print editions for the month of January.

TRUMPED – The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump – His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall… available also in eBook and unabridged audio.

The Tournament of Supervillainy – Book 5 in C. T. Phipps snarky, engaging series. Check out all the books of Supervillainy in eBook, print, and unabridged audio.

The Paris Book – by Robert Risch – Historical fiction about Hemingway’s last novel.

SARGE! – Cases of a Chicago Police Detective Sergeant in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s – a memoir written by John A. DiMaggio, available in eBook and Print – audiobook available in February.

The Light at the End – the original Splatterpunk novel of New York, subways, and the undead by John Skipp & Craig Spector.

The Stargate Chronicles – Memoirs of a Psychic Spy – by Joseph W. McMoneagle – Remote Viewer #1 in the US Government’s Stargate program.

High in the Mid-60s by Rick Levy – How to Have a Fabulous Life in Music Without Being Famous. Stories from a long, amazing life in the music business.

Redemptor – Book 4 of the Valducan series by Seth Skorkowsky. Demons, cults, holy weapons and action packed adventure.

Savaging the Dark – by Christopher Conlon – Murder, madness, and forbidden love – over 100 recommendations on Goodreads.

Hitting the top ten in eBooks AND print is C. T. Phipps’ Cthulhu Armageddon – book on in the series of the same name… the old west meats the Great Old Ones…

January Bestselling eBooks

January Bestselling eBooks

These are the top ten eBook’s from Crossroad Press for January 2019. A little bit of something for everyone. Most of these are in eBook, print and audio. Bestseller lists for Print and Audio to follow.

For you Stargate fans… Stargate author Patricia Lee Macomber offers STAR QUEST: The Journey Begins.

Read about Donald Trump’s failure with his casino in Vegas in TRUMPED! by John R. O’donnell and James Rutherford.

Travel through the old west in Caspion and the White Buffalo as the huge herds are hunted and slaughtered… historical fiction with a touch of romance.

A man running for his life to protect something that could topple a government. He has to survive a brutal wilderness, and the men trying to kill him in Duncan McGeary’s Deadfall Ridge.

The earth has been overrun by powerful ancient beings. The last dregs of mankind, brutal, pumped up with magic, and doomed fight for their existence as The Gunslinger meets the Mountains of Madness in Cthulhu Armageddon – book one in this apocalyptic series by C. T. Phipps.

C. T. Phipps makes it into the top ten twice more in January with The Rules of Supervillainy and The Tournament of Supervillainy – follow the adventures of Gary Karkofsky – Merciless, the Supervillain without mercy… as he tries to figure out why all of his evil plans keep making him a hero.

No stranger to the top ten for us, Clive Barker has two entries as well – the Magical Weaveworld – and the first volume of his Books of Blood – a series that will soon make its way to television.

Crossroad Press SF / Superheroes & New Titles

Crossroad Press SF / Superheroes & New Titles

Very pleased to finally be getting the first newsletter of the year out the door. There is SO MUCH going on that I am going to have to limit myself and do this in bullet-points rather than long write-ups on each. These links lead to the product page where you can buy from Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. I will follow with some Best of 2019 so far and some Best of 2018 lists over the next week.  ALL of the new releases below are only $2.99 for a short time.

NEW FICTION:  this month from Patricia Lee Macomber, with STAR QUEST: The Journey Begins (the number one best-selling title so far in January) – Melvin Litton with his historical western CASPION & THE WHITE BUFFALO – rising fast and currently #4 in Western Fiction for Nook.

Also new this month is the long awaited A MIDNIGHT DREARY – Volume Five of  The DeChance Chronicles – from David Niall Wilson, which will release in eBook on the 19th (Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday.

C. T. PHIPPS AUDIO: We are very pleased (as well) to welcome the rest of C. T. Phipps’s Supervillainy books, as well as his Agent G series and the Secret Files of the Red Room.  While we get these  linked up in our store, I wanted to offer you the links to the wonderful audiobook editions of these titles:

The Rules of Supervillainy    The Games of Supervillainy  The Science of Supervillainy  The Secrets of Supervillany   The Tournament of Supervillainy   Agent G: Infiltrator and Agent G: Saboteur  

Top 10 Crossroad Press Print Titles Dec. 2018

Top 10 Crossroad Press Print Titles Dec. 2018

These are the top ten print editions as of December 25, 2018. A wide variety with something for everyone:

High in the Mid-60s by Rick Levy
The Paris Book by Robert Risch
Endsville by Clay Sanger
Sarge by John DiMaggio
Hag by John Goodrich

The Buzzard Zone by Ronald Kelly
Caspion & The White Buffalo by Melvin Litotn
Vermont’s Haunts by Joseph Citro
The Stargate Chronicles by Joseph McMoneagle
The Light at the End by John Skipp & Craig Spector
Fire Aloft by Rev DiCerto and Duncan Eagleson

Print on Demand Wars… Some Things You Should Know

Print on Demand Wars… Some Things You Should Know

Not too far back, we were invited into Amazon’s KDP Print system, which integrated our print and paperback books. There were issues at first, and continue to be some, but overall it’s been great because it simplifies our print on demand publishing, and the reporting is just like eBooks. Very smooth, very nice, and the Amazon cut to the author, 60%, is good, allowing for reasonable pricing. At first there was mostly just US distribution, and the books were only available at Amazon.com … also, when they first started out there was no way to order copies at an author discount.

Currently the only remaining issue, for me, is that they do not print in Canada, and until they do, for me to ship to our authors up there, I have to use Lightning Source. It would also be nice if they offered hardcovers, but that’s probably down the line, and is not a factor that is costing us sales.

I’ll start with why I don’t want to use Lightning Source any longer.  As a sort of power user, I don’t have to pay a setup fee… we can upload hardcovers and trade paperbacks without cost and make them available all over. The problem is, that free setup is where it ends. If we need to make a change to the cover? $40. If we need to change the interior? $40. Every year, just to keep the title live in their system, it costs $12, and yes, few enough people buy most of our print editions that this erases profit. In all our years of publishing print editions at Lightning Source, we have not made more than a couple of hundred dollars in profit. It would be great to be distributed through them to bookstores, but you have to be realistic. To get distribution through Ingram, you have to give them 50% off the cover price and accept returns.  That is the death knoll for a small press. I have no way to warehouse, or inclination to do so, and the overhead of holding royalties against returns, along with the rest of pretending to be a NYC publisher would very simply put us out of business.  So what we have to do is offer a discount large enough that Amazon and B&N and other online stores will carry the books and use it (mostly) as a place to buy books at a discount for our authors to take to signings.  Independent bookstores for all their hollering about how we need to support them will not order direct from us without returns, in most cases, though we offer a good discount if they will.  On top of these costs and difficulties, Amazon does crazy things with availability of books from Lightning Source. They will call them out of stock, put delay messages up, let them disappear, or promote third party sellers first and make people click through levels to get to the actual buy link.  Amazon has never played fair, but then, it’s a business… not a game.

Amazon KDP offers free setup as well. I can make changes every day and never pay a dime, cover and interior.  The books can ship directly to UK authors, German authors, etc. from their own respective Amazon versions … the discount for authors is good, and as the “author” for all of our books, I can pass that good discount on to my own authors, as well as pricing books reasonably.  As of today I noticed that there is also “expanded distribution” as there is in Create Space… a simple click makes it available through distribution, though there is no vehicle that I see for promoting it to those other markets / outlets, the continued growth of the system makes me believe that in time there may well be. They are quick at Amazon to link the proper editions together if they are also the printer of said edition, and no games are played with availability – shipping is quick and reliable.

We initially believed we could get books to the Barnes and Noble brick and mortar stores by putting the print editions in both systems (No reason you can’t do this – same ISBN number, same Edition, they are the printer, not the publisher ) but with the regulations (noted below) preventing 99% of the Nook Press books from ever seeing a brick and mortar store, and the likelihood that they are going to try and distribute to Amazon and cause multiple versions… we are rolling back until we have more info. We currently have two books in both systems and intend to see if those authors are able to get their local store to order books for a signing.  As of this moment, though, KDP is the best option.

Nook Press also has a very similar system – which DOES allow for hardcover books – and also allows for wider distribution than just their own webstore. It also allows authors or customers to order a copy of the print book and pick it up at their local store. Their royalty and discount is smaller, and this means you have to price your book higher to get the same profit. They may or may not sell to Amazon.com but if they do you will be on Amazon with the same issues as you get with Lightning Source.  Amazon will make availability inconsistent, prices will be higher… delays in shipping will occur. Third party sellers will show up higher than your new edition…not optimal. There is the promise of the POSSIBILITY of getting your book into B&N stores (you have to be an author who has sold 1000 copies of an eBook on B&N to do this… a rarity in my experience) and you would THINK you could order books for local signings, but no… not unless you are one of the (also rare) authors with 500 sales of a single eBook through Nook.  While this sounds great, it’s a road to disappointment. Of the big markets for eBooks, Barnes and Noble falls WAY below Amazon, and doesn’t compete well with Apple, for that matter. Selling 1000 books at Barnes and Noble might be possible with the right promotion, a well-timed Bookbub for instance, but it would be during a period you sold 5000 across Amazon markets…  To be fair, I understand they would be inundated without their rule, but without flexibility at least for signings, it’s seeming as if the Nook Press system may prove little more than a shadowy version of the KDP Print system, and not of much use.

I hope sharing this clears up some questions for authors and publishers considering print. We spent a lot of time, money and sweat gathering all of this information, but happy to share it in the hope is might help someone.

David Niall Wilson

Crossroad Press

.99 Mystery & Thriller Sale – 25 Titles

.99 Mystery & Thriller Sale – 25 Titles

SALE IS ON AMAZON US ONLY – SORRY – The Links on the left are to ALL editions of the books – if you choose Amazon from the Dropdown after 11:00 AM on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 you will find the .99 Deal.

Crossroad Press currently has over four hundred titles in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program. From now, until those titles go back into full distribution, we are going to run a series of .99 Countdown deal sales.  Our first is Mysteries and Thrillers.  Twenty-five books you can get for less than a dollar each.  The titles and authors for this first deal are listed below, along with the link to the title both in the Crossroad Press store (because some are also available in Audio and print editions)  If you buy a book that has an audiobook edition, the .99 eBook qualifies you to buy the audio at the companion “Whispersync for voice” discount and can save you even more.I will also include the link directly to Amazon.

Target Blue                                                By Richard Abshire & William Clair – .99 on Amazon
Claw Hammer                                           By Paul Dale Anderson – .99 on Amazon
The Heist                                                   By Michael A. Black – .99 on Amazon
Head Case                                                By Jay Bonansinga  – .99 on Amazon
The Hotel Dick                                           By Axel Brand – .99 on Amazon
Sins of the Flash                                        By David Niall Wilson  – .99 on Amazon
Even the Butler Was Poor                          By Ron Goulart – .99 on Amazon
Blood is Pretty                                            By Steven Paul Leiva – .99 on Amazon
Blood Diamonds                                         By Bill Pronzini – .99 on Amazon
Better Mousetraps & Other Stories             By John Lutz – .99 on Amazon
The Crystal Skull                                         By Rob MacGregor- .99 on Amazon
Beating the Bushes                                     By Marthayn Peligrimas – .99 on Amazon
The Blackguards                                         By Richard Murphy with David Niall Wilson- .99 on Amazon
Terror at Boulder Dam                                 By Mike Newton – .99 on Amazon
Sorrow’s Crown                                           By Tom Piccirilli – .99 on Amazon
Indefinite Renewal                                       By Aaron Rosenberg – .99 on Amazon
A Good Death                                              By Philip Ross – .99 on Amazon
The Holy Terror                                            By Wayne Allen Sallee – .99 on Amazon
Cold Night                                                    By Al Sarrantonio – .99 on Amazon
Bullets of Rain                                              By David J. Schow – .99 on Amazon
Dangerous Curves                                       By Judith Skillings – .99 on Amazon
Cold Day in Hell                                            By Roger Dale Trexler – .99 on Amazon
Midnight Eyes                                               By Sidney Williams – .99 on Amazon
Defenders of the Faith                                  By Chet Williamson – .99 on Amazon 
The Witch and the Borscht Pearl                  By Angela Zeman – .99 on Amazon

 

Congratulations to Crossroad Press Authors & Narrators 2018 ABR Award Nominees

Congratulations to Crossroad Press Authors & Narrators 2018 ABR Award Nominees

A number of Crossroad Press audiobooks are nominated for the ABR first annual Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards… Details below. Congratulations to our authors and narrators, and please, if you want to support Crossroad Press – it’s a listener’s choice award.  Go… listen… vote. You can vote more than once (details below) Beneath those details you will find our nominated books.

“Winners to be honored at the HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival in Kansas City, MO on June 8th hosted by internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator and bestselling author, Alison Larkin.

Audiobook Reviewer (ABR) has announced finalists for the 1st annual Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards competition, the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in independently published audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Winners will be revealed at HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival on June 8, 2018. The awards ceremony will be completed with a celebration cocktail party and award medallions and christened by internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator and bestselling author, Alison Larkin.” –>Read the Full Details at the ABR HOMEPAGE… and VOTE!

Within These Walls – by Rev. Carroll Pickett & Carlton Stowers – Narrated by Tom Pile in the Biography / Autobiography / Memoir Category:

Clock of Dreams –  by Brian Lumley – Narrated by Simon Vance in the Fantasy Category

  • Clock of Dreams
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Series: Titus Crow, Book 3
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Release date: 01-16-17
  • 22 ratings

 

The Rising – by Brian Keene – Narrated by Joe Hempel in the Horror Category

 

The Tower of Zhaal – by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer in the Horror Category

Straight Outta Fangton – by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Cary Hite in the Humor Category

  • Straight Outta Fangton
  • A Comedic Vampire Story
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Release date: 08-28-17

 

Lucifer’s Star – by C. T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus – Narrated by Eric Burns

 

GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!

 

January Update from Crossroad Press New Authors & Books!

January Update from Crossroad Press New Authors & Books!

To say that January has been a busy month would be among the more serious understatements of the new year. Crossroad Press is welcoming a wealth of new authors, as well as launching NECON PRESENTS – a Category of the store that will be much more than just that – drawing together the works of authors who have attended one of the most iconic conventions of all time – Camp Necon… but rather than go on about all the work we’ve been doing, let’s get straight to the updates, because there are a pile of them.

We have new eBooks from a number of authors, and since we added multiple titles for each of them, I’m going to provide links to their author page in our online store, rather than to every individual book.  From those pages you can purchase their eBooks from Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble (depending on availability).  Some are still in the process of being loaded to a few of the sites, and others are in Kindle Unlimited and only available at Amazon. All available options can be found by clicking the links below:

Tim Waggoner  / Tim Curran  Aaron Gudmunson   /  Sara St. John Raymond Van Over  /  Eric Shapiro  /  Duncan McGeary  /  Stephen Weiner  /  Seth Sorkowsky  /  Lisa Von Biela  /  Ray Garton  /  David Hambling  /  P. D. Cacek  /  William Meikle  /  Thomas Tessier  Elizabeth Massie Dan Foley  /  Trish & Rob MacGregor 

We have three new print editions for January (so far)

GEMINGA – by Melvon Litton – a very strange dark fantasy, bizarre romp through creation mythology

Mountain of Daggers –  Book One of the Tales of the Raven- by Seth Sorkowsky – epic fantasy stories based on the thief Ahren

Temporary Hauntings – by Craig Shaw Gardner – Book II in the Tempoarary Magic series (Book III coming soon in print and available now in eBook formats)

And finally – new audio.  Three titles have gone live so far in January : Remember – Audio prices on our site are full retail – when you order through Audible.com – if you are a member, they are one credit. If it is your first audiobook with Audible, it’s free. If you own, or buy the eBook you will get a discount on most titles through their “Whispersync for Voice” feature.

     Barracuda Final Bearing – A Submarine Thriller by Michael DiMercurio – Narrated by Joseph Courtemanche.

 A Quail in the Family – by William Plummer – narrated by Pete Ferrand – a family’s adventures with an adopted quail…

Wynfield’s Kingdom – by M. J. Neary – Narrated by Tony Cleary – a Tale of the London Slums…

Keep checking back at the store for new titles – search through the author’s pages, and the many categories… spread the word, and tell your friends to sign up for our Newsletter – it’s on the right hand side of every product page and at the top of all the website pages… Until next time… GOOD READING!

The Fabulous Book Covers of Our Own David Dodd

The Fabulous Book Covers of Our Own David Dodd

Behind the scenes at Crossroad Press, an incredible amount of work takes place. There is scanning, proofing, formatting, soliciting narrators and authors, promotions, the store, uploading things to the various sites… and there are book covers. When I started Crossroad Press, I had to depend on a couple of people to help out by providing covers. They were not fast, and in the end the most prolific of them turned out to be a crook.  Along the way, though, something very cool happened.  David Dodd, who signed on years ago as my business partner, got hold of Photoshop and started figuring it out.  Over the span of years he and I have worked together, he has now done more than 1300 book covers.  Yes… 1300… that’s an incredible output, and he has also become very, very good at it. I wanted to take a moment and thank him for the work, and share some of those covers with all of you – his five favorites, my own five favorites, the two we agreed on … and as an added bonus, we both picked a “branded series” that we like the best as a group…First up, the two covers we both chose from all of those available:

  We both chose the cover for John McIlveen’s HANNAHWHERE immediately. This is a Crossroad Press original novel and has done very well. You can reach the product page for this novel by clicking HERE or on the book cover. John now runs his own press, Haverhill House, where he is putting out some very attractive and interesting books.  If you like supernatural suspense, Hannawhwere is a book you should check out.  We have it in eBook formats, Hardcover, trade paperback and audio.

I added the Dark Fortune cover to our shared favorites after I saw it on Dave’s list. I see all of our covers, of course, but I’ve been head-down building the store lately, and this is a newer one, so I had not seen it enough times to get the full effect. The novel is classic supernatural horror, with Tarot cards, a mysterious old curio shop, a congregation full of people in “immortal” danger. The stuff that the genre was built on… You can reach the product page by clicking HERE, or on the cover … while you are there (either of these two of course) check out the links to other books by these authors, or in the same categories by following the links provided.

And now on to the two top five lists:

These are Dave’s top five, more or less.  Remember that the two we both liked were among his top choices.  There is one other choice not included here that is missing because it has not yet been posted in the store, and I wanted to be able to link to all of the products… The thing that works about these covers, for me, is that you can read the text at a thumbnail size… the images are sharp and clear – the colors complement one another well, and the placement of the text is proportionate to the background, symmetrical and balanced.  I could imagine walking into Barnes & Noble and seeing these sitting right in with the best-sellers, and that (of course) is the goal, though Barnes & Noble won’t order from us… a story for another day. You can find the product page for each by clicking on the cover image.

My own five (not counting the two ties) are a different group… which is also part of the magic of a thing like cover art. No one is attracted to the same types of things.  Two people can love and hate the same cover (and often do). The important thing is that it draws the attention of people browsing for a book – and that it presents the portion of the marketing information that is necessary. It does not have to include something that is a scene from the book, or a character… your readers in most cases do not have the information you do and would not catch the references anyway. It’s better to be striking.  Here are my choices:

Each of these caught my eye at one point, or another, and then I came back to them. I find them compelling and love the composition. Stacked Deck is a perfect image for a hard-boiled mystery collection – The Plot looks like an off-the-newsstand best-seller ought to – the skyline, the intrigue… Irving Wallace would have been proud.  Slightly Off Center – the image and the way it’s sort of fish-eyed give exactly the off-kilter feel Neal Barret Jr. evokes with his fiction. The Jazz is cyberpunk-ish and cool with just the right colors… and The Enormous Hourglass (now in production as an audiobook) just grabs me… no idea what the book is about from the image but I want to KNOW… and that is what matters.  There were a few that almost made the list… I’m going to drop those below, and then the first in each of the two series brandings we chose – Dave chose “The Instruments of Death” series by Paul Dale Anderson – which is a great police proceural, forensic thriller series – and I chose the Whit Pynchon Mysteries by the late Dave Peneau. Links (of course) to the covers.

Honorable mentions and series branding:

 

 

 

 

 

We are hoping that all of you reading this will comment on the covers, and go to the ONLINE STORE to check out the rest of the more than 1300 covers Dave has done. Tell us the ones that you like.  2018 is going to be a big year for us, and there are many more to come. And while you are on any product page or anywhere in the store, use the handy link on the right to sign up for our newsletter!