New Releases for April, .99 Bargains!

New Releases for April, .99 Bargains!

New Books since our last newsletter from Irving Wallace, Hans Holzer, Brian Lumley (Necroscope Audio) – Alister Hodge, Elizabeth Massie, Stephen Mark Rainey and many, many more. Check out our newest titles at Amazon.com

Brand new release from Megan Mackie in her Lucky Devil series – Death and the Crone – only $2.99 for a limited time.

Why should the sexy immortal guy always go for the sixteen-year-old? 

Margaret has given up on life. In her late sixties, homeless and unwanted by society, it seemed a logical thing to go with this rich, handsome stranger back to his expensive apartment. Sure, it probably would mean her death, but what did she have to lose anyway? But instead of finding her death, Margaret learns that nothing in her savior’s world is what it seems, including herself.

Set in the magical, technologically-advanced Chicago of The Lucky Devil series, this spin-off story can be enjoyed by both existing and new fans of the series.

Only .99 for a limited time – Michael DiMercurio’s VOYAGE OF THE DEVILFISH and John McIlveen’s HANNAWHERE … both current bestsellers.

White Wolf World of Darkness

We are pleased to announce (again) that we have teamed with Paradox Publishing to re-release the original White Wolf World of Darkness Clan Novels, for both Vampire the Masquerade, and Vampire the Dark Ages – as well as David Niall Wilson’s THE GRAILS COVENANT TRILOGY

Top 10 Audiobooks for February

Top 10 Audiobooks for February

These are the top ten bestselling audiobooks from Crossroad Press for the month of February… you’ll note that the month was dominated by a couple of authors, and a couple of narrators, C. T. Phipps and Clive Barker, for the authors and Jeffrey Kafer and Simon Vance for narration… Remember, most of our books are “Whispersync” ready – meaning you can buy the eBook at Amazon and usually get the audiobook at a discounted price.

  1. The Rules of Supervillainy by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
  2. The Tournament of Supervillainy by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
  3. Journeys Out of the Body – by Robert Monroe – Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  4. The Games of Supervillainy – by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
  5. Weaveworld – by Clive Barker – Narrated by Simon Vance
  6. The Great & Secret Show – by Clive Barker – Narrated by Chet Williamson
  7. Imajica – by Clive Barker – Narrated by Simon Vance
  8. The Secrets of Supervillainy (starting to see a pattern here…) by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
  9. Cthulhu Armageddon – by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
  10. Dying to Get Married: The Courtship and Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch – by Ellen Harris – Narrated by Lee Ann Howlett

Top Ten eBooks for February

Top Ten eBooks for February

These are our top selling eBooks for the month of February. A good mix of our original titles, some constant sellers, and new faces… Many of these are also available in print, and unabridged audio editions.

  1. “Please… Don’t Kill Me”: The True Story of the Milo Murders – by William C. Dear & Carlton Stowers
  2. Trumped! The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump – His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall – by John R. O’Donnell and James Rutherford
  3. Blue Devil Island – by Stephen Mark Rainey
  4. Vertical Dive – By Michael DiMercurio
  5. Weaveworld – by Clive Barker
  6. Deadfall Ridge – by Duncan McGeary
  7. The Tournament of Supervillainy – by C. T. Phipps
  8. Star Quest: The Journey Begins – by Patricia Lee Macomber
  9. Cthulhu Armageddon – by C. T. Phipps
  10. A Midnight Dreary – The DeChance Chronicles Volume V by David Niall Wilson
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.

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!

 

Holiday Print Edition Sale Underway – 650+ products live in store

Holiday Print Edition Sale Underway – 650+ products live in store

All of the Print editions are back on sale at 40% off until the 31st of December… Use coupon code XmasSale to receive 40% off any purchase of print books at the site.  Find our Print Editions HERE.

The rebuild of the online store continues. We have more than 650 of our products live, and more going up daily… Come back to the store often… pick up some books to read for the holidays… and please share the links…..and this newsletter.

I promise we will not bother you often.  As soon as I figure out a way to put some eBooks on sale for the holidays, I will do so, but we don’t sell them directly in the store…. the reviews and sales are important to our authors on the major retail sites.