Scott Marlowe
Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Kindle Unlimited and Why I’m In

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited is a new program just introduced by Amazon that allows readers to read an unlimited number of Kindle books each month. Think of it as Netflix for books. The cost is $9.99 per month, though if you sign-up now Amazon starts you off with a free 30 day trial.

The ‘all you can read’ subscription based idea isn’t new. Others, like Scribd and Oyster, have been in the game for a short while now. But it says something about the viability and potential of the model given that Amazon has decided to also offer their own version of it. I think if I were Scribd or Oyster, I might be worried. Those services currently contain a wider selection of titles given their license agreements with some of the big publishers, but this is Amazon we’re talking about. With 60% of the eBook market and an army of independent and hybrid authors marching to their beat, Amazon once again has the potential to be a huge industry disruptor.

From an author’s perspective, I’m embracing this new program. Not with all of my titles, but at least with my Assassin Without a Name shorts. That series is not performing well under the usual pay for each title model. Fine Wine and Killing the Dead have been free for a long time; they each rack up the free downloads on an almost daily basis. But I haven’t seen those downloads translate into a measurable amount of paid sales. So, as I write this, those titles, along with Night of Zealotry and The Goddard Affair, have been pulled from all other online retailers and enrolled into KDP Select, which is a requirement of the Kindle Unlimited program. I don’t particularly like the exclusivity requirement, but Amazon remains my number one source of sales by far, so it would be foolish for me to not at least give this new program of theirs a try.

When you get down to it, that’s what enrolling some of my titles—specifically my short ones—into this program amounts to: it’s something I need to explore. If it works out, great. If not, I learn what I can from the experience and move on to the next, big thing. Who knows? The subscription model may become the way the majority people of people consume books. In that case, I’m already at the forefront.

Alchemancer Titles On Sale Now

Alchemancer Summer Sale

The first two Alchemancer books, The Five Elements and The Nullification Engine, are on sale for 99 cents. Regularly $4.99 each, that’s an 80% price reduction. The sale only lasts for a short time, so if you’ve been on the fence about starting the series or picking up book two, wait no longer!

This sale is across all online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, the iBookstore, and more.

Some thoughts on Fine Wine (Assassin Without a Name #1)

This first appeared in the From the Author section on Amazon’s product page for Fine Wine.

Like any story, Fine Wine started with a simple idea: an assassin makes a deal. The story was a bit of an experiment, as I wanted to see if I could write something short. Like really, really short, while still telling a complete story. You see, I'd tried this in the past; every effort turned into a much longer work than what I had originally anticipated. Fine Wine, however, went as planned, taking all of an hour or so to get the first draft down.

In the process of writing the story I discovered a character I liked enough to want to revisit. So I wrote Killing the Dead, which was planned as a longer, more involved story meant to reveal a bit more about the character and the world he lives in. With the first two tales forming a base for the character, I decided to expand the series by introducing additional supporting characters, a number of organizations whose motives our witty assassin finds himself opposed to for one reason or another, and a diabolical plan which just might mean the end of everything the Assassin Without a Name holds dear. This larger direction starts with Night of Zealotry and continues into subsequent stories from there.

Each story is a tale unto itself, however, so no cliffhanger endings. While I want readers to come back for the next story, I also want them to leave with a sense of fulfillment. I know how some readers feel about serial style works; rest assured, the Assassin Without a Name series is not a collection of serials, but actual short stories and novellas, each with its own beginning and end.

Ask the Author on Goodreads

Ask the Author is a new program on Goodreads where readers can ask any author who opts into the program any question they like.

Want to know what I'm currently working on? When the next Alchemancer book is coming out? Why the Assassin Without a Name doesn't have a name (can't guarantee I'll give you a satisfactory answer on that one as it would involve spoilers)?

Visit my Ask the Author page and I'll gladly answer anything you throw my way.

Here's a couple of stock questions I've already answered:

Ask the Author: Scott Marlowe

Free Assassin Without a Name eBooks Available

I'd like to get some more reviews for my Assassin Without a Name shorts. Fine Wine has some, Killing the Dead a few, Night of Zealotry only one, and The Goddard Affair, which was just released, has none. To that end, I'm willing to give you, dear reader, a free copy of each eBook in exchange for a review. You can already download Fine Wine and Killing the Dead for free from your favorite online retailer. So here's the deal: Leave a review for one or both of those and I'll gladly send you a copy of the third story in the series, Night of Zealotry. Read and review that one and I'll send you a copy of The Goddard Affair. I'm still working on the next story, Thief's Gambit, but I'll send you that one when it's ready if you write a review for The Goddard Affair.

The only thing I need you to do is contact me with the link to your review and your email address so I can send you a download link for the next story. I won't use your email address for anything else, nor will I auto-add it to my regular mailing list. If you want to sign up for that, that's entirely up to you.

As for where you should leave your review, any online retailer, Goodreads, or your own blog or web site all work for me.

The Assassin Without a Name series is a fast-paced series of short stories featuring a witty assassin with a penchant for fine wine and a knack for getting in the middle of bad situations. They're a lot of fun to write and, hopefully, for others to read.