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.

Cover Reveal: The Goddard Affair

The next book in the Assassin Without a Name series has a title and a cover.

Fresh off his harrowing adventure in Night of Zealotry, the Assassin Without a Name is on the hunt, looking for the secret organizations which tried to kill him before they can try again. But the work of his trade doesn't stop just because he's involved in personal business, so when a new client named Walter Goddard comes around wishing to have a rival eliminated, the Assassin Without a Name takes the job.

Only after the task is complete does he learn that Walter Goddard is a member of the Society for the Progression of Science and Technology, one of the very same organizations the Assassin Without a Name has been seeking. At one of the society’s premiere technology galas, the Assassin Without a Name meets Gwendolyn Morgan, a beautiful widow who has run into problems of her own with the society. Not only does she believe the organization hired an assassin to murder her husband, but she’s certain she’s next. Convincing himself he’s only helping Gwendolyn in exchange for the society’s darkest secrets and not because of his part in making the woman into a widow, the Assassin Without a Name finds himself in the unusual role of protector as the society dispatches their Black Guard watchdogs to kill them both.

The Goddard Affair is scheduled for release in May 2014.

On Goodreads? Why not add The Goddard Affair to your reading list?

Also, don't forget that subscribers to my mailing list get the 'next' Assassin Without a Name story for free. That means that this time you'll get The Goddard Affair. Next time, you'll get the 'next' title, ad infinitum.

Release Announcement: Night of Zealotry

Night of Zealotry, the 3rd story in the Assassin Without a Name series, was officially released to Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Google Play, and the iBookstore today.

Fresh off his adventure in Killing the Dead, the Assassin Without a Name finds himself mixed up with a mysterious group of religious zealots whose interest in technology is anything but well-intentioned. Here's the full blurb:

Take out the mark, retrieve the scroll, and avoid getting killed by his protection detail of Black Guard mercenaries. That was the job. Simple enough, or so the Assassin Without a Name thought, until he finds himself smack in the middle of three organizations all vying for possession of the item he just stole.

Of the three, the worst is the Jakaree, a group of fanatical priests willing to kill to fulfill their mysterious goals. But by making the Assassin Without a Name a target, they're about to get a lesson in death themselves from one of the best.

If you're on Goodreads, you can add Night of Zealotry to your TBR list here.

Stay tuned for more info on subsequent releases in the series.

All New Assassin Releases Are Free!

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I'm kicking my Assassin Without a Name series into high gear, with the third and longest story yet, Night of Zealotry, set to come out in the next couple of weeks. Also, I've got three more stories all in various stages planned for release thereafter.

Right now, you can get the first two stories in the series, Fine Wine and Killing the Dead, for free at Amazon and other select online retailers.

With those on your eReader, wouldn't you want the next story too? Here's how to get it for free:

Sign-up to my mailing list. It's that simple. In exchange for allowing me to notify you of all of my new releases as they're available, I'll not only send you the next, unreleased story in the Assassin Without a Name series, but I'll also send you each and every story thereafter.

What that means is this: Sign-up today and I'll send you Night of Zealotry in a couple of weeks when it's released. Because it's a longer story than either of the first two, it's going to retail for $2.99. But you'll get it for free. Then, when the next story comes out, I'll send you that one too. And so on.

Why would I do this? Because I like having readers. I also like having ratings and reviews. There's not really any obligation to leave either, but it's a nice gesture and something which I'm willing to play the numbers on. If I give away 1,000 copies of the next story, chances are 5-10% of them will leave reviews. Maybe some others will help spread the word in some other way. It all helps.

One last question to answer: What's the frequency of Assassin releases? In an ideal world, I'd like to do one per month. But, because I'm a realist with a day job, I'm willing to commit to one new release every 1-2 months. I'm will to commit to that if you're willing to show your interest by signing up today. You have my thanks in advance.

Assassin Without a Name Titles Are Free!

It took some doing, but both of my Assassin Without a Name shorts are free on most (if not all) retailers. The stories are short, but what better way to sample my writing in a read in an hour or so format?

Here's the retailer links. I hope you visit and give them a read.

FINE WINE

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00DQZSU0S/smarlowe-20
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DQZSU0S
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00DQZSU0S
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fine-wine-scott-marlowe/1116226913?ean=2940044662889
iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id661675705
Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=1230000141461
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8919

KILLING THE DEAD

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00DC1T2OY/smarlowe-20
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DC1T2OY
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00DC1T2OY
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/killing-the-dead-scott-marlowe/1115632921?ean=2940016737744&itm=1&usri=2940016737744
iBookstore: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id661342028
Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=1230000141466
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/325576