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Amy J. Murphy

Author of the Allies and Enemies series.

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Audiobook Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate

Novella by Becky Chambers

By: Becky Chambers
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 09-03-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio

From the publisher…

A stand-alone science fiction novella from the award-winning, best-selling, critically acclaimed author of the Wayfarer series.

Told in the first-person narrative, Chambers spins the story of 22nd-century astronaut Ariadne O’Neill and her three crewmates as they explore habitable worlds. Earth and politics are decades in their wake. Through the process of “somaforming”, O’Neill and her crew survive the hostile environments of exoplanets. Combined with suspended animation, fragile humans can endure the long voyages to get to them. With their bodies transformed for each planet and with so much time elapsed back on earth, O’Neill and her crew are increasingly out of touch with the humans they’d left behind on Earth.

I came across To Be Taught, If Fortunate as I explored other books narrated by Brittany Pressley (narrator for the recent Elizabeth Moon books in the Vatta’s War follow up.) Her performance really makes the story shine. For a limited POV, she adds a fuller dimension with different inflections and accents to the other three crew members.

If you like Enterprise, Gravity, Interstellar, or, if you’re already a fan of Chambers, To Be Taught, If Fortunate is a fun fast read (or listen).

Available from: Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

Cover reveal: Allies and Enemies: Empire

Allies and Enemies: Empire (Book 5) is due out soon. Thanks to some diligent beta-readers, it looks like I’ll be able to publish well ahead of my original target deadline. Look for pre-order info by the end of this week (June 28th). I hate to leave things on a “cliff hanger” but book 5 should be well worth the wait.

In the meanwhile, I’m very pleased to share the beautiful cover art created by Laercio Messias. [Check out his other work here.]

Allies and Enemies: Empire (Book 5) – On pre order soon!

5 Things I Wish I Knew About Self-Publishing One Year Ago

It’s been a little over a year since this little self publishing experiment of mine got launched. Time flies when you’re stressing out over the small stuff like compulsively checking your Amazon sales and agonzing over how (or even if) to purchase promotions. One of my former employers once likened the internet to the wild west. That was nearly a decade ago. Because the ‘net ages in terms of dog years, some order has come to the chaos. The rules that run things seem to come out of no where and possess a life of their own. I’m no expert. I’m still figuring it all out.

And so far this is what I would hop into the DeLorean to tell 2015 me about this enterprise:

  1. Don’t waste your time with Book Tango. If you designed your own websites and taught yourself photoshop, you can figure out how to format your own ebook. Don’t let any distributor scare you into thinking you cannot create a functional ebook that works correctly on a Kindle.
  2. Skip the Kindle Scout popularity contest. It’s really not a venue for science fiction. It’s meant for romance and cozy mysteries (whatever those are).
  3. Don’t spend the money on the promoters that focus on Twitter. There is a figurative ocean of Tweets out there and odds are you’re never going to have “that” one message that makes everyone snatch up your book.
  4. Stop checking your rank. Yes, it’s awesome to see your book climb to the top 20 of military science fiction or space opera. But you will start hyper-focusing on the wrong things (promo) instead of the things that made you happy in the first place (writing).
  5. Be patient. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Remeber why you started this in the first place, nerf-herder.
  6. Also, Mattel will finally start selling hover boards.

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