We’re live on Facebook, with author Danielle Ancona hosting authors Alexander Thomas, A.R. Vagnetti, Daniel Dickinson, Jabe Stafford, Crystal L. Kirkham, and Sam Hendricks. Most are performing a live reading of their books, and some are answering questions and engaging in the Facebook chat.
In the past, we’ve used Youtube Live, and you can find those videos here. In the future, we intend to use both. You’ll be able to find the video from tonight’s event on Youtube tomorrow.
We love connecting with each other and readers all over the world, so we appreciate you joining when you can. We will continue to host these events on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with our theatrical readings (involving multiple authors performing one piece!) on Saturdays.
To celebrate CITIZEN OF EARTH reaching the TOP TEN in free military science fiction on Amazon, we’re offering pre-orders for the next installment: THE GREAT TRAITOR for 30% off with coupon code SOLARIS30!
And if you’re looking for a beautifully crafted fantasy story, look no further than BY IMMORTAL HONOR BOUND by Danielle Ancona. For a limited time, these pre-orders include FREE SHIPPING in the United States and a table of alchemy symbols from the author, on parchment!
You can also find them both reading from their books on our recent Youtube Live streams. We’ll be hosting those readings every Tuesday and Thursday around 5pm Pacific. We’ll also be hosting theatrical readings involving multiple players on Saturdays around 9pm Eastern.
Among many innovations in response to the global pandemic, all our new releases will launch with custom pre-order packages that feature signed copies, bookmarks and mugs, and other exclusive gifts from the author! They’ll be available on our website for a limited time before pre-orders open with retailers. We are excited to offer these packages as a way to further extend the reading experience and connect authors with their fans.
Included in some of the pre-order packages is the new Content Hub, which houses short stories and even full-length books, articles and essays, and other offerings from Kyanite authors. It is now available on a subscription basis as well.
And just in case you missed it: we are hosting ongoing live readings, interviews, and panels throughout the week and weekend on our Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. The participating authors are often available for questions before and after, and reader engagement is encouraged! We do this for you!
The Great Traitor, the second book in the Galaxy on Fire series by best-selling author Joseph Kassabian, is now on pre-order right here! Packages include signed books with customizable inscriptions, mugs, eBooks, and more! *Only available for a limited time.
“If you thought Citizen of Earth was great, hold onto your f*ing britches. Kassabian soars in The Great Traitor, showcasing his depth and range through the eyes of his loveable characters and the enthralling intricacies of galactic society. Expect paper cuts from quick page turns.”
Sam Hendricks, Publisher and Editor
*For those reading this as it comes out: join us in just over an hour for a live reading with the author and the contributors of the post-apocalyptic anthology Remnants on our Twitter feed.
Remnants is a post-apocalyptic anthology created by Stephen Coghlan and edited by B.K. Bass with stories from Stephen Coghlan, Michael D. Nadeau, Aaron Lee, Benjamin Hope, D.W. Hitz, J.D. Kellner, Ian Fairgrieve, Rachel Ford, A.A. Rubin, Alan Provance, Crystal L. Kirkham, and J.D. Sanderson.
The Great Traitor is a military science fiction novel exploring themes of conflict and humanity, and the second in a planned trilogy from best-selling author of Hooligans of Kandahar, Joseph Kassabian.
Stephen Coghlan, Joseph Kassabian, and several authors from the Remnants crew will be reading LIVE from their stories, answering questions, and talking about books and publishing during this online event.
Visit us on Twitter and you’ll see the videos right on the top of our newsfeed around 7:30pm EST. This is a casual event and the authors have been encouraged to relax, lean in, and put on a show. We hope you’ll kick up your feet, grab a drink, and join us!
We’re writing again today to tell you about our first ever pre-order packages, launching today!
Night Life, Book Two in the Night Trilogy by B.K. Bass, features three packages: Kyanite, Tanzanite, and Quartzite. All three packages include something exclusive that you can’t get anywhere else. Check them out!
The Assimilation Agent, Book One by Sam Hendricks, features the same tiers: Kyanite, Tanzanite, and Quartzite. All three packages include something exclusive and different based on this book/series. The Kyanite package includes TWO custom signed books, the eBook, a subscription to exclusive content here on the website, a sticker, and a bookmark for only $79! You really can’t get this anywhere else!
As you may have read here, we are launching our books with these exclusive pre-order campaigns because we want to connect with readers in more meaningful and entertaining ways. We also want to help authors earn royalties faster during these trying times, so we’ve accelerated our royalty payment schedule. These awesome packages are a rallying point for us and our authors to spread the word about our books prior to publication and offer our readers the chance to score great deals. We hope you’ll agree that they extend the power of our stories and inspire joy!
You may also be interested in our new Content Hub, which will feature exclusive essays, articles, genre studies, and short stories-all for a low monthly price. A 12-month membership to the hub will often be featured in our pre-order packages as well!
Though we are in trying times, opportunities continue to abound for some of us creators and business owners. Many of the ideas outlined below have been percolating since the inception of our company, while others are brand-spankin’ new. We are grateful to all of you for your patronage as we pivot and grow.
Here is a quick summary of the changes we’ll be making:
Exclusive, one-time pre-order campaigns will now launch from our website a few months before release. Each release will feature three pre-order packages, ranging from premium (multiple custom signed books + merch + a content subscription on our website + eBooks) to downright affordable (signed book + ebook). We see this as a way to help our authors without asking for charity. Authors will receive their 50/50 split within 14 calendar days of each month-end–much faster than our traditional royalty accounting through our distributor.
Books will still be listed with our distributors and will appear with retailers as usual. Amazon will likely also feature pre-orders. Barnes and Noble, Walmart, and Target may as well. Royalties from those sales will be paid as usual. This pre-order campaign will be exclusive on our website and through us, and will be in addition to everything we normally do.
We are going to release some books sooner than we had previously scheduled. There are more readers requesting new content than we anticipated, and we want to meet the demand. Many of you have expressed excitement at the prospect of our books being released sooner. Thank you for sharing that with us! We are pleased to answer!
We are introducing a new membership to a new sub-area of the website, which we’re (for now) calling the Content Hub. It’ll be filled with original fiction and non-fiction content. Exclusive access will be granted to people who purchase a 1, 3, or 6-month membership, or those who are given 12 months of access as part of a pre-order package.
The free books on our website will be removed on April 30th. We will continue to offer free deals through Amazon.
We will be adding content to Youtube and social media in order to further promote our authors and their books. We hope you’ll engage with us and get to know our catalog and our community. Both are spectacular.
We’ll be using our email newsletter to deliver book recommendations, exclusive content, original short fiction and non-fiction, and book news. Please sign up if you haven’t yet!
When things stabilize, we will adapt our approach to physical book events and expos. At this time, we have no events scheduled.
We appreciate you taking the time to read about our company and our authors and we are excited to share new work with you soon. Stay tuned for the first pre-order launches later today!
We are proud to share that our very own Crystal L. Kirkham has taken the reins of a new anthology project aimed at collecting uplifting, feel-good, happy ending stories to shine some light in these dark times in which we are living.
We will be partnering with Crystal to help bring this project to the world. In addition to providing the cover shown, we will be organizing the licensing, copyrighting, ISBN, and other publishing details. We will also be hosting the finished product on our website for free. This is a volunteer-based project, and as such there will never be a charge for the book.
To find out more about submitting to this anthology, please visit Crystal L. Kirkham’s website, HERE.
To ensure timely processing, please do not submit queries or stories to our email. We are only handling the back-end production and distribution, while Crystal is leading the way from the front on this. Any questions should be directed to the email address listed on the page linked above.
Here at Kyanite Publishing, we have always been advocates for the power of storytelling to uplift the spirit, spread new ideas, and encourage new ways of looking at the world. We also believe in the value of escapism for the pure joy of leaving the real world behind, if even for only a little while.
We currently find ourselves in troubling times; in the midst of an unprecedented global crisis. Several of our authors have asked what they can do to help. We feel that through storytelling, we can do our part in providing a little distraction, and maybe a little hope, to people who are going through some tough times right now.
In the interest of this, we’re launching a new column of the Kyanite Press Online, the web-based counterpart to our literary journal. The Healing Words Project will be a home for stories donated by authors and freely available to the public.
What we’re looking for:
Short stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words. Genres: Any science fiction or fantasy. Terms: Licensing agreement, no transfer of rights, no exclusivity. Compensation: Volunteer only, as this is a public service project and the content will be provided to the public for free. Deadline: Open-ended. An announcement will be made at least 10 business days prior to the project being cut off.
Note: We’d like to avoid any apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, or heavy dystopian fiction for this project. We’re going to favor the lighter side of things this time around.
How to submit: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Healing Words” in the subject line, along with your story in .doc or .docx format and a short pitch letting us know what it’s about.
What to expect: Honestly, we’re launching this on the fly and playing it by ear. We will confirm any submissions within 3 business days, and hope to make decisions on acceptance and send contracts within 10 business days of receipt. After that, it might take a week or two for editing, and you’ll have a chance to review any edits before the story is posted. Keep in mind these are all estimates.
The Fine Print: All submissions will be considered private and confidential until a licensing agreement is signed. Kyanite Publishing, LLC, and its representatives, reserve the right to accept or decline any submissions for any reason, objective or subjective. A licensing agreement will be offered and must be digitally signed before any content is posted. Copyright of all works submitted for the Healing Words Project and/or The Kyanite Press Online remains the property of the work’s author. For more information, contact B.K. Bass at email@example.com.