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Zero Hour...it's finally time!

The PL Nunn CoverYay, it's finally time for Zero Hour! I've pulled out all the stops and done some things I wouldn't be able to do if I hadn't published it myself.

1. PL Nunn cover - I have ALWAYS wanted one.
2. Illustrations - even if I had offered to provide illustrations, it wouldn't have been possible. Too finicky to format.
3. Free version - I am leaving the first draft up for free. Most publishers won't touch something that's available simultaneously for free.

The story: 
Ernest just turned thirty. It's time for retirement, freedom from the tedious drudgery of his job as a data clerk. Time to explore parts of the city he's never seen before, and hopefully meet some people other than his Deacon or his health monitor. And at the end of the month? Time to die.

Will runs the counter at the historic coffee shop, and when he talks, he sounds just like an old-time data feed. He's nothing like anyone Ernest has ever met—which isn't saying much—but still, something about him simply doesn't parse.

___

Is there a difference between the free and paid versions? Yes, the illustrations go with the paid version, and the middle of the story got a lot of tweaking. I think certain cause-and-effect relationships became clear to me only after the whole story was written, and I was able to go in and really tighten those up.

Right now Mobi, Lit, ePub and PDF are available at JCP Books.
Kindle is in the process of publishing and may be up by the time you read this, Nook will be up soon, and the paperback should be along in a couple of weeks.

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tizzzzez
Jun. 30th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
I love the cover - P L Nunn's covers are wonderful (they always pull me towards a book) and this one is gorgeous! I really like downloading books directly from your site - it's great that you can publish your work just how you want, including these illustrations, which I think is such a good idea. I've had a quick look at the illustrations and I think they work very well.

I loved this when I read the online version and I'm looking forward to seeing what you've changed.
jordan_c_price
Jun. 30th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! A lot of times I'm tempted to take the path of least resistance (i.e....it's a pain to make these illustrations work, forget it) but then I remind myself that I went independent so I could challenge myself and stretch boundaries and make things the way I want.

She did such a beautiful job on the cover.
josephine_myles
Jun. 30th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous cover!

I'll definitely be buying a copy even though it's free online. I'd much rather read a properly formatted ebook, and knowing how much my stories improve on second drafts, I'm sure it's well worth paying for :D
jordan_c_price
Jun. 30th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
I am eating your brussels sprouts RIGHT NOW. My friend's garden basiled so I jumped at the chance. It's really yummy! I needed to use canned tomatoes, but later this summer my basil and tomatoes should be ready at the same time.

I'm with you, if I like something well enough to read all the way through, I'd prefer the properly formatted version!

(back to eating now...)
josephine_myles
Jul. 1st, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
*g* Glad you're enjoying them! I sowed four different basil varieties last week and the seedlings are just starting to come up, so I reckon I'll be making it myself in a few months.

It's odd to think how much I used to hate sprouts as a child. My daughter loves them.

I have to admit, I haven't read Zero Hour yet because I don't get on with reading things online. I know I could cut and paste and create my own pdfs to put on my ereader, but that's such a hassle. As I knew you'd be publishing it, I decided to wait (as I am with the Starving Years)
jordan_c_price
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
My seedlings came up a few weeks ago so hopefully they'll turn into plants soon!

I don't think we were ever served sprouts when I was a child. The repertoire of food was pretty limited.
andy_slayde
Jun. 30th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I loved this and the illustrations are wonderful. I love that you can put forth your work anyway you want it. I'm very jealous :o)
And keeping the free version up is a great idea too.
jordan_c_price
Jul. 1st, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! And thank you for your work on proofing!
andy_slayde
Jul. 1st, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
You're very welcome, it as my pleasure to read it :o)
krondr
Jun. 30th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Looking forward to all the illustrations. I have a stupid month end meeting today, but hopefully can fit in some reading time at lunch :D
jordan_c_price
Jul. 1st, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Oh, I surely don't miss the 7:30 am staff meeting the first Friday of every month. I surely don't.
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jordan_c_price
Jul. 1st, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh goody! I was really happy with the way the Kindle came out :D
egret17
Jul. 1st, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Happy release day to you!!
jordan_c_price
Jul. 1st, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Yay, thank you!
neyronrose
Jul. 1st, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
It's great to see it out in e-book. :) I knew about the beautiful cover, but I didn't know you'd done illustrations as well. I don't know how I missed that. I know you'd told me that you were doing some drawing.

It looks great as a PDF and in epub.
jordan_c_price
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
That's great news!
bluesimplicity
Jul. 1st, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Just downloaded it and it looks GREAT. I'm normally not a fan of PL Nunn covers (ducks flying tomatoes), but I REALLY love this one. The character designs and the overall colour scheme really work with this story. And the illustrations are wonderful too.

One quick note - I had a bit of a hard time downloading it from your site. I tried to rename it before I downloaded it to Zero Hour - J.C. Price, and it would just sit there, attempting to download. It finally worked when I just let the file download with the orginal file name, and then renamed it myself. I've had this problem with other sites (mostly MLR Press), and I don't know if anyone else has encountered this. It's no big deal, but I thought I'd make you aware.

CONGRATS on another release! (I LOVED this story and waiting for each new chapter month to month nearly killed me.)

**Picks up Kindle and, whistling innocently, eagerly awaits the release of The Starving Years**

Blue
jordan_c_price
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
How interesting, I'm not sure if I've ever renamed a file as I downloaded it. I'll have to try it sometime. I gather that my shopping cart company uses Amazon cloud space to do their business, but it's not anything that's under my control. MLR uses the same shopping cart provider that I do, so the issue must be with the cart.

I think PL Nunn covers make some not-so-well-written books very popular (also ducks flying tomatoes) because readers can bring a visual to the text from her cover. In this case her shunt design became an integral part of the story.

Thank you so much for the kind words about the story! I think you'll find this version a lot tighter than the original.
Andi Lea
Jul. 1st, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
Congrats on release day! The book is beautiful!
jordan_c_price
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Andi! And thank you for being my iPad tester!
oceankitty1
Jul. 1st, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
I love you! Paid version for me, gotta support the artist XD
jordan_c_price
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
Aw! I love you too! *kisses*
elena_62
Jul. 2nd, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)

Hi, Jordan! Congratulations.

I'd like to buy ''Zero Hour'', even though I've read the version you already published.

Just now I've discovered a book of yours I haven't read and wanted to know if it is possible to buy ''Kindred Spirits'' directly from JCP Books. I could buy both books together. And what about ''Starlight''?

Thank you in advance for your answer!

Grazie e ciao

Antonella
jordan_c_price
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Those are some oldies! Starlight was the first story I ever had published. They pre-date my JCP Books store, and it looks like I never formatted them for direct sale. (I don't sell many copies so I never made it a priority, either.)

I will add that to my list, but with my upcoming lasic surgery I don't think I'll get it done anytime soon. Maybe I'll have them ready by the time the next Petit Morts comes out.

Thank you for reminding me about them!
elena_62
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)

You're welcome!

I've just added all the books of yours I've read on Goodreads (please notice, all with a 5 stars review ;-) and saw two I had never heard of.

Then I'll wait a while. I would be glad to buy them directly here, and especially in a pdf format and not Kindle.

All the best for your surgery!

Ciao

Antonella
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