Monday Musings: “Your Books Are So Good, I Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Them.” | M.A. Kropp

via Monday Musings: “Your Books Are So Good, I Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Them.” | M.A. Kropp

I agree with what it says at the end of the article.

“We’re working here, just like everybody else. And, just like everybody else, we deserve to be paid for that work.”

I’d say to that deluded reader who was so abusive this – walk a mile in our shoes, and see how much work goes into the creation of single book. It is not simply a case of write down a story, push a button and be done with it, and it’s a book all the sudden. It takes week, or months, of work for an author, a book designer, a proofreader, an editor, a layout designer, and many more that I can’t even list here.

When J.K. Rowling had her first novel accepted, a gap of several years existed between when she got her signature on the dotted line, and when that book got into print.

We are independent authors, and therefore WE do everything that the traditional publishing houses have teams for. WE need to do all the work, from writing, to organising the editing, to getting it ready for printing, to marketing and SELLING the book…

WE do all this work, and it can take months for this process to complete, in which we got bills to pay just like that solitary reader who had the cheek to call out “Your books are so good, I shouldn’t have to pay for them”. Well, I got news for you, reader (whomever you were that said this cheeky thing). If you don’t buy any of OUR books, we don’t have the finance  to invest into the next book that we’re writing which needs an author, a book designer, a proofreader, an editor, a layout designer, and anything else that’s needed to get book two out of the door.

I applaud M.A. Kropp for taking this stance, and I will stand shoulder to shoulder with her, and I am sure that every person who reposts his article can show their support too, and all those who re-tweet my blog posts can do the same…

Release Updates for upcoming books!

I decided to post a formal announcement about the latest developments from my Writing Desk.

New email mailing list

I am currently in the process of setting up a proper mailing list at Mailchimp which should become active during May 2016. See Twitter and Facebook pages for announcements of scheduled dates for launch and when the newsletter “From my Writing Desk” will be sent out each month. The mailing list will be OPT-IN, and will only be sent out once a month with latest news of info about my writing.

Scheduled releases this summer!

Currently I got TWO new books scheduled for release.

My first science fiction book “SUBJECT 37” which already can be pre-ordered:

PRE-ORDER dark dystopian apocalyptic novel Subject 37!



In a society of five hundred years in the future, Earth has essentially been split into two zones. The zone that is occupied by the humans of that time, called Utopus, is a clean environment, with good housing, good health care, plenty of food available. No one knows how Utopus is being able to be kept in this state.

After the Third World War of three hundred and seventy years earlier, it became the region on Earth that all the survivors went to live in. Earth’s population of the year 2522 is not as it was at the turn of the twenty-second century. The population is only one percent of the original population of just over eight billion.

Every ten years a single scientist gets sent to the polluted zone which makes up the other half of Earth’s surface. As none of the previous scientists ever returned no one in Utopus knows what actually is going on in that region simply referred to as the Zone Zero.

The story follows a man, selected as this year’s Subject, to go into Zone Zero, and to determine its current condition. He’s simply known to the survivors in this world as Subject 37. However, his name is Steven Burgard. His journey through Zone Zero is one that no one prepared him for.

Steven Burgard was my name until yesterday…!


Currently no Kindle format available yet for this book but that will be added on or shortly after the Paperback release.

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Back to back with the release of this novel, I am also releasing the BOOK TWO in the epic fantasy series The Wolf Riders of Keldarra. Full title to be confirmed at this date. This book will be released about one week after Subject 37.

Synopsis to be announced, however I can tell you that Marrida and Alagur will be delving deeper into the darker secrets that binds both their factions to a single event that happened nine hundred years earlier.

What is happening at my Writing Desk?

I am already plotting for the next two books coming out later this year, looking over my own schedule of upcoming releases, it seems to me I am going to transition slowly from the original fantasy writer I am today into being a multi-genre author.

For starters I believe in diversity. It’s been something I was good at with my own reading choices, reading anything from classic science fiction by Isaac Asimov to the historic novels I knew about when I was perhaps 12-15 years old, to reading pretty much every one my Papa’s Maigret paperbacks. I seems to now want to put into practice while writing, what I did while reading — diversify my writing style and genres.

You’ve heard that old adage. Read about what you know. When I reflect back over my life, it’s amazing how much I’ve experienced. Seems some of it will seep into my writing as I write more and more of my fiction. As I said recently to a fellow writer… “I’ve got a lot of books planned…”

So in no particular order, beside the fantasy and science fiction I already mentioned as “being written”, here’s the other genres I got book ideas being plotted for – crime fiction, mystery, alternate history, and urban fantasy. And for urban fantasy I’ve got a very nice book planned in the Young Adult fiction range, and this book is planned for early 2017. In addition, I got some short stories I want to write, and because I own worldwide rights to Keldarra as an indie author, I can also write some interesting novellas set in that world which will give a more indepth insight to a number of the recurring characters from The Wolf Riders of Keldarra epic fantasy series.

Also upcoming, and look out for it in about 10 days time here on my blog, will be the indepth “Interview with Myself” with supporting blog articles, which I’ve been writing over the last month or so with interesting questions found on various random blog sites that list “Author Interviews” as a feature on their site. If YOU run a blog with such a section, be on the lookout for this feature on my book, because you can repost it as a blog entry on your own website.

Guess it’s back to writing for me. At the time of writing this at almost 10am I’ve made huge progress with my writing and editing so far, but the day is far from over for me.

Remember to go do this too!!!

My first science fiction book “SUBJECT 37” which already can be pre-ordered:

PRE-ORDER dark dystopian apocalyptic novel Subject 37!

Thank you for reading.

Nathalie M.L. Römer

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