18 Responses

  1. Holly says:

    I just finished reading Bright Of The Sky after finding it for free on Amazon for my Kindle. What a great find! I was unfamiliar with the series before this, but I’m now looking forward to the next books. I love finding a good series! I just bought Book 2 and I can’t wait to get started on it. Thanks!

  2. Kay says:

    Holly, thank you so much. My publisher (Pyr) put up Bright of the Sky free on Kindle for a limited time. I was thrilled that they had done so, and it’s been getting a lot of attention from this promotion. I especially love Book Two (if I may say so) and I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Jim Harbert says:

    Kay, I eagerly downloaded this for my Kindle based on what I had read about the series. As a sales/marketing guy, I love the model for e-books practiced by Baen, give one or two in a series, hooking the reader to buy the rest.

    I have bought many books this way, from both Amazon and elsewhere.

    My issue here is that they apparently did a pretty ugly job of formatting. I am told that this file I have is called topaz format, and depending on who you talk to, it is either to address extra secure DRM concerns, or because it is a fast way to convert a book. The format is supposed to be image based, similar to pdf.

    What it does to your book is apply very aggressive justification, resulting in spaces that are as large as the words in on a line. The text doesn’t look as crisp to my “past 40” eyes either, but I could deal with the fonts if the justification wasn’t such an issue.

    There are 8 font sizes on the Kindle 2. I use the 5th one (past 40 eyes). Through experimentation, I have found that if I move to a smaller font, the 3rd one, it looks excellent. Again, I believe it is all related to the format. I recommend the mobi azw format which still has DRM attached if you need that.

    Please don’t take it as me whining about your effort. I will get out the reading glasses. I am giving you feedback as the writer and because I believe in this type of marketing for e-books. I want you to make lots of money from the Kindle!

    Thank you so much for writing science fiction and being open to the e-book format.

    Jim H

  4. Kay says:

    Jim, I’ve heard about this problem from a few other people. I will pass the concern along; I have no participation in any of these format decisions . . . but I hope Kindle might start addressing some of these glitches.

    As for being open to the e-book format. Oh yes. Anything that gets people reading; and author share in revenues is getting a bit more fair. Hope you enjoy the story despite all!

  5. Sue says:

    I would love to read this book, but unfortunately Amazon only has it in the dreaded Topaz format which I cannot read even with reading glasses. I don’t know if it is you or your publisher that insists on this format, but that’s a big mistake. Topaz formatting is usually quite poor. Most Kindle books are mobi format – why don’t you use mobi? Your publisher could also put it out in epub format and it could be sold in numerous bookstores – epub is the future. If it is your book you should insist that your publisher make it available in more formats. There are a lot of new ereaders now and none of them except Kindle uses Topaz.

  6. Kay says:

    I have been hearing from readers about this. I have mentioned it to my publisher, but of course Kindle rules the waves. It seems like a simple thing to fix. Alas. Pyr has no plans right now to do their own ebooks, but when they do, I will put in my two cents for it Not being Topaz! Thanks for letting me know.

  7. Sue says:

    yes, Kindle rules the waves, but most of their ebooks are mobi format, not topaz. I think it is as a previous poster said – it’s the cheapest way to create an ebook. Unfortunately it’s also the worst format(you get what you pay for). I guess what some publishers either don’t realize or refuse to admit is that while creating a mobi or epub is more expensive than topaz at first, there is only a one time conversion cost – after that it’s just a file like any other with storage costs. Much different than printing costs per book.

  8. Rob says:

    I too came across Bright the Sky on the free download and within 3 weeks I’d finished the series! Tell me there’s more…

    Prequel? Telling the story of the Quinn family’s initial arrival in the entire, separation, the blinding of Sydney yada yada… you know. You wrote the story! LOL

    Truly an epic story.

    Thank You

  9. Kay says:

    Thanks, Rob. So glad you enjoyed it that much. Wow, you read fast! Oh, don’t ask me to go back to the Entire . . . I barely got out alive. Well, that was fun to say. But what I mean is that it just consumed me for several years, and I had to leave it behind. Regretfully, at some level. But perhaps there’s a short story in there. If I ever write more, I’ll announce it here. But for now, no, no plans.

  10. Jose says:

    Awesome story! I found it for free on my kindle also, and it’s been a great read. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I already downloaded them. You are officially on my list of favorite authors. 🙂 Thank you for your stories!

  11. Kay says:

    Jose, you’re welcome, and thanks for the compliments. Just when I thought the series was over (in print) now it comes roaring back on Kindle. I am thrilled.

  12. Frank says:

    I had all four books on my TBR pile, vowing to wait for a series to finish before embarking on the books for obvious reasons.
    Well, i was awed by thr first book and have already plowed through most of the second volume in as many days.
    All I can say is Kay, where have you been all my life?
    You have married my two (sci-fi and fantasy)favorite genres into a fantastic story, great world building and characters, looking forward to the next two books right now!!
    So what’s next??

  13. Kay says:

    Frank, thanks for this lovely post. (So *you’re* one of those paranoid types who waits until the series is complete!)
    I had great fun with this series, marrying sf with fantasy. I’m so glad it’s still finding readers.
    As for next: I am writing a fantasy novel. All I can say about it as this time is that it is not traditional fantasy.
    I hope my readers will follow me into this newish endeavor.
    I will announce here!

  14. Frank says:

    Well as I purchase many series as they are on going as I did with yours, I have waited for George RR Martin, Robert Jordan, and several others over the years, so you can see I am a bit paranoid in starting without a foreseeable end in sight. Of course I didn’t doubt you completing the Entire and the Rose. Also, I love to hit and finish an entire series where it stays fresh. Well I finished book two and it’s on to book three tonight.
    You have my vow that I will also follow you into your new endeavor, will it be a multi-volume work?

  15. Dehbi says:

    Hi Kay, and I have to tell you that Bright of the Sky was the first book I read on my Kindle when I got it last November. I loved it (and the rest of the series) and your wonderful, no, beyond wonderful, world-building, that I want to re-read everything again, and I have tons of other stuff that I need to read. I keep thinking about the characters and The Entire and your absolutely satisfying finish to it all. I want to go back!

    I tell everyone about that journey and thank you so much for creating this gift for us to savor.

    Going to explore the rest of the site….

  16. Dehbi says:

    Also, is there somewhere we can buy posters or some other format of the cover art? Those images are haunting.

    Thanks again!

  17. Kay says:

    Debhi, thank you. It was pure pleasure writing those books. I miss my characters, especially now that I’ve been away from them for awhile. So glad you enjoyed the books. They seem like a world I really went to, a long time ago . . .

  18. Kay says:

    Yes, Stephan Martiniere does sell prints – http://www.martiniere.com/shop/
    I almost fell out of my chair when my editor first sent me the artwork for Book 1. I’ve worshipped Mariniere ever since.

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