My take on the various publishing routes available to authors.

In your asking my opinion of about which method a new author should use to publish their first book, whether traditional, supported or self-publishing, I’d say I’d have to talk with the specific author discovering their abilities and how much work they’re willing to place into the publication of the book, as well as their financial abilities. These all determine the path they could choose.

The answer really isn’t a simple answer and there isn’t one answer fits for everyone. Anyone who says it has to be only one way…

Episode 001

New Hire

Ever Bard, Ears of Time

By Kenneth Shumaker & Aria

Episode 001, Autumn 50 Bear — 1

With InUPress

February 11, 2017

Ever Bard

Following in this series, we get to know the female elven teenager– a 115-year-old bard whose beauty is god-like — known as Ta’Myka by her parents and mortals, and known as Time and as Fate by the gods and other immortal. She is joined by the Journeyman Dragoman, holy hero of four gods, Bloodgrue — a twenty-year-old human Jalnoric male from the North Docks of the royal city of Mount Oryn. Journey…

By, Kenneth Shumaker

Issue 001

August 27, 2017

With Inevitable Unicorn Press

What are the pros and cons of various publishing formats?

o Self-publishing

o Author is responsible for all aspects of work

o Author is responsible for all your own costs

o Author controls all rights to the work

o Author can earn 4% to 100% royalties on net sales depending on sales distribution and vendor channels route taken

o No agent needed

o Supported publishing

o Guided work with the publisher

o Publisher looks after printing and distribution

o Author is responsible for all fees

o Shared control…

ISSN 2371–3747

Episode oo7

January 2016


Episode 007, ‘Contrary’

By Rusty Knight

Previously in episode 006, ‘Friends?’:

Lanis, now known as Drake, journeyed to Hangela’s on an errand on behalf of Lenden. To Drake’s credit, and against her better judgement, she resolved to become friends with the merchant Hangela. Things did not work out well. Drake discovered upon returning to Lenden, that he doesn’t consider Hangela a trustable person.

Now in episode 007, ‘Contrary’

Spring 10 Bear

Drake dishes up the fried meats and tubers onto their plates, then serves their morning meals, along with the dairy milk delivered yesterday.

Lenden smiles and he takes a…

ISSN 2371–3747

Episode 6


Episode 006, ‘Friends?’

By Rusty Knight

In episode 005, ‘Well?’:

Lanis acquired her mage name and a talisman along with new found skills. She bonded surprisingly with Lenden who she now calls Uncle and who gave her the mage name, Drake.

We continue now in episode 006, ‘Friends?’

Spring 9 Bear

Waking early, excited with the discovery of her new talisman, Drake wants to explore her new power. It is dark as usual and Drake ponders the possibilities with her new talisman.

ISSN 2371–3747

Episode 5

January 2016


Episode 005, ‘Well?’

By Rusty Knight

Previously in episode 004, ‘Really!’:

Lanis discovers the riches of Lenden’s laboratory and library, being rewarded for diligently working through Lenden’s lab and library on Lenden’s birthday.

Now in episode 005, ‘Well?’

Spring 8 Bear

Lenden sits back in his chair as Lanis is placing their food for morning meal on the table. He smirks. “So, Drake will you go out with me today?”

Lanis falters, ‘What is this? The old fart called me a duck and asked me out. Now what do I do?’ She regains…

Kenneth Shumaker

Following a long break from writing, Kenneth recovered his passion for writing. He is a science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction author.

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