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Membership of our global Underground Knowledge discussion group on Goodreads.com has topped 6,000, making it one of the biggest and fastest-growing groups on the giant Amazon-owned literary site for authors and readers.

The group’s impressive growth reflects the popularity of its below-the-radar and often contentious subject matter, its active discussion threads and its advertised willingness to accommodate all viewpoints. No topic is off limits for our Undergrounders (members).

The Underground Knowledge group’s most active discussion threads include:

Is President Trump for the common people? Or has he secretly been installed by the 1% elite? https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18333157-is-president-trump-for-the-common-people-or-has-he-secretly-been-instal / A glimpse of the future? (star towers, free energy, revolutionary medicine, Space colonization, technology to reverse global warming & other scientific inventions to come?) https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18477864-a-glimpse-of-the-future-star-towers-free-energy-revolutionary-medici / Was 9/11 a false flag attack and ‘Inside Job’? https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2071995-was-9-11-a-false-flag-attack-and-inside-job-poll-50-of-you-say-yes / Meditation, Yoga and intelligence https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2084575-meditation-yoga-and-intelligence /  Are vaccines for kids as safe as Big Pharma claims? https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2270994-childhood-immunizations—-are-vaccines-for-kids-as-safe-as-big-pharma /  Operation Paperclip / Project Paperclip declassified (The US/Nazi post-WW2 collaboration)  https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1956855-operation-paperclip-project-paperclip-declassified-the-us-nazi-post-w / Are aliens visiting Earth or not???? https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1966591-are-aliens-visiting-earth-or-not / Universal income https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17903916-universal-income /     Where do you guys get your daily news from? https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/12074389-where-do-you-guys-get-your-daily-news-from

Our polls are popular, too. Our current poll asks members: Is North Korea a genuine threat to world peace? Or is it an exaggerated threat? Interim results show 51% believe it’s exaggerated, 30% say it’s genuine and 19% aren’t sure.

Poll respondents’ comments are worth viewing. To view them, or better still to have your say, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group?type=group

Alternative books are featured as well. They include:

Classified Woman  God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican   The Untold History of The United States   Origin  

Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs—A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder   A Crisis of Faith ( The battle of beliefs between the Christian Church and Gnosticism).    Check these and others out at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/bookshelf/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group?shelf=read

And then there’s our alternative videos covering everything from 9/11 to unsolved mysteries, mysterious deaths, aliens and genius intelligence. View these at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group/videos/list

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What’s our definition of underground knowledge? Essentially the term covers details, concepts and little-known events usually not reported in mainstream media, or, if they are, they’re underreported for various reasons.

The Underground Knowledge group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind and a desire to gain or share underground knowledge.

Our Undergrounders include award-winning authors and journalists, teachers and students, serving and former members of the armed forces, housewives and house husbands, former intelligence operatives, doctors, surgeons, lawyers and other professionals, globetrotters and backpackers, scientists and unemployed people.

Everyone’s welcome! Come visit us at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group

 

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SIX EPIC ADVENTURE NOVELS (Into the Americas / The Orphan Trilogy / The World Duology), by father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan, has been launched as a box set on Amazon.

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Boxed set includes historical adventures and contemporary thrillers.

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“A fabulous collection of exciting and captivating reads.”

-Amazon Reviewer Pat O’Meara 

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The six novels, which span over 2000 pages, are:

Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story)
The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)
The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy, #2)
The Orphan Uprising (The Orphan Trilogy, #3)
World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1)
Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2)

Six Epic Adventure Novels  is available via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Novels-Americas-Trilogy-Duology-ebook/dp/B00ZZ4LRIK/

 

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Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) team announced this week they continue to see strong response from customers to the Kindle Unlimited (KU) book borrows scheme and are adding a bonus of $4.25 million to the previously announced base fund amount of $3 million. This brings the total fund to $7.25 million for the month of December.

KDP released the following report “to share some initial results from the first few months of Kindle Unlimited” with its stable of participating authors and independent publishers:

• Renewal Rates – Authors have chosen to renew their titles in KDP Select at rates in excess of 95% in each month of 2014.
• A La Carte Sales Growth – During the 5 full months since KU launch (August to December 2014), royalties to KDPS authors from a la carte sales have grown faster than a la carte sales on KDP overall or Kindle overall.
• Adding in the payments for KOLL and KU over that time, total royalties to KDPS authors more than doubled when compared to the same period in 2013.
• Total earnings on titles priced $2.99 or greater are growing faster than the overall average. The same is true for titles 150+ pages in length.

A KDP spokesperson says, “To further highlight the KDP Select books that are most popular with customers, we will again award “KDP Select All-Stars” for December to the most-read authors and titles in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. We’ll spotlight each All-Star author and title on applicable detail pages.

“These awards will come with financial bonuses and recipients will be contacted in the next few days. For more information on All-Stars, visit https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A2X66QXB12WV2. Anyone with a title in KDP Select—even a debut author with a single title—can qualify if their work becomes a customer favorite. We will also pay a separate bonus for Kindle Owners’ Lending Library loans in Japan.”

The spokesperson says, “We’ve gotten lots of great feedback in the past weeks and months, including a bunch of ideas on how to further improve the structure of the program and make it work better for authors and readers alike. Like everything we do, we’re looking hard at all your feedback and we expect to keep tweaking and improving the program in the future.”

 

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Goodreads.com, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, has announced its nominees for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards — the only major book awards decided by readers.

Categories

Fiction

Big Little LiesThe Bone ClocksLandline

Mystery & Thriller

I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim, #1)The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5)

Historical Fiction

Some LuckThe Invention of WingsThe Miniaturist

Fantasy

Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7)The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War, #1)

Romance

The Will (Magdalene, #1)Maybe SomedayCrashed (Driven, #3)

Science Fiction

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2)The Flight of the Silvers (Silvers, #1)Lock In

Horror

Bird BoxThe Girl with All the GiftsThe Rhesus Chart (Laundry Files, #5)

Humor

Shame on You (Fool Me Once, #1)William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #5)Yes Please

Nonfiction

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the EndNo Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance StateWhat If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Memoir & Autobiography

My Salinger YearRedefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much MoreSmoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

History & Biography

Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive ArtAstoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and SurvivalKilling Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

Business Books

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy AnswersThe Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary ChangeHooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Food & Cookbooks

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside OutThe 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for any Program LevelNom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

Graphic Novels & Comics

Locke & Key, Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega (Locke & Key #6)Seconds: A Graphic NovelManga Classics: Pride & Prejudice

Poetry

Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter SeriesI Wrote This For You: Just the WordsYou Can Make Anything Sad

Debut Goodreads Author

The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #1)Sweet Addiction (Sweet Addiction, #1)The Good Girl

Young Adult Fiction

Love Letters to the DeadI'll Give You the SunDon't Look Back

Young Adult Fantasy

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

Middle Grade & Children’s

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)A Snicker of MagicThe Crossover

Picture Books

The Scraps BookThe Girl and the BicycleThe Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

The organizers settled on 15 different nominees in 20 categories ranging from Fiction to Fantasy to Food & Cookbooks to Young Adult Fiction? Instead of relying on experts or judges, Goodreads analyzed statistics from the 275 million books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads in 2014.

A message from the organizers:

“We’re so excited to congratulate all of the nominees! There are some epic match-ups in this year’s list. In Best Memoir, the riveting true stories range from Esther Earl, the inspiration for teen bestseller The Fault in Our Stars, to North Korean defector Jang Jin-Sung. Mystery & Thriller has heavy hitters, with Stephen King going against “Robert Galbraith” (a.k.a J.K. Rowling). In History & Biography, it’s basketball god Michael Jordan versus an unlikely opponent, President Calvin Coolidge. Best Fiction, one of our most-watched categories, is anyone’s game, with debut authors like Nadia Hashimi and Mira Jacob ready to take on established masters like Marilynne Robinson, Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, and Margaret Atwood. And double props to our double nominees, who include Roxane Gay, Gene Luen Yang, and B.J. Novak!

“Of course, with hundreds of thousands of books published in 2014, no nominee list could cover everything. We also accept write-in votes during the Opening Round to ensure that you can vote for exactly the book you want!

“You have three chances to vote. The Opening Round lasts until November 8. Vote now to make sure your favorite books make it into the Semifinals (November 10 – 15) and Finals (November 17 – 24).

“To read more go to: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/470-announcing-the-nominees-of-the-2014-goodreads-choice-awards

 

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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The top rating conspiracy thriller THE NINTH ORPHAN (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) is amongst five of our critically acclaimed ebooks reduced to sell at 99cents on Kindle this week only.

The Ninth Orphan, a controversial, high-octane thriller that merges fact with fiction, currently dominates several Kindle bestseller lists on Amazon.

Our other books currently on special are The Orphan Factory and The Orphan Uprising (books two and three in The Orphan Trilogy), World Odyssey and Fiji: A Novel (books one and two in our historical adventure series The World Duology), and our non-fiction book THE ORPHAN CONSPIRACIES: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy.

All these books have been extremely well reviewed and several have been regular visitors to Amazon’s bestseller lists in their respective categories.

 

Book covers and Kindle links to each book follow:

 

Product Details http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC

 

Product Details http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008M9WWKW/

 

Product Details http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BFC66DM/

 

Product Details  http://www.amazon.com/World-Odyssey-Duology-1-ebook/dp/B00HHVOMO0/

 

Product Detailshttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

 

Product Details http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-Conspiracies-Conspiracy-Theories-ebook/dp/B00J4MPFT6/

 

Happy reading! -Lance & James

 

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Amazon has advised its authors it will be welcoming submissions for English-language books in Romance, Mystery & Thriller, and Science Fiction & Fantasy genres under its new publishing program. The news follows last week’s announcement that the publishing pace-setter plans to launch a crowd-sourced publishing program that will see participating authors receive US$1500 plus 50% royalties on net eBook revenues.

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It appears at this early stage the program is only available to authors resident in the U.S. – or, more exactly,  to authors “with a valid U.S. bank account and U.S. social security number or tax identification number”. Even so, it will no doubt appeal to those many thousands (tens of thousands?) of authors who are eligible…

And if Amazon’s recent expansion of its territories, book-lending arrangements, Kindle ereader sales and the like is anything to go on, it’s very likely the new publishing program will be expanded beyond the U.S. before long.

Regardless, here’s the letter (unabridged) we’ve just received from Amazon, explaining its progam in more detail:

Dear Author,

Thanks for subscribing to receive updates on Amazon’s new publishing program! We’re excited to announce that we’ll be opening for submissions in a couple weeks.

We’ll be welcoming submissions for English-language books in Romance, Mystery & Thriller, and Science Fiction & Fantasy genres. Any adult with a valid U.S. bank account and U.S. social security number or tax identification number is eligible.

It only takes 15 minutes to complete a submission. Here are the things that you should prepare to successfully submit your book:

  • Complete, never-before-published manuscript & book cover image – We’re looking for 50,000 words or more in Word format and a book cover image that reflects the essence and uniqueness of your book. Make sure your work is ready for others to read. Only the first pages will be posted to the website (approx. 3,000 words).
  • Book one-liner – A very short pitch (no longer than 45 characters) for your book that will be used on the homepage and throughout the website. Think of examples like “Space opera meets the Middle Ages” or “How far will one woman go to save her family?”
  • Book description- Help readers understand the content and quality of your book. Keep the description to 500 characters or less.
  • Your bio & picture – Give readers a chance to learn more about you. You will also have a chance to answer relevant questions regarding your book and personal story in a short Q&A section.

We’ll also ask you to review and accept our submission and publishing agreement that grants us a 45-day exclusivity period to post your excerpt and tally nominations. If chosen for publication, you will receive a $1,500 advance, 5-year renewable term, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions, and Amazon-featured marketing. If not, you automatically get all your rights back at the end of the 45-day exclusivity period.

We’ll send you an email as soon as we’re open for submissions.

 

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It appears Amazon has stolen the march on competitors by announcing plans to launch a crowd-sourced publishing program that will see participating authors receive US$1500 plus 50% royalties on net eBook revenues.

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The revolutionary publishing progam comes hot on the heels of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (KU) initiative, which offers KU subscribers unlimited eBook borrows and which is predicted to further change the publishing landscape – and change it dramatically – if it hasn’t already.

While crowd-sourcing may not be new (feature films have been crowdsource-funded with much hoopla and fanfare) it’s a fairly new phenomenon in the publishing game. Certainly, other publishers have tried it – two others if our sources are correct – but there’s no doubt Amazon’s crowd-source funding will be highly visible. And, if our experience with the publishing giant is anything to go by, it will be highly successful.

The Digital Reader had the best summary of the new program we could find. Quoting Amazon’s PR department, it reports, “Authors will be asked to submit their complete, never-before-published book and cover. After a few days, we will post the first pages of each book on a new website for readers to preview and nominate their favorites. Books with the most nominations will be reviewed by our team for potential publication.”

According to the columnist, Amazon’s contract terms for authors are as follows:

Guaranteed advance & competitive royalties: You will receive a guaranteed $1,500 advance and 50% royalties on net eBook revenue.

Focused formats: We acquire worldwide publication rights for eBook and audio formats in all languages. You retain all other rights, including print.

5-year renewable terms, $5,000 in royalties: If your book doesn’t earn $5,000 in royalties during your initial 5-year contract term, and any 5-year renewal term after that, you can choose to stop publishing with us.

Easy reversions: After two years, your rights in any format or language that remains unpublished, or all rights for any book that earns less than $500 in total royalties in the preceding 12-month period, can be reverted upon request – no questions asked.

Early downloads & reviews: One week prior to release date, everyone who nominated your book will receive a free, early copy to help build momentum and customer reviews.

Featured Amazon marketing: Your book will be enrolled into the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, Kindle Unlimited as well as be eligible for targeted email campaigns and promotions.

To read The Digital Reader’s full report go to: http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/09/22/amazon-publishing-crowd-source-next-books-now-recruiting-kdp-authors/#.VCCBKBYXPCY

The KDP discussion forum on Amazon’s planned initiative makes for interesting reading also. Here’s the link to it: https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=207604&start=0&tstart=0

 

Happy reading! Lance & James

 

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