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The Hebrew translation rights to all our published books (fiction and non-fiction) are now available.

We are represented for these rights by Israeli literary agent Adamit Pereh, of the Adamit Pereh Agency.

Any publishers interested in acquiring the Hebrew translation rights to any of our books should contact Adamit at: adamit10@gmail.com – She and a number of our agents will be at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair.

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Worldwide, we are now represented for the translation rights of our books by the following literary agents:

Japan: Mari Koga, of Motovun Co. Ltd., Tokyo – koga_motovun@mbd.ocn.ne.jp

Turkey: Atilla Izgi Turgut, of Akcali Ajans, Instanbul – atilla@akcalicopyright.com

China: Mina Liu, of Chengdu Rightol Media, Chengdu – mina@rightol.cn

Russia: Sergei Cheredov, of Nova Littera Ltd., Moscow – pravaru@gmail.com

Korea: Joseph Lee, of KL Management/Korean Literary Management, Seoul – josephlee705@gmail.com

India: Vidula Tokekar, of TranslationPanacea, Pune – translation@panaceabpo.co.in

Israel: Adamit Pereh, of Adamit Pereh Agency – adamit10@gmail.com

Rest of world including Europe: Maria Pinto-Peuckmann, Munich area – maria@pinto-peuckmann.de

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Our eight titles (published between 2011 and 2014) are listed below:

 

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of German based literary agent Maria Pinto-Peuckmann, of the Maria Pinto Peuckmann Literary Agency, Munich area, as our representative for the translation rights for our fiction and non-fiction book titles.

Maria Pinto-Peuckmann

Literary agent Maria Pinto-Peuckmann.

Maria represents us for all those markets in which Sterling Gate Books doesn’t already have representation. This equates to some major territories including all of Europe (minus Turkey), the Middle East, Central and South America, and a number of Asian countries.

The former international rights director has 23 years experience in licensing and copyright promotions worldwide with major German publishing houses.

Until last December, Maria was Rights Director/International Affairs with German publisher Muenchner Verlagsgruppe GmbH with responsibility for the following imprints: Riva Verlag, mvg Verlag, Redline verlag, MI-Wirtschafsbuch and Finanzbuch Verlag. Prior to that, she was Rights Director/International Affairs with another German publisher, Verlag Moderne Industrie AG & Co KG, with responsibility for the following imprints: Redline Verlag, Mi-Wirtschaftsverlag and mvg Verlag.

Educated at the School of Economics and Industry, in Portugal, Maria has strong ties with that country. She is fluent in German, Portuguese and Spanish and also speaks English, French and Russian.

Publishers interested in discussing the translation rights for our books are welcome to contact Maria directly by email. (Contact details below).

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Worldwide, we are now represented for the translation rights of our books by the following literary agents:

Japan: Mari Koga, of Motovun Co. Ltd., Tokyo – koga_motovun@mbd.ocn.ne.jp

Turkey: Atilla Izgi Turgut, of Akcali Ajans, Instanbul – atilla@akcalicopyright.com

China: Mina Liu, of Chengdu Rightol Media, Chengdu – mina@rightol.cn

Russia: Sergei Cheredov, of Nova Littera Ltd., Moscow – pravaru@gmail.com

Korea: Joseph Lee, of KL Management/Korean Literary Management, Seoul – josephlee705@gmail.com

India: Vidula Tokekar, of TranslationPanacea, Pune –  translation@panaceabpo.co.in

Israel: Adamit Pereh, of Adamit Pereh Agency – adamit10@gmail.com

Rest of world including Europe: Maria Pinto-Peuckmann, Munich area – maria@pinto-peuckmann.de

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Our eight titles (published between 2011 and 2014) are listed below:

 

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Here’s the new Kindle ebook cover for our top rating conspiracy thriller THE NINTH ORPHAN.

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The dynamic new cover was designed by a leading UK-based graphic design agency. Its introduction coincides with increasing sales of both the Kindle and trade paperback versions of this book.

The storyline:

An orphan grows up to become an assassin for a highly secretive organization. When he tries to break free and live a normal life, he is hunted by his mentor and father figure, and by a female orphan he spent his childhood with. On the run, the mysterious man’s life becomes entwined with his beautiful French-African hostage and a shocking past riddled with the darkest of conspiracies is revealed.

But can the ninth-born orphan ever get off the grid? To find out you’ll need to go on a tumultuous journey around the globe to such far-flung locations as China, France, the Philippines, Andorra, America, England, Germany and French Polynesia. The frenetic cat-and-mouse chase moves from airports to train stations and hidden torture prisons, taking the reader on a shocking, nail-biting ride into the world’s closet of skeletons that goes beyond conspiracy theories to painful reality.

As one reviewer said:

“The authors manage to weave political intrigue, espionage, and eugenics into an exciting fabric of mystery and entertainment. The reader can’t but believe that the novel may not be only a work of fiction.” -I.A.Wilhite, Ph.D.

If you want to see why they’re all talking about THE NINTH ORPHAN  visit it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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The bestselling philosophical thriller The Transhumanist Wager, by former National Geographic and New York Times correspondent Zoltan Istvan, really is a must-read – regardless of your religious persuasion.

It’s a novel every Christian and non-Christian should read. As one of those in the former camp, it challenged my beliefs without changing them, whilst giving me hours of entertaining reading – all at the same time!

I tried to write a summary of the storyline, but for the life of me I couldn’t improve on the publisher’s own summary, so here it is verbatim…

Set in the present day, the novel tells the story of transhumanist Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. Fighting against him are fanatical religious groups, economically depressed governments, and mystic Zoe Bach: a dazzling trauma surgeon and the love of his life, whose belief in spirituality and the afterlife is absolute. Exiled from America and reeling from personal tragedy, Knights forges a new nation of willing scientists on the world’s largest seasteading project, Transhumania. When the world declares war against the floating city, demanding an end to its renegade and godless transhuman experiments and ambitions, Knights strikes back, leaving the planet forever changed.

Before I was half-way through this book, I could see why religious authorities and scholars have branded it as “socially dangerous” and “revolutionary”: it challenges the current world order and also Christians’ acceptance and understanding of the ‘second coming’ and the afterlife.

If this wasn’t a work of fiction, I doubt I’d have read it. But it is fiction, and I’m very glad I did (read it). Not sure it’s “visionary”, as the book’s splurge would have us believe, but it sure is a page-turner.

Highly recommended!  –Lance Morcan

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Here’s what other Amazon reviewers have to say about The Transhumanist Wager:

“This book is a brilliant, provocative masterpiece.” –Immortal Life

“Protagonist Jethro Knights may become one of the grand characters of modern fiction.” -Psychology Today

“I enjoyed The Transhumanist Wager…an adventurous suspense-filled semi-sci-fi about sailing, love, and life extension.” –The Huffington Post

“A philosophical thriller…the Atlas Shrugged for transhumanism.” –Examiner.com

“A very powerful book…this is a must read.” –Serious Wonder

“It’s a page-turner. Istvan knows how to tell a compelling story.” –io9.com

“Really impressive…an unforgettable read.” –Sfmag

“A marvelous work of science fiction.” –IEET

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In March 2013, under the heading ‘Marketing vs. Writing: the author’s dilemma’, we posted a blog that turned out to be our most popular blog post of the year.

Judging by the response of our followers, it struck a chord. Now, almost a year later, it seems we authors face the same dilemma:  how much time to spend marketing our work and how much time to spend actually doing what we do best – write? Right?

Well, here at Morcan Books & Films, we reckon we have the answer…

But first, here’s the blog we posted back in March –

 

Marketing vs. Writing: the author’s dilemma

Posted: March 10, 2013

Up to your ears in marketing, social media, tweeting, blogging, networking etc. etc. when what you really want to be doing is write? Tell me about it!

I’ve found an excellent article online – at http://bookpromotion.weebly.com – that may help you and me both. Its author rightly points out that “Authors who don’t plan their pre & post-launch marketing can end up spending a lot of time and money trying to play catch up after publishing their books”.

The author also estimates authors spend 70 per cent of their time marketing, leaving only 30% for writing.

Here’s the (abridged) article:

The 10 Tools Every Self-Published Author Needs To Save Time

Authors who don’t plan their pre- and post-launch marketing can end up spending a lot of time and money trying to play catch up after publishing their books.  If you don’t plan properly, marketing can take twice as long as the writing and publishing process.  Feeling late to the game?  Don’t fret. The following list of resources will help save yourself from considerable frustration that most authors encounter along their literary journeys.  Both new and veteran authors alike can benefit from these online marketing platform building techniques.
The article lays out a list of marketing strategies for authors to follow. It offers “a set of goals to achieve when building out your online marketing platform.  This is not meant to be an exhaustive list.  However, we have focused on the channels that most authors pursue in their journey.”

The 10 tools offered cover the gamut of marketing options at you disposal, ranging from social media, website and email to traffic, press releases and book clubs. They allow for the pre-launch of your book, pre/post launch and post launch.

An excellent article! Again, here’s the link:  http://bookpromotion.weebly.com

 

>>>>> Fast forward to New Year’s Day (Down Under) 2014 and we believe we have the problem sussed. We’ve reversed the 70/30 ratio (of marketing to writing) and now spend at least 70% of our time doing what we love – writing!

Our rationale is writers are writers, not marketers. At some point, writers must let the market speak and not try to manipulate the hell out of it by using social media ad nauseam. The best thing writers can do is write and introduce new works to the marketplace. Build up your readers – your fan base. Let the market speak!

Sure, we tweet and blog and still use social media, but we strictly limit this to maximum 30% of our time – usually less.

In the past year we’ve released two new titles under Sterling Gate Books’ banner with another three scheduled to hit Amazon’s ‘shelves’ in the very near future. All our current novels have been regular visitors to Amazon’s bestseller lists in their appropriate categories.

Here’s our current portfolio of published titles:

 

And our new release just out:

World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1)

Scheduled for release this week is: The World Duology (World Odyssey & Fiji: A Novel).

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Coming soon are: The Orphan Conspiracies (our first non-fiction work) and Into the Americas (another historical adventure).

Hope this inspires our fellow writers to write. Keep marketing your work, but don’t let it rule your life. Do what you love doing…do what you were meant to do.

 

Here’s to a great 2014! –Lance & James

 

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Nuclear holocausts, killer plagues and collisions with asteroids hold no fear for science writer and eternal optimist Annalee Newitz, author of the bestseller, Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction.

Newitz believes humans will survive whatever our solar system chooses to throw our way in the coming millennia.

Why so certain? “Because the world has been almost completely destroyed at least half a dozen times already in Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history,” she says, “and every single time there have been survivors.”

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month in May 2013, Scatter, Adapt, and Remember reminds us that, “In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How?”

Asteroids hold no fears for Newitz

Newitz claims that, as a species, Homo sapiens are at a crossroads. “Study of our planet’s turbulent past suggests that we are overdue for a catastrophic disaster, whether caused by nature or by human interference. It’s a frightening prospect, as each of the Earth’s past major disasters – from meteor strikes to bombardment by cosmic radiation – resulted in a mass extinction, where more than 75 per cent of the planet’s species died out.”

In Scatter, Adapt, and Remember, Newitz explains that although global disaster is all but inevitable, our chances of long-term species survival are better than ever. Life on Earth has come close to annihilation; humans have, more than once, narrowly avoided extinction just during the last million years. But every single time a few creatures survived, evolving to adapt to the harshest of conditions.

This brilliantly speculative work of popular science focuses on humanity’s long history of dodging the bullet, as well as on new threats that we may face in years to come. Most important, it explores how scientific breakthroughs today will help us avoid disasters tomorrow.

“From simulating tsunamis to studying central Turkey’s ancient underground cities; from cultivating cyanobacteria for “living cities” to designing space elevators to make space colonies cost-effective; from using math to stop pandemics to studying the remarkable survival strategies of gray whales, scientists and researchers the world over are discovering the keys to long-term resilience and learning how humans can choose life over death.”

The book has resonated with readers and reviewers alike.

Amazon reviewer Charles Mann, author of 1491, says:

“…few things are more enjoyable than touring the apocalypse from the safety of your living room. Even as Scatter, Adapt, and Remember cheerfully reminds us that asteroid impacts, mega-volcanos and methane eruptions are certain to come, it suggests how humankind can survive and even thrive. Yes, Annalee Newitz promises, the world will end with a bang, but our species doesn’t have to end with a whimper. Scatter, Adapt, and Remember is a guide to Homo sapiens‘ next million years. I had fun reading this book and you will too.”

 Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse, says:

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember is a refreshingly optimistic and well thought out dissection of that perennial worry: the coming apocalypse. While everyone else stridently shouts about the end of days, this book asks and answers a simple question: ‘If it’s so bad, then why are we still alive?’ I found myself in awe of the incredible extinction events that humankind—and life in general—has already survived, and Newitz inspires us with engaging arguments that our race will keep reaching the end of the world and then keep living through it. Scatter, Adapt, and Remember intimately acquaints the reader with our two-hundred-thousand-year tradition of survival—nothing less than our shared heritage as human beings.”

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Our international thriller novel The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) was seven years in the making. We started writing the manuscript in mid-2004 with literally dozens of rewrites to follow…Those rewrites were driven by doing indepth story analysis after each new draft and most importantly being honest with ourselves. We also sought feedback from other novelists plus experienced figures in the publishing industry. The Ninth Orphan has a complex, layered plot set in various locations all over the world, so we refused to rush it. We knew the story needed a lot of research and thought to completely nail it. After seven years of blood, sweat and tears we were 100% sure we had the perfect spy thriller novel on our hands.

In mid-2011, The Ninth Orphan was finally published (by Sterling Gate Books). It came out in both trade paperback and kindle ebook editions. By December of that year the kindle edition became The #1 Best-Selling Spy Novel on both Amazon.com and Amazon UK. It remained in the spy bestseller list until early 2012 and has been a regular visitor to Amazon’s bestseller lists ever since.

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Since then we have written and published the remainder of The Orphan Trilogy, which includes a prequel and a sequel to book one. We have also written a screenplay adaptation of The Ninth Orphan and are now actively developing that feature film under our production company Morcan Motion Pictures. The movie will be filmed in various locations around the world including Paris, London, Chicago and the Philippines.

Plot summary: An orphan grows up to become an assassin for a highly secretive organization. When he tries to break free and live a normal life, he is hunted by his mentor and father figure, and by a female orphan he spent his childhood with. On the run, the mysterious man’s life becomes entwined with his beautiful French-African hostage and a shocking past riddled with the darkest of conspiracies is revealed.

Thanks for all your support!

James & Lance Morcan

For our ‘Shameless Marketing’ post of the month, we’d like to invite all Tweeters (Twits?) to follow us on Twitter.

Our Twitter ID is: @SterlingGate (named after our publishing co., Sterling Gate Books).

Here’s samples of our latest Tweets posted today:

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Historical adventure Fiji: A Novel has lust & violence befitting of the era. http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=210035 …#FijiTimes #Fiji #Amazon #kindle #Suva

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Coming-of-age spy thriller novel The Orphan Factory is one of the highest rated books on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15757228-the-orphan-factory …#weblit

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The Best Trilogies/Book Series ever as voted by Goodreads members http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/10685.Best_Trilogies_Book_Series_EVER_#17377036 …#GoodReads #books #Listopia

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The Best Conspiracy Novels ever written as voted by Goodreads members http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2407.Conspiracy_Fiction#17377036 …#Goodreads #conspiracytheories #books

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Best violent action novels…Books that have a whole lot of bloody good action! http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8941.Best_violent_action_novels#17372919 …#novels #books #goodreads

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Best Action-Adventure Books as voted by Goodreads members books http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/514.Best_Action_Adventure_books#17372919 …

 

Feel free to join us on Twitter -Lance & James @SterlingGate

 

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