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Amazon recently invited us to write about our lives as independent, or indie, authors. To be fair, they extended the invitation to all indie authors whose work is self-published via KDP, or Kindle Direct Publishing, and via CreateSpace, Amazon’s print publishing arm. However, vain as we are, we prefer to consider it an exclusive invitation.

Like most indie authors, we need little excuse to talk about our work, or ourselves for that matter, so here goes.

We are Lance and James Morcan, a New Zealand father-and-son writing team. Lance resides in New Zealand while James is based in Sydney, Australia. Together, we’ve co-authored and self-published more than 20 novels and non-fiction books – all under the banner of our publishing company Sterling Gate Books and all exclusive to Amazon.

 

Lance Morcan    James Morcan     

Lance and James…the Morcan writing team.

 

We are also screenwriters and have put several adaptations of our novels into development as feature films with our production company Morcan Motion Pictures. These include our international thrillers Silent Fear and The Ninth Orphan, and our historical adventures Fiji, White Spirit and Into the Americas.

Our other novels comprise The Orphan Factory, The Orphan Uprising and World Odyssey. Screenplay adaptations of these are also planned.

Our journeys as indie authors began over a decade ago when we co-wrote our first novels, The Ninth Orphan and Fiji. After receiving countless rejections from London and New York publishers, we decided to put our destiny into our own hands and form our own publishing company. That was in 2011, and it was a smart move. We recommend this course of action to all authors who may be struggling to get noticed.

We spent months researching the best online publishing platform for our work. After considering all the options, we arrived at the resounding conclusion there was, and is, only one platform worth considering – and that’s Amazon.

Why? Well, check out Amazon’s global market share for starters. Its book marketing platform is unrivaled. They’ve cornered the self-publishing market.

Not convinced? Compare Amazon and its DIY print business CreateSpace with other major players such as Lulu, Smashwords, AuthorHouse and Blurb. There’s no comparison.

And then there’s Amazon’s KDP Select (KDPS), which, in a nutshell, requires exclusivity of authors for their eBooks. We opted to commit to KDPS. It’s a decision we’ve never regretted.

The global reach, higher royalties, Kindle Countdown Deals, free promotions and commissions for book borrows (through Kindle Unlimited) were what most attracted us. However, the full benefits of enrolling with KDPS are too many to list here. If you’re interested, Google “benefits of KDP Select” and scan some of the 1,000 plus entries.

Our first experience with a Kindle book set the pattern for us. Following a seven-day freebie, or free promotion, our thriller The Ninth Orphan achieved the #1 ranking, albeit briefly, in the Spy genre on Amazon.com and Amazon UK during the period December 2011 to January 2012. Not bad for first-time, unknown authors from Down Under!

 

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy Book 1) 

A former #1 bestseller.

 

Writing and brainstorming ideas some 1300 miles apart, separated as we are by the Tasman Sea, aka the Ditch, does present its problems even in this modern era. Unreliable Skype connections, mislaid emails and occasionally faulty WattsApp telephone conferences aside, we get by.

And then there’s the inevitable creative differences. These are accentuated no doubt by the father-son relationship and by the generation gap. However, we view these differences as strengths rather than weaknesses. We are our own toughest critics; we keep each other honest as writers, which helps maintain high standards, and we collectively understand what readers from our respective generations are looking for. That’s the theory anyway. It seems to work!

It seems to work for other father-son writing teams, too. Just last month, bestselling author Stephen King and son Owen King released Sleeping Beauties in what’s described as a “spectacular father/son collaboration.” This supernatural thriller, incidentally, is selling as a Kindle ebook, hardcover and paperback on, you guessed it, Amazon.

                                                                                           

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Another father-son collaboration.

 

Our non-fiction books include The Orphan Conspiracies, which highlights and expands on the 29 conspiracy theories covered in our international thriller series The Orphan Trilogy.

Perhaps our most controversial book is also our latest non-fiction book, Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories: Two Non-Jews Affirm the Historicity of the Nazi Genocide. It’s controversial because it has attracted the ire of Holocaust deniers and so-called revisionists, and has even prompted the publication of books whose sole aim is to denigrate our book.

 

DEBUNKING HOLOCAUST DENIAL THEORIES: Two Non-Jews Affirm the Historicity of the Nazi Genocide                                                                      Book ridicules the deniers.

 

With a foreword by Holocaust survivor Hetty E. Verolme (author of The Children’s House of Belsen), Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories was written in close consultation with Holocaust survivors and World War Two historians. Its message, we believe, is important because the spectre of anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head again.

We have published seven books so far in our Underground Knowledge Series – the most popular being Genius Intelligence, Underground Bases and The Catcher in the Rye Enigma.

The above-mentioned series gave rise to the Underground Knowledge discussion group on Goodreads.com. Designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era, it’s one of the fastest-growing groups on that Amazon-owned site. The group’s link is https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-underground-knowledge—a-discussion-group  

In addition, we have secured 24 foreign rights agreements for the translation of our books into Arabic, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Afrikaans, Norwegian and Dutch with more contracts pending. These are available across a wide number of retailers internationally, including Amazon.

Our current focus is on our new release crime-thriller Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes), which was launched as a paperback on Amazon just a week ago. The Kindle eBook version is available via Amazon Pre-orders and will be auto-delivered to buyers’ Kindles on October 31st.

 

Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes)

In Silent Fear, Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world. When more deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives. 

The Amazon link for Silent Fear is: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/   

 

Dedicated to the many millions of deaf people around the world, Silent Fear was inspired by the murders of several deaf students at Gallaudet University, one of the world’s most prestigious learning institutions for the deaf, in Washington, D.C.

A decade in the making, it was written under the guidance of leading deaf filmmaker Brent Macpherson whose commentary on the unique aspects of deaf culture the story covers appears at the end of the book. Together, the Morcans and Macpherson are developing a feature film adaptation of Silent Fear.

A film trailer promoting the book and planned film can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8bv1vbQxYo

We have also set up Silent World, a new Goodreads discussion group, to promote the book at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/237556-silent-world-a-discussion-group

A final word for any new or would-be authors out there who may feel daunted at the prospect of having to find a home for their book after having shed blood, sweat and tears, over months or possibly years, and who are wondering what the hell to do next. Do your due diligence, of course, and don’t take our word for it, but we recommend the following course of action based on our personal experience.

Take control of your destiny and self-publish. If literary agents and publishing company editors don’t recognise your literary gem or masterpiece, that doesn’t automatically mean readers won’t resonate with it. However, readers won’t be able to respond or resonate if your manuscript remains hidden.

Consider Amazon as your first choice publishing platform, take the bull by the horns and become a KDP Select author. It worked for us!

Lance & James Morcan

 

Author profiles for Lance and James: https://www.amazon.com/Lance-Morcan/e/B005ET3ZUO/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_2https://www.amazon.com/James-Morcan/e/B005EPOU48/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

 

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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.

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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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The Hindi (and other ‘native’ Indian languages) translation rights to all our published fiction and non-fiction book titles are now available to Indian publishers.

We are represented for these rights by Indian literary agency TranslationPanacea, of Pune. Any publishers interested in acquiring the Hindi or other Indian translation rights to any of our books should contact Vidula Tokekar at TranslationPanacea – email: translation@panaceabpo.co.in

Most of our eight book titles have been regular visitors to Amazon’s bestseller lists. These titles include our conspiracy thriller series THE ORPHAN TRILOGY, our historical adventure series THE WORLD DUOLOGY and our first non-fiction book, the recently published THE ORPHAN CONSPIRACIES.

  

Book titles cover a variety of genres.

All these titles have been published on Amazon as Kindle ebooks and have been well reviewed, and two – THE NINTH ORPHAN and FIJI: A NOVEL – are also available via Amazon as trade paperbacks.

Both these novels are in development as feature films.

We are now represented for translation rights in Japan (Motovun Co. Ltd.), Turkey (Akcali Ajans), China (Chengdu Rightol Media), Russia (Nova Littera Ltd.) and Korea (KL Management / Korea Literary Management), as well as in India (TranslationPanacea).

Publishers interested in securing rights for our books in India, or indeed in any of the above-mentioned markets, are invited to contact the appropriate literary agencies.

We also welcome enquiries from literary agents interested in representing us for the foreign translation rights for our books in other markets.

Interested parties can email us at: sterlinggatebooks@gmail.com

For more about ourselves and our books go to our Amazon page at:

http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Morcan/e/B005ET3ZUO/

 

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Publishers and literary agents may be interested to know that foreign language translation rights are available for Sterling Gate Books’ top rating fiction and non-fiction books.

Most of our eight book titles have been regular visitors to Amazon’s bestseller lists. These titles include our conspiracy thriller series THE ORPHAN TRILOGY, our historical adventure series THE WORLD DUOLOGY and our first (recently released) non-fiction book THE ORPHAN CONSPIRACIES.

All have been published on Amazon as Kindle ebooks; two (THE NINTH ORPHAN and FIJI: A NOVEL) are also available as trade paperbacks; and all have been well reviewed.

While James and I will be retaining the English language rights, we do seek representation for the foreign translation rights for our books in markets throughout the world. Interested literary and rights agents (and publishers) can email us at sterlinggatebooks@gmail.com

We are now represented for translation rights in Japan, Turkey, China, Russia and Korea.

Publishers interested in securing rights for our books in the above-mentioned markets are invited to contact 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

 

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

 

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Happy reading! Lance & James

 

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