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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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This week, The Underground Knowledge Podcast was launched on YouTube with an in depth discussion with someone podcast host James Morcan describes as “a forty-one-year old Englishman who hopes to see world peace in his lifetime – and yes, he believes miracles are possible.”

The Englishman is Harry Whitewolf, author of two raffish true traveling tales that read like fiction (Route Number 11 and The Road To Purification), and six collections of contemporary poetry, including New Beat Newbie, Two Beat Newbie, and Rhyme and Rebellion, which was one of Readfree.ly’s 50 Best Indie Books of 2016.

Harry Whitewolf

Subjects discussed in this The Underground Knowledge Podcast #1 include Brexit, Ancient Egypt and our Matrix reality.

For the full discussion go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pdvIk2CLOI

Harry Whitewolf’s website: https://www.harrywhitewolf.com/

Goodreads author profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/

Amazon book listings: https://www.amazon.com/Harry-Whitewol

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeOu

 

The Underground Knowledge Podcast, an extension of the Underground Knowledge discussion group on Goodreads, covers important and underreported issues of our era.

Subscribe to the Underground Knowledge YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX8s…

The Underground Knowledge discussion group on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/…

 

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For immediate release 23 August, 2017:  Hot topics being aired this week in our Underground Knowledge group on Goodreads include the (unbelievable) declassification of Operation Northwoods — The U.S. Military’s official proposal to kill American civilians, bomb U.S. cities and fly planes into buildings in staged terrorist attacks (Operation Northwoods declassified)  

 

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Operation Northwoods is just one of the contentious, alarming, educational, outside-left-field topics currently being aired in our Underground Knowledge group. Here’s some of the others.

But first… In case you are wondering what our definition of underground knowledge  is, here it is: What is “underground knowledge” and why is it important? 

Hot topics:

Evidence for scientifically advanced Ancient civilizations?    /  MK-Ultra (the CIA’s declassified mind control program)   /  Modern fascism (in our governments!)   /  Finding (hiding) a cure for cancer   /  Ambidexterity   /  Is North Korea a genuine threat to world peace? Undergrounders say no!   /  Earlier historical versions of Jesus Christ?   /  (Profiting from) The War on Drugs   /  What’s up with Denver International Airport?   /  “Imagine there’s no countries” – the case for global citizenship   /  Hurricane Katrina and African-American communities   /  The First World versus the Third World   /  Can we trust news media outlets?   /  The case for restructuring Capitalism   /  Amazing UFO quotes from world leaders, NASA astronauts and other prominent figures   /  Is President Trump for the common people? Or has he secretly been installed by the 1% elite?   /  6,000+ Group Members (aka 6,000+ Undergrounders)!! 

 

To view all Undergrounders’ comments, or better still to have YOUR say, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18630809-is-zero-a-number?page=1

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The Underground Knowledge discussion group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind, an interest in the world we live in and a desire to learn or share ‘underground knowledge’.

  

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For immediate release – 18 August, 2017: Reports this week of rising anti-Semitism in Europe come as no surprise to New Zealand author James Morcan, co-writer of a book that has drawn attention to the alarming global rise of the ugly phenomenon and which has raised the ire of Holocaust deniers and revisionists.

Morcan, who, with his father Lance co-authored Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories, responded to media reports which draw attention to the increasing anti-Jewish rhetoric and violent acts against Jews in Poland, saying, “We devoted considerable space in our book highlighting the fact that, where the Jews are concerned, history seems to be repeating itself.”

James Morcan

Author James Morcan

Referring to the Holocaust, he says, “Clearly the lessons of the past have not been learned.” He was responding to a Jerusalem Post  report of August 12, which quotes a Polish Jewish leader as stating ‘the current reality (in Poland) is a low point for Polish Jews and there is a security problem going on’.

“This follows a report that Jewish community leaders have asked the leader of Poland’s nationalist ruling party to denounce increasing levels of anti-Semitism in the country,” says Morcan.

He says it’s ironic that Poland is considered safer for Jews than many other places in Europe.

“We are aware that Jews in many countries in Europe, and elsewhere, feel insecure as a result of mounting anti-Semitic actions and rhetoric. In our book, we endeavour to show readers that anti-Semitism is not only the root cause of every form of Holocaust denial, but also the reason for the relentless persecution of the Jews since Biblical times.”

Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories, which was written in close consultation with Holocaust survivors, is available via Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook. It has been targeted by high profile Holocaust deniers who have even gone to the extent of publishing a book debunking the Morcans’ book. The deniers’ book has recently been removed from Amazon as it is considered anti-Semitic.

 

To view the book Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories  go to: http://www.amazon.com/DEBUNKING-HOLOCAUST-DENIAL-THEORIES-Historicity-ebook/dp/B01EYY7T7Y/

 

DEBUNKING HOLOCAUST DENIAL THEORIES: Two Non-Jews Affirm the Historicity of the Nazi Genocide

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For immediate release 14 August, 2017: Hot topics being aired this week in our Underground Knowledge group on Goodreads include Princess Diana: Accidental death or murder? (POLL: 58% of you say MURDER)

 

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Princess Diana…murdered?

 

Other popular topics include:  Is North Korea a genuine threat to world peace? Undergrounders say no!   /  Earlier historical versions of Jesus Christ?   /  (Profiting from) The War on Drugs   /  What’s up with Denver International Airport?   /  “Imagine there’s no countries” – the case for global citizenship   /  Hurricane Katrina and African-American communities   /  The First World versus the Third World   /  Can we trust news media outlets?   /  The case for restructuring Capitalism   /  Amazing UFO quotes from world leaders, NASA astronauts and other prominent figures   /  Is President Trump for the common people? Or has he secretly been installed by the 1% elite?   /  Evidence for scientifically advanced Ancient civilizations?    /  MK-Ultra (the CIA’s declassified mind control program)   /  Modern fascism (in our governments!)   /  Finding (hiding) a cure for cancer   /  Ambidexterity   /  The U.S. Military’s official proposal to kill American civilians, bomb U.S. cities and fly planes into buildings in staged terrorist attacks (Operation Northwoods declassified)   /  What is “underground knowledge” and why is it important?   /  6,000+ Group Members (aka 6,000+ Undergrounders)!!   

To view all Undergrounders’ comments, or better still to have YOUR say, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18630809-is-zero-a-number?page=1

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The Underground Knowledge discussion group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind, an interest in the world we live in and a desire to learn or share ‘underground knowledge’.

  

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In the latest poll in our Underground Knowledge discussion group on Goodreads, we are asking members: Is North Korea a genuine threat to world peace? Or is it an exaggerated threat?  Interim results resoundingly show that most Undergrounders believe the threat is exaggerated.

 

The protagonists…self centred man babies?

 

Interim results show that 49% believe the North Korea threat’s exaggerated, 31% believe it’s genuine, and 20% are unsure.

Poll respondents’ comments make for interesting reading. Here’s one that caught our eye: “We have two self-centered man babies throwing tantrums and both with mental issues. Not a good combo for the world! It would not surprise me that our Grabber-In-Chief would use a war to try to use it as a diversion from the Russian scandal.”

 

Here’s a random sample of respondents’ comments from both sides:

Totally exaggerated…if not completely illusory. / NEWSWEEK: WHY THE NORTH KOREA THREAT IS GREATLY EXAGGERATED http://www.newsweek.com/2016/12/30/no… / POLITICAL VETERAN FEARS PROPAGANDA & FALSE FLAG ATTACKS COULD LEAD TO WAR WITH N. KOREA http://www.collective-evolution.com/2… / North Korea’s Exaggerated Threat https://chargedaffairs.org/north-kore

Not really sure but from what I have read on North Korea, it is one crazy dictatorship that has the entire Nation under threat all of the time. Very cruel. And this has been going on for many years under that weird family. I would not be in the least surprised if it was true that they were hoping to fire upon the Western Nations. Regardless of what you think of Trump, it is no excuse to pardon North Korea.

I think both genuine and exaggerated threat.

This threat is very, very real as the result of Obama’s purposeful emasculation of our military and defensive capabilities and the ineptitude of the current Washington Swamp. Americans will not “get it” until Los Angeles or other similar-sized cities have lost several million people in a nuclear attack.

I think Trump is the real threat!!!

They have the right to do as they please in their own country (and it’s totally understandable to want to be stronger and more independent instead of staying under someone else’s mercy). USA needs to f……. chill instead of being such a control freak, who named them gods anyway?? all the problems come from them in the first place…

I would say our (and by our I mean the President’s) over-reactions and lack of diplomacy are a greater threat to world peace. I’m not saying North Korea wouldn’t do anything, but our escalating the situation with rhetoric is ridiculous and not helpful in any way.

…I found multiple ways that devices can be imported by sea. North Korea has demonstrated nuclear bombs that work, and frankly, they don’t need a missile to deliver them… If they sent ten, one would most certainly get through. To me, that is a legitimate threat because it is about attitude, not ability.

Seems like there’s a big financial incentive to invade North Korea then…ala other invasions of mineral-rich foreign lands such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc, etc.

A genuine threat but to only some regions of the world. However, I do believe much of their threats are just propaganda and rhetoric. But, it only takes one crazy day for the despotic leadership to say, “You know what? Let’s do this.” And, push the button.

Genuine, and the USA continues to make it worse. Constantly claiming you’re number one at everything makes those not number one gun for you. Sadly, South Korea is in the most danger because of Trumps moronic posturing.

 

To view more comments, or better still to have YOUR say, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group?type=group

Poll ends August 31.

 

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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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