Cirsova Publishing Terminating Relationship with Ingram Spark

Cirsova Publishing is terminating its relationship with Ingram Spark effective December 9, 2021.

This comes after years of high damages, poor service, high fees, and other myriad issues.

We are adjusting our business model to accommodate this shift away from Ingram Spark.

This principally means that existing titles will be moved to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service. We will rely more on Lulu for a wide range of products and services that KDP is incapable of delivering.

Most of our titles will remain available on Amazon. [note that none of our eBooks are currently affected by this change].

The following print titles will be going out of print and may no longer be available after December 9th, 2021:

“Going out of Print” does not necessarily mean “not available.” The remaining stock in the hands of retailers will remain available until it has been fully liquidated, however, retailers will no longer be able to place re-orders for these titles when they are out of stock.

*: Due to disambiguation issues with these titles as public domain works, these are constantly buried under other mercenary editions. Additionally, certain printing/trim issues that KDP has with these books that Ingram overlooked are treated as “blocking” issues. These may not be gone forever, but they will take some work to get reformatted, and it’s honestly not a top priority at the moment.

**: The paperback is probably going away forever, but there’s a chance we may release a new deluxe edition of the hardcover. I was honestly never very happy with the quality of the Ingram Spark version, so we may see what an improved Lulu version looks like.

***: Yeah, I know it’s not even out yet, but you’ll have all of November and then some of December to grab this! We may end up getting a Lulu pocketbook edition of it up at some point, but Lulu’s pocketbook trim size is marginally different from Ingram Spark’s so it will take some work. And honestly, pocketbooks are NOT economical for us and we will most likely not be offering them going forward.

****: We will make a Lulu version of this available before it goes out of print, but the hardcover with dust jacket as was received by backers of the Kickstarter will no longer be available after December 9th. The hardcover version available on Amazon will be replaced by a case-wrapped hardcover.

+: In all likelihood, gone and not coming back to Amazon. Ironically enough, according to Ingram, this should not have been allowed to be distributed in the first place. Their insistence that they would not distribute multiple formats of The Strange Recollections of Martha Klemm is a major reason for our break with them. This will be available in the future through Lulu, however.

++: The pocket book edition is going away on Amazon. It may end up on Lulu, but again, pocketbooks are not economical for us, so we’re not putting any energy into them going forward.

+++: This version of The Cosmic Courtship is being discontinued and, like The Paths of Cormanor, is being replaced by a casewrap edition. A dust-jacketed edition may come to Lulu in the future, but not to Amazon.

++++: The version on Amazon may be replaced by a case-wrapped edition. A dust-jacketed edition may come to Lulu in the future, but not to Amazon.

#: Duel Visions was falling out of the Cirsova catalog at the end of the year. Rather than create a stop-gap KDP version, we are simply allowing the print edition to lapse on December 9th when Ingram Spark closes our account. The eBook version will remain available through the end of the year.

Wild Stars 35th Anniversary 2nd Edition + Cirsova Hardcovers Now Available Once Again!

As you know, we had some hiccups with our hardcover printer, but we’re back online and proud to announce the 2nd Editions of Cirsova’s hardcovers! The real highlight of this is the 2nd Edition of Michael Tierney’s Wild Stars!

Michael Tierney’s Wild Stars 35th Anniversary Edition Omnibus

This fabulous 700+ page tome collects all four volumes of Michael Tierney’s science fiction epic.

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Also available from Cirsova Publishing:

Summer Special 2020 #2

Spring 2020 [Vol 2, #3]

Fall 2019 [Vol 2, #2]

Summer Special 2019 #1

Spring 2019 [Vol 2, #1]

Winter 2018 [Vol 1, #10]

Fall 2018 [Vol 1, #9]

Summer 2018 [Vol 1, #8]

Spring 2018 [Vol 1, #7]

Fall 2017 [Vol 1, #6]

Spring 2017 [Vol 1, #5]

Winter 2016 [Vol 1, #4]

Fall 2016 [Vol 1, #3]

Summer 2016 [Vol 1, #2] [Kukuruyo Variant]

Summer 2016 [Vol 1, #2]

Spring 2016 [Vol 1, #1]


Rants, Updates and more of The Challenge!

I know it’s awful of me, but when I heard the story of Jewel Shuping, my first thought was this old Homestar Runner SBEmail.

My prayers have finally been answered…

Anyway, this is an important day for me. I’ve realized that it’s time that I need to finally admit that I’m transwealthy. If there are any doctors out there who would be so kind as to treat me for the crippling condition of Finance Integrity Disorder, please leave a comment on this post including your bank account information. Your act of compassion will help me realize the dream of being the wealthy individual I know I should have been born to be. Sadly, until I can find a doctor stupid compassionate enough to treat me for this debilitating condition, I’ll have to make due on my own industriousness.

Seriously, though, I’ve got a few really great stories locked in for the Cirsova Anthology, but there’s room for plenty more! I’m updating the FAQ.

Now I’m wrestling with some of the “hows” of publication and distribution. I really want to go with CreateSpace, I really do. I’m just baffled by how terrible its design tools are for amature designers. I mean, it’s really terrible. City at the Top of the World on Lulu turned out beautifully and was “You Have to Burn the Rope” easy to do cover layout for. But just playing with CreateSpace I can see how there are so many godawful looking self-published book covers out there. It’s almost like they WANT their clients to put out a lousy looking product. Now, keep in mind, I’ve mostly been messing around with it for the new Medicide album Supernova Black, but I’m just staggered by how bad the design wizard is. Now, I know what you’re saying “do it in inDesign”. Well, I HAVE inDesign and kind of know how to use it, but CreateSpace only offers pdf templates. I know this shows what a useless design newb I am, but I have no idea how to use these. Every serious graphic design project I’ve done, the publisher/manufacturer offered .indd templates that could be used as hidden layer in inDesign. Amazon probably used inDesign to make their pdf templates. Why they can’t make them available to their clients as inDesign template files the way that Oasis or United Record Pressing do is beyond me.

But Lulu is more expensive and their distro is kinda weak. I want this to be available for cheap on Amazon, and CreateSpace may be the only way to do that.

On a completely different note, I got a chance to teach some more folks how to play The Challenge. It plays 6 people really well! Once I had a handle on rules, made some firm judgments on the cloudier aspects, and had two people at the table who had played it before, it went along swimmingly. There was a lot of back and forth, and most of the folks enjoyed the cutthroat nature of the game. A couple magic items kept making the rounds, with one character killing their owner and taking them only to be killed in the next turn or so. Eventually, one player ended up with a Fighter with the Magic Shield, the Flaming Sword and the Magic Amulet, meaning it couldn’t be hit without rolling under the attack card on a d6, its sword attacks always hit and negated thieves’ Hide in Shadows, and it couldn’t be targeted by spells. Even though I was in dead last, my fat hobbit wizard was able to dispel the Magic Amulet, survive an axe to the face and then charm the fighter who still had the sword & shield. Having the flaming sword in my party DID pull my thief out of thiefspace, but it was worth it. I managed to get another kill before the game ended to make a narrow comeback, having only 4 points more than the 2nd place player. I’m really loving this game!

In some ways, it reminds me of Coup, in that players judiciously choose their targets to try to maintain some sort of parity; dogpiling one player early on can end the game prematurely, and if you haven’t racked up enough points, you’re going to want to go for someone else to both keep the game going and lower another player’s score while adding to your own.  Since the game is substantially longer than Coup, alliances tend to form and break repeatedly any time someone gets some prime magic items or has enough corpses in their score pile while still having most of their party.  No point in attacking the guy with three characters and no kills, go for her, she’s killed 5 guys, has 3 artifacts and taken no losses yet!

So yeah, I’m taking my recommendation up a notch and saying that you need to get this.  The Challenge makes for a great party game, especially if you’ve burned out on all of those Resistance and Mafia variants.

Free Copy Countdown

Tomorrow is the last day to download your Amazon Kindle copy of City at the Top of the World for free.  Over 50 copies have been given away so far.  It’s peaked at #48 in free Sci-if/Fantasy short reads.

If you’ve downloaded it and liked it, review it! Gimme a star(or five. Preferably 5)!

Or, if you really liked it, you could buy a nice dead-tree-pulp version from LuluAlexcirsova-72dpi-1500x2000. The promo code should still be good for 15% off your entire lulu order, so grab some other swag while you’re there: FWD15

City at the Top of the World (Discounts!)

The Amazon ePub version of City at the Top of the World will be out tomorrow.  It’s $2.99, but free with Kindle Unlimited.

Also, you can order a shiny paperback copy from Lulu.  I’ll even throw in a Promo code for you: FWD15

It’s good for 15% off your entire order, so why not throw in the sequel to Drasmyr while you’re at it?  I just started reading it over the weekend, and it’s living up to the first one.