To begin with, I adore Ken’s writing. Whether it’s a stunning 5-volume fantasy series like The Psalms of Isaak or a short story about a skinny alcoholic clown driving a talking monkey from Seattle to New Mexico like “Making My Entrance Again With My Usual Flair,” Ken Scholes doesn’t disappoint. When a writer comes up with ideas like Cain and Abel living with their parents in a trailer on the outskirts of Eden, cover ideas are not hard to come by.
You can buy One Small Step (and Other Missing Links) at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, and all Amazon stores worldwide. It will be available soon at Barnes & Noble, too.
A catalog with links to the e-books sales pages at Internet retailers, on the other hand, makes it seductively easy for readers to tap links and buy books which the retailer delivers in a matter of seconds. Each book does double duty as a promotional tool and easy sales channel for as many others as the writer cares to include. In One Small Step, Ken links to four novels and three collections that many readers might otherwise not know about, and the links make instant purchases a likelihood.
Ken has several other collections in mind, and I'm making room on Zone 1's calendar for them. he promises readers a seasonal treat toward the end of 2013 with a compilation of his “Santaman” stories. I’m clearing the decks for that one, and remember, e-books make great presents!