Entries in age of the sigil (7)


And We're Back . . .

After a brief break from the hectic publishing schedule of last year, we decided to give our authors a break and allow them to catch up on outstanding material. Well the break is over folks, and we've got a lot of good stuff coming this year. Age of the Sigil will see a double-season launch (that's 2 mega omnibuses to replace the single-episode we've ceased doling out as of last year). Also look for Roger Vallon's third Kill Factor entry titled Death Strike, and offerings from a couple new authors we've signed. Ronald Coleborn's Legends of the Dread Realm saga also continues with Dragon's Tyranny. Phoenix Earth Season two will come on the heals of the season one omnibus release, and Order of 5ive and Mafiosi both get new seasons this year, but you won't have to wait week after week to read the eps., 'cause we're launching them Netflix style. So let the fun begin folks.


Here Comes the Hobbit, the Next Butt-kicking Screen Trilogy

Yay, I loved LOTR, and now we are right around the corner from the first Hobbit move, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Now, I must admit, I haven't read the Hobbit so I am a little confused. From what I gather, this film has been turned into a trilogy, but in reality, the first two films comprise a duology, which covers the book, and the third installment, There and Back Again, is based on various short stories JRR Tolkien wrote to further explain Middle-earth. Now, some may think this will suck and is all about money, but I am very excited to see a book stretched out over several movies. It will allow them to detail more of the actual book. This is actually what I did with my Werecat Saga. I had so many ideas that I couldn't relay it just in one movie book.

So, I am very excited about this latest release in the Tolkien line. However, I believe I should go read the Hobbit now to prepare for December :) Then I'll have it out of the way so I can concentrate on season two of Age of the Sigil.


Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest

Wow, Terry Brooks is another great writer, the grandfather of them all; Chima, Carney etc. should surely be paying homage to the writer of the wonderful Shannara series. Though many say Brooks stole from Tolkein, I see a lot more imagery in Brooks' writing myself. Anyhow, Mr. Brooks has just released another short story (it's about time). Paladin's of Shannara is a wonderful short read, the length of two episodes of a 711 Press TV book, though not written in the same style. It chronicles Allanon's seach for the last remaining Shannara heir, the one destined to wield the sword again. I loved this little story and hope Terry keeps it up. But until his next mini-release, I guess I'll reread all of Age of the Sigil in anticipation for next years second season.


Harry Potter Now Available as eBooks, With Conditions . . .

While we're here fighting the good fight in the name of small presses everywhere, all the while waving our defiant fists at big publishers who are slowly dying the death due to sticking to outmoded publishing conventions, companies like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble still fly black clouds over our heads. Since they are major players in the book world, Amazon and BN can force small and even large presses to forego certain freedoms in order to benefit from their far-reaching distribution services. Amazon for instance recently launched the Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL) of which 711 Press is a part, but to have your books quailfy, they have to be exclusively published through Amazon's KDP platform. This is a major concession on the part of the publisher. While it is sweet for the consumer, particularly those who have an Amazon Prime membership, which entitles them to one monthly download of any book in the KOLL, it is sour for the publisher, who is cut off at the knees as concerns distribution on the broader playing field.

711 Press dabbled with this for a time, but we will have to move on, as we have just landed a major distribution deal with a heavy hitter in the eBook market, who will go unnamed until we have finished stuffing our account with them with backlist titles. Essentially, Amazon and BN are giants in this industry, so big that they have faced off against the biggest publishers with various threats, chiefest among them being yanking their books from distribution. Of course this was idle talk as concerns Amazon's standoff with MacMillan, but now comes news of the Harry Potter series' launch into the digital realm. What is surprising, however, is that, giants though they are, J.K. Rowling proves to be even more gargantuan that either company, as she is forcing both Amazon and BN to direct customers to the Pottermore site, where they will be able to enter credit card info and establish accounts that will enable them to purchase Kindle and Nook titles. So gargantuan is J.K. Rowling that she has forced the hand of the two biggest players in the book world, causing them to give up their vaunted infomation gathering positions, which is something eCommerce companies value most of all. Kudos to her!

Hopefully this will be the beginning of a major turning point, where authors and publishers will begin to have more cotrol of their intellectual properties, and stand on the shoulders of these giants rather than underfoot of them.


What to Expect From 711 Press for 2012

April, 2012 

Kill Factor returns with the second installment in the edge-of-your-seat espionage-thriller series. Author Roger Vallon takes his rogue agent to Geneva, in an attempt to uncover the hidden players behind Redrum. Meanwhile Magenta, the newest recruit, is dispatched to exquisite Monte Carlo, where she attempts to finagle intel from one of Redrum's elite while immersing herself in the pampered Monaco lifestyle. This is the sexiest Kill Factor entry so far, and it has to be with Magenta at the center of the story. We also meet a new sleeper with a standard Principate call sign and color code, Trajan Cobalt, and a lot is revealed in short order before all is said and done.




November, 2012 

And look for the explosive conclusion to the unofficial Redrum trilogy that is comprised of the first three books in the Kill Factor series. The series will head in a new direction with book four, titled White Russian, but we wrap things up for the first epic story with a major bang, and the fate of Redrum is decided, and the aim of the Kill Factor Organization is made clear. This is one series entry you won't want to miss, so mark your calendar!

May, 2012 

Directly on the heels of Jami Lynn Saunders' successful Werecat Saga (Feral, Rabid, Nocturnal) comes a new type of adventure. David Noble, an introverted teenager since the death of his father, discovers he's not alone when an overnight stay in the hills near his home puts him face to face with a being from another world. Little did he know the being came to Earth with the sole purpose of finding him. Thinking it was just a dream, David discovers the truth when his own DNA begins to evolve and he becomes the target of government forces. If you like I am Number Four, you will love D.N.A. DAVID NOBLE, ALIEN.

August, October, December, 2012 

Set in a time that follows the events of Age of the Sigil, this epic fantasy series from Ronald Coleborn recounts the age of heroes and legends; valient knights, dread dark lords, and vanquished princesses, each bearing a wondrous tale. In a divided realm, where a king lies dying, and ruthless armies and mercinaries form an aliance as they march toward the realm's High Court, a small band of warriors must defend the throne against an enemy that seeks to sweep terror across the lands. The Legends of the Dread Realm will launch in August, and the high fantasy series will introduce fans of the genre to a new adult-themed saga that is sure to please.

April, 2012 

And entering the fray this year is Phoenix Earth, our inaugural, full-on space opera/sci-fi entry. With this series, 711 Press goes beyond the usual frontiers, reaching out to bold new territory with an intriguing, politically-charged, action-packed, and entertaining TV book series that is sure to delight fans of the genre. If you loved Battlestar Galactica as we did, you'll wanna catch this show in April--but don't look for Cylons in this series. We're talkin' alien planet and future Earth. 'Nuff said!




July, 2012 

Order of 5ive returns this year with an explosive season 2 that picks up right where season 1 left off. The landscape may have changed somewhat (along with a few enemies) but the quirky, charming, and fun-loving teen heroes are back with a vengeance, as they are pitted against more hairy, mythological monsters and wild creatures of the night. The conspiracies deepen as well, and old enemies evolve into even greater threats as they amass power, raising the stakes for election year 2012!




October, 2012 

The mob goes Hollywood when Vincenzo, Paul, and Antoinette head out West, where the sun-drenched streets of LA run rampant with crime, and an undercurrent of violence swells the Hills. Tinsel Town isn't ready for the Paranzanos, but they're getting a couple of them anyway. Season two of this landmark series takes the saga in a new and exciting direction, and fans of classic mob epics won't be disappointed once they come along for the ride.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg, folks, as there's plenty more to come. We haven't even mentioned the season one omibuses for Oder of 5ive and Mafiosi, or two projects from James LaFleur & Gordon Massie, or Drusilla Winters' one-off horror effort. Also, there are two new non-fiction books on the way from 711 Press co-founders Daniel Middleton and Jaime Vendera. But we'll save those for another day.


Rerun Mondays: Order & Sigil

And so the first official Rerun Mondays has launched. To get your free kindle copies of the Order of 5ive, episodes ZERO and ONE, click the cover images below:


To receive your free copy of Age of the Sigil episode ONE, click the cover image below: 


Age of the Sigil Ep. 2

Look out Lord of the Rings, Hobbit and Harry Potter. Age of the Sigil is back with a vengeance. In this week's episode, we follow the four youths, Deloria Kildri, Estra Dane, Pim the Knife and Reev Onid as they travel across the lands toward an important destination: the haunted forests of the mountains of Illendale.

However, their goal seems out of reach with the mouth that leads into the forests and mountains being guarded by thousands of Northeland knights under the control of the evil Lord Draedan Sifferus. Even with the aid of a fire-breathing dragon named Frey're, the odds are still nearly a thousand to one. But all may not be lost, especially since the mountains are full of spirit warriors. But whose side are the ghosts of eons past on? 

To find out, check out Age of the Sigil.