Magelord is up on Kindle now. It's not the final version, which will be ready in about a fortnight, but it is complete and more-or-less edited . . . just not the final form. So I'm knocking a bit off the cover until the final edition is complete. Those who wish a pristine Spellmonger experience can wait and pay the extra little bit for the polish; those who can't wait (and apparently that's a LOT of you) can indulge in the almost-finished product at a discount.
Some might argue that this is an unprofessional way to proceed. I would argue that the dictates of the Kindle market reward this kind of tiered-release in ways you just can't get away with in the paper market. There are also timing considerations to figure, and the fact that no matter how polished you feel a book is, when you re-read it you realize how you should have done things differently. The Kindle market encourages a writer to back over their book every now and then. In my case, the recent re-edit of Spellmonger fixed a lot of issues and filed off some of the rough edges folks were complaining about (justifiably). I also took the opportunity to bring the book in line with the sequels in certain minor but important ways.
So here is Magelord. 317,000 words. Yes, I raised the cover-price, but considering the research, the time investment, and the fact that this is the 20th book I've written (although not necessarily published) I feel that my craft is worth that much and y'all can take the hit. That's an awful lot of words for your money. I guess ultimately y'all will let me know if you think it's worth the price.
The re-edit, due in a couple of weeks, will bump the price up a little, but you'll get a little more for your money, too, in terms of maps and such. And if the reviews start coming in (hint hint) strongly enough, there may be another trick or two up my sleeve before the end of the year.
So spread the word. Come put some medieval in your Medieval Fantasy.