The Black Ospreys

The Black Ospreys

The Black Ospreys is now in the queue at Amazon (which states a time of 24 – 36 hours before it’s available; Huntbrother was much faster, but Echoes took longer); it is up at Smashwords, and in a month (I’m sorry!), will make its way to B&N, Kobo and Sony. Echoes is up at Diesel, so I think once a title clears the Smashwords distribution queue, it immediately goes up at Diesel. I still have no data on how long something takes to reach the iBook store.

I think you’ll find the introduction to the story amusing. The story itself, as the title suggests, is about the Black Ospreys.

I’m now fifty percent of the way through the six stories. But, the final revision of Skirmish did clear the house, Cast in Peril is going well, as is War. I am hideously behind in reading and in non-short related blogging, and of course, I immediately went to look at Google+ when I noticed an invitation in my mail queue.

I am now going to go back to proofing The Weapon.

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paloma Doveny
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 02:13:50

    Please forgive my lack of knowledge but do you have to have a special machine like a kindle or some sort of notebook to read these ebooks or can they be downloaded directly onto a laptop computer (all I have) – or better yet can they be found newly in print or is that the whole thing here, that they were in different anthologies and now they are ebooks? Someone please help me as I would love to read these new/old stories after having read some 16 books by Michele, whether she be Sagara or West makes no difference – she’s awesome!
    Thanks! My email is


    • sascha
      Jul 18, 2011 @ 09:19:19

      Amazon and Barnes & Noble both offer free e-reader software for PC if you want to download and read books without a kindle/nook. They also offer free e-reader software for android and iphone.


  2. Michelle Sagara
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 02:22:07

    @Paloma: You don’t need a kindle/ereader to read them; you will need software. Calibre runs on a PC/Mac/Linux box and is free.

    There will, however, be a print collection once I’ve finished the proofing iterations on all six stories.

    (I can’t send them to be typeset until they’re as perfectly proofed as I can make them — and there will be one cohesive round of proofing after they’ve been typeset as well). The minute I have a finished, proofed, typeset manuscript, I will release a print-on-demand collection of all six stories in one volume.


  3. Samuel Harrington
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 20:38:39

    @Paloma: I personally use the PDF from Smashwords on my PC (all you need is Adobe Reader), but its all preference. :)


  4. Michelle Sagara
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 20:40:37

    @Samuel: But…but…then you don’t see the cover >.>.


  5. Genna Warner
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 22:15:11

    The cover isn’t included in the PDF? That seems a bit strange to me.


  6. Michelle Sagara
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 22:17:32

    @Genna: Smashwords takes a .doc and crunches it through its meatgrinder (that’s what it’s called. I’m not making this up). I’ve downloaded the .pdf – once you buy the book, you can download any format as far as I can tell – and there’s no cover. I can’t change that; the only uploads Smashwords takes is: .doc.


  7. Ann Kopchik
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 23:37:39

    ‘Tis up on Amazon. *Clicks to buy*


  8. Michelle Sagara
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 00:05:11

    @Ann – yes, Kurt (from the West list) posted on my wall on Facebook to tell me it was up, and that he’d bought a copy (which I’m assuming was the first copy sold). It’s still listed as “publishing”, which means unavailable, on the dashboard, though.


  9. fyreink
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 23:13:54

    Echoes is up on iBooks now in the US. *will buy as soon as I get a iBooks gift card*


  10. Michelle Sagara
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 01:13:31

    @fyreink: thank you for letting me know! I hadn’t actually checked iTunes today to see if it was up. That means a lead-time of about two weeks from the day I submit the book for review — that word and authors! — until the time it’s approved for sale.


  11. Michael
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 09:31:36

    Is “Memories of Stone” supposed to be included with the Kindle edition of “The Black Ospreys”? Because it looks as if it is (although I haven’t started reading it yet – my copy of “The Black Ospreys” finishes at 48% and then there looks like there’s another story after it…

    Not that I’m complaining in any way, shape or form :)


  12. Genna Warner
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 11:13:04

    Yes, it looks like the complete short story “Memories of Stone” was appended to the Kindle version of The Black Ospreys. There is no cover art with it.


  13. Michelle Sagara
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 12:32:15

    @Michael & Genna: I have gone through the copy I have on my iPad kindle 3 times and I don’t have that story. I looked at it on the Kindle for Mac – which approximates the black and white Kindle, rather than the iPad version, and I also don’t have that story =(. I can think of how it could have happened – for one, I could have uploaded the wrong iteration. I use Scrivener to export to epub, and I could have exported that story because I’m a klutz – but I haven’t proofed that one in any way, shape or form >.<.

    In any case, thank you for telling me – and enjoy . BUT! You have to look at the cover for that one when I post it (it’s the last one). It’s one of two stories that actually has a cover quote (I had a pull quote which made me so happy for that story when it came out that I added it to the cover).


  14. Hugh S. Myers
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 18:43:49

    Hmmm—not done proofing the story or that you are electronically handicapped? A little ambiguous there :)


  15. Ann Kopchik
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 19:44:02

    I have Memories of Stone too. (iPad using the Kindle app.)

    I’ll probably buy the actual version when it comes out, anyway, since I’m kind of insane about having all of a collection when numbers are involved.


  16. Genna Warner
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:29:29

    I will purchase it as well when it comes out for several reasons all having to do with my personality. This is the first time for me reading Memories of Stone and it is a very moving story and by far my favorite.


  17. Michael
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 05:15:27

    Seconded, love the story and will make sure to check out the cover when it arrives :)

    Didn’t notice very many egregious proofing errors (just a couple of he/she slips), though admittedly I’m not the best at picking these things up. Using a black & white Kindle 3 and downloading from Amazon UK btw.


  18. Kurt Caesar
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 12:27:06

    Did not notice that Memory of stone was there until I read this. It’s past the last page of ‘The Black Ospreys’ that ends “My blog about my written works:Michelle West & Michelle Sagara”. The full story is there replete with the introduction etc. Also, only noticed one typo in Ospreys (besides the who/whom thing that I am learning to disregard). Duarte says, “I don’t want to leave here here…” instead of ‘her here.’


  19. Hugh S. Myers
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 12:57:24

    Don’t blame the author for that one. If you check page 164 of the original text you will see that it is correctly written there. So must be a transcription error! A good one too considering the number of eyes that skipped over it :)


  20. Michelle Wooding
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 00:46:19

    I really should have logged in before typing a comment… *sigh*

    I too was confused when I reached the end of The Black Ospreys to be at 50%, but excited to find “Memory of Stone” at the end. I -really- liked that story and I think it is my favorite by far.

    My only concern while reading is that POV Changes/Sections sometimes run into each other. I read on a Kindle 2 and often I read to the bottom of a page, hit next, and it’s a new POV and I’m really confused, especially in TBO where it changes between past and present.

    Some sort of visual indicator that things have changes, capitalize the first word/line, ***, italics, etc would really help. =)

    BTW – Every time I see that there’s a new ebook on amazon, I go hit refresh waiting for it.


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