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TheBestofUs KT edit

The first book in the Nomad series (initially a trilogy, but I'll see where it goes from there) is THE BEST OF US, which is an origins story. It's set in Earth's near-future, more than a thousand years before the events of the Galaxy's Edge books by indie authors Jason Anspach and Nick Cole.

Half the world is a wasteland: the rest is on borrowed time.
The West has been devastated by epidemics, bio-terrorism, war, and famine, Asia has shut its borders to keep the threats at bay, and those with power and influence have already abandoned Earth. Now an escape route a century in the making – the Nomad mission – finally offers hope to a small town and a secret research centre hidden in a rural American backwater. Hidden even from the centre's staff, Nomad is about to fulfil its long-dead founder's vision of preserving the best of humanity to forge a new future. But who decides who's worthy of salvation? The mission is now in the hands of a unique AI called Solomon, and an encounter with a band of military veterans reshapes his plans for mankind's future

It's available in
paperback, hardcover, and Kindle, and an Audible exclusive audio book.

You can also order the book from
Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore:
Paperback: 978-1-949731-14-9
Hardcover: 978-1-949731-13-2




I know, I know. I stopped doing franchise work because it was a miserable experience (no point in mincing words, is there?) but this is a collaborative indie project, and that means what I create remains mine, and I won't be left high and dry by the kind of corporate changes of mind I've been scuppered by in the past. I get to finish what I start. This is what makes indie collaborations a different kettle of fish.

It all began when Jason Anspach and Nick Cole asked me how I felt about collaborating with them and building something new in their growing and very successful Galaxy's Edge universe. I suppose you could call it a meeting of brands. We saw eye to eye on so many things that it seemed like a good idea – no, a great idea.

I've been publishing independently since 2014, and in that time the indie world has changed out of all recognition. It's not Big Publishing’s poor relation any more: it's business-savvy and it's taking a significant share of the market. Because it's made up of individual authors and small presses, it can innovate and adapt faster, which is why it's changing both the sheer variety of books available and the ways that books reach the reader. One area where it's developing fast is collaborations between indies to give them a better chance of competing alongside big multinational publishers.

Book collaborations, where authors co-write novels, is as old as the hills. But the kind of collaboration we're talking about is more ambitious – groups of indies pooling their resources on everything from editing and marketing to building franchises. Where writers already have a brand, harnessing those brands together for a project can be good for everyone. As Jason said to me, this is the next stage of evolution: first came Trad Pub, traditional publishing, then came Indie Pub, and now we're in the early era of what he's dubbed New Pub. New Pub is very good for authors, and also good for you as readers. The whole independent publishing movement is about creating more choice and letting authors and readers connect without anything else getting in the way. New Pub kicks that up a notch.

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