Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

The Five Elements: Indie Mega-Bundle on DriveThruFiction

Bards & Sages Publishing has put together a bundle of speculative fiction and I’m happy to report that The Five Elements is part of it!

As you can see from the covers below, this is truly a mix of speculative titles spanning multiple genres, including science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, humor, military fiction, and more. Speculative, by definition, means fiction that pushes boundaries. I don’t think the books in this bundle are any exception.

The best part is that readers get to experience a wide array of indie authors at a greatly discounted bundle price of $21.99 (regularly $58.84 if bought separately).

The bundle is exclusively sold through DriveThruFiction.



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Thief’s Gambit, the fifth Assassin Without a Name story, is now available as a pre-order at Amazon!

The Five Elements: StoryBundle Bound

The Five Elements & StoryBundle

I have some fantastic news to share to start the new year (Happy New Year, by the way). A couple of months ago, I was approached by someone associated with StoryBundle who wanted to include The Five Elements in one of their upcoming fantasy bundles. Of course I agreed. The legal end of things has been wrapped up at this point, so I’m free to make this announcement. I won’t go into the other titles that will be part of the bundle just yet, other than to say I have seen the list and it’s a good one. I can’t wait for the bundle to go ‘live,’ which should happen in about a month.

Not familiar with StoryBundle?

Basically, they’re a site that bundles like novels by different authors and sells them as a single unit. One of the special things about StoryBundle is their pricing scheme, which is set by the reader on a sliding scale based on what he or she thinks is a fair price. If a reader is willing to pay more, bonus material (additional books) are included. Also, readers get to choose how much goes to the authors and how much to the publisher (in this case, StoryBundle). You can also donate 5% of the price paid to charity.

Another cool thing about StoryBundle is that the books are curated. Let’s face it: many self-published authors have not done anyone any favors by releasing material that is not ready for prime time. StoryBundle’s curation process guarantees readers a minimum level of quality; StoryBundle cares about their reputation, so they have to care about the product they put in front of consumers. The result of their curation process is a win-win for everyone.

I’ll have more details about StoryBundle’s fantasy bundle including The Five Elements soon.

The Five Elements survives the #ImmerseOrDie challenge!


#ImmerseOrDie strapped on The Five Elements, by Scott Marlowe, and got rocketed across the finish line

Jefferson Smith of the Creativity Hacker web site threw down the gauntlet for indie books: Submit a novel to him and he’ll attempt to take it through a 40 minute reading session on his tread mill. Each entry is allowed three immersion breaking occurrences. Break immersion for the reader more than that, and Jefferson stops reading, the final time is recorded, and it’s time to write up a fair, brutally honest critique highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I took Jefferson’s challenge, submitting The Five Elements. As you can see from the graphic above, The Five Elements survived! I encourage you to see what Jefferson has to say about the book.

I encourage every independent author to seek out these sorts of opportunities. There’s no better feedback than the unbiased opinion of others. There’s always a moment of fear or nervousness, but you have to lay it on the line in this business. Putting stuff out there that you’ve written is what separates a writer from an author. If you decide to accept the challenge, good luck!

A Direct Purchase Offer–50% off Alchemancer bundle

I’m selling some of my titles direct now.

To help kick off this new initiative, I’m offering the first two Alchemancer novels, The Five Elements and The Nullification Engine, as a bundle which you can get for 50% off the direct bundle price of $4.99. Fifty percent off brings the price down to $2.49.

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, take a look at my novels page, click on the “Buy Now” button under the Alchemancer bundle, then enter “50off” during checkout. It should show you the strikeout price of $4.99 marked down to $2.49 before you actually enter payment information.