Earlier this year, I published the fantasy novel my father wrote 15 years. This was an interesting experience, as I had to do editing, layout and printing all by myself. To make it a proper book, I even registered an ISBN number and was surprised to find out that this was not sufficient to make it appear on any of the online book stores. However, Amazon has a program that allows one to enter any item into their catalog for approximately $50/year. So, I joined Amazon Advantage and anyone can buy Sargons Schatz at Amazon now. As this is a German book published in an English speaking country, I don't expect many prospective buyers - we will see.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is one of the best fantasy books that I have read lately. I literally spent a whole weekend reading the book from start to finish. The book tells the story of Kvothe, a musician and arcanist, who has achieved almost legendary status and mysteriously vanished. Kvothe is now a bar keeper in a little town of no particular importance. His story is being told as a biography. It is superbly written and I am really looking forward to the next two books!
Fifteen years ago my father wrote a fantasy novel that no publisher in Germany wanted to print. As Christmas present, I decided in October last year to get the book printed professionally as a hard cover. It took about nice months to do layout, copy editing and getting illustrations as well as a dust cover painted. It even got an ISBN number: 978-0-9816907-0-4. I received a palette with 380 books today and they really look great. The cover is a red linen with golden stamping and the offset print is very clear and crisp. If you can read German, most of the text is also available online, but a printed book reads much nicer.
When I got home from traveling at around 3am last night, I found a box with 10 books on the table. Although, Virtual Honeypots covers primarily honeypots, it also features a small section on SpyBye that is part of a larger chapter on client honeypots. Other topics that we cover relating to this are on analyzing malware and tracking botnets. I am very pleased with the book in general and it will be interesting to see how it is going to do over the next few months.