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January 9, 2016

I'm in that agonizing phase where I wait for ratings and reviews to trickle in for my latest work. I'm very grateful for that handful that have arrived so far.

As an indie author, I rely upon your ratings and reviews to legitimize my work to those who have not read me before. Thanks for reading and reviewing my work, that feedback is valuable to me as a writer and as a bookseller.

The perfect review probably has both positive and negative elements. The positive is great for boosting sales and encouraging the writer. The negative helps to warn people who may be annoyed by certain shortfalls. For instance, "this is too bloody and gory for me!" will turn away readers who hate that kind of content, which is good for them and good for me. I want to find the people who will enjoy the book and sell to them.
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Published on January 09, 2016 10:45 • 59 views • Tags: mccloskey, ratings, reviews

December 19, 2015

I just released "The Created".

It's a special project for my 20th novel, set in the same universe as the PIT series.

There's a nice fat sample available on my website, please check it out. You might be pleasantly surprised to see that a lot of the characters are artificial agents.

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Published on December 19, 2015 10:09 • 121 views • Tags: ai, artificial-agents, mccloskey, pit, science-fiction

December 13, 2015

I have released the 7th PIT book called "The Celaran Probe".


Rather than return to Earth with the modest spoils of the team’s first Celaran expedition, Telisa decides to proceed to another Celaran colony site in an attempt to find living Celarans. New friends and enemies will be discovered beyond the frontier, while big surprises await the PIT team back home.

I'm also editing my 20th novel, "The Created", which I plan to release this month.

Thanks to all my readers and reviewers!
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Published on December 13, 2015 09:41 • 60 views • Tags: ai, celaran, mccloskey, pit, trilisk, xenoarchaeology

October 31, 2015

I hope to release two new novels by year's end, including the 7th PIT book, "The Celaran Probe", and my 20th novel, "The Created". The drafts of these novels are completed and I'm in the editing phase, working with my editor Stephen "Shoe" Shoemaker.

I anticipate the PIT book will get more attention since it's deep into a series, but I hope some will check out my 20th book because I've tried very hard to make it a special one.

Several of the characters in "The Created" are smart machines called artificial agents who work for their creator (which has an interesting story of his own). The book offers glimpses into many lives but the central characters are easily distinguished and slowly introduced so it should not become confusing.

The novel is set on the core world called Idona in the PIT universe. Those of you familiar with my work should find the setting familiar but the novel is something different.

The book is longer than most of the PIT novels, from 75-80K words written in three parts.
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Published on October 31, 2015 10:27 • 68 views • Tags: ai, mccloskey, pit, trilisk

March 13, 2015

The Eimar Beacon has been published. It is currently available at Amazon and Smashwords.

This book is not part of the PIT series, but it is set in the same universe as the PIT series.

Here is the Squidlord page:


Other formats will follow in the next couple of weeks. Smashwords has many formats you can read on most devices, but some prefer buying directly from a company related to their device (such as Apple or B&N). I'm releasing the softcover through Createspace as before, so it will probably be available soon.

I am currently working on "The Created" and the 7th PIT novel, "The Celaran Probe".

Thanks all for reading and reviewing my books!
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Published on March 13, 2015 00:09 • 142 views • Tags: mccloskey, pit, science-fiction

February 1, 2015

I've had it with Google Play. All the other vendors I work with, Amazon, Apple, B&N, Smashwords, they all sell my books for the price I specify ($2.99 USD). But Google Play won't. They discount the books, presumably to gain market share.

Which does not work, because Amazon just price matches them or pulls the books. (Why don't they just be a great vendor and platform and gain market share that way?) Then I have to go in and set my prices higher on Google Play, so that their discounts end up at the "correct" price to prevent this.

Recently, one of my book prices got stuck at Google Play so I could not update it (anytime soon). Instead of admitting to this problem, their rep just said "Google discounts the list price on its own discretion".

Wrong. You can't set the price to whatever you want, because you don't sell my books anymore. Goodbye Google Play.
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Published on February 01, 2015 17:05 • 153 views • Tags: google, mccloskey

October 31, 2014

The sixth PIT book is out, The Celeran Ruins. It is my 17th novel.


It is active at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and Google Play. Still waiting for iBooks to release it.

Thanks all for reading and reviewing my books!
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Published on October 31, 2014 10:08 • 115 views • Tags: celaran, mccloskey, trilisk

August 31, 2014

I finished the rough draft of The Dreamslayer today.

Tomorrow: Editing the Celaran Ruins.

I hope to release these two novels soon. The final word counts will be greater than they are now; unlike most authors, I add words in the edit phase rather than cut.

Then, I have a pile of errata to process for the Synchronicity Trilogy. I will re-release those three books with a lot of fixes.

Finally, I might be able to release The Eimar Beacon by the end of the year.

As usual I will send out announcements on my mailing list as these become available.

These projects are described on www.squidlord.com
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Published on August 31, 2014 21:16 • 105 views • Tags: mccloskey, trilisk

July 3, 2014

I signed the petition "Authors: To Thank Our Readers" on Change.org.


Amazon has helped both authors and readers by taking a much smaller cut than the traditional New York publishing industry does.
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Published on July 03, 2014 09:39 • 101 views

March 25, 2014

Over the years, some have noted that Telisa does not act very "archaeologist-like" in the Trilisk Ruins. Here is my response. Some minor spoilers, though not major ones.

1. Telisa isn't acting as a xenoarchaelogist in the book, she's a smuggler. She was added to the team partially because she could identify what might be valuable; not because of her ability to sift through dirt inside cordoned off squares.

2. Telisa does not have access to the expensive equipment a full UNSF expedition would have. So she has to do without extensive scans down to the molecular level and powerful AIs to analyze everything on the spot.

3. Telisa is working under severe time pressure because the team knows they will get caught if they linger.

4. Everything they find is being recorded as they find it by links and robots; no need to sit around taking pictures before you touch anything.

5. Nothing is buried beneath the ground and needing sifting through; what they find is quite durable and not likely to shatter upon picking it up.

6. You may have to resort to putting together pieces of pottery in archaeology; in xeno, finding one high tech artifact could tell you more about someone faster than studying one of our ancient sites here on Earth for a year could do to tell you about our ancestors.

7. It's not a very exciting book if they cordon the area into quadrants, take pictures, and start sifting through dirt for five weeks.

8. Yes it's dangerous; they all know that and decide to do it anyway because the rewards are very high.
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Published on March 25, 2014 18:19 • 160 views • Tags: mccloskey, trilisk