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… to novelist S.G. Basu’s blog.

Here, I share my interests in science fiction and fantasy, technology and science, my books and current projectsMaia and the Xifarian Conspiracy (the first book of the Lightbound Saga series) is currently free at all fine online retailers.

The S.G. Basu Starter Collection (includes Population Morpheus, Jumpers, and The Firefly League) is a free gift when you sign up for my newsletter. These are great places to start if you haven’t read my books before. Please help yourself!

Here is the list of my books in order by series:

The Lightbound Saga Series (MG/YA Science Fiction Fantasy):
Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy (Book 1)
Maia and the Secrets of Zagran (Book 2)
Maia and the Regency Protocol (Book 3)
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The Lightbound Saga Boxed Set (3 book bundle)
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Once Upon a Planet (MG/YA Science Fiction Fantasy in the Lightbound Saga world):
The Firefly League
The Seeder Chapters (Near Apocalyptic Science Fiction):
Population Morpheus (Book 1)
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Elementals (Paranormal Serial Thriller)
Season : ICE (Book 1)
Season : FIRE (Book 2)
SQUAD (The Accidental Superheroes Series):
Jumpers (Book 1)

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EMPIRE (Standalone Novel Series):
The Eternity Prophecy (Kindle Scout Winner, published by Kindle Press)

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The Kindle Scout Anniversary Sale is On Now!

A super sale for a limited time only! Kindle Scout is celebrating its second year of reader-powered publishing. From now through April 3, all Scout-discovered titles will be available for purchase for $0.99.

The entire Kindle Scout catalog is on sale, including my recently published The Eternity Prophecy now on sale at Amazon.com at 99 cents. If you haven’t already picked up The Eternity Prophecy, which by the way is garnering great reviews, now is the time to grab it.


If you’re not much into science fiction, don’t worry. Let’s find you some great books across all genres. Simply click the graphic below –>

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Don’t Miss the Kindle Scout Anniversary Sale!


It’s happening now! Kindle Scout is celebrating its second year of reader-powered publishing. For a limited time only, all Scout-discovered titles will be available for purchase for $0.99.

The entire Kindle Scout catalog is on sale, including my recently published The Eternity Prophecy now on sale at Amazon.com at 99 cents. If you haven’t already picked up The Eternity Prophecy, which by the way is garnering great reviews, now is the time to grab it.

If you’re not much into science fiction, don’t worry. Let’s find you some great books across all genres. Click HERE or the graphic below to browse the collection.

Happy reading!

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Doing the Dishes

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PC: Kris Atomic via Unsplash.com

“The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”

~Agatha Christie

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My Kindle Scout Experience: Stage 3 – Winning Kindle Scout (And After)


Welcome back to my ongoing series about my experience with Kindle Scout. Today’s post is all about the results and the aftermath.

So, after the 30 day campaign phase, there is a waiting period. During which you wait to hear back (hopefully good news) from Kindle Press. This waiting period is probably the most excruciating phase of all and it can stretch from 2 days to 15 days. So far, no one has been able to find a correlation between the length of the wait and the final result. In other words, if they’re making you wait long, it doesn’t mean the chance of your winning is rising or anything. Yeah, they like to be cryptic like that.

For me, the wait felt even worse because my waiting period stretched into the 2016 Holiday Season. My campaign ended on the 18th of December and I realized my biggest blunder right after. An average wait of 7 days would put me smack dab on the 25th. And even though I had braced for a rejection (the acceptance rate is somewhere between 3-4% at KS), it would be annoying to be handed a rejection right in the middle of funnest season of the year.

But, it was all said and done, and now there was nothing left to do but wait. All I hoped for was to get a note well before the 25th or, otherwise, after the 1st of Jan. Knowing Kindle Press was shutting down for the Holidays made me hope. But, nevertheless, I checked my email first thing in the morning.

The 25th came and went. No emails from Kindle Scout. Phew!

I thought, perhaps, I could make it past 2016 and take on the dreaded email in the new year.Things were looking all set for that.

Then on the 28th, right after noon, I got an email –

Your book “The Eternity Prophecy” has been selected!

For a few seconds, I didn’t dare believe. Then I refreshed the Scout home page a few times. There it was, among the other winners, The Eternity Prophecy.

Yippie! Yes, the rest of my 2017 was going to be happy no matter what else went wrong with the world. Yeah, my New Year’s celebrations went quite okay.

The usual administrative stuff came right after, including the editing, the advance payment etc. I’ll list the dates here for reference:

12/18/16: End of campaign

12/28/16: Note of acceptance

12/29/16: Congratulatory note

12/29/16: Payment set up

12/30/16: Editorial work begins (Expected completion date: 01/19/17)

01/19/17: Edited manuscript arrives

02/01/17: Advance received

02/11/17: Revised manuscript uploaded

02/27/17: Launch date announced and preorder starts

03/14/17: Launch day

A few notes about the post-selection phase-

  1. The communication from KP (all emails) was minimal but succinct. I did not find myself needing information beyond what was emailed to me.
  2. My editorial work was extremely detailed, although the changes requested were minimum. It seemed to me a Kirkus editor worked on my project. I was not provided a direct line of communication with the editor.
  3. I had some issues with the formatting that I needed to clarify and I used the “Contact” button on the KS campaign page to resolve the queries.
  4. There was no deadline for uploading the revised manuscript. Instead I was urged to “take all the time you need to complete this stage.”

Anything I want to do better next?

Yes, absolutely. Note to self: NO submitting in November, please. I do not need extra stress during the Holidays.

How has my experience been so far?

Good. I wish the process had a bit more of a human touch, but as long as its rolling along fine, I’m okay.

I also wish I got some advance notice on when my book will be put on preorder, which I didn’t. It would’ve helped me plan my other launches better.

So, anyway, my book launched last Tuesday. Here it is, complete with links, in case you’re interested in checking it out on Amazon.

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The Eternity Prophecy has been doing alright. Not awesome, but quite okay if you consider I haven’t done any promos for it. I can’t really do anything other than FB ads because I don’t have control on the price and it’s almost impossible to find good advertisement for a full priced book. But I’m looking forward to a big anniversary sale coming up next week.

That’s it for today. I’ll see you again next week, will be back with some post-publishing experience.


Other parts of this series listed below:

My Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 0 – The Why

My  Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 1 – The Preparation

My Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 2 – The Campaign (Planning)

My Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 2 – The Campaign (The First 10 Days)

My Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 2 – The Campaign (The 10 Days in the Middle)

My Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 2 – The Campaign (The Final 10 Days)

Stay tuned for more of my experience with Kindle Scout. Next up – The post-publishing experience

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My Second Time Traveling Superhero Story is Now LIVE!

It’s hard to believe that I did it! Jumpers 2–a time traveling superhero story, the second in the SQUAD series–is now available for purchase.

While all book launches are super-exciting, this one is extra special because I wrote this book only because of reader requests that kept on coming. And as every writer knows, a letter from a fan requesting for more is the best incentive ever.

Funny how hard it is to foresee enthusiasm. When I wrote the first book in the series, Jumpers, I thought it was the worst book I had ever written. Not that I wasn’t diligent enough with the writing, editing, etc, but because I wasn’t sure the time-travel aspect was interesting enough. I was worried about Ben’s voice and I felt the science was edging toward heavy.

I had braced for a slew of terrible reviews. Instead, by the end of last year, I had received at least two dozen requests for the next book in the series. Problem was, not expecting anyone to be interested in Jumpers, I had no room for a sequel in my schedule. But, if the readers wanted it, I had to make time for it. So I did.

I wrote through January at a breakneck pace. Then a month of editing and two rounds of beta-reading later, here we are. Jumpers 2 is out on all online retailers today.

Still can’t believe I launched it as promised. And that I have requests for a sequel already.

Guess it’s time to chuck that schedule.

Jumpers 2 on a Launch Special pricing of $0.99 for a limited time.

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Jumpers (Book 1) is on a limited Launch Special pricing of $0.99 as well.

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If you are enjoy fast-paced thrill rides, this is the time to pick up both books. Happy reading!

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