Q. Will THE DETACHMENT only be released as an ebook?

No. The trade paperback, along with digital and audio versions of THE DETACHMENT, are available now.

Q. Where (and when) can I buy THE DETACHMENT?

The digital edition of THE DETACHMENT is available for download exclusively through Amazon. The trade paperback edition of THE DETACHMENT is available wherever books are sold (and can be ordered through Amazon). Since fewer hardcover editions are sold these days compared to other formats, the paper edition of THE DETACHMENT is available in trade paperback only, not in hardcover. The digital audiobook is available by download exclusively through Amazon and its affiliates (including Audible), and the CD version of the audiobook is now available wherever books are sold.

Nook owners, please see the FAQ on Nooks, below.

Q. Why will the trade paperback edition of THE DETACHMENT be released after the digital edition?

Paper editions take longer to prepare than digital editions. My goal, and Amazon's, is to get all editions to readers as quickly as possible, and, simply because by its nature digital can be readied for publication more quickly, the digital version of THE DETACHMENT was released first. Note that holding back the digital version until the paper version is ready doesn't speed the release of paper; it only delays the release of digital, which strikes me as neither sensible nor fair.

Q. What if I don't have a Kindle, and I want to read THE DETACHMENT?

Not a problem. You have quite a few options, in fact.

  1. You can purchase a paper copy wherever books are sold.
  2. You can download Kindle for PC, Kindle for Mac, or Kindle for Android (or another Kindle reader app), which are all free apps that allow you to read Kindle files on your computer, phone, or tablet, and then purchase the Kindle ebook from Amazon's Kindle Store and read it on your computer, phone, or tablet.
  3. You can purchase the Kindle ebook from Amazon, run it through a free file converter like Calibre to convert it to an epub file, and then read it on your Nook or other non-Kindle e-reader. (More info on this option below)


Q. Can I read THE DETACHMENT on my Nook?

You can, with the use of a free file converter. Here's how you do it:

  1. Buy THE DETACHMENT on Amazon.
  2. Select "Transfer via Computer" from the "Deliver to" pull-down menu on the product detail page, and save it to your computer.
  3. Download and install the free program Calibre.
  4. Open the Calibre program, and click ADD BOOKS in the upper left-hand corner, selecting the .azw file you just downloaded onto your computer from Amazon.
  5. Once the ebook is in Calibre, highlight it by clicking on it, and then click on the CONVERT BOOKS tab. Select the type of file you'd like to convert it to (for Nook, choose epub).
  6. Upload the newly created file to your e-reader of choice.

Here is a step-by-step .pdf with screen shots to walk you through the conversion.

Please Note: Apologies, folks—turns out THE DETACHMENT was briefly (only through the first on-sale day, September 15) and mistakenly DRMed. Amazon has corrected the problem and the DRM has been removed. If you downloaded a DRM version, though, here's the solution—and my sincere apologies for the glitch.

"All they need to do is delete the file from their local application/device (Kindle for the PC, Kindle for the Mac, etc) and then re-download the book from their Amazon account to get the DRM free version. If people have questions, they can call Amazon Kindle CS team at 866-321-8851. We posted an article about it so that our CS reps are aware of the situation and how to fix the problem."

Q. Will your short stories be available in paper too?

Unfortunately, there's no cost-effective way to distribute a short story in paper today. However, if you don't like reading on a screen and you have access to a printer, there is an easy fix. You can purchase the PDF versions of the short stories from Smashwords or from my website, download them to your computer, and print them out. (Note that while my short stories are not available in paper, my novels will always be available in paper as long as paper books exist—which I believe will be forever.)

Q. Where can I buy your short stories?

My short stories are available for purchase from Amazon (for Kindle, Kindle for PC, and Kindle for Mac users), from Barnes & Noble (for Nook users), and from Smashwords (in all formats, including PDF if you'd like to print them out or read them directly on your computer, epub if you have a different e-reader, and more). The short stories are also available for purchase directly from my website in PDF, epub (for Nook and other e-readers), and mobi (for Kindle) formats, with payment handled by PayPal.

Q. I hate to use my credit card online, but I'm interested in reading your short stories. Any solutions?

Yes, download them directly from my website. My self-published short stories are now available directly through my website, with PayPal as the payment system, so readers who don't like to use credit cards online can now purchase these stories using PayPal. (Though PayPal also allows you to use a credit card securely if you prefer.)

Q. Will a Kindle version of THE DETACHMENT be available in Japan?

Kindle devices and Kindle books are not sold through Amazon's Japanese website. However, Japanese customers can purchase a Kindle through the US website and can buy Kindle books through the US website or directly from their Kindle device. The trade paperback edition of THE DETACHMENT can be pre-ordered now in Japan.

Q. Do you plan to continue self-publishing short stories?

I do! And I will continue to announce them through my website and my newsletter. So if you'd like to be alerted when the next story becomes available, please sign up for my mailing list here.