Monday, 8 February 2016

February Update

Cynicism Management - coverFirst of all, until the end of February the second edition of my first novel, Cynicism Management, will be on sale in most digital stores (e.g. Amazon | Apple | Inktera | Kobo | B & N). During this time you'll be able to get it for only 99 cents. For more information about the novel – or to grab a free direct download of the extensive original soundtrack for it – head here.

By the way, a few people asked about this: yes, of course the book is DRM free. DRM protection annoys the hell out of me, and I definitely don't hold it against anyone if they make "unauthorised" copies of the book.

Secondly, the graphics and illustration wizard Matej Peklar has just finished the cover for my second novel, Pendulum Pet (Cynicism Management Series, Book 2), which is to be released in March. The final draft is done, and I'm about to start formatting the text for e-readers. 

In the meantime, head to this page to find out more about the upcoming novel and listen to the complete, quite extensive original soundtrack for it (you can either stream it or download it free of charge).

Finally, I'm happy to report that my new author homepage is now finished and you're most welcome to check it out. Apart from my usual ramblings about books and music it also offers direct free downloads of most of my albums, recorded in the recent years (I'll be adding more from my "back catalogue" over time). The download packages - available to all my "new release mailing list" subscribers - contain tracks in 320kbps mp3 format as well as artwork for each of the albums. This means that you can now download the complete Cynicism Management and Ray Kosmick discography directly from my site - free of charge.


I'm currently working on my third novel and the accompanying music album, both of which will be entitled Dog Days. The book is at about 20 % of rough draft, and I've just started composing the songs and recording the first tracks, so no demos yet...


This about wraps up everything I have to report this month. Next time I'll hopefully be able to announce the release of my new novel.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

"Pendulum Pet" cover - sketch

My favourite graphics and illustration wizard, Matej Peklar, has just come up with the first, rough sketch of the cover for my upcoming novel, Pendulum Pet. I love it – the "pendulum" dog, hanging from a leash, is as cranky as I have imagined him to be.

The-Dog-Sketch300

I am currently polishing the final version of the manuscript, trying desperately to hunt down and eradicate any remaining typos, blunders, slips of the pen, clumsy formulations, inconsistencies and plain old brain farts; and then I have yet to format the manuscript for e-readers before publishing it in March, if everything goes according to plan.

In the meantime, head to this page to find out more about the upcoming novel and listen to the complete, quite extensive original soundtrack for it (stream it or download it free of charge).

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

New homepage up

My new "author homepage" is now up and running at www.boripraper.eu. It focuses on the literary side of my work, but also offers direct free downloads of most of my music from the recent years (I'll probably be adding more from my "back catalogue" over time). These packages contain tracks in 320kbps mp3 format as well as artwork for each of the albums and are available to all subscribers for my "new release mailing list". Under the "Novels & Soundtracks" tab you can see more details about my books as well as download the complete soundtracks for both of them (collections of Cynicism Management and Ray Kosmick tracks, featured in the novels).

Meanwhile, the second edition of my first novel, Cynicism Management, has also been released on Apple, Barnes & Noble, Inktera, Kobo, and Scribd (apart from Amazon).

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2nd Edition of "Cynicism Managment" novel published

The second edition of my first novel, Cynicism Management, is now available on Amazon (the link should automatically take you to your local Amazon store) for $2.99 / £1.99.

Cynicism Managment - Cover


HOWEVER! Be warned that this price can vary greatly between the countries you're buying the book from, Slovenia being one of the most unfortunate ones. In Slovenia the $2.99 book will cost you $6.09. For example, these are the prices I've been able to confirm (when browsed in different countries, on Amazon US) after some research via VPN servers and/or with the assistance of friends living abroad:


- USA: $2.99 (my price at Amazon US)
- Germany: $3.29 (most likely my price of €2.99 at Amazon DE, with currency conversion from €)
- UK: $2.96 (my price at Amazon UK, with currency conversion from £)
- Switzerland: $ 3.26
- Latvia: $ 6.04
- Lithuania: $ 6.04
- Czech Republic: $ 2.99
- Romania: $ 3.71
- Slovenia: $ 6.09
- Portugal: $ 3.68
- Spain: $ 3.26
- Sweden: $ 3.74


I tried clearing up the issue with Amazon, but for three days of fruitless back-and-forth they kept evading and muddling the issue with diversionary tactics and nebulous quasi-information before finally sending the following statement (after I demanded explicitly that they send me a clear breakdown of how exactly they calculated the Slovenian price):

"The availability and pricing of titles in global Kindle Stores may vary by home country or region, because of taxes and other operating costs. However, it is our operational policy that we don't disclose the breakdown to our publishers/authors. Unfortunately, we're unable to provide why we can't disclose these information to publishers/authors either."

In other words, they won't tell me why they charge the extra $3.10 in case of Slovenia, and they also can't tell me why they won't tell me that.

I know of no taxes and reasonable "operating costs" (of sending a digital file to a Kindle and charging a credit card) that could result in an increase of price in excess of 100 %. However, the last sentence of the final response was probably volunteered by a rather disgruntled Amazon support staff member, and the actual interpretation from "bamboozlese" would probably be – I'm reasonably sure – that Amazon applies some ridiculous arbitrary surcharge in case of certain countries... And they obviously don't want to advertise this fact.

Be that as it may, the book will soon be published as epub in various other e-bookstores as well, hopefully without this astounding surcharge.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Complete Pendulum Pet playlist

Here is the complete playlist for Pendulum Pet, the new album by Cynicism Management. It can also be downloaded from our Bandcamp page (name your price) or purchased in most digital stores.


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Entry for the ADAM Audio soundtrack competition

Here is my entry for the ADAM Audio soundtrack competition. I certainly wouldn’t mind winning a pair of new monitors, although chances for that are virtually zero - judging from the vast number of high-quality contributions... :)



Monday, 12 October 2015

Pendulum Pet released!

I'm happy to report that the new Cynicism Management album, entitled Pendulum Pet, has just been released! For now it's on our Bandcamp page, with the digital release in a heap of online stores scheduled for 11 November. It's been a long and arduous run since the last full-length release (Tit back in 2011), and a puny single and flimsy EP don't really count, as far as I'm concerned. So I certainly hope it takes us substantially less than another four years to come up with the third one, which we fully intend to record some day.

Without further ado, here it is. On Bandcamp you can download it for free, or, alternatively, you might even decide to wire us a few bucks for it, it's up to you.

 
PENDULUM PET by CYNICISM MANAGEMENT
 
All tracks written and arranged by Borut Praper. Lyrics by Borut Praper except Digging Deep by Borut Praper & Monika Fritz. Vocals co-arranged and performed by Monika Fritz. All instruments played by Borut Praper except guitar solos for Don’t Let Me In, Bats Left the Belfry and Keep It Simple by Jure Praper. Recorded, produced and mixed by Borut Praper in Studio S.U.R., Berlin. Mastered by Torulsson @ 808 Mastering.com
 
 Loads of thanks: Jan Baruca, Stojan Kralj, Jan Urbanc, Aljoša Mislej, Andrej Babič and Rok Predin for listening to the material at the mixing stage and providing crucial feedback. Sunčan Stone for reading the lyrics. Borut Bernik - Torulsson for providing technical advice and polishing the vocal sound. Nika Hölcl for taking our mug shots and making us look nice(r). 
 
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. P + C 2015 CYNICISM MANAGEMENT


Thursday, 8 October 2015

I Found Them Twitching

Track 10 of "Pendulum Pet":



I FOUND THEM TWITCHING

It's seeping through my body
It's oozing through my brain
I can't unsee the blight and
It's driving me insane

No way to close my eyes and
Too late to turn away
The time from here on out will
Keep feeding my dismay

'Cause I found them twitching oh no
'Cause I found them twitching oh no no

Attempts to disremember
And hopes to disregard
Just fuel the searing blaze
And feed on the corpses charred


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Mastering of "Pendulum Pet" done!

I'm happy to report that the mastering of Pendulum Pet, the upcoming full-length album by the alternative / prog rock band Cynicism Management, has just been finished. I'd like to thank Borut "Torul" Bernik @ 808mastering.com for a superb job. I'm absolutely positive that the collection of eleven new tracks, clocking in at just over an hour, will make for the best Cynicism Management release to date.

So here is "Quickening", the last track on the album - an instrumental coda or "outro":


More tracks coming soon.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Pendulum Pet Teaser Excerpts

Here are some (pre-master demo) "teaser" clips from the upcoming Cynicism Management album Pendulum Pet. The release is planned for October.