J. Zachary Pike

Strangely Funny Fiction


Indie Publishing

5 Tips for Part-Time Authors

Let’s be frank: at this point, I haven’t been had enough success to tell anyone else how to be a success in publishing. But I’ve been in the indie-publishing scene for a couple of years at this point, and I’ve at the very least I’ve learned a couple of things that I won’t do anymore and stumbled upon a best practice or two. So if you’re thinking about publishing a book, I’m hoping my perspective can offer you some value (on top of other resources that you should check out).

So first up, let’s examine one of the defining traits of my career as an author: I haven’t quit my day job.

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Arth Lore

Gnow Your Gnomes: Tinderkin

A Tinderkin

It’s hard to define the Gnomes of Arth; they’re said to take as many shapes and sizes as the clouds in the sky.  Gnomish legends say that they once shared a common ancestor, but the great Clans have all become their own sub-races.  Be that as it may, it’s proper to refer to any of them, from a Halfling to a Tinderkin to a Deep Gnome, as a Gnome.

The Gnomes of Clan Kaedrin, more commonly known as Tinderkin, legendarily avoided an ancient war against the forces of Mannon.  Their reluctance earned them a reputation as cowards and shiftless thieves, and though the characterization was somewhat unwarranted at the time in the ages since many of them have grown into the stereotype quite nicely.

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Explore Arth

The Dark Profit saga is an economically epic trilogy set on Arth, a world that's fantastic and familiar all at once. On Arth, professional heroes kill monsters for valuable loot, but it’s powerful corporations that reap the rewards.

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J. Zachary Pike was once a basement-dwelling fantasy gamer, but over time he metamorphosed into a basement-dwelling fantasy writer. A New Englander by birth and by temperament, he writes strangely funny fiction on the seacoast of New Hampshire.

Current Project

Son of a Liche

The second book of the Dark Profit Saga pits Gorm and his fellow heroes against dark magics, the risen dead, and — worst of all — marketing.

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