Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Last Look Back

I decided to take a full day off from writing for a couple reasons.

I was mentally and physically drained after that marathon yesterday of editing and formatting. I hadn't published anything in over a year, so Smashword's standards lead to some head scratching if you haven't done it in a while.

Actually, that leads me to my second topic first. I felt so positive about the formatting that I reformatted and put added new covers to my three previous works: Waiting, Fumblerooski, and The Gospel According to John. All three have a table of contents, superior formatting than the versions that came before them, and new back matter that mentions all my present and near future releases.

Look, I understand that these 3 works have made zero dollars for me since they were published. They are my first 3 babies however. I love them. And they also serve as a means to introduce readers to my newer work coming up in Where are our Children and beyond.

Now, onto that present and near future I was talking about. I won't get into specific numbers but 411: Episode 1 of Where are Our Children has had more downloads in its first 12 hours than my previous 3 works combined. I thank EACH and EVERY reader. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you.

Smashwords is the only outlet it is available at the moment of this writing but that should change rapidly over the next few hours and days.

Remember, a fair review is always helpful and appreciated by any Indie Author.

On to the future, but the one last look back was nice...    

Monday, October 20, 2014

Signed, Sealed, Deilvered, it's Yours.

What a day.

I spent a total of 12 hours editing and formatting 411: The first episode of The Where our are Children Series.

I'm exhausted!!!

I'm very excited!!!

A note to readers, as I've stated before, Episodes 1,2,4,5,7, and 8 will be available at Smashwords and your other favorite retailers (besides Amazon) for free. Episodes 3,6, and 9 will sell for $.99 a piece.

The Smashwords version is ready for download today. I am confident that ITunes, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo will have their versions before the weekend.

Again, the Amazon version will be ready almost the same day as the release of Whirlwind: The 9th and final episode on Smashwords.

More release news: Fumblerooski, How the NCAA fumbled the ball on the coming playoff is available as an audio book on Audible.com. It should be ready in day on Amazon and ITunes. I suspect my Twelve Worlds Novelette should be ready on all three formats in day as well. On the audio front as well, I am strongly considering offering The Gospel According to John: How Elway saved us from Tebow, his media cronies and an insufferable fan base as well. I will make that decision by this weekend.

A couple of final notes before I sign off for today, my first three works will probably go off line for a few hours while I resubmit the back matter showing my newest and upcoming releases. (I have to market where I can. (smile) ) 

A special thank you goes to Miss  Corrine Elletson Kilgore. I haven't published to Smashwords in over a year and I wouldn't have got through the meatgrinder without your videos on YouTube. Thank you. 

I will be back hard at writing ( I never want to refer to this as working) Deliverance: Episode 2 either tomorrow or Wednesday.  I don't anticipate any of the remaining Episodes to be as nearly as long as the 35,000 word monster available to you guys right now.

Anyway, at least I have a few things out there for you guys to enjoy. It's signed, sealed, delivered...It YOURS.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Manic Monday

411, the first episode of The Where are our Children Serial Novel is done.

Well, kind of.

The second draft clocked in at over 34,000 words for 10 chapters.  That's nearly 350,000 word total, epic fantasy like numbers for a completed novel. Again, I don't see the finished product finishing nearly that high, but I'm not going try to condense it. The words are flowing as I had intended them to. This is what I want. And I'm having a ball doing it. That's something that I NEVER thought I would say about writing again. 

Anyone, Monday is going to be CRAZY. I'm going into polish mode, waxing this draft until I can make it shine, then try and format it and then make it fit through Smashword's meatgrinder tomorrow night.

Wish me luck...I'm going to need it.

In the meantime, I  designed the covers for the first 10 stories that I like to bill as Short Tales of Fiction, with a 5 volume cover and a 10 volume cover. 12 releases all together in this first wave. Each short tale will appear as a stand alone story, then it will appear again in within a 5 story volume, and one final time in a 10 story volume. I'll explain more about all of this series as we get closer to it's release. This series begins immediately after A House of Chains is completed.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Telling Secrets

Another early posting, after a marathon 4 hour writing session that netted me over 4000 words in Xavier's first chapter. I can't tell you that it is my best chapter, ultimately that is up to you, the reader to decide, but it flowed out of me easier than anything I've rewritten so far. One reason, I gather is that I could tell that I had reached a certain comfort level by this time around the first time I wrote the first draft.

Anyway, after I complete this blog and some other publishing things, I'm probably putting the computer down for the rest of the day and kick my feet up and watch so college football during the day and some hockey tonight. I think I've earned the break.

I've redone my interview on Smashwords for anyone who would like to venture over there for a peek. I talk a lot about this novel. I even give some insights about some of the characters.

I'm gonna try and upload a picture of the cover for 411, the first episode in the Where are our Children Serial so you guys can get a look see. I tried it yesterday but the computer kept freezing up. I don't know whether it was my computer or blogger. So no promises...

But get a look at the interview. I tell a little bit about the process over there.

And I share a few secrets...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Keep on Moving on

I posting a bit early today, with a day off from work, I'm doing some things a little different than my last few working days.

Anyway, I noticed I didn't post my word count the other day and I'm going to stop that for a bit. Again, the first draft of this novel is already completed. I'm adding new prose in spots, and taking it away in others. It is running long right now, though Chris' first chapter is the first one I've done a second draft on that felt close to a 'normal' chapter size.

Word count is going to be important to me moving forward, but I will post the WHY to that later on. It's a doozy. One project at a time, though. After hitting a rough patch in Seth's first chapter, I really felt back on track writing Chris POV.

Oh Yea, I guess its time to explain this Chris chapter...Angel chapter stuff...

George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series is the best prose I've ever read. Period.  One of the things that causes of very complex story to flow easier is how Martin titles his chapters after is Point of View (POV) characters. He says he adapted the template from one of his favorite writers Jack Vance as I adopted it from Martin.

I'm not trying to be Martin. I will NEVER be that good. But the POV approach to storytelling works well for me in telling Where are our Children. I hope it works well for readers as well.

Barring some unforeseen setback I can see the first episode of this 9 part arc published  to Smashwords late Monday. I haven't put anything through their meatgrinder in a while so I can't honestly speak to how long after that it starts to appear at retailers.  

I feel good today.

I keep on moving on...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Price of Success

The Where are our Children Serial Novel will be priced this way: Episodes 1,2,4,5,7 and 8 will be available for free, while the remaining parts 3,6, and the finale number 9 will be priced at $.99 a piece. That's $2.99 (if I'm figuring my math correctly-- and that is a big if) for the entire story which I think more than fair.

I've given my first three works: Waiting ( A Twelve Worlds Novelette), Fumblerooski, and The Gospel According to John for free on over outlet except Amazon, which doesn't allow it, all for over a year now. It's old news that I never thought I would write again. So it didn't bother me to leave these titles that way. I wanted to be read and I have. I want to have compensation for being read. So these titles will remain at their current pricing for the foreseeable future. But it is time to grow this thing. So all titles published will be priced at least at  $.99. I hope to have a lot to offer over the next few weeks, months and years.

In speaking of those older titles: All three are available in paperback editions through Amazon and Createspace and are priced at $5.99 each. Waiting and Fumblerooski should be for sale as audiobooks any day now. And I leaning towards having The Gospel According to John produced as well, even though I'm sure it won't have even an hour's running time.

Here's my current scheduled pricing template:

Short Tales of Fiction $.99
A bundle of five stories $2.99
A bundle of ten stories $3.99
Where are our Children (Novel Version) $2.99
Createpace Editons of a bundle of ten stories: TBD
Audiobook Editions of a bundle of ten stories: TBD
Where are our Children (Createspace) TBD
Where are our Children (Audiobook) TBD

I'll announce each and every release and reminder of price here, on twitter, and my Facebook page.

There is a price to pay for success.

I'm reaching for it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Createspace and Audiobook

Before I get to the third and final part of my "Big" announcement about what happened to me last night. I got in around 800 words which puts me over 20000 for the rewrite so far. But for the first time since I restarted my writing (remember my blog entry on the 11th) I really hit what I've come to call my Wall of Criticism. Anyone who has done anything creative knows what I mean: This is stupid, do you know how many people try and fail at his, know one is ever going to buy what you are selling.

Well, I fought through it. I still have the last have of Seth's first chapter to finish then it will be Chris' first chapter. I'm going to do some more errands, finalize some covers for the Smashwords serial edition, and hit the sack. I'll get up before work and do actual writing in the morning, with some luck in that regards.

As for the final part of the announcement, I will publish what I'm going to title:  the Where are our Children Complete and Uncut on Createspace (print on demand for anybody who doesn't know) and the audiobook version which will be available through Amazon, Audible. com, and ITunes.

This final version will feature the Smashwords entry plus the epigraphs that I've created throughout the book. With the project split up during the serial they felt like they were causing a disconnect and in the Amazon version they don't fir either because that entry will reader fast the first version. The final version will present this novel as I've always intended it to be presented.

By the way, if you don't know what an epigraph is look up authors like Karen Traviss or Frank Hebertts' Dune series. Nobody in the business uses these fascinating way of sneaking information, plot and suspense in better than these two.

Fiction Words: 800
Covers Designed: 11