It’s officially Halloween season! At least, for those of us who consider Halloween to be a season, not just a day. Anyhow, as a writer, and as a man who has a lot of friends who are writers, I’m more than a little bit disappointed by how little reading is going on these days, so I want to propose a change: this Halloween season, somewhere between finding the perfect costume and stocking up on sweet treats for children, take some time to buy some genre appropriate books to give to your friends. Whether it’s ‘It’ by Steven King, or ‘The Wretched Walls’ by Brian Kaufman, find a book that will teach your friends the joy to be found in the scariest time of year!
Good luck, have fun, and be sure to eat something delicious!
I need to do some promotion work for The Corpse-Eater Saga. I know that my series is bit niche, but I’m comfortable that the appropriate audience is out there. Somewhere. I just have to figure out how to put my book in front of them.
So my question to you is this: where do you get your book recommendations?
I just got the e-mail from Amazon, and Curdled Cuisine has been approved! The kindle version is available now, and the print version is either available or about to be available.
So stoked! Please read and let me know what you think!
Now my next big project is getting my mailing list set up. I know, I know, mailing lists are so annoying, but the good news is, this one will come with short stories. I’ve got three completed and two uncompleted short stories featuring Walter is a variety of precarious predicaments. There is a theme to the five stories which I’m looking forward to seeing who spots it first, and I’m planning on releasing them, about half a story at a time, through my mailing list. Please check back again soon and sign up!
Also, I’m planning on releasing the digital version of Awfully Appetizing for free to try to bring in new readers, so if you can think of anybody who might enjoy The Corpse-Eater Saga, I’ll have a link for you to direct them to, soon.
Thank you all so much!
I know, I know, I’ve been terrible about finishing it up, but this time, it’s official: as soon as I get final approval from whoever it is that amazon has do this stuff, Curdled Cuisine will be available. The cover gave me no end of trouble, mostly because I have no artistic skills, but it’s finally done.
I swear, it’s on its way.
And, after I take care of a few personal matters, I hope to start work on book four in… like… two or three months. So, who knows how long it will be until Delicious Detritus hits the market.
I’ve got a couple of short stories centering around Walter and his ilk that I will be making available over the coming months. Please keep coming back here so I can tell you how to get your hands on them. I have to say, I’m very pleased with how they’ve been turning out.
The book is done. It may have an error or two still in it, but dammit, I’m tired of looking. All I need now is to make the cover and format the book.
Curdled Cuisine is on the cusp…. On the CUSP I say!
So close I can taste it. Unfortunately, I’m a crappy artist. This may take a few days.
So, Curdled Cuisine has been sent to three beta readers. I took a couple of risks on a couple of scenes, and I’m hoping that the payout will be worth the cost on them, but I’m holding out judgment until I get all three critiques back. There’s a chance that I’ll have to do some major rewriting on the project, but at the moment I’m hopeful that the scenes in question will play out well, and I’ll be able to do one last minor round of edits in November. In the meantime, I’m working on a short story collection associated with the Corpse-Eater Saga, and I’m about to start work on book four, Delicious Detritus.
In related news, a friend and I are working on some promotional plans that are scheduled to coincide with the release of book 3. The short version is that I’ll be making book 1 available for free for a while. Ideally this will translate directly to people becoming fans and getting the second and third book, but, at the very least, I’m hoping to increase the number of book reviews on Amazon. I don’t really get how Amazon works, but according to people who understand all of that better than I do, the more reviews a book gets, the more likely it is to show up as a suggested book to people who might otherwise never hear about it.
Anyhow, that’s what’s going on in my world. I hope everyone out there in the world is doing well!
So, one of the hardest parts about trying to ‘make it’ as an author is promotion. It is an unfortunate fact that, no matter how good your writing is, you can’t do it for a living if you can’t get people to buy it. And that means promoting yourself. Unfortunately, for many, if not most artists, ‘sales’ is contrary to our very nature.
A friend of mine, also an author (Jason Richter, look him up!) has a plan that seems like it won’t be nearly as painful as most self promotion techniques. It is a multi-step plan which will start right about the time I release Curdled Cuisine.
I look forward to sharing more about it once I actually start, but for right now the part that I’m working on is a series of short stories. I haven’t done a lot of short story writing in the last couple of years, so I have to ask: if I’m sending out short stories or serialized short stories to people’s e-mails once a month, how long is too long, and how short is too short?
It’s official: the first draft of Curdled Cuisine is done! I’m still a ways away from publication, obviously. I have to give it a round of edits, give it to the beta readers to tear apart, give it another round of edits, make the cover and format it, but… well the first draft is done, and that’s a pretty big step.
At this point it’s very tentative, but I’m hoping I can get the Corpse-Eater Saga, book three, out in early 2019. Fingers crossed!
It’s funny, I remember a time when I thought that I’d eventually get to the point that I didn’t hit the wall anymore. I thought that becoming a writer meant that I wouldn’t find myself at those points where motivation is lacking, and inspiration is dry, and I sit in front of my computer, trying desperately not to check facebook for the dozenth time, trying not to let myself get distracted. Trying not to fall flat on my face.
But that doesn’t happen. The bad days keep happening, the hard times keep rolling in. The thing that is changing is me. Not a lot. I’m still weak willed and prone to let myself wander, but I’m becoming more familiar with my weaknesses. I’m getting knocked down just as often, but I’m getting better at standing back up. I think. Maybe.
Book three is dragging a bit. I’m well into it, I’d say two thirds to three quarters of the way through the first draft, but I’m having a hard time making myself keep at it. It feels like it doesn’t matter. But I’ve felt this way before. And I know that I’ll feel this way again.
But I also know that I’ll get through it again.
Sorry, I know this isn’t a particularly interesting post, but it’s important to me. It’s like those epic quest stories you read: the focus is on the battles and great escapes, but I think that every once in a while they should give you a glimpse of the days and weeks of slogging through rough terrain, massaging blistered feet and trying to clean yourself off with the dribble of water from a creek.