Category Archives: book release

Progress on Curdled Cuisine

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!

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The not-quite final countdown

I’ve had Bloody Banquet, the sequel to Awfully Appetizing, more or less ready to go for quite some time now.  It isn’t perfect, but it’s as good as it’s likely to get until I find or make a nice peer review critique group.

For the past year, give or take, I’ve been sitting on it, hoping that Awfully Appetizing would take off, get me a few new followers, and maybe make enough to pay for the cover of book two.

Unfortunately I just can’t wait any longer.  As a friend recently reminded me, I’m supposed to be building a body of work.  More books is better, and, if I’m honest about it, I’ve let this absurd ‘wait for success’ distract me from what being an author is all about: writing.

So my objective is clear.  I need to publish Bloody Banquet.  And soon.  By the end of the year, if at all possible.

I’m going to have to go through it one more time, send it out to a couple of beta readers, buy a cover for it, and figure out how to format it so that I can publish it.  I have to admit, I’m a little nervous about the whole thing.

But it’s time.  It’s definitely time.  Hopefully I’ll have book three out early in 2017.

Wanna free book?

A while back it occurred to me, after going to a couple of book signings, that book signings don’t seem to be massively effective.  Basically, if you want to get a bunch of people there, and you aren’t already famous, you have to do a lot of advertising, make sure that ALL of your friends promise to come, and tell them to invite all of their friends, too.

So, what you end up with at a typical book signing is a bunch of people you know, and a couple of people that they know, and maybe two or three people who saw an ad and thought ‘what the heck,’ or just stumbled across the signing by accident.

Now, there are other styles of book signings which generally seem to involve setting up a table in a high traffic area, bringing a lot of books, and hoping that your nifty cover draws some attention.  Apparently those can work, although in many cases what you end up with are sore feet and three or four sales.  So, you know, just make sure you don’t have to pay anybody to set up your table.

What occurred to me back when I had friends setting up book signings was that a multi-author book signing event would probably work a lot better.  For one thing, larger events tend to attract more people.  If you have one author signing books it’s easy to say, ‘eh, probably a terribly written story inspired by a role playing game.’  But if you have five or six authors signing books, it lends the event an air of legitimacy.  Plus, if five or six people invite all of their friends, chances are that some of the people who are hearing about your book don’t actually know who you are.  it’s actually possible to expand your audience, which, needless to say, is kind of the point of the whole damned thing.

To my surprise, an author friend of mine invited me to an online book release party.  Not just to attend, but also to be one of the hosts, talk about my books and my writing, and even give away a few copies of my book.

I wish I could give away physical copies, but as stated before, there are some issues with that.

Anyhow, the event is coming up on the 12th and is on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/943344462413897/

Please feel free to attend if you’d like to have a chance to get a free copy of my book, or one of the other hosts, most especially J.A. Kazimer, who is writing the Deadly Ever After series, and whose second book is about to be published.

I’m quite excited to be involved in a multi-author book release.  I still think that it would be cool to set up a multi-author book signing… but there would be a lot of logistics involved there.  Maybe someday.