Just a quick reminder out there to everyone stuck indoors due to that damned virus: there’s a lot to do online, and a surprising amount of it is free!
My personal recommendation is e-books. Is that because I currently have an e-book available for free and I’m desperately trying to get people to read it in the hopes they’ll get hooked on the series and buy the rest making me wealthy, or at least able to support myself with my writing?
Yes. Yes it is.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t also a really good idea! And if, for whatever reason, you’re not interested in reading my book, (available for free by going to this website https://leodfitz.wixsite.com/ldfitz/free-book signing up for the newsletter, following the download button, and then, if you want, unsubscribing from that e-mail with a simple click of a button), well then, you’re missing out, but there are other books available for free. Check out this subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/FreeEBOOKS/
Have fun, and be safe.
So, for those of you who visit here to find out about the current state of the Walter stories, I’ve got great news: I’m going to be putting out short stories featuring Walter and some of the other residents of Collinswood Colorado in the near future. I’ve got four short stories with an interesting thematic connection that I’d love to see if people can easily spot. I’m going to be putting the first one out soon.
Available through my newsletter.
If you’d like to sign up for the newsletter so you can be one of the first people to read the short stories, the signup is available here:
Signing up will also get you an e-mail that will give you access to a free e-version of book one of the series, so if you haven’t read that yet, please do. And if there’s anyone you know whom you think would enjoy the series, but they haven’t gotten around to trying it yet, please let them know that they can get the first book for free right now.
Okay… so, in an effort to expand my audience, I’m giving away e-copies of my first book, Awfully Appetizing. I’m also going to be putting out some short stories featuring Walter, which will also be available for free. Via a newsletter.
So, all you have to do is go here: https://leodfitz.wixsite.com/ldfitz/free-book And sign up for the newsletter. You’ll be sent an automated e-mail with a link to download the book. If you don’t want anything more from me, there’s another link you can use to unsubscribe.
If you are interested in receiving some free short stories about everybody’s favorite ghoul, of if you just want to be alerted when my next book Delicious Detritus comes out, stay on and you’ll get periodic newsletters. How often? Not often. Not even monthly. I’m planning on putting one out in March, which will have one of the short stories in it, but after that… who knows?
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?
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.