Just a quick note that on Monday, July 14, I’ll be participating in a free book giveaway sponsored by author CJ Lyons. Check it out here – Digital Book Day. Dozens of authors are already participating, and dozens more will join in before then. So save the date, and get some amazing new books!
Last week I mentioned something exciting that I was working on. Well, it’s ready to go and I can finally tell you about it. I meet a lot of aspiring authors at the conventions I go to, and I love doing panels to help you. But I want to be able to help more of you! So I’ve launched a book coaching business, Dominate Your Dream: Write and Self Publish Your First Fiction Book. I have several levels of coaching packages to fit whatever you need help with. So head on over there and check it out!
Don’t worry, I won’t spam this site with advertisements for my coaching business. But since I know a lot of you are aspiring authors, I wanted to let you know this is available now. I also have a few limited specials going on to celebrate the launch, so head on over to my services page to check them out.
Not ready to get started writing your novel just yet? Why don’t you join the Up & Coming Writers Group over there? You’ll get my free guide, “7 Ways to Tell if Your Idea can Become a Full Length Novel” and weekly writing and self publishing tips. Feel free to tell your friends too – the more the merrier!
Hey there! It’s been a busy couple of weeks! Burning Darkness was released on June 5. I’m having a contest right now for it – the first 5 people who leave a review on Amazon, and send me a link to that review, will get an 11X17 print of the cover signed by myself, and the cover artist! So hurry while they’re still available! You can purchase Burning Darkness here.
Here’s a video of the reading and Q&A I did at the signing at Subterranean Books.
I also spent this past weekend at Cosplacon in Jefferson City, MO. It was a last minute appearance, but totally worth it! (Even if I did come down with con crud afterwards!) I met so many new people and had such a fantastic time! I highly recommend you go to this con next year – it will be even bigger and better! I’ll definitely be there!
Production of the audio book for Divided is still in progress. I’ll let you know when I have more updates.
Finally, I’m working on something BIG that any aspiring authors out there are going to love! I love doing panels at conventions and get some really great questions about writing and publishing, but never have enough time to fully answer all the questions. And some people want more personalized help. So stay tuned…details will be unveiled soon! You do not want to miss this!
Don’t forget Burning Darkness will be released this Thursday, June 5. If you’re in St. Louis, I’d love to see you at the reading/Q&A/signing at Subterranean Books. Here’s the Facebook event with all the details.
I also have some super exciting news! Divided is going to be an audio book! I don’t have a release date yet, but I got the first 15 minutes from the voice actress yesterday and OH MY GOD! It is going to be so amazing beyond my wildest dreams! I can not wait to hear the rest of it!
I’m working through ACX (Audible Creation Exchange) for the audio book. So far the process has been super easy. Create an account (it’s a subsidiary of Amazon, so you can just use your existing Amazon account.) Input some information, and you’re read to go! You can put the book up for audition and wait for producers to come to you, or you can listen to samples from tons of producers and make an offer to the one you like best. It’s pretty intuitive, and at this point in the process, I’d recommend it for sure!
Hope to see you Thursday!
Hey guys! If you haven’t liked my Facebook page (and if you haven’t, why not?? Go here and give me some love! I’m doing a giveaway when it reaches 500 likes!) you probably don’t know that I’m going to be on the radio tomorrow night! (Friday, May 30.) Like, the real live ACTUAL radio! Brothers on Whatever, who invited me on their show last September when I released Ravaged, are having me back. But this time, they’re on WGNU 920 AM. I’ll be on around 7:00PM, so tune in and listen. You can also call in and ask me questions. Their caller line is 314-880-0808.
If you don’t have an actual radio, you can stream the show live on www.insidestl.com. So check it out! I’d love to have some of my readers call in!
In other news, my first book, Divided, is on sale for 99 cents right now on Amazon. The sale runs through June 10. So if you haven’t read Divided yet, this is the best time to snag it! And if you don’t mind, tell your friends as well. I really appreciate you spreading the love!
Johnny and Sean are going to spend 30 days showing every moment of their writing process, from story inception to publication. They collaborate – Sean write the outline (what they call story beats) and Johnny writes the story itself, then Sean polishes it. They’re going to share every single story meeting, ever word of the rough draft – before edits! – and every word of the finished story, and show every step along the way. I’m so excited about seeing such in depth details of how other writers work. I’m sure it will help me improve my process.
Why am I spreading the word about this when they’ve already reached their goal? Well, they have some amazing stretch goals planned, and I want to see these happen! A free copy of Scrivener? Yes please! Sure, I already have it, but I’d love to spread the love to friends who want to write but are flat broke at the moment. And I want to see what else they have planned. I know it will be mind blowing!
So check out the Fiction Unboxed Kickstarter and if you can, support it. Even a dollar helps, and you’ll get a $4.00 book as a thank you for that donation. You won’t be sorry!
Oh, and if anyone wants to donate to the $5000 level in my name, I’d love a trip to Austin, TX, for a workshop with these guys. Just sayin’ 🙂
I had so much fun at Comic Con this past weekend! I will say I wish I’d gotten to spend a bit more time walking around and going to panels, but I’m glad I was able to get a table there. I sold a lot of books and met a lot of awesome people. I did my own panel which was really great. Thanks to everyone who was there and said it was helpful. It’s always nice to know that people find what I’m saying to be useful. This week I’m playing catchup…Monday was catch up on sleep, yesterday was more relaxing and sleeping, then tonight will be catching up on administrative tasks. I hope to get back to actual writing tomorrow.
I’ve already registered for next year’s St. Louis Comic Con, which will be May 15-17, 2015. Now I don’t have any cons on the schedule until Archon, October 3-5. If you know of any I could sell my books at, let me know…I have a feeling I’m going to have con withdrawal between now and then!
I’ve been getting really distracted all week and having trouble focusing on the writing. There are a lot of good things going on for me and some of my friends, and we’re busy brainstorming new ideas and talking about how awesome the year is going to be. Which is great, but if that’s all we do, the year won’t be so awesome. So Thursday evening I grabbed my notebook and went to Barnes and Noble. I switched my phone to airplane mode so I could still listen to music but not receive any texts or emails or anything else distracting. And I got down to business.
The night ended with me writing the first page of Deceived. It’s barely started, but one page is infinitely better than none. I could have spent countless amounts of time fleshing out the outline, but I realized with the way I work, it was better for me to stop where it was, and just start writing. I was trying different methods of outlining, and realized I was writing mostly the same stuff in different formats. Now that I have the first page down, I won’t be so tempted to go back to brainstorming and outlining. Next time I sit down with it I’ll be ready to continue writing the story.
I’m also going to start experimenting with Pinterest. I have some boards up there of home improvement ideas, cute animals and such, but I want to see how I can use it with my writing. I created boards for writing tips, writing quotes, business ideas, and one for my writing progress. There I plan to post brief updates and maybe blurry photos of my writing progress and process. In fact, if you head over there right now you can get a tiny sneak peak at chapter one of Deceived! Let me know what you think, but please be kind – it’s a work in progress.
Today I attended ToyMan Toy Show in St. Louis selling my books. I wasn’t sure what to expect…I mean, it’s a toy show. Not a book show or a comic show or anything even remotely like any of the conventions I’ve been to so far. But they usually have a handful of authors, so I figured it was worth a shot. Boy was I right! I went in not sure if I’d sell any books, and I sold a lot more than none. Enough that when Chris, the promoter, asked me if I’d want to come back I immediately said, “Definitely!” without even thinking. So if you’re in St. Louis, come on out on May 11 to the ToyMan Toy Show and say hello!
I’m really excited about the things I have in the works this year. I’m going to be at every Toy Show for the rest of this year (except for the one in July, when I’ll be in Portland.) I have a few other cons already booked. Plus Chris is putting together a Geek Fest the last weekend of December where I’ll be selling my books. It sounds like it’s going to be truly amazing so keep an eye out for more info – I’ll post a link to the site once he has it up and running. I have a really good feeling about my writing business for this year and next. And I have to thank you, my readers, for giving me that feeling. Because without you all buying my books and talking to me at conventions, I’d just be hiding in my office writing for myself.
I’ve finished the current round of edits on Burning Darkness, and am waiting for feedback from my beta reader. I could, in theory, use this time to relax and be lazy, but that’s not how one makes loads of money, so it’s straight on to work on the next book! I’d worked up a loose outline for the third book in the Elena Ronen series a few weeks ago and was ready to start writing it, but then I realized that particular plot needs to be further back in the series. So it’s back to square one. And thus, I’m going to share my process every step of the way with you! This is the first novel I’ve written idea to publication with the plan to be organized about the whole process, so I’m doing this as much for myself so I’ll have a better idea of just how long it takes me to write an entire novel, and thus be better able to schedule my time.
A few years ago a colleague of mine wrote an outline guide to help people prepare for National Novel Writing Month. I beta read it, and in the process worked up the outline for Burning Darkness. I’ve used it again since then, and am using it to work up the outline for Deceived.
The first thing I did in planning Deceived was free-write a few pages in my notebook about what some plot points could be, and what the general idea of the story is. I spent about 45 minutes doing this Thursday night. Then Sunday night I reread what I’d written, and spent another 20 minutes or so doing a bit more free-writing.
After this hour of free-writing, I was ready to move on to a bit more structured planning. I answered the question, “What one thing most broke the world?” and came up with three ideas by which the world could be fixed. I admit I got a bit stumped at this part, but things can always be changed, added, deleted, and expanded upon during the writing process. This is just to give me a loose idea of where the story might go so I’m not fumbling in the dark.