Monday, December 15, 2014

Birth of a Book

Finishing a new book is like giving birth to a child (yeah, I know this analogy has been done to death). And as I finish my latest, I’m feeling especially proud of my newest child. Not only for the accomplishment of finishing my twelfth book but because it is exactly the book (and baby) that I wanted to write.

What do I mean by this? Since I indie published my first book in 2011, I’m been slowly catering my plots and stories to what I want to write and not the stories I think will sell the most amount of copies. When I had my NY agent he got disillusioned with me because I could not keep in the same genre. I would write a sci-fi one year and a thriller the next. He even disliked DROP OUT, a romantic suspense, which has gone on to be my best seller at over 25,000 copies sold.

Indie writing is the best of all worlds. I can write what I want about forbidden topics, people, places, and deeds, without scrutiny. I can write in any genre without fear that months of work could be denied even a chance at publication because of simply writing in the wrong genre at the wrong time. I can write for the pure love of storytelling without worry that a scene might be too intense or the message too controversial.

AS IT IS IN HEAVEN is complete and should be available no later than the New Year. It is an inspiration thriller, if there is such a genre? It doesn’t matter that the book doesn’t fit the norm, what matters is the book got written and the message is available for anyone to read without worry if the book will sell enough copies to keep the editor and publisher in business.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cool Feature

Didn’t even know DROP OUT was featured on Digital Book Today. Thanks to my online writers group the amazing Enovel Authors at Work for letting me know.

Please check out the feature and pick up a copy of DROP OUT today. The book will affect you.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Yeah, cover done!

Here it is the cover to the much anticipated follow up to DROP OUT. Will be available soon.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Final Read

Sitting down for the final full read of my latest book AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am reminded of the events leading to this point. Although the book is not as long as I envisioned (only @ 20,000 words) the novella has communicated the story I wished to express. It is complete.

I wrote the first sentence to this novella on April 12th 2014. I wrote what I consider to be the last completed scene on December 1st 2014. This is an usually long time for me to write a novella, but the intensity of the subject matter warranted more complex thought than my usual fast-paced, action thrillers and sci-fi. This book will change reader’s lives.

In my complete immersion into this story I have come to neglect my other ten books and have done little in the way of marketing and promoting them. My sales have dropped off because of this. However, I believe the sacrifice was worth it. This latest novella is just that spiritually life changing.

As I get ready for the format and book design process I am excited that I can now spend the cold winter months re-emerging into the indie publishing world. I do have an outline for book #2 in THE END TIME SERIES and will probably dabble a bit with a first draft, but my main drive is going to be promotion.

Discussing AS IT IS IN HEAVEN with Anne Rice (yes, the Anne Rice) I believe I may have a big-ticket winner on my hands. She liked the concept of the novella and especially liked the title. And she is someone who knows the business.

So, as I’m heating up my coffee and adjusting the lights in my office to the highest illumination, I begin the final read. There’s even a few flakes of snow dropping from the sky. Perfect.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

State of Writing Today!

As I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest novella, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am also getting ready to spend the winter months holed up and marketing my other twelve books. I do this intensive marketing every year around this time because the cold weather keeps me inside and guilt free.

I’ve been reading a lot of writer’s forums lately and there seems to be a bit of pessimism in the air regarding the state of indie publishing and publishing in general. Mark Coker CEO of Smashwords just came out with his annual predictions for the industry and it does not shine a very bright light. l He believes the market has become oversaturated. The enormous sales growth of ebooks that indie authors have enjoyed the last few years may come to a screeching halt. What does this mean for me and all the other indie writers?

It is true that my sales have slowed over the last year. When I published my first book nearly four years ago, it was an open market on the internet. Book promotion sites were few and inexpensive to advertise on and I would get tremendous sales from a few small ads. In recent years however, the internet has exploded with reader friendly sites that charge authors huge promotion fees to reach a subpar, book buying audience. Many of these new sites claim the newbie author will see a big jump in sales for an atrocious fee. I have tried a few of these sites out of curiosity and let me tell you, there is almost no return on investment when you have to sell five hundred books to recoup your fee.

So what do we authors do? Giving up the craft is not an option. Either is spending our life savings on advertising. I suggest we just keep at it. If you’re the type of author who cannot stop writing whether you are selling or not, then I say don’t. Keep publishing your books and sending them out into the cyber-world. Who cares if the market is flooded? Who cares if inexperienced authors with terrible books are buying up all the advertising spots? Do the writing because you love the writing. This will give you all the satisfaction you need.

Less than one percent of all published authors make a living solely on books sales. Those who don’t, write for the personal enjoyment. If you’re lucky enough to sell a few books, or many thousands (as I have), rejoice in the fact that total strangers are willingly entering the worlds you created from mere thought. And if you end up selling millions well, you deserve it!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter Reads!

Is it cold where you are? Is air carrying a bit of a chill? How about getting a little chillier with a good book? FROSTPROOF is available free for one more day on Amazon. 

In the mood for a little more chill. DEGENERATES is also free until tomorrow on Amazon.

Completely snowed in? Hello Buffalo! My four-book Omnibus of thrillers is a Kindle Countdown deal right now! That’s four books for just $1.99!