Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beginning and end of everything!



It has finally happened. I knew it would. It destroyed the music industry why wouldn’t the publishing industry be next? What am I talking about? Piracy!

My wonderful online writers group has just informed me that almost all of my books are being pirated by “legal” websites. This means that with enough research nearly anyone can download my books for free. This being a relatively new menace, I doubt most people know of these sites but it is only a matter of time before all published books will be able to be read for free with a click of the mouse much like a song can be heard instantly through Utube with no royalties going to the artist. This sucks.

Back in the mid-1990’s the band Pearl Jam lost millions trying to fight the same powers eventually shutting down the most popular music sharing site at the time, Napster for copyright infringement. The result was hundreds of new music sharing sites popping up without abandon. This is now happening with ebooks and it is a tide no artist can stop.

Writing books is in my blood and cannot be quelled much like a musician has to make music and a painter must paint. So what can I as a writer do and how do I accept this unalterable change in the industry? I’ve already watched my sales slowly dwindle through the months and my royalties getting less even though I am publishing more books and my audience, blog hits, and followers continues to grow. Should I get angry and rant and rave that none of this is fair? That I spent twenty-five years writing furiously to reach this point in my career only to have it sideswiped by the never ending throes of technology? Or should I be flattered that I am popular enough in the world to even have my books pirated on these sites? Do I just give up? These are questions I cannot answer right now.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Distractions



Well, here I am again finally having time to post what I’ve been up to. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been busy re-writing my three-book middle-grade sci-fi/fantasy series. This series should be available by the beginning of summer which is perfect timing for the summer reading/vacation season. I’ve also begun to outline a new literary/fantasy/spiritual novel tentatively titled, NEVER BORN. This title accurately describes the gist of the novel. Should be a fun write… if I can get to it.

Being a natural writer (meaning I’ve always done it and can’t imagine not) I now find it starting to become a burden (perhaps that’s too strong a word how about ‘chore’) to find the energy to write. It’s not that I’ve lost the continuous inner voice, it’s that life is now handing me many more distractions than ever before. But this is a good thing.

You see, I’ve recently purchased a new home in New Jersey on the back bay. Whereas my life before living in a small town was mainly writing with the occasional mowing of the lawn, I am now afforded everything from fishing, boating, and crabbing; to walking the beach, watching sunsets, and listening to the surf. I am beginning to find these things as satisfying to my soul as writing.

I believe all serious writers come to a moment in their lives where they wonder if all the alone time, all the sacrificing of social events, and friendships, and relationships are worth the effort to create stories. There is always the inner voice and always the sudden impulse to jot notes or record something observed, but as life chugs constantly forward and you realize your time on this planet is running down, you begin to understand what is most important in life; doing what makes you most happy. I touched heavily on this subject in both my books DROP OUT and AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, and I believe it with all my heart.

As my fifth year anniversary of parting ways with my NY agent and becoming an indie writer comes to fruition, I am humbled by the fact that over 90,000 copies of my books have been downloaded. I have fulfilled my childhood obsession of getting my stories into the hands of readers and I am content. Emails I’ve received from readers will sustain my hard work and I am honored that so many have been affected. Although I may not have gotten rich (there’s still time) I have brought joy and adventure into people’s lives.

As I spend more of my time living out life on the waterways and beaches of south Jersey I refuse to feel guilty that my writing time and marketing has diminished by a few hours a week. I will still pump out books (it would be impossible for me not too) but they may come fewer and farther between. I just can’t see myself locked in my office on beautiful sunny days anymore when there is so much to do in the world. I can still pump out five books in two years as I’ve done in the past, but at what sacrifice? You only live once and you can’t get that time back. Not all distractions are bad.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Time is flying!




Wow, I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since my last post. When I first started this blog four years ago I made it a point to post writing related articles every other day. And I did for years. Just goes to show how quickly time passes when you’re involved in a project.

What project you may ask?

As I wrote in my last post I have been working feverishly re-writing my three book middle grade sci/fi series. I wrote the original books nearly fifteen years ago. This series is what landed me my NY agent and a slew of close call sales and heavy interest by major publishers. But I must say that fifteen years of writing experience since then has sharpened my skills and storytelling abilities.

Now, the series is tight, exciting, addictive, and exotic. Though each book in the series is a stand-alone story all three books are interrelated and have some surprising, jaw-dropping cross-references. I am very proud of what the series has become and very excited to re-release it upon the world. I have an intense marketing strategy planned.

Each book will be available separately and I am also producing a three-book series bundle. The books will be $0.99 and the bundle will be $1.79. Here’s the kicker. I am going to offer SILENT INVASION, the first book in the series for free when the series first comes out. This free promotion is going to be heavily marketed. I believe readers will love the book so much that they will purchase the others in the series perhaps sparking the need for a fourth book or even a fifth to be written. All this should happen by the beginning of April.

My latest release, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN has enjoyed modest sales and will hopefully gain new life when my promotional blitz for that one starts in May. My other release this year, THE END TIME is slowly gaining momentum despite almost no promotion or marketing on my part whatsoever. Readers really seem to enjoy the story and are asking when book #2 of the series will be released. Soon, I tell them… soon.

So you can understand now the reason why I have somewhat neglected this blog for the last few weeks. It’s not that I don’t love posting the writing life to my readership it’s that I’ve just been so darn busy.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Writing and writing



It’s been a few weeks since my last post and I’ve been busy. Finishing THE END TIME and AS IT IS IN HEAVEN this year has drained me a bit of my creativity. Though recently I have been getting ideas for my next project.

In the meantime, I have taken on the task of rewriting, re-editing, and reformatting my three book middle-grade sci-fi series (adults will love it, too) that I completed way back in 2003. I plan on re-publishing the books individually and as a box set. Each book has been tweaked to perfection with plots and subplots that will hook readers from the first sentence to the last. This task has eaten up most of February but I plan to have the books complete and released by mid March. I will then launch a national and world-wide marketing and promotional blitz.

Though each book is a stand-alone story all three are interrelated and create the possibilities of more books in the future. I believe there is simply no middle-grade sci-fi series out there that compares with this one in terms of imagination, innovation, and originality.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

On Sale Now!



My latest dystopian sci-fi THE END TIME is being featured on Free Kindle Books and Tips. It's on sale today! Please check it out. Combined reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars.

In the future there is a device that will show you how and when you will die. Bob Bradly has forty-eight hours to save everyone on the planet.