Have you seen my new Kensington Gore Author Page?

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A few days ago I mentioned signing a two-book deal with UK publishing house Kensington Gore.  Now I would like to announce that my new author bio page is up and running. Click HERE to check it out. It features 7 fun facts about me.

Publishing deal finalized with Kensington Gore

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It’s a wrap. A few hours ago I agreed to a two-book deal (for the publishing rights to Kill Zombies and The Bloody Ripper) with Kensington Gore,a horror publisher based in the UK. No, I haven’t hit paydirt with a 6 or 7-figure deal but it is a huge step toward gaining a larger audience and having someone back me and my books.

Since July 2013 this has been all on me. While I enjoyed the bumps in the road which helped me gain experience in the world of independent publishing, it’s a great feeling to know that there is an entity out there looking out for my best interests.

At the very least I will now transition formatting, editing and cover design to Kensington Gore and I trust they will do an excellent job in getting these two books in front of fans.

The work is still far from finished. Part of the deal stipulates that I must expand Kill Zombies and The Bloody Ripper from novellas to novels. That’s not a bad thing, really, as it gives me a chance to add some more meat to the plot and flesh out the characters.

Overall, the biggest benefit I stand to reap is that I will have the chance to improve my writing and get extra feedback from publishing professionals. For any writer, famous or newly-published, this is always an added bonus.

 

Negotiations underway

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I know. I know. It’s been nearly a month since I last posted. Since then I’ve been slowly working on The Leopard Apocalypse. Still, the silence will be worth the wait.

I wanted to let everyone know that I’ve been speaking to a small publishing house in the UK about the possibility of a publishing deal.

Nothing has transpired yet, other then extensive e-mail communications which have been sporadic since last October, but, as most folks who have experience in the book business, I can tell you that great things seldom happen overnite.

I am happy to say that the gentleman who owns this press has shown interest in reading another one of my books. He read Guns And Dogs over the holidays and had positive comments for it.

Well, that’s all for now. I should have another update when there is something exciting to announce.

The Leopard Apocalypse update

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With 2017 here, I thought I’d update everyone on my forthcoming novel, The Leopard Apocalypse.  I’ve been on a roll so far in 2017 writing the third novel in my flagship Leopard King Saga, and I’m hoping to complete the first draft by spring. In the meantime, I hope everyone is keeping their new year’s resolutions, and doing well.

More updates on The Leopard Apocalypse as they become available.

Year end review, Part II: Mindcop Dossiers Boxed Set

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My second release of 2016 was the Mindcop Dossiers Boxed-Set. Released on October 2nd, it’s an excellent way for new readers to familiarize themselves with this entire Mars Space Opera series for an affordable price. Featuring the brave Liberty Rise, a mutant police detective who specializes in solving crimes with her mutant powers, this series will appeal to fans of crime, sci-fi, adventure, and techno-thrillers.

Year end review: Guns And Dogs (A Young-Adult novel)

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As promised, here is the first of two year-end reviews of the two works I published in 2016.

We start with my first release, Guns & Dogs, a young-adult sci-fi thriller that debuted on June 21st. It was the first true young-adult novel I had written outside the Leopard King Saga universe and the first book in the American Legends Trilogy.

Guns & Dogs is a mash-up of various genres (with influences from Back To The Future, X-Files,  and Men In Black )and written in the Universal Pen System. It features a teenage hero who is teamed up with an army veteran, and two highly-trained canines called Jessie & Studs, who are on the trail of two gun-loving teens that are part of a global conspiracy.

Year-end reviews coming soon!

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Haven’t posted in awhile, so I wanted to let everyone know I’m still alive, and spread the word about my upcoming perennial year-end book reviews. This December, we’ll be honoring my two 2016 releases: Guns & Dogs and the Mindcop Dossiers Boxed Set.

Stay tuned for more information!

Leopard Apocalypse update

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As many of you know, I’ve been working on The Leopard Apocalypse, the 3rd book of my flagship Leopard King Saga series for the past few months now. It’s been a challenge. I first started writing it in 2012 and since then haven’t had time to complete it. Mainly because of all the editing on my other books and new projects that have popped up in between. Then there’s the fact that in 2013 I embarked on my Independent Publishing journey which took up a lot of time. Can’t forget that!

Well things are proceeding slowly, but surely, and I hope to have regular updates for everyone.

Thanks for your patience, and Happy Holidays!

Work versus fame

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Most of us have heard the phrase “it’s the journey, not the destination that shapes who we become.” It’s been repeated countless time to be considered cliche. So why write a blog post about it?

Simple. There’s a lot that goes into writing that is out of a writer’s control. Sales for instance.

With the indie author movement in full swing, gaining traction in publishing has become an ever bigger challenge, as countless books are released every day.

I’m not here to discourage anyone from entering the overflowing cup of would-be writers. But let’s face it, you’ve really got to take this as a journey in publishing, not a measure of payout for each book you release.

This was a problem I had trouble accepting when I first started my publishing journey over 3 years ago. I found out the hard way that folks weren’t going to be lining up to buy my books. After my harsh awakening, I made a pact with myself that I’d learn everything about the publishing business.

I invested in editors-this was another trying experience-and realized that not all editors are equal. You’ll meet some pretty crappy ones along the way too. But I kept at it and soon weeded out the bad ones.

Now is being a mega-author impossible as an indie writer?

Of course not. But let me tell you the truth,  it’s something I learned from speaking to many successful indie writers out there, and that’s  it takes a lot of luck to hit it big.

Many of you already know this, but to all the newbies out there, there’s no other way around it. It’s luck that plays a major part in discovery and bog sales numbers.

The good news is that there’s a way to increase your luck, it starts with publishing books, great books and getting them to market. But before you do that, never underestimate the power of an excellent editor and top-notch artwork for your book cover.

But seriously folks, money and fame is nice, and we’d all take it if offered the chance, but you know what’s even better than all that extraneous hoopla?

It’s the feeling you get when you get words down. Priceless!

 

How to honor your Editor

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Now that November is here, I figured I’d write a post on editing. Let me tell you, when I first began my publishing odyssey, I knew nothing about editing. Sure, I’d edit my own books, but that was it. I felt that spending money on editing was a waste.

How wrong I was.

Editors and beta-readers are a key component to the writing process. They act as a safety net, and find everything you miss when you self-edit. But finding an editor that is best for you isn’t easy. But it’s a journey worth embarking on. Let me explain.

I went through many editors. Some were mediocre, but most were subpar. Then I finally settled on one. An Irish Lady named Amanda, who lives with a mischievous little African Grey Parrot called Lilo. There were times when we argued, and I felt our working relationship wouldn’t last. Perhaps it was my fault. Who knows? I can be difficult sometimes when it comes to my work. But in the end, Amanda was the one, the best editor a writer could ask for. After all, how many editors end up becoming your friends?

And then there’s Lilo, who could ever forget Lilo? The repetitive little talking birdie who won my heart, and often serves as an example to me not to take myself too seriously.

So, the morale of this story is simple. If you find an editor that just feels right, by all means, grab onto them like dear life. Make sure to value them like a life preserver, because they’ll save your writing, trust me I know.

And if they own a talking birdie, well that just a bonus!