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The Road of life

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As many of you know I recently signed a 2-book deal with Kensington Gore, a publisher in the UK. But what was my writing life like before that? How did I arrive there?

Well it started back in 5th grade. 1985 was the year. It began with a story about a character named Jet-thrust. He was a robot that traveled the universe looking for adventures and fighting all kinds of evil doers. I then added a brother for Jet-thrust, calling him Fighter, and then we had a duo of do-gooders.

Then. For whatever reason. I stopped writing. I went through life without writing another word, that is until 2003 rolled along. I was looking for a hobby that would take up a lot of time and was relatively inexpensive. At first I didn’t know what to write about so I wrote a bunch of novels as a learning experience. None of those got published. But I learned a lot about myself and my writing. I read more books, and read books about writing. Then I wrote some more.

Finally I decided to self-publish. That was in 2013. I learned the value of having a good cover, and hiring a good editor. And I always made sure that each book was the best I could make it. Editing was a thankless job so I settled on a great editor named Amanda Horan. Later she recommended my writing to a publisher in UK called Kensington Gore. After waiting a few months they decided to acquire the publishing rights to two of my books.

So that’s been the road map to my writing life. And I’m sure there’s still more to come.

What about you? Think about your life in perspective. Your journey, wherever you are right now. Where do you want to go? And what great things do you want to achieve?

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What’s in my future with Kensington Gore?

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Now that Kensington Gore has acquired the publishing rights for my two novellas Kill Zombies and The Bloody Ripper, what does this mean for the future of these two books?

Well for starters, they’ll both need to be expanded into full-length novels. The publisher has made this a requirement. So I’ll probably be copiously studying the notes and suggestions sent to me by their editor-in-chief. That’s not a bad thing really, it will give me a chance to expand the stories further, and add some more depth to both books. Maybe even throw in a few new chapters.

Second, another round of editing will be necessary after each book is expanded. This is a given. But that also is a great thing, I mean, who doesn’t like finely-edited books?

Overall I think the reader will benefit from this. Both books will be refurbished, and hopefully enjoyed by a new wave of readers. Stay tuned for more Kensington Gore information when it becomes available.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.