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September arrival signals new project

It’s been awhile since I posted a message. Finally have my right eye back up at 100%. As you may recall, I had retinal detachment surgery in late July and had to wait until my right eye stabilized before getting a new prescription. Now that that’s behind me, I can focus on writing at a full-time pace.

I’ve resumed writing The Leopard Apocalypse FT. And am revising/expanding Kill Zombies for my publisher Kensington Gore. On top of that I began outlining for a new nonfiction book project.

It’s going to be titled, The Leopard Life. And will be focus on helping new writers embark on the novel-writing careers. It will also have a section on art and how writing fits in within the creative spectrum.  It’s final section will focus self-improvement, based on my own life and universal self-help advice that I have accumulated on my personal life journey.

I hope to have more information when it becomes available. But that’s it for now. Let’s welcome Fall 2017 with a good dose of dedication to our chosen artistic paths.

Respectfully,

T.A. Uner

 

 

 

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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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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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Distractions & Discipline

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This post is for anyone whose writing time has been butchered by the various distractions that abound in daily life.

I know this for a fact because my next Historical Fantasy novel, The Leopard Apocalypse, was affected by distractions.

For months on end I was focused on building up my social media platform. And my writing took a back seat. Perhaps my intentions were noble, as social media marketing is prominent in today’s crowded literary market. And us writers always seem to seize the chance for shameless promotion. Even if it does cut into precious writing time.

So I came to a crossroads a few weeks ago, I’d take a hiatus, and knock myself out of reverie. And take one I did. Then, my writing got back on course.

Now I implore anyone out there who’s got distractions dragging their writing time down, to make a choice. Which is more important. Your showmanship? Or your writing?

For a dedicated writer, the choice is easy.