Month: November 2013

Confession: Almost Finishing NaNo

“In striving for perfection, we achieve excellence.” –Vince Lombardi Goals are set for a reason. They are something to strive for, but sometimes life just gets in the way, and you can’t always get what you want. Sometimes it pays to back off, recognize the “why” behind what you are doing, and hit the reset button. At a little over 40,000 words for the National Novel Writing Month challenge toward the goal of 50,000 I could finish. I could dedicate today to only writing, write a ton just to reach the elusive goal, display a badge on my Facebook wall, and a celebratory blog post proclaiming my victory. But what would I really win? It helps to look at my original goal. Kick start the finish of a series. I have an ongoing series, and I want to put it to bed, so to speak. There are some reasons, many of them personal. This is my first commercial “success” novels, more specifically the first in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, titled Redemption. The story is rather personal, and the series a bit autobiographical from time to time. That chapter in my life is over, and since I finished Temptation (the second in the series) I’ve written two other novels not related to this one. The time has come for it to be over. I needed an incentive to get...

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Re-releasing Temptation

Why did I re-edit Temptation? I know, I am the guy who always says write the next book, don’t re-write your first one. We could all keep revising our first works until we have them perfect. Of course, by then they will not be perfect, nor will we have written anything else. We will have killed our muse. But a fan and a cover designer offered to make new covers for Redemption and Temptation to promote branding and to help improve sales. Show Natalie Collins some love, and if you need covers, let me know and I will help you get in touch with her. Knowing that Temptation needed some edits, I took the opportunity. How bad were they? Let’s just say that not every editor you hire is a pro. Like many others, I fell victim to this pitfall of self-publishing. There was no one to blame but me. The story also needed tightening in places, some wording was … well, just poor. Also I am writing the sequel now, so it was a good thing to revisit the story and the series: remind myself why I love these characters so much. That being said, the series is ending. Confession, my WIP will be the final. Things come full circle. Church, prison, and answers. He’s found Redemption, faced Temptation, and now it is time for Sam to discover...

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The Answers You Are Looking For

I have a Facebook Event! We are celebrating the re-release of Redemption and Temptation. Are you part of it? You may find some of the answers you are looking for here.  What the hell is that? Well, I have no clue, but it sounded like fun, so I jumped in. Part of the fun is author trivia, so this post is your landing zone: start here, and you may find the answers (and prizes) you are looking for. Not the droids, the prizes! My current labor of love is a fundraiser for Boston Children’s Hospital. Half or the royalties from my story “The Angel” in Happily Ever Afterlife published by Untold Press gets donated. We also have t-shirts for sale. If you click here, you can donate directly. So what inspired the story? Read here. I’m finishing up a novel titled Confession. It is the third in the Samuel Elijah Johnson series. The first two books will be re-released next Wednesday November 27th, just prior to Thanksgiving. Something happens on Thanksgiving every few years. If you are friends with me check out my Facebook profile here. We aren’t friends yet? Send me a request, and like my author page here. The first two novels have brand new covers. They were designed by a fan, Natalie Collins and are designed to improve series branding. Follow this link to see the old and...

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It’s Social Networking not Social Net-Twerking

Stop ‘twerking’ all over social media Advertisements. We all love to hate them. We Dub Step remix the funny ones, cry at touching ones, and cringe when the ones we hate blast out of our speakers when all we really want to do is keep watching our show. They’re an interruption, but have always tried to be an entertaining one. What better reason to watch the Super Bowl than for the zany commercials? Social media is different, and there is a reason. We expect advertising in newspapers, magazines, and on the TV and Radio. On a deep level we understand they pay for programming, even if we don’t like it. But social media is just that: a social network for being—well, social. So advertisements are considered interruptions, even rude if improperly done. So how do you cope? Just forsake social media ads? No! Social media, specifically Facebook, drives people to publishers and books more than any other avenue right now. Stop shaking your stuff all up in our faces. Don’t post drive by ads in groups or on hashtags. First, they don’t do any good. Most of the time, they are just passed over. Look down the feed for two things: first see if there are any likes, shares or comments on posts or favorites and retweets on Twitter. If there aren’t any, you are just posting to a...

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NaNoWriMo: Time Management

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.” — Miguel de Cervantes I sit here, at 4:47 a.m. knowing what can happen today, and what might happen, but not what will happen. Oh, I have a plan. I always have a plan. Sometimes it is a good one, sometimes it isn’t, but it exists. It all comes down to time management, something I vary between being good at, and totally sucking at. If you are super organized, never get distracted, and have no...

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