This has been a month of traveling and work, and not much writing I’m afraid. Some months are like that. Real life unfortunately gets in the way of pursuing our passions, and it’s up to us to grab onto the reins and take control. I’m hoping as we move through the holidays and back into the winter other obligations will fall away and I’ll have even more time for writing.
I’m always excited to share freebies and sales with my readers, so watch here, on Facebook and Twitter as I hope to have some special deals for the holidays. Not sure at the moment what will be offered, but rest assured it will be something you’ll like.
In the meantime, I’ve been reading lots of good books. If you follow me on Goodreads you know I religiously document everything I read. I review very little, but I always leave a star rating, and if I feel a story has touched me in an exceptional way, I try to send a note to the author. I’ve made some great friends over the past few years by just reaching out to other writers. Call it fan mail if you wish, but sometimes the best ego stroke we authors can get is a personal message from someone who has enjoyed our work. It’s like proof from the cosmos that we’re not working in vain or sending our stories out into the ether to fade into oblivion.
Some of the books I’ve read this year that I can highly recommend:
Willy by Robert Dunbar
Lineage by Joe Hart
Nightmares: Bedtime Stories for the Wicked by Mark Souza
Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon
Any of these books are worth a read, especially with Halloween coming and the desire to have a chill running down your spine.
That’s it for this month. Until next time, happy reading!
As of this writing over 6,000 free copies of my new novel The Island have been downloaded. That’s a lot of books! It’s been enough to propel the book to the number 1 spot in both Occult Suspense and Occult Horror categories and number 45 overall in the Kindle Free store. I don’t think I could have asked for better results than that! Thanks to everyone who downloaded a copy during this free promo. I plan on more freebies in the future, so watch the usual locations for more details. If you’d like the chance to win a paperback copy of the book, head over to Goodreads and sign up for the giveaway there.
I wrote the last word for The Devil’s Catacombs today, making it my third completed novel of 2013. It still needs a lot of work, but while it’s mellowing like a fine wine, I’m getting ready to start the next book, Moon Shadow. This is the novel, you may recall, that I began my senior year in high school, and it’s been almost 30 years since I visited with it. My plan is to take the basic idea and modernize it, certainly rewrite most of it, and see what happens. I’m really looking forward to working on this story again. I fell in love with these characters back in 1983, and they’ve never left me. It’s always bothered me that their story never was completed, and now I’m going to take the time to do just that.
I love this new modern world of indie publishing! I follow several writing blogs, and the one recurring theme I see in all of them is that you must keep writing. Never give up. I admit to going through several years of being discouraged, a long haul in which I was trying my hardest to get discovered through traditional publishing routes. During that time it seemed as though my creativity had all but dried up. It’s easy to say “keep writing and don’t give up,” but it’s very different to actually do that when you’re getting absolutely no encouragement at all from the powers that be. Now the only powers that be are you, the readers. The writing process is a lonely one at times, and for the most part you are never sure your work is even being read, let alone appreciated. I am thankful for every review (good or bad), for every Twitter follower and Goodreads fan, for every email I get because I that means someone is reading my drivel and mostly enjoying it. And that, my friends, gives me all the encouragement I need to keep going. To keep writing. To keep putting those words – those pieces of myself – out there for all to see.
Wow! Has it really been over a month since I last updated my blog? I have been busy, busy, busy!
Right now I’m about a third of the way through my current work-in-progress, a new middle-grade novel. It’s really going well, and I’m hoping this will be the one that finally gets me noticed by the right people. I’ve put myself in seclusion the past couple of weekends and forced myself to write, write, write.
Something I’ve come to realize in the past six months is that my first draft doesn’t have to be perfect. The important part is just to get something down. I can fix it later. That’s what revisions and editing are for. Amazing that I’ve been writing for thirty years and I’ve just discovered that. If I had figured it out sooner, there’s no telling how many more books I’d have under my belt. It’s actually been liberating. I’ve always known on the surface of course that subsequent drafts can fix almost anything, but I would never give myself the freedom to just write in an almost stream-of-consciousness mode. All that changed last fall when I picked up an old unfinished novel and decided to complete it. By utilizing that new freedom, I was able to plow through the remainder of the book in about a month and a half. That book will soon be in the editing stage and will hopefully be out before summer.
On the Brock Ford front, my illustrator plans to work on the chapter headings through February. I’m still shooting for a spring release of the paperbacks. Keep checking back for details!
Now, I like to make a plea on behalf of myself and other indie authors. If you like what you read, PLEASE leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It doesn’t have to be lengthy; 25 or 30 words is fine, and on Goodreads you can just leave stars without writing anything. Reviews are extremely important to indie authors because more reviews leads to more exposure and that leads to more sales. Also, if you enjoy my work, please tell other people; word of mouth sells more books than anything.
Please feel free to drop me a line. I enjoy hearing from readers and I love to answer questions!