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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by fellow author, Rita Lee Chapman. It’s my first interview and you can read it in its entirety below, or on Rita’s website.
Thank you, Rita.
Repeat after me: fall is here, fall is here . . . this is the best time of the year.
– I released my second ebook, Alibi Interrupted, in July.
– This blog surpassed 700 followers and exceeded of 57,000 views.
– I’ve been asked to write a guest article on a website for a publishing company which I’ve agreed to do (coming soon).
– I’ve done two interviews for two different websites (both coming in October).
– I’ve been working on two more short stories: The Man Who Thought He Could Fly and The Dreams of Evil Men.
– Based on a demand (albeit small, but still a demand) for my stories in physical book form, I released Saving Kennedy which contains both The Visitor and Alibi Interrupted in paperback. Please stop by CreateSpace or Amazon to order your copy.
– And finally, this summer I was blessed to attended a father/son retreat in Colorado with my eldest boy where we had time to rest, relax, and recreate. We also had the opportunity to meet speakers and authors, Scott Brown and Kevin Swanson.
As we head into fall and winter, my plans are to continue working on finalizing some of my short stories to get them ready for my anthology, and trying to finish my novella, The Island.
Thank you to all who’ve read my stories over the past summer. Your support means a lot. If you’ve read any of my stories and haven’t yet left a review on Amaon, please consider doing so. Reviews are vital for authors.
Thank you again to all of you. You guys make the lonely road of writing a little less lonely.
It’s no secret that disappointment and discouragement are constant and close companions of the writer.
One of my greatest discouragements has been receiving so few reviews in relation to how many copies of The Visitor have been downloaded. I’ve worked tirelessly trying to get reviews for my time travel tale, including offering numerous free download days. The results? The Visitor has been downloaded hundreds of times over the past year but has only received 42 reviews.
The most recent example was this past Saturday when The Visitor was available all day for free. 229 copies were downloaded, yet to date, I’ve only received one new review.
I am truly grateful for each and every one of the reviews I’ve received over the past year, I’ve just found that it’s taken an inordinate amount of time to obtain that many reviews . . . time that could have been spent writing.
However, it was during this epiphany of disappointment that I was blessed with great news: This past weekend, The Visitor reached number 1 and number 2 in the following two categories:
Thank you to all those who helped propel The Visitor to those coveted spots on Amazon’s ranking.
In November of last year I began writing my short story, The Alibi. Since then I’ve been busy editing and reworking it like a sculptor labors over a sculpture.
As of today, I am happy to announce The Alibi has recently moved into the next phase of production: Beta Reader reviews. Afterward it will move to professional editing and then be made available to my readers. Thank you for your patience as I work diligently to produce a high quality, well written tale of suspense that you will thoroughly enjoy reading.
Also in April, I exceeded 50,000 views on this blog. As a thank you to my readers I am offering my debut short story, The Visitor, for free all day today. You can download your free copy from Amazon here.
– A Funny Thing Happened in the Lunchroom, the short story I’ve been working on exclusively since late last year, has a new name. The story is now: Alibi Interrupted.
– Alibi Interrupted is the story about a time traveler who visits Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 to stop the assassination of the president, but things don’t go as planned.
– Alibi Interrupted was panning out to be around 5,000 words, however, because I’m a pantser, the story has continued to grow as I worked on it and it’s now over 8,000 words.
– Alibi Interrupted was intended to only be released in my upcoming anthology of short stories (whose title is still unknown), but I’ve been so pleased with how the tale has developed that I decided to release it as a single as soon as it’s done (like I did with The Visitor).
– The estimated time frame for completing Alibi Interrupted and making it available to you wonderful readers is still a few months off.
– The other short story I was previously working on, The Island, has been put on hiatus until I can complete Alibi Interrupted.
– February of this year saw two milestones for this blog: It exceeded 46,000 total visits and it gained its 600th follower.
– As a “thank you” to all the readers and followers of this blog, I am offering my debut short fiction work, The Visitor, for free tomorrow. Just go to Amazon on Monday, February 29th, and download The Visitor for free to your Kindle. Don’t have a Kindle? Then download it to your favorite device (phone, tablet, PC, etc.) using the Kindle app.
Again, thanks for your readership.
I’ve got good news and bad news.
First, the bad news.
Back in August, after publishing my debut fiction tale, The Visitor, I had several people inquire of me when my next story would be available.
Having high hopes (and utterly unrealistic expectations), I estimated that my next story, The Island, would be available around the first of the year. Well, it’s the first of the year and not only is The Island not available, but I’m not even finished writing it yet.
So what’s the delay? Well, I’ve been sidetracked with four other projects. And that’s the good news.
Although The Island is not yet available, I’ve been spending my time spinning four more tales of speculative fiction. So what are those four new stories? I’m glad you asked. Here are their descriptions:
THE MONSTER IN THE WELL
Jack keeps a monster in an old well. As long as it stays in the well, it is harmless, but if it escapes it could destroy all of mankind. The monster has remained captive for many years until the fateful day Jack reveals his secret to a neighbor.
WHILE YOU WERE GONE
A woman discovers a stranger in her kitchen and her entire family missing.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED IN THE LUNCHROOM
A time traveler visits Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 to stop the assassination of the president, but things don’t go as planned.
IN SEARCH OF GREENER GRASS
A man takes his family on a journey into the unknown universe in search of a habitable planet hoping to find an escape from the wars and destruction of home. But the grass isn’t always greener, even on other planets.
So, as you can see, although The Island is delayed in being published, several more tales have been brought forth. So, I’m sure you’ll forgive me.
Now, as for a new projected release date for The Island, let’s just say, I’m not going to make that mistake twice by venturing a guess. You’ll just have to keep checking back for updates on its progress. 🙂
Now that 2015 has come to an end, I wanted to reminisce on some of the highlights of this past year.
* So far The Visitor has received 29 Amazon reviews and maintains a 5-star rating.
* In addition to Amazon reviews, The Visitor has received reviews on several websites including the Bibliomad blog here, the Books and Messy Buns blog here, LaLa’s blog here, and the Tides and Turnings blog here.
* And finally, not only did this blog reach its 565th follower this year, but in 2015 this blog surpassed the 41,000 visitor mark.
Of course, I couldn’t have done any of this without you. Thank you all for your readership, support, and encouragement. I look forward to continuing this course in 2016, and hope you will all join me.
There’s so much more to writing than the writing.
After writing your story, you have countless editing and rewrites to look forward to, then a cover to be conceived and designed, then publishing. But just when you think it’s over, now comes the labor of promoting your work. And somewhere in all of that you’re supposed to be working on your next piece.
The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes is why so many people are in love with the idea of writing, but never end up producing anything. The writing craft involves a lot of lonely work with little recognition (and even less pay).
So if you’re a writer but are feeling discouraged, don’t give up. Remember why you’re doing this. Remember that you can’t not write. It’s who you are; it’s in your blood.
I am currently in the promotion phase for my debut short story, The Visitor. Here is the first advertisement I created for it (click image to enlarge). I welcome your thoughts and opinions.