Updates: December 2012

I haven’t done one of these updates posts in a long time, and I have some things to tell you all.

Dissolution of Peace

Dissolution of Peace CoverDissolution of Peace is doing okay will the sales.  The second two free eBook promotions did not do nearly as well as the first one did.  I think that in order to have continued success with the free promotions, I need to widen my advertising audience.  But in terms of sales it is doing okay.  Getting reviews is going slower than I thought I would.  But I have six on Amazon US and they are all 4 and 5 star reviews.  So I am more that pleased to wait if they remain so positive.  I’ve been toying with an idea to reward honest reviews on Amazon.com with some type of giveaway.  But that feels awfully closed to “buying” a review and I don’t know that I am comfortable with that closeness.  So I think for now I will stick with waiting it out.  If you haven’t got your copy, or left a review, please visit this link.  If you have thought of borrowing Dissolution of Peace via the Kindle lending library, it will only be available until January 5th.  After that, I plan to release Dissolution of Peace on Barnes and Noble for the Nook.

I have been nominated for the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll.  I was nominated last year and took second place for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short story with my short story “Death Watch“.  This year Dissolution of Peace was nominated for best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel.  It is currently in second place and could really use your vote.  You can vote for Dissolution of Peace by clicking this link.  Make sure you check your email for the confirmation email and click the confirmation link it includes.  Otherwise your vote won’t count.  The Polls close January 15th, so vote right away.

Daddy is Tired

Daddy_is_Tired_CoverYou have all heard me talk about my son’s picture book, Daddy is Tired.  Sales have slowed down on that tremendously and he could really use your support.  We are putting all the money in his College Savings account.  You can go get your copy, or leave a review,  by clicking here.

His book is also in the Preditors and Editors Reader Poll under the Children’s Section.  So a vote for him would be great too.  Since you can vote once per category you can vote for both of us.

Plasma Frequency

Cover PreviewBefore I started writing this blog, I accepted the last of the stories for Issue 4.  We have brought on a great Assistant Editor, Molly Moss, and she is doing a remarkable job easing the pressure on me to run this magazine.  There will be a lot of great talent in Issue 4.  And if you haven’t ready our three issues from this year, you can read them free by visiting the website.

Also, with Duotrope going to paid we are considering the idea of adding our own response time statistics to our website.  This way those that can’t afford, or don’t feel Duotrope is right in charging, can still see the same information.  In fact, our statistics will be 100% accurate because they will include 100% of our submissions.  I think it is just one more way our magazine will demonstrate that we are very much pro-author.

This is just one of many big plans we have an Plasma Frequency and at Plasma Spyglass.

Plasma Frequency is also honored that some of our content has been nominated for the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll.  Lindsey Duncan’s “Mythocraft” from Issue 2 is nominated in the Science Fiction and Fantasy short Story category.  And Tais Teng’s stunning cover art work for Issue 1 is nominated under the Magazine Cover Artwork section.  Again, take a moment to go vote for those by clicking the links.

This Year is Summary

As far as writing goes, this looks like a slow year.  I only have one short story published (you can read “Miles From the Future” here) and only two written.  But I did publish my first novel this year and put in a lot of work to get Cinco’s book out this year.  So in terms of words published, I did much better this year as apposed to 2011.  And when you factor in starting and running a publishing company, I’m actually proud of what has been done this year.  I can only hope for continued success in 2013.

Upcoming Projects for 2013

I am currently in progress on a Novel.  It is not the sequel to Dissolution of Peace (I can hear many of you groaning on that one).  It has a tentative title and a very rough release date of March/April 2013.  I plan to announce an official release date when I have the cover art done.  Perhaps around February 2013.  So look for that coming soon.

The yet untitled sequel for Dissolution of Peace is the next project in my “to-write” list.  I can’t give you a release date for sure, but I sincerely hope to have it done before the end of 2013.  Knowing how hard it is to wait for a sequel, I am trying my best to get it to you as quickly as possible.  So many people have begged me to give them a hint as to what happens next.  I really hadn’t expected there to be so much love for the characters in this book.  By far the number most comments on the novel have been about the attachment readers feel to the main characters.  I have a very deep bond with these characters as well.  They are the first characters I have ever created with any seriousness of being published.  So I really have to get back to telling their story.

Yesterday, a third idea hit me.  I’m not sure if it will be a short story or a Novel.  The idea sparked up from an odd dream.  It will also be very much character driven.  But it is still in the infancy stages and may not be ready well into 2014.  But as I play with the idea, we will see where it leads me.

Summary

Well, 2012 has been a crazy year.  I went from brand new short story writer to a novelist, and publisher, in a year.  I’ve discovered that people really do enjoy the style I bring to the pages, and I expect to gain a lot of new fans in 2013.  Of course, I have to thank all my fans that have been following me since “Death Watch” and all those that have joined me along the way.  I write for my readers, and I am always grateful I have readers.

And because I couldn’t resist ending this with a slight cliche; See you all next year.

Updates: January 2012

Well, in my post “Distractions” I talked about setting a writing goal.  Part of that commitment to writing more was to share the journey with you.  So, once a month, I am going to give you some updates on how my writing has gone.  I’ll also touch on some of the other projects I have going.

First lets talk about writing.   I made a commitment that I would try to write 1,000 words a day.  Honestly there have been a few days where I didn’t write at all (six days actually).  But considering we had the Holidays in that time, I am okay with that.  However, there were a lot of days were I wrote a lot.  I even had some great days, this past Friday I almost got 10,000 words.  On the days I wrote I averaged over 2,000 words.    I’ve been posting my daily word counts on Twitter (when I write).   I have written just over 38,000 words.

None of this counts the writing I do here.  While I love getting the blog to your guys.  I even had a very successful post on self-publishing.  But, this word count has gone directly into my novel.  You may remember I have set a goal of one short story a month and one novel a year.  I haven’t thought of a short story for January yet, so I may be a little behind on that.  But, the novel is coming along well.

I have a children’s book my oldest son (he was five when we wrote it, six now) and I wrote together.  The status on it’s publication is still a bit in limbo.  I have an illustrator working on the drawings.  The backgrounds are all done, and the characters have slowly been put in the scenes.  But, the next part is all the coloring.  She just had a baby, so of course that slows things down.  Fingers crossed for a March release, but I haven’t set any dates yet.  It is the hope that by the time I do the Updates for February I can show you the cover art and announce an official release date.

I think those of you with kids will enjoy it, and likely relate with it.   It also embodies the joy of working on a project with your own child and sharing in an art you both can enjoy.  In any case, “Daddy is Tired” will be a joy to read for parents and young children learning to read.

I still have two short storied for 2011 out at different markets.  They will make their rounds until they are published.  I will of course announce that right away on both Twitter and Facebook.  Once I start turning out short stories monthly, I will be really glad to Duotrope to help track where they all are.

As far as my reading goes, it has been put on hold with the holidays.  I am currently reading the novel Shining in Crimson.  As some of you know I read this when it was still a draft to help Robert S. Wilson with my thoughts on the novel.  I am excited about reading the completed work, and have found he left in all the good parts (so far).   I don’t have a novel on this list for once I am done reading this one.  So, a trip to the book store may be in my future.  Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card is set to release in a few days, that will certainly be on my list.  You can always follow what I am reading by becoming a fan on Goodreads.

I still get my daily dose of short fiction from Daily Science Fiction.  But, I am way behind on my issues of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine.  I haven’t even opened the Nov/Dec issue and the Jan/Feb should be coming any day.  Perhaps I will take a break from novels and catch up on those.  We will see.

My short story “Death Watch” has been nominated for two awards in 2011.  I am very please with this.  First, of all this is my very first published short story.  It was only the second one I had ever written and the first one considered Flash Fiction (under 1,000 words).  You can still read it at Liquid Imagination by clicking here.

The first nomination it got was for the Micro Awards.  The announcement on that won’t come until the very end of February.  It will be judged by a panel of judges and we will see how it does.

The second nomination came as a complete surprise.  It was nominated in the Preditors and Editors 2011 Readers poll.  There are a lot of good works there.  I was reading and voting through the categories when I got to Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories.  And there was “Death Watch” listed.  I about jumped out of my seat.  I was honored to find that I was even nominated.

Because it is a poll, it is done based on voting.  I am even more pleased to announce it has been in first and second place for a good portion of the polling.  Polling ends January 10th.  Please, go place a vote here.  It only takes a minute and I would appreciate it.

I think the last thing I will bring up isn’t directly related to writing.  I used to own a business, and I am dying to get back into owning one again.  I have been contemplating many different things, but another Security Company is not one of them.  I have been in the industry for a while, but the big companies really have locked the start ups out of the business.  Perhaps if I had clients set before I got started, I might consider it.

So that is the updates for you this month.  I will continue to post my weekly blog posts on a variety of topics.  Please subscribe to my blog to receive email updates on when I post.

 

Best of 2011

Recently I found out that my short story “Death Watch” was nominated for the Preditors and Editors Best of 2011 Award in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Short story category.

The Preditors and Editors Award is based on votes.  So please take a moment to vote.  Voting is easy.  “Death Watch” is listed alphabetically.  Select it and scroll to the bottom.  Fill in your name and email.  If you wish you can leave a comment for other voters.  Then click the submit button.  Then they will email you and you verify your vote by clicking the link in the email.  Done.

Thank you!  Thank You to all those who already voted!

Click Here to vote

Click Here to Read “Death Watch”