• Publishing

    Heroes Inc

    by So, the first time I try to set something to pre-order and give it a release date, and it looks like things worked. Heroes Inc. is both an e-book and a paperback. Amazon.com = https://www.amazon.com/Heroes-Inc-Citizen-Trilogy-1-ebook/dp/B07RXMRGMB/ Amazon.ca = https://www.amazon.ca/Heroes-Inc-Citizen-Trilogy-1-ebook/dp/B07RXMRGMB/ I tried to give the paperback cover a slightly different look while using the same image, and I’m happy with the result, but it still looks weird to me. I think that’s mostly because I’m used to the first one. Be well, everyone. by

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    Cover Reveal Time!

    by Graceland is a collection of short stories, one inspired by each of the songs on the Graceland album by Paul Simon. Science Fiction stories, to explain the cover image. We all have that one album (or two or three or more), discovered in our teenage years that seems to stay with us for life. Graceland is one of a tiny handful for me, a single (“Call Me Al”) heard on the radio leading to an album purchase leading to music that I can still pop in and listen to the whole album 30+ years later. I’m a Science Fiction (and Fantasy) writer, so when one day, listening to the…

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    Babysitting the Taran-Saurus, the E-book

    by So while no one was looking, I turned “Babysitting the Taran-Saurus” into an actual e-book and put it up on Amazon. Amazon.com = https://www.amazon.com/Babysitting-Taran-Saurus-Vyrian-Incursion-Story-ebook/dp/B07S3Y3M7S/ Amazon.ca = https://www.amazon.ca/Babysitting-Taran-Saurus-Vyrian-Incursion-Story-ebook/dp/B07S3Y3M7S/ It is still available completely free on Wattpad in a serialized version, where it’s had a few reads, but more certainly wouldn’t hurt my feelings. https://www.wattpad.com/story/24301842-babysitting-the-taran-saurus Be well, everyone. by

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Heroes Inc. Cover Reveal

    by So, here it is: the almost-guaranteed cover for Heroes Inc, first book in The Citizen Trilogy. Picture yourself in full superhero garb, standing on a rooftop and looking out over the city you’ve sworn to protect. Assuming, of course, you can actually find any criminals to deal with. It’s an awesome picture, I think. This is a superhero novel, though without any lab accidents or radioactive insects or alien babies crash-landing on Earth. The “back cover” copy: Armed with a super suit, an IT degree, and a little bit of writing skill, our prospective hero plunges into the heroing business as an official field tester for Heroes Inc., a…

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    The Ease of Indie Publishing

    by Warning: long post. So diving into the world of independent publishing with your books is easy, right? Finish the story, slap some art on it, save it in the right format, upload, and let the millions role in. Okay, first, if you’re using the word millions and talking about your independent publishing empire, you’re probably in the wrong field. Second, easy? Seriously? When I decided that it was time for me to broaden my publishing efforts into the independent route as well as continuing to pursue traditional publishing, I already had some idea of what I was in for on the traditional side. No matter how good the short…

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    Book Covers

    by So it’s 25 February 2019 and, aside from the snow and a minor basement flood, deep February in southern Ontario is pretty much like I’ve grown to expect in recent years. I know there will be an actual writing update a few days, nut there are a couple things I wanted to talk about a little bit more detail, and in the ordinary writing update, they’ll only get a sentence or two. This past weekend, I didn’t do a whole lot of editing. Life aside, the time I set up for creative pursuits on the weekend was primarily taken up by cover design. I am a little bit behind…

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    Publishing Goals for 2013

    by Part 3 of 4 in the “Goals of 2013” series. I don’t want to rehash the Three Year Plan post too much, but the independent publishing goals stand: Small Realities 1-4. Small collection of my short fiction targeted at 28-30,000 words each and published in March, June, September, and December. I’ve already picked the stories for the first one, and I’m thinking about cover art and author’s notes. “Turn the World Around”. 35,000 word Science Fiction novella/short novel. Figuring on late summer for this. “Thorvald’s Wyrd”. Epic fantasy told in 100-word scenes. Late in the fall. It’s a wintery kind of tale. “Where the Water Tastes Funny”, a 6,000-ish…