Balls to the Walls – Is that a bad term to use?

Current and Future Work:

I’ve come up with a new series I will be focused on after the 2nd book of Clovel Sword Chronicles.  Hint, I’m trying to expand my work back on the Earth we know using a classic story by an anonymous author.  Yes, that’s a broad hint but more to come. However, if you know my stories, it’s not hard to figure out.

If you think you know the answer, send me a note or post in comments below…. ;o)  I’ll let you know if you have it or not.

Otherwise, I’ve been so focused on working through my 2nd book that I realized I haven’t kept my blog up to date. Nearly 200 pages complete on Battle for Three Realms and trying hard to finish draft by end of this month and move into editing and out to publication by end of August.

Other News:

Being a minor geek with comics, I’ve been watching Comic-Con with interest and noticed how much of the information seems to be focused on old franchises from Marvel and DC world (as reported by the Hollywood Reporter).  Just in the commercials/trailers I see, it is marketing the “tried and true” within the world of comics.

This got me thinking about indie writing and the similarities of the book industry to keep shoveling out the same type of stuff based upon an “idea” of what hot in a genre or subgenre.  Seems the industry could expand the genre and cross pollinate more to expand the audience/buyers.  However, the industry looks to be more comfortable to pigeonhole everyone (readers/writers) into a specific target because obviously, nobody could possible read and enjoy books on the paranormal while they enjoy books about the history of the American Revolution.  No doubt it’s tough to move away from a genre when the author becomes successful (aka, JK Rowling was doing a detective novel under a secret name, like Stephen King and others, etc.).  However, technology access (POD, ebooks, etc.) makes it a level playing field in so many ways.  I’m hope that a creative mind can come up with a way to allow original creations the same level of visibility on par with all of the hyped marketing that promotes the “tried and true”.  Perhaps it’s an age old question, never to be known….

Found the following sites for reviews/links/etc.

http://www.themillions.com/
http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2009/10/101-book-blogs-you-need-to-read/

 

Another Saturday and More Updates

Since I’m splitting my “free” time between marketing my 2 current works and writing the Battle of Three Reams (Book 2), I must face the dilemma that all writers have.

What to do first and what is the best way to market your works given the time you have?

So I started with finding out what others have done.

MARKETING:  Here are links for anybody that might prove useful as I’m doing some of them but the juries still out on how effective they are working for me.

http://www.authormedia.com/89-book-marketing-ideas-that-will-change-your-life/

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2010/03/27/marketing-your-first-book-graham-storrs/

http://marketyourbookblog.com/innovative-book-marketing-ideas/?fb_source=pubv1

http://selfpublishing.lifetips.com/cat/59136/promotion-ideas/index.html

http://smartblogs.com/social-media/2010/02/17/5-tips-for-promoting-your-book-with-social-media/

If you have any links that are useful, please send them my way with a post of your own.

2nd BOOK- My other time is spent trying to finish the second book. I’m 155 pages in at this point and expect it will come in about the same as the first ~300-325 pages.  My first was 324 pages in print form which is a little over 104k words. I’m finding this novel is moving well but I’ve added some characters and more is going on in some ways which could make it confusing (no spoilers here).  I expect if all goes well that could be out in late August 2013.

In other new, I’ve moved the short story Mythos of Kamin to Kindle Select to see if I can get some Free downloads and reviews moving on Amazon. FREE DOWNLOADs begin tomorrow for 3 days.4

QUOTE OF THE WEEK.

“Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine, and valleys of frustration and failure.” Calvin & Hobbes quote