Sunday, September 29, 2013

What do you do for a preview?

I'm ready to launch 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Boot Camp', book two of my humorous Sci-Fi series. In the first book, 'Arlo and Jake Enlist', I put a preview of the first chapter of book two after the last chapter.

I've seen this, to various degrees, in other books as a 'teaser' to the next book in a series. I kinda like it. It gets me fired up for the next story. Especially if the book I just finished was decent.

In book two, I was planning on adding the preview to book three 'Arlo and Jake Lost Partner'. But I'm wondering if maybe it would good to mix it up a little. Rather than 3 to 10 pages of story line, what if I just put in a teaser paragraph or two? I've seen this done in series as well.

Any thoughts on which you like best?

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Once more into the breach...

Thanks for your patience, hopefully the blog is getting 'better'. I made my book links much more obvious and added some quick info about each.

Do you like it?

Better?

It's a start, anyway. ;-)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Please stand by...

Please bear with me as I try to add images to my book links. Though I understand the tag concepts I'm having a little difficulty doing it the 'easy way' I hoped it would be.

I apologize for the sloppy look while I try to bring this blog up to the high standard you deserve.

Sigh. Even programmers have their weaknesses! ;-)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Just to be clear... NEVER GIVE UP!

I've had several conversations, over twitter, this blog and face-to-face (remember when we did everything in person? ;-) about how frustrating and hard writing can be. How the urge to just give it up grows stronger and stronger every day that you don't get a sale. Or maybe it's sitting down to face a rewrite you really don't want to do but you know you must. Arrrggghhh, why can't it just flow like water from my imagination! Why aren't people buying my book?

The biggest obstacle you must get past is the urge to quit. The wall. The dark pit of 'one more edit'. The fifth rewrite of that stupid scene that just won't gel.

You cannot stop. You cannot quit. The wall can be climbed, the pit hurtled. You know you can, because you've done it before. A couple of times or a thousand times; it doesn't matter. You've done it before and your story is much better because of your effort.

Everyone has ideas on how to push past writers' block or the urge to give up. Sure, go ahead and search for some ideas online. Talk to authors and writing groups. Lots of good ideas out there.

The simplest one is: You Cannot Quit.

It's like these concepts:
You cannot stop breathing. (Please don't try this at home ;-)
You cannot go 100 hours without sleep.
You cannot jump 100 feet into the air.
You cannot grow wings and fly. (Except in dreams, of course.)

You cannot ...well, you get the idea. There are things that you truly cannot do. But giving up on your story is not one of those things.

The personal reward for finishing a good story is worth it. You know it is. You are rewarded for a story well done. I'm rewarded if I get to read your story. The world is rewarded because an author has made his imagination available to us all.

Don't quit.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Final, final polish...

The editing is done!

Wait, wait, don't celebrate yet! The 'editing' is done, but grammar, corrections and character 'enhancements' are never enough to say 'done'.

While I think I'm almost there, my editor has made some great suggestions that I have to review and consider. I want book two to be better than book one. A story that will make you look forward to the rest of the series.

It's very hard for me to wait. I'm impatient. I'm lazy and I really just want to pub this thing and start on the next one. Sigh...

But I'm going to finish this book and not look back in regret for a job poorly done. It's a few days of work. I can do this.

So.
- Make the last scene tighter
- Reread and polish all the chapters (arrghhh)
- Write a 'preview' for book three

THEN publish this puppy!

Time for an umbrella drink...