BLOG HOP: The Next Big Thing

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So, this is a bit new. I got tagged for a Blog Hop by Kristen DaRay, so I guess I’m telling you guys about the next book. Read more…

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Independent Publishing: The First Week Learning Experience

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bookshelfA week ago tomorrow, I put out the first short story of my Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector series, Chief. I have learned a great deal in this first week that no amount of reading blog posts has prepared me for. Read More…

Chief Now Available!

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Chief

Gabe has nothing to go home to now that his wife is dead. He’s spent every hour since the news in the office, burying himself in his work. He had a stack of case files on his desk full of incidents that he would have to deal with. Among them was also news of something new that had come into town that might be able to bring his wife back to him. [Read More]

The Publishing Strategy – An Early Look

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While I’m waiting for the next round of edits on my first short story to come back (I’ll tell you guys all about it soon, promise) I’ve been doing one of a few things. First, there’s that pesky day job I still have. I’ve also been working on the rewrite for the next short that will be coming out after that to pass through first round editing as soon as I can. And lastly, I’ve been working on how this whole publishing thing is going to play out.

So, in a series of parts that have been rather arbitrarily assigned…

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Things to do While your Editor is Editing

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Editing. It’s incredibly important, but sometimes my editor tends to take a very long time with getting the edits done. While my story is in someone else’s hands, though, I really shouldn’t be slacking off and neither should you. Here’s a few things you can do to keep yourself busy.

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Why I’m Self Publishing

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Photo by Su Blackwell

A friend of mine is currently losing his mind trying to figure out what he’s going to do with his book. Self publish? Traditional? How do you go about doing any of it? Where do you start, what do you do, where do you look for all the answers? I’ve been giving unsolicited advice, but in the end I think I’m doing more harm than good trying to help.

I am choosing to self publish my work. There’s a lot of reasons to do this and a lot of reasons not to do this.

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New Website

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So, from that whole thing on New Years Resolutions, I have finally accomplished at least one of them. I’m going to keep cross posting to WordPress.com for a little while longer, just to make the transition a bit easier for everyone who is actually following along, but most of the interesting stuff will be happening there.

As for what that interesting stuff is, I have a few things planned beyond the basic blogging stuff. Given certain decisions I’m making in regards to distribution methods, I’m probably going to be doing giveaways and special sales on this site instead of the other places I have out there. Also, hopefully I get a fanbase because having to create some sort of fan interaction area would be kick ass.

Not that the blogs are going to stop. I have a friend who has recently vented his frustration at the publishing process for his story and I am going to start talking about my own process for coming to my conclusions about publishing and my own journey up to this point. I know I’m not all the way there yet, but who knows? It might help someone out there.

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Tales of the Twisted Eden Sector

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Found on Tea leaves

The magic of the world never really went away. It’s just been hidden, forced into back alleys and out of the public eye for so long that some don’t believe that it ever existed at all. Scattered across the world and hidden away into the back streets, there are many who know otherwise and make it their lives.

Tales of the Twisted Eden Sector is a series of short stories that all take place in different times to different people who live and sometimes even work in a very unusual place. The affectionately named Twisted Eden Sector is home to the busiest branch of the Syndicate, an organization whose sole purpose is to cover up the existence of magic and nothing else.

They have more than enough work on their hands as they seem to be at the centre of something big. The fabric of the universe seems thinner here than anywhere else. Their sector sees more enchanted items, dangerous people and strange creatures than any other. The appearance in recent years of children born with an innate ability to perform a single spell with no training in their sector and theirs alone has baffled them and flooded their files. Something is coming, but without knowing what it might be, they are forced to deal with it one case at a time.

The first instalment, Chief, will be out shortly.

Sexy and Urban Fantasy

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Folks. Fellow writers of supernatural, urban fantasy and other such genres that happen in modern times with elements of fantasy in it. We need to have a talk. I hate to be the one to bring it up, but we have a problem with this whole…. sexy thing.

While I’ve spent my time reading John Dies at the End, I have a female friend who has just dove head first into Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files and she’s been trying to work out why every damn woman in the story wants his dick, why all of them are sexy and devious and sultry and how the hell one of them managed to make her nipples erect on cue. The more I tried to make excuses for the book, the less I found I could defend. The one female character not after his dick seems like a stereotyped feminist, not wanting a man to do anything for her because he is a man. The reporter wants to sleep with him to get the story. The description lingers far too long on how hot the women around him are instead of getting on with the damn story. By the end, I could only say, “Well, that’s what the genre is like.”

But really? It shouldn’t be. For one thing, it’s disrespectful. Both to the reader who wants the damn plot to continue and not know the contours of this woman’s unrelated-to-the-plot ass, and to the characters. Unless you have a character who is thinking about sex and picturing women naked all the damn time, we don’t need to stop everything to lovingly detail someone’s cleavage. Is he stopping to admire every single woman he sees, or does he have shit to do? Is he erect the majority of the story? Priorities.

And unless you’re writing porn, not every woman out there is going to want your main character’s dick. Have you gone out and met women? All attracted to very different things with very different interests and different things that you have to do to get them interested in you. If they ever develop an interest in you. Also, they don’t all have that stereotypical tall, thin and huge breasts look either. Different shapes and sizes, most of which can still be described lovingly and beautiful. Let’s get a little variety in our writing.

For another, it’s alienating to a very large potential reader base. I’ve now looked at the Good Reads reviews for the series and WOW is that series losing readers because of this. I can’t believe I have to say this, but ladies need to be treated like a part of the potential readers of a series, too. Let’s not just write it for the male reader. Heck, what about gay guys? Somehow I don’t think they like it all that much either.

The straight male reader is not the only one reading the genre.

For me, I’m going to try to make sure the ladies in my series are diverse and not used only as eye candy or a potential sex scene for the main character. If nothing else, at least I’m not going to actively try to offend my female friends with my writing.