New SciFi Crime Novella

Well, almost. Capital Heights was the title of a straight-up crime novella I briefly published last year. I just finished changing it from third to first person, and I also added a layer of science fiction. Think Blade Runner meets The Maltese Falcon. The original novella has been edited and expanded, and I think it’s a significant improvement over the last. Continue reading

Worlds

While I’m a supporter of National Pride and I think it’s a sentiment that is often ignorantly cast aside in favor of popular (or at least more vocal) opinion, I still have little interest in the Winter Olympics. On display are disciplined athletes performing at a higher level than most could ever hope to achieve, yet I’m still kind of peeved that it postpones the small handful of television shows I watch by several weeks. Shame on you, over-achievers, for not making it easy to indulge bad habits. Continue reading

New Year, New Tactics

This is sort of an extension of my last post. I’ve decided to not be afraid to try new things with self-publishing in 2014. For example, I’ve already revamped all my keywords for my books across all platforms. If the books aren’t selling, I’m not doing something right, so I’m going to tweak them until they sell. This is an ongoing process, so it will keep me busy for quite some time.

I’m also going to revisit my covers. Bigger titles, bigger author name, relevant pictures, quality presentations—these are all things I want to strive for this year. Interestingly enough, I’m trying out something new with Ashes, my first novel, that is actually something quite old: it’s first cover. Ashes launched with a cover of my own creation, and while I and a few others liked it, I felt it was a little too ‘self-publishy’. Yet it still moved a few copies. Continue reading

Quick Math

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the process of writing, and after my father recently sent me a great article on having a system for success by Dilbert creator Scott Adams, I thought I would post my thoughts.

The length of novels varies, but on average you can expect something in the range of 70k-120k words. The first Harry Potter book was ~77k words; Lord of the Flies: ~60k; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: ~110k. (Source) Continue reading

Free SciFi Short Story

I just recently learned of a movie in production called Her, about a man who literally falls in love with his computer, and it reminded me of a short story I wrote a while back titled Garbage Code. According to the article I read, there were a number of other movies with similar themes on the horizon, so I thought I would take a moment and share my contribution to the booming genre of boy-meets-pc. Continue reading

Dream Street Preview

Dream Street is the second book in my Capital City crime series, the first being the novella Capital Heights. It’s coming down the pike in another month or so and I thought I would post the first chapter as a preview. In Dream Street, Detective Jack Rose has to solve the murder of one of Capital City’s social elite. Naturally, things aren’t what they seem and he ends up going head-to-head against one of the city’s most dangerous crime lords. Continue reading