Saturday, September 27, 2014

More to Say

I've been busy with writing stories and book promotion, but that's not what's got me back here writing my blog again.

I read a marketing post recently that suggests I need a newsletter to keep the outside world updated on what's going on.

I thought about that and thought perhaps this blog could serve that purpose.

So here's a quick update:

  • I'm lining up shows to go to through the end of the year. So far I've got four identified for November and December. Check my web site,, for specifics.
  • Work on the audio version of Aure the Topaz is about halfway done.
  • I've collected my six fantasy short stories into a small paperback called Magic and Melee. It is available on Smashwords and I'll be posted to the Kindle store soon. I expect a second collection of stories in a different genre next year.
  • Work on Vorn the Onyx, Book 2 of the Aglaril Cycle, is nearly done. Hope to have this out by the end of the year at the latest. By December would be even better but I think that might be tough to do.
  • My Kickstarter project to convert Aure the Topaz into a graphic novel looks like it will not be funded. So that project is dead.
  • My Goodreads giveaway in August drew 350 readers. 
  • Work on Book 5 is delayed. The word count is over 40,000 but I still have a ways to go. Not really working on it so I can get Book 2 out.
Be sure to also check for other news.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Promotion

I've been looking at book promotion, how it works, and what I need to do to sell more books. Let me pause here to say that so far, according to my publisher, my novel isn't selling. Certainly not enough to justify the money they spent on it. I'm sure their other books are in the same situation which is why they are getting out of the business.

So now that I know my book sales are crappy, I'm trying to change that. So I've begun to research how to promote my book. The advice I've received and is contradictory. I'm suppose to guest blog, and post in forums, and engage members of my audience with interesting conversations. All this work so that my name is out there and recognized.

While I agree name recognition would help me, I don't think that's the way to get it. Not for a book of fiction. For non-fiction that might work because you can pretend to be an authority on the subject of your book, but fiction is different.

For fiction, you need to convince the reader that you can write well and tell a story. That's what fiction is all about. That's why my short stories have been free for months. But that hasn't help me sell books because I don't think the readers of the stories are making the connection with the novel or want to shell out real money for reading material.

Of course, it may also be true that my readers have no money. They may be 15 to 25, ages where you have no income or money is really tight. So I need a different strategy to spark the interest of readers. And to do this, I'm going after book reviews. That's the usual way people know a book is good. Perhaps that will caught someone's interest and they will buy a copy. I hope so.

And on the off chance I've already piqued your interest, you can find information about my novel, Aure the Topaz, on my website,

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Back to Self-Publishing

My second novel is nearly ready and it looks like I'll be self-publishing it. Why? Because publisher is dropping the books it has under contract at the end of the year. So it's either self-publish or spend time looking for other publisher. 

Frankly I don't see the point. By self-publishing my work I can get the books out faster. And in an article I read recently on the self-publishing keeping control of your work is important because by doing so you can track how it is selling. By doing this, you know when to run specials and target to your audience with ads. 

And so long as I maintain quality of the text there's really no reason why I need a publisher.

So later this year Book 2 of the Aglaril Cycle will be released. Watch this blog and my web site, for details.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Little Light Verse

I suppose this blog post would've been more appropriate last month, during National Poetry Month, but I wasn't ready to tell anyone my first book of poems will be ready in June. That's right, after years of writing poetry I finally managed to write enough verse to put the best ones together in a single volume.

The book, Paraphernalia in My Pocket, shares the name with this blog for one very simple reason: in both cases, the things I'm writing are little bits of things that illustrate a point or idea. To be honest, when I started this blog four years ago, I never intended to publish my poems. But times change and the title for the book of poetry is the right one.

I could change the name of the blog, but I don't think that's necessary. I don't think there'll be much -- if any -- confusion.

And more poems keep on coming. No sooner do I complete the edits on Volume 1 than more poems start flying onto the page. So there could easily be a second volume or perhaps a second edition of my poems. Who knows? Whatever happens there it will be years away, I'm sure.

The timing for this book is perfect for the New England Authors Expo in July. I'll be there to try and sell my wares which will now include, one novel, Aure the Topaz, one book of poetry, and one small collection of short stories (left over from my appearance at the Local Authors Day in Chelmsford last year). I'll have more to say about the Expo as the date arrives.

In also looks like I'll be able to participate in the Meet the Author series given by the Weymouth Library. I've contacted them and they now have my name for the fall. Additionally I am trying to get my book into speciality stores like Pandemonium Books in Cambridge. They stock my novel and the owner of the place loved it. I'm now trying to get the book stock in a comic book to see how it does there.

Lastly, I expect to be done with the revision of Book 2 in the Aglaril Cycle by mid-June. At which time, I will contact my publisher to see what interest they have in that book. So a lot of great things are happening. Hope everyone reading this will be good enough to support my efforts.

Keep writing, everyone!

Sunday, May 4, 2014


I've been having a few unexpected things happening here recently. The first was the other day when I realized that sudden upheavals seem to trigger my desire to write. You see, the husband of a cousin died suddenly and in response I wound up writing some poetry. This isn't the first time that's happened either. Odd that this should be my response. But I guess it is one of the ways in which I deal with the loss.

Then yesterday I found myself doing graphics work again. I've been doing that a lot lately because I create my own covers for my short stories. Sometimes it is hard to find an image or create a cover. In fact sometimes I have to settle for the images I can find so I can release it. Usually this is an occasional task, but recently it has been occurring with more frequency, probably because I'm releasing stories on a regular basis and I've got a poetry collection coming too.

And it is my inability to make the cover I want for my poetry collection which is likely to delay it from releasing. I need a way to create smokey letters and so far that has not happened. I may need to pay to have it done. 

Keep writing everyone.