Hello (because I can never think of blog titles…)

Hi, blog readers. I have been busy, but you couldn’t know that because I haven’t been blogging about how busy I’ve been. In fact, there’s a chance that I’ve been too busy.

Here are some things you might like to know:

1.) Awaken is cheaper now. I was able to lower the price from $3.99 down to $2.99 now that all my promotional stuff is done for the next couple months.

2.) I will have a guest blog published on Gillian Felix’s website on June 12th. I will post a direct link once I have it, but for now, you can visit her site here.

3.) I’ve narrowed down (tentatively) what my next book release will be down to two books, neither of which I thought it would be. It will either be Solvers–which I am working on with a mystery guest author. It’s a detective novel about an extremely unprofessional private detective. It’s more of a comedic venture, so luckily my mystery guest author is a lot funnier than I am. The other is a dark fantasy/ horror book about a clockmaker that makes a clock for a demon.

That is all for now. I bid you adieu!

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Awaken is Live!

Awaken went live this morning. I didn’t expect it to be that quick, so major props to Amazon for that!

This is my fifth published book, but it’s my first full length work of fiction. In some ways, this is WAY bigger than any of the others I’ve had come out, even the ones I had traditionally published.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens with it.

Thanks to my readers: Cheryl Tisa, Corinna Fiorito, and Kurt Gardner. Also, a huge thank you to Lynne Hansen, my cover artist! She’s awesome and does way more than just cover art. Her website is right here: here. She makes movies, writes books, and more! Truly talented and it was awesome to work with her on this.

I’m working on two other novels for release later, hopefully this year. One’s a financial thriller, and the other is a silly private detective novel I’m working on with a mystery co-writer! Stay Tuned!

OH! If you want to buy Awaken, you can find it here.

Just Thinking Aloud in Cyberspace…

I have a lot of things I want to do after AWAKEN is finally released to the wild. I want to finish up my financial thriller. I want to co-write a book, tentatively titled SOLVERS, with a pretty cool person. I want to finish my Dante Devotional (book one is written, about 1/3rd typed).

I’m trying to figure out what my “platform” is, too. Remember that? Back before digital publishing, this was kind of important. A publisher wouldn’t pick you up unless you had a unique platform that defined who you were as an author and why only you could fill that position in the literary world. Does this still exist?

I honestly don’t think it’s really important anymore. Sure, there are authors like John Grisham (who I love), that write the same type of story over and over. Legal thrillers are a great genre, and Grisham is one of the best here. Harlan Coben (another author that I adore), writes thrillers with tons of twists and turns that are impossible to predict–another platform that he fills best. There are tons of examples that I could give, and you would probably recognize every name I threw out.

But for set platform, there are a few authors that don’t fit. The biggest name is James Patterson. He made his name writing thrillers, but now he writes young adult, historical fiction, tons of stuff. Neil Gaiman is another big name. Comic books, horror, fantasy, young adult, children’s books. And they’re all good.

Maybe today’s platform is that you can write whatever you want thanks to the increased ease of getting it into your readers’ hands? But do you have to be a big name to pull this off? I don’t see why you would need to. A “nobody” like John Locke can go from obscurity to one of the best selling independent authors ever in a few years. Does it matter what he wrote? What things have turned out differently for him if he wrote a few science fiction novels mixed in with his suspense? It’s impossible to say for sure, but I don’t think so. If anything, his audience would have increased in size.

So, no, I do not have a problem switching gears from Science Fiction to a financial thriller. I know both genres well, and I am going to use it to my advantage. This will be a fun experiment.

Lazy Sunday

Except not really. No Sunday is ever lazy for me. I didn’t go to church today like I meant to, but I did work all day on the computer. I edited one more chapter of Awaken, wrote a bunch of stuff for a client, and set up something exciting for later this week.

What is it?

Well, you are in the right place to find out! On Friday, I will be having a fellow author write a little blog entry for all of my devoted readers to enjoy. J.M. Preiss will be telling us a little story about how he became an author. Like AWAKEN, his stories are science fiction, some dealing with time travel. I am really excited to share his work with you, and I hope that the different perspective on becoming a writer is interesting for you.

You can find some of his Amazon titles here. Check him out!

Oh Yeah!

I finished the rough draft of AWAKEN.

It took me seven years.

But now it’s done. And because it took me seven years to get from the beginning to the end, I’ve done most of the editing already.

I want to write more, but not tonight. And definitely not anything concerning AWAKEN.

So! J.A. Konrath is really Melinda DuChamp! I found that out today when he announced it on Facebook earlier. Does that mean that he was actually interviewing himself in his blog a year or so ago when s/he released that Alice in Wonderland/50 Shades of Grey book? Just a thought…