Because of Twitter – A Sneak Preview of Book Three’s Cover

When I logged into Twitter today, I was offered the chance of updating my profile.

Now, if you haven’t been keeping up with Twitter news, they’ve decided to make several changes to your personal profile page. In the end, it makes it look very much like a Facebook profile page.

This isn’t a bad thing. I’ve often wished Twitter would allow a larger, and more prominent, banner image. Another handy feature is you can pin a post you specify to be “Featured” on your profile. The featured post will always be listed at the top of your profile.

Now, as an Indie Author, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take advantage of this opportunity to pimp my wares. So I created a new banner, which is very similar to my Facebook page banner for one exception… it has a picture in the place where book three, Resonance, will go. And yes, that picture is the beginning of the new cover. It’s not a hoax, or a stand in. The image you see will in fact be the background image for Resonance’s cover.

More elements will be added, to keep it in line with the design style of Harbinger and Suture, and when that happens, I’ll be posting the completed cover image here first.

In the meantime, here’s the beginnings of Book Three’s cover, as seen now on Twitter.

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Progress on Bleeding Worlds Book 3

Bleeding Worlds Book 3 - TeaserHi everyone.

I’m lousy at maintaining this blog. I often say that, but I’ve yet to find a cure.

That said, I think it’s important to keep you all up to date with The Bleeding Worlds and progress on Book Three, Resonance.

So, the short answer is, things are going slowly.

The longer answer is to say the book has become a victim of my failings as an author.

Failing number one is my inability to outline. I start with an idea, get excited about it, follow it down the rabbit hole, and reach about 15,000 or so words. And then I hit a wall. Not just writer’s block, no I could probably handle that. Instead, it’s the inescapable sense that I’ve taken a wrong path and the book no longer meets my vision.

The solution usually takes the form of a mass purge.

I start over.

The few things that survive do so in thought only, they require total rewrites.

The happy news is starting over always makes me happier with the book and, certainly in the case of Suture, delivers a superior story than the one I started with.

The second failing I have as an author is not being able to work through my moods. Those authors who attain true success sit down everyday, crank out their desired word count, and move ahead in their work, regardless of their mood. I’ve yet to master that skill.

When I’m depressed, words don’t flow.

When I feel overwhelmed, or tired, ideas don’t take shape.

And the worst part is the longer inactivity continues, the more depressed I get because I’m not making the progress I want.

I hoped Resonance would be nearing completion by this point.

It’s not even close. In many ways, it’s just starting to live again.

But I will not fail you, or myself. The story will be told. I will write the best book I am capable of, and The Bleeding Worlds will come to a conclusion.

This happened with Suture last year, and I was able to release the book in the first week of August. I think I’ll be a little earlier than that with Resonance, but I don’t realistically see it being released before July.

Which is still faster than a lot of authors release their novels, but I had hoped to improve my release times by now.

So there’s the update. I’m still writing, the new direction is a huge improvement over the first words I wrote, and the book will be out this summer. I hope you’ll hang in there and join me when that time comes.

Thanks for all the support,

JR

Harbinger Free During Read an Ebook Week @ Smashwords

RAEWbanner1Ebook retailer/distributor Smashwords is holding their annual Read an Ebook Week from March 2-8, 2014.

I’m joining in the celebration this year by offering Harbinger for FREE and Suture at 50% Off.

They’re both available in Epub format, but should be easily convertible with a number of free programs as they are DRM free.

You can see my books on my Smashwords Author page.

In order to receive the discounts, you need to enter the applicable coupon code during checkout.

To receive Harbinger for free, enter coupon code RW100.

To receive the 50% discount for Suture, enter coupon code REW50.

Remember, these codes are only good from 12:01am March 2nd to 11:59pm March 8th. After that, the codes expire and the books will be full price once again. I admit, I don’t often offer discounts on my books, so this is a great time to pick them up if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing them.

And hey, since you love to read, be sure to check out Smashwords’ special category for Read an Ebook Week which lists all the books that are available at a discount. The full catalogue can be browsed at https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/

So hit Smashwords the first week of March and get a year’s worth of reading for an amazing price.

And as always, if you pick up the books from The Bleeding Worlds, let me know what you thought either via social media, or by filling in the contact form on this website.

All the best,

JR

And happy reading!

My Books Have Been Pirated

Pirate skull and bootyBeing an Indie Author is an odd thing.

So far, most of the work on my books has been done in-house. My wife and I designed the covers, I did all the formatting for the eBooks and print versions, and the editing/beta reading was kept to a few close, and trusted, individuals. When the books released, they flew off into the ether and the only way I knew anyone was reading was by sales and comments left on websites.

It’s a very solitary production.

I never see lines of fans, nor do I have thousands of ratings and/or comments. When I walk into a bookstore, none of the staff are excited. Heck, I hardly have over a thousand followers on Twitter.

So to have Google alerts send me an email directing me to a website where someone requested pirated copies of my books, and then see said link, is odd. Someone wants to obtain my books illegally? Why?

My initial reactions is to freak out-a mix of anger, sadness, and disbelief-and mourn all the lost sales.

Then I take a deep breath, and think about the times I’ve seen Neil Gaiman talk about piracy. He basically equates it to book lending.

As we avid readers know, book lending, either from friends, or from libraries, has been an integral part of author discovery for ages. I think, Perhaps this link will lead more fans to my other work.

Then a pissy inner voice screams “But the friggin book is only $2.99!”

Which is true. My books cost less than a specialty espresso drink at Starbucks. I remind the voice you can buy songs for $1.00, and those get pirated all the time. Price doesn’t seem to be a factor.

That same voice grumbles, “It’s easy for Neil Gaiman not to care, he gets a fat advance and always ends up on the NY Times Bestseller list.”

Yes, that’s true too. The only money I make is from copies sold.

I ask the voice, “What would you have us do?”

“Email the website. Threaten lawyers,” it responds.

“But we don’t have a team of corporate lawyers.”

“They don’t know that,” it sneers.

I stroke its back, taking time to massage the shoulders.

“Here,” I say, “have a cookie.”

“Mmmmm…Cookie…”

From where I stand, I have three options

  1. I could contact the website and request they remove the link.
  2. I could ignore the link and act like it never happened (not likely, as I’m writing a blog post about it).
  3. Or, I could accept that it’s out there and trust the reading community to make their own decisions.

My novels have never had DRM (Digital Rights Management). I did this because I’d heard of readers having a hard time reading a legally purchased novel on multiple devices. But I also did it so friends could share the books and maybe find me some new fans in the process. Based on that intent, which has existed since my first book was published, option three best represents who I am.

In fact, here’s the link to the pirated version of Harbinger.

I’ve downloaded the file myself. It’s complete, but it’s not the most recent format. Still, the story is all the same. According to the website, it’s been downloaded ninety-nine times.

Just to avoid lawsuits, I’d like to point out I can’t guarantee how long the link lasts, or the safety of it. It’s strictly a Use at Your Own Risk kind of situation.

All I would ask (well, hope, really) is if you decide to download Harbinger, and enjoy it, that you be kind and purchase Suture. As I said earlier, the only money I make is from copies sold, no one has paid me an advance.

So there you go.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go medicate that pissy voice of mine. He’s going to blow a gasket when he finds out I posted that link while he was eating his cookie.

All the best,

JR

A Breakthrough

Hey.

I know, I suck at the blogging thing. I’ve been away for months, and all I’m going to deliver is something short and sweet. But I suppose if I did more of those on a regular basis, I’d actually have a living blog instead of this stale, past its expiry date by a week, one.

Anyhow, last night I had a revelation about book three. There was a big issue I was trying to tackle and I didn’t know how to resolve it in a way that made sense and remained true to the series. Well, it came to me last night. Thank the Lord.

There’s about 13,000 words committed to Scrivener at this point. Unlike everything else I’ve ever written, it’s not in a chronological order. I have the first chapter, the ending, and a scene that occurs late in the book. I understand some people write like this all the time, but it’s just weirding me out.

I’ll try to write more often (both the blog and the book). Just thought someone might like to know book three is underway.

All the best,

JR

Suture Release!

Hi everyone, welcome to Tuesday, August 6, 2013. It’s 2am in my part of the world, and I’m anxiously watching Amazon and Kobo grind away at publishing Suture.

Unfortunately, Apple is giving me some grief, so if you’re looking for the book from the Apple store, you might have to wait a few days. Same goes for Smashwords I’m afraid.

A print version will be available in the next 1-2 weeks. I’m much faster at HTML code than I am with actual layout programs, hence the delay.

However, based on sales, the vast majority of you will be looking for Suture on your Kindle. I’m happy to say that should be within the next couple hours.

Thank you all for hanging in there. I look forward to your thoughts on Suture.

All the best,

JR

Suture Release Date

Hey everyone.

Mark your calendars–Suture releases on Tuesday, August 6.

For real this time. No more delays, no more teasing.

Watch for the first chapter to be posted later this week.

Thanks again for hanging in there with all the delays. My second beta reader/editor gave the book high marks and said it was far better than Harbinger. I hope you feel the same.

All the best, and talk to you soon,

JR