Another Excerpt

I’m posting another excerpt from the Swampling King today, because I feel like it, and I’m the boss around these parts, darn it.

It’s the second chapter from Zerill’s viewpoint; you can read the first one here if you haven’t yet.  There are other viewpoint characters, of course, and these two chapters don’t actually occur directly side-by-side in the book, I just chose this one because it’s is a pretty direct continuation of the first excerpt.  Enjoy it below the break!

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A Swampling King excerpt, because of guilt

Because I never post anything here, and I feel bad about that, here is the first scene of my next book, The Swampling King.  It’ll probably get a few more passes before I’m done the book, so don’t hold me to anything, I just wanted to post something.

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A New Era

As of today I am no longer part of the Amazon Select program–I’ve decided to put Scriber up for sale in as many places as I can.  It should be appearing in a ton of stores in the next week.

It just went up on the Kobo store today, and to celebrate, I’m making it free there for a few days.  I’ll do the same as I get it into other stores.  Tell your friends, if they haven’t read the book and don’t have Kindles!  Hopefully this will get more people reading Scriber, we shall see what happens.

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A Brief Update

So, it’s been months!  I’ve never been a very good blogger, and this post is not going to turn that around–it’s mostly just to say I am, as before, not dead.  Probably best to treat this section of the site as simply a place to check for when the new book comes out (or even better for that, sign up for the mailing list to be notified instantly) rather than as any kind of constant update buffet, but thanks for looking!

Still at work on the next book–it’s turning out to be a longer book that Scriber, which throws off my estimates as far as release date.  I’ll post again when I’ve got more to say on that front, I promise.  Until then, happy reading and whatnot.

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Scriber Paperback is done!

Finally, after much trial and tribulation, the paperback version of Scriber is ready!

Anyone who’s interested can grab it on Createspace, or on Amazon!

Exciting stuff, I think.  I’d say more, but I am on my way out the door to go to the Calgary Comic Expo, so suffice it to say that I’m thrilled to have it finally done, and I hope everyone who grabs it enjoys it.

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Still Alive and Working

I know, I’m terrible at regular news updates.  Sorry!

Anyway, I’m still plugging away at the next book, but it’s slower going than I expected, so I don’t have much to say there.  Still on track to be done this year, at least, though.  Also, I finally have the cover issues with the paperback version of Scriber ironed out–also took way longer than expected–so that should be all put together within the month.  Fingers crossed!

Anyway, that’s all for now, I’ve work to do!  Just wanted to post something to assure people I’m not dead.  I will be posting shortly-ish when the paperback is ready as well, so stay tuned.  If you’ve got any particular questions (and I’m sure no one does, but hey, you never know) about the next book or anything, feel free to comment here and I’ll answer in my next post, too.

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Guest post by Ty Johnston

So, today we have something very special:  a guest post by author Ty Johnston!  Special both because he’s written some interesting novels (I can personally vouch for City of Rogues–haven’t read the others yet, but I enjoyed that one), and because–and this is important–I don’t have to come up with something to post myself.

I’m just one step on the route of a blog tour that started on February 1st and will continue until the 29th, to advertise his upcoming novel, Demon Chains.  Check out that cover–looks exciting, doesn’t it?

He’s also written a number of other books, including the aforementioned City of Rogues, as well as Bayne’s Climb, Ghosts of the Asylum, and more, all available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.  For more information, check out his blog at tyjohnston.blogspot.com

Now, without further ado, here’s Ty with some thoughts on the world of digital publishing:

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If you get a group of fiction writers together, each of them will have differing suggestions for how to “make it” as a writer in today’s modern world of digital publishing. One might tell you to give away some of your books and/or e-books for free. Another will likely suggest taking part in social networking, utilizing sites like Facebook and Twitter to build an audience. Still another might tell you to forget about promotions all together, just to keep writing and writing, and that eventually you will draw an audience.

All of that is decent advice, but the truth is there is not one single key element that can make a fiction writer successful. All of the notions mentioned above might work, or they might fall flat. You might write and self publish one novel and have it become a hit, or you might write and have professionally published a hundred novels and never draw more than a few readers’ interest.

The truth is, no one knows for sure what will be a big seller when it comes to fiction.

Now that doesn’t mean writers can’t do themselves some favors by performing certain tasks that can increase their chance of success. Being able to write a lot and publish a lot is a big boost, because the more material one has available, the easier it is for readers to find you. Social networking can also work to build that audience, and giveaways have been known to propel some writers forward.

But don’t bet on it. Never, ever plan on a promotional racket working. Why? Because they fail as often, if not more often, than they work.

Don’t give up. Don’t cry yourself to sleep at night. Just get out there and write.

More than that, get out there and do what you think will boost your writing career. Think for yourself. Be willing to try something new. Most importantly, be willing to fail, then to pick yourself back up and try something else.

If you write romance novels but find they don’t sell, give it a go at writing a thriller. If you’ve been giving away free e-books but find you still aren’t finding readers, do the opposite and hike up the prices of your e-books (within a reasonable range, of course). Change the covers of your books. Hire a professional editor. Hire a cover artist.

Do something different. Think outside of the box.

Yes, it is fine to draw inspiration and advice from others, but when it is all said and done, this is your writing and possibly your career we are talking about. Don’t take the words of others for granted. Again, think for yourself.

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I should really post more

Been a long time since I posted anything–Christmas distracted me and then I was sick for a while.  Sorry!

I had been kind of waiting, too, because I hoped to announce when the paperback version of Scriber was up and ready in my next post.  Unfortunately, though, I’ve had some problems with the proof, so that’s taking a bit longer than expected.  It  will probably be a couple of weeks yet while I get a new proof sent and make sure it’s all in working order. Annoying, but necessary.

Work on the Swampling King is coming along, too, though a bit slower than I anticipated. I’m doing a lot of shifting chapters around and debating on adding or cutting various viewpoint characters.  I still hope to get the first two books in the trilogy out this year, though (I am looking at this sentence now, months later and being like, what the hell?  I’m not even going to have one finished by the end of the year.  Stupid me.).

The next post on the mythology I promised a long time back will come up eventually, but some changes I made to the background and history affected what I would have posted, and I didn’t want to post obsolete information.  So, if you’re interested in that, keep posted. Once I get the chapters and viewpoints organized properly, I’ll post a sample from the beginning of the book, too.  Man, I am overusing the word post in this paragraph.

So, there’s some news!  I wish I could have said the paperback was ready, but alas, such is life.

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Writing is Hard

I’ve been struggling with a certain bit of plot in the Swampling King for a while, so I haven’t posted much in the way of update on that, but I think I’ve finally got it worked out.  Without spoiling anything, it was a matter of making sure all the characters could be where they needed to be for a big scene without having anyone appear there when we last saw them halfway across the world at someplace they could never make it from in time.  Keeping all these characters in hand, it’s a big job!

I’m also working on getting Scriber formatted and ready for a paperback version on Createspace.  Just need to get the cover done now.  So that’ll be cool.  Even if no one buys it, I can get myself a copy and be all “Look at this book that I wrote” to everyone I see.

I’m also going to do another post about the mythology of my upcoming series soon, because I haven’t done one in a while, but I’m still writing it up–it’s kind of hard to do them in a way that doesn’t actually spoil the plot, sometimes.

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Amazing Review at Adarna SF

Scriber just got reviewed at Adarna SF–5/5 stars!  They don’t give too many of those out, I’m absolutely thrilled!  And I’m in good company.  The last 5 star book, just before mine, was Joseph Garraty’s Voice, which was a fabulous book.

Check it out here: http://adarnasf.com/2011/12/02/scriber-ben-s-dobson-2011/

Now I just need to pick a good line from it to display in all my blurbs and covers, everywhere, forever.

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