I use a Kindle Fire. I like the way I can set it to read to me—usually at night with earbuds hanging lightly in my ears as I lay in bed. The soft digitized woman’s voice is soothing and sophisticated sounding. Come to think of it, it’s not unlike how my mother used to read to me as a small child.
But I also like that I have a Digital library of all my books. Hundreds of ebooks that are all in one place—so easy to reference. My Kindle rocks!
A box arrived the other day from UPS. I love getting things from UPS—there’s something akin to Christmas mornings about the whole opening something that’s addressed to me and not knowing exactly what’s inside. On this particular day, as my dogs barked endlessly at the retreating UPS van, I discovered it was my latest shipment of printed Scrapyard Ship series paperback books.
As an indie Ebook author I sometimes forget the importance of good old fashioned printed books. The tactile sensation of holding something in your hands, feeling the weight of it, flipping its pages as you consume its contents. I love books. I love to give them away to my family and friends. I don’t even mind that they’ll probably sit on a shelf somewhere undisturbed the entirety of their little book lives… Covers never to be spread… Pages never to be read. I don’t care. I just like knowing they are there and taking up actual physical space here in this ever-growing digital world of ours.
I’ve been reading a ton of great books lately. As I’m also in the process of publishing my latest Scrapyard Ship novel, Realms of Time (looks like publication will be soon — 1st week of June 2014) — I wanted to bring attention to a GREAT new book written by a friend of mine here in Colorado. I’ve worked with Rachel Weaver since I started writing over a year ago and she’s had a major editorial influence on my work – especially the Scrapyard Ship books. A master at infusing page-turning tension herself, Rachel Weaver’s new book, Point of Direction, is simply magnificent.
Over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing Point of Direction being reviewed by the likes of Opera Magazine, The New York Times, NPR All Things Considered and others. I’d be very surprised if this book doesn’t become a run-away best seller.
Get the book and immerser yourself in one woman’s gripping story of survival and emotional evolution… I loved it – hope you will too!
I was recently asked what my schedule is like for writing.
I can spend an ungodly amount of time sitting in my backyard just thinking about my stories and characters… and sometimes not thinking about anything at all. And sometimes that’s when the real inspiration comes about.
Over the past year I’ve gotten into somewhat of a rhythm. I’m on track to complete a total of four (maybe five) books this year. That’s a lot of writing and it does take a bit of dedication to the craft to maintain a pace like that. What’s funny, is that even with that many books becoming available, I still get complaints from my readers that the books are coming too damn slow.
Some authors take years to complete one book, while others do a book a month. I guess I’m somewhere in the middle. So what does that equate to for time each day actually writing? Typically no more than four hours a day. After that the quality of my work goes down and my back starts to cramp up. So I’m up early, sometimes as early as 4:30 or 5:00 AM. Eventually around 9:00 AM my dog Zoey and I disappear into my office only to appear again somewhere around noon.
But that’s not the end of my day—only the writing aspect. When you’re a self-publishing author there is an accumulating amount of work to do and that often takes another two to three hours a day. For instance, once a book is written or partially written, it needs to go off to my first round editor—then second round editor, then my developmental editor… all that back and forth is a monumental time suck. It’s worth it, but very involved. Then there’s the formatting aspects of the book itself and the cover art development. I can spend tons of time on cover art – even when it’s done by an outside artists, I still involve myself in the design. After that it’s time for the actual publishing onto amazon, iTunes and the other online publisher sites. Then there’s the promotional aspects and returning emails and, well, you get the picture… It’s a full-time job.
Do I recommend making this a profession? Yes, if you’ve got the wherewithal to make it all come together. I’ve known quite a few people that were excited about becoming a self-published author. Although several have stuck with it, most find it’s so much more difficult than they had thought it would be. Not only do you need to have that self-discipline thing going on, you have to actually enjoy writing—not to mention, be good at it. But you’ll never know unless you give it a try. Even if it’s dedicating an hour a day to the process, that eventually will return results.
I get asked this question a lot… “What got you started writing fiction… becoming a full-time author?”
For the most part, I was an indie filmmaker. Although I produced and directed other films, the most notable film anyone may of heard of was, Openings – The Search for Harry. Made back in 2010/20011, and was written by Pamela Cuming (and partially by myself) it was a fairly robust production by Indie standards with a big cast and large support crew. I directed the film and my wife (Kim) produced it. I’ve always been interested in where ‘inspiration’ comes from… in synchronicity.
I’m not a particularly religious person, and this film’s not a religious film — but does ask questions and provides the insights of some of today’s most prominent inspirational personalities. But it’s the underlying story, Harry’s story, (played by Jordan Leigh) that made me want to be involved with this film. The conflict that Harry traverses before figuring out what it is that makes for a life worth living… That’s what intrigued me.
Within weeks of finishing the production, the film was picked up by GaiamTV – who we discovered is one of the largest digital video providers on the planet. Openings has remained one of the GaiamTV’s top ten best-selling feature films for three years straight. The films also done very well on iTunes and Amazon. I’m proud of that fact, but more proud that people (even now) still want to see the film and contact me with their own stories of Openings…
By the way, those that have immersed themselves into the Scrapyard Ship series may find a bit of Harry Reed (Openings) in the Captain Jason Reynolds character — just a bit.
The movie is available to watch/download on Amazon.com, iTunes and of course GaiamTV itself, and the DVD available on the Openings – movie website. If you watch it, I’d like to here back from you – you’re thoughts on Openings and if you liked the film.
I have numerous film scripts going that are at different stages of completion — several that are near and dear to my heart. Some day I’m hoping to produce those films. As for a Scrapyard Ship film, (or series of films) a bigger studio would have to pick that up. Although biased, I think it would make for a kick-ass movie!
If you’ve been keeping up with my posts on this site, you’re already (probably) aware of how much I LOVE the audiobook versions of the Scrapyard Ship series. L. J. Ganser does a remarkable job as the voice for the series and with the just released audiobook version of Space Vengeance (book #3) – out today, he has REALLY outdone himself.
Experiencing these books through the audiobook version and listening to all the voices, the performances, is like being right there on The Lilly — fighting the Craing!
The audio new book is available on Audible.com now and will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com within a day or two… if not already. Enjoy!!!
With book three, Space Vengeance, becoming another best seller on amazon the Scrapyard Ship series will continue. As long as the reviews stay positive and I keep getting emails from the book’s fans, I’m happy to keep it going. About half-written, the next book in the series is called Realms of Time. So far, it’s been a total blast to write. I’m hoping it’s just as much fun to read.
Next on the docket is to finish up Tapped In – taking the short novella and making it a full-length novel. If popular, that too will become an ongoing series.
A third YA series is in the works — more on that later. Back to writing – thanks for the interest.
Captain Jason Reynolds is back! In the third installment of the Scrapyard Ship sci-fi adventure series, Space Vengeance, Jason, his family, and The Lilly’s crew face the impending destruction of their internal nano-devices. What’s worse, what remains of the Craing fleet, some 1500 warships, is back and headed straight toward the already decimated planets within Allied space. In what looks to be a one-way suicide mission, Jason must leave Nan and Mollie behind on Earth and out of harm’s way.
While war rages on sixty light years from Earth, maniacal space raider Captain Stalls and hundreds of his pirated warships close in on Earth. Stalls knows exactly what he wants: to find and kill Captain Reynolds and take the beautiful Nan Reynolds for his own.
Note from the author:
If you’ve made it to this third installment, you already realize this is an ongoing series. With that said, more often than not these books have cliff-hanger endings!
My friend and amazing narrator L. J. Ganser has done it again. If you haven’t been listening to audible versions of these books (Scrapyard Ship and now HAB 12) you are totally missing out. The characters and action really come alive with his professional capabilities. It’s a lot of fun – and what more can you ask for when looking for your fix of good old fashioned Sci-fi? The audio book is available now at audible.com and any time now on iTunes and Amazon as well!
The New Audiobook version of Scrapyard Ship is now available!!!
I was fortunate to be involved with selecting the narrator’s voice for this project and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. L. J. Ganser did an amazing job. (Thank you L. J.!)
The funny thing is, I imagined Captain Reynolds voice just as how L. J. performs this production. And that’s the perfect word for it – performs. The last time I really heard and enjoyed a performance like this was with Jim Dale and the Harry Potter series audiobook. This book really comes alive as an audiobook — Yes, even more fun than reading the book on its own. HAB 12 is in production now so that will be available soon as well.
The audiobook is available on Audible.com as well as Amazon.com and iTunes!
On iTunes you don’t have to joint Audible.com – Search –> Scrapyard Ship Audiobook