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Where To Go From Here…

ConfusedOkay, so I have a book on Amazon.  Now what?  

Well, first, I suppose a huge and slobbery thank you is in order for those of you who have already gone out to Amazon and purchased the book.  I told my wife that my very first measure of success would be if I sell enough to take her out to dinner.  Sense Memory met that goal on the first day.  So again, thank you all!

I am almost finished with my final pass through the audio version and am very excited to be putting that up soon.  I actually am finding it quite joyful to listen and read it at the same time.  It’s also the only way I can keep myself awake at two in the morning.

I’m also working on a video book preview and I have some really great images in my head that have yet to make it into my camera, but currently my four month old son is the only actor I have at my disposal during the day hours, and if you’ve at least read the description of my book, you’d see why that just won’t work.  I would either end up divorced or in jail, neither of which I have any intention of pursuing.  And while my son will undoubted turn out to be an “A-List” actor, he’s a bit too young for this kind of role!

 But the video will happen, even if I have to play the separate roles myself and use a string to pull the camera along the slider during the shot.

Once these are up and I’ve figured out how to get word of the book out to more than the 50 friends I have who still frequent Facebook (I do seriously have to thank several of you – you know who you are – for sharing my posts and working for me to get word out where you can), it’ll definitely be time to get back in the chair and finish the most recent book endeavor so I can get that puppy released and start working on Sense Memory’s sequel!  Which is going to be bad-ass.

Just saying.  Super bad-ass.

Til’ then…

Super Thank-you’s all around!     (I know that apostrophe is going to drive some of you nuts!  Hee hee hee.)

Go Write.

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Deadline Met, Challenge Destroyed!

Sense Memory is now available on Amazon.

 It was uploaded last night and went live today at approximately 3pm.  To say that I’m totally jazzed would be grossly understating the sensation.  Now it’s just a matter of cleaning up the audio tracks a little before finalizing the upload to podiobooks.com.  The fact that today was my birthday, well, that’s just (pardon the pun) icing on the cake!  I know the hard part is the advertising and marketing, but damn if it doesn’t feel good to finally have that thing out of the drawer and up in writing for the world to do what it will.

Here we go.  The next chapter of this whole writer thing.  If I’m really going to embrace it, I better get back to writing.  There’s supposedly supposed to be a sequel to this book.  = )

-Brion

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Nearly There!

ImageWith only two days left before my self imposed deadline, I have finally finished recording all audio for the Podiobook version of the book.  I’ll be staying up tonight dividing the chapters into actual episodes with intros/outros and music.  The cover has gone through another ten or so revisions and still has a couple things that need fixin’. Then it’s on to formatting the text and making sure that all my T’s are dotted and i’s are crossed. And yes, I know that’s an annoying use of an apostrophe, but it enhances meaning, so…

It’s amazing all of things that you don’t think about when you aren’t trying to independently publish, but it’s a maze of tasks and the one I’m looking forward to the least (probably because it’s the hardest in my humble opinion…) is writing the book description.  It needs to be catching, bold, pithy, enticing, striking, avoid cliches, grasp the readers by the wobbly bits and still make them want to read the book!  Oh, and it should be pretty short.  So, what the hell am I doing using this post as a personal diary for when I have such a painful job that needs doing?  Guard your wobbly bits!  Here I go… 

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Final(ish) Cover for Sense Memory!

Take a look…and let me know what you think!

Cover for the Novel

Cover for the Novel

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Recording is Zooming!

With only 12 days to my self-imposed deadline, I have 64 pages left to record.  That’s not including all of the retake lines where the boy is sighing in the background or the dogs, or the sirens, or any number of other invasive sounds of the neighborhood that made it onto the track with my expressed permission.  But, 64 pages can be done in two days, so I’d say I’m in pretty good shape!  

This has been a miraculous system of revision.  The latest line that has repeated way too many times: “Ben had never felt pain like this in his entire life.”

Aside from that being a kinda crappy line, it certainly does not have any business being written in one book more than one time.  I’ve counted five so far.  And subsequently deleted four of them.  

All right.  Back to work.  And away we go…

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Website Design

Alrighty then!  Well, the website is getting much closer to what I’d like it to be.  I’m going for striking, bold, yet clean and navigable.  Hopefully that’s what I’ve achieved here.  

Next is to force myself to stop fussing with the banner, or the design, and get back to editing audio.  My goal is to have the audio book uploaded and available by February 20th, and then to release the eBook the day after or the day before.  So, getting it all together is turning out to be a crap ton of work but I’m loving every minute.  

All right, all right, I know.  Get back to work.  Okay.  Thanks for stopping by!

-B.

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Recording Update

Rosie, the inspiration for Banquer's dog, Demon!

Rosie, the inspiration for Banquer’s dog, Demon!

“Sure, it’s easy…you just write a book and that’s it, right?”

Today I was able to record for about 45 minutes which works itself out to approximately fifteen pages of text.  The boy was not interested in sleeping and the plethora of adorable sighs and grunts that I’ll be editing out over the next few days may also mean more patch recording.  That, and the dogs, made for a not so productive morning.

On the good side of it all, I’m on page 245 of 397, which means that, recording wise, I’m more than halfway done and on the down slope.  Other things I need to do…

  • Finish this website creation with content that will be applicable when the book goes live.  
  • Finish the cover art. (A few photos, some Gimp editing, and we’re good to go!)
  • Format the manuscript for Amazon and Smashwords.
  • Create intros and outros for audio.
  • Break chapters up by episodes, finalize edits.
  • Create a facebook page?
  • Finish recording, finish editing, find time to sleep in there somewhere…
  • Go to Old Chicago’s for birthday.
  • Buy wife flowers and chocolate for Valentine’s Day.
  • Get caught up on Criminal Minds.
  • The usual…

Okay, enough of that!  Off to bed.  In the meantime, GO WRITE!

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