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The Uncoventional Path - We're a house away from the RV

The Uncoventional Path - We're a house away from the RV

After three months of doing everything we've been putting off for the last four years, Kara and I finally wrapped on home improvements, and got the house on the market. 

Scariest. $%&^. Ever.


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Philadelphia, Shadow Strait, and Lucid

Philadelphia, Shadow Strait, and Lucid

Updates galore!


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My interview on the Content Marketing Podcast with Rachel Parker

My interview on the Content Marketing Podcast with Rachel Parker

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Rachel Parker, of Resonance Content Marketing, to chat about my author coaching business and how to use books as part of your marketing strategy (even if you're not an author). You can check out the podcast on the Resonance Content Marketing blog by clicking here!


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John Scalzi, New Collaboration, and Author Coaching!

John Scalzi, New Collaboration, and Author Coaching!

So last night I was hanging out with John Scalzi ...

Ok, hanging out might be a little strong. I was at his first stop on a book signing tour for for Lock In. So there was much reading, and much signing, and everyone rejoiced. 


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I'm all over Pinterest

Click through to check out my new Pinterest board, and be sure to share it with your friends!


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An open letter to Hachette

This morning I received an email from Amazon, with details about the dispute with Hachette. It was a call to action, asking readers and authors to write to Hachette CEO, Michael Pietsch (Michael.Pietsch@hbgusa.com) and to CC Amazon (readers-united@amazon.com), asking that Hachette accept one of Amazon's offers to remove authors from the middle of the debate. It also made the case for lowering ebook prices and increasing the royalty paid to authors. I support both of these ideas, for multiple reasons. 

You can find the Amazon letter at www.readersunited.com.

I would encourage all readers and authors to read the letter and write emails of their own. This is a watershed moment in publishing. We can create something new and amazing here. So please, take action.

My email to Michael Pietsch appears below. 


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Ep. 001 - Kevin in a Closet

Ep. 001 - Kevin in a Closet

It's been a while since I did a video blog. REALLY sorry about that. Things. And stuff. And here's a new one (it's a start).


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4 Must-read, must-have books for indie authors

4 Must-read, must-have books for indie authors

I promised my friend and fellow, Tammy McDonald, that I would create a reading list of books I thought every indie author should read. This isn't that list, but it's a fair start. 


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Steven  Gould, SFWA - books for charity

Steven Gould, SFWA - books for charity

Steven Gould (author of Jumper and current President of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) just posted a link to handful of great science fiction that you can purchase to support a couple of worthy charities.


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Calculating Pi (or "How to Beat Writer's Block")

Calculating Pi (or "How to Beat Writer's Block")

Yesterday I had about three minutes of conversation with a friend about the idea of "writer's block." I have pat answers for this kind of thing, canned responses I've used before, and will use again. "I don't believe in writer's block," I say, as if somehow believing in it is all that empowers it. But that's kind of a dodge, because I know that writer's block is very real, it's just not something I experience.


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Simple is better

Simple is better

Over-complicating things is a pretty sure way to make yourself crazy and cranky. Boil down everything you do to it's most basic elements. What's the simplest way to describe your work, your marriage, your friendship, your goals? That's your focus. See how easy that was? You don't even have to read the rest of this post now. 

I may not have thought this through. 


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My cyborg heart, Citadel updates, and why 5% is good

My cyborg heart, Citadel updates, and why 5% is good

Yesterday I had my annual cardiology appointment — a general "pacemaker tuneup" kind of thing. This can be a little grueling, with people stabbing me, stealing my blood, forcing me to run on a treadmill, and making me wait around without my beloved technology to keep me company.


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Meet "Citadel" Narrator John Pio — SNEAK PEEK!

Now that production has started for the audiobook version of "Citadel: First Colony," I thought you'd get a kick out of hearing a sneak preview! 


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Seeing me in the real world

Seeing me in the real world

The most profound thing about being paid to write is suddenly seeing your work appear in a public place. 

For years I wrote ad copy and support copy for clients such as HP, ExxonMobil, Baker Hughes, Aggreko ... all of whom have national and international campaigns. And as I travelled, even in other countries, I would occasionally spot something I wrote — on the palm rest of a laptop or in a product brochure or on a billboard — and I'd have that sudden spark of recognition followed by an odd sense of vertigo. Seeing words I labored over to get just right, now on display in this strange place instead of on the screen of my laptop, was a little disorienting. 


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Look who's talkin' about "Citadel: First Colony"

Look who's talkin' about "Citadel: First Colony"

"Citadel: First Colony" is the first book in a series that is driven by character more than setting or circumstance. This series contains a group of characters I have come to love, and I truly believe they could be placed in any setting, from Downton Abbey to Doctor Who to Modern Family, and result in great stories. 

And because I think you will love them, too, I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is! Read on to find out how.


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Citadel update - Outline progress!

Citadel update - Outline progress!

"Good news, everyone!"

If you heard that in the voice of Dr. Farnsworth, then you're my kind of people.

But seriously ... good news! I've officially outlined the first three chapters and most of the fourth chapter of "Children of Light." Not as exciting as saying "I've officially WRITTEN the first three chapters," but we take what victories we can. And that's one.


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I owe you a book

I owe you a book.

I know, I know. It's been way too long, and I've made way too many promises. And in the intervening years since Citadel: Paths in Darkness, I've written a handful of other books and tons of blog posts and more than one promise that Book 3 was coming. It is. I swear. 

Over the weekend I was talking to Kara about the writing of books. She's of the opinion that I should start writing young adult fiction, and I think I agree. In the past few years, I've read a lot of YA books, and they tend to be much more interesting than a lot of other fiction I read. They tend to be paced better. They tend to have more relatable characters. They tend to be fun

I don't think I could make a solid argument for the Citadel books as YA fiction, but I think they're close. Some of my other work, like Tin Man, could easily fall into that category. But I've never consciously set out to write YA fiction. I think I'd enjoy it.

But first there's Citadel. Here's the update:

  • In an effort to get my head back into the story for the third book, I have been re-reading and re-editing the first two. The goal is to release second editions of each book just prior to the release of Book 3. 
  • I've finished editing Book 1 (Citadel: First Colony), and I have it in the new layout.
  • Covers (new covers!) are on the way for all three books. I'm going for a unified theme across all three.
  • Book 2 is in edit now (back in edit, actually). The edit should be finished over the next couple of weeks and then it's into the new and improved layout.
  • Book 3 ... here's the big news! We have a title! Citadel: Children of Light. No spoilers on plot, but I think the title works perfectly.

That's it. I don't have a timeline for delivery on Book 3 yet, but I've had enough death threats and guilt trips from all around to convince me it's time to put the focus on it. Just be aware ... it will be a long time coming yet. Don't look for it in the next month or two, in other words. 

Sorry. I'm really, really sorry! I don't know if anyone's told you this, though, but writing books is a lot of work!

Enough excuses from me. Time to get back to it. Thanks for holding out, and I promise all will be worth it!


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I have become Revisionist, destroyer of continuity

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For the past few weeks I've been editing the first two Citadel books, getting them ready for a second edition release. I'm exercising the author/publisher prerogative to change a few things as I go. That's going to irritate some purists, and I'm really, really sorry about that. But it's not like I'm changing the plot or anything, just a few tweaks to dialogue and exposition that really need to happen for things to make more sense. Relax about it.

I have an ulterior motive in this. I needed to refresh my memory, get my head back into the story, so I could write Book 3. I'm taking notes as I go during this edit, cramming Evernote with every relevant bit of info I might need later. I'm breaking down key character traits and plot points, and small details that might get overlooked if I'm not careful. I don't have a big enough following for my stuff to permeate Wikipedia yet, so I can't cheat.  Curse you all.

The edits—there's a part of me, the reader in me, that's screaming about that. I mean, sure, I say  relax about it, but the truth is some of those changes are significant. I'm tweaking little incongruous details that bugged me, and that had painted me into a corner. Subtle things, to be sure, but big enough in the grand play that if I left them as they were I'd have to write something really convoluted to make it all make sense. 

The reader in me hates it. The author in me knows it has to be done. Think of it like a kid going to dentist. Sure, the kid would rather be out playing with his favorite toys, but the dentist has to take care of that rotting tooth that could spoil all the fun. 

The good news in all this—Book 3 is on its way! It's been way too long, and I know that. And again, I'm really, really sorry about it. I had other books to write, and other stories to tell. But it's finally coming, and along with it, Books 1 & 2 will get a tiny tummy tuck to make them a little more fit.

If you've already read Citadel: First Colony and Citadel: Paths in Darkness, I probably owe you an apology, but what I'm going to give you is a huge debt of thanks. The feedback I got from many of you has helped me make some big decisions on the shape and direction of this story. So the edits I'm making are really for you. Thanks for pointing out the typos and flaws and plot holes and character goofs. In particular, my friend Athena pointed out a major  character goof in Book 2 that could have ruined everything. Thanks to her quick reading and ironclad memory, I was able to fix the goof before the book went to print, which is a really, really good argument for releasing to ebook first. 

This is a dicy game, self publishing. And I'm learning as I go. But you folks are making it all worthwhile, so thanks for that! And I'm going to do my best to make sure you have more books to read.  

Look for the second editions to release over the next month!


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ducks & doobies you read

If you watch this video, a bus full of orphans will be saved from a river. 


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new ebook - "Getting Gone" - Exclusively for Kindle at Amazon.com

It's kind of a good book.My new ebook "Getting Gone" just hit Amazon.com! It's a novella (that's a short book ... keep up), and I'm very excited about this one! Here's the cover blurb from Amazon: 

Shawn Stewart is kind of an unusual husband.
He has high-functioning Asperger's Syndrome, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming an incredibly wealthy inventor with a gorgeous wife. Brilliant and resourceful, and sometimes a little clueless, Shawn knows he's anything but a typical guy.
When his wife, Christine, turns out to be an ex-spy and is murdered by someone Shawn thought was a friend, he's forced to go on the run and stay one step ahead of the organization that will do anything to bury one of Christine's darkest secrets.

Buy it here! http://amzn.to/UiVlm3 Exclusively for the Kindle, at Amazon.com!

 


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