Alright, so my book has been making headway into the markets, people are reading it and such. Without giving any spoilers away, you readers may be wondering if there is another book in the works. I have been writing the direct successor to A Spark in the Darkness comprising of short stories to help build the world in a way that leaves the reader more engaged with the (actual) New World that which is Ceres. And I don't want to give away anything at the moment, so I will just say to expect the Crusaders that you know and love, but also be prepared for new characters, challenges, and...points of view. With that, I am done with the hints for now. Follow on Twitter for updates in the moment...I may end up dropping more hints as to what to expect.
As the 2016 election kicks into high gear, the supporters of each party will become more vocal and fierce. This isn't a bad thing. It's great that we are free to express our opinions in the U.S. Much like the election or the 24 hr news cycle, there is another topic that is hotly contested, finding readers and authors on both sides of the aisle. I am referring to genre-specific authors. Should an author stick to one genre? Must they? A large benefit to sticking with one genre is the trust that develops between reader and author. Readers come to know the author and trust the author to give them an experience worthy of their money and time, which is even more valuable. Not only this, but an author refines her craft as she continues to write in that genre and improve, futher enhancing the author-reader trust cycle. On the other side, the sentiment is that an author shouldn't be pigeonholed into writing one genre. The argument is that the fans are of the author and wi
If you look on my Goodreads account, you will see that I gave The Forest for the Trees a two star review. I gave it so because I felt it did not deliver what was promised. However, this book is still good in some sense, and I recommend that indie writers (particularly fiction writers) read this. The Forest for the Trees gives insight to the publishing world from the perspective of an editor, but it is crammed full of anecdotes of literary uppity-ups and how they were full of themselves in this way or that. The examples of the publishing industry are few and far between. However, the examples and stories about how the publishing industry works is invaluable. For that alone, I recommend reading this. One example is that (at least when the author of this book was an editor) there was no market research done on the artwork for book covers. It consisted of the artist going around the office and asking his/her coworkers of their opinions. And author agreement (getting the autho
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