After working my butt off all weekend and through the last two week nights, I was able to upload Borrowed Souls to Amazon a full week early. I try to keep my releases to Tuesdays, so it worked out pretty well! The ebook is available now, and the print book will follow in about a week.
In relation to Borrowed Souls, I am doing a giveaway on Goodreads for FIVE signed print books. Be sure to enter for that as well. Also, I am hosting the formal Release Party, virtually on facebook, on March 11th. All kinds of free swag will be given out between 5:30 and 8:30 mountain time.Read More
As we get closer to the formal launch of Borrowed Souls, I am setting up various promotions and Giveaways for my new book. For starters, I am dong a FIVE book giveaway on Goodreads. Just click the link below. Keep your eyes out for other promotions in the coming weeks!
BORROWED SOULS is coming to Amazon on March 11th! Join Paul on Tuesday, March 11th for a book launch celebration.
Virtual beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, so bring you fake appetite and be ready to party!
RSVP for the fun by clicking the “join” button in the upper right corner of this event page. And don’t forget to invite your friends!
I’ll be giving away a ton of things, including a few signed print copies of Borrowed Souls, as well as copies of my other books. I will also be giving away a number of books from fellow authors that donated their work for the launch of my book. I hope to see you there!Read More
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Back to work today, after a long weekend. I left at noon on Friday and had Monday off with the family. Over the extended break, I was able to get some writing done on my Silo Story. I contemplated whether or not to continue with it now or later, and the now won out! I went through and edited the words I wrote last month, and was able to clean it up a lot. After getting my head back in the story, I was able to move past the point the was bottle-necking my progress before, so that’s good.
I struggled again with the decision to write in the Silo or not. The factors were as follows: Borrowed Souls is in editing now. It will be back to me on or around the 28th of the month. My editor, Amy, is then booked throughout March. I was going to hustle with Linear Shift, Part 3 for her and have her roll with that in March. Now, she is slated to edit LS3 starting April 14th. I cannot sit idle during the month and a half in between, so the Silo story came back on line. Plus, I found another editor, Brandie, who will be editing the silo series. She is a huge fan of Hugh Howey, so I think it might be the perfect match. The first part of the silo story is slated to come in around 20,000 words but it might go over that a bit. No worries though, as I planned for around 100,000 words for all three parts to the series. Brandie is slated to start the first of March, and should be done around the time I finish the edits for Borrowed Souls.
Ok, speaking of Borrowed Souls, I kept it relatively hush-hush last week, but I decided to submit it to Kindle Serials. I prepared everything over the last few weeks and got the final parts finalized and submitted on Thursday. I planned on letting it sit until the 15th of March before proceeding on publishing it on my own, just to give them enough time to review everything that was submitted. To my surprise, I already heard back from them yesterday. Unfortunately, I was told that they are not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time. I guess that’s better than a flat out rejection, telling me that it sucks ass, or something like that. So, with that news, I can move forward publishing it on my own right after editing is complete.
So, based on everything I just mentioned, I’ll recap:
- Borrowed Souls will publish around March 7th
- Silo story (I still need a title) will publish around March 15th
- Linear Shift, Part 3 will publish around May 1st
Beyond those three, who knows. Me and a friend have been talking about collaborating on something new, but nothing has been finalized as of yet. I suppose the next Silo part or LS4 would be after that, but who knows how well Borrowed Souls will be accepted. It might move to the front of the line for the first of many potential sequels. It just depends on what the readers want most.
Finally, I am starting to work on February’s newsletter. In case you missed it, I have decided to add a bonus for signing up for my newsletter. You get a free book! You can select from on of my published ebooks or short stories at signup and your selection will be delivered with in 48 hours. Since starting the new program, I’ve had a great insurgence in subscribers. That is great! As for the free story that will be included in the newsletter this month, I have yet to decide. I gave Amy away last month, and I have another 4 or 5 that are ready to go. You’ll just have to subscribe to find out which is next!Read More
What a wicked ride the last week has been!
It was just seven days ago that I decided to shelve the Silo story and work on a different one. In those seven, I have outlined a story, wrote it, and sent it out to beta readers. I have also designed the book cover and the book blurb! If my editor wasn’t busy on another project at the moment, I would be getting the first round of comments back from her shortly. I at least got word back from a few of the beta readers already, and they were both very encouraging. I hope to get the remaining comments back in a few days and can start working through some very mild rewrites. With any luck, I can “inspire” my editor to work expeditiously on the editing so that I can get this book out to the readers before the end of the month.
Now, without further delay, here’s the blurb for the back of the Borrowed Souls:
He lives an ordinary life with a mediocre job. He is an indifferent husband, living in a comfortable apartment, married to an extraordinary wife. That’s how he explains it.
At the end of an unusually bad day, his life is turned upside down and the only thing that can catch him from falling is the soul collector.
Will he be allowed to keep his, or will he have to give it back?
For now, that is what I’m going with. I’m going to have my editor have a pass at it after she goes through her first round of edits.
So, today I was thinking about how I did in one week, what took me much much longer on the other two books that I’ve written. I’ve concluded that it has to be partly contributed to the passion factor. Sure, I was passionate about the other stories, but there was something sidetracking my mind. I think it was because the first two were my first two “real” stories going out into the public. The silo story intrigued me, but it wasn’t the same as writing on an original piece. I constantly felt as if I was playing another kids sandbox. As hard as I worked on the story, it was still someone else’s story. I am sure I’ll get back to the silo story at some point, but for now, it is on the shelf.
I can also attribute the quickness to a new work habit. I get up every day at 5:15 to write. I’ve actually been doing that since August. It’s crazy how productive I can be in just an hour before I have to get ready for work. So, the time getting up hasn’t changed. What has is breaking my habit of checking emails first thing in the morning. After grabbing a cup of joe, I would sit at the computer and spend the next 5, 10, 20 minutes reading through emails and such. Then I would check sales stats and mess around a bit on social networking. Them if I was lucky, I would write as fast as I could for like 15 minutes. Last week, I started the writing first. If I could knock out 500 uninterrupted words in the first 30 minutes, I would break for emails. What happens is I get so absorbed in the writing, that I skip emails and the internet completely until I get to the office. The last 7 days is proof that it works. Now, I just need to stay on target, and keep writing first.
Now, as I anxiously wait for all beta comments to come back, I have begun the outlining process for the next installment of Linear Shift. Actually, I am going to complete the outline for all the remaining parts. That way, I can work on a bit more foreshadowing in part three. I sort of had an outline for the entire series when I started, but it was like one or two pages long. Not thorough enough to have a clear picture of direction. Now, after this week, with any luck, I’ll have the outline complete and can start working on writing the first draft. I think by the time I roll with the writing, I will have Borrowed Souls rewritten and sitting in the inbox for my editor.Read More
There is still time to enter my Goodreads Giveaway for 1 or 6 signed copies of Linear Shift, Part 2. Just follow the linky thing below to enter!