New Borrowed Souls Series

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

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After more than a year since I first published Borrowed Souls, it’s now time to take the story to the next level!

Beginning on August 18th, I will be re-releasing “Borrowed Souls” as “Borrowed Souls: Part 1: The Soul Collector”. Then, every two weeks after, I’ll publish another episode of the series. Each episode will be another story following Jack Duffy as he learns the in’s and out’s of soul collecting. The series will conclude on November 10th, with episode 7, which should be a dramatic conclusion of Jack’s story:

The publication schedule for the individual parts is as follows:

  • Book 1 – (The Soul Collector) – Tuesday, August 18th.
  • Book 2 – (Regretful Absolution) – Tuesday, September 1st.
  • Book 3 – (Eternal Devotion) – Tuesday, September 15th.
  • Book 4 – (Consequential Harvest) – Tuesday, September 29th.
  • Book 5 – (untitled) – Tuesday, October 13th.
  • Book 6 – (untitled) – Tuesday, October 27th.
  • Book 7 – (untitled) – Tuesday, November 10th.

Each individual part will be priced at $1.49. BUT! I’m going to do something new here. I am also going to publish the “entire” novel on the same day that Book 1 publishes. That’s right, on August 18th, you can buy the ebook, “The Borrowed Souls, A Novel”. Initially, the ebook will consist of just the first part of the series. Then, every two weeks later, the file will be replaced with the next episode added. So, on September 15th, for instance: The ebook file will include books 1, 2, and 3. Then every other week from there, a new file will be available that will include the next volume in the series. You do not have to buy it again, and it should be automatic through your Kindle. Also, at any time when buy the complete novel, the price will change as the series nears its conclusion. Below will be the stated price for the complete novel:BSO-FB

  • Tuesday, August 18th – $2.99
  • Tuesday, September 1st – $3.49
  • Tuesday, September 15th – $3.99
  • Tuesday, September 29th – $4.49
  • Tuesday, October 13th – $4.99
  • Tuesday, October 27th – $5.49
  • Tuesday, November 10th – $5.99

So, if you buy between August 18th and August 31st, you will pay $2.99, and every other week, your ebook file will be replaced with a new file, which will include the next episode. Now, if you buy between September 29th and October 12th, you will pay $4.49, and the ebook file will include books 1 thru 4 instantly. The file will still be replaced on the advertised publication schedule posted above. As you can see, it’s to your benefit to buy early!

Also, if you would prefer the individual parts as opposed to the complete novel, I will be putting each episode up for pre-order two weeks in advance at .99 cents. Then, on publication day, the price will revert to $1.49.

All of the above pricing information is for the ebook only. Print books will be available of all the individual parts as well, but at higher prices. As of today, those prices are not set.

Why not just publish the entire novel and skip the “episode” approach, you ask? It’s for a couple reasons, actually. Serial fiction has been around for many, many years, and there are many readers that enjoy reading in small chunks. Each episode will average anywhere from 80 to 120 pages in length. Another reason for the episodic approach is because not all of the stories are complete at this time. As of today, parts 1 thru 4 are all written, bit are at various stages of editing for completion. Parts 5 through 7 are still in development, and will be ready well before those publication dates are near.

Be sure to check back here, or on my facebook page in the coming weeks for a cover reveal and possible giveaways of the series.

Thanks for following along!

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Linear Shift is LIVE on Amazon

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

Blank white book w/pathAfter nearly 18 months since starting Linear Shift, Part 1, the complete novel is now available on Amazon. If you haven’t read any of it yet, now is the time, because you can read from start to finish, and not have to wait like the readers from the beginning had to to. For those fine folks, I thank you for your great patience. Without you all, I could not have done this.

Now, if you have read all four parts, I will kindly ask that you jump online and leave an honest review. Reviews are like a virtual Tip Jar for Indie Authors. Please, leave me a virtual tip!

Finally, one more favor, por favor. Please share on Facebook or twitter or whichever Social networking site you currently worship. Muchas Gracias!

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Linear Shift Proof Approved!

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

Blank white book w/pathI just approved the proof for the print version of Linear Shift! I cannot wait to hear what the readers have to say about it. The cover is absolutely beautiful. I may be a little biased though, because this book was so much a part of my life over the last year and a half.

So, what does this mean with the launch date not until April 7th? Well, it means that readers can get a hold of the print copy early, that’s what. It’s available now on CreateSpace, as well as here on my site, signed. It will propagate over on Amazon in a few days as well. Still, just in print for now. The ebook isn’t going to go live until April 7th. That date is fixed for now.

An additional benefit of releasing the print version early is to give my ARC readers a chance to post reviews early. Sometime next week, the print book will be available on Amazon, and reviews can be left through the print version page. The goal is to have as many reviews posted on April 7th as possible – All in the effort of getting as much visibility early on. Crosses fingers!

Edited to add: And it’s live on Amazon now, too! Check it!

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Linear Shift Complete

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

LinearShiftCompelte-ebookI am happy to announce that I have complete my serialized novel, Linear Shift!

I began this adventure on September 19th, 2013 with the publication of Linear Shift, Part 1. Now, on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, I published Linear Shift, Part 4. The span between was 530 Days – 1 Year, 5 Months, and 12 Days between the first and last part. For that delay, I am sorry.

Now, what is next? Now that the fourth part is live on Amazon, I am working on combining all four parts into a Complete Novel. Liner Shift, The Complete Novel will publish on Tuesday, April 7th. That single event will be what the whole process was all about. It will be my first full length novel, and I am hoping to make that launch day as powerful as possible. In order to do that, I need help.

What I need it very simple. It’s actually advantageous for you to help, because you get a FREE book out the deal. What I am proposing is this: If you are willing to post a review on Amazon the week before Linear Shift publishes, I’ll give you the ebook for FREE! And, you don’t even have to wait until publication day to get the FREE ebook. I have the files ready to send out, and I plan on doing so this coming Friday. That will give you all about four weeks to get the book read and have your reviews ready to go.

So, why is this so important? Being an Indie Author, we battle with obscurity. Nobody knows we are out here, writing good stories. Amazon has their “algorithms” so that highly reviewed books rise to the top. I don’t know enough about it all, to tell the truth. I do know that the more early reviews a book gets, the more chances of success it has. This is very critical in the first few weeks, and certainly in the first month, because there are ‘Hot New Release’ categories that are highly sought after, and they are filled with books that published in the previous 30 days.

So, there it is. That’s what it’s all about. I’d like to launch Linear Shift, The Complete Novel with somewhere between 50 and a 100 reviews. To do that, I’ll need help. If you are interested in a FREE ebook, (valued at $5.99 at publication), and are willing to review it when the time comes, Just shoot me an email to info@paul-kohler.net, and I’ll send the ebook right over.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Let’s make the internet waves move in the favor of Linear Shift!

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Linear Shift and Beyond

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Family, Life, Writing | 0 comments

I have some strange feelings lingering about next week. Linear Shift, Part 4 will release on Tuesday. Part 4 will be the conclusion to my attempt at a serialized novel, which I began on September 19th, 2013. It certainly has been an adventure, and I’m not sure I would do it quite the same way again.

When I first planned the Linear Shift project, I intended to write the first 13,000 word part, then follow up with three additional parts, spaced three to four months apart. Four parts in total. As I got close to the release of Part 1, my mother had taken ill. She was in and out of the hospital throughout August and September. I tried to be there for her, as well as meet my self imposed publishing deadline of September 21st. Unfortunately, my mom did not live to see the publication of my first book. She died in the early morning on the exact day I uploaded the final ebook file to Amazon. I wanted to please he so much by what I was able to accomplish. I longed to see the proud look upon her face when I showed her the published book. Unfortunately, the universe had other plans. She died not even knowing that I succeeded.

One unfortunate part of that life event, besides my mother passing away, is that my drive to write seriously took a hit. The writing of Linear Shift was so tainted by the death of my mother that I found it hard to write the next part as quickly as I’d hoped. I spent the next three months writing part 2, and published it somewhat close to my planned date, on December 23rd. Linear Shift, Part 3 was not the same tale though. I tried to roll right into it at the beginning of 2014, but memories of my mom continued to flood my mind every time I opened up the manuscript. I battled on it for three months before I decided I needed to write something else.

LS-allIn February, I wrote Borrowed Souls in just a few short weeks. After a few rounds of editing, and a quick book cover made, I published it on March 4th. I published another novella a few weeks later, called Silo Saga: Recoil. After those were out, I continued to write short stories, but I could not get back into Linear Shift. Finally, around August, I hunkered down and tried to push past the memories and write. I set a goal to wrap up the Linear Shift novel in one final part. I wanted it done. I needed to move on. I continued to work hard on the project, but deep down, I knew I was doing a great injustice to the story. I was trying to finish it faster than it deserved. I was also trying to cram ten pounds of story into a five pound book. As I approached the anniversary of the publication of Linear Shift, Part 1, and the day of my mothers death, I decided to re-evaluate my path once again. I decided to not wrap it up in that third part, and settled in on four. I also extended my own deadline for part 3 to mid October. I then postponed it again to late November. On November 25th, Linear Shift, Part 3 finally published. Almost an entire year had passed since part 2 published. Strangely, part 3 didn’t quite meet my expectations. I’ve been told that it was a different book compared to the first two parts – that it was a lot better. Unfortunately, I didn’t think I deserved the accolades.

Now, here it is – February 26th, and I’m on the verge of completing Linear Shift. I’ve greatly increased the length of the 4th and final part, shooting for 40,000 words, and ending up at a little over 51,000 words. This final part certainly wrote a LOT easier than the second and third parts did, and I think it shows. There is a lot more action and the story wraps up just about all the loose ends left hanging through the first three parts.

Regardless of the memories that I continue to associate with the Linear Shift project, the end is bitter sweet. On the one hand, I am thankful that I found the strength to push through and finish the story. On the other hand, I am so sad because the project is done and over with. Is it the end of Peter’s story? I don’t think so. But it is the end of Linear Shift. Because the planned nine month project ended up nearly twice as long, I feel like it has become such a part of my life. For that, I feel like I am losing something else. The flip side? I get to write something new! And for that, I am beyond excited.

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Creating Your Very Own Shit List

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Life, Work Related, Writing | 1 comment

I think I’ve finally found the magic to writing. Organization! That’s right. I seem to work so much better when I have a schedule – a list – a tangible target.

Daily-Shit-ListA few months back, I created the Shit List. I was online, looking for a daily to-do list that I could print out and keep in plain sight of my desk. I found a few that “sort of” fit the bill, but none were perfect. So, I decided to create my own. I found some humor in the fact that I call it my Shit List, so in turn, I added that to my personalized daily task list.

 

After several weeks of using it at work, I became much more productive. So much in fact, that I started using it at home, on my writing cave. I now use this sheet for each of my writing projects. Instead of filling in the date, I simply enter the story title, and utilize it to keep my story on track. I might modify it at some point, to be more “writing” specific, but for now – it works!

Feel free to download a PDF of the Shit List for yourself. You can thank me later. Get The File HERE!

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Linear Shift, Part 4 Launch Party Announcement

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

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I have good news, everyone. Actually, it’s great news! I am nearing the finish line with Linear Shift!

So, to celebrate this occasion, I’ll be hosting a Launch Party on Facebook! My ever adjusting plan right now is to publish Linear Shift, Part 4 on Thursday, February 24th. I have scheduled the the Launch Party for the following Tuesday, March 3rd. You know… In case I run long on final editing and such. What? Life happens sometimes, and sometimes deadlines slide. I’m only human!

The Launch Party will be a blast, and I plan on having lots of ebook and print book giveaways at the event. There’s going to be come caption contests, and trivia too. It’s going to be a blast!

Also, I am going to be revealing the final cover for Linear Shift, The Complete Novel at the event. I am almost more excited for that than I am about finishing Part 4. The cover is done now, and it looks awesome! My goal for the complete novel is to have it formatted as close to the Launch Party as possible, but it will not publish until March 31st. My plan is to get as many ARC’s out of the complete novel before it publishes, so that I can have as many early book reviews as possible.

I started writing this story so many years ago, I seem to get quite emotional just thinking about it’s upcoming end. I think my first snippet of writing on the story came back in late 1997. Wow! That was nearly 20 years ago. Granted, I didn’t really get back into writing until a few years ago. The rebirth of Linear Shift came around mid-2013, with Linear Shift, Part 1 publishing on September 19th, 2013. This story will be my first complete novel published, and I have so many people to thank for making it possible.

Will this be the end of Linear Shift? Who knows. As for now, the end of Part 4 will be the end of the story. But… There is a slight chance a series could come out of this, depending on how the readers react. I have many thoughts on this, but for now, it’ll be the end.

So, in closing, please mark your calendars for March 3rd to come celebrate the completion of Linear Shift! I promise it will be memorable.

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