Thursday, December 15, 2011

One More Review!

Another review of The Cause. This time on A "Good Day To Read".

I'm really pleased with the response I've been getting for The Cause. I've had thoughts of writing a sequel, but I haven't decided anything yet.

For now, I'm going to be putting more time into "All For Owen". I'm planning on making some serious progress during the Christmas break.

Thank you for all your support. Again, check out the review and share it on Facebook and/or Twitter!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Words Of Encouragement

Yet another review, this time from an Australian blogger, has graced the internet with more insight on THE CAUSE.

As I read this review, I was really nervous. I'm always nervous when I read a review of my own work, but this time my gut was in slightly tighter knots. Not because this review was bigger or father reaching, but I could really tell she dug deep.

So how did it turn out? Great! She gave THE CAUSE 4 out of 5 stars, and said some really encouraging things like:

"The ability to raise questions is only one element of what I feel makes a great story, a story everyone should try reading at least once... The Cause, for me, was one of those books."

Yeah, pretty cool, right? This was possibly the high point of the article, though there was a lot of good stuff. Rather than filling you all in, I suggest you go check out the BOOKISH ARDOUR blog yourself. And to all you loyal readers, please, please, please share the link of Facebook and/or Twitter. It helps me a lot in my future writing endeavors.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sneak Peek

I have some new concept art for my next novel. My brother, Russell, made an awesome sketch for the cover and I've been playing around with several ideas. Nothing is set in stone - except for the title... Well, maybe not even that. I like the title so far, but I want to see if i still like it in a few months. Tell me what you think.


Ta-da! I thought it was pretty cool. Especially because it's very fitting to the story.

Now here's the really cool stuff. This is the original sketch Russell did.

In case you're wondering what the heck it is, it's a dude wearing an Italian plague doctor's mask. I don't want to give away too much of the story just yet, but I can say that it is also crucial to the story.

Next, I added some color and texture to make it look more realistic.

After sever hours of playing, I decided to go less real and more artsy. This is the cover so far.

I'm going to keep playing, so let me know what you think.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Shout Out.

Feels like forever since I last posted. I guess the holidays and finals do that.

I've been thinking a lot about marketing my books lately. So far, I've had more success that I had actually expected, though I'm far from a best seller. I think a HUGE part of my success has been the book trailer that Jay Jensen did for me. Seriously, it's hard enough to write, publish and promote your own novel, but making everything look professional is another challenge altogether.

A big part of my marketing strategy has been to send free e-book copings to my friends and anybody else willing to blog or vlog about it. I believe this is where most of my success has come because my readers sell the books for me. Sweet deal huh? Well, nobody with a trusted opinion would read my book if it weren't for the trailer Jay did.

I like to troll the internet looking for book reviewers with big audiences. When I find them, I send them an email along with the book trailer. And that's when I have them. I always get a response that goes something like this.

"Wow! This book looks awesome! I can't wait to read it!"

I know they aren't getting that impression because I'm such a handsome guy. I don't send pictures after all. (Hmm... there's an idea) No, they are drooling over the novel because of the video trailer.

So here I go. I try not to do this took often, but here is my official endorsement for JJ Productions. I wouldn't have sold books without readers, I wouldn't have readers without reviewers, and I would have no reviewers if it hadn't been for the amazing book trailer.

If your thinking about going the ind-publishing rout, let me know! What are the best book trailers you've seen?