New Book: Warrior

Yes, my newest book is now out. Thank you world. It’s finally done. Let me say thanks to everyone who helped me get here, first. Now, let’s talk about how happy I am.

This is my FIRST solo work I’ve ever written and published through a company. Makes me feel a little tingly all over. And the cover is soooooo pretty! *squee* Michael, my illustrator, is an amazingly talented man, and you all should read his comic found here

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this post is going to be highly unproductive. I have no words of wisdom to offer at the minute, just excitement over my book release.

Well… maybe a few words of wisdom.

Speaking of book releases and stuff, a friend of mine is in the process of querying agents for her book, and she is having the worst luck. No takers. Nothing. I’m pretty sure I’d have this same problem if I tried to pimp my novel to an agent. Anyways, she’s struggling to get her book out there, but she’s reluctant to self-publish or try alternative routes. Why?

I suspect one of the main problems is that self-publishing hardly feels like a legitimate route. But it is. Honestly, it is. I probably dislike the whole big-wig publishing system a little too much, but I firmly believe that independent publishing is just as legitimate for a good writer to pursue. It’s just as much work and money to advertise your book as it is to get an agent’s attention. Something I like about small press and independent publishing is that the writer and readers are directly connected. There’s no interference from the massive corporate entity that is best-selling publishing. Oftentimes, the bestseller’s list is predetermined by whoever advertises the most, but sometimes, you see a small-press or independent book break that mold. 

I want to see more of that happening. I want to see more writers flinging their work out into the great cosmos for no reason other than to attempt at having a conversation with another individual. I want writing to be about the connection between a writer and readers, not the relationship between a writer and their marketing campaign. I mean, don’t get me wrong, making money off of your books is the best thing ever (my beautiful car agrees; my shabby apartment, meh) but the book needs to be about more than making a quick buck.

Or… at least… I want it to be.

Let’s have some conversations about writing.

And if you’ve made it this far, here’s the link to my book, if you want it. Buy it or not, I don’t care, but I would like to talk about writing 🙂

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Hi everyone! Good to see the world again. Hello internet. It’s been a while.

Yes, I have finally emerged from my hole of grading papers and telling students the highest possible grade they can receive is a B, and no, there’s nothing they can do about it with 2 weeks left of school. Ah, writing is much less scary in that its everyone’s job to be critical of me and not the other way around.

But it has not been all paper grading. I’ve been working on my manuscript. 97,000 words in, and it is almost done! I think the final version will be trimmed down a little, honestly. There are some useless characters I need to cut out, plot devices that should just get dumped off a cliff, the usual. Besides the main project, I failed miserably at NanoWrimo, but that’s okay. Success will not elude me next year! (okay, maybe it will.) But I will try.

In the meantime, I started a new sci-fi work that plays with a character in a universe I had already created. I wrote an extremely successful short story (which exists under my real name, *sigh*) and I’ve held a few successful performance readings. I’ve even started thinking over my side-project, “Those Who Found Elissa.” I think I need to start the story exactly when she’s found by the others, not before. It would make the plot a lot easier if I did not have to explain my way out of holes.

Thanks to the interwebs, some of my content is now available online in a PDF format. Here is the anthology I appeared in last year, if you are interested. My short story “Heart” appeared, and my girlfriend, Nichole Lynn, has a couple poems: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/english/understory.cfm

Also, the university’s undergraduate writer’s program just hosted a reading with some really talented writers: undergraduate, graduate, and alumni alike. The whole thing was recorded as a podcast and is available to listen to here: http://greenandgold.uaa.alaska.edu/podcasts/index.php?id=739

There were some really talented kids, adults, whatever in that line-up though. So listen to them if you have the time. I found it a pleasant surprise to see such raw talent alive and well and being nurtured by the department staff and faculty. Good job UAA.