Friday, December 8, 2017

Cover Reveal: Shadows of the Sentinal

It's not a pressure suit. It's a plot point...
Here is the cover of my next novel:

Coming Soon: March 31, 2018!

Cobb was an engineer that specialized in programming swarm drones. His new job as part of a deep space salvage team seemed like a good way to make some serious money and get parts for the ship he was restoring.

He never considered how his technology could so easily be weaponized in the wrong hands.

And those hands were his...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Quotes of the Week

Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to know whether or not it was funny.
—Alain de Botton

Early morning, lunch break, on the train, late at night — it doesn’t matter. Find the extra hour, go to the same place, shut the door. No exceptions, no excuses.
—John Grisham

Why say “very beautiful”? “Beautiful” is enough.
—James Joyce

I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.
—William Shakespeare

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
—Benjamin Franklin

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
—William Faulkner

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
—Carlos Ruiz Zafn

Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
—Jules Renard

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday Tips: Pros

Here is a lesson that many self-pub authors find hard to learn: Hire Professionals

Here is a partial list of pros that I now rely on:
  • Editors
  • Accountants
  • Lawyers
  • Illustrators
  • Artists
  • Cover Designers
  • Web Developers
  • Audio Producers
  • Narrators
  • Literary Translators

Paying for professional services and deliverables should be considered an investment. In the beginning I was doing all these tasks myself. I did everything from editing, accounting, contract reviews, covers, to designing my own business cards. Honestly, it showed. I muddled through but rapidly realized the value of the Pros. 

I would never ask people I know to give me free medical advice for my cat Bailey. Just like paying for the services of a veterinarian surgeon is worth it, so are writing professionals. I listed Editors first. It is the first one an Indie Author should invest in.

Here is another example: I could probably build my own house. I could do it. I have a lot of the hand tools. I can read books. It would probably not be as good. I bet my plumbing would leak really bad. My wiring would probably be a fire hazard. The drywall would really be ugly. Talented professionals ensure there are not problems.

Yes, they all cost money.

As a serious Indie Author, I am my own boss, and have found that they are totally worth it. Unlike old school published authors, they all work for me. I don't work for them.

--Be your own general contractor.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Reading: All These Worlds

This week I read ALL THESE WORLDS by Dennis E. Taylor.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper. 

Still stinging from getting their collective butts kicked in their first encounter with the Others, the Bobs now face the prospect of a decisive final battle to defend Earth and its colonies. But the Bobs are less disciplined than a herd of cats, and some of the younger copies are more concerned with their own local problems than defeating the Others. Yet salvation may come from an unlikely source. A couple of eighth-generation Bobs have found something out in deep space. All it will take to save the Earth and perhaps all of humanity is for them to get it to Sol — unless the Others arrive first.

--Book 3 in the Bobiverse series. I really enjoy these. Recommended.