Short and Sweet

Hello everyone! Happy Monday and I hope all of you are having a great start to the week!

Now usually Monday’s are a weird space for me on my blog. Sometimes I shamelessly promote my work. Other times, I give updates on what I’m currently writing. There have even been a few times where the start of a story takes place (like last Monday, and yes, I still plan on finishing that). Today however, I thought I’d keep things short and sweet.

So first off, as I am apt to do every month, let me start this thread by just saying thank you! In only a few month’s time I’ve quickly been able to get my work and my writing out there to an audience that is slowly but surely growing everyday. I absolutely love the support everyone gives me and the interest that they have in what I have to write and say, so thank you! Thank you for the reviews that you’ve left on my book, thank you for reading my blog posts every week, and thank you currently for your efforts in voting in Author Shout’s Cover Wars.

Now for those of you that don’t follow me on social media, and really you should because I post great content daily, I recently entered the cover of A Monstrous Tomorrow into Author Shout’s Cover Wars competition. The event began yesterday and run’s until 8 am eastern time on Sunday 9/30/18. If you haven’t had a chance to get over to that page to vote for my cover or haven’t done so yet today, I would greatly appreciate it. Winning this competition gives A Monstrous Tomorrow free publicity as their “book of the week.” So what does this include? Well simply that they promote my book on their website, shout outs, and newsletter. All of this would be huge for me since I’m a still a relatively unknown writer. It’s easy to get to, but just in case, the link to the voting can be found here.

In addition to voting for my book to win Cover Wars, which btw my dad made the cover so voting for it is also telling him he did a job well done, I could also use more reviews on my book on Amazon. Currently I’m sitting at 9 and with one more Amazon will begin to recommend my book to people reading similar works. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it can be something simple as “I loved this book!”

If you can’t afford the book right now, I would also keep an eye out in the future. Last week I ran a countdown sale on the Kindle edition which was counting down the days, until my favorite season, autumn, started. Now I’m saying a ton of great deals will be going on during October, but it is my birth month AND Halloween coincides well with some of the themes in my book, so I’d keep an eye out for some killer deals then.

I believe that’s all I have to say in this post for now. Thanks again for being an amazing support system and as more people come forward to share my work and tell people, the more I’ll be able to put out. Have a great day everyone, hope you kick ass at this entire week, and come back to the page tomorrow for the next installment of my daily writing prompt!

Let the Fun Begin

Well it came and passed and was a major success. I officially did my first book signing at the 408 Fine Arts Factory in Peru, Illinois and let me just say I had fun while learning a few things for future endeavors. The biggest thing that I learned was that it doesn’t hurt to tell the audience what your book is about. In hindsight, it seems like something that should not have been over looked on my part and yet I still managed to do it. Oh well, hopefully the next time I get things right.

But now that the book signing has came and passed, it is time to focus in on getting my book out there once again. On the off chance you haven’t bought a copy yet, A Monstrous Tomorrow is available on Amazon and to the right hand side of your screen. With the sequel still being in the early stages, there is still plenty of time to get a copy and get it read.

As for the future, my next endeavor is to really grind in on marketing my book. This starts with both running ads AND trying to get more reviews. If you’re a professional reviewer and have the proper credentials, feel free to get in contact with me. I would love to be able to get a copy in your hands in order to get more information out into the ether about my book.

The other option I have is to begin running professional ads and promotions on Amazon. Starting sometime in October, my book will run at a discount for a handful of days (I haven’t decided which yet) and hopefully as you visit the site you’ll begin seeing suggestions for my book to be purchased as well.

Please also keep an eye on my author page on Amazon as well. With Halloween coming up, I will be rolling out some more short horror stories on there for people to read and preview. Hopefully that will inspire others to check out my book as well.

The only other thing I have to say is to start tuning in regularly with my blog and my social media accounts. With my favorite time of year coming up, I tend to get inspired to write a lot of my best work in the fall. As such, tiny stories may begin appearing on Facebook, Twitter, this blog, or even my Amazon page for purchase. This will be quite an exciting flurry so stay tuned!

A Bit of Musing on the Future

So today’s post will focus more on the musings side of this blog over creative fiction. I’ll mainly just be going over some thoughts on my current book and sharing some information. However, do not worry, until I am officially done promoting the book, I will not be answering all the questions you may have on A Monstrous Tomorrow. I’ll be saving those for the Q&As during book signings.

So one of the things I’ve announced in a previous blog is that this first book will be a part of a series and that the next piece I am working on will be in that series. While I do not have a title for the new book yet, I do have a name for the series as a whole. I’m happy to announce that A Monstrous Tomorrow now resides in the The Forsaken World Chronicles and if you haven’t guessed yet, this book is the prelude or prequel to the series.

So why am I sharing this? Well because as I wrap up outlining this novel and begin delving into the writing the manuscript, I plan on sharing parts of the new book with loyal readers and everything shared will be posted on this blog. There could be parts of chapters revealed, quotes from certain characters, maybe tiny reveals of characters or new monsters, the possibilities are endless. Just know that as I create this new book, I plan to try and share it as much as I can with anyone that is interested. I want this to be as exciting for you as it is for me.

The only other thing that I wanted to share in this post for is that as production on the new book gets underway, this blog will shift a bit from creative works everyday to talking craft and other things writing. That is not to say there won’t be new creative pieces going forward, as I love writing short stories as a break from larger projects, but there may not be as many of them. I feel that doing some musings on my writing and how I go about it not only helps me sort out ideas, but will give everyone reading this blog a live look at the thoughts and ideas that go through the mind of a writer. At this point I’m thinking some of those posts will almost run as a stream of consciousness over a standard blog post.

Well that is all for now, come back again tomorrow for the final post of the week!