In Which We Address a Few Random Items

It’s a holiday here in the States, so I’m not going to be writing my usual entry. What time I use on writing I would like to use on getting the new book off the ground, as it’s finally taking shape in a proper fashion. So, in no particular order:

  • If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve opened up an official The Corridors of the Dead page. Right now it’s just a scratch blurb description, which I expect to change in the near-future, but it will give you a taste of what’s coming. I also expect to add a sample chapter once we’ve finished the editing process, hopefully in a couple of weeks.
  • I now have a fan page on Facebook. Go here to check it out (Official Fan Site), and, if you like anything I’ve written here, could you please give me a like?
  • I’ve decided that, while I can give my novel a good solid edit, I’d rather free my time up for writing the next one, and am trying to recruit a freelance editor. I’ve asked a friend who is a particularly great editor, but haven’t heard back yet. If she falls through, does anyone have advice for either a fairly cheap editor or a site that could direct me toward one? I’d especially like one with whom I could build a long-term relationship, but I know that might not be possible.
  • The City of the Dead is Plotted! At least, at a high level. I know the major peaks and valleys; they came to me while I was driving home yesterday, and I had to get them dictated. I think it’s going to be good, but obviously there’s quite a bit of work down the road.
  • Entanglements is looking a lot better. The characters are all clearly defined in my head, and I have a bulls-eye at which I can aim.
  • Lynn Rush, who I’ve come to know through Goodreads, is having a big online release party tomorrow with some cool prizes like a free Kindle, an Amazon gift card, and copies of her book. I’ve featured Lynn here before, so please go over and check out her party tomorrow.
Okay so a few more sites from other great writers, maybe? Yeah that sounds good.
  • While Reading Angels may not review books that are my cup of tea, I enjoy Angela’s style and she always has some great giveaways.
  • Jim Brockett has overcome his fear of writing at a surprising age and published his first novel this year! I think it’s an awesome story. Check out his site.
  • And of course, as always, my buddy, the excellent Paul Dail, has updated about a day in the life of his mind. I was quite surprised just how closely I can relate.
That’s all for today! More to tend to tomorrow, along with a more “normal” update.
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  1. Wow, you’re the man. What a nice surprise towards the end of your post. I’ll have to figure out how to return the favor.

    You must be crazy busy. I’ve been meaning to ask (surprised I didn’t know already), are you a full-time writer? If not, I’m impressed. Even if you are, I’m impressed. With your blog alone, you put out an amazing quantity of words in a week. And not just crap, either. Anyway, glad to hear you are focusing most of your energy on the creative side. I’m still working on it.

    I’m curious about the whole Fanpage, etc… on Facebook. I dunno’. I may just not know enough about it (like maybe it adds to your SEO), but it seems like people “like” so many things that I don’t even bother reading the list on their profiles. But maybe there’s more to doing it. Let me know your thoughts (and if I’m missing something) when you get a chance.

    Paul D. Dail A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

  2. You’re welcome! I honestly enjoy the entries, so I had to give a shout-out.

    Thanks a lot! That really means a lot to me. I guess the answer is that I’m kind of a full-time writer, in that I do get paid to write (I’m a technical writer), but not 100% for my fiction writing. The blog entries kind of straddle the area between my technical writing and fiction, in that I typically use them as a warm-up for the real heavy lifting of writing technical manuals and user guides – hence why they typically go up in the morning. The fiction writing either fits into the rare lull (haven’t had one of those in awhile), my lunch break, or in the evening. I do what I can, basically, just as long as I’m at 10,000 words by the end of the week.

    Yeah, it adds to your SEO, and I think in some ways that relate to the number of likes that you get. Marketing also suggests using it because while finding your blog is a more directed outside act, a great percentage of people are already on facebook, so having a dedicated presence there just makes sense. It also allows you to advertise on FB, though I’ve heard mixed reviews on how this works for authors. For me, it just seemed like a simple way to build some presence and have another “gate” on the way to getting the book published that could maybe help others in building the narrative of the release, if that makes sense.

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