Saturday, April 19, 2014

Necromancer Awakening Breaks Into Top 25 Bestseller List

I woke up this morning with a text message from a friend waiting on my phone:


I can hardly believe it myself. One week after publication, Necromancer Awakening broke into the Amazon Top 25 Dark Fantasy Bestsellers list.

Moreover, out of a half-million books on Amazon overall, Necromancer is currently ranked #5601! 

I can scarcely wrap my mind around it! I'm simply without the words to sufficiently express my gratitude to you all. Thank you so much for following my journey, from my first fledgling steps several years ago, to Amazon bestseller.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

I promise you this: I'll do everything in my power to make sure book 2 (Necromancer Falling) is even better!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

4 Common Attributes of Successful Writers

If this is the first time you're putting pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, in an effort to produce a poem, short story, novel, or even some other form of art, know that you're going to doubt yourself. You're going to struggle to "get it right". You're going to feel like a fish out of water. And you're going to want to quit.

Each of those things is a signpost on the road to success, because each is one of the four common attributes of successful writers.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Necromancer Awakening: Chapter 1

The release of Necromancer Awakening: Book One of The Mukhtaar Chronicles is right around the corner. To celebrate, and to give you all a taste for what you're in for, I've decided to release the first chapter right here on the blog.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. And don't forget, if you want to read the rest of the story, Necromancer Awakening will be released on Friday, April 11 on the Kindle store, followed shortly thereafter in other formats. Read on past the jump for Chapter 1.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Story Forge Cards

A few months ago an old high school friend sent me a link to a Kickstarter project that he thought I'd find interesting. It was for a project called "Story Forge Cards", and it claimed to assist writers with everything from plot issues, to character creation, to resolving moral dilemmas, and all that with nothing more than a beautiful deck of cards and chance. I spent some time reading through the details, and I was intrigued. But the timing was all wrong. I was elbow deep in starting my publishing company, hiring cover designers, and trying to get my first book out the door and published. I wasn't in pure "creative" mode, so to speak.

A few weeks ago, as I began story boarding the sequel to Necromancer Awakening, I remembered those cards and set out to find them again. I came across the Story Forge Cards website, watched the video tutorials, and couldn't wait to give them a try. I ordered my set and received them a few days later. After using them for a couple of weeks, and trying each of the various "spreads" (patterns/layouts of cards), I'd like to show you the product and share my experience. I'll walk you through a "Character Backstory" spread and give you my opinion on how useful I found the cards.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Readers Will Judge Your Book By Its Cover

Admit it. You've judged a book by its cover in the past. No, you may not have put the book down and refused to buy it, but I'm willing to bet you picked one up and read the back because the cover caught your attention.

Am I wrong?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

3 Easy Steps to Fix Your Manuscript

I know what you're doing. You're sitting there staring at your laptop screen. Your're probably making this face:

And you're getting nowhere. If this is you, keep reading. There are three things you can do right now to fix your manuscript problems.