The Rakasha is coming The Rakasha is coming

last night I got the email I have been waiting for,  the Rakasha files were ‘approved’ by Amazon/CreateSpace.

this whole self publish thing is interesting,  I do know that I will never be working on the files this close to the release date ever again.  I told all of you why I was pushing for this, but still….

CreateSpace has been a good option, but I have noted a couple of things…

1) Double Triple Check your files!!  I put up one that had a misspelled word and a missing punctuation mark, and a missing last name in the dedication. when I put you a new version with these repairs, they made me wait 24 hours before I could work with it again [while they re-approved it]  I can understand why,  even if I don’t like the timing

2) Cover art is tricky,  I will be anxious to see how the physical book looks.  I know I will want to fix the cover a little bit more, but that will have to wait till I have my shipping number, so that the copy I really really need is in hand before I start trying to fix things.

3) of all the resources you need to have to put on a good book, TIME is the trickiest one.  publishing moves at a snail’s pace – pushing deadlines is like trying to push a cliff out-of-the-way,  just not going to happen.

4) Approval by Amazon does not mean there were no spelling or punctuations errors,  I don’t know what they were looking for, but that wasnt it – based on the fact that I had examples of both.  My professional editor had gone through it already, but I changed the dedication page – being sure that I put my friends names in there properly.

I am planing on using twitter to get the word out, and hopefully some of my faithful followers will be helping. I also am not going to be an asshat about it,  I have a dozen funny tweets, and a couple interesting links, and peppered in there will be “My book is coming my book is coming” (I may not be an asshat, but I still need to promote my work)

I also am  going to stay true to what I said, and not do a ‘get me so many followers or likers and I will do X for you”  your patronage is appreciated already, if you share my blog and such, it’s because you enjoy it and are looking forward to future entries, not because your being blackmailed into sharing it so you can see a cover or a blurb or an excerpt or what ever other ‘stuff’ people do when they are playing the build a following games.

Tomorrow night  – 19:00 MST I am revealing the cover !  [7Pm being the perfect time, late enough everyone is inside, early enough they are probably still sober!]

enjoy your day!

 

Rakasha Tales is coming- No matter what

My first published ‘book’ he novella “Rakasha Tales” will be out in a few days.  I know this sounds like more of a press release/update, but in truth the date is set in my mind no matter what else is going on.

I am pushing my artists, pushing my editor, blackmailing and coerced anyone that I need to in order to make sure that this date is meet.

For those of you that are fellow authors and are already typing the sentence in your head “just let it happen, no need to obsess on the release date, you can put it off a day or three or even a month, better to release at a perfect time then to rush things” that is sound advice, and in fact if I were reading this blog myself I probably would be giving it. After all publishing is a very zen process. You have to have so many things ‘right’ it’s almost frightening.  Pushing just because you have a date in mind is suicide.

Except, this time is very different.  My mother has been in the hospital/care facility for over a year, and the last 4 days something has changed, not for the better. I have a feeling, an instinct that says if I want her to see my name on the novella and see that I have made a shot at my dream it needs to be done sooner than later. To this end, I have changed several publishing assignments, and been pushing those involved to keep to their promised deadlines.  

I have also been lucky; someone (who will remain anonymous unless they wish to be outed) has helped me with several missing steps/parts.

I am still doing the ‘cover reveal’ still doing the blurb reveal and still doing the ‘yippee it’s out free days’ thing, but they are going to be far closer together than normal. Some of the games that I see others do I am going to skip. The “get me X00 likes and I will reveal cover or whatever.  I don’t like those games; I find it somewhat narcissistic to say “I will sample my greatness if you annoy your friends for me to get them to sign” 

 Add that to an UBerfan that keeps me from panicking too far, and this is really going to happen. 

Right now things are ‘stable’ I won’t have to sacrifice quality to meet the deadline, ask me again in 3 days if that’s still the case..

(sorry if this is a bit more personal then we are all used to, but even us Authors are human)

the Pain of Marketing!

Hello all,

nothing much to report today,  a personal distraction took the wind out of my sails, and I have spent part of the day on family business.

<sigh> its days like this I wish I could just crawl back into my cave and write.

I have spent far too much time working on my blurb and Tag line for the novella that I am releasing later this month (I would tell you to watch for it, but we all know you won’t have to look too hard, I will be pressing it as much as I can)  I will post these when I decide on which one I am going with.

After much debate, I am going to keep it in the Horror and  Paranormal Genre on Amazon.  I will also be doing KDP select, and first 2 days its up it will be 100% free (and again I will be letting everyone know about that as well, with luck some of you will even share this news)

The time frame is tight, but without going too far into my personal life lets just say it HAS to happen! I am already rolling the dice waiting 2 more weeks.

[and no it’s not about money, I solidly expect to lose money on this, just settle for I have a reason – one I will explain much later]

another funny note:  I noticed someone who I follow Shannon Thompson just celebrated her 22nd birthday. I smiled and thought “I should send her a copy of the book as a birthday gift”  of course the problem there is 2 fold.

1) I don’t know if she likes horror.

2) There is no way to do it with out coming across as a self-serving ass hat.

Granted from what I can tell this young woman would accept the gift with style and grace but its unfair to even put her in that spot.  Hopefully its the thought that counts.

Being just a few days from release, everything I do is now marketing,  even this blog entry could be viewed as such.  I do have a list of bloggers that I will send/offer the book to in hopes they will read/review and spread the good word. I also have a list of people who I am going to give the book to that are not marketing, but personal (my wife, my mom, a couple of writers I personally know IE People that may not impact my sales even a little bit)

it’s all about Marketing, and Marketing is a PAIN!

I would love to say once this book publishes I will be an Author, but in this case, I will be a writer with a book – author is still a few steps away.

Embracing my insanity

after several attempts to hide my insanity I am going to finally come to terms with it.

as many of you reading know – I am in final editing before submitting to a real editor my first Novel.  I also have a collection of short stories, that I have little clue with to do with.

so to test the waters going forward with a POD, I merged 3 of them together, and created my first book – Rakasha Tales.

I am working on blackmailing/coercing/convincing an editor to take a look at it. and I am working on finding a book cover for it.  Someone did a drawing for me that was cute, but somehow the image of grandma buying the book and reading it to little 8-year-old Becky, while it makes my inner bastard smile (and the outer one too)

can you see the silver-haired granny sitting on Becky’s bed and reading

She licked at the wound on his arm, and suddenly all
of the pain stopped, replaced by a euphoric high.  This was better than the time he mixed coke,
meth and weed. “

the only good news for Little Becky is that this passage happens right before the Tiger Demon eats the poor man (while he is alive and awake and aware)

I am thinking taking the disclaimer from south park “this book is offensive and no one anywhere should ever watch it” and using it for these stories. they are horror, they are gory, they are gross, they have drug references, sexual situations, mature themes and immature humor.

I’m bound to piss off someone I am sure.

I will let you all know when it is available on Amazon for Free, other wise the physical book will be 4.00 and the Ebook .99

the main goal is to see how well Create Space does POD, how the customer interface is, how easy to deal with and how easy to link to my author page.  This idea is either brilliant, or just plain nuts!  or both.

My Pitch

Manuscript Title: Jamie Ryder:Possessed

Author: Robert B. Davis

Age group: NA

Genre: New Adult

Word count:89K

250 word blurb:

Jamie Ryder was a normal College athlete, other than being technically deaf. She had her best guy Chris, Her mom, her family, her studies and her sports.  Life seemed normal enough.

She is just learning about the world of adult hood when one night, after sneaking into a club with her friends, she encounters the Demon Ivan.

Jamie has accidentally wandered into a war between witches and Demons. Ivan possessed her using Jamie as a ‘suit’ to escape an ambush.

Now her life has been turned upside down! The Demon is stuck in her head, adding confusion to an already confused time in her life.  Ivan’s sister wants to him free, even if that means killing Jamie, or destroying her life.

Ivan’s girlfriend Olivia is helping Jamie and face the challenge of freeing Ivan while dealing with all the problems a demon brings to their life.

As the Demonic world expands, Jamie discovers family friends she has known for years are demon hunters and witches.  Even one of her professors is involved with this new reality.

Can Jamie find a way to survive and thrive? What will this new knowledge going cost her and those she cares about?

====================

Maybe its the Author juice, or maybe tis because I am not doing anything publishing today – but I am linking my blog to an indie publisher looking for NA Novel and seeing what happens.

odds are they will reject it, but at least I can say I did something today on the publishing front. I need to work on blurb and query writing. If I ever get those skills down, I can look at traditional housed, but for the moment I am going to work more on my Indie path.  My Editor returned the manuscript with only a few hundred things to repair.

Also  tomorrow I have meeting with a photographer to work on the publicity campaign.

How to be a Happy COW (Child of Writer)

So as some of you noted from comments, I was asked about COW (Child of Writer) this is an even broader subject then POW & WOW so I will start by narrowing it down.  If you are a semi –mature, living on your own, human being (possible with spawn of your own) and your Parental unit suddenly wishes to become a writer, you’re out of luck. I have no advice for you, or at least not in this article.

This is for the small ones.  First of all, congratulations. If your dad is the writer, you are one in a million.  Twenty years ago male writers were not considered adequate breeding stock. The odds of you being conceived, even when adjusted by the level of alcohol your mother drank before meeting your dad, would never creep above the “not really going to happen” level.  Now adays, a writer can hide this mental condition until they are able to knock up whatever human female dropped her guard long enough.

If your writer is a mom, the odds of your birth go up by an astronomical amount. While it is a cliché to say that you could put a 600Lb troll in a dress, stick it in a bar and someone would take it home. It is none the less true.

So what does being a COW mean?  A couple of things.  First and foremost – never lie to your parents.  A typical child can lie, get caught and get grounded for a week. You however are a COW, your lies not only will be seen through as fast as your counter parts, but will be judged on the quality.  Often it will end something like this “Little Johnny, your protagonist actions are unrealistic and you used a passive voice in addition to poor word choice, your pacing mood and tone are completely out of sync your grounded for a week for lying, and a month for poor story telling”

A good cow will also learn to read their writer. Asking if you can go to the park to play just as they are sitting down to write probably won’t get the desired result.  But once their fingers are flying and they are staring a hole in their computer screen, that’s when you ask if you can take out some kitchen chemicals to try a recipe you found on-line.  Your writer will be so distracted, that you won’t end up in trouble and they will have to explain to their spouse where your eyebrows are.

The last note is if you have to give your writer a letter from the school, its best to wait till they are in editing mode.  This mode is easy to see, they are moving the mouse, up and down, talking a lot but not really writing.  This is when to present the letter from the principal about the incident at school. Your writer will be so locked into editing, they will correct the English and grammar they will miss the letters meaning.  Your writer will write a reply something like this:

                  Dear Mr. Principal,

                  Concerning your letter about little Johnny: When listing responding agencies you should separate them with a comma – using an ‘And’ in front of the last one. It should have read Police, Fire, Paramedics, FBI and the EPA.  Also, while you can use a contraction School’s for School Has, it can be confusing. Next time just use a ‘THE’ in front. The sentence should have read ‘THE school HAS been rendered uninhabitable’ and in closing when listing possible consequences, please note the proper spelling is expulsion. It is also redundant to mention a jail sentence on top of expulsion, being as I doubt you can, in fact do both.

Little Johnny’s writer

So being a COW is a manageable condition, it’s also a kick. Your writer will want to research things, and will take you along both to attempt to bond and to gain your young insights.  Rock climbing, off roading, Paint ball arenas, Concerts, the list is endless of the actions your writer will want to take with you in order to experience something new, even if they are doing it through your eyes.

And on a final note: if your writer does horror don’t tell them there is a monster under your bed, they will only ask you to describe it.

NEWS!!!!

I know I promised to do an article about COW! (Child of Writer) but (in my best cheesy news man voice) “We interrupt this blog to bring you some breaking news”

[for those of you following me on face book at https://www.facebook.com/#!/RobertDavisAuthor you’ve already heard some of this

1) I have an author page ( a web-based page)  I will be putting up the link to it once the paint is dry.  [fear not I am not done posting here, just giving a single point to all my ‘stuff’]

2) I am now working free-lance tech while still job hunting.

3) I have an investor to cover the cost of the e-book production

I will be giving my thanks to this person for ever, and I will be finally turning my manuscript into a book. I am going to resend it, once I get it back to 2 publishers whose rejections were not outright, but honestly I don’t know that I am going that route, even if they offer, it would depend on the offer.

All of this is exciting, scary, exhilarating, and daunting all at the same time!

Author Juice required…..

World, get ready to meet Jamie Ryder!

 

Where the heck did I go?

When I started this blog, I defined the difference between an author and a writer in very simple terms, an Author makes money writing.

At the time it was simple.

Now that I am taking a much closer look at the world, I can also tell it is simplistic! See for an Author to make money, he has to get his name and product out there, and to do that they have to master Social media, Internet searches, they have to create a Domain, they have to create a brand, they have to generate interest in their work, and while trying to do all of that, (and most of them also have to work real jobs to be able to afford to do any of that) they need to perfect their crafts, develop skills beyond their fiction/non-fiction writing.

Add on the fact they also need to find time to write and its little wonder that so many fail.  Not that it’s all that hard, I am managing to get it started.  It that it is a lot of work! Most people don’t want to start developing skills, they just want to write.  I have to admit I also feel that way at times, but my desire to succeed, IE put my work out and have it read and appreciated, is more important to me then my personal feelings about the skills I need to develop.

On a related note I will be starting a new website for myself – but fear not, it won’t change this blog, really it will just make finding this blog, my other blog, any ‘stuff’ from Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr,  and Pintrest as well as other offerings (cover art, links to where you can find my work) I am even going to have an opt in Email thing where I send people the book 1 section a week. [The theory there is after a couple of weeks the readers will be enthralled enough with my heroine that they will spend the X.99 on amazon to get the rest of the book!] Should be really exciting!

More updates when I have them!  Otherwise happy writing everyone.

and I promise the how to be a COW (Child of Writer)  is coming, maybe a day or so 😀

The Difference between a POW and a WOW.

Hello all,

Not even 2 hours after I completed my WOW article  I was contacted by a parent asking if the WOW information applied to being a POW (Parent of Writer)

I debated my reply thinking “you should ask someone who knows as I really don’t” and “Here is some advice” although the last statement made me nervous being as I am not an expert, I’m unsure of what I am saying.

Of course a few minutes of watching various TV news casts and Politicians reminded me of a basic truth: You don’t need to have a clue what you’re saying in order to say it.

So here is my attempt at advice if any of you want to chime it please feel free!

How do you know you’re a POW?  Much like a WOW there are warning signs. These are almost identical to the WOW but there is an additional sign. If your child is requesting books for their birthday not just Twilight or Harry Potter or the Hunger Games but Indie books like “Jamie Ryder:”  or  “The Hope Series”  or “Legends of Windermere” . Unlike underground bands, Indie authors to kids are unique. There is no extra cool factor for knowing about them or having read them before everyone else. No matter how you cut it the main stream child will think reading is geeky/dorky/uncool. Fret not; in a world where ‘Main Stream’ means doing something dangerous, malicious, destructive, or just f^*&ing stupid on YouTube is cool! This is a good sign for the future.  The only reason your child would read these is because their work is outstanding and the authors should be break out sensational hits. Your child wants to join them.

So sadly you’re a POW and your child is a Writer. I know it can be disappointing. You probably hoped they would be grow up to be food service personal or a piano player at the local brothel. Fear not your child could still have a future. And with some proper intervention, a good one.

So what as a POW can you do? Well there is no simple answer to that. Children are stubborn. The more you discourage the more they will want it. However reverse psychology will also fail, kids always see right through it.

The only thing you can do is breath and let it happen naturally.  Unlike WOW’S with Children/Young writers destroying their computers and breaking fingers will more likely result in charges then in your actually stopping them.

My advice: encourage them while being their parents.

Find out what indie author they really enjoy and contact them. You will be surprised how easy it is to get an introduction.   Of course as a parent you want to be sure this author is not a drunken miscreant idiot.  You can maybe tolerate 2 of the 3 but try to avoid a hat trick.

Then once you are comfortable with them, let your Child introduce themselves then see where things go.  Indie authors are some of the most supportive people you will ever meet. Most will encourage your writer, giving tips, showing tricks, and helping with motivation.  Unfortunately Indie authors are also human so some will be a$$holes that frankly should not be allowed into society unsupervised.   Treat them like you would any of your other children’s online friends and contacts: watch them like a hawk!  If you start to see them pushing your POW off the writing path [or worse], be a parent and intervene.

Your writer is going to face all the same problems that other authors do (Editors, Trolls, Predator Publishers, the list is endless) but your writer is going to have two extra hurdles to face:

1)    Peers:  Children are funny creatures.  From what I have been able to gather there are more donors/incubators then there are actual parents!  When your writer puts out their first published piece they should expect some their Peers to try to bring them down. Look at all creative musical types that get torn down all the time, right up to the day they fill a stadium with 50K fans.  There is something about artistic types that bring out the green-eyed monster in kids. Their donors/incubators have done little to teach these hell spawn how to effectively deal with these feelings so they lash out at the source IE your writer.

2)    Sobriety:  unless you live in some permissive southern state your child will not be indulging in any ‘author juice’ to get past the monsters mentioned. If they are, we need to talk about whether you’re a POW or an Incubator/Donor.  As a POW you have to support them and help them past all the problems. Help them find their strength. [By the way, once you’ve done this, you are not allowed to go beat up their trolls or peers] You’re Indie author can help, but the heavy lifting for this will fall on you. On the Plus side: having a parent support and helping them find their own strength is worth a 24 pack of ‘author juice’

I also advise the same thing I told the POW for the same reasons:  Never read or critique your child’s work. You have the exact problem that your WOW counterparts have, with the added complication that you CAN’T be objective.  A WOW ended up with their writer by some form of choice. Some feature that hinted at their desire to be a writer. Be it their love of books or the fact they said on the 4th date “one day I want to be a writer”.  As a POW, the writer is yours.  You’ll love whatever they write if for no other reason than it’s your own child/teen showing a talent. Maybe one you had but never developed or maybe something new in the family tree. Even if you try you can NOT be as objective as your writer will need – hence the whole ‘find a writer to help you’ thinking.

The only last piece of advice I have: Once you have come to terms with being a POW sit back and enjoy it, but don’t start shopping for a new import sports car.  The current twisted world of publishing isn’t about POW’s getting new cars.

But that’s another post all together.

How to be a good WOW

Greetings all, no real news but I have been thinking about something that I find interesting, and decided if I liked it you may (after all you’re reading my blog)

I should note this is less for my readers, most of which are fellow authors like me, and more or your significant other.  They are WOW’s or Widows of Writers.

I know your writer isn’t really dead, but they are in their head, practicing their craft, and putting their stories to paper. They aren’t ignoring you (intentionally) but sometimes, when they are in the zone there is little attention left for you.

How to tell you’ve become a WOW is easy enough, just watch the signs.

The signs are easy to see, one day your loved one started to spend more time in your house library. Another sign being your house has a library.  You have more books in your house then you have food items.  You spend fifteen minutes shopping for clothing, but at least an hour at the book store.  They start spending money on EBooks, and try to deny it by claiming it was on-line gambling or porn.  They spend time not only reading books but rereading, studying the techniques and plots.  They can’t tell you your birthday, or even their own, but mention their favorite character and they can tell you their birthday, their parents’ names, and the dates or times of all the important events in their lives.

Once you know the signs, you will realize your significant other is now a Writer, so what to do about it.  One option is to smash all your computers, laptops and break your spouse’s fingers hoping that the pain meds and maybe some psychological help can cure this problem.  The other option is to let them write. (And if my own WOW is reading – I am advocating Option 2)

Once you accept your now a WOW, you should learn how best to support your Writer. Assumedly you also want to do what’s best to support your relationship.  The answer to both is simple.

Never read their work, and never critique their work!

If your heads have stopped spinning, I should point out that the last statement was not intended to be funny. Think about this carefully: Your Writer has poured a piece of his soul into the paper or photons that he is asking you to read.  If it’s great, they will never believe you, after all you’re their spouse; you’re obligated to like it.  If their work is the worst thing to have even been put on paper, and as you read it you wished you had gone to option number 1 above, how do you tell them this? It will be a double crushing blow after all you’re their spouse, your obligated to like their work.   Worse yet, what if it’s good, but not a genre you enjoy? Now you’re really stuck! You can lie [because lying always works so well in a relationship] or you can be brutally honest [because that works even better].

The best way to get out of the entire mess, don’t enter it.  It’s your spouse; odds are you know their password. If you want to read it on the sly for your own sake, that’s safe. Just never tell them.

Other things you can do to help them, help them be 5 places at once. It’s inevitable they are going to start a Facebook author or writer page, they are going to have an amazon page, they are going to have twitter, and Google + and Linked in and Goodreads, Pinterest, the list only grows.  Help them manage their media, even if all you do is let them know there are comments they need to reply to or there are updates they need to make, its support. It shows you care.

I have more advice for WOW’s but I don’t honestly know if I should do more, or just leave it here? Thoughts?