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Three months ago, I experimented with exclusivity with Amazon. In exchange for exclusivity, you get the ability to have your books in Kindle Unlimited for additional revenue. As a publisher, I decided to take the risk to see how it worked for me.

However, the results were less than stellar, and after a month, I found I was just counting down the days  until I could get my books out of it.

One thing is sure: things have changed a lot on Amazon in the past two years. The competition is much fiercer, to the point where all my other retailers were practically matching my Amazon sales. Perhaps it wasn’t a great business decision, but you also never know something until you take a risk.

That, and every month I was in KU, the monthly payouts were getting lower. When the program started, they were much more reasonable, and just seeing the downward trend and the overcrowding of the marketplace makes me think going wide with my books is better than going tall.

Anyway, this is a post to let everyone know that you’ll find the Wasteland books anywhere they were before . . . iBooks, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, plus lots of others. Thanks for your patience!

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Work Has Begun on Book 6!

Posted: October 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

It’s been a little over a week since Kingdom’s release, and hope everyone is enjoying it so far!

September was a pretty hectic month for me. As I’ve written on this blog, my fiancee and I moved to Florida so she could pursue a new career. Aside from a few hurricane-related hiccups, it has been wonderful so far. I love the seafood, the beaches, and am looking forward to winters where I can still wear shorts and flip flops.

With September out of the way, the main goal for October is to write like crazy. I’m about 25,000 words into Book 6 (about a quarter done with the first draft).

I’ve said several times that Xenoworld was going to be seven books, and that hasn’t changed. It’s a far cry from the three books I thought it would be when I first started, and yet here we are, and it’s hard to imagine it being any other way.

A lot has to happen in the space of two books, and I’m not entirely sure how the entire series will wrap up. At the end of Wasteland Chronicles, I definitely left things a little open, so that I could continue the tale four hundred years in the future. But since Xenoworld will be the last in the whole WC timeline, I really want it to be a good ending that wraps things up as best as I can.

My writing professor taught us that the most important part of finishing a novel was knowing how it ended. If you know how it ends, it’s easier to envision the landmarks  that will act as way points guiding you to that ending. So, finding a suitable ending to the entire series is sort of my project. I know this book . . . currently untitled . . . will have to do everything possible to set things up for the last one, while not just being a “set up” book.

So far, progress has been encouraging. Without spoiling anything too much [stop reading this paragraph if you haven’t finished Kingdom], this novel will be the one where Shanti really starts to take control of things, starting to lead not just her crew, but hundreds and then thousands of people as she works to unite the Red Wild against Isaru and Shal. She has faced some disappointing setbacks and losses, but she’s picking herself up and is going punch back twice as hard.

I’m rereading the series again, trying to get an overall feel of everything (while trying not too wince too hard at some of the inconsistencies . . . I’ve been writing this series since late 2014, so I’ve mixed up a few details here and there). If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, Shanti has come a long way since the days the Hunters had her running scared, and now she’s getting to the point where she’s powerful enough not just to defend herself, but the entire world Anna came back to protect. It’s the part I’ve been most excited to write.

I’m very optimistic for the future of this work. I’m as happy as I’ve ever been with my lovely fiancee who is very encouraging and gives me a reason to do this, beyond my love for my craft or the need to pay bills. I’m very grateful to each and every one of my readers. My fan base isn’t exactly large, but it is very dedicated, and it gives me faith that I can keep doing this and makes me want to work hard to deliver you guys the best books I can.

I’m hoping to finish this one quickly . . . and certainly if I keep up this pace, it’ll be out before the year is over (don’t hold me to that!).

 

Chapter 45 of Kingdom

Posted: September 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hey guys, I’ve been informed there’s been a bit of an error with Chapter 45. It repeats the last half of Chapter 44, so when you get to 45, just skip it entirely. It’ll be a few days before Amazon can offer an update, and anyone who buys the book now will be getting the corrected version.
This was completely my mistake, a copy and pasting error I made while formatting the book, so you have none of my editors to blame, it’s totally my fault.

Thanks for understanding, and I plan on offering an update to everyone who bought the original book on Amazon, though that’s still a few days out.

Until then, happy reading!

Kingdom available on Amazon!

Posted: September 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

Kingdom has come to Amazon and GooglePlay!

Follow the link here to purchase.

Here for Google Play.

As of yet, the book isn’t out on Nook, Kobo, or iTunes because of some cover formatting issues. I’m hoping those can be taken care of, and the book will be out tomorrow in that case. Paperback will also take a few days as I figure out the formatting issues for Amazon’s new platform.

Happy reading and thanks for waiting!

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Update

Posted: September 6, 2017 in Uncategorized
Hey guys, time for another update. I got the book back from my editor, applied the changes, so the book is now in its final stage. Over the next week, it’ll go through my beta readers for them to spot those last minute typos that slipped by. After that, it’s a matter of formatting the book and uploading it! So the timeline is 2 weeks or so.
 
Another thing: I live in West Palm Beach and it’s very likely my area is going to be impacted by Hurricane Irma, either directly or indirectly. As such, I’ll be heading inland to stay with a friend. There will be Internet, so I’ll be able to continue working and it shouldn’t interrupt anything, but if for some reason there is an interruption, the hurricane is probably the reason.
 
For those of you who live in the area, or those who have been impacted by Harvey . . . please stay safe! This one coming in looks to be no joke. I’m heading out tomorrow and I hope to beat the worst of the traffic, while my fiancee will be safe in a hurricane-proof building (she works in news).
 
The good news is you can expect Kingdom to be out in two weeks or so. I’ve already started the next one . . . lots of action and excitement.

Book Update

Posted: August 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hey guys. Currently I’m waiting for my editor to come back with the manuscript for Kingdom. It should be back on Sept. 1.

After that, I literally have to go through her corrections and then send it out to my beta readers, who are the last line of defense in finding the typos. Usually, this takes 1-2 weeks.

So we’re getting very close! It will definitely be out by mid September! I’m already working on the next book, currently untitled.

Thanks for your patience, and it won’t be long now!

Cover Reveal for Kingdom

Posted: August 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

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