It’s so humbling to receive a great compliment from someone you truly respect at the deepest level, and international best-selling author Hugh Howey, blew me away with this compliment about my entry to his Fan Fiction contest through Booktrack.com. First of all, thank you to Hugh, and Booktrack for making this a free contest. All I have are my books, and not hitting me with an entry fee is so appreciated. If you haven’t read the Wool Series or Sand by Hugh Howey, then you know NOTHING Jon Snow (RIP Ygrette but you had it coming)
The best part of this blurb is that Hugh’s stock is just going to keep rising for a long time. He’s a freak-genius storyteller, yes and maybe he works really hard at it too. I think even if I become an international best-seller, I’ll still use this quote on everything I’ll ever publish. So congrats, Hugh. You’re stuck with me.
If you really, really want to understand my little 5k word story you need to read Hugh’s Half Way Home novel.
I really would appreciate it if you’d check it out! The app and story are free. PLUS, Booktrack lays a soundtrack I mixed over my story. It’s gotten some great feedback, but I’d like to know what you think!
I recently sold out and dropped the price of my e-book (permanently) to .99 cents. This is a controversial move for an independent author. Some say it’s too low. It took me 6 months to crumble under the pressure but I was convinced by a friend currently at Goldman Sachs who previously worked for an e-book publisher. This isn’t about the money. For an unknown author it seems like the Hugh Howey model of practically giving it away adds to your notoriety and exposure. Well, that is of course if your novel is any good and it helps increase positive press and word of mouth excitement for your work. This is a contact sport and I’m ready to do some hitting. Chosen is the root of my opus, at over 167,000 words (500 pages) it’s been quite a challenge getting much professional support (Editor, Agent, Mainstream Publisher). “It’s way too long for a first time novelist” is all I’ve heard. I think it’s as long as it needed to be but my opinion is obviously biased.
Someday Chosen will be appreciated for its ambition and scope(plus it’s really a great story). It’s all my own, award-winning and with a professional editor someday it will shine bright like a diamond(sorry Rhianna for stealing that). Without all the glamour it already has over 30 five star reviews on Amazon! I personally prefer longer (good) novels. I mean Chosen is supposed to be the YA, Sci-Fi A Game of Thrones (I’m serious, stop laughing). For commercial purposes I’m going to give them what they want next with the less than a 100k word follow-up to Chosen….Revolt. I plan to release the sequel around the one year anniversary of the self-publishing of Chosen in April 2014.
I can feel your excitement already and it truly thrills me! Thank you, to all of you that have invested time, energy, and money in my wild dreams. You are Chosen and loved by me.
Check out ChosenNovels.com!
Bonus question: Did Fukajima ruin the West Coast? That would be a total bummer.
This is a long time coming, yes I’m finally updating my blog for the 6 month anniversary of the self-publishing of Chosen and it’s about time I thanked all of you who purchased Chosen and reviewed it on Amazon, Good Reads and B&N.com. Chosen has over 30 reviews and most of the them are Five Stars! Thank you all so much for taking out the time to say anything. I welcome all opinions.
This is a beautiful world we live in and any day above ground has to be appreciated. I never thought I could write a novel until I sat down and finished. For me this is all just the beginning. My only concern is making sure that Revolt is an even better story than Chosen. The 4 part Saga is coming along nicely. I have over 70 chapters and over 70 chapter of Revolt already written. I’m in talks with a major science fiction publisher and Hollywood film financier. Keep believing in Chosen. The Giants finally won last night and it’ll all be smooth sailing from here. No, even I don’t believe that.
I promise to blog more often and bitch about the bitchable and love the lovable.
My last pitch: Check out ChosenNovels.com and learn more about Chosen. It’s an award-winning science fiction saga that’s deeply personal as you get to live inside each character’s thoughts. You can enjoy this book as a teenager or as an adult. It’s about surviving the unlikely and believing in yourself. Also remember if you have a Kindle or Nook: the Chosen e-book is $3. It’s a 500 page novel. You can’t beat that exchange rate even in Canada.
I’ve been fascinated with story telling through one medium or another my entire life. My father was a dreamer, movies and books were his life and at an early age they became rooted in my consciousness. I to this day can name the first movie and novel that moved me to tears.
The movie was Forrest Gump, and when Forrest breaks down at Jenny’s grave I cried with him. Not only was the film that powerful, it was a coming of age for me because at the time I was only 11 or so years old, watching the film opening weekend in the theater. Then and there I knew the power of a great story – a simple story, told like a fairytale.
The novel that first made me weep in grade school with John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. If you can hold it together for that ending your an emotionally stronger person than me. I threw the thin novel down not believing the cruel irony of life and the duplicity of friendship.
In each of these creative instances we are transported to simpler times but the complexities and conflicts of life remain the same. Struggles with truth and society. The individual verses the collective. Poverty versus the opulence. The never ending, never resolved conflicts of life. By stepping away and experiencing life through these different characters, we somewhere come to the notion that we aren’t that different. We function through a very similar lens although our circumstances can be very different from person to person. Story telling threads our innate similarities.
I am convinced that there are two seminal emotions guiding all our actions; love and fear. All other states are born from these two extremes. A good story teller understands motivation and more importantly a good story teller understands conflict. Every good story swirls fiercely with fluctuating levels conflict.
To all the aspiring story tellers out there, what are the stories that have moved you to tears in your life, what stories made you want to become an artist yourself?
Next time I’ll be discussing the late Stieg Larson’s Millenium series better known as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
Chosen is a Young Adult’s Science Fiction Adventure which follows the lives of three teenagers and their transformation from sixteen year old high school students to intergalactic gladiators. Mike, Leo, and Charlie are three very different people, living very separate lives. When Dionysus arrives from the black of space we quickly realize that this is no accident and everything changes. The Earth and humanity have been Chosen. Follow along as you live through each character. The extraterrestrials quickly invade and the Chosen are snatched away and then transported to Dionysus. Even more disturbing everyone on Earth and Dionysus gets to watch their plight. Follow along with the harsh training on Dionysus and the peril left behind on Earth. For our invaders, it’s unmatched entertainment; for us, it becomes an unavoidable obsession. All we can do is watch and wait…
This is a story about love, courage, perseverance and cooperation in the face of despair.
Prepare for a high flying, heart pounding, fast moving narrative. No one is safe – prepare to be CHOSEN.