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Video reading of Daddy Screamed With Us

I’m going to focus on using video a lot. It’ll be a learn as I go type deal. It was definitely a bit uncomfortable, but I’ll get used to it because I like getting better at stuff and I think videos will be fun! Feel free to share it with anybody you think might be interested and have a wonderful week! Thanks!

 

On the Bram Stoker Award’s Preliminary Ballot

Pleased to see my novella WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL on the Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot for Superior Achievement in the Long Fiction category. 

I think the Final Ballot comes out Feb. 23rd. I don’t know if I’ll make the cut but I’m going to have a beer anyway. 

I’m really happy with how this novella has been received. A big thanks to my pre-readers Shaun, Kevin, Chris, and Charlene. And to my publisher Shane Staley and his crew. And to all the wonderful readers who make “going there” worth it. I get a lot of help. 

Nice to see a bunch of Delirium titles on there as well, and a few of my lady buddies *Waving at Sandy DeLuca and Mercedes Yardley!* who I hope win in their categories.

Here’s a link to the Stoker Award page: *Click Me and be great in bed*

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Signed a Three-Book Deal

Very excited to have signed a book deal with Darkfuse/Delirium Books! This publisher is nothing short of amazing. I’ll be writing and turning in a standalone novel every March for the next three years. Already working on the first one and it’s going to be creepy with a Clive Barker/Douglas Clegg feel to it! A big thanks to Shane and his team for all their faith! Big thanks to my pre-readers Shaun, Kevin, Chris and Charlene! Big thanks to everybody who has been buying the work, talking about it, reviewing it, etc. You’re all wonderful and help me tremendously.  

You can check out my latest standalone WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL or dive into the massive Division Mythos with the first light read BEFORE LEONORA WAKES

Also check out the Darkfuse Book Club. It’s fantastic!

Wishing everybody a happy holiday season! 

When We Join Jesus in Hell (Book Trailer)

I can’t sleep so I made a book trailer for my upcoming (September 25th) release of When We Join Jesus in Hell. Check it out! This is the one my hero Tom Piccirilli read pre-publication and another hero is going to read as well!

You can join the party once it starts on Goodreads next month, too. Hop over here.

 

 

 

 

Chapter 16: The Collected Songs of Sonnelion

Up to chapter 16 already! About 12 more chapters to go! Thanks to everybody who has been following along!

If you know anyone who enjoys FREE dark fiction please let them know about the serial. A new chapter is going up every Friday, I’m pouring my soul into it, and it’s going to end up being a very special story. If you have fallen behind you can read all of the chapters on Issuu as well.

In this Division Mythos novel, which is being serialized on Darkfuse’s website, Red Piccirilli has known madness and magic. They’re in his blood and bound to his soul as much as love and loss are. But when his family moves to the town of Division, Pennsylvania, his father grows distant, his mother troubled, and a murderer roams the countryside.

He searches for meaning and truth while battling his own darkness and rage and despair, but corpses whisper answers the dead only share with one another.

 

 

Tuesday’s Training: Should you self-publish or go traditional?

That’s not a question I can answer for you since I can only answer for myself, based off what I want as a writer, based on my drives, expectations and experience. I see  this topic come up a lot and usually don’t pay much attention because all the hating publishers who don’t deserve it is childish and it gets old. Not that there aren’t bad publishers out there, with self-publishing there are more presses(?) popping up than ever before.  I know you’ll want to figure out which direction is the right one for you, or perhaps a little of both.

 

Here’s what helped make up my mind to go with Delirium Books instead of trying to be a self-publishing superstar (good luck with that if it’s your dream!)

 

1. I have a professional editor’s opinion, and I know the little bigot in us says that a professional opinion doesn’t matter (until we label ourselves professionals, then our opinion better matter! Please.)  It’s important for me to have someone tell me when I’m coasting by, which I can do sometimes. I want that push to make something better than I’d do on my own. It’s why part of my writing time is caught up in trying to impress my first readers.

2. I get money up front for hardcover editions, money up front for paperback editions, plus I get royalties.

3.  I get more royalties from ebooks, too. And I know my publisher pays me a great royalty because I did my research. I would actually make less per copy if I self-published them because I’d be dumping my money from a regular job into cover design, layout, marketing, copy editing, etc. I’d rather make the more royalties from my publisher handling all that other crap instead of it coming out of my pocket and out of my time.

4. I get original book covers that I don’t have to pay a dime for (because my publisher pays for it.)

5. I get a copy editor with sharp eyes who picks up things me and my first readers and everybody else involved missed (because my publisher pays for the copy-editing, too.)

6. I get author copies of hardcovers and paperbacks that I can give to my first readers because I appreciate how much they always, always help me.

7. I get physical books I can take to conventions and book fairs, and with those physical books  can do readings and signings and sell them in person.

8. I get to fill up my bookshelf with my work (or my bed, it happens.) Here’s what’s been published in the last year or so.

9. I get a marketing director (Dave Thomas, not of Wendy’s fame) who does a fabulous job.

10. I get to have physical copies for interviews with the local papers and surrounding areas.

And that’s why I went with Delirium Books instead of self-publishing. I don’t have the mind for the self-publishing route, I’d rather be creating and reading. Getting to the point where I was good enough to sell my work wasn’t easy (I’ve been stupid most of my life) but it’s paying off, and I know it’s the right thing for me. Go think about what’s right for you. Weigh the pros and cons, not just the idea of freedom. Freedom doesn’t exist. You’re bound in an unspoken contract with every reader who picks up your book and you want to give them the best product you can, right? Go on, get out of here (but tell your writing friends to check out my Writing Advice essays, and come back yourself.)

 

Also check out, and if you enjoy it, spread the word about my free serial novel THE COLLECTED SONGS OF SONNELION.

 

Later, taters.

Chapter 13 The Collected Songs of Sonnelion

In this Division Mythos novel, which is being serialized on Darkfuse’s website every Friday, Red Piccirilli has known madness and magic. They’re in his blood and bound to his soul as much as love and loss are. But when his family moves to the town of Division, Pennsylvania, his father grows distant, his mother troubled, and a murderer roams the countryside.

He searches for meaning and truth while battling his own darkness and rage and despair, but corpses whisper answers the dead only share with one another.

Thanks to all who have followed along so far and spread the word about the serial novel. I’m very proud of this book. It is essential in the Division Mythos and a explains so well, by the end, why Red Piccirilli is the way is he is as an old man in the later Division books.