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May 182022
 
Amber Payne, book 5 is officially started. I’m about 5k words into it and I realized my redshirt list is running low again. I’m down to only five names left. Of those five, one never replied to my friend request so I can’t confirm whether or not they still want to let me use their name, and one is someone who has changed their name, so I have to re-confirm. That means I need more redshirts!
So if you want me to use your name in an upcoming book or story, let me know in the comments below. But be aware that there are a few rules here…
  1. It must be YOUR name. I can’t use the name of your ex, or that crazy old uncle you want to embarrass. I will only use the names of actual volunteers.
  2. To volunteer, you need to be on my “One-th of the Month” mailing list, a Facebook “friend”, or be signed up on my Patreon page.  This is so I can contact you privately for confirmation when it comes time for your turn in the barrel, so to speak. 😉  I won’t use your name unless you do one of those things. I want a traceable conversation to show you volunteered.
  3. I can’t make any guarantees on how or when I’ll end up using your name. It might be the current WIP, or a short story I write two years from now. It might be the name of a good guy, a bad guy, a redshirt, a recurring character, or even just a designer name on a clothing line. (Yes, I’ve done that.)
IF, after all that, you still want to volunteer your name, then give me permission in the comments below.
 Posted by at 9:00 am
Mar 292022
 

image Yep… it’s been a LOOOOONG time, hasn’t it?  The better part of a year.  During that time, I’ve gotten a new granddaughter, and have a grandson on the way.  My son and DIL are so stoked after three girls to finally have a son, and it’s actually funny to see their excitement.

But I’m back to make a few announcements.

  1. Payne of the Past – The fourth Amber Payne book is almost done (well, the first draft, anyway). The current plan is to be finished with the first draft by the end of this week. But honestly, I have family coming to visit, and I know if I don’t get it done before they get here, I won’t get it done for the next few weeks. That’s okay though. I’m close, and at this stage of the game, I’d much rather spend time with the kids and granddaughter.
  2. Monthly Newsblast – If by some chance you didn’t already know, I have an actual newsletter now.  In the April edition, I’ll be talking about my new Patreon page (see #3 below), new business cards, and how I’ve used “neural phase locking” to more than double my writing output over the last six weeks. In short, most of what I used to put in these blog posts is now covered in my monthly “Newsblast”. It comes out on the first of each month, and anyone signed up for the newsletter is also entered in a drawing to receive a free autographed copy of one of my books.  The drawing also occurs on the first day of each month, so of course, I call it the “One-th of the Month” drawing.  The button to join is at the top of my website here. See that big red “Subscribe to my Newsletter” button up there? If by some chance you don’t see it (browser issue maybe?  I dunno…), then you can copy https://sendfox.com/jlbrackett into your browser and sign up there.
  3. Patreon – As hinted above, I’ve finally created a Patreon page. There’s another little button under “Learning to Write” that I just put up today.  See where it says “Become a patron”? The coding for the button might need a little tweaking, or maybe I just need to move it somewhere else on the page – I don’t know. But it’s there, and that will have to suffice for the time being. On the Patreon page, I will post an early edition of the Newsblast, behind-the-scenes content, and everything I write, as I write it. That means my patrons get an early look at the first drafts of my  works in progress. Even non-patrons (aka the general public) will be able to read the first 5000 words of the current WIP (which at the time of this writing is the fourth Amber Payne novel, “Payne of the Past”.) Whatever the WIP is when you go there, it will all stay up there until the books go into final formatting, at which point I will have to take them down in order to comply with Amazon’s exclusive content terms. So if you’re so inclined, I would really appreciate it if you would check out the Patreon page and see what you think. And of course, if you decide it’s worth dropping a few shekels my way, I will be MOST grateful. 

 

That’s it for now.  It just occurred to me that I’ve pretty much ignored this blog for far too long, and there could be people for whom this is our only point of contact. So like I said, just a few quick announcements… new pages, a new book coming soon, and me getting back into the writing saddle.  If you want more, click one of the links above and see what else is going on in my world.  Hope to see you there.

Stay safe, everyone!

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 Posted by at 12:46 pm
Apr 132021
 

No. This isn’t really going to be my final blog post.  But it will be the final one I do in this manner.  I’ve been talking about revamping my newsletter and my website for quite some time, and the publication of the latest Amber Payne novel (Payne and Sacrifice) is forcing me to actually get some things done.  As of today, I have a new landing page for my newsletter signup.  If you aren’t already signed up, you can do so HERE.  It’s not perfect, by any means. But it’s complete enough that I can make it active and tweak it over the next few days.  I’ll also be posting a more prominent link to it here on the website soon.

And the newsletter itself is going to be changing, too.  It’s going to be less businesslike and dry, and will instead be a monthly look into what’s going on in my life on a more personal level.  You know… a bit like this blog was when I was actively blogging.

Which brings me to the next major change coming up.  I’ve GOT to figure out a way to make this website into a more professional looking “author’s page”.  You see, from what I’ve been reading, it appears I’ve been going about things all wrong.  Studies are showing that people go to an author’s website to find out more about his books, not about the author.  And they sign up for the author’s newsletter if they want to find out more about the author on a personal level.   That’s not to say there won’t still be a blog here.  But it won’t be the main event, so to speak.  It will be a menu item, and to be perfectly honest, the posts will probably just be the same content that I post in the newsletter.  But recipients of the newsletter will get it sooner. 

And that’s about it, for now.  The newsletter is already changing.  The website here is going to do so in the near future.  So bear with me folks.  I’ll try to get this done soon.  In the meantime, as always, stay safe! 

 Posted by at 5:39 pm
Oct 092019
 

We have family visiting for a while, so the writing has slowed a bit.  I’m still getting a few hundred words a day, but like I said, slow…

October 1st saw the first three names drawn in my Payne Before The Storm (PBS) giveaway.  Of the three I drew, only one replied back with their shipping address.  I don’t know if this is going to be a recurring theme, but if so, I suppose I’ll just continue to draw multiple names each month until I get a reply.  And as you can see by the pic to the left, the first books going out will be advanced reader copies, and are stamped with Amazon’s “Not for resale” banner. Some people prefer these, others don’t.  For now, that’s what I have.  ;)

Amber Payne book 3 (AP3) is currently sitting at just under 21000 words, but until I get more of the sections patched together, I still have no way of knowing how much of that will make the final cut.  I’ve decided for now that I’ll simply report the numbers as they fall with the knowledge that on some weeks, they will drop (when I cut sections out), and on others they will climb.  At some point things will level out and they will become a reliable indicator of the actual length of the book once more.

Crazy Larry has stalled again. I’m not sure what the problem is, but the story simply isn’t satisfying to me.  And if I’m not happy with it, I can’t write enthusiastically about it.  And if I’m not enthusiastic about it, the writing comes across as sub-par.  I try not to do sub-par.  So for now, it’s sitting on the back burner while I work on AP3.

Let’s see, what else is going on…

Oh!  I’ve contracted with the amazingly talented Veronica Giguere to do the audio version of PBS.  She’s got a busy schedule, and won’t be able to get to the book for a couple of months, but the estimated completion is mid-December.  More on that as things progress.

And I think that’s about it for now.  I’ll get back to you next time.  Until then, stay safe everyone.