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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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!
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.
Hey folks. Yes, it looks like I’m back. I’m going to keep it short, though. I’m still plugging away at Crazy Larry. What I had planned to write as a novella of maybe 18 to 20k words, is quickly approaching the length of a short novel of around 40 to 45k. I’m not certain, but I think I’ll probably put it together with The Road to Rejas (aka R2R), and bind them together as another novel in the Half Past Midnight universe. The two of them combined would actually be large enough to even do a print version.
I think that’s probably a good idea anyway, since I contacted Amazon last week to see about getting them to set up a couple of series pages for me… one for the Amber Payne series, and one for the Half Past Midnight series. When they asked me for the names of the titles in each of the series, they had no problem with the Payne titles. But when I mentioned The Road to Rejas, they informed me that they were unable to list novellas as part of a series. So if I combine R2R and Crazy Larry into a single volume and call it something like “Doomsday Tales” or some such, then I should be able to get them all together under a series page, after all. And later, when I finally get around to writing the short story, “Silent Night“, that’s been rattling around in my brain, I can add it to the same volume. In fact, it would likely make a great loss leader for the mailing list. Things to think about for the future.
Speaking of the future, I can’t seem to shake the ideas for the Sekrit Projekt. I talked to the IP owner about a couple of ideas, and got a tentative green light. That green light opened up some other ideas, and I think I have firm paths for at least half a dozen books in the series. I hate when I see shiny new ideas on the horizon, while I still have work to do in the queue.
On a final note, I recently found a some comments that got caught in the spam filter. I’ve approved them now, but figured I would address them here…
One was from “Vikki”, who was extremely complimentary, and said “This is one of my all time favorites! Keep reading it over and over…”. So thanks Vikki. I really appreciate the kind words. Unfortunately, your comment was attached to the Newsletter Signup, so I’m not sure which book you mean. Regardless, I REALLY like hearing from people who’ve read my work, and enjoyed it. Thank you.
Two more were referencing Pangaea Exiles. One of them also was attached to the Newsletter Signup page, and the other was attached to last December’s WW120 post. Both comments wanted to know when the next Pangaea book was coming out. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything definite to tell you guys about that. The reality of trying to make it as a writer is that you have to write where the money is, and as much fun as I had with Pangaea, I have to concentrate my time on those projects that have the best chance of helping me pay the bills. I’m not saying I won’t come back to it, because I’m sure I probably will. I just don’t know when. And it’s honestly going to be a lower priority than some of my other series. I’m sure that’s not what you were hoping to hear, but I have to be honest with you.
So that’s it. Time to get back to work. Stay safe, and I’ll talk to you again soon.