I am beyond excited to announce that TANSTAAFL Press has accepted my short story “47 Seconds” for their “Enter the Apocalypse” trilogy of anthologies!
Here is more information about the series from TANSTAAFL Press:
The first book in the anthology series will be Enter the Apocalypse. This will be devoted to apocalypses just starting.
The second book in the series will be “Enter the Aftermath.” This will be devoted to the height or burnout of an apocalypse.
The final book in this series will be “Enter the Rebirth.” What is the new normal after the apocalypse is over.
Looks like a very interesting series and I am intrigued to see how “47 Seconds” fits in.
At its core it is a story about the value of time in the extreme setting of the apocalypse. Apocalyptic fiction often deals with the lack of resources like food, energy, water, medicine, and/or security. These are all things that we take for granted today. The idea behind “47 Seconds” was to take something we value today, something we constantly want more of, but that is truly finite, and consider it in the same way. So what if you only had 47 seconds to save everyone that you loved? Could you do it?
So there it is, “47 Seconds” will appear in the third installment “Enter the Rebirth”, due out next summer from TANSTAAFL Press.
For more information about the series hit up their website:
I am sure there will be more information as we get closer to publication, so stay tuned!
I have some news to share soon about “47 Seconds”, a Short story I wrote about the value of the time in the Apocalypse. (It also has really cool robots!)
Well, that took longer than expected!
As you know, (since I know you follow this little blog religiously) I have been doing some editing. I finished up Contact a few (ed. several) weeks ago. So when that was done I turned my sites on Connect. Same process. I used the Hemingway App which helps to focus on readability. I found it helpful to tighten things up a lot. New version is posted to Kindle and Smashwords will follow soon after I get the reformatted version through the Meatgrinder. (Seriously that is the name of Smashwords’ program that converts the files to ePub, Mobi etc.)
At this point though now I have to swear off of that stuff. You can easily turn into George Lucas and keep going back and revising, re-editing, r-writing. And we all know how that goes. I am better writer now than I was when I first typed out
No one knew what had happened to the world Before.
Only that what had been Before was now gone and all that was left was After.
Of course, none of that was Mason’s concern at this moment.
But that doesn’t mean I should be rewriting the book.
Time to move on to some new things. I will be posting a short story I wrote called “47 Seconds” in this space soon. After that I have work to do on Conflict, the Mason Chronicles Part III (Gasp! Spoiler alert!) and I think I have several other good short stories to be told. I want to branch out of the world of After, so expect to see some other places and faces.
Good advice, me thinks!
If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed that I have doing some edits…
— Rich Jones (@IM_RichJones) February 10, 2016
Day 4 of Edits. The red is abating. Am able to sleep, but still the dreams come! #amwriting
— Rich Jones (@IM_RichJones) February 11, 2016
Day 5 of Edits. I think I am done. WooHoo! Wait…OMG…What have I done!? WHATHAVEIDONE!!? #amwriting
— Rich Jones (@IM_RichJones) February 12, 2016
Day 7 of edits. What is a Semi Colon? No seriously WTF is it!? WHATISIT? *Whimpers into glass of whiskey*
— Rich Jones (@IM_RichJones) February 15, 2016
So far I have been doing most of my writing without a good editor who doesn’t have the same name as I do. Editor’s cost money and so far I have been hedging on investing too much in this little hobby of mine.
I still don’t have an editor, but I found a nice option that I think helped me tune up the prose. I used the Hemingway Editor app in this revision. It’s a simple tool and it basically scans your text and flags various things for your consideration. Think of it like Spelling and Grammar check in Word, but where it focuses on things that make it hard to read. So it color codes sentences that may be Hard or Very Hard to read and it gives you counts on usage of Adverbs and Passive Voice. It also points out any place that there is a Simpler Alternative to what you wrote. By no means is it a replacement for a true editor, but I found it helped me zero in on sections of my writing that were not user friendly. A lot of my writing came up as Hard to read. Mostly it was because of complex sentences with lots of “and” usage that merged a few ideas together which in turn made the prose less concise and a lot less tight and readable. Kind of like that last sentence. See what I did there?
So I pushed the edited versions out and now new readers will hopefully find Contact much more enjoyable and easy to read. Also if you want to see the difference, I would suggest re-reading the first chapter. That had a lot of edits. Makes sense because it was the first one I wrote and I was trying to introduce a lot of complex ideas. As I made my way through the edits I clearly improved and found a lot less edits were required. So reading Chapter 1 – Tank, should you give you a good idea of the improvements.
No I don’t expect anyone to re read the book, this was more for new readers.
So there it is, I am working on Connect now and will let you all know how that goes.
Well, I finally went and did it. I know, “Why!?” you cry out. Well it was time.
And really, I just wanted to see what would happen…
Connect, The Mason Chronicles Part II is now enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select program. While this program is not without some controversy in the publishing world, I did it anyway. Mainly because we are not talking about large sums of money here. I have said it before but I ain’t in it for the money. While KDP Select may lower the ceiling of $$$ I could earn on the book, it opens up a lot of advertising and promotional opportunities as far as Amazon goes. Also it puts the book in the Kindle Unlimited Library, which can also bring more eyes to the book.
The only other thing that would help more than this would have been more reviews. For now Connect only has 1 review on Amazon, and while it is a good review, there needs to be a lot more to move it up in the lists and search algorithms. So if you did read Connect, please, I beg you, go and give it a review, even if only a brief one. It helps more than anything else at this stage.
Lastly as part of this update both Connect and Contact will be Free on Amazon starting tomorrow, Thursday February 4th and through Sunday February 7th. So if you haven’t read either, now is a great time to grab them. Or rather tomorrow will be…er unless you are reading this tomorrow, which would be today…Unless you are reading this while crossing the International date line in which case you are clearly from the future and already read part 3 so no Spoilers! Seriously, who doesn’t hate Time Travelers?
Making my way back here after the Holidays and catching up on some reviews of my work. Yes some people out there on the internet have actually read my books and decided to comment on them in the various review sections available to them. As someone who appreciates feedback because I want my product to be the best it can, it’s hard to turn a blind eye. It’s not all bad (I am but a small fish in the publishing world) but I have to wonder how anyone who garners large volumes of critical attention doesn’t go Jay and Silent Bob on some folks. (Embedded video is NSFW, just in case the ‘Jay and Silent Bob’ reference didn’t forewarn you.)
Seriously though if you have read my work, please rate it, comment on it, review it, or whatever option is available to you. Or even comment here. I won’t show up at your door.
That’s what lackeys are for.
Also I have started work on a new short story project and then will probably begin work on Part 3.
Han was definitely in it for the money. At least at the start. And why not? That worked out well for him. But I am not here to Channel my Inner Han Solo today.
Today I am saying that I am NOT in it for the money. Mostly because of the wonderful overlords who continue to pay me well, for what I don’t even know, in my day job.
I can’t do this on Amazon as it’s not allowed, but if you complain to Amazon they will price match if they get enough grief.
So why go free? Well unlike Mr. Solo, I did not start off trying to make money with my writing. Probably helps that I don’t have a price on my head and all, so it’s really not an apples to apples comparison. I wanted to get back to writing, which I have done for most of life, including a handwritten book scribbled on loose leaf that came in around 300 pages that I wrote in 7th grade. From there I wanted to share what I was doing with some of my knuckleheaded friends and then well, why not include the rest of the human race (at least those with internet access and an e reader)?
So there it is, Contact and Connect are now as free as I can make them. If you want a copy and can’t figure out Smashwords feel free to leave me an note in the comments and I will work it out with you.