I am running a quick promotion on Amazon and “Contact” will be absolutely free of charge through Saturday 9/24! Hit the link below and pick it up before the price goes back up.
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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.
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.
Now you can grab Contact, The Mason Chronicles Part I for Free! That’s right, at 0 cost to you, get the first installment so that you can catch up before Connect, The Mason Chronicles Part II hits the digital shelves.
You’ll need to use Coupon Code BY57A on Smashwords.
This Promotion only runs on Fridays for the remainder of August, so grab it while you can.
(Please keep in mind that the the timing may be based on a different timezone that you are in, so if it’s not free try again in a few hours. Otherwise let me know if you have any issue getting it.)
I’ll come up with something a little more special for when I release Part 2 Connect. So stay tuned.