As the old saying goes: "A picture is worth a thousand words."
What's a video worth?
**Check back on Friday for the official and full-length, live-action book trailer for The Salted Series!
Today's Journey In Fatherhood
It’s picture day at school. Also, you’re wife has some big meeting at work lined up, so it’s all on you this morning, man!
You planned ahead well though, you Super-Dad you. Bags are packed. Outfits picked out. Baby bottles labeled. Jackets and shoes at the front door. Heck, you’ve even got breakfast ready!
. . . but Daughter 1 and Daughter 2 both want braids, which, of course, you don’t know how to do because, you know, it’s not like you’ve had at least one daughter for the last seven years(!?) and never learned how to French braid a little girl’s hair, right?
We're inching closer to the Salted serials launch!
Been really excited to see the momentum building + all the emails and reader love for the new covers. Just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who's already helped Episode 1 and Episode 2 get their orange sticks as Amazon bestsellers!
I can't wait for you to see what's coming!
Here's Where I Screwed Up (Redux)
I self-published my debut novel, SALTED, in April 2014.
It was my baby. Developing the overall series arcs, characters, the world-building of a mythology – (selkies! Oh, and merfolk to engage neglected YA male readers!) – that was largely ignored by the mainstream publishing houses and authors, all these things take time. Clearly. I’d been preparing my debut novel for five years by the time I sent it out to over one hundred publishers and--
Rejection. All of them. (Er, the ones who bothered to respond anyway).
*The following is a true story.
SCENE: It’s 4:00 a.m. Karen wakes Aaron. Whispers… “I heard something downstairs…”
In two seconds, Aaron is out of bed and through the bedroom door, stepping into the pitch-black hallway. He peers down the darkened stairwell. He waits…listening for the ‘supposed’ intruder his wife heard…
Nothing… No noise at all.
Aaron quietly descends the steps like the ninja he was always meant to--
“LET IT GOOOOO! LET IT GO! I AM ONE WITH THE WIND AND SKYYYYYYY—“
Aaron stumbles on a motion-sensored/singing Elsa doll that his youngest daughter, Briar, conveniently left on the steps like a ‘Home Alone’ burglar trap. Aaron slips and falls, the clanged sound of his body knocking against the metal stairway railing echoing throughout the house.
Have You Seen This Man?
Hey all! There's a great ebook sale this weekend -- 100 SF/F books for 99c each! Check it out and get some great reads!
How Do You Start A Story?
Was on the Twitter machine today, trying to catch up with all my favorite writer news that I've missed in the past week, and I saw the following questions asked of fellow YA fantasy author, Arthur Slade.
(Click on the above image to find out Arthur's awesome answer to Jesse's questions. Also, be sure to give Arthur a Twitter follow and check out his books! He rocks!)
Since Arthur was kind enough to open the conversation to other authors' advice, I thought it'd be fun to tackle Jesse's questions too. Oh, and also because I'm nowhere near as good/succinct as Arthur on Twitter.
Let's dive in, shall we?
Judging from the emails I've received, box sets/bundles are all the rage these days.
Aaron wonders if people still say 'all the rage' anymore...no? Oh well. Get off my lawn, you whipper snappers!
Anywho, methought box sets/bundling were a grand idea, so I finally got around to putting them together for my two series....
New Year, New Opportunity
"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one."
-- Brad Paisley
Author. Actor. Rascal.