It’s all happening

Well, that took a long time.

I don’t remember where, but I heard a while ago that ‘no one wants to hear what you’re going to do.’ That struck a chord with me, or rang a bell, or something. I remember it was a cliche, anyway. At any rate, I agreed with the point: Don’t post about things you intend to do, no matter how sincere your intentions. Do something interesting, and then post about it. That makes good sense to me.

I used to do that a lot. I haven’t now in a long time.

Hence, silence.

But, here I am tonight, so something is afoot, right?

Right. In fact, many things are afoot. Like it says on the tin: It’s all happening.

All what? You might ask. That is a good question.

As you may recall, the Great Silence started when I decided to reassess the operation of my writing business. I was going to change my marketing approach, my cover strategy, my print edition plans, and so on. Ultimately, doing that analysis and making those decisions took a lot longer than I expected, and frankly, I wonder if I might have been better off not doing it at all.

I don’t have that option now, though. All I can do is go with what I’ve got. What that means, simply, is that everything is changing. Some things are changing a little, others are changing a lot. But in total, it’s everything.

And it starts now.

Well, not right now. The changes will go book by book, and it will take a little while to roll out everything. Not terribly long, though. A week or so.

But wait, you might say, aren’t I just posting now about what I’m going to do?

Not exactly.

The changes are kicking off with a new book: Vampires Versus Comicon: A Comicon Novel. My opinion is surely more than a little biased, but I think it’s a great book. When I can’t get through a proofreading session without laughing myself to tears, I feel like I’m on to something. I hope so (though it’s probably not good for the proofreading), but at any rate, I’m mostly just thrilled that it’s finally done. And just in time for Comicon.

Unfortunately, you can’t click through and get it right now. It will be sent to production within a few hours, however, together with the new edition of Zombies Versus Comicon, and they will both be available a few hours after that. And Zombies will be available for free for a while, and there will be a big advertising push, and so on.

So anyway, things are about to take off, and hopefully catch fire. We’ll know soon.

The next thing I post will be the announcement that Vampires Versus Comicon is finally available.

Better wear something that covers your neck.

Man, it’s good to be back.

In The Desert

To paraphrase Stephen Crane: In the desert, I met-a-mo’pho.

Anyway. That sure took a long time. Sure, I was re-thinking and reconsidering my entire approach to a writing career and everything that goes within and without it, but wow, what a long quiet spell.

I had planned that 2017 would be my most productive year ever. It was almost the exact opposite. I’m not happy about that. I traded progress for making sure it was going in the right direction. I’m not sure it was a good trade.

Nonetheless, I’m going forward again, and it’s time to stand on the throttle. If you see new products appearing in the next few days, you’ll know it’s working. I’m interested to see that myself.

 

Metamorphosis

It’s been quiet here, but I haven’t been quiet. Here’s what’s been going on. I’ll try to be brief.

Shortly after my last post, two things rocked my world.

First, I saw an article that distilled the common aspects of mega-successful authors. Details will come later, but the result of the article was my thinking: I can do this! So I modified my plans, broadening my scope and researching the new requirements and figuring out how it would all work together. It went well, and I liked it.

Then, I found Joe Konrath’s latest, self-published book as a featured book in the central library. Holy wow. It was always technically possible, but it didn’t happen in practice enough to warrant the effort to make the dots ready to connect. And yet, here it was. Suddenly, I was modifying not just my plans, but almost everything to be able to follow this path myself. The research and plans and changes took a long time, but they were worth it.

The result has been five significant areas of change.

  1. The kinds of books I’m creating. While I have dabbled in writing children’s books and I’ve always entertained ideas of writing memoirs, I had previously decided to focus only on adult fiction. Though adult fiction is still the main product of my work, I now plan on writing and releasing books for all ages, together with memoirs and possibly other non-fiction.
  2. The content of my books (front and back matter). I’ve extensively researched the front and back matter of successful authors, and I’ve decided to modify my previous minimal approach to use the best ideas of what I’ve found.
  3. The covers of those books. While I love the current design of my covers, I think that the benefits of adopting a more “traditional” look are compelling. Though I haven’t made a firm decision yet, I’m leaning toward adopting all new covers in the style of WMG publishing.
  4. Print editions. The new front and back matter combine with a modified layout to result into print editions for my books. This is also still being finalized, but it’s on the way.
  5. My organization, again. My analysis has highlighted the difference between treating writing as a hobby and treating it as a business. My tools and organization have been trending toward the hobby end of the spectrum, and in adopting a more business-like approach many of them have come up lacking. This is well traveled ground, however, so the migration this time was easy and, hopefully, final.

Now, after more than a couple months, I’m at the end of all these changes. The research is done. The plans are done. The implementation is nearly done, and complete enough for real work. It’s time to turn everything loose. I may not become a mega-successful author, but I’ll have all the pieces in place for it. And I just might.

I’m trying to kick things off with a new book.

Coming soon …

Flash Sale: Angel of Death Ebook 99 Cents 2/20 Until Midnight

 [Cover of Angel of Death: A Victor Storm Novel by T.F. Torrey]

The Amazon KDP Select terms limit the time available for promotions, and the term is coming to a close, and because of the schedule, I need to end this term with a flash sale on Angel of Death.

As you may recall, Angel of Death continues Victor Storm’s journey, following the action as he slowly comes to realize that he has a unique ability to bring justice, and the moral obligation to do it.

My current future plans do not include Amazon’s KDP Select, so this book may never be available at this price again. Don’t miss it!

Get it at Amazon today!

And please, if you like the book, post a review of it on Amazon. Angel of Death is a good book, and it is seriously underexposed. And tell your friends!

Thank you for your support!

The Dancing Queen E-Book 99 Cents 2/10 – 2/16

 [Cover of The Dancing Queen: A Jack Trexlor Novel by T.F. Torrey] A long time ago, I listened to “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring, and the lyrics of a “double-crossed messenger” “somewhere in a lonely hotel room” at “2 AM” spoke to me. I wanted to write that story. Around the same time, the lyrics of “Brandy” by Looking Glass spoke to me, and I wanted to write that story, too. After many years, I actually did sit down to write the story of that guy and that girl. At first, with the protagonist the doorman at a topless bar, the story fizzled. On a whim, I changed the protagonist to the bartender, and made that guy Jack Trexlor from The Desert King, and the story began to sizzle. A few months later, it was The Dancing Queen, a sordid tale of sex and drugs and rock and roll.

And this week, you can get it for 99 cents at Amazon. If you haven’t read it yet, now is the perfect time to get it.

Also, I would appreciate a thoughtful review at Amazon if you can. Amazon sifts through their reviews from time to time for no good reason, and when they do some of mine go missing.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Taxi Adventure E-Book 99 Cents 1/30 – 2/5

 [Cover of Taxi Adventure: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] Weird.

I didn’t think of Taxi Adventure as a time capsule when I was writing it. However, the television lineup always changes, and some of the celebrities mentioned in the book are no longer on television here (that I know of), and even the television station talked about is has been bought out by another. And, a couple weeks ago, I noticed that the houses and buildings where Race stops next to Hance park have been bulldozed, and apartments or condos are going up in their place. Even the adult book store where Race picks up a fare in the first chapter is now gone.

If you’ve read Taxi Adventure before, now is a good time to visit the places mentioned in the story—the Westward Ho, Durant’s, Majerle’s, Char’s Has The Blues, Canyon Records, Cooperstown, Postino’s, and more—before the winds of time blow them away.

And if you haven’t read Taxi Adventure yet, you’re in luck. You can get it this week for 99 cents at Amazon. Get it today!

Also, if you like it, please leave a review at Amazon. I need more reviews to enable promotions on other sites, and every one helps. Thanks!

And as always, tell your friends.

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WIP: Friday Spinning Wheels

Hey, wow—a shiny thing.

Friday

There are books that I have written but not published. For a long time, I’ve thought of making them public. This week, I came up with a really good reason to publish them and more like them, and I could do it soon. It would mean some changes to the structure of my website, though, because they are unlike my existing books. Today, I got stuck exploring all the options for adding them to my website. I found the Publisher theme and loved it. Then I spent a long time trying to figure out if I could make it work with my existing tools, or clone it. After a while, I broke down what it was doing and found that I am already doing almost all of that, in the way that works best for me. So, lots of running around to get where I currently am. Not a good use of time. I did discover author videos, though, and now I want to do them. Right away. I think I’m also going to publish those books, too. I’ll decide for sure soon, but probably yes.

In there, too, I did get in 10K steps. However, I got stuck in Vampires Versus Comicon in a place where the action and place of the people and plot parts don’t seem to be working. In the end, I still didn’t have it all worked out. Secret Project #1 good some good work in, and I think that’s ready to take off.

Must go faster.

But I’m having fun.

WIP: Good Thursday

Didn’t get on schedule, but got close.

Thursday

Better day. Met my steps and almost my words.

I’m thinking that I don’t like these daily posts. I like posting the words and steps, but I think there’s probably a better way to do it. I might switch to making the WIP posts every few days. Although, reporting the daily results is very motivational day-by-day.

Better still tomorrow.

WIP: Cycling Wednesday

Another day trying to get on schedule.

Wednesday

I didn’t get on the schedule I’d like to, but I did get some good work done. I spent a big chunk of time cycling through my vampires book, confirming details, adding flavor, whatnot, then another chunk of time putting in new words, which was good. This being a Wednesday, my daughter was home early, and later some political things soaked up some of my time, but all in all it was a good day, though a little short on steps and words.

Better tomorrow.