Zombies Versus Comicon FREE extended through Tuesday

My domain registrar was attacked over the weekend, which delayed notice of the sale on Zombies Versus Comicon, so I’ve decided to extend the free period for Zombies Versus Comicon through Tuesday. The book has turned out to be popular on the free charts at Amazon, so please tell your friends about it, and let’s see if we can get it into the top ten on a list. Don’t miss it!

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And also, read what happens the next year, when Vance and his family return for an awards luncheon and people start dropping from some kind of heat rash—except that heat stroke doesn’t leave bite marks on your neck. Don’t miss it!

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Zombies Versus Comicon FREE This Weekend

 [Cover of Zombies Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] It’s time for the event formerly known as Phoenix Comicon again, and Vampires Versus Comicon is hot off the presses. To celebrate, I’m making Zombies Versus Comicon, my absurd horror story of brain-hungry zombies attacking a bunch of nerds at Phoenix Comicon, FREE through Sunday, only at Amazon. Read the original adventure where a freak earthquake trapped 13 souls on the mezzanine level at the Convention Center and unleased a horde of brain-eating zombies. Get it FREE this weekend.

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And also, read what happens the next year, when Vance and his family return for an awards luncheon and people start dropping from some kind of heat rash—except that heat stroke doesn’t leave bite marks on your neck. Don’t miss it!

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Finally, if you’ve read and enjoyed my Comicon books, please leave a review of it at Amazon, to make it easier for others to find, read, and enjoy. Thanks!

Vampires Versus Comicon Released

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Finally Here: Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Comicon Novel by T.F. Torrey] I’m thrilled to announce that Vampires Versus Comicon is available to read and enjoy.

Vampires Versus Comicon tells the story of Vance Campbell returning to Comicon the year after the zombie outbreak for an awards luncheon. At first, things go well, with happy reunions with Allison and some others. Things take a dark turn, however, when people start dropping. And heat stroke doesn’t put bite marks on people’s necks. Before long, Vance and Allison are careening around Comicon, trying to find the source of the trouble before it’s too late. Along the way, they have to endure an insulting theatrical rendition of their Zombies Versus Comicon adventure, hordes of insulting staff, Red-State medical care, the regular crushing mobs of Comicon attendees, and a growing legion of vampires. Whew!

It’s taken much longer to create this book than I hoped for, but two things about that make me happy: First, the structure and style of the series has been created, so future books will be quicker to create (hopefully). And second, it turned out really good.

If you’ve liked any of my work in the past, I highly recommend that you get Vampires Versus Comicon. It’s a lot of fun.

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On Sale

To celebrate the release of Vampires Versus Comicon, Zombies Versus Comicon is FREE this weekend. Get both Comicon books for five bucks!

Q and A

Q. Do I have to read Zombies Versus Comicon before I read Vampires Versus Comicon?

A. No, but it would be a good start. For one thing, Zombies is free right now, so you should get it and read it. For another thing, reading the Vampires book first will spoil certain elements of the plot of Zombies, such as who’s alive at the end.

Q. Is this at Phoenix Comicon again?

A. Kind of. Square Egg Entertainment, the company that puts on the event, changed the name of the event to Phoenix Comic Fest this year, to avoid conflicts with a litigious party. In my books, however, the event is still called Phoenix Comicon, because that’s what the name should be. Remember: my books were never supposed to represent the real Phoenix Comicon, anyway.

Q. How long will it be until the next Comicon story comes out?

A. I don’t know. Theoretically, I have my ducks in a row now, so I’ll be able to crank out my important projects, and I can’t wait to get to the next Comicon book. I don’t have a firm date, but if it isn’t by the 2019 event, I will feel I have failed.

Q. What do I do if I like it?

A. As always, a personal note to me would be nice. You should also write a nice review at Amazon, and where you bought it if you bought it somewhere else. Also, tell all your friends.

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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.

Recovering

The family medical emergency sure destroyed my productivity. Fortunately, though I still can’t say more about it, a corner seems to have been turned yesterday, and we’re feeling cautiously optimistic about the situation.

This week is also fall break at the local elementary school, which means it’s daddy-daughter week. This isn’t great for productivity, but I’ll take it.

In short, it has become critical for me to be more productive than ever before.

Let’s go.

Recreated

Well!

We had our 3-week, 6,500-mile vacation experience at the beginning of this month. We did some fun things, including the St. Louis Arch, the Maid of the Mist boat tour at Niagara Falls, and a tour of the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River, including Boldt Castle, and I’m very happy that so many family members finally got to meet my daughter Elizabeth. But that 3-day drive back from North Carolina was a killer, and I think I’m still recovering.

By now, everyone probably knows that the work “recreation” has its roots in “recreate”, as in, to create something again, so recreation was originally thought of as a form of self-renewal. Or so they say, anyway. I didn’t expect that out of our vacation. For my writing, I had plans for before I left, plans for while I was gone, and plans for when I got back. I could see no need for recreating myself, because everything was going fine.

But then over the vacation I was reading Dean Wesley Smith’s blog, and suddenly I was spending those long driving hours thinking about how his process and advice could be the comprehensive, simple solution to problems and complications that have nagged me for a long time.

Based on his advice, I’ve been considering making three significant changes. I truly think they will take me to the next level in my writing career.

First, and perhaps most terrifying, Dean’s post on rewriting caused me to reconsider my process. He affirms things that I’ve known and/or suspected about rewriting and editors for a long time: basically that editing a story makes it different, but not better, and sucks the originality out of a story.

Dean goes beyond merely warning against rewriting, though. He advocates abiding by rules that science fiction author Robert Heinlein laid out for the business of writing. If you haven’t seen them before, they go like this:

1) You must write.
2) You must finish what you write.
3) You must not rewrite unless to editorial demand.
4) You must mail your work to someone who can buy it. [In today’s world, this means to indie publish it.]
5) You must keep the work in the mail until someone buys it. [In today’s world, this means to keep it in print.]

I won’t go into the details here, but I spent all of July considering these rules, and they seem perfect for me.

Dean ends his post with this:

If you are rewriting and not selling, try to stop rewriting for a year and just mail or publish your work. You might be stunned at what happens.

That’s the first challenge I’m going to accept.

Next, in a post he wrote about keeping writing going (for 2014, but the advice is still good), one of his ideas (#4) was to “Get one new book up indie published every two weeks.” By that, he meant a new, full-length work of fiction. That idea intrigued me.

Looking at my own raw counts and projections, I’ve realized before that was possible, not including the time suck that is editing. I’ve even done it twice before, first with /Winter Kills/ and recently with /Zombies Versus Comicon/. Following Heinlein’s advice to remove the editing makes the task even easier.

But a goal of doing that every two weeks for the next year? That will be a challenge, but, wow, what an exciting thought. I may have to fudge the definitions a bit with the secret project I have coming up shortly, but I’m going to do it.

And finally, every day for the last two years, Dean has been doing what he calls Writing In Public. Every night, he writes a blog post describing what he did for his writing business that day, including word counts for the various types fo writing he’s done. He has said that the experience has helped him stay true to his goals, and that sounds good for me, too.

So that’s it, me, recreated, Three new goals:

  1. Follow Heinlein’s rules.
  2. New book every two weeks.
  3. Write in public.

This is going to be fun.

Beginning August 1st…