Keith Michaelson is narrating Weapons of Earth, the third book in the Chronicles of Kin Roland. My job at this point is to review the audio files and mark any corrections on a spreadsheet. He recently sent me a video of chapter fifty.
So I have, of course, posted it with no editing because it shows a couple of things. First of all, Michaelson is such a pro. His character (and creature) voices are fantastic. Prepare to be freaked out! Seriously. It also shows how much work he puts into his craft and strives to realize the story (which I really appreciate).
There are stops and starts as he checks his work. My favorite part of the video is where the story catches him off-guard and makes him laugh.
At the end, he explains about how much time it actually takes to finish an audiobook. Writers interested in this medium should watch this all the way through.
Thanks, Keith Michaelson!
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Who doesn't love a deadline!
Becuase I am crazy, and want to drive myself a little farther over the brink in 2017, I decided set three books for pre-order on Amazon.
One (Dragon Land) is already published. No problem there.
My February release is comfortably close to being ready; I should just have it back from the editor and formatted by launch day. A little stressful, but getting a bit "real."
In March, I will be releasing my first book under a pen name (which is my actual name with a slight change), and it needs to be written. From the begining. Oh my God.
There are penalties for missing the pre-order date. Wish me luck, because I am going to need it.
I discovered a thing called Patreon recently. For my very first ever Patreon exclusive, I started a video series chronicling the last month before launch. This will include some of my fears and insecurities that I don't normally share outside a small group of friends.
Check it out here: Scottmoonwriter Pateron Page
Today my co-host, Josh Hayes, and I will be interviewing Peter F. Hamilton. I was hesitant to blog about this because it hasn't happened yet.
I am still a bit awestruck. Josh reached out to Mr. Hamilton's people, and long story short, he has agreed to come on the Keystroke Medium show today. We are huge fans, old and new. (A couple of months ago, Josh learned I had not read anything by this legend of science fiction. He jumped up and down and waved his hands...in a totally dignified and supportive fellow science fiction fan kind of way.
I purchased the audiobook of Pandora's Star...and listened to it twice. (Spoiler alert, not a short book!)
About the time I finished Judas Unchained and was straight up in awe of this massive story, we got the word that Peter F. Hamilton, best selling science fiction author and genuine legend of the genre, would be on the show.
This episode won't be recorded live, but please go to KeystrokeMedium.com or find it on YouTube tonight and check it out. Or maybe this Facebook event link will help.
And now I will practice deep breathing exercises for the next three hours to get ready to meet one of my writing heroes. This is happening!
Die Like A Man is an urban fantasy cop thriller with an emphasis on action and thrills. I spent over ten years writing it with many drafts and revisions. Although it has a professional book cover and professional edits, it is not selling as well as I hoped.
What can a writer do?
He can ask for advice (and give away a free copy to curious volunteers)!
If you think you might be able to rescue me and this book (which is really good, by the way), please sign up here and start by getting a Rebranding & Relaunching Team Copy of Die Like A Man right here.
I haven't blogged for a while, it's true.
I could blame it on my new book release, Weapons of Earth, which is the third and final book in the Chronicles of Kin Roland trilogy. I might even contribute my lack of blogging to my study of marketing and other things related to the book business. All of that would be true, however they still seem like a lame excuses.
So guess what, I'm back. Here's what's going on right now.
I did in fact release Weapons of Earth. This book is now available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback. The audiobook may be somewhat delayed because my narrator has joined a band called The Long Run, which is a well-known Eagles tribute band. He's extremely talented. It will be late Fall before he can work on the audiobook.
I started reaching out to some of my email subscribers with the hope they would join the S.M.A.R.T. ( Scott Moon Advance Reading Team). This is very exciting to me because of the great feedback I received during the final stages of the Weapons of Earth launch. I am not afraid of making this a fairly large group, however it is limited and will be exclusive. Please send me an email at email@example.com if you are interested. I am more selective with people who come from outside of my subscriber list, because I know everyone receiving the newsletter is interested in my writing (as opposed to selling me infomercial products). Unfortunately I also get unsolicited emails who could care less about reading anything. Hard to believe, right?
One of the things my advanced readers (S.M.A.R.T.) asked about was whether or not there would be another book in the Kin Roland universe.
As it happens, I have some great ideas about a prequel. Also, I have some stories brewing that would start right after the Kin Roland trilogy ends. My original plan was to pursue a very interesting premise that occurs 50,000 years after Kin Roland makes his big decision on Hellsbreach. I will write short stories based on my favorite characters, including those who were not given large parts in the current trilogy. One of these, is Ashton Roland, Kin Roland's little brother (half-brother, actually) is a space pirate and governor of a faraway world. His mistress / love of his life is Tabitha, the mother of William Orlan.
Since anybody who has followed my blogs or watches the Keystroke Medium show knows that I tend to work on multiple projects at once, this next thing should not come as a surprise. I joined a Facebook group with some of my writer friends that is doing the 90-day novel (a book about writing by Alan Watt). About a year or so ago I used Alan Watt’s techniques to create a book that is currently not published, because I became distracted with other projects and life.
What makes this different is that once I get to the 90-day stage I will go through exercises in the 90-day rewrite book by Alan Watt. So here it is, at the end of the 90-day novel project, which we are actually scheduling to be a bit longer to incorporate NANOWRIMO 2016, I plan to put up this new project, Run Girl, for preorder. This'll be the longest preorder I've ever done and a bit of an experiment for me to commit to a project like this.
I will blog about the process.
Run Girl is a book I already have a book cover for that I like and it is also a slightly different genre. I would call a science fiction thriller. At this stage in the writing process the main character is a young female federal agent. It might fit new adult type science-fiction thriller. I'm not going to give a lot of spoilers because everything is going to change during this 90-day novel writing process. What I have in my head and have started to work on is really cool. Here are some images I am collecting on Pinterest for inspiration. https://www.pinterest.com/.../new-book-inspiration
That's enough for now. I won't going into the many other projects in various stages of completion. Dragon Land, the final book in the Michael Prim (The Lost Dragonslayer trilogy) is basically done except for the dramatic ending. However I've been doing a lot of self editing before sending it to the professional editor. I really want to wrap this one up right.
Thanks for reading my blog. I know that this one is a bit longer than usual. I am writing the first draft of this blog article using Scrivener voice transcription and then putting it in my scrivener for iOS folder so that I can revise and edit on the go. I have a hard time expressing how cool this is.
Have a fabulous day.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away known as “Texas” there was a gathering of word-wizards and prose-warriors known for their fearlessness, generosity, and clever minds. They were the Smarter Artists and this is the story of their Summit meeting. Everything about this magical event might have been lost if not for the reluctant hero of this story, the protagonist with a heart of gold and access to Google Maps. Might have is a key phrase here, because it is suspected that other writers in attendance have also chronicled the daring adventures of both the hosts and the attendees. To ascertain the veracity of this hypothesis, quest for the Self Publishing Podcast, the Creative Penn, and Garrett Robinson. You might even search for #TheLegendOfBenHale on Instagram.
Ben Hale, you see, is an author who writes in the YA Fantasy Genre (The Chronicles of Lumineia), thirteen books at the time of this writing and more on the way. “Ben is the most excellent of people,” one attendee reported. Later, as the event neared it’s dramatic conclusion, Ben Hale was called upon to name one-hundred-and-fifty attendees that he had just met, including the sound engineer and photographer. The price of failure would have been dire humiliation, or at least some awkward teasing -- since the Smarter Artists were all great friends by this point.
“It was amazing,” an attendee said. “It shows that Mr. Hale really pays attention to the people he meets. He is of excellent character.”
From the first moments of the Smarter Artist Summit, it was evident that this was no ordinary writing conference. First of all, there was a magical creature known as Amy who rallied all the forces of good. It is roundly believed that Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright owed her many thanks and encouraged all of the Smarter Artists to thank her by clapping and otherwise expressing appreciation.
This occurred frequently. Sean would identify something awesome and say, “Big hand for Amy!”
And there was much rejoicing.
The protagonist of this story, who will remained unnamed due to his inability to remember every master and student, felt the two day event was magical beyond rational description and secretly wished he was Ben Hale, so that he might know all the Smarter Artists. Do to the benevolence of the universe, he learned a great deal about building a quality writing career and met the coolest people ever. Many of whom pledge to stay in touch with the Book of Faces.
What might have happened if the Smarter Artist Summit never happened? The world would be a less interesting place. Many writers would have missed finding “there people.” Stories that are destined to entertain and inform thousands of people would remain in the dark.
The Presenters included:
Andre Chaperon (Internet Business Guru)
Nick Stephenson (Best Selling Author and Internet Marketing Smart Guy)
James Tonn (Podium Publishing)
Mark Lefebvre (Kobo Writing Life)
Joanna Penn (Best Selling Author)
Julia Kent (Best Selling Author)
J. A. Huss (Best Selling Author)
Damon Courtney (Book Funnel App)
Dan Wood (Draft 2 Digital)
Johnny B. Truant (Best Selling Author)
Sean Platt (Best Selling Author)
David Wright (Best Selling Author)
Amy Teegan (The Amy Teegan)
Jim Kukral (Best Selling Author and Business Guru)
Bryan Cohen (Author of Ted Saves the World)
In time, all of the attendees and presenters will find their names in the story of the Smarter Artists. And that will be the best adventure ever.
Have you ever wondered about points of view and how they affect narrative order? What about the finer points of space opera and other genres? Listen and watch was Josh Hayes and I completely demystify these and other topics...or at least talk about writing and stuff.
Video blogging is new and mysterious to me. I can't speak for Josh or the audience we had during the live broadcast, but I had a lot of fun. Probably, there will more and better video blogs headed this way.
Thanks for stopping by!
Simple Food for Health
My goal is to never get sick again. Now before you criticize me for being a total slacker with no ambition, let me suggest this will be harder than it sounds in a simple goal statement. Why would such a thought occur to me at one a.m. when I should be sleeping? To answer that, let’s dig into why I should be sleeping, since I am actually scheduled to be at work.
This is about day five of a nasty cold, or whatever the heck you call it. Earlier in the year, when the cold and flu season was staging its own biological war on my community, I slipped through unscathed despite every friend, family member, and co-worker becoming ill. I was exercising, eating well, and taking Zinc with my Vitamin C. For whatever reason, I broke this routine and have been fighting various forms of the crud for weeks, this morning being the dramatic climax, I hope.
When my throat hurts, I often eat Wheat Chex cereal because it feels good on my throat -- kind of like a scrub brush to sweep the junk out. This morning I decided to try something different: one whole orange and whey protein mixed in water. (In the past this would be a smoothie, be I decided to actually eat most of my fruits and vegetables for a while, instead of blending them. This had the same effect as cereal; it gave my throat a break from the mysterious acid-slime that seems to be running down my throat when it isn’t packing my nasal cavities and cutting off my breathing all night long.)
Which brings us to my very simple nutritional plan that combined with quality exercise, sufficient sleep, and a great mental attitude should remove illness from my buffet bar of misery and productivity destroying excuses.
Whole fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats from food such as avocados. But mostly whole fruits and vegetables with some protein. And mostly vegetables, the greater variety the better.
This isn’t a vegan diet, or paleo, or any of the dozens of eating strategies I have tried over the years. This is merely something simple that I hope works for me. (You might notice I didn’t eat all the things not to eat; I am trying to keep it positive.) With luck, I will have great success and share it with everyone. Please leave comments and opinions at the end of this blog article. I would love to hear your thoughts.
NOTE: my starting weight, according to my Fitbit scale was 187.5 pounds with 19.4% body fat. I log my food with the Myfitnesspal app.
0115: One whole orange, whey protein powder in water.
0930: 1 can of chicken (4 servings), 4 cups of steamed broccoli (I ate this until 1110 hours).
* I will add the rest of food I eat at the end of the day, because I am sure everyone will check back to see if I follow through. *
If you have scrolled down far enough to read my post-script, fantastic. Writing non-fiction, as cool and useful as it is, is not my primary calling in life. I have a regular job, because I do enjoy eating, healthy or otherwise. My family is also pretty keen on the idea. Someday I hope that regular job will be replaced, perhaps in retirement, with a full-time income of fiction writing.
To succeed in the ever-competitive fiction market I have learned it is important to write more than other writers; no excuses are allowed. An easy example is Stephen King, who was been writing 3,000 words a day for most of his life. During an interview he once told a reporter that he wrote everyday except for his birthday and Christmas, but later confessed in his book On Writing: Memoirs of the Craft that this was a lie. “I write everyday,” he said.
This is advice worth taking. How can I follow his example if I get sick. Sure, I can gut it out for a time, but staying healthy would be a lot easier. To keep the dream alive I plan to maintain a foundation of health. How could this be wrong?
Thanks for hanging in there, and good luck in all that you do. If you are interested in Science Fiction or what I call Police Paranormal (a bit like Urban Fantasy the way I write it), then check out my books. Enemy of Man is science fiction packed with action in the style of Aliens and Starship Troopers. As the first book in the Chronicles of Kin Roland, it is free. Dragon Badge pits street cops against sorcerers and dark magic as worlds collide. The same deal applies to the Lost Dragonslayer series; the first book is free. (I love reviews, like I really love them, more than chocolate or cute puppy videos.)
One last item for consideration. Should I be worried that my word processor recognizes My Fitness Pal and Fit Bit as spelling errors, demanding with a squiggly red line that they be changed to Myfitnesspal and Fitbit?
Be safe, and please excuse my rather liberal use of the semi-colon in this article, it is two-thirty in the morning after all.
Life is an adventure. I read to expand my horizons and write because I must.
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