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The Free Giveaway is Here!

Hey everybody, your opportunity to get over 200 bucks worth of entertainment is here!  The Codex Swords and Spaceships SFF Giveaway has started, with over 20 authors giving out their awesome reads for free.  You can grab my stuff along with other gifted Codexians.  You wouldn’t walk past 20 dollars on the ground so don’t browse past 200 bucks waiting to delight and enthrall you on whatever reading device you’re using.  Post is over… click the link and get this stuff already!

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War Journal 79: The Clean Giveaway

I work in I.T. and love emerging technology, but for some reason I am slow on the trigger when it comes to using technology to promote my writerly products.  I think the combination of me being old school, you know with the belief that a fun story and tight writing speaks for itself, along with the fact that I’m a raging cheapskate ($89 bucks a month for plugin features on WordPress?  My no is LEGION) keeps me in a space where I’m just shy of standing on a corner shouting “buy my stuff” like an out of place town cryer.

Enter my protégé and a tell of three sites.

Jen Finelli came up with the idea to have a campaign where select members of Codex Writers give away some product, whether its short stories or novel excerpts or a whole novel.  Since membership in Codex requires some skin in the game (in most cases at least one SFWA recognized pro level sale), readers will get treated to some quality speculative fiction and us writers get a chance to broaden our audience.  It’s a win for everybody.

Swords and Spaceships: The Codex Giveaway will be going on from 18-31 October on Instafreebie.  Naturally, I’m in it, giving those of you who have yet to check out my novelette “Dialogues with Talking Heads” a chance to get it for my favorite price of free-ninety nine.  It’s a fun sci-fi murder mystery so good you might feel bad you didn’t pay me for it.  Plus while you’re at it you get to check out the work of 20 other kickass neo-pros.  It’s a sweet deal, one that yours truly is definitely gonna take advantage of.  Check it out here.

That said, this is a tale of three sites, Instafreebie being one of them.  While “free” may be their middle name, “bi” follows that, as in writers should buy their add ons and upgrades to actually get the most out of it.  One of their mosts is being able to develop a mailing list.  First I was like “Mailing list… why didn’t I think of that?”  It’s a great way to connect to you guys who really, really dig what I do.  I’m talking sending you live and direct never-before-seen short stories, glimpses and teasers of my Pendulum Heroes novel series, and promo codes to save you guys some money on the books when they finally become available.  And that’s just the start.

But I’m also committed to doing that kind of promotion on the cheap.  Ain’t nothing but gristle in these trenches, folks.  To have an operational budget you gotta have an operation and that doesn’t really kick into gear until I’m sitting on a fully packaged novel.  That’s coming and soon, but for now I’m trying to apply my favorite price to everything.

Enter mailchimp.  They basically allow automation of mail lists so only you guys and potentially the folks who sign up for the Codex Giveaway will get access to my exclusives.  Their free package allows for some 2,000 subscribers, so I’m actually not mad at their pay wall.  By the time I have 2k in audience, well, dear friends, that’s when this thing’ll be an operation.

So I built a subscribe to newsletter campaign on mailchimp and here’s where we enter the third site… this blog on WordPress.  I like WordPress, they’ve got all sorts of neat widgets and plugins.  Only thing is, to incorporate the plugins, specifically the mailchimp one which would allow you guys to easily subscribe to my newsletter, I have to pay WordPress $89 dollars a month for their business plan upgrade.

Lemme get this straight, WordPress, you want me to pay almost 90 bucks a month and it doesn’t even come with HBO?

One of these days I may be world famous, a New York Times best-selling author with more dough than Papa Johns, and this post will be archived so that folks will discover this future big shot was once a writer counting his spare change.  That’ll be great… they’ll laugh and point it out and I’ll laugh with them.  But I ain’t laughing now, I’m leveling up my workaround game and I came up with the picture below.    You’re gonna see our hearty sergeant on the vast majority of my future posts.  He likes the gristle, and when you click his picture you go to my page to subscribe to all the exclusive content I mentioned earlier.  Now I can provide the form, you guys can get at the sweet swag.  Everyone wins.  Except WordPress.

So please, make it official… click the picture and join the squad!

Hungry for more gristle? Click the picture!

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Intelligence Report: Becoming Hero

How would you fine folks out there like a story where a comic book hero, whose life is constantly besieged with enemies, lost loves, and insurmountable odds on a near-weekly basis, finally gets tired of it and decides to kill the person who’s always stacking the deck against him, namely his writer?  If you raised an eyebrow or leaned a little closer, welcome to Jen Finelli’s Becoming Hero.

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If there’s any one I can call my protégé in this business, it’s Jen.  She’s been listening to my good but weird (or is it weird but good?) writerly advice for a few years now, soaking in the big points and tailoring the finer points to match her own witty and irreverent voice.  You can see a great example of that in Brain Worms and White Whales, which is free to listen to and read over at Escape Pod.

Jen wants to bring to life this very meta story of a comic book hero getting revenge for all the torturous machinations we writers cook up, and when I say to life I mean full on color life.  She wants to hire graphic artists and a voice actor to provide some high quality audio and kickass visual aesthetics on the ebooks, audiobooks and physical print copies.  That costs a bit of coin and there’s a reason why the words “starving” and “artist” go together like chocolate and peanut butter.  That’s where you guys come in.

I invite you to go over to Jen’s Indiegogo page for Becoming Hero.  It’s very hard to not get excited by the premise and all the cool rewards she’s got in store for backers.  Plus there are contests and games, no matter your backing pledge amount, coupled with a real and altruistic sense of community and plain giving back.  At the time of this post, she’s about $1200 short of reaching that dream goal of fully funded.  So head on over there and check out the project!

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War Journal 71: Futuristica!

I swear I'm in it... this girl's looking at me, I'm right off cover. Promise.

I swear I’m in it… this girl’s looking at me, I’m right off cover. Promise.

Yo Fanbase!  I’m back.  Man, some of y’all remember, not too long ago, when these war journals were like war journals.  I mean, rejection here, near miss there, hell some actual war stuff in actual war zones?  It’s getting so the War Journal’s more of a Victory Journal.

I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing, even though I do miss some of the randomness I used to drop.  But I digress.

Victory Journal Update!  I’ve got a new story, and this time in both an e-book and physical book!  Futuristica: Volume 1 recently debuted and it features my story “Whole Lives in Hammered Fragments.”  I’ve always loved this one, and it’s one of my serious pieces (sorry humor fans).  The story description made the back cover, the first few lines even, when the editors were choosing choice stories to entice readers into buying.  I’ll post it below so you, too, can be enticed!

What does the future hold for us?

This anthology of nineteen diverse stories from authors around the world show us a future full of adventure, intrigue, fun, heart-ache, and wonder.  An imprisoned space pirate from Phobos is given a last chance for freedom, but only if he’s willing to kill his younger brother.  Again.

It’s available at Amazon, those folks who, every time I swear, don’t include me in the author’s section, forcing me to request it through their cold, automated feedback process.  There’s easier ways to get in contact with me, I have a page built for it, but they don’t ever seem to tire of me harassing them about inclusion.

Anyway, check out Futuristica: Volume 1 on Amazon.  If you check it out now you’ll see Amazon shading me out of the collaboration, even though you can read a good chunk of my story in the “Look Inside”!  I swear, my next war is gonna be against the world’s biggest online bookseller.  And speaking of wars and their associated journals, what do y’all think?  Do you miss the randomness too?  Drop a line and let me know.  Nothing beats selling a story more than tailoring my web presence to you few folks that actually care!

 

 

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