Inforgraphic: Self-Publish or Traditional?

The folks at The Write Life developed this infographic as a bit of a tongue-in-cheek guide to choosing your best publishing options.

Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing: Which Should You Choose?
Courtesy of: The Write Life

 

What are you thoughts?

Inforgraphic: Self-Publish or Traditional?

Sci-Fi November: DEFIANCE Release, and the works of Lucas Bale

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Regular readers of this blog are probably aware that early next year, Lucas and I will be releasing a sci-fi anthology, along with a number of other terrific writers with some truly great stories to tell. I’ve reviewed each of his works and dug them all, and I think you’ll like them, too.

Lucas has a new release out today called DEFIANCE. This is the second book in his Beyond The Wall series, and I got to read an ARC of it last week. It’s killer stuff, and well worth picking up. As an added incentive to buy, it’s only 99 cents today!

But, Lucas isn’t stopping there. If you haven’t read the first book in his series, THE HERETIC, that one is currently free. Also free, his recently-released short story WHAT IT MEANS TO SURVIVE.

So, you can grab all three of his titles for just under a dollar. Not too shabby.

Check out his Amazon Author profile for the links to his titles and enjoy: http://www.amazon.com/Lucas-Bale/e/B00LGVGUMO

Sci-Fi November: DEFIANCE Release, and the works of Lucas Bale

Sci-Fi November: Convergence Giveaway Update

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I feel like I’ve just hit a bit of a milestone. As of today, 100 people have added Convergence to their To-Read lists, and more than 160 people have entered the giveaway to win one of five signed copies of the print edition. Not too shabby, I don’t think!

If you haven’t entered yet, don’t worry – there’s still plenty of time. The contest is running until Nov. 29. You can enter to win over here (US only)! And be sure to add it your Want To Read list, too.

I’m hoping to see lots more entries over the rest of November, and hopefully the word of mouth and the positive reviews my book has received can help get Convergence into the hands of new readers.

Of course, if you don’t like the odds of winning and want to guarantee yourself a copy, check out the purchase links for the eBook and physical copies here.

Sci-Fi November: Convergence Giveaway Update

Brain-to-Brain Interface

In Convergence (and it’s forthcoming sequel, Emergence), I write about the sharing of memories via digital files and cybernetic implants. It’s based on real research, and a lot of stuff that DARPA is working on made its way into the book. While my novel is definitely high on the “fiction” end of science-fiction, we seem to be getting closer every day to making some of these topics that I and other author’s write about. One of the elements in Convergence is a communications system that allows for brain-to-brain transmissions, and is basically like having a cell phone or web-cam implanted in your head.

Well, leave it up to researchers at the University of Washington to pull it off. Granted, these are minor steps forward, but it shows that there’s certainly a potential for such things to occur in the future, and that the technology already exists, even if only small and limited ways, to make it happen.

From UW Today:

University of Washington researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person’s brain over the Internet and use these signals to control the hand motions of another person within a split second of sending that signal.

The research team combined two kinds of noninvasive instruments and fine-tuned software to connect two human brains in real time. The process is fairly straightforward. One participant is hooked to an electroencephalography machine that reads brain activity and sends electrical pulses via the Web to the second participant, who is wearing a swim cap with a transcranial magnetic stimulation coil placed near the part of the brain that controls hand movements.

A transcranial magnetic stimulation coil

Using this setup, one person can send a command to move the hand of the other by simply thinking about that hand movement.

Now, with a new $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the UW research team is taking the work a step further in an attempt to decode and transmit more complex brain processes.

With the new funding, the research team will expand the types of information that can be transferred from brain to brain, including more complex visual and psychological phenomena such as concepts, thoughts and rules.

There’s more to be had at the UW Today link above, so go give it a read.

Brain-to-Brain Interface

Quick Update On Revolver (A Sci-Fi Short Story)

Today, I finished up the second draft of REVOLVER, my contribution to a short-story science fiction anthology that will be releasing in 2015. No word on an exact release date yet, but keep checking back for more info!

This one clocked in a bit shy of 11,000 words, or close to 20 pages. Every page had revisions, some of them pretty significant (remember: writing is rewriting!), with more than 300 changes made to this 796 line manuscript. There were a lot of deletions, some insertions, and plenty of sentences that were altered and put under the knife. I’ve now sent it off to the editor and our other contributors and am awaiting their feedback, while keeping my fingers crossed.

Here’s the quick-and-dirty blurb, which may change as things progress but should give you a good idea of what to expect:

In a near-future America, poverty has run rampant and political apathy has allowed special interests to gain control of the country. A crowd-funding platform, Revolver, has been established by the nation’s moneyed elite to combat the increasing blight. Their latest participant is Cara Stone, a depressed woman with no hope for her future and nothing left to lose. There’s never been a Revolver entrant quite like her before. The corporate states of America are hungry for blood, and Cara promises to deliver.

REVOLVER is a bit of a dark work, and definitely the most political my fiction has gotten to date. I understand that may turn some folks off, but that’s simply what the story is. It’s dark, it’s angry, and it contains a few issues that I needed to get off my chest.

And for the moment, it’s now out of my hands. I’ve sent it up the chain, so to speak, and we’ll see what happens next. Stay tuned!

Quick Update On Revolver (A Sci-Fi Short Story)

Reblog: Writer Emergency Pack – helping writers get unstuck by John August — Kickstarter

I came across this Kickstarter project on Twitter today, thanks to this post from Chuck Wendig:

And that led me to John August’s page, and this tweet in particular:

So, now being pretty darn curious as to what the heck this all is, I hit up August’s Kickstarter page and pledged some support. Here’s the link:

Writer Emergency Pack – helping writers get unstuck by John August — Kickstarter.

And here’s what August says about the impetus behind his Writer Emergency Pack project:

Writing is hard. You’re constantly trying to figure out what word comes next.

Creative writing is even harder. When you’re working on a story, you’re not just trying to decide what word comes next, but what idea comes next.

It’s easy to get stuck.

I know what that’s like because I’m a screenwriter. I’m lucky to have had ten movies produced, from GO to BIG FISH to FRANKENWEENIE. I also host a popular podcast about film and television called Scriptnotes.

Over the years, I’ve had conversations with hundreds of writers, both on the podcast and around the lunch table. No matter what genre or medium, all writers face story problems. Plots that plod. Characters that don’t connect.

Every writer has her own techniques for pushing past these problems — little nudges and prompts to help get the story clicking.

Writer Emergency Pack is a curated collection of some of the most useful suggestions I’ve encountered. It’s by writers, for writers.

I’m really looking forward to getting this deck of cards and checking out the Dark Mode booster pack when it becomes available next year. I think this is going to be pretty darn entertaining, and who knows what kind of crazy stories this could lead to!

As an added bonus that makes donating/pre-ordering all the more worthwhile, August is taking a Get One, Give One approach to help get these cards into the sweaty palms of both writers and youngsters just starting out in local creative writing programs. I think this is a pretty exciting initiative to help bolster support for writing and show kids just how truly fun and awesome this thing we do can be.

Reblog: Writer Emergency Pack – helping writers get unstuck by John August — Kickstarter

Reblog: New Release: The Indie Author Power Pack: How To Write, Publish & Market Your Book

Michael Patrick Hicks:

Great deal, and some great resources too!

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

indie-power-pack-blogFor the last few months I have been secretly planning an assault on the New York Times bestseller list. Today, I can finally announce the release of the book I’m hoping will do the trick.

The IndieAuthorPowerPack: How To Write, Publish & Market Your Book contains three top-rated guides:

  • Write. Publish. Repeat by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant
  • Let’s Get Digital (2nd ed.) by me
  • How To Market A Book (2nd ed.) by Joanna Penn
  • + Bonus Content!

It’s only available for a limited time, and you can pre-order it now for just 99c at:

Amazon|Apple|B&N|Kobo|$0.99

The box will launch on Monday, November 3, but if you pre-order now the book will automatically download to your device next Monday.

I took great care in selecting the books for this box set. I wanted to present the very…

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