GUEST POST: Lessons Learned by Bill Rockwell

I have published three novels thus far, and I have learned much along the way, especially from the mistakes I made.  Hopefully, I didn’t make the same mistakes in my latest novel, Heaven’s Conflict, The Rise and Fall of Angels, A Novel, published October 1, 2014.  The title of my first novel, Generation Z, Birth of the Zompire, which is a vampire love story, is simply too long.  As readers try to find me on Amazon or elsewhere, my novel doesn’t come up until they type the last letter in Zompire.  So, it’s hard to find.  I could have made the second phrase a subtitle, but, even better than this, I should have titled it simply: “Zompire.”  Shorter would have been better.

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ISBW LonCon meetup – UPDATE

Hey folks- I have been having a lovely time in London and Dublin and am about ready to get back to the sorta real world with LonCon!

FIRST- the time has changed from Friday at 11 to Friday at 10am. I had a meeting pop up at 11, apologies. I still don’t know the convention area, so I’m winging it.

SECOND- Someone has asked, How is this different from your literary beer? Well, I’m doing it for a couple of reasons: I don’t have a reading, so I’m trying to get more time with readers/listeners who want it. Also, this is specifically for ISBW listeners, I’ll be talking about the show and various writing topics, not so much my books themselves or Escape Pod or any other projects. And it’s in the morning, so there will be not as much alcohol as the literary beer.

On Twitter I’m @mightymur which is where I will be posting my updates for the con. Looking forward to seeing folks!

Three things I would not be good at

I was just thinking today and realizing that some things people know how to do and I have no idea where to start.

1) Buying drugs. I mean, I am pretty sure I know people who know people.* But if I really wanted to get down and dirty with some illegal substances, I wouldn’t have the foggiest idea where to look, and I’d probably be stupid enough to put it on Facebook- HEY, ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN SCORE SOME POT? And then the Durham Police Department will debate whether they want to highly publicize the entrapment of a 40 year old suburban mom who just wants to get high. **

2) Lawyering up. I read the internets, I know that if a police officer wants to talk to you, it’s really best to have a lawyer present. Even if you’re not under arrest. The only problem is how do you find a defense attorney? I mean, on television (and everyone knows that is real) people always talk about their lawyer like their dentist, or even a close friend. Someone whose number they have on hand, and the lawyer is just waiting at the starting line for the gun to go off so they can run to rescue you, briefcase in hand. Only, the only lawyers I’ve worked with have been real estate and estate lawyers. We bought a house and made wills. I don’t think my last will and testament lawyer is going to come running if I get arrested. I interviewed some IP lawyers but I don’t think they count either. ***

3) Baking bread. Although I am aware this is something that can be learned, with practice.


 

*I do not want drugs. This is hypothetical.
**I am aware that this is how the television show Breaking Bad starts out.
***Still hypothetical. I do not need a lawyer.