The Afterlife Series gets a shine

I’ve hired a copyeditor to go over The Afterlife Series again, to shine it up real pretty-like, and I’ve made other changes as well.

I had totally forgotten (shame, shame) that part of the Kickstarter rewards had been Tuckerizations for some supporters. These names are now included in the books.

The end of War hosts a sneak peek of book 6 in the series: STONES. (previously it had a sneak peek of Playing for Keeps.)

As I prepare for the release of STONES, and of the Storium* world that will be built around The Afterlife Series, I’ve decided to change the Creative Commons license on the existing books. I’ve tried for nearly eight years to get this work on book shelves (meaning published by a trad. publisher). With STONES and the Storium world, I think I will be done. I’ve changed the license to BY-NC-SA, meaning you can create all you like in the world, fanfic, art, whatever, provided you

  1. Include my name on every file (BY- attribution)
  2. Do not sell what you create (NC- non commercial)
  3. And share the file with the same license as I have. (SA- share alike)

Lastly, in trying to upload the new files to Smashwords, I encountered a problem. My files had been grandfathered in when Smashwords made their changes to their cover guidelines, but apparently uploading new content (note, I didn’t change anything about the cover art) raises a red flag, and now my books are non-published on Smashwords until I get new cover versions from my designer, who’s a very busy dude. If you’re a Smashwords customer and want the new versions, all I can ask for is your patience.

I’m uploading to Amazon right now.

*Holy crap Storium crossed $100,000 in pledges recently!

Ghost Train to New Orleans- out now!

So I discovered that one of the worst things to happen during a book launch week is a 3 day migraine. which is why you haven’t heard much from me. But! The book is out, and the launch event is tonight is Chapel Hill, and coverage so far about the book has been good. So! Linkage!

  • Ghost Train to New Orleans is available now in many places! Ebook, paperback, and audio.
  • The book launch event details are here: Flyleaf books.
  • USA Today talked to me about podcasting.
  • And my university’s paper, the Daily Tar Heel, also did a story!

ISBW #317 – Feedback

In this show we cover what to do at each milestone of rejections. There is no maximum number of rejections you can get before you should stop writing. But you should mark the milestones regardless:

  • 100 rejections: Go to Google and search for your favorite author and see if you can find how many rejections THEY got before they had a sale. This will also test your Google skills, as the search may be difficult. Learn about JK Rowling’s homelessness, etc.
  • 200 rejections: Send a favorite author an email. Ask for an atta-girl/boy. Or if that scares you, tweet @MykeCole (who may also be your favorite author!) and say you need encouragement. He will deliver. Or heck, tweet at me – @mightymur.
  • 300 rejections: Join a writer’s group. If you can’t find one, create one at your local library.
  • 400 rejections: Go to your vineyard’s* website and order a cheap bottle of wine to feel sorry for yourself, and order the most expensive bottle you can because you are a damn working writer and deserve to be rewarded for it.
  • 500 rejections: start a betting pool to see how many rejections you will gather before you get a sale. [may be illegal in your state]
  • 600 rejections: Start your own podcast.

* I know wine isn’t everyone’s thing. Consider chocolate, or potato chips, or coffee. Whatever decadence you enjoy.




Out March 4!

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Captain Spaulding tasting begins this week with Scott Sigler!

pandemic-cover-190x285The very first Captain Spaulding recipe test has been recorded by the awesome Scott Sigler (author of new SF/Horror/thriller, PANDEMIC). He was kind enough to post his thought on his blog, along with a picture and audio. So I’m stealing both. HAHAHA SCOTT.

Ahem. Scott’s Captain Spaulding will not be tested by the Official Testing Group, but it appears Scott has already tasted it, and found it delicious.

Audio for Scott’s recipe. 

Sigler's Captain Spaulding

 

* Don’t remember what the Captain Spaulding is all about? Read here.


Ghost Train to New Orleans – Out March 4

Goodreads giveaway, interviews, and more!

So much going on!

  • Goodreads is doing a giveaway of Ghost Train to New Orleans!
  • I was on the Serving Worlds podcast to discuss Stonecoast (along with author KT Bryski, who just joined the program).
  • I’m an advisor to the new storytelling game, Storium, and we’re rolling out a new version soon. Sign up and join the testing!
  • I’ve got a LOT of new Captain Spaulding recipes! I can’t wait to start testing! I’ll remind people two things:
    1. Please email the recipes to me, it makes it easier for me to keep track of things.
    2. I’d prefer your own recipes. You can modify an existing recipe, of course, but I don’t want to slap a new name on an unmodified old drink. I wanted to make this a new thing. And sometimes a new drink is as easy as taking an old drink and giving it a new garnish.
  • And you will have THREE new ISBW’s this week. An older episode + interview I did at the turn of the year but never got uploaded before January exploded, a rapid fire from this week, and another interview.
  • Don’t forget I will be at Boskone this coming weekend! I’ll be on panels and workshops and testing Captain Spaulding recipes at the bar!

Ghost Train to New Orleans – Out March 4