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FREE PAX TITANUS STUFF!!!

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FREE STUFF!!!

Post an honest review for Pax Titanus on Amazon or Goodreads this weekend and I’ll send you some Pax Titanus bookmarks, Leather to the Corinthians stickers, postcards and some mystery items!!!

Just a couple sentences will do. You don’t need to post a book report.

Comment with the link to your review and I’ll handle the rest. Here’s Pax on Amazon for your convenience.

http://amzn.com/1621051641

Oh…tell your friends!!! Free stuff for all!!!

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Book Signing…SUCCESS.

Last Saturday, I had a book signing event at Docking Bay 94 Comics and Games down in the Boca Raton, FL area. I spent about seven years living in the Boca Bubble and I can tell you from experience that it will warp your priorities. I felt just a slight tinge of justice served as I returned the favor.

We had a solid turnout, and I had the chance to see many old friends, co-conspirators, and excited new disciples. I have also heard a report that one person may have received a speeding ticket trying to make it before the event was over. Unfortunately, the alleged traffic violator did not make it in time…if I can confirm this, I will name a character after her in a future story. It’s the least I can do.

Even though I stand in front of a room and talk for a living, I always feel a bit strange being the center of attention — especially when I plan to be. Fortunately, everyone was so cool that I forgot about how weird I am and it’s nice to have a vacation from that.

The overall response to the book has been encouraging. I’ve heard enough positive remarks to keep moving forward. It could be that my author photo keeps a few trolls out of my life. I do look like I’ll take your lunch money. Remember: if you look dangerous, you don’t have to be dangerous.

In other news:

I have just under a week left in my Goodreads giveaway. I’m giving 10 free, signed copies of Leather to the Corinthians. If you don’t have a copy yet, or need something to prop up a wobbly table, then take a moment to click HERE.

Also, my book ended up…ah ok, I hijacked this Listopia on Goodreads…Best Social and Political Satires. Again, if you are on Goodreads, can you throw me a vote? I’m all the way up to #2. Click HERE to vote.

Lastly, Amazon has added new categories for Kindle, and Leather is currently #68 in Metaphysical and Visionary. I have no idea how this happened, but I dig the Visionary part.

Here’s some pics from the book signing. Thanks to all who came out to support me and my madness. YOU ROCK.

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A Thunderous Conclusion.

brainSo, I think I broke my brain. I am currently working to fix it.

Over the past four months since I indie-pubbed my first novel, Leather to the Corinthians, I have been spending considerable energy using social media (read: all my free time) to market and promote the book. Prior to its release, I had done a sizable amount of research and created a massive, multi-tabbed spreadsheet filled with competitions, communities, reviewers, Facebook Pages, distributors, and so on.

Prior to completing the novel (which in itself was an excruciatingly long process, some of which was documented on this blog), I spent a considerable amount of time learning how to publish the book (this was after many months of query letters and rejections), as well as hiring professionals to polish the manuscript, format the text, and illustrate the cover (money well spent). I read page after page in book, on websites, etc. I was consumed with figuring it out.

NOTE: I have an obsessive personality. I wasted two years playing World of Warcraft. Serious players spend as much time reading about the game and how to play it as they actually play it.

I had created a pressure situation. I knew I could spend years knocking on agent’s doors and submitting small pieces to lit mags. That’s one classic model of building a writing career, and it is advisable. It’s respectable. However, I’m 43 not 23 and I am feeling Father Time sitting on my chest.

Plus, I’m big on DIY and kind of Punk Rock in mindset.

I jammed my brain with information about writing and publishing. Perhaps too much. I knew I needed to get it out. It was driving me crazy. My Facebook newsfeed is filled with well-meaning indie authors squawking about their massively successful books (I am becoming more dubious as time goes on). I have made many, many trips to the post office to mail out books for review, and I sent requests to easily 10 times as many who never responded. I know it’s all a part of the process, but it’s exhausting.

It became clear to me that I had to flush my brain. Purge it of all the advice, all the thinking, the spreadsheets, the self-doubt, the endless patrol of my Amazon and Goodreads pages. (Why, that asshat gave me two stars!) Promoting the book had become more important than the writing.

NOT OK.

I realized it was time to move on and let the damn thing breathe. However I am a completist (you gamers know what I’m talking about) so I felt that I had to at least get through what was in front of me.

I had the last week off work and spent a few hours each day trying to get through what was left of the resources I had gathered. I still have a few to go, and the week has passed.

I am desperate to finish off my list, as I want to move on to my next novel. Plus, I want to drum up some freelance writing gigs (on top of my full-time job teaching) and I have been mulling another blog as well. I’m nuts.

About two weeks ago I came to the realization that I would never be able to tap into every possible writing community or resources. It’s a hydra of epic proportion. Each site leads me to another and another.

Deeper down the rabbit hole.

There are millions of words written about writing. There’s more writing about writing than actual writing. Everyone has advice to offer. Everyone has a service to sell. It is mind-numbingly endless.

I have seen total crap that is apparently very successful. Not many people post about lousy book sales or that their book sucks hairy nads. I have visited a bottomless pit of blogs containing long passages of nothingness, with a shitton of “likes” at the bottom. I have found talented people lost in the digital wilderness (hello, fellow traveler), so much more deserving of attention. I also see people that promote their book from morning to night. I am slightly envious of the time they have for such things, but it is also quite tedious.

I have witnessed much energy being expended. I wonder…

Is this just a bunch of writers trying to sell books to other writers? Is this working? Is this progressing the wondrous written word and the glory of reading? Have we entered a new age of literacy (cause that’s cool).

Or is this a bunch of monkeys humping a football? And if so, what is my monkey ranking? How are my stats? What’s my possession time?

typeI came to another conclusion. I could spend all my time promoting my single book (forever and ever) or I could do WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING – writing the next book, the next article, the next post, the next script, and the next blog. So, I am trying to wrap up this damn promotion thing.

Based on my calculations, I should be done with my list and unless something looks utterly amazing, I ain’t gonna bother. I have yet to really find a fellow writer with my sensibilities (read: weird), except for these Bizzarro writers up in Portland but I can’t figure out their scene. Maybe by making this decision I will miss the one opportunity that would change everything for me and I’ll miss it. I’m telling myself not to even consider that possibility.

I can’t. I’ll spend all my time thinking I missed something. I’m obsessive, remember?

So after much time and effort spent, I now truly understand that there is no road map to writing success.

If Leather is lighter fluid, I’m going to let it ooze through the cracks and maybe one day it will strike flame. I don’t need to be fabulously famous, I don’t need great wealth, but if my efforts lead to a day when I can spend half the day writing, and the other half connecting with people (notice that there’s no full-time job here) and still pull down a decent income, then I will feel satisfied on a daily fucking basis.

Hear me universe! I declare that this will happen!

So another week or two and then that’s it. I’ll do a free e-book day here and there and probably give away a few books on Goodreads. Otherwise, it’s back the to the best part – writing. And poetry. And blogging.

And my next book…if anyone is interested, it’s a ghost story. This time I will be concentrating more on character and story, as opposed to structure and setting. It will be much less experimental in nature.

Love it or hate it, Leather was a bitch to write. A lot of pre-writing. A ton of research. I’m not quite ready to go back. But I will soon enough.

I’m going to knock this second novel out and then return to the weird world I created in Leather. I figure I’ll follow this pattern: weird book > marketable book > weird book > marketable book. Oh, and I have to build some time to do the submitting thing to various journals and sites. I need to spread my seeds of literary corruption.

As I work on my next book, I plan on blogging through the process as well. Many of you have told me that my documentation of the Leather writing process was inspirational. Laugh all you want, that’s what they told me.

Ok, I need a couple Advil.

Lucas out.

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Tag, You’re It!

Can you do me a favor?

Amazon uses tags to help people find books. My book needs tags. All you need to do is log into Amazon, use the link in this post and scroll down to the bottom section that reads “Tags customers associate with this product.”

Then, just click on the boxes. It will help me tremendously. Thanks!

Leather to the Corinthians on Amazon

And…if any of you out there in the blogosphere need tags as well…I am happy to return the favor.

One Day Left! How You Can Support the Cause.

oneTomorrow is the big day! The official release of Leather to the Corinthians!!!

I know I have been a bit spammy in the final days as I have counted down time to release, and after 12:01 AM EST, I will be switching gears and my topics a bit. I thank you for entertaining my excitement up to now.

If you are planning to buy the book, tomorrow is the perfect day to do it. And if all you do tomorrow is buy the book, you have MY ETERNAL APPRECIATION. Seriously.

However, if you would like to do a bit more and add to the fun, there are many simple things you can do to SUPPORT THE CAUSE.

Ready to help really kick this thing off? Here’s what to do.

Make sure you are logged into your Amazon account.

1. Before buying Leather, take a look around. Search for books by (and then click on them):
• Phillip K. Dick
• Kurt Vonnegut
Joseph Heller
Alan Moore
Lewis Carroll
Tom Robbins
• The Church of the Subgenius
• Any other authors you love

2. Search for individual titles such as
• The Illuminatus Trilogy
Infinite Jest
• Amnesia Moon
• Watchmen
• Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

3. Click on these bad boys, it will help populate the “users also viewed” section of my book’s Amazon page.

4. Now, go for it and buy my book. Search “Leather to the Corinthians.” You seriously rock. Thank you!

5. While you are on the book page, consider “liking it” or perhaps sharing it out via FB or Twitter. They have handy buttons over on the right side for this.

6. Consider “liking” my author page, and sharing this out as well.

7. Add Leather to your wish list, even if you already bought it 😛

8. Amazon also has this neat feature called Listmania. Essentially you make a list of cool things you like. Consider creating a list and adding Leather to it. Here’s some instructions on this if you are interested: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1?ie=UTF8&nodeId=14279651&qid=1355170177&sr=1-1

9. If you see any reviews on my book’s page…under the review, where it asks if you found the review useful, click “Yes.”

10. And hey, if you buy my book and happen to enjoy it, consider reviewing it on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, or anywhere else you like. It will take a few weeks of being on Amazon before the book shows up on these other sites, so you may not see it right away. Regardless, it helps so much. In fact, a positive review is about the biggest thing you can do to support the book.

11. “Like” my Facebook Page if you haven’t had the chance.

12. Follow me on Twitter. I am not a power user, but I am there!

Wow, so many ways you can help me out! If there is anything I can do for you, just ask!!!!

Leather to the Corinthians will be available tomorrow on Amazon! I hope to see you there, it’s going to be a wild day!

The Final Cover Art is HERE! Also, I have a couple questions for you.

It’s an incredible day indeed! Today is the day that I can present the final cover art for my novel, Leather to the Corinthians, which will be available in about 30 days. It’s taken the better part of a year to get it from draft manuscript to press, and the reward for completing – write another book, you dog!

Here’s the final, final, final version of the cover, as designed by my old friend and artist extraordinaire, Sean Bieri (be sure to visit his blog, The Man Who Japed, if you haven’t already).

Quite honestly, I have spent some time just staring at this image. It’s made the whole process real in way that it wasn’t before. It captures the spirit of the book and very accurately provides the reader with a clear idea of what they will find inside. THE PERFECT COVER. It should also get a few people to take a chance because it is so DAMN EYE-CATCHING. It’s just BOOM.

For those who love process, here’s the evolution of the cover:

Now that we have all caught our breath, I have a couple questions for my fellow blogthors (that’s a combination of blogger and author – don’t know if works, but F it.)

Question #1:
I fully plan on making this art available as t-shirts, mugs, etc. Anyone have experience with this? What site provides the best service, price, etc. that will let me set up a store page? I am evaluating Red Bubble, Zazzle, and Café Press but I would love your feedback and experience!

Question #2:
It’s fairly critical to get reviews up on your Amazon page once the book is available. I am wondering if there are a few of you out there that would do me the honors? I will get you an advance PDF copy for review, and once it is available either a free download, t-shirt or some other goodie. Or, if you prefer, a favor to be named later. Please hit me up via the contact form here if you are interested: Contact Me. I’ll give you a few more details when you do.