“What the fuck is Ted?”Justin asked me as I opened the door to walk in.
“Ted?”I had no idea
what Justin was talking about.
Justin spelled it out for me, “T (dot) E (dot) D (dot).Oh, wait a minute.Tim Eric Delsin.”
He held up his Kindle so I could see the cover, but I was
still not sure what he was talking about. “Is it a book?The title seems weird.” I pulled off my coat, but before I could drop
it on the floor, Justin gave me the look, so I hung it up.
“What’s weird is who wrote it.”
“Who wrote it?”Now he
had my interest.
“JaysonJames.”He shoved his Kindle inches away from my
I frowned, “Our Jayson James?”
“Is there any other?” Justin snapped back as he started
pacing the room.
I frowned, “No need to be snide.”
He stopped mid pace, flopped his Kindle down and came over to
me, putting his arms around me, “Sorry.This pisses me off.”
I gave Justin a squeeze and an idea came to me.I pulled away from him and went over to my
laptop.Before Justin could ask, I said,
“I want to see what T.E.D. is all about.”
“It’s about us getting fucked!”
I peered over at him.“Don’t you think your being a little melodramatic?”
He sighed and started pacing the room.“Doesn’t it bother you that Jayson wrote a
book without us in it?I mean why would
he do that?”
Honestly, I could get why Jayson would do that.Now I needed to figure out how to get Justin
to understand it.I knew putting out
three books in a row with the same characters, could pigeon hole an
author.Sure, there were short stories
with other characters, but they were no books.Thankfully, he was winding down, being he came over and sat down beside
“It just does not make any sense.We provided him with storylines for not one,
not two, but three books.”Justin was going
off and I was finding it hard to remember why I had sat down at the
computer.I found it better to let him continue to
spout off for a little while longer, being I found it sexy when he would do
this.Not that I would never admit that
to him, because he would be all sweet, lovey and charming afterwards, like he
had to make it up to me.As I did a
search on T.E.D., Justin continued to rant.“The reviews have been good.Hell!He’s gained more readers with every new
book.Sure he’s grown with each new
book, but without us, he would have nothing.”
I’d become absorbed in what I was looking at online, that I
hadn’t noticed Justin was no longer going off until he was sitting beside me
with his head on my shoulder.Here comes
the sweet, lovey and charming.I turned
and kissed him on the forehead.Now he
was ready to listen.“You know how you
get in the mood to draw different things?”
“You mean like guys?Or flowers?Still life?That kind of things?”
“Yes.That is how it
works for writing.Sometimes you might
have several great ideas involving the same characters, setting and such, but
then you get an idea for something else and you write it.”
Justin lifted his head off my shoulder, “I get the writing
it.It’s the publishing it where I have
“Come on Justin.We
knew there were going to be books without us.”I bit my lip.
Justin thought for a moment, “I suppose you are right.I just thought we were going to be in
them.Even if it was for a little bit.”
“I think we should not let it bother us.We still have each other.”
Justin smiled, “We’ll have another book.”
I grinned, “We’ll be in a few more.I’m sure.”
My older brother, James called me the next day and asked me
if I’d read this book he was reading called T.E.D.Seeing what the book was about, I was
surprised to hear that James was reading it.Then he told me that he was in it.Delsin, of course I knew I’d heard
that name before.
It was clear to me that these guys in this book were older
than Derrick and I.I was more curious
about reading the book and no longer upset about it.Derrick was getting in the shower when James
called and I could not recall how much time I’d been on the phone, but I
imagined it was long enough that Derrick was done or near to being done.
I was curious and thought I would check out T.E.D.A few clicks later, I came across something
that thoroughly pissed me off.As I
scrolled up and down the page, the anger in me came to a boil.
Derrick walked in and looked concerned, “What is it?”
“He’s having a release party for the new book.”I spoke through gritted teeth.
“Who?” He was confused.
“Fucking Jayson James for that T.E.D. book.”I squeeze my fingers tight into fists and
tensed my neckto release some pressure.
“No way!”I could tell
Derrick was trying not to smirk, as he always did when I did this.As silly as I knew it looked, it worked.We’d established this unspoken rule, which
basically was letting it go.
He walked over and pulled up a chair next to me at the
computer.It was then that I noticed he
was only wearing a bath towel.He must
have caught me eying him over, because he subtly bit his lower lip.That’s all it took for me.“I… “
“Did you see this?”Derrick pointed at the computer screen, “Most of these prizes are about
us and our books.”
“What?”I snapped out
of the sexual trans I was going into and took a look.There were books, what I’d learned from
Derrick was various author swag, autographed covers.I had a thought, “I think we are going to be
“I do.”The more I
thought about it, the more confident I felt.“We are always going to be how it all started.Nothing is ever going to change that.I mean think of all the stories, books, poems
and other pieces of writing, many never read, let alone finished.”
Derrick nodded, “Very true.”He smiled and looking into his eyes it became clear to me that I had
just figured out something he already had.I smiled back and nodded, letting him know I got it.We both laughed.
I proceeded to eye Derrick up and down.He took me by the hand and led the way.Suddenly he stopped, looked me in the eye and
stated, “Our next book, we are getting a release party.”
The question was given “If you could ask 1 question to 1 author, what question would it be and what
author?” duringMan Love
Day!An event I participated
this past Saturday, February 15, 2014.Billy Cunningham had the question to ask me, “How do you know it's good enough to sell?”
Sometimes I get questions that I
need to ponder over for a few days or ones that I just cannot come up with an
answer I am happy with or not something I want to answer.Then there are questions that I think, how
clever, I cannot wait to answer that. Billy’s question was one of those ones I could
not wait to answer.
In answering, “How do you know
it's good enough to sell?”I have compiled a list of pointers and things that I think make up the
answer to this question.These are my
own opinions and come from my own experiences.
Believe in Yourself.You never know what will happen, unless you try.
Get Advice.You do not always have to take it, but you should ask for
it.Let people read your work and hear
what they have to say.It is important
to not take what they say personal.Breathe
and roll with the punches so to speak.
Appreciate Others.It is easy to get frustrated or take for granted, wanting
more, more, more!If someone is willing to read your writing and
offer corrections or help you with the most minute of details, be grateful!Those who support your work, hold them
Write the Story and Do Not Get Hung Up On Editing.I’m my
own worst critic. I cannot tell you how
many times I will get so focused on several idiosyncratic items that most
people probably do not even notice in my writing (such as I cannot stand having
paragraphs consecutively start with the same letter).Then there is the feeling I am over using a
word, which any good editor will note these and be grateful when they of
suggestions for a new word.
Go Through Rounds of Edits.You need another set of eyes to look at your
work.There is way too much that you
would miss.This might include
rewriting part of the book, but in the end you will be glad you did!
Welcome Criticism and Recognize Assholes.Nothing is worse than having
people all around you telling you “it looks great!”Only to find out through someone who has
chosen your book to pick and read and they point out all of your shortcomings.
Market Yourself.You need to be ready and willing to talk
about and share your work with others.
Try, Try and Try Again.Do not give up if you do not succeed.
Go For It!You never know what will happen, unless you try.
So there you have it.These are what I feel is needed to know your
writing is good enough to publish.Thank
you Billy Cunningham, for posing this question that you wanted me to answer for
you.I hope that this answer is helpful
to you and others.
When I volunteered to take
part in this blog hop, I thought it would be fun to share with others Indie
authors that I have enjoyed reading.Being an Indy author myself, I know what it’s like to publish and market
a book basically on your own.With each
book I have released I have gained more support.My friends have been such a help in so many
ways, from proofreading to critiquing, taking part in focus groups to vote on
what ends up being the cover, sounding boards to bounce ideas off and
suggestions on how I can make a good idea better.
Then there are my fellow
Indy authors.These people, such as me
want their own books to sale.However
they take the time to help a fellow author out.Today I would like to focus on these wonderful people who have all
written some great books.Each and every
one of these books I have personally bought (although many have given me a
T.M. Smith is the author of
Opposites, which spun off a novella The Library.Perhaps the coolest part about her books is
they are set very far in the future.Earth
is not anything like the planet we currently inhabit and when you read into
this world, I believe you will think it is a good thing.T.M. has put listed of the world and
characters in the front of her book, something I know the first time I went to
read it I was concerned about needing them.Not once while reading did I look at these.However, at the end of the book, I found them
fascinating to look at, seeing just how everything tied together.As odd as it might sound, my favorite thing
about her book is it focuses on love.Whether it be straight or gay, in her books love is love, with equal
attention to detail given to the scenes.
james crawford (yes, he
likes his name to be in lowercase letters, no matter how many times MSWord
tries to correct it for me) who has written The Leech series.Caleois the first book in this series.I have never been a fan of sci-fi/fantasy
books, so I thought I was going to struggle getting through Caleo.As I started reading, I was drawn in by Caleo
and his swimmer cousin Jack, I was compelled to spend time with them.As the world quickly turned upside down I
kept on reading to see what happened next. By the time I finished the first book, I was
as eager as the others I had seen posting the same question, “When is the next
book coming out?”Jackreleased a couple
of months ago, with an image of the main character being as hot as I’d imagined
him.This book I bought right when it
came out, although james sent me a promotional copy.What sucked about Jack was now I am even more impatiently waiting for more
(without giving away the ending).
Christopher Waltz has
written one of my favorite Indy books of all time, Ivy League.As shallow as it might sound, it was the
cover that caught my attention and prompted me to buy this book.I opened it up one evening and was
immediately sucked into the brilliant story that unfolded.The characters were believable and it really
shows how with the best intentions just how bad things can go when it comes to
doing something illegal.I think we have
all been in a position before where we’ve been tempted to break the law in
order to get ahead, especially if there is not a chance of getting caught.After reading his book, I picked up his
novella Come As you Are, which I enjoyed just as much.Now I am eagerly awaiting him to write
In closing, I wanted to
thank each of you for being an Indie reader.I know from my own experience and talking with fellow Indie authors,
each and every one of you that we gain reading our books are truly appreciated.That being said, we like to hear what you
think about our work, especially in a review.I have talked to so many people who do not think they are good at
writing a review.I am one of them, I
think every time I write a review, “Whoever reads this is going to think that
guy is a horrible author.”Yet, every
author I’ve had contact with has always stated something positive and shared
their gratitude for my review.I implore
you, especially if you like a book, please write a review!
Every High School has their social outcasts. The band nerds, the math geeks, the chess club, the girl that chews her hair, but at Butler High, even the creepy nose picker in the chess club is more popular than Caleo Anima. No matter what he did, his pale skin, snow white hair, and piercing blue eyes always made him an easy target. He used to think that the only way things could get worse would be if someone found out that he was gay, but that isn't even the tip of the iceberg of problems after a mysterious stranger shows up and changes Caleo’s life forever.
Hidden amongst our society, a secret and magical race of people known as ‘Leeches’, have been engaging in civil war for decades. Both sides are desperately searching for a weapon with unlimited power that will give them the advantage they need to rule their world. This wouldn’t mean anything to Caleo, except for one problem...He is that weapon!
Forget making it through High School. Caleo has bigger problems! As the search for him goes on, the world is quickly crumbling around him. He's now fighting for his life and the life of what little family he has left. With the help of new friends, he has little time to try and master his newly found powers as he tries to figure out who he can trust, who is trying to use him, and who just wants him dead. One wrong step and being the awkward pale outcast will be the least of his worries.
What if you knew the exact date and time the world will end, what would you do?
Sam Tucker was faced with that dilemma when he began getting visions of the Earth's demise. Luckily for him, he was able to save his family and as many people as he could before the tragic event occurred, and he did so with the help of unknown visitors. With Earth now destroyed, Sam, his family, and thousands of other lucky survivors must live the rest of their lives on a faraway planet in a Dome that simulates life on Earth. But Sam's mind can't seem to rest as a few questions arise. Why did the aliens save them? How did they know about Earth's sure fate? And exactly what are they hiding?
Emma Tucker begged for an escape from her boring life but never in a million years did she think it would come at the destruction of Earth. Living on a new planet and finding it difficult to get rid of her rebellious habits, Emma finds herself making friends with a member of the alien race and it soon develops into an unexplainable love; a love that is more dangerous than she could ever imagine. While her father is searching for his own truths, she has no idea that she is stumbling on a truth of her own.
Told from the point of view of both Sam and Emma, author Nova Sparks takes readers on a journey to discover love, fate, faith, truth, and the mystery of the DOME!
All right, let me start off with admitting that I have been kissed. It has been a short while since I'd seen the movie Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore and I was sucked into it as I always get. It is funny how some movies can do that with me. It was kind of ironic, being I was working on a new book that takes place back in 1988 and this movie touches on the 80's. As I was absorbed watching my mind had a chance to leisurely think about my writing and organize my ideas in my head. This is something I've needed badly. Hopefully this down time will lead to some productivity.
This week I've been able to bounce off ideas for my new book. Now I just need to get ideas onto paper. My board is a mess with ideas scribbled on it. It was a nice trip down memory lane as I researched and made sure movies, music, etc. matched with what in my head remembered. In doing this more of the plot developed. In talking about my idea for the cover, a friend had an awesome suggestion for the cover. I hope that it comes out as neat as it is forming in my head. When it is done, I believe it will be my best cover yet.
T.E.D. is literally weeks away. I've been so thankful to have so much support. There are still some major hurdles to get over. Earlier this week I was feeling rather frustrated and thinking the book was going to crash and burn. It is during these times that I need to breathe. I've been glad to have a friend step in that is willing to be straightforward and tell me what I need to hear.
Super Bowl Sunday is tomorrow and the Seahawks will be playing for the second time ever. I will be staying home with Cooper and hopefully writing while the game is on.
Oh yeah! The picture at the beginning of this post was something I'd seen someone post on Facebook a while back and liked. When I was messing around with Picasa one evening I put the border on it.