Thursday, July 28, 2011

Three New Short Stories for Nook and Kindle


There are three stories in a .99 cent pack now available for your reading pleasure on Kindle and Nook.

The stories collected are:

A Simpler Time
Respiratory Alert
The Reckless Abandon of Youth

All three are mostly true stories from my childhood.

I hope you enjoy them!

A Simpler Time: Three Stories by Bryan Young - For Kindle and for Nook.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Message from Marcus about My Books



The redoubtable comedian, Marcus, saw fit to grace me and my books with a hilarious video. You can obviously buy my books from these links: Lost at the Con and Man Against the Future.

You can pay Marcus a visit on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Project Update

I met with my editor today about the next book I'm publishing and as much as we talked about the editorial direction the book needed to take, we talked just as much about the marketing strategy we'd need to embark on to make it successful.

The next book I'm publishing is tonally different than any of the other books or stories I've ever published.  It's not comedic fiction like Lost at the Con, nor does it resemble the science fiction collected in Man Against the Future in any way.  It's tentatively titled Interstate-15 and is the coming of age story of a pair of teenage boys.  It's a very close, personal book to me and I've been hesitant to publish it at all.  In fact, it was actually the first book I ever wrote and helped me deal with a lot of personal issues in my own "coming of age" story.

But my editor and I both feel that there's a great book in there with just a little tweaking and some modest rewrites.  In fact, I'd love to see teenagers read it to offer them some insight into their own maturation, and I hope adults read it to reminisce about the struggles they went through as teenagers.

But like I said, it's very different from the other books I've written.

I'm almost halfway done with another novel, a science fiction book, that has a lot of appeal to the sort of reader who has enjoyed my current published offerings and we had to have a very serious discussion about whether to fast track that book and release it next, or go ahead with the already completed book.

Ultimately, we decided to stay the course we had planned because it doesn't matter when the book comes out, I'm going to have to find a different audience for it one way or the other.  Though I hope that you guys all cross over and read it anyway, I understand going in that it won't be for everyone.

Since I'm an entrepreneurial publisher handling all of my own marketing, it's important to at least consider how I'm going to go about it.  I know to a lot of other artists, thinking about your marketing strategy is antithetical to being an artist, but if you want to succeed in this day and age, it's something you're going to have to wrap your head around.

It's one thing to be cognizant of the marketing plan before the book comes out, but after it comes out is when the real work begins.  But it doesn't need to be overwhelming.  In the weeks leading up to the release of these last two books, I would dedicate ten or fifteen minutes a night looking for review websites and publications that seemed as though they'd be a good fit for my books.  I'd send perhaps five or six press releases out per night (sometimes as few as just one), offering a digital review copy (or a physical review copy if they were big enough).  Not all of them bit, but those that did have been giving the book rave reviews and more are on the way.  And that process hasn't stopped since the book came out.

But wrapping your head around the who's and why's of the next one is something that you've got to consider if you're going to be a successful small businessperson in the realm of writing and publishing.

Here's hoping I don't screw it up.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

A New Beginning

For those of you who have been following me over the years (since 2005!) this space has been devoted to providing you a free short story every month.  It's kept me sharp with my writing skills and you guys have been instrumental in helping me become the writer I am today.

A couple of weeks ago, I released my first book and my first collection of short stories into print.

The book, Lost at the Con, tells the tale of Michael Cobb, a scotch-soaked political journalist who has given up on life and his dreams.  He's assigned against his will to cover a sci-fi/fantasy convention in Atlanta, Georgia and his life will never be the same afterwards.  Huffington Post called it "Required Summer Reading" and of the book they said, "Young's style is terse and crisp. He writes in a way that compels you to keep flipping pages as you delve deeper and deeper into what is either the strangest of cultures you will ever enjoy or something warm and familiar to all geeks who go to these types of cons... If I had to compare it to anything else, I'd call it Hell's Angels meets Breakfast of Champions meets Amazing Spiderman."

The collection of short stories, Man Against the Future, collects 17 tales of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.  16 of which have appeared on this site and one that is brand new for the collection.

You can order signed copies from me by going to their respective websites. (Lost at the Con and Man Against the Future) You can also get them for the Kindle or the Nook.

For those of you local to Salt Lake City, the books are being carried by the following stores:
The King's English
Dr. Volts Comic Connection
Ken Sanders Rare Books
Black Cat Comics
Hastur Hobbies

(The King's English and Dr. Volt's are both hosting me for reading and signing events this month.  Check back for more information about those.)

The mission of this website is going to be changing as my career as a writer has entered a different phase.  I will no longer be offering new free fiction every month.  I will, however, be posting new stories up as singles for Kindle and Nook (and other eReaders) as well as converting my backlog of stories into those singles as often as I can.  You can expect between 1 and 4 singles from me per month.

Starting with July 1, 2011, the first story being offered as a .99 cent single is The Colossus.  It is a steampunk adventure story and was my contribution to Michael Stackpole's Chain Story project.  You can download it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.

Aside from that, I'm also working on more novels.  As much as I love short stories, my first novel has taught me that people want novels more.  I've completed a second novel and am almost done with my third.  At least one of them should be out before the end of the year.  Depending on how fast I work, maybe both of them.

Through this site, I'll also be giving advice to writers, or at least guiding them to the places where I glean advice.  I'll also be answering any questions you might have.  You can email me at editor (at) bigshinyrobot.com.  (Yes, I'll still be fulfilling all of my duties as editor in chief of Big Shiny Robot!).

It is my firm belief that in today's digital world of publishing, there is no reason I can't be making a living writing.  And one of the most important things to make that happen is A) having an audience (all of you), B) having a wealth of material people want to read, and C) the motivation to make it all happen.  And I think I have all three in spades.

So, thank you for your continued support over the years, and I hope that this moment can be the beginning of a new relationship in the post-paper world of fiction.