Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cupid Painted Blind

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up that Cupid Painted Blind is available for free for the Kindle for the rest of today and tomorrow. In fact, it's actually moving up on the contemporary romance bestsellers charts right now.

Give it a try here.

Also, I wanted to remind you that I'm a guest at Anime Salt Lake this weekend. You can get more details from their website or my latest column for the City Weekly.

I hope to see you guys there!

Monday, February 27, 2012

A New eBook and Two Conventions


The second part of my film series, Confessions of an Independent Filmmaker, has been released on Amazon. (I haven't decided yet if I'm going to put it on Barnes and Noble as well or to enroll it in KDP Select.) This documents the few years between my first movie and my second movie and all of the various projects that were worked on in between. It also includes sample investment proposals in case you're looking to write one for a film project you're working on.

You can get it here.

As far as conventions go, I'll be a guest at Anime Salt Lake this week. I'm going to be signing and selling books and I'll be presenting two panels as well:

Writer's Q & A
Saturday - 10:00 am - 11:00am
Location: Oak Room

Publishing for Dummies
Saturday - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Oak Room

For more information about attending the convention, check out the Anime Salt Lake website.

And finally, Origins Game Fair has posted the schedule for their literary track. I'll be at that convention as well, signing books and appearing on panels. As we get closer I'll post a more detailed schedule here, but in the meantime you can check it out on their website.

(Also, check out my latest for Huffington Post)
That's going to be a huge convention and I hope to see plenty of you there.

In the meantime, I'll be doing my best to lock myself away and hit my deadlines for Operation: Montauk. I really feel like you guys are going to enjoy it.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cupid Painted Blind (among other things)



First off, I'd like to let you know that there is a new collection of shorts available exclusively for the Kindle called Cupid Painted Blind.

It contains four stories that longtime readers of the site will recognize: The Missed Opportunities of Days Gone By, A Friend Indeed, Cupid Painted Blind, and Some Wintery Reminiscence.

You can check it out here.

If you're interested in supporting me monetarily, you can pick it up for $2.99, though if you want to wait until next week, I'll be doing a giveaway promotion and you can support me by reading and reviewing it.

Second: I got a PDF of the essay I contributed to in Disinformation's You Are Still Being Lied To. You can check out the piece that I wrote (with Elias Pate and Steven Greenstreet) here, but you should check out the entire book. It has incredible and enlightening essays from guys like Douglas Rushkoff, Howard Zinn, and Noam Chomsky. Quite august company to keep.

Here's the PDF of our contribution: Cheap, Crappy Food = A Fat Population.

This was written on the heels of the documentary I produced, Killer at Large, which was about the American obesity epidemic. Look it up on Netflix.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone for coming to the signings on Saturday at Eborn books. I met a lot of great people and it was great to see people showing up to pick up my work. The big sellers were God Bless You, Mr Vonnegut (which was the first time it was available) and Man Against the Future, which makes sense given the crowd and the people I was signing next to.

That in itself was an off experience. I was signing books at the same table as Dave Farland who used to write Star Wars books as Dave Wolverton. And the first book I ever had signed was his Courtship of Princess Leia. To be sitting at a table signing books next to him almost 20 years later was an odd experience. Just as he was then, he was a terribly nice and encouraging guy.

I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that I signed with L.E. Modesitt and Paul Genesse who were both very great. It's always great to get together with writers and talk about writing in a way that you can't get anywhere else. We all have a different perspective on things and it recharges your batteries to do it.

Stay tuned for more stuff coming up later this month as well! And don't forget that Anime Salt Lake (of which I am a guest and conducting some panels on writing and publishing) is in just a couple of weeks.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Releases!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

I'm proud to announce two releases today, both shipping ahead of schedule.

The first print run of God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut has arrived, the pre-orders have shipped, and I'm now shipping signed copies.

The book is 144 pages and retails for $9.99 plus shipping and handling.

The official blurb:

Few authors have had as much influence on the youth of America than Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. He brought morality and humanism to the forefront of millions of minds and into the mind of one man in particular.

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut is Bryan's love letter to the late writer, collecting essays, short stories, and other material written over the last ten years, all of it about, or directly inspired by, Vonnegut.

It contains a lot of stories and essays that are near and dear to my heart and I hope you'll check it out.



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Additionally! CDs of the audiobook of Lost at the Con are now shipping!

If you're interested in downloading the digital files instead you can shoot me an email, in the meantime it's a CD only thing. I'll have them with me at signings for sale.

You can listen to the first chapter for free by clicking this link!






Also: Salt Lake Magazine picked up news of our signing on Saturday.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Audiobooks are the Future of Indie Publishing

Writing a book and publishing it seems challenging enough, but producing a professional quality audiobook on top of that seems like it's a bridge too far for most. There aren't anywhere near as many audio books coming out as there are books of every nature on the self-publishing market.

Assuming you're someone people will want to read in the first place, the more you have to offer, the larger the audience you'll be able to reach.

I think audio books are that next bridge.

Right now, there's no filter, technology, or skill gap between someone who suddenly decides they're a writer and posts a story to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and a writer working their whole life to hone their craft, polish stories, and make sure only their best work gets published. As long as the covers and descriptions look good on both products, the consumers won't know the difference until afterward.

But one way to set yourself apart is a properly produced audiobook.

Since a professionally produced audio book is something that's either expensive to hire out or time intensive to do yourself (if you even have the right equipment), I think it will become one of the many hallmarks readers will use to distinguish the wheat from the chaff.

More than that, I think with the way media consumption is today, it will expand the potential audience of your material more than almost anything. We all know someone (lots of people even) who never pick up a physical copy of a book but will listen to ten audio books a month, whether it's on their commute or while they're performing other tasks.  It's the ubiquitous podcast-listening crowd. And they're a huge market.

I even had one bookstore owner ask if I had an audiobook version because he wanted to read the book before putting it on the shelf but would rather listen to it instead. Hell, I have members of my family who haven't read my book because they're waiting for the audio version.

To that end: I'm almost done with the audiobook for Lost at the Con. It was supposed to be done last year, but I got sick and lost my good reading voice so I had to put it off. I'll be recording the last two chapters today and manufacturing the CDs next week in time for my signings on February 18th.

If you have the capability of professionally recording an audio book for your material, I would suggest doing it. Indie publishers simply need to get into that game. I truly believe it's the next step to be taken that will expand readership, differentiate more professional from fly-by-night, and add to the profitability of being an independently published author. You're running a business and you want to monetize every possible distribution avenue for your products. Period.

If you want to pre-order the Lost at the Con audio book, I'll be sending out CDs (that include the digital versions of the book) next week.






On a side note:

My newest eBook: Confessions of an Independent Filmmaker - Part 1 is free for the Kindle today and tomorrow. And tomorrow, The Whiskey Doctor and other stories of the new Great Depression will be free for Kindle as well. I would appreciate it greatly if you were to check them out and, if you liked them enough, write a review on Amazon for me.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Free Books and more conventions

Quick Announcements!


Thanks for your continued support!