Monday, May 28, 2012
Thursday:And if that's not enough, I'll be in the exhibition hall at my table in "The Library" answering questions and selling books the entire time. I hope to see you there!
1:00 PM: Publishing 101 - What’s hot and what’s not in fiction? Panelists look at publishing trends, predict where the market is going, dish out some publishing news and statistics, and offer suggestions on where to send your manuscripts.
2:00 PM: The Digital Landscape - Take the do-it-yourself approach and publish your own fiction. The authors on this panel have done just that. They’ll talk about software, formatting, markets, and more.
4:00 PM: Write What You Don't Know - We remember English teachers lecturing: “Write what you know.” Well, we think you ought to write what you don’t know. How else can you write about space travel and alternate history and fire-breathing dragons and vampire detectives? We’ll discuss how a little research and common sense can give you just enough background to really write what you don’t know.
7:00 PM: Reading - Veteran wordsmith Bryan Young returns to Origins and vows to entertain you with one of his recent works. Settle back, put your feet up, and close out the night on a high literary note.
10:00 AM: Slaying Writer's Block - There’s debate whether there is such a beast as writer’s block. We’ll not argue that point here. Rather, we’ll show you what you can do to knock down the barriers that are keeping you from typing away at your keyboard. Writer’s block . . . or whatever you want to label it . . . we’ve faced it and beat it to a bloody pulp.
11:00 AM: Sex and Violence and Pen and Paper - How much sex and violence should you use in your fiction? There’s no secret formula . . . though in the romance genre there are a few requirements. Do you need sex and violence to sell your story? How can you tell if it overrides your plot? Our panelists discuss when to “keep it clean” and when to get down and dirty.
3:00 PM: Self-Publishing and Small Press - There are alternatives to the big New York houses. In fact, some writers are finding wild success by publishing their own manuscripts or taking them to the small press. We’ll look at the options out there and examine the pros and cons. Our panelists have been published by major houses, small press markets, and have listed stories on their own electronically.
1:00 PM: Publishing Potpourri - Maybe you missed a topic because of a Settlers of Catan game. Maybe you didn’t learn quite enough about query letters or available fantasy markets. In any event, we bet there are some questions you didn’t get answered in the other seminars. Bring your questions! We’re ready for them.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
From Friday, May 25 through Sunday the 27, I'll have a table at CONduit in Salt Lake City. It's being held at the Radisson downtown on 215 S. West Temple. The special guest is Tim Russ, who played Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager.
I'll be appearing on at least three panels:
Saturday: 10am - Web Based TV productions
Sunday: 10am - Getting Your Stuff Published
Sunday: 12pm - Starship Troopers: Fascism vs. Socialism in SF/F
I might or might not have a copy of Operation: Montauk on me for the first person who asks to get one.
Then next week, May 30-June 3, I will be off to Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio for the official premiere of Operation: Montauk. I'll have a table at The Library and will be on quite a few panels. You can check their website for the details.
As soon as I get back, I'll will be launching the official Salt Lake City premiere of Operation: Montauk at The King's English Bookshop. It's June 8th at 7pm, and they're located at 15th East and 15th South. I will do a reading, light refreshments will be served, and then I'll be signing books. I'd love to see as many of you as possible out for that.
The next day, June 9th, from 12-3pm, I'll be signing copies of Operation: Montauk at Dr. Volt's Comic Connection. Dr. Volt's is at 2043 East 3300 South and it's the perfect opportunity to get your comic books and grab a copy of the book.
The week after that, June 15-17, I will have a table in the Artist's Alley at the Denver Comic-Con. I'm told I will be on a panel or two, but that hasn't been finalized yet. I'll have copies of Operation: Montauk, and DCCC will be the premiere of the audio-book of Man Against the Future, as read by Marcus. I hope to see as many of you out there as possible.
I'll continue updating you guys as more signings, events, and reviews of the book are added.
Also: Goodreads is giving away 5 copies. Enter here:
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I haven't pulled an all-nighter since I working on Killer at Large. Not because I haven't had deadlines in that time, it's just that I think I've learned how to be fairly effective with my time management skills. But sometimes family duties and work just pile up over the top and you can't be as effective as you'd like with your writing.
Over the weekend, that's exactly what happened. Operation: Montauk's final proof check and polish was due on Sunday morning. I worked all day Saturday trying to get it done and Sunday came round and it still wasn't complete. But it was the birthday party for my son's 10th birthday. Not something I could skip.
So I stayed up all night finishing it.
To say that it was a sigh of relief when I submitted the final files and they were approved and the book is now at press would be an understatement.
But the book is on its way. I'll be selling it at Origins Game Fair first. Then locally, then at Denver Comic-Con.
Amazon and Barnes and Noble actually have the digital version available right now. You should snag it there.
Goodreads is also doing a giveaway.
I guess the moral of the story, though, is that you can still fulfill your obligations as a member of a family or of society and still meet your deadlines. It's not impossible. In fact, I laugh at people when when they tell me they wish they had time to write. They do have the time to write. They're just spending it doing something else.
But now that Operation: Montauk is done, I'll be doing promotion for it and I've got some fantastic projects coming your way throughout the year I'm very excited to tell you about...
I'd tell you what they were at the moment, if I weren't too busy making sure they were going to happen.
Friday, May 18, 2012
I received the first proofs of Operation: Montauk yesterday, as well as two new reviews of the book. I can't tell you how good the books look. Lucas and Blain knocked this cover out of the park. I can't wait for you all to get your hands on it.
There are two people who have got their hands on it, though, and they've written reviews.
The first, is Troll in the Corner's Glenn "Naked Hobo" Buettner.
After a hilarious after-life exchange between Michael Crichton and H.G. Wells, Buettner wrote a review of the book you really just need to read.
Here's an excerpt:
I think the most refreshing thing about this book though is that it tells a great story with interesting characters without the need for twenty seven encyclopedic volumes of epic insanity. I could hardly put my copy down, and if it had been longer I would have probably lost my job.I think it's safe to say he liked it.
You can read the full review here, if nothing else for the Crichton-Wells conversation.
The next comes from Racheal Ambrose from The Galactic Drift. Here's a piece of the review.
Operation Montauk keeps readers glued to the page... Young uses time travel in a way that doesn’t seem cliché or overused. Instead of humans beating time, time challenges them.Read the full thing here.
For those who love the cover art Blain put together as much as I did, we have created a very limited run of 13" x 19" prints of the painting with some text. They are signed by the artist and numbered 1-30. I'm only selling 10 online, the rest will be available at signings and appearances.
If you'd like to order one online, they're $15 plus shipping. If you want me to sign it also, you'll have to let me know.
I'll be back with more reviews and announcements soon! And if you want to pre-order a copy of Operation: Montauk, you can do it here!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The event is June 8, 2012 and starts at 7:00 pm. There will be a reading, light refreshments will be served, and I will then be signing copies of the new book.
The King's English is located at 1511 South 1500 East in Salt Lake City.
I look forward to seeing you all there. You can check their website for more information about the event.
It has also come to my attention that I've made no formal announcement in this space that I have acquired a publicist for this project. Consetta Parker from Parker Publicity will be representing me as a publicist during the launch of this book. Consetta is a great person and well known in the geek community. She handles publicity duties for such prestigious people and places as Rancho Obi-Wan, James Arnold Taylor, and the ever adorable Cat Taber, among others.
You can check out her website here. If you have need of publicity services, I can't recommend her enough.
I also got word on another review of Operation: Montauk coming soon... Things are looking good.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Lucas Ackley from Ackley Design has been responsible for every single one of my print covers. For Operation: Montauk, he took Blain Hefner's incredible painting and turned it into an amazing vintage book cover, front and back.
While this looks fantastic, I have even better news.
Operation: Montauk has had its first review, and it's a doozy. [insertgeekhere] gave it some high praise indeed. Here's an excerpt:
The book grabbed me from its opening words. I was thrust so quickly into the story that I felt like Cpl. Mallory trying to figure out what the heck was going on. I didn't even realize I was holding my breath until a word appeared. A word that never fails to cause a reaction from me - dinosaur. Like Mallory, time froze for me. At that moment, I let out my breath and unlike Mallory, started to grin like an idiot....You can (and should) read the full thing here.
...I could not put this book down, only my need to sleep and work prevented me from finishing this in one sitting...
So to sum up, is this book a must-read? Yes. Emphatically so.
Why? Aside from it being a well written, interesting, fun book that will take you on a crazy roller coaster of a ride? Okay. Four words: Time travel, dinosaurs, Nazis. 'Nuff said.
Print copies of Operation: Montauk are available for pre-order now.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The first is a very exclusive, limited print run anthology that features my story alongside stories from Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allston, Michael Stackpole, Janine Spendlove, Sarah Hans, Steve Saus, Don Bingle, RT Kaelin, and I could just keep listing them. This is a collection of short stories by authors who are guests at "The Library" at Origins Game Fair. This book has all new, never-before-seen stories from all of us and will only be available in print at the convention. It's also limited to 500 copies. I'll be getting my hands on a few of them, but expect it to be a rare commodity.
But Origins is the best place to get it signed by everyone involved.
"Time-Traveled Tales" is almost 200 pages and contains 19 stories.
The story I have in this collection is called "Deep Salvage" and is a sci-fi/thriller sort of story. I'm very proud of it.
The next collection is a textbook of sorts for writers about building worlds.
In the meantime, you can still pre-order Operation: Montauk. You won't regret it. Promise.
Monday, May 07, 2012
Operation: Montauk, which will make its official debut at Origins Game Fair at the end of the month, is now available for pre-order.
Operation: Montauk is a time-traveling science fiction novel patterned after the pulp-adventure stories of the 1920s and 1930s.
Lost in time after a failed attempt to kill Hitler before his rise to power, World War II soldier Cpl. Jack Mallory finds himself stranded, his whole team killed, nearly 100 Million years off course. Together with a group of other wayward time travelers, Mallory has to fight to survive in a hostile environment swarming with dinosaurs. Desperate to find a way home, the community of lost travelers searches for any solution that might send them all home and unlock the secret that shipwrecked them on the shores of time...
But the jungle holds a secret from Mallory's future-past...
...and it's out to kill them all!
I wrote the book with my son in mind, so it's an all ages sci-fi adventure I hope you'll all enjoy. It's being published by "Silence in the Library", a publisher dedicated to all-ages sci-fi and fantasy.
In addition to premiering the book at Origins, I'll be appearing on writing panels and signing books.
To preorder, simply choose your method of shipping or pickup and your copy will be secure.
After Origins, I have book signings planned in Downtown Salt Lake and Father's Day Weekend I'll be at Denver Comic-Con in the artist alley, signing books. If you're going to be in any of these places, forgo the shipping costs and click the "pick up" option.
For those of you interested, the first chapter has been added as a bonus to the Amazon Kindle version of Lost at the Con.
As many of you know, the pub quiz I host won the reader award for Best Pub Quiz, as voted by the readers of Salt Lake City Weekly for 2012. I put a lot of effort into the questions and we write so many every week. Last year, I put together 4 volumes (and one collected edition) of the pub quiz trivia I'd written to that point and it's time I unleashed another batch of it on the world. I think this stuff is much better than the prior stuff, but it's all fascinating.
I can't explain how much my writing has been helped with my weekly forays into random trivia.
You can pick them all up digitally:
Links for Volume 1-4 can be found here.
Pub Quiz Trivia: Volume 5 - Wildcard Rounds (Kindle and Nook)
Pub Quiz Trivia: Volume 6 - Film Trivia (Kindle and Nook)
Pub Quiz Trivia: Volume 7 - Geek Trivia (Kindle and Nook)
Pub Quiz Trivia: Volume 8 - History and Current Events (Kindle and Nook)
Collected Edition: Volumes 5-8 (Kindle and Nook)
I hope you trivia buffs out there check it out and enjoy it. And for any of you out there hosting your own Pub Quizzes, it's hard to go wrong with these award-winning, crowd-pleasing questions.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Ok. I lied. That wasn't really Christopher Walken. That was Marcus, the world famous comedian. You might remember him from his time on Last Comic Standing. We were just having a bit of fun with that video.
He really liked my collection of science fiction short stories, Man Against the Future, and when I asked if he'd record the audio book, he leapt at the chance. Literally. Jumped. Leaping. Right through the air.
After he got back to the ground, we started recording. We're about halfway done with that process and we're in the post-production phase for quite a bit of it as well. It's just such good stuff, his reading is far beyond what I'd be able to do, and I wanted to share with you a taste of the audio book.
Here is the complete, unabridged version of "The Hero and the Horror" a vampire story I wrote for the collection.
I really think he knocked it out of the park.
The audio book will be made available by Origins Game Fair, hopefully sooner. I'll get more information as soon as I get it.
In the meantime, work on Operation: Montauk goes on in earnest. We're still chugging away at the deadline and I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying Blain's work on the painting for the cover.
Also! Big announcement:
Free Comic Book Day:
I will be appearing at Dr. Volt's Comic Connection for Free Comic Book Day. It is Saturday, May 5th, at 2043 East 3300 South in Salt Lake City. I'll have a free book to give away that contains a short story from Man Against the Future and a preview of the first chapter of Operation: Montauk. Also buttons. Lost at the Con buttons. I'll be signing and selling books, too, including the audio book CD of Lost at the Con.
Kat Martin will be there as well, hawking her art, which is always a good time. We'll be accompanied by the Mandalorian Mercs. And did I mention all the free comics? I've got more announcements coming soon as well, so be sure to stay tuned!