Lucifer Haynes: Lucifer in a Small Town


Want to know what my NaNoWriMo novel is going to be about?

“Is a man more than his name? We’ve all been teased, from time to time, about our name. The fact remains, though, we weren’t the one’s to choose what we were to be called. Lucifer Haynes: Lucifer in a Small Town tells the story of one man, who has had to suffer the burden of his parents’ unfortunate naming decision. This twisted prank has cost him everything he’s ever held dear; and it’s kept him from finding lasting relationships, stable employment, and a place to call home. Recently, though, things have begun to slowly turn around for him. He’s upgraded to living out of an extended cab Ford, with room to stretch out; he’s befriended a kindred spirit with ample under-the-table work opportunities; and his love life isn’t quite as non-existent as it once was. He’s even started going to church. Luc Haynes is on the path to achieving all he’s longed for.

Until now, Luc has thought of his name as a sick gift from long-deceased parents. Unfortunately for him, he’s about to learn that, perhaps, things aren’t exactly as he’s believed. With several unnatural deaths pointing toward his involvement, will Luc be able to hold on to that which he has worked so hard? Or will one man’s namesake bring a small town to complete desolation?”

Kickstarter Upadate: A Thank You to My Wife


Just published this over at Kickstarter. There are only 4 days left, and I badly need your assistance. Go here to check out my campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/669727244/fund-the-truth-saga-book-2-and-get-books-1-and-2/posts/232336

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If you’ll indulge me for a moment, I’d like to use today’s update as a way of saying thanks to my wife of THIRTEEN YEARS TODAY!!!

*Ahem.*

Sorry about that. Anyways…

We met in 1998 and married in ’99. I began writing in 2002. She had no idea what she was getting into. :) Being married to a writer is probably not all it’s cracked up to be. At times, she probably feels neglected. The blank page is my mistress and sometimes, it’s hard to fight her tempting embrace. I lay next to my wife, tossing and turning, praying my ideas will remain fresh through the night. She pretends to sleep as I give in and slip out of bed to sneak in just a few last words for the day. There probably shouldn’t be a time I shut my door to her, yet I have to close out the world when I’m in an urgent frenzy.

Then, there’s the financial side of it. As an Indy author, I am not given an allowance from my publisher. No, it comes from my wife. To be honest, I probably have to cut through just as much red tape. And it’s for the best. My wife knows that should she loosen the purse strings, I would return it wrong side out and threadbare. Author’s copies aren’t cheap when you print-on-demand. My cover artist, though reasonably priced, still enjoys being paid. And advertising? Well…

But bless her… My wife is always there for me. Steadfast, she watches over me to make sure I’m spending wisely, saving my sales receipts to pay for the next batch of books, and not wasting away my “free time” on the Internet. It is because of her that I click and clack at the keyboard when I really just feel like putting in the next disc of whatever series we’re watching at the time.

After all, if I don’t crank out the next volume in The Truth Saga, she’s threatening physical violence. And that is the hard love for which I am most thankful.

Happy anniversary, baby! I’ll get you that book soon enough.

- Raymond

Three Years Ago, Today


Corrupting Truth Writing Goal

Man, has it really been that long?  I guess so.  It was three years ago, today, that I finished the first draft of <cite>Forging Truth</cite>.  That is one of the most euphoric days of my life.  In fact, I thought it would really be the start of something big.  I knew I had finally arrived.  I was a writer, something I had worked toward and dreamed about since high school.

But then, something happened: Nothing happened.

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Exactly What Did I Accomplish In 2011?


Well, this is the second annual “Exactly What Did I Accomplish” post. Guess it’ll become a tradition if I remember to do it next year. So, what did I accomplish? As far as actual writing goes, I’m not sure I did too much, really. I did however make a couple of large leaps toward getting my work out there.

I spent the month of February furiously typing out the manuscript for what would become Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale. I wrote it for a specific anthology that, I’m sorry to say, I didn’t make it into. While I’m sorry it wasn’t accepted, I’m equally excited with it. Why? Well, because… (See June’s entry.)

March was the month I found my niche, as it were. Wired.com’s GeekDad blog welcomed me into the fold, and it’s become the perfect vehicle for me to express my geekdom (31 articles!!). March was also the month I left my Professional Fanboy column at Project Fanboy. While I appreciate their helping me into the world of geek news coverage, I’ve really felt like a part of a family at GeekDad. Plus, I’ve been allowed to break several exclusives and interview some of my favorite writers and artists. One of the coolest things this year, also happened in March: David Cabrera finished the artwork for Black Dawg, my short story for Viper Comic’s Cryptophobia anthology. Maybe 2012 will finally see it published. Fingers crossed.

In June, I self-published Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and on Smashwords.com. This was my first time to publish anything, and I was on cloud nine for this 8,000-word story.

August I picked up my first paid job in the writing/publishing world. Where I had been a slush reader for Dark Quest Books, I now primarily do PR work for them. I currently have three authors under my umbrella. I learned a lot about book promotions in 2011 that I plan on building on in 2012. I’ll carry that knowledge over to my own stuff as well.

In November, I began the final edit of Forging Truth, formatting it as I went. The goal was to have it to the printer and in my hands by the end of the year.

On December 21, my 5 proof copies of Forging Truth arrived. They were beautiful. Last night, another 10 books came in, and I have those all spoken for, too. Also, last night, I put the finishing touches on the eBook for Forging Truth. As I mentioned in today’s post, I’m so excited to say it’s now available on the Kindle for $4.95 or through Amazon Prime for FREE.

All and all, it was a pretty awesome year to this guys. So, what goals do I hold for 2012?

I’d like to finish Corrupting Truth and have it ready to publish by June 30.
I’ll probably be doing a Kickstarter campaign to help out along the way, so look for that information soon.
I plan on doing a lot more PR work for my Dark Quest authors, as well as offering my services freelance. (See my Slushpimp page for more details.)
I’d like to wrap up The Coyote and the Spider to submit to Viper soon.
Lastly, I’m hoping to get in with another of Chris Wolfe’s projects, called Project Breakthrough.

Who knows what else waits in 2012? Heck, I didn’t even know most of this year’s goodness was coming.

Happy New Year!

Raymond

Dangerous Hunts Amazon Kindle Edition – $0.99


 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Hunts-Zombie-Fathers-ebook/dp/B0055WYVAI/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1308191585&sr=1-2

Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale is now up on Amazon for Kindle.  Please, head over and download it for 99 cents and then give me some feedback on what you think.

Thanks!

Raymond

Exactly What Did I Accomplish In 2010?


February 22, 2011 will be the two-year anniversary of my completing my first novel.  I have yet to come even close to finishing my second.  That’s been weighing heavily on my mind, lately.  So, I thought I’d run down my various projects and wins from the past year.  Sure, it’s just a huge pat on the back, but what’re you gonna do, right?

  • Wrote a chapter on Grim Wars, Book One
  • Wrote a chapter or two on Corrupting Truth
  • Wrote Double Date for Incubator Press
  • Wrote Black Dawg for Viper Comic’s Cryptophobia
  • Wrote several columns for ProjectFanboy.com
  • Became an intern with Dark Quest Books and read numerous authors’ submissions
  • Submitted Forging Truth to Dark Quest and a handful of other places
  • Started a second entry to submit to Cryptophobia, entitled The Coyote and the Spider
  • Tweeted like a mug!  Made friends and networked, too
  • Read articles on my craft
  • Developed a handful of future stories

What goals do I have for 2011?  The short answer is, pretty much, more of the same.  My birthday is June 30.  That’s the perfect benchmark, as it falls right at the midpoint of the year.  So, by my birthday, I plan on pulling off the following:

  • Submit Forging Truth to no fewer than 25 agents/publishing houses (if it’s not snapped up by Dark Quest first)
  • Submit The Coyote and the Spider and one of my own to Viper Comics
  • Finish the first draft of Corrupting Truth

That’s probably enough, right?  That still gives me another half a year to kick some more tail.  Oh, and edit, edit, edit.

Happy 2011, everyone.

- Ray

Pre-New Year’s Resolution Resolutions


I always make these grand New Year’s resolutions that I never accomplish.  I figured, “What harm could it bring to have some Pre-New Year’s Resolution Resolutions this year.  I’m on vacation for nine days, leading into the new year, and I plan on attending to my writing as much as possible.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to jump start my writing engine a little and let it warm up prior to unleashing the full work load that is my writing resolutions for 2011.

My writing resolutions for the rest of this year (and the first couple of days in the next) are as follows:

1.  Write something, anything, dangit!

2. Work up my questions for Greg Rucka, since he’s so graciously accepted my request for a Professional Fanboy interview.

3. Work on (finish?) chapter two in Corrupting Truth.

4. Pull my list of agents from WritersMarket.com, since my account will lapse on the 30th.

5. Let Dark Quest know that I will be shopping my MS around to other agencies starting in January.

6. Post ads looking for an artist for Cryptophobia.

7. Come up with a rough summary for my next Cryptophobia submission.

 

Think I’ll get to even half of these by the time I go back?  Maybe if I didn’t have to do a lot of running around during the next week.  Until I see you again, have a little faith, and a Happy New Year.

Signed,

The very resolute Ray

Artist Needed for Viper Comics Project


So, a little while back, one of my scripts was accepted for Viper Comic’s upcoming Cryptophobia online anthology (See previous posts).  They thought they had an artist lined up, but he just didn’t work out.

It’s horror, so you would need to be able to capture the darker elements. There’s actually a lot of family drama, too, so keep the emotions in mind.

This is a paid job. Viper is paying a percentage on the front-end to be split among the creatives. I would be willing to split it in the artist’s favor, since there lies the brunt of the work.

If you’re interested give me a shout, and I’ll check out your work.

Thanks,

Ray

Mid-life Resolutions, Part 2


My mid-life resolutions strategy can best be summarized like this:

Throw enough stuff at the wall that something’s bound to stick.

  • Network:  Sure, I Twitter, and I blog, and I love the guys and gals over at Gail Simone’s You’ll All Be Sorry forum on CBR, but what about everything else?  There are literally new social media and forums popping up daily.  Why shouldn’t I be out there on them, getting to know people?  These are potential readers, potential employers, and most of all, peers.  It’s a wide-open space out there, and it couldn’t hurt to check it all out.
  • I’m currently auditioning for a slushpile readership.  Who knows if I’m a solid fit for that sort of thing?  Until the ride’s over, I can at least use the opportunity to see how the other half lives.  I have four sample query letters in my inbox as I type this.  I have to critique them and decide whether I would keep or reject them.  I should be able to take away some insight into the proper (and improper) things to include in a query letter/submission.  Also, I get to stand a little closer to the hidden publishing doorway.  My goal: to sneak in when they’re guard is down.
  • For my birthday, I’m getting Manga Studio 4 and a MousePen and tablet set.  Up until I hit puberty and came down with a bad case of the brain-haze, I could actually draw pretty well.  I even won third place in a contest, drawing Doomsday (the creature that killed Superman) when I was around thirteen.  Over time, however, my talent has mutated into something that is better left in the bottom of a storm drain.  It’s my goal, however, to practice, practice, practice on my art until I can at least produce some decent pin-ups and webcomics.
  • As you know, I have an eight-page story coming up in an anthology to be published by Incubator Press.  Since I began writing, I’ve always thought in long-form.  Novels, in other words.  Since I broke down a script into comic book format, it taught me that, hey, I’m okay with the short-form works, too.  In the past couple of months, I’ve had so many short story ideas run me over that it’ll be hard to know which one I want to start with first.  When I do get them all knocked out, you can be fairly certain they’ll be flying out of my outbox and into every inbox I can.
  • My first love will always be novels (Well, ok, besides comics).  Without a doubt, I will never be without a novel in one form or another on my hard drive.  I’m currently working on my second Truth Saga novel, the first in my Grim Wars series, and I just came up with a heck of an idea for a done-in-one thriller.  I’ll be living with these characters for years and years to come.
  • Writing for comics has always been my number one goal.  Even while I’m writing prose, I’m doing it with the hope of being noticed and breaking through that ungodly wall that cuts off the legion of comic fans who wish to be comic writers.  With many thanks to Incubator Press, I now have a spark to flame.  In time, I will start a blaze to ENGULF US ALLLLLLLL!!!!  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! [Twirls Mustache]
  • Everyone familiar with the Kickstarter program?  This is phenomenal.  They help out creative minds that control little to no capital.  If you want to get that indy movie, comic, novel, or song made, but you just don’t have the dough to get it started, you can go to kickstarter.com and set up a project.  Then, you can direct your friends and supporters to your project, and beg and plead for their dollars in exchange for really cool rewards that you set up.  You can give away signed copies of your work, recognition, etc.  Check this out for sure.  Chances are good you’ll be seeing me up there some day soonish.
  • One other idea I’m kicking around is becoming an indy book reviewer.  If I did this, I’d start out with the books of those I know, and try to help them get known.  I just received my first novel for review today.  When I can clear off a little of the ol’ schedule, I’ll test the waters with a little bit of a review on here.  Maybe I’ll ask for yours some day.

I’m also looking into ebooks, modding for a well-published friend’s website, writing a script or two with my friend Terrance, and probably a million other things.  Plus, I have a new ingenious plan every day.  I can’t wait to look back on these upcoming thirty years and see how much of this I’ve been able to dabble in.

Do you have other ideas or opportunities that you’re excited about?  Share.  Yeah, comment away.

- Ray