Friday, February 26, 2016
Hello. I'm a bit late on announcing this, but life has a way of creating obstacles for us to clear every once in a while that prevents us from doing what we want to do. Some goddamn impossible, like my testicles being blown off in a horrible murder-suicide gone wrong, and some merely ass-numbingly boring, like explosive diarrhea.
None of the obstacles I'm talking about were as harrowing, but I'm out of the way of a few obstacles for a second, so I'd like to tell you guys about the recently released audio book version of my story, Autonomously Yours. The title is a tad hyperbolic, but one thing that is entirely truthful is that it's a fucked up story, in the best of ways. Here, let a reader tell you:
"I loved this book. A very interesting story about a mild mannered robotics engineer who develops an ultra-realistic "sex doll" robot for a sleazy businessman. As part of the testing before the robot is put on sale in the black market, he must monitor her "activities" with clients through her eyes on his monitor. Well written and disturbing at times, but in a good way."
Let's take a look at the last line in that beautiful review. "...Disturbing at times, but in a good way," is the blurb I want written on my headstone when I die.
Creating an audio book has definitely been an interesting experience. There's nothing like a late 40s/early 50s (Sorry to the kind Steve Rausch, the man who brought my book to life, but that's the age his voice sounds to me) try to imitate a girl in her 20s as she talks cute and dirty to a chubby man in his 40s. I created that scenario. I did. And now you can listen to it and feel uncomfortable with the rest of the world.
Please head on over to Amazon.com, iTunes, or Audible.com and give the sample a listen, and, if you'd like, download yourself a full copy. It's a story I'm very proud of. Especially the disturbing parts.
Autonomously Yours: Audible.com Version
Autonomously Yours: iTunes Version
Autonomously Yours: Amazon.com Version
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
If you're the type that can't stand to read words, and there are more of those types than I thought there were, and prefer to consume them orally, then give this a gande--uh, a listen and tell me what you think.
The audiobook version of Autonomously Yours will be following in about a month's time.
Special coupons for discounts will also be coming soon. Enjoy!
Amazon Link (traditional WORDS version and audio version): The Death of Death
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Here are two different cover variations for my novels, The Death of Death and Autonomously Yours.
For Death I just changed the font to a font I found to better fit my original desire for it. It's a little more gothic than what I originally used, which, I think, was Hoefler Text. A good, gothic font, but just not gothic enough for my tastes. Trattatello is what I'm using now, and I love it. It's just the right amount of goth I was looking for.
For Autonomously, I've also changed the font, but the most noticeable change I've made was to the Compandroid's pupil. It now looks like the original vision I had in my head for the cover. I asked a couple of people their opinions on which I should do, the broken electronic heart pupil, or the normal one and the normal one won out, but I've always preferred this version which I think is more visually striking. I've also added a small border, just because I like the look of it.
I've posted all four versions for comparison's sake. Which do you prefer?
Friday, December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas and happy holidays and salutations.
I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. I've just come back from a prolonged trip to Japan. It's inspired me to get writing more.
They don't celebrate Thanksgiving there for obvious reasons so I had no sense of it when I was there. But Christmas promotions are out in full force in Japan, let me tell you.
In fact, it's filled me with holiday spirit, and thus, I present this to you, an after Christmas sale.
From December 26th to December 30th, the digital version of my book, Autonomously Yours: The Life of a Compandroid, is absolutely FREE!
Please grab yourself a copy, because hey, it's Christmas, and more importantly, it's FREE! And as always, The Death of Death is also still very much FREE. So, have yourself a Merry Christmas and do some reading.
I thank you for your readership, and enjoy the rest of your vacations.
AUTONOMOUSLY YOURS: THE LIFE OF A COMPANDROID
THE DEATH OF DEATH
UK AUTONOMOUSLY YOURS
UK THE DEATH OF DEATH
In the future, robots are part of our daily lives. They serve and protect us, they watch our families and keep them safe, they treat us when we’re hurt, and they take our orders when we're hungry. There is, though, one untapped market…
Meet Sally. A fully-functioning-female-human-imitation-android, created as a companion for the lonely men of the world, the first of its kind. But, there are problems for her creator.
Robotics engineer Dr. Harold Okamura is finally given an opportunity by Mr. Jerrald Axell, the CEO of a company with dubious intentions, to realize a lifelong ambition: to create a robot that is indistinguishable from a human being. The problem is doing so breaks the first law of modern robotics, an offense punishable by imprisonment. Good thing for Harold, then, Mr. Axell is powerful enough to skirt such laws. But that’s not the only problem on the horizon. In fact, it’s the least of Dr. Okamura’s troubles.
Before Sally can be brought to market, she has to go through a trial period. Dr. Okamura and his faithful android servant, Cran, monitor Sally as she is tested by three clients––all men of very questionable motives.
From the author of The Death of Death comes a more mature, technological tale.
Autonomously Yours is a story of relationships, emotions and tragedy, as told, literally, through the eyes of the world’s first Compandroid.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Thanks to the Amazon-owned company ACX, my two books will, most likely, be finally turned into audiobooks opening up a whole other way for my books to be consumed. I have friends who only "read" audiobooks, so I know there must be many people who are the same. It'll be nice to have a product out there for those types to consume as well.
The way it works is you take the Amazon link to your book and upload onto their site, plead your case to one of the many potential narrators, and, if it catches their eye, they send in their audition of about 2 - 3 minutes of an excerpt from your book, your choice of course, then you choose amongst who you think has the best voice to best represent your work. From there on you make the narrator an offer, which is one of two choices: revenue share, which splits the profits two ways, 50/50 straight down the middle, or, you can pay them in one lump sum, the price of your choosing. If they accept your offer, you're on the way to producing an audio version of your book that will be available on Audible.com, Amazon and iTunes.
Likewise, if you're an aspiring actor, or just someone who likes to narrate things, you can peruse the site for projects to audition for. Famous people such as Neil Gaiman even do narration for books through this site. That was something I was surprised to read.
I've already received a few auditions, and I have to say it is, to use an oft used description, very surreal to hear someone act out, in the form of their voice, words that you've written. Hugh Howey likens it to listening to a radio drama and I have to agree. It's a totally different experience hearing someone reciting words that you've written rather than reading them. It elevates something I've written, that I might even have thought of as juvenile, to a different, more mature level. I'm harsh on myself, but I really did almost think someone else wrote those words.
I've already chosen someone to narrate The Death of Death and that should get rolling along very soon. I'm still choosing between a couple of narrators for Autonomously Yours, so, if you're looking for something to lend your voice to head over to the site and check it out.
This is very exciting and I can't wait to put our work out into the world. No matter what comes of it, it'll be great to have an audio version of my work.
I've just joined Inkshares. It's a crowdfunding site just like Kickstarter, although it's exclusively for book publishing. The way it works is once you enter the site you write a 20 word, or less, pitch for a book you've either written or plan to write. You can also post chapters of what you've written if you'd like. Members of the site or people visiting it can then read your pitch, and, if they decide they like it, can then pre-order your book. If you reach the 250 ore-order number that Inkshares set they will publish, market and distribute the book for you. You make 50% of the grosses for the printed version of your book, and 70% of the ebook sales. Similar to Kickstarter, if your book doesn't get funded the investors get their pledged money back, so it's very low risk for everyone involved.
Twenty words for a pitch is restricting, but I've struggled with pitching and/or describing my books in short form for a while now, clumsily stumbling over words and sentences to try to describe my stories worlds only to end up losing the listener's attention shortly after I've started. It's frustrating, but at least this has given me a starting point, and hopefully I can polish my pitch from here on. I found a loophole for the 20 word pitch, though––if you write it on smart phone you can fit more words into its description. I did it for Autonomously, but I let it be for Bravadia.
I'm using this site for the motivation to finish a children's adventure book I started a while back. I've finally given it a tentative title: The Bravadia Chronicles. I say tentative, but that title is starting to grow on me. I've also put my already-published-through-Amazon book, Autonomously Yours, on it for consideration and a little more exposure. It's a nifty site and an extra tool for self-publishers. I hope something good comes of this.
I will share the pitches for each story below.
The Bravadia Chronicles:
Young Tim and Kiana meet the mysterious girl Fawna and travel to the wondrous world of Bravadia where peril awaits.
Autonomously Yours - The Life of a Compandroid:
A robotics engineer. His creation: a compandroid, the world's first human-like female android. He and his robot assistant monitors her through her own eyes as she's "tested" by three men with dubious intentions.