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Steve’s To Be Read List!

My reading has been slow this year, but I’ve made a concerted effort o branch out of my fantasy and/or history realms. After finishing Skylights a few weeks ago, I had to think about what I would read next.

Currently Reading…

The Long Patrol, by Brian Jacques

Image result for the long patrolI’ve talked about the Redwall  series a bit in this space. After spotlighting this very book as one of my all-time favorites last year, I decided I needed to go back and read it as an adult.

I probably read The Long Patrol three or four times before I was 16, but it has been a long time since my last venture into Jacques’s playful, but dangerous world. Forty-some pages in and I love it!

To Be Read… hopefully this year…

Lord of Chaos, by Robert Jordan

WoT06 LordOfChaos.jpgThis is book six of the Wheel of Time series. It has been several months since I read book five, so I feel like I need to read this before I forget everything. Entering book six of a 14-book series is a bit daunting, since the middle part of any series tends to drag a bit.

All the same, this one is shipping to my house as we speak (along with book seven, for good measure).

Caught, by M.L.S. Weech

Image result for caught mls weechShout-out to my blogging friend and fellow Marylander! I picked up Caught when I attended Weech’s launch event at a comic book shop in Glen Burnie.

This has been on my TBR shelf since then, and I swear I’m going to read it this year.

Caught happens to be a different flavor of book than I’m used to — speculative fiction — so I’m excited to dive into uncharted genre territory with an author I actually know (like, in real life). I trust that Weech will be an excellent guide.

Oriental Mythology, by Joseph Campbell

Image result for oriental mythology joseph campbellI need to mix up my reading list a bit with some more academically tinged writing. I started reading Volume II of Campbell’s four-volume series, The Masks of God some time ago.

I just never finished it. I read the first few chapters on the beach, and it was beautiful and poignant and eye-opening. I’m hoping to capture that feeling again when I go to OBX next month.

A Crown of Swords, by Robert Jordan

Image result for crown of swordsLet’s face it, I may just need to dive back into book seven of this mega-series to keep myself sated. I’d like to limit the number of books I read between each installment to less than five.

If I get through this novel relatively quickly, I’ll be halfway through the series, and it only would have taken me… three years!

Steve D

The Ultra-Secret First Draft – Total Reveal!

I just finished reading the first draft of Jessie’s first novel, and I’m going to reveal everything about the novel against her wishes say as little as possible to avoid her furious flailing.

Jessie, in advance, I apologize. I knew you would not let me do this without your prior approval, so I had to be sneaky. Continue reading The Ultra-Secret First Draft – Total Reveal!

3 Ways to Revise Your First Draft

As I near the end of my revisions to Manuscript: Beta, I have begun to reflect on the process itself. Jessie called me crazypants when I told her I was rewriting The Warden of Everfeld: Memento to prepare the second draft.

So I thought I would compare this processes to the other paths I might have taken. At its most basic, there are really only three ways to revise a first draft. Continue reading 3 Ways to Revise Your First Draft

Mid-Year Marketing Report: How Are We Doing?

June is just about over, and that means we’re halfway through 2017. I set some pretty lofty goals for both my marketing and publishing efforts this year, so I think it’s only fair that I update you all on my progress so far.

Here’s how my 2017 marketing campaign has gone through six months. Continue reading Mid-Year Marketing Report: How Are We Doing?

Remember to Write What You Love and Love What You Write

I’ve been a little too focused on just writing the last few weeks. I forgot for a moment that I was supposed to enjoy the process. The strict deadlines I had imposed on my word counts and finish dates were weighing down the writing itself.

It took an off-hand reminder from the lovely Jessie to remember: love what you write, and write what you love. Continue reading Remember to Write What You Love and Love What You Write

4 Key Elements of Our Press Release

If you’ve kept up with my marketing/branding series “Marketing Your Novel” recently, you’ll know that we distributed our first press release at the end of April.

As I described in my last post about that press release, we announced the official launch of our publishing imprint, Evening Satellite Publishing. Today, I wanted to provide a brief summary of the four key elements of our press release that I believe helped our strong results. Continue reading 4 Key Elements of Our Press Release

Press Release Analytics: How Our First PR Performed

Analytics.

That’s a big scary word that most people try to avoid at all costs. Unfortunately (for some), it’s the most important part of any marketing campaign. Analytics tell you how well your marketing campaign is performing in real data.

For an online press release, there are a few key data points you should be looking at. But let’s back up for a moment. I sent my first press release on April 25th. Continue reading Press Release Analytics: How Our First PR Performed

Marketing Your Novel: Why Send Press Releases?

Disclosure: I work for a marketing firm. While I have no formal education in marketing or business and would never claim to be an “expert”, working in online marketing for two companies over the last  four years has taught me a lot. This series will explore the marketing strategies I will use to promote my upcoming novel.

Well, it’s been quite some time since I’ve updated this series. The last time we checked in, I discussed marketing through social media.

Today, I’m going to take a look back to a previous post, in which I provided a summary of sending online press releases. Why?

Because I just sent my first press release! Continue reading Marketing Your Novel: Why Send Press Releases?

Friday Write-Day: We Have an Imprint!

Evening Satellite PublishingWe have a publishing imprint! Jessie and I have officially founded (wow, that’s a big word) Evening Satellite Publishing!

Evening Satellite Publishing will be the imprint for all of our print publications in the fantasy and sci-fi genres, including The Warden of Everfeld: Memento and Jessie’s as yet unnamed sci-fi novel. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: We Have an Imprint!