Another Day, Another Book Bubble!

Hi friends,

I’ve learned about a really cool way to market your book and I’ve decided to give it a try.

First, a little backstory. I went to the IBPA Publishing University conference last month with the intent to educate myself about the world of independent publishing, and I was not disappointed! The conference was awesome and it exceeded all of my expectations. I highly recommend this annual event to all independent authors and publishers!

While there, I had the chance to meet with a number of industry experts and ask questions. And, although everyone was great, I was really impressed with Kathy Meis, CEO of Bublish. She was very approachable and I learned a lot in the short time we had together. She’s an impressive person and I have become quite a fan of the company she’s building.

Now, back to that cool marketing tool I mentioned, they’re called “book bubbles”. Book bubbles are a great way for authors to share excerpts of their books along with a little commentary. I just published my second one today, so please go check it out when you have a few minutes. If you missed the first one, you can find it here.

In addition to my bubbles, please check out a few from other authors and let me know what you think. Do you like this format? Do you enjoy reading excerpts as a way to get a sense for a book before you buy it? Would you like to see more bubbles from Restoration? Please let me know in the comments!

It’s May, happy birthday to me!

Greetings and salutations!

It’s my birth month, and to celebrate I am reducing the price of the Restoration e-book to just ninety-nine cents for the entire month of May! Buy it on Amazon.

In addition, I am giving away ten free audiobooks!! Register to win an audiobook *

* See registration page for contest rules.

 

My first interview!

Greetings friends, happy news! My interview with the wonderful folks at AllAuthor was posted today. They asked great questions that gave me an opportunity to discuss quite a bit about my journey as a writer, and to share some new information about my current project. Please pop over to AllAuthor and give it a read when you have a few minutes.

AllAuthor Interview Link: https://allauthor.com/interview/dcmcwhorter/

Ciao for now!

 

Learn, Adapt & Move Forward!

Hello friends. It’s been a couple of busy-but-very-productive weeks, and I thought I would take a moment to share a quick progress update with you before yet another week flies by.

I went to my first writer’s/publisher’s conference last weekend and it was amazing! It was four days of learning, networking and realizing how much I still need to learn about becoming a successful author/publisher. The IBPA Publishing University was hands-down the best conference I’ve ever attended, and I have been to dozens of them over the years (mostly tech and healthcare, but conferences none the less).

The independent publishing community is an amazing group, and I met some of the most interesting people–people who motivated me, encouraged me and who offered their advice and support freely and without reservation. And the stories they had to tell! I was amazed at the multitude of diverse and interesting paths that led them to become writers and/or publishers…several of them were truly inspiring!

I titled this post “Learn, Adapt & Move Forward” because that was my biggest take-away from the conference. As far as learning: My poor brain feels like it received a master’s degree in publishing in four days! And based on that learning, I realized that I have to better adapt to the demands of the commercial book industry. I can’t just write whatver I want and hope that it will be successful. I have to not only understand my audience, but I also have to thoughtfully brand and position myself in a way that makes my work easy to categorize and find within the existing genre scheme.

That brings me to moving forward: I was told repeatedly by several experts that new authors with a series of books are far more likely to be noticed than those that put out a bunch of independent books that don’t relate to each other. Why is this? As it was explained to me, it’s because many readers prefer to find an author and a subject they like and stick with them.

This makes a lot of sense when you think about today’s big name authors, they all have a niche and their careers are built on writing a series of books that fans know and love (think JK Rowling, George RR Martin, James Rollins, Clive Cussler, James Patterson, etc). Why hunt for that lone “diamond in the rough” when you’ve already found an author with a proven track record of delivering stories you like to read?

So, based on that advice, I have decided to set The Fourth World aside for now (even though my 2nd draft is nearly finished) so I can focus on finishing and releasing books 2 and 3 in the Restoration series. I will share more details about the series in future blog posts, but for now it is enough to say that I am very excited to be back to work on Doctor Evan Feldman’s story!

As always, thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Please vote for me!

Hi friends, I have more exciting news and a BIG favor to ask of you. AllAuthor has a “Cover of the Month” contest and Restoration made the cut for April! There are weekly eliminations and only the top 100 covers will move to week two, so I need your help!!

It would mean a lot to me if you could take a minute out your day and VOTE FOR RESTORATION as your favorite book cover. If you happen to have another minute or two to spare beyond that, please share this post with as many people as you can. I have no idea how many votes it will take to win, but I do know that every vote counts!

Thank you in advance for your support,

Dan

photo credit: wuestenigel Vote green keyboard button via photopin (license)

Restoration e-book onsale this week only!

Hi friends,

Just a quick note to let you know that the e-book version of Restoration is on sale this week for 99 cents if you haven’t grabbed a copy yet. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive on Amazon and Goodreads and it’s been very encouraging to know that most of the people who’ve read it have enjoyed it.

I have received a couple of one and two-star reviews, but that’s to be expected and I appreciate those just as much as I appreciate the four and five-star reviews.

“Wait. You appreciate negative reviews?” you might ask.

“Absolutely!” I say.

All feedback is a gift, and we learn nothing from silence. It is a rare thing that people you don’t know will take time out of their busy lives to share their honest thoughts and opinions with you. For that reason, I feel that I owe it to them to read and fully consider their words. I don’t have to agree with them, but I should take the time to glean any nugget of truth or wisdom that might lie within.

Of course, given the choice, I’d much rather have a five-star review over a one-star all day long! But this is mainly due to how Amazon’s algorithms work. The more good reviews you have the more likely your book will appear near the top of any given set of search results and appear on “recommended” lists.

So, that all said, if you read (or have read) Restoration please, please, please consider leaving me a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Reviews matter and I read them all, so please take a few minutes and let me know what you think.

With sincerest thanks and appreciation,

Dan

PS. I am making good progress on re-working The Fourth World. My lovely wife just gave me her blessing on the first seven chapters, which is good because I was really struggling with pacing in the opening sequence. She’s not a huge sci-fi fan, so the story and characters have to be interesting enough to keep her attention. More on that in the next post.

Back to the grind, and killing my darlings.

Hi friends, here’s another quick update. Our 10-day vacation to the Caribbean was fun but marred by the sudden onset of the flu a few days in, which sadly kept us from doing any diving (you can’t dive if you can’t clear your ears and sinuses). My wife and I toughed it out though and we managed to do a fair bit of sightseeing, and even some snorkling. Most importantly, we also managed to spend some quality time with several of our dear friends who still live there (and got none of them sick, to the best of my knowledge!). I am mostly recovered from the flu but have a lingering cough that is driving me crazy. Thankfully, spring is not too far away!

I only completed about 16 hours of writing last week spread over 2.5 days…not my best effort. But it was the best I could manage between the lingering flu bug and the handful of minor hardships that found their way to me last week, including a busted pipe that flooded half my basement. I share this mostly for the benefit of my fellow writers, who fully understand how annoying it can be when life gets between you and your work! The good news is that this week is off to a great start and I intend to make a lot of progress toward finishing my first revision of The Fourth World.

It’s taking longer than I planned because I wasn’t happy with the pace of certain chapters and have decided to rewrite them. If you have read Restoration, you know that I like to keep things moving in my stories. As I read The Fourth World, I realized that I was spending way too much time narrating/telling vs. revealing/showing through my characters. So, I am currently working to turn about 30,000 words of boring fluff (out of 110,000 total words) into about 12-15,000 words of interesting story you’ll actually enjoy reading.

I did the same thing with Restoration and I’m glad I did. They call it “killing your darlings” in the script-writing business, and its probably one of the toughest things for a new writer to master. No matter how much you love the words (and the many hours of hard work they represent), they have to go if they don’t help move the story forward in a way that keeps the reader interested and fully engaged!

In addition to The Fourth World, I am currently reading The Mazes of Magic by Jack Massa and Rise and Grind by Daymond John. I’ll post full reviews on Amazon when I’m done, but I’ve read enough of both to confidently recommend them. After all, you need something to keep you busy while you wait patiently for my next book to hit the shelves, right?

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Another milestone reached!

Hello friends, just a quick note to let you know that I have finished the first draft of The Fourth World…yay! Next comes several rounds of editing, cover design and marketing plan/collateral development. Unfortunately, that’s going to have to wait a couple of weeks because I am taking a vacation–ten days in the beautiful US Virgin Islands to catch up with friends and do some diving…more yay!

I’ll post another update after I get back. As always, thanks for reading!

Exciting news!

Big news: The audio book version of Restoration is now available on Audible.com! It will take a few more days to show up on iTunes but it is also available as of now on Amazon. I know quite a few of you have been asking for the audiobook, and I am thrilled to be able to make it available for you–enjoy!

If you are not yet an Audible member, please use this link because it will give me credit for referring you to Audible in addition to the royalty I will make on the book sale. Thank you in advance for your support!

A bit of trivia: The narrator is a guy I went to highschool with named Stephen Floyd. We haven’t seen each other in decades but we connected a few years ago on Facebook. From that I knew that he was a former DJ who had moved into voice acting. So, when it came time to choose someone to voice Restoration, Steve was naturally my first and most obvious choice. I’m really glad that he was able to take on the project and I think you will really enjoy listening to his deep, perfect-for-radio voice.

It just goes to show that you never can know how the people you meet in your life will impact it! I guarantee that Steven and I could have never imagined working together after all these years, but here we are. Thanks, Steve!