Sunday, May 22, 2016

So, I wrote a book.

I mentioned before that I'd had an idea for a book and was running with it. Well, a year later I finished the first draft. It shouldn't have taken that long, but it did. I would go a month or longer without touching it at times, and that really kills your speed. But I finished it.

I was determined to get it done and for the last half I made sure I was devoting at least one day a week to writing, and this turned into me spending even more time working on it than I had scheduled.

I settled on the title Tragic City. Here's a look at the cover I think I'll be going with:


It's a crime novel set in present day Birmingham, Alabama. I had a lot of fun writing the first draft, and I'm about a third of the way into my first revision/rewrite. My plan is to have that done by early June, and then get it off to some Beta Readers by mid to late June.

If you'd be interested in being a Beta Reader, let me know. Bear in mind, I wrote this with the intention of writing the kind of book that I enjoy, so both the sex and the violence are graphic. If those two things bother you in a story, then don't waste your time or mine. While I am interested in honest, critical review, know what you're getting into. This is a story about bad things being done by bad people, and good people doing "bad" things for what they believe are the right reasons.

My hope is to have reports from my Beta Readers by mid to late July, and then to do my final revisions and rewrites. As of right now, the plan is to publish via Kindle Direct and I am thinking of offering it for free for 24 hours. Final price will probably be $1.99.

A big part of getting noticed when publishing this way is reviews. To help there, I am going to give any person who writes a verified purchase review on Amazon a free copy of my as yet untitled short story that will bridge the gap between Tragic City and Book 2.

Yes, there will be a Book 2. I had a lot of fun writing this, and I think I'll have just as much if not more writing a sequel.

Robert's Picks

Going back to the old format for Robert's Picks. I liked having the book covers in the post, but it just takes too much time and I've got less and less of that. 

Books:

Savage Season by Joe R. Lonsdale

The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler (good)

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (good)

Into the Storm by Larry Correia (very good)

Beyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein (good)

The Narrows by Michael Connelly (good)

Brimstone by Robert B. Parker (very good)

The Closers by Michael Connelly (good)

Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker (good)

Back Blast by Mark Greaney (good)

The Blue Ring by AJ Quinnell (good)

The Ones You Do by Daniel Woodrell (good)

Movies:

Deadpool (good)