Thursday, July 31, 2014

I'm Back, Baby!

Good Lord, it's been a long time.
For the past few months, I've had so much going on that there just hasn't been any room in my life to keep this site regularly updated.  I've been working regularly as a fiction editor and ghostwriter, and in the off hours, I've been toiling away on my own material.
We got a new puppy, Smitty.  Most of you know her from the avalanche of adorable pictures Steph and I post.  She is almost as needy as a human child, and that's been taking up some time in the last couple months as well.
But I'm back, and my links are going to start clogging your news feed once more!
For those of you who have been here before, you'll notice a lot has changed.  I've taken down the PDFs of my books, and plan on replacing them soon with nice, clean E-books, which I have learned how to make since the last time I've been here.  So don't worry, I haven't done away with all the free stuff, it's just unavailable while I'm figuring a few things out.
For those of you who are just joining this conversation, I have a short story collection entitled 3 Futures coming out this September with Catharsis Fiction.  It's the first REAL, LIVE publishing deal I've ever been a part of, and I'm thanking my lucky stars that everything has worked out the way it has.  The people at Catharsis have been awesome to me, and supported me in ways I never expected any publisher to do.  I'm looking forward to putting out a really clean, professional volume, and getting it into all of your hands at a reasonable price.
For an idea of how catharsis does business, check out my good buddy Ryan Leone's book, Wasting Talent.  If you liked Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Requiem for a Dream, Wasting Talent is for you.  It's an equally terrifying and hysterical ride through the chaotic life of a heroin addict, and it's the best thing I've read this year.
In the days leading up to the release of 3 Futures, I'll be posting news and updates related to the project (we have cover art coming soon!!!), and regaling you with some tales from the trenches of being a writer and editor in this cruel digital age.
For starters, I'd like to hereby recant my belief in the self-publishing strategy.
I used to spit at the gate keepers, but then I *kinda* became one of them.  I got my first editing gig a while back (as some of you may recall, I boasted rather loudly about it on Facebook), and it has since become apparent how necessary gatekeepers are in any artistic business.
See, anyone can self-publish anything.  I could turn this blog post into a paperback if I wanted to, and it wouldn't cost me anything but time, really.  But I, for one, like to have my art and entertainment curated for me.  I like things laid out for display, and approved by people who are more knowledgeable than me.  I mean, you wouldn't go to a doctor who hadn't completed medical school, would you?  I certainly wouldn't.  You wouldn't eat food in a restaurant unless you had some reasonable assurance the cook knew what he was doing, would you?  Well, you may, but you probably wouldn't be glad you did..
That's what the editors and publishers are, in writing.  Some are easier to get past than others, but that step in the journey of any writer ensures a quality product.
Because come on, I've put some crap up on this site, haven't I?
Admit it.  You thought it.
I'm a confident enough guy to own my mistakes, and some of the stories I had on this site were definitely mistakes.  Others I still stand behind, but I'll admit it: I didn't start out as a good writer.
But I've done a lot of working and reading and learning in the last few years, and I'm pretty sure I don't suck at least.  I learned something from Stephen King when I read On Writing this spring; great writers are born, not made.  But who wants to be great?  The greats are--to a man--tortured souls.  Normal people (like me) start out bad, but with a lot of hard work, they can become good.  There's nothing to it but to do it.
So that's what 2014 has been about for me.  Learning to be good at this.
Ultimately, it's still up to you, but I'm going to ask for your support, even if you still think I suck.  And as always, let me know how I can support you in your creative/business endeavors!
I hope you're looking forward to hearing from me, because you're gonna be!
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