GameLit Expansion Pack

GameLit Expansion Pack

Cover Reveal!

Now a story from my writing past…

When I started writing, I only wrote novels. I’d written ten or twelve of them when I started seriously querying publishers. After a LOOOOONG stretch of nobody interested, I heard people say sometimes you can break in by writing short stories and publishing those first to build up a writer resume. So I tried my hand at shorter form fiction.

I entered the Writers of the Future contest a few times and submitted to the big sci-fi magazines. Even those were a little above my level at the time. Eventually, I found some “for exposure” anthologies and managed to get three stories in. Soon after, I sold my first steampunk story for money ($20.00). And “won” a contest that included getting another story published and fifty bucks.20130530-222635.jpg

With this new resume, I began querying again. I saw Curiosity Quills calling for subs on Twitter, and they accepted my first book. That book, Theocracide, is GameLit. Only, at the time, nobody used that label.

The first label I heard of was LitRPG. My publisher caught a trend and wanted to brand the Actuator series accordingly. It worked well, boosting sales. But as the fans of LitRPG fleshed out what that really meant, the definition didn’t really fit my work. To be LitRPG, having a role-playing game the books are set in and including scenes where people go into video game realities isn’t enough. They wanted actual game statistics in the book. So my publisher re-branded the Actuator series as GameLit, where it belongs.

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I wasn’t excited by LitRPG books I read where they say things like, “Adarian leveled up when he killed the troll, gaining 6 hit points and better fighting skills.” It just pulls me out of the story. Clearly a lot of other authors felt the same way. So, they created a label to separate game-based literature from stories that literally describe the game terms. The new subgenre, of course, is GameLit.

actuator-rpg-e-book-coverAs I talked with other authors interested in these themes, and supported their facebook pages, Indie Illuminati issued me an invitation to put a story into an anthology designed to raise awareness of this new genre. Several authors writing in that field were each preparing novelettes (15,000 – 20,000 words) to go with GameLit books they’d written. One of the contributing authors dropped out and they asked me to fill the void.

It just so happened that my current work in progress, Virtues & Virtual Reality, is a GameLit book. If not, I probably wouldn’t have agreed to such a large side project on such a short deadline. Anyway, I immediately knew what story I’d tell for this antho, and I’m over 10,000 words into it now. That story: Pre-screening Test.

Since the rest of them are ahead, they already started advertising. The cover (top) is out and they have it available for pre-order on Amazon. When I looked it up today, I saw it’s already ranking on the Amazon charts! You should get it now while it’s cheap, BTW. Only 99 cents!

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They have a “Pre-release Party” page up on Facebook, too. They’re giving away books every week until the release. (Go check it out!)

Also, there is a book trailer! (Watch it now!)

What struck me about this situation is how everything fell into place so neatly. After years spinning my wheels and never getting any kind of interest from publishers, I’m now to the point where invitations come to me. It feels pretty great.

So, if you’re an aspiring author, keep at it! Write a lot of books and stories. Write what you love. Submit like crazy. Most of all, keep writing. Once you break in, things get a lot easier. 🙂

GameLit Expansion Pack Box Set

 

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The Road So Far

All Covers 2017

Five years.

The Last Key came out  five years after my first book and short story in print.

The full score is 6 Novels, 1 Novella, 3 Anthologies I edited, 1 RPG manual with 2 short stories in it), short stories in 18 Anthologies edited by other people (including 3 reprints), and comics in 2 episodes of 1 magazine.

I have 2 Novels ready to go whenever I decide to buckle down and send them in, and 4 short stories going into Anthologies coming out in the future (including 1 reprint). I’m currently working on a new novel, which I paused to experiment with a serial story.

I hope this doesn’t come off as bragging. I’m just taking stock of where I’ve been, as a way of deciding where I want to go next. It’s been a rough year, and I think I need a little direction and motivation before I start to build up momentum again. Seeing this block of covers really makes me happy.

A writer’s only real success is the readers, of course. I’m immensely grateful to my readers, fans, friends, and family. I’ll leave you with some eye candy from the first test version of The Last Key by cover artist Eugene Teplitsky.

Here’s to the next five years!

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Sale Results

Well, the big Actuator sale to promote the release of the new book was a great success! Fractured Earth and the Borderlands Anthology both rocked the Cyberpunk, Dark Fantasy, and Superhero charts.

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They went higher, but this is the shot I took of them side by side. The new book is also doing great things, ranking in Hot New Releases.

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Thanks for all your support! It’s such a relief to finally have this series finale out. If you missed it, the sale is still going. Although Fractured Earth is now $1.99, Books 2 and 3 are still 99 cents.

Completely randomly, Windows into Hell also hit the charts, even at full price.

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Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Ultimate Actuator Promotion

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The fiery finale of the world-breaking series arrived today! In order to celebrate, Curiosity Quills Press is having the biggest giveaway and sale EVER. You can get Book 1, the Anthology, and the RPG Manual for FREE. Also, Books 2 & 3 are just 99 cents each. You can literally get the entire series for under $8! Here are all the links–

FREE! The Actuator: Fractured Earth

FREE! The Actuator: Borderlands Anthology

FREE! The Actuator Role-playing Game

99 cents! The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur

99 cents! The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles

NEW! The Actuator 4: The Last Key

If the cover art and the price aren’t enough to convince you already, you can read all the summaries and get more information on my Actuator page. Or just watch the series trailer on YouTube.

Thank you all for your support. I hope you love the climax of this long journey!

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The Actuator Series Trailer

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Now on YouTube, on the James Wymore Channel, see the new and amazing–

ACTUATOR SERIES TRAILER!

36 seconds long, featuring the voice of yours truly. Just in time for tomorrow’s BIG SALE! Get your wallet ready. This whole series will be less than $10.

Chronology just 99 cents!

Huge anthology of short stories by amazing authors, including Piers Anthony and J.R. Rain, yours today for just 99 cents! My own story, Draconic King, is first in the bunch. Get Chronology now!

 

 

Bestselling Religious & Horror

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Today and tomorrow, Windows into Hell is just 99 cents! It’s been tearing up the Amazon charts, ranking #8 in all Horror and #8 in all Religion & Inspirational. I’ve ranked in Horror before, but this is my first bestseller in Religion. Those are not even subcategories. Not only that, but the contributing authors have been all over the Amazon Top Authors page with yours truly ranking at #21 in Horror and #61 in Religious & Inspirational. That’s just now, it’s not even finished! With 21 reviews, not a single one is below 4 stars. If you want more information, check out my Windows into Hell page. This book is getting amazing reception, so grab it while it’s hot.

Thanks to all of you for your help!

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