Schism is on sale for just 99 cents! If you buy it soon, Amazon will send you a $1 kindle credit you can use to buy any other e-book. That’s better than FREE!
Also, if you act fast, I’m offering the first two people who buy it and message me on Facebook with a picture of the purchase a code to get the audiobook FREE, too. Here’s where you’d go to message me: James Wymore’s Facebook Page. Also, we should be friends if we aren’t already.
(Note: I think Amazon is running this promotion for anybody who buys a kindle e-book. You can only get it once, so it won’t work again if you got it already. Technically, you can get it for any book. So, if you have SCHISM already, you should still buy something. I recommend HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Andrew Buckley, which is also on sale for 99 cents today. If you post on Facebook and tag him, he’ll send you something else free, too. It’s like Christmas in October… which is like a movie, I think. Who loves you? I do.)
Long ago I entered this story into an online contest. It won. Since then I’ve had it available free to read on my page. Recently, however, Immortal Works featured it on the Flash Fiction Friday podcast. So you can listen to the whole thing in just 6 minutes. That’s not very long, considering it might make you rethink your whole life.
At long last, it’s finally finished! The full version of The Actuator Role-playing Game mod. You can use this guide to turn any RPG into a multi-genre campaign. It comes with two free short stories set in the Actuator universe as well. What’s better than that? It’s FREE!
Happy Black Friday! Today, through Cyber-Monday (Nov. 30) my two time bestselling novel, The Actuator: Fractured Earth, is available for FREE! It’s never been free before. If you read it already, tell your friends. If not, this is the perfect time to get into this fantastic series.
Is that all the amazing reading a blog can give? NO! Check out these freebies for the four day promotion. The Lure of Fools by Jason King and Five out the Dark by Holli Anderson are also yours for the taking. The fiery conclusion to the Five series comes out on Monday! I’ve already read it, of course, and it’s brilliant. If that doesn’t do the trick, you can get Jason King’s Valcoria for only 99 cents. You might want to pick this one up now, because I have a story in the upcoming anthology set in this world that’s amazing.
“Not enough free books,” you say? Well, check out our publisher’s website… maybe they can find you another dozen or so. Happy Holidays!!!
Readers! My publisher has an INSANE promotion for Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, they will give you all 3 in any digital format, just for reviewing! That’s $15 and a whole lot of book love. 🙂
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This morning in a panel with Mette Ivie Harrison on Faster Than Light and Time Travel, we went into some of the science behind these mind bending concepts. I mentioned a book which I didn’t remember the title for, which explains the science behind these ideas. I promised to look it up and post about it here. The book is:
Why a million words? Ten books of 100,000 words each? Really? The answer is YES!
It takes a million words to find your voice. Before I published anything I wrote over a dozen books. Now I’m up near 15 or 16 books, with only 3 of them published. Maybe there are people that can master it faster than I did. But my experience backs up what Bradbury said. It took a long time to write anything decent. It took me over a decade to learn world building and character development.
It’s probably worth mentioning that some people, like J. R. R. Tolkien, get their million words by writing the same story over and over.
From another source I heard it takes over ten-thousand hours to master any skill. That means an average of only 100 words per hour. That can’t be right! But think again. In addition to writing book after book, any serious author is also going to read books on how to write (see source above for an example) and attend classes and/or conferences and/or conventions. I also recommend The Author’s Tookit, and On Writing by Stephen King. Don’t forget grammar books like The Elements of Style. Here’s The Art of Writing by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Whenever an author finishes a book, they ask what to do next. The answer is, study how to write, then write another book. Publishers aren’t interested in one-hit-wonders. They want to invest in authors who will be producing books for the rest of their lives. When you get there, you can always go back and rewrite (one of the most important skills, and it doesn’t increase your word count at all) the first books. If you love writing, the thought of writing a million words is not daunting– because you know you’ll be writing for the next ten years and then for decades after. It’s been said that everybody has a book in them. I guess the difference between authors and everybody else is that authors have more than a dozen books in them.