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August 16, 2013
Bandit: “I don’t get it.”
Lisa: “What don’t you get?”
Bandit: “If it’s World Order Operation Fifty, how come the book ain’t called WOOF?”
Bandit: “And you promised there would be sheep.”
August 14, 2013
You may have noticed my shiny new website. Well, it was put together by Tim Grahl of OutThink Group. Tim has helped me streamline a ton of the things I do on a daily basis (like how I handle signed book orders). Tim is a genius when it comes to managing time, creating logical workflow, and using simple tools to amplify social media marketing. I’ve learned a lot from Tim about what works and what doesn’t. And now you can too!
Tim has been invited by CreativeLIVE to put together a two day seminar on selling your first 1,000 books. He already has a brilliant book on the topic that every writer should check out. I’ve been invited to join Tim in San Francisco for a couple of the sessions. We’ll discuss his methods and take questions from a live audience. I’m really looking forward to this.
To find out more, go here. Or check out the video below.
August 10, 2013
Happy Saturday, everyone! It’s the 10th of August, just one week from the release of DUST, the final chapter in the Silo Saga. The e-book is up everywhere right now except for B&N, which doesn’t do pre-orders. But have no fear, Nook owners. The file is uploaded, and it should go live on the 17th.
In a first, the physical book went out before the e-book. My mom and I shipped around 600 copies this week, and copies are already hitting mailboxes. People are already reading. This is the most terrifying part of the publishing cycle for me. But I’m hanging in there.
I see a bunch of new orders coming in, and many of these will be fulfilled next week. I’ve got more copies ordered from the printer. Basically, if you ordered a signed copy of DUST before the 7th of August, it’s on the way. All the more recent orders will go out on or after publication day. The UGLY edition of DUST will remain available until the 17th, and then I’ll take that down and just offer the purty edition.
Thanks for all the support, everyone. Thanks for taking me on this journey. Have a great week!
August 7, 2013
Mom and I will be signing and packing up books tonight, sometime around 6 EST. There are also a handful of other books available, some of which are no longer in print. Tim Grahl from Outthink Group set up a special one-time store for me. When the books run out, it’ll say there are no more available.
Here’s a pic of the books (Some are gone from a signing we did here at my mom’s house. Some have been moved to the Great Wool Giveaway).
What I have:
9 7 X The Hurricane
10 0 X Wool Omnibus (Simon & Schuster Paperback) Sold Out
3 0 Shift Omnibus (New Random House cover) Sold Out
3 0 X I, Zombie Sold Out
3 0 X Half Way Home (New matte cover) Sold Out
2 1 X Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (Second Edition – The first edition that I self-published)
20 9 X Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (First Edition from Norlights Press [With Amber and myself on the cover]) – First edition of the first book I ever wrote
5 3 X The Plagiarist
16 12 X Molly Fyde and the Land of Light (First Edition with Amber’s Feet on the cover [Last of these in existence])
3 0 X Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions (First Edition with Amber’s Hands on the cover Sold Out)
9 8 X Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (New Edition with Jasper Schreurs art on the cover)
August 5, 2013
In celebration of the upcoming release of DUST and the conclusion of the Silo Saga, I’m giving away some killer swag. May the chances of success forever be beneficial to you!
August 4, 2013
August 2, 2013
For the first time ever, the pride parade will travel down King Street and through the heart of Charleston, SC. This is a big deal, and I feel honored to be able to ride along on a float. Like many people, I had a gay uncle, a fact that I never knew until I was 16. Not to say I didn’t know; it just wasn’t an issue. Uncle Carr and Alan were family.
Carr was my mothers baby brother and the most amazing man I knew as a small child. His house was full of interesting collections and spectacular furniture. They had the best Christmas parties. Alan spent weeks decorating a tree that reached to the top of their 14 foot ceilings. Each limb was hand wrapped with its own strand of lights. It was a sight to see, and they beamed as their house filled with their friends and family.
Carr passed away the day before my 16th birthday. Alan passed just a few years later. This year marks 20 years since I have seen his face and held his hand. He missed the premiere of Philadelphia by months, and in doing so missed my realization that he was different. I witnessed a love between these two men with no preconceived notions. The thought that they deserved less was beyond me.
Carr’s death and Philadelphia cemented my place as an advocate for the LGBT community from that day forward. Which brings me back around to why tomorrow is such a big deal. I will be joining my lovely friends from We Are Family on their float tomorrow during the pride parade. I will be just feet away from Rita Taylor, the godmother of gays in Charleston, as she ushers in the first downtown Pride. This is history. This is the right side of history. This is something my uncle never got to see. Gay marriage will be legal throughout the states soon, and we have everything to do with it. Stand tall, stand proud.
Tomorrow, both of my uncles will be watching me from the clouds as I wave at the onlookers and support my friends and family. Some are out and proud. Some are still closeted and proud. And some still are closeted and scared. I’m coming out for you. Straight but not narrow. So this weekend take time out of your day to hug a gay. Tell them you stand with them and show your own pride.