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Matt Cowper | 22 comments Hello people and non-people.

I'm an author, like most everyone here, just trying to scrape up enough to buy a cup of coffee...so I can pour it on my immensely flawed hard copy manuscript in anger.

As the title says, I'm a clueless indie author. I've read a lot of smack-talk over the years regarding self-published authors. We're all just tossing out crap books that ruin Literature, and we should all quit before the damage becomes too severe - and also, we have the dumb.

I love being sarcastic, so I'll go ahead and embrace the "clueless indie author" label. Come at me bro! What else ya got?

Anyway, I've written two novels thus far. One's about a grocery store. The other's about a God of Destruction, superheroes, and a grass-covered ex-porn starlet.

You can accurately say I don't have a "brand" yet.

The superhero novel thing has just been released, so that's what the hype train is focused on.

It's called "Double Lives," and it's about a superhuman PI named Johnny Wagner and Dakroth'gannith'formaz, the god attached to his arm.

Yes, you read that right. Don't worry, his nickname is Dak, so your eyes won't give out when reading the novel.

"That name is twenty letters long and has two apostrophes. Are you seriously inept? Wait...maybe you're satirizing sci-fi/fantasy novels, with their nonsense names and liberal use of apostrophes. Is that it?"

Could be! Why don't you read the book and find out?

Here's the Amazon link to "Double Lives": https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072Q5KB75/
And here's a blog post where I talk about the novel: https://mattcowper.com/2017/06/03/new...

So, welcome to my thread. You can talk about whatever you want, including covfefe. I'll update this whenever I have sales, giveaways, whatever.

Thanks!


message 2: by W.S. (new)

W.S. Carmichael | 9 comments Not my typical genre, but it looks interesting. I just might give it a read.


message 3: by Matt (new)

Matt Cowper | 22 comments W.S. wrote: "Not my typical genre, but it looks interesting. I just might give it a read."

Woot!


message 4: by G.G., Genre Buster Extraordinaire (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 571 comments Mod
Hello and welcome aboard, Matt! :)


message 5: by Anna (new)

Anna Faversham (annafaversham) | 71 comments Welcome Matt. One step at a time; bit by bit; slowly, slowly catchee monkey, keep trying... all those phrases can be applied to most Indies and some squeeze through the eye of the needle.


message 6: by Alex (new)

Alex Carver | 560 comments If it's as well-written as The Clerk then it should be a good read


message 7: by Jane (new)

Jane Jago | 1015 comments Clueless is fine by me. Clueless and sarcastic. Be truly welcome!


message 8: by Matt (new)

Matt Cowper | 22 comments Alex wrote: "If it's as well-written as The Clerk then it should be a good read"

I think it's more polished. No flashbacks, no info dumping, no funky POV stuff. It's written in first person, so the story is taut.

But of course, I'm biased....


message 9: by Matt (new)

Matt Cowper | 22 comments Anna Faversham wrote: "Welcome Matt. One step at a time; bit by bit; slowly, slowly catchee monkey, keep trying... all those phrases can be applied to most Indies and some squeeze through the eye of the needle."

Yeah, I'm trying to play the long game. As one of my favorite Indie Wisdom phrases goes: it's a marathon, not a sprint.


message 10: by Angela (new)

Angela Joseph | 39 comments Exactly, about the marathon. You are not clueless. Welcome!


message 11: by Auden (new)

Auden Dar | 2 comments Welcome!


message 12: by Nathan (new)

Nathan Bush | 233 comments Welcome Matt.

If we weren't biased about our work, I guess it wouldn't matter if we published or not lol


message 13: by Matt (new)

Matt Cowper | 22 comments I'm having my first ever FREE promotion August 8th (today) to August 12th. Both of my novels are available for the attractive price of $0.00.

Get "Double Lives" for an injection of fast-paced superhero wildness. Get "The Clerk" for an introspective take on modern life.

It takes an infinitesimal amount of energy to go over to Amazon and load these onto your Kindle - so go do it, folks! Every download creates an image of a rainbow and a cute puppy in this author's mind.

Currently, "Double Lives" is #1 on the free list for "Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Comics & Graphic Novels > Martial Arts"...

...because it's the only book on that list.

XD.

As they say in baseball, "Hit 'em where they ain't."

Links:

"Double Lives" - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072Q5KB75/
"The Clerk" - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MSW66QO


message 14: by Matt (new)

Matt Cowper | 22 comments The Review Group here on Goodreads just turned five - they're so cute at that age - and in celebration, they're having a bonanza. Lots of authors giving away lots of prizes, myself included!

You just have to hop! Erm, hop around in the hop - "hop" is both noun and verb in this case.

Facebook Event HQ: https://www.facebook.com/events/19173...
Goodreads Event HQ: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

I'm giving away stuff myself, so click on my profile for the deets.

And check out the Review Group if you haven't already:
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

Highly recommended if you need reviews - and who doesn't?


message 15: by Matt (new)

Matt Cowper | 22 comments Not strictly writing related, but may be of interest.

Skoolie Conversion Time!

https://mattcowper.com/2017/11/10/i-h...


message 16: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) | 1090 comments Matt wrote: "Not strictly writing related, but may be of interest.

Skoolie Conversion Time!

https://mattcowper.com/2017/11/10/i-h..."


Wow! That's kind of exciting and crazy! How does that work for things like a job address or package delivery (for things that won't go to a PO box)?


message 17: by Matt (new)

Matt Cowper | 22 comments Good question. I'll probably have to "borrow" the street addresses of friends and family. I doubt UPS will deliver to "that white skoolie out in the woods by the lake." :)

If I travel extensive distances, there are businesses out there that do this sort of mail-handling thing. I don't know much about the process yet, since I'll be hanging around familiar territory until all the kinks are worked out. Something to research as time goes on.


message 18: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) | 1090 comments Nice! I'm kind of jealous. Especially living in an old house where combatting mood is a yearly festivity.


message 19: by Matt (new)

Matt Cowper | 22 comments Christina wrote: "Nice! I'm kind of jealous. Especially living in an old house where combatting mood is a yearly festivity."

No old homes for me - too many quirks.

A skoolie will be quirky, but in a different way. I expect the main issues will be mechanical, not "home construction" related.


message 20: by Alex (new)

Alex Carver | 560 comments I like the fact that if you get bored of what you see out of the window you can just move to somewhere else.


message 21: by Matt (new)

Matt Cowper | 22 comments Alex wrote: "I like the fact that if you get bored of what you see out of the window you can just move to somewhere else."

Exactly! I've always been restless, and this is a good solution.


message 22: by Alex (new)

Alex Carver | 560 comments I prefer to be settled and keep things regular but I would like to move to a more countrified location with better scenery, currently in a built up area of a city with nothing but brick buildings all around which I don't like.
That's my plan for when my books finally make it big, a move to somewhere scenic and peaceful. I think you have more options for that over in the US, so many different types of scenery you can always find something different to enjoy.


message 23: by Matt (new)

Matt Cowper | 22 comments What tickled my fancy in 2017:

https://mattcowper.com/2018/01/03/my-...


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