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I wrote a guest blog post for author Kent Holloway's blog yesterday, and here it is: http://kenthollowayonline.blogspot.com/2011/05/and-now-word-from-author-sean.html

Kent is a pretty cool guy; he helped out with a scene in MODEL AGENT. I'll let you guess which one. Kent is the author of the cryptozoologist ENIGMA novels as well as the publisher of several great books under the company name Seven Realms Publishing. I'm hoping Kent and I can hook up on a project one of these days.


Here I am, signed, sealed, delivered....

Earlier this week (Tuesday to be exact), I signed a contract with Bucks County Publishing out of Bally, Pa. to publish my 2009 NaNoWriMo novel, ZOMBIE SHOWDOWN. I mailed it out a few minutes later, and I expect they'll receive it at some point today. Next month, I'm going to give ZS its final pass from my standpoint before I ship it off for the publisher's edit. We're expecting a late August/early September 2011 street date.

First off, this takes a load of concern off my mind. I trust Bruce Sarte, the man behind Bucks County, to produce a quality book. He and I believe in the same things, especially about how readers like quality, original storytelling, as well as low prices for ebooks. I've seen a lot of BCP's covers, and I'm impressed with how they look. Bruce and I have worked with each other before: I wrote VUVUZOMBIE, a World Cup-based short story, for his Halloween anthology last year, so there is a professional rapport between us. We met on the Amazon Kindle Facebook page, and we immediately hit it off. It just proves that networking works.

How everything came about with ZS was a case of being in the right place at the right time. I had originally planned on self-pubbing it, and I had sent it out to a few authors for blurbs. I had received two of them already, and I sent it to Bruce; he's written a few solid horror stories. He IMed me and told me he thought it was a great story. I asked him, tongue-in-cheek, "Do you want it?"

He said yes.

A few conversations later, mainly regarding rights, royalties, etc., we had a deal. We've sorted out a deal that is mutually beneficial to each other, based on personal and professional respect. It was, in all honesty, one of the easiest negotiations on record. Congress could take a lesson from Bruce and I. But I digress...

Now, the big question: Will I still self-publish?

Of course I will. I thoroughly enjoy this aspect of publishing, and this deal actually sets into motion events that I did not anticipate. More on that soon. I looked over my projects in the backlog the other day, and I intend on getting these projects out, most within the next 12-18 months.

As for this deal, I couldn't be happier.


Feeling the need to post

In the near two weeks since I've last posted, the world of John Fitch V has been turned topsy turvy.

Let's start off by saying that I'm catching up on my reading. There are a lot of good books out there outside of my own. I was able to read David Forbes' The Commanding Stone -- the third book in his Osserian Saga -- as well as Joe Schreiber's Star Wars: Death Troopers. I'm currently reading Drew Karpyshyn's newest Darth Bane novel, and I hope I have that done either today or tomorrow.

Soon after my last post, I was able to do edits on the second and third Obloeron prequels as well as give the zombie project its first read. I have to say I'm very pleased with how that manuscript came out. Whoever said anything that was written fast can't be any good doesn't know what they are talking about.

The prequels are ready to be shipped to Estee, but with the publication schedule I have in my mind, they can wait for her edits. She is currently looking over Obloeron: The Fall of Myrindar with a fine-toothed comb. My goal is to have the original trilogy ready to go for re-release by Jan. 4.

Estee also finally convinced me to do a Facebook ad. We've been advertising Turning Back The Clock, and from what she is telling me, the numbers are excellent. We're getting great exposure through the ad, and I couldn't be happier... well, I could be happier. Just need to sell some books.

And a last note: Jay Gearan of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured yours truly and TBTC in yesterday's Fitchburg/Leominster FLASH. If you haven't seen it, the link is here.

Talk to you sometime next week.


So long, NaNoWriMo 2009!!

November is slowly drawing to a close, which means the end of the beast known as National Novel Writing Month.

(That sound you just heard was a whoop of celebration coming from Ithaca, NY.)

Over the past 30 days, I've written a young adult, 54,000-word novel as well as made new friends and cheered them on to victory.

I've also forgotten what it's like to sit in my office and write.

This month was a "Take Your Novel On The Road" type of month, as I spent very little time writing in my office. Granted, I started the project there and there was a portion of that 9,528-word day spent there, but for a majority of the time, I wrote in my comfortable recliner, sometimes with Caramel nearby. I even spent a good four and a half hours at my local Starbucks, sipping lattes and typing out a scene in the Tombstone Courthouse.

But the office remained barren for most of November.

This was something that I thought about today. Acclaimed novelist Kevin J. Anderson once wrote that writers should "create the best writing environment possible for" oneself. I did that by turning my old bedroom into an office, so it leads me to ask myself: Why did I spend so little time there?

The answer to that question is simple.

I don't know.

Maybe I needed new surroundings, or maybe I felt that my office chair is a piece of crap. Maybe the distractions of the living room -- even with the TV straight ahead -- were less than those in the office.

Or maybe I didn't want to be confined to such a small space for 30 days?

Whatever the true reason is, I will never know. I've written several novels in that office, and I've never had any trouble writing there before.


This weekend was one of those epic editorial weekends.

On Thursday night, I went through Estee's edits/revisions of A Galaxy At War and finalized them, before going through the manuscript Friday and italicizing areas of thought; if you've read one of my novels before, there are periods where the characters are in thought over the situation at hand. Part of my plot formula, I guess. I then removed the spaces between the graphs (I may have done that before going to bed early Friday morning, I just don't remember) and formatted the novel, adding the title page and the copyright page and all the pages that make a JFV novel. On Saturday I gave the first Obloeron prequel its penultimate read through and sent it off to Estee, and Sunday I printed up and marked up all 120 pages of the Obloeron short stories project. I made those changes this morning; it is now a second draft.


So much for saving all of that for December, huh?

The next step with that project is waiting a week before looking at it again, this time on the screen, to see if everything flows. Estee won't see that project until sometime in February.

That leaves three projects to finalize -- the last two Obloeron prequels as well as the zombie project. I will probably go over the second Obloeron prequel very soon; quite possibly within the next week. I want to make changes to the ending of that novel, changes that will flow into the third prequel and then into the short stories. I highly doubt they will move into the Obloeron sequels, but of course that's still 12 months away from being written, so that plan could change.

Publication schedule (subject to change):

January 2010: The Obloeron Trilogy re-release

April 2010: A Galaxy At War

October 2010: First Obloeron prequel

April 2011: Second Obloeron prequel

October 2011: Zombie project

April 2012: Third Obloeron prequel

June/July 2012: Obloeron short stories

That's the schedule for what I've already written; I could just as easily put next year's releases out there in a matter of weeks, but I don't want to a. overwork my girlfriend, or b. flood the market too quickly. If I were to do that -- don't tempt me -- it would accelerate the second prequel to be released some six or seven months earlier. As you can see, everything is timed out for the next two and a half years. More than likely, this is the schedule I'm sticking to.




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