General Writing ThoughtsPosted by Mark C. King 2018-04-03 10:36AM
I have created some book trailers for my works. It's been a fun and creative process.
Sigmund Shaw: https://youtu.be/zuqxvG1yQKI
Whispers of Bedlam Asylum: https://youtu.be/vl4gNL4MafA
Tomb of Hannu: https://youtu.be/VJJ-1ms_CUw
The Book Reapers: https://youtu.be/w23hR85DR0U
General Writing ThoughtsPosted by Mark C. King 2018-03-03 12:45PM
Don't judge a book by it's cover is a great and meaningful statement. However, when it come to selling books, the cover seems to be exceptionally important.
So, I am changing my cover for The Book Reapers. The new cover is very nice, but more 'mainstream'.
Let's see if the change makes any difference.
General Writing ThoughtsPosted by Mark C. King 2016-08-25 10:15AM
My new book (Tomb of Hannu) is in the running to be admitted into the kindlescout program by amazon.com.
Please take a few moments and give it your vote. If selected, everyone that voted gets a free copy!Link
General Writing ThoughtsPosted by Mark C. King 2016-08-24 03:28PM
I have discovered an interesting phenomenon as a finish my books. I am almost sorry to publish it as my next one will be that much better.
In no way does this mean that I think my past works are no good, it is just that I get so excited and see so much potential in the next story that it is hard to focus on anything else.
When I finished my first book (Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure), I was very happy with it (still am), but I had already had exciting ideas for the next one (Whisper of Bedlam Asylum) and new that it would be even better than the first one. As Whispers was being finished, I was already thinking about an Egyptian adventure with a very underused (although my favorite) character - and could be better than my first two.
Now that my third book (Tomb of Hannu) is nearing publication, I have the beginnings of a fourth one and I, again, think it will be my best story. I am SO excited about it!
My guess is that I am not unique in these feelings, but found them interesting enough to share.
General Writing ThoughtsPosted by Mark C. King 2016-08-01 03:29PM
I once had a job helping to run the office of a small private tennis club. It was awesome! The work was easy, the pay was decent, and I happen to love tennis. I always knew that it was not going to be my career, but it was pretty sweet while it lasted.
I bring this up as I sometimes think how it would be to have a job as an author. I have hard time imagining that it would not be incredible. To be able to spend lots of time developing a story, wording it just so, and just bringing my imagination to life sounds perfectly wonderful.
As it is I have a full-time job and do my writing in the mornings or evenings. I wonder how improved my stories could be with more dedicated time.
Well, for now, I will keep reaching for that goal. Don't quit your daydream as someone once said.
General Writing ThoughtsPosted by Mark C. King 2016-06-28 10:54AM
So the goodreads giveaway has completed. I really wish I could have offered more than just 3 copies. However, I'm glad I did it.
The giveaway ran for about 30 days and ended up with 1096 people entering! Of those that entered, over 500 added the book to the 'To Be Read' list.
I am very much an unknown author still, but this seems like a good step towards getting people to have heard of me.
Still writing, still trying.
General Writing ThoughtsPosted by Mark C. King 2016-06-13 02:54PM
So I have been trying to get my newest book (Whispers of Bedlam Asylum) into as many hands as possible. One thing I that I wish I thought of sooner was to make it clear that this book is a stand-alone novel.
Yes, it is 'Sigmund Shaw, book 2', but I made it so that any needed references are provided. In fact, as I was writing it, I had people helping me who had not read the first book yet. This helped me to elaborate where needed.
I'm not against connected series (where you have to read book 1 before 2 and so forth), but it feels that those are nearing the point of cliche. Even brand-new authors are starting with 'Book 1 of the...trilogy' - I admire the confidence, but there is no harm in starting a little smaller and building experience and skill.
All that said, my current work will probably be a two-parter. It was not my intention, but the story is driving that way. I like the idea that I did not set out to make a multi-book story, but that it happened naturally.
Please don't think that I'm against multi-book connected series, I am not. Lord of the Rings - Classic. Hunger Games - Awesome. But they are an investment in time and sometimes, I just wanna pick up a solo novel and be done with it.
Not sure why I felt like sharing all this, but I did.