I haven’t figured out what to do with this page this month. There’s a year’s worth of fiction writing samples (Free Fanfic) at this link here, but it seems to have weened interest. Perhaps I should post ‘Pictures of Dogs Wearing Funny Hats.’ Maybe revive clips from old Benny Hill Shows? Political Memes? (Oooh, now that is a consuming, self-destructive idea.) Perhaps, I can get Geico to sponsor me–Jake Elliot Fiction brought to you by Geico.
See–dogs wear hats. Sure beats a Geico commercial, eh?
This webpage is going to change soon. I’m letting go of this custom design and returning to a WordPress template. In my “Summer of Marketing” I consulted with a marketing specialist who said this site was unreadable for colorblind folk. He said I could be missing up to 10% of my audience with this color scheme. This month, the dues for my custom template are expected, so instead of paying, I’ll revert back to a generic looking page.
News about my books—I’m about to do something radical. I’m going to pay the kill fee on my contract with Damnation Books—soon. I’m not sure exactly what will happen next, but I need my books priced better, and presented with stronger editing. 66% of The Wrong Way Down has been revised, and I’ll soon seek out a professional editor to sweep up my bread crumbs. (Book Two, Crossing Mother’s Grave will see very few changes, but most significantly, a price reduction. Damnation Books’ pricing is killing this awesome book.)
Book three is technically done, but there are a few saggy parts that need uplifting. Since I’m rebooting the series without my current publisher’s folly, book three will just need to sit on a back-burner for a little longer. If all goes well, I’ll reissue the first two books before mid-year 2014 and will have book three out by Fall, 2014.
Meanwhile, I’ve been kicking out the short stories. Angelic Knight Press and I are developing a strong relationship. I seem to be finding a spot in many of their anthologies. I’m going to compete for a spot in two more of their upcoming anthologies planned for next year. Perhaps the road before me isn’t as rocky as it looks.
Wish me luck, right?
Oct 5th and 6th
I’ll be at booth #1120 at Wordstock. I’ll have over one-hundred books with me and a total of four titles. If I sell out on day one, I’ll buy a laptop and I’ll sell books through Amazon. There will be a raffle—all you need to do is sign my book at Wordstock and you will win—
Congratulations Shawna P. you have won– one signed copy of Fifty Shades of Decay.
Thank you everyone who showed interest in winning this cool anthology.
The big prize
2-5pm, I’ll be joining Tonya Macalino and Mike Chinakos for the Enter the Night event at St John’s Booksellers. See the flier below for more details. We will have Trick-or-Treat bags for all who join us, plus a fruit punch––and if we can make it happen (cross your fingers)—we’ll have cheap wine. (Two-buck Chuck, most likely.)
I’ll be at the Hillsboro Public Library speed date with an author. There will be more authors there than I have fingers, and maybe even toes. This’ll be your big chance to try your luck with Big-J, however, my wife holds a brown-belt in Shotokan Karate and fights like a wolverine with PMS. Be very, very careful if you try to steal a kiss.
August 29th thru September 1st
I’ll be at LoneStarCon3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas. I will be joining Tim Marquitz (author of the Demon Squad Series + several other titles) to promote Manifesto UF, an anthology with twenty-three urban fantasy stories. One of those stories is mine, Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A.
Manifesto UF is anticipated to be released. From what I know, everything is moving according to plan.
As the backcover reads, “From angels to vampires, dragons to wizards, Manifesto brings together twenty-three stories full of action, snark, and unadulterated badassery. Featuring stories from Lucy A. Snyder, Jeff Salyards, William Meikle, Teresa Frohock, Zachary Jernigan, Betsy Dornbusch, and more. The time has come to make a statement, to define a genre. This is our manifesto.”
I will also have a nice story in this volume…
Okay, maybe not so much a nice story, but definitely fun.
October 5th thru October 6th
I’m be found at Wordstock, the big literacy event in Portland, Oregon. I’ll have a table right by the entrance and raffle tickets for anyone purchasing one of the five titles present. My plan is one ticket per purchase, so if three books are bought, three raffle tickets will be granted. Also the raffle will be tiered so that the more books purchased, the greater the prize. (I figured the prizes should reflect my community’s support. I haven’t hammered out the details, but I’m bending towards a gift certificate to one of Portland’s fine restaurants, or a gift card from Powell’s City of Books, or winner’s choice of either/or.)
‘Enter the Night’ at St. John’s Bookseller begins at 2pm on October 13th. Celebrating Halloween 2013, this event is featuring three Portland area authors, Tonya Macalino (author of the Shades of Venice series,) Mike Chinakos (author of Hollywood Cowboys and Dead Town,) and me. I will be reading from Crossing Mother’s Grave, and maybe a snippet from Fading Light. We will have Trick-or-Treat bags and refreshments for all. Each author will read 30 minutes and there will be extra time for mingling.
Post October 13th
I’ll be finishing up my third book in the Heretic Series and seeking a new publisher. Once I’ve got copyrights started, I’ll share the title of Book III. For those of you who’ve exhibited great patience, thank you––hopefully it won’t be too much longer.