All novels have been reduced to $1.99 for the holidays. So go get some books, people.
By Grabthar’s Hammer!! Are you still visiting this site? I thought I’d let everyone know I’ve moved on to a new site! How did this oversight happen? How could you have missed it? How did things go so horribly wrong?!?
Probably my fault.
This site has been moved to StevenLyleJordan.blog. Please visit me there and catch up on what you’ve missed!
So, you’ve just thanked the heavens for all the things you’ve got… then prepped yourself to run out and buy even more stuff at the big box stores? Well, if you have any energy (and stamina) left, give a thought to Small Business Saturday, when all small, family-owned and local businesses hope for some spending love. And what business is smaller than the (a-hem) independent author?
I was just linked to an article by Mary Popova on author Zadie Smith, and her comments on the Psychology of the Two Types of Writers. It’s a great read, mainly to gain an understanding of how Zadie herself works, and how she sees the authors who work in a different manner than herself, in creating a novel.
Though I enjoyed the article, I must admit to my own subconscious red flags waving as soon as I saw the title of the piece. Not long after I dived in, I found:
Smith begins by proposing the two psychological profiles into which all writers fall — a dichotomy reminiscent of Italo Calvino’s hedgehog-versus-fox classification system of writerly personalities.
Reading further, I confirmed my own suspicions: That the two psychological profiles that Smith proposes encompasses “all writers”… do not happen to include me.
So, I would respectfully like to submit that there is another, equally valid psychological profile for writers, the profile which does, in fact, encompass writers like me: That of the Craftsman.
Silence in the Library Publishing has issued pre-order details for Heroes!, the superhero anthology book that will contain one of my short stories, The Never-Ending Battle.
My story will be among many short stories from a notable list of authors, including the late Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Gail Z. Martin, Jean Rabe, John Kovalic, Alan Dean Foster, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Janine K. Spendlove, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Dylan Birtolo, Donald J. Bingle, Sheryl Nantus, Sarah Hans, Daniel Myers, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Jennifer Brozek, Gregory A. Wilson, Bryan Young, Addie J. King, Aaron Rosenberg, R.T. Kaelin, Jaym Gates, Steven Saus, Tracy Chowdhury, and Kelly Swails.
The first six—for Verdant Skies, Sarcology, As the Mirror Cracks, Worldfarm One, Chasing the Light and The House of Jacquarelle—were relatively easy, as they lent themselves to nice, easily-presented blurbs. The others will require a bit more work, and possibly new art (as used for Sarcology), so they may take a bit longer to design and produce. You’ll be seeing them here, and on other sites that I frequent.
If you see one you like, feel free to share it with others; they look great on social media. Summer’s not over… someone you know must need some good books to read on vacation!
What… me? Perish the thought. No, I’m trying to make my books sound more exciting. I’ve recently edited the blurbs for two of my novels, Sarcology and My Life, After Berserker, to see if a more exciting description will help sales.
This notion came to me after a Facebook discussion with author James Moclair, who met with two prospective customers for his new book… but apparently, the customers were deterred from buying by the fact that he, in his mid-sixties, seemed to them to be “too old to be a science fiction writer.”
I was informed yesterday that the Kickstarter for the Heroes superhero anthology managed to squeak past the stretch goal (why do I keep wanting to say stretch mark?!?) that would include the short story I submitted, The Never Ending Battle, into the book.
Frankly, I wasn’t expecting the kickstarter to make enough beyond the original goal to include my story; it looked to me like a long shot. Part of me was expecting to throw the story onto the Free Reads page as soon as it was confirmed that it hadn’t made the goal. But then I got the email from Silence in the Library Publishing that informed me that they made it… with 3 hours to go in the campaign!
This will be the first short story of mine that will go into an anthology… which, I’m told, should be a great marketing boost for my other books. Hopefully there will be more (short stories for anthologies, and marketing boosts).
For now, though, it’s back to TV script writing: My earlier TV project is being looked at my another network; and my latest TV project breakdown has been OK’d by the producer, giving me the thumbs-up to start writing the first scripts.