Monday, February 25, 2013

My Big Plans


For the past month, I’ve been working on some graphics for my next novel, Spilled Coffee. Not only that, but I’ve made the decision to publish Spilled Coffee  independently, yes, self-publishing. Even before I started this blog—nearly five years ago—I was enamored with the idea of self-publishing. I’ve always had a Do-It-Yourself mindset which extends to my writing. I learned how to write by writing and researching and connecting with a few other writers. I even went so far as to format, print, and bind one of my earlier novels (I plan to resurrect this novel in the future).

My writing has come a long way, even to the point of being traditionally published, which has been a huge boost to my confidence. Not only that, but I’ve received some greatly-appreciated correspondence from some who have read Uncharted: Story for a Shipwright and really enjoyed it. Thank you so much to all those who took the time to share their thoughts!

Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows I’m not a hard-sell—I find promotion, networking, and marketing very awkward (as do many writers). I’ve also heard it said that the best way to sell one book is by writing another…well, I can do that! In fact I’ve done that, and now it’s getting near time to put the next novel out there. I had a few works to choose from and picked Spilled Coffee as a follow-up to Uncharted. Like Uncharted, I wrote Spilled Coffee in first person point of view as a man. It’s not so much nautical, though a rowboat on a lake in New Hampshire plays a role in the story. What the two stories have in common are the thirty-something men coming to terms with their family and past. Here’s the logline, a bit of promotional art, and what you’d read on the back cover:

A Novel About Coming of Age…Again…


Benjamin Hughes is on a mission. He has just bought back the New Hampshire lake cottage his family lost eighteen summers ago, in 1969, just before he turned fourteen—just before his life blew apart.
Still reeling from a broken engagement, Ben has committed himself to relive that momentous summer for the next twenty-four hours. 
Every summer as a boy, Ben has gawked at the pretty redhead Amelia, granddaughter to the richest man on the lake, Doc Burns—owner of a Cessna floatplane and the Whispering Narrows estate. During the summer of ’69, Ben not only sneaks around with Amelia, but he learns how to fly with Doc, and meets an eclectic cast of characters that will change him forever. The best summer of Ben’s life turns out to be the worst as the Burns’ family dysfunction collides with his own family’s skeletons.
So, that’s the news for this week. Soon I will be posting the cover art I’ve been messing around with, perhaps some of the interior art,  and updates on the publication progress.

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    1. Now, Glenn, if you're going to take this writing thing seriously, you really need to broaden your vocabulary, lol! ;)

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  2. Wow, that's quite the undertaking (which, of course, you already know). I wish you the best with it, though since it's your second time around I'm sure you'll come through it with flying colors. Or spilled colors. Or something. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

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    1. Well, Nate, you've already seen one of the earlier cover mock-ups, so you know how the colors spill...or the coffee...

      ...and yeah, it is an undertaking--fortunately, I can take my time and publish when it all comes together. I'm looking forward to the process.

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  3. I think it's a great idea! I wish you great success!

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    1. Mary Anne, it's so nice to see you! Thanks for your kind wishes. Publishing will be a fun adventure, at any rate.

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  4. Bravo, J.B.! Can't wait to get my Kindle copy :) Have you discovered the Writer's Cafe on Kindleboards? (http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php?board=60.0)

    Tons of great information. Love your art! If you need the name of a good formatter, as far as e-books, let me know. I've used the same guy for both of my stories ... he's good, fast and inexpensive.

    Are you going to publish on all of the major platforms, or just Amazon?

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    1. Scott, I haven't ventured over to the Kindleboards yet. I know it's a good resource that I'm sure will be very helpful, especially as I plan to do all the formatting myself. Yeah, it's that DIY mentality!

      And yeah, I plan to publish on as many of the major platforms as I can manage, starting with Amazon, both Kindle and trade paperback. I'm not sure just when I will release it--so much of that has to do with how complicated my personal life gets, but I figure it's good to start talking about it sooner than later, and getting some of the promotional graphics out there!

      As always, thanks for your support! :)

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  5. Love, love, love the picture!

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    1. Thanks Liza! the cover incorporates that theme, but ties in better with the spilled coffee aspect of the theme.

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  6. Wow! I Love it. I swear this could almost have the been logline for my first novel. Almost! I love the title and the art and the premise. I'm going to email you a question.

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    1. Yeah, I think the coming of age premise is pretty popular--let's face it, most of us can relate to coming of age...again.

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  7. Sounds really good! I admire you for your DIY mindset. So many people do really well from self-publishing.

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    1. I suppose I've always had in mind to self-publish eventually. I learned a lot in the traditional publishing process and just really love the idea of putting it all together myself, no matter where it all lands!

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  8. The most important thing you are doing is following your heart and what you love. That's all that matters! These days, it's wonderful that those who fit with self-publishing better actually have that option open to them. I'm excited to read more of your books! *hugs*

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. It has been wonderful to have the support of a publisher for my debut novel and this feels like the natural follow-up for me. I also love that I can set my own pace. Just the same, Uncharted feels like a tough book to follow...you know, all that second-guessing, lol. Hope you like it half as well! ;)

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  9. Congratulations! This is looking so good. I can't wait for it to come out!

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    1. Thanks, Anne. Couldn't have done it without you!

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