Time for the monthly tally of my #yearofwriting. It’s past time, since we’re already to the fifth day of July. After a robust May, I was disappointed in June’s number, which was 66,091 words. There’s no reason that I should be disappointed in writing a little over sixty-six thousand words in one month, except that I had hoped to reach a half million words in June. That goal was reached on July 3, which means I wrote half a million words in exactly seven months. When I look back on the daily word counts, it’s still hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I’m on pace to write one million, eight hundred thousand words in a year. Even more mind-boggling is that I have edited over half a million words in the last seven months.
It’s the editing that is taking most of the time, as I have continued traditional young adult publishing and launched a career in independently publishing adult fiction. It’s much more difficult to indie publish than it is to publish traditionally. There is more control, but there is also a penalty for letting go of that control. Here’s a prime example: I set up a promotion to give away copies of Tin City Tinder to promote the publication of Steel City Smithereens and Bronzeville Blowback. To get ready for it, I made some tweaks to the Kindle file and asked a formatter to upload the file for me because I was so busy with my day job and also nursing a back injury.
Six hours into the giveaway, which eventually put 52k free copies of TCT into readers’ hands, the first reviews came up, and they complained about all the typographical errors. I’ had the book proofread twice, so I was confident there were very few errors in the text. When I looked at the online version, my jaw dropped. The formatter had uploaded an old version of the book. That meant 52k people were reading a rough draft. Read More
To celebrate the release of the latest novel in my Boone Childress Mysteries series, the first book, Tin City Tinder, is on sale for FREE June 20 and 21. The third book in the series, Ironville Inferno, is as Kindle Countdown Deal for .99 until 6/24. Read More
I made this.
A Boone Childress short story:
TV Show The House That Kills visits Charles House, a haunted B&B in a posh Boston neighborhood, and locks an innocent contestant in a room to spend the night. If he makes it, he gets a thousand bucks. If he doesn’t—
When the room is opened, a dead body greets the TV audience, and former firefighter turned forensic investigator Boone Childress joins forces with Boston detective Val Stebbins to see if The House That Kills has done it again.
Available FREE on BN, iBooks, and Kobo. .99 at Amazon. Read More
Key Lime Die, a Boone Childress Novella.
Two ATV riders make the find of their lives when an accident leads to a gruesome discovery—the death mask of a teenage girl.
Boone Childress returns in this novella as he strives to work under the constraints of protocol in order to discover the identity of the victim—and to find her killer before it’s too late. Read More
My second publication this week:
Steel City Smithereens, A Boone Childress Novel #2.
A furniture factory explodes in the middle of the night, detroying the building and a family business that’s operated for three generations, putting dozens out of work and devastating the owner. It looks like an accident.
Until Navy intelligence operator turned firefighter Boone Childress and his foresnice anthropologist grandfather start sniffing around.Finding evidence. Connecting the dots. Pointing fingers at the wrong people.
People who will stop at nothing to get their way, including hurting anybody who Boone Childress loves.
Available on Amazon. Read More
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian is being challenged in a local school. A local TV station reported on the first salvo in the challenge by warning it’s readers that the word “masturbation” is “graphic content.” Below is my letter to the reporter objecting to that use.
(Here’s link to the report: http://bit.ly/TcU0F2)
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT (not really)
I read your article about the attempt to ban Parti-time Indian in the the Brunswick County Schools. I’m a professor of English Education at UNCW with a specialization in young adult literature. I’m a past-president of ALAN, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE and a member of ALAN’s Committee on Censorship, so I have a long-standing interest in cases such as the ones you reported. If there is a formal challenge against Alexie’s novel, I will be there to speak against the banning.
But I’m not writing about that. I’m writing about the words on the webpage before the excerpt from the novel: “NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT BELOW”
There is nothing graphic about the passage. It does not describe masturbation. It only uses the word. On a website that routinely shows car crashes, house fires, assault victims, and bloody crime scenes, the word masturbation is one of the least offensive things I’ve seen on your site.
Please consider asking your editor about removing the warning. It is unnecessary and it only serves to inflame the issue. As an entity protected by the same amendment that protects the author and readers of Part-time Indian, you should consider your role in any banning. Report the news but don’t be inflammatory. Masturbation is just a word. Putting an large block text above it is the same kind of reaction I would expect form seventh grade boys when someone says penis in the classroom. Read More
I made this.
Episode Three – The EscapeIn the third episode, Boy finds himself alone, his farmhouse burned and his family arrested. With the help of an enchanting Creole woman, he must escape the Home Guard and find out where his family has been taken. But the woman has ideas of her own…
Set in an alternate history where Stonewall Jackson survives and the South wins the Battle of Gettysburg, Boy Mercury is the rollicking adventures of Amboy “Boy” Babbage and the Resistance—led by an enchanting spy, a fiery aeronautrix, and a charismatic leader willing sacrifice anything—as they rise against the mechanized forces of the New Confederacy and its cyborg general, Stonewall Jackson, in a battle not only for their lives, but the freedom of all people.
A thrilling action adventure for adults by award-winning author David Macinnis Gill.
On sale now from Amazon, BN, iTunes, Kobo, and Google. Read More
It’s time again for the monthly round-up/progress report for my #yearofwriting.
As usual, I didn’t keep up with the spreadsheet and had to scroll through my Twitter feed for the daily word counts. Along the way, I discovered that some of the daily tweets are no longer on Twitter, making it look like I skipped a few days. You lie, Twitter. I wrote every day. Read More