Sun On Our Face

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Coco and me – February 2017

Sun on our face, the wind at our back …… on our walk this morning.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
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Pappy on a Roll

Art - final cover by Jack - Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory
Cover by JACK at Black Opal Books

Today’s interview was the second time for the novel PAPPY BUTLER & HIS ZERO TIME THEORY on Central Valley Talk studio in Fresno, California. It ran longer than planned as two other guests in the hour did not show. Besides the talk about the Pappy Butler story for any new viewers, I told a little bit more about Pappy’s theory. The other thing mentioned was the upcoming sequel to THE DOC novel, with answers to loose ends from that book. Called DELETE DOC, it is scheduled for release in May or June. There is no cover design yet. There is more on …….. Enough. The interview is on YOUTUBE at:

Let me know what you think.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
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Central Coast Writer’s

author-cora-ramos-2016

Cora Ramos posted this yesterday, but to me it is huge, as I could not make it to the Central Coast conference. …. plus her site is beautiful.
I thought that was interesting about the business side, and needing both, but keeping separate … not mixing up.
This is short, so that you may hop over there now at:

http://coraramos-cora.blogspot.com/2016/10/central-coast-writers-conference.html

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
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Miss Darla book released

Art - Miss Darla cover 8

Knowing that there is a different audience out there, than was there ten years ago, a whole generation of non-print readers, it is time the 2005 print only version of this World War II story of Miss Darla became an ebook. Miss Darla is the first of two ebooks, from the original novel For Thou Art With Me, available for the first time in digital format. Published by Fresno River Press, and on Amazon. The link is: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CQ5W4Z0
Tim
MISS DARLA
Publisher: Fresno River Press of Dry River Publications (March 8, 2016)
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01CQ5W4Z0
Timothy J. Desmond
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Expression

A few months ago, or was it years now, there was a local restaurant owner who put a sign on his business front. It was a rude comment to the President – for you news crawler fans otherwise called POTUS. His sign was in protest of the President’s news conference comments about the need for the government, in the matter of businesses and public utilities infrastructure. With regard to business owners, it was said, “you didn’t build it.” Meaning that the business owner didn’t build it, the government helped because of the highways and roads, and such.
Locally, it became a news item on TV, and then on a local legislator’s Facebook page. I agreed with the business owner, rude or not, and jumped into the fray on the Facebook site. That exchange got nowhere and degenerated into an economic discussion on gross national product figures. I took another step later, and blogged about all of this on another site, along with some other points. It went out, published on that site, but I had a comment from the site host owner advising me, “don’t be a demagogue.”
Frankly, I really didn’t think that I was that strong in my opinion. I may have been a touch dogmatic , but a demagogue? I wasn’t running for any office. I was always going to comment back to the chap, but never did. It occurred to me that it would not have mattered, as it was a political and government view which differed in the purpose and powers of government control. They read my view or comments, and didn’t like it, or didn’t agree with me.
It reminded me, still later, of when I was in another discussion, on a group email exchange. It had to do with the water situation in central California this year. The group, mostly ranchers and farmers or connected to agribusiness, were eloquent about the gripe that legislators and state leaders had reneged on promises of which crops would be allowed to be preserved. Mixed in with this was the discussion on vegetarians, beef production, and others, and how to be civil with the arguments. Apparently, almonds were now discussed as a crop that used to be preserved as now a crop that had to be deleted. It was asked by one fellow, “How can we reason with those leaders to understand these things?”
I emailed back an answer. And the fellow replied, “Can we just write them off and cut them loose from our efforts?” It was something like that.
My answer was, “Well, yeah. How can you convince a group of vegetarians who want to destroy the world’s greatest source of plant protein. They’re idiots.”
There was no reply from that person. He may have been a vegetarian. One other in the group made a positive reply, but I have not heard from them since. I think I may have been dropped from the group. I guess I wasn’t diplomatic in my, uh ………….. expression.

Tim

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
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Rifling Of Old Cannon, View On The Inside
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Speed Dating

This was posted on Facebook when I was tied up in skirmish with Yankees at Roaring Camp …. but Tierney James has me included on her site for #4 of group of other authors. Interesting….. check out Journeys, Treks and Daylilies

at … http://www.ptierneyjames.blogspot.com/2015/05/speed-dating-for-readers-4-life-is.html?m=1
Called Speed Dating for Readers #4 Life is a Cupcake. She really is a cupcake.

Author Tierney James 2

The other authors she highlights are pretty awesome. Let her know what you think.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
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Triggered Book Study Follow up

Family -Tim Desmond at Captain Tony's

One more piece on numbers and stats, if you will, is on another reference that I happen to come across. If the previous “Triggered Book Study” was of mild or of any interest at all, this next reference is from a more studied source in the industry.

THIS STUDY by Hugh Howey IS DATED AS A YEAR AGO IN February on: February 12, 2014. It is of importance to anyone connected with this business, but I think it has merit and interest for anyone involved education, teaching, teaching reading, and the obvious ….. if you are in retail and wonder how the closing of book stores and markets means something. I’ve saved the study in my own files, but in the interest of “not plagiarizing” I am putting the link here.

Author Earnings by Hugh Howey Study Called: The 7k Report
The link is at: http://authorearnings.com/report/the-report

I found it fascinating.
After reading that, what do you think?

Tim

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
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All cover art copyright © 2014
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Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
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John Daulton Interview

Author - Joihn Daulton

It was an honor to interview Galactic Mage science fiction and series author John Daulton. There is more at his Daulton Books website at: http://daultonbooks.com and also on Amazon author page. For now, enjoy the interview below.

TD: Your first title in the series, The Galactic Mage, has been described as a combination of two genres – fantasy and science fiction. Was that by design or accidental?

Totally by design. Many stories out there have blended the two genres, “science fantasy” if you will, stories going way back to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars (the whole John Carter of Mars series), and even farther back to writers like Mark Twain with his A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court . Aside from the obvious disparity in writing skill between those guys and me, the blending of the two genres is similar in many fundamental ways. One big difference is that in The Galactic Mage series, I keep the medieval-style magic of the fantasy distinct and very true to the Sword & Sorcery type fantasy that emerged post Dungeons and Dragons and, of course, Tolkien while keeping sci-fi elements as close to contemporary popular sci-fi as I can. By not changing the “expectations” of the two genres, yet putting them together anyway, I ended up with something new enough to be very cool and widely accepted by readers. In truth, it’s not completely “never been done before” though, despite what a lot of reviewers have said. In the early 80s, Piers Anthony did something similar in the Apprentice Adept series, at the very end of it at least, and I loved it.

TD: What inspired you to write your novel and how much research went into it? Without the obvious of space travel and other worlds, any personal experiences?

The original inspiration was a 1999 movie called October Skies. It’s about a kid who saw something that everyone else was missing: rocketry. So he pursued it and made something amazing, an industry, an enterprise, a way of thinking. It was such a beautiful and simple (and true) story, that it stuck with me. The Galactic Mage is a fantasy version of that movie, at least in part.

As for research, it’s pretty insane how much I did. It seems like every time I tried to say anything, I was like, “Crap, I don’t really know how a laser would work; are they actually powerful or just old ideas? And what the heck is in ion cannon anyway?” Stuff I have read about in other sci-fi, stuff I knew readers would accept, I just couldn’t use myself without understanding it better. I read so much astronomy (and watched tons of documentaries). I read a lot on genetics, bio-engineering, bio-printing believe it or not. I actually read two books just on squids and octopuses, plus tons of medieval and feudal society and household info, and just out of control physics. The more I wrote, the more I realized how much I didn’t know. I read Stephen Hawking’s The Universe in a Nutshell when I got started, thinking that would be enough, and I ended up taking a semester of college physics before I could feel comfortable saying anything I wrote at all. I still feel grotesquely unqualified to say much, and I’m sure I have lots wrong, but the story is totally, in terms of its sci-fi element and even more so in the underlying principles of magic (actually more important, believe it or not), steeped in reality as closely as I can fathom it anyway.

TD: How do you write? Do you outline and follow chapter by chapter, or do you wait until the story’s magnitude can’t be contained in your mind and you have to pour it out on paper?

Combination of both. I get to the point where the ideas are stacking up on one another, and I know there’s a story there. So I start outlining in as much detail as I can. I don’t hold that outline as gospel, though.

TD: Stephen King says “you only have a season (3 months) to write a book” after that, you should abandon it and work on something else entirely, then come back 6 weeks later, re-read, and start revising. Do you agree? How long does it take to write a good story?

I think assigning a time frame like that is totally arbitrary. Everyone is different. Before The Galactic Mage blew up on Amazon, I was working a day job and had zero expectation of ever being a “full time writer.” How could I possibly have written a whole novel in 3 months?

So, you have to take Stephen King’s advice with a grain of salt. He has the advantage of being a multi-millionaire and anything he writes will 1) be published through traditional channels, and 2) make money. The rest of us don’t have those guarantees. That means we don’t have the luxury of assigning ourselves three or four months to write something. Before TGM, I had to write when I could, and with whatever energy I had left after a long day. So, to crank out a novel in three months just wasn’t reasonable, especially not a first or second novel, where even believing I was capable of finishing one was a whole emotional journey, well outside craft and discipline. I have that luxury now of having developed my “writer’s muscle” as they say. I can write 80,000 to 100,000 words in a month when I do it full time. I’m sure Stephen King can too. Probably more. Most of the guys in the NFL can bench press 300 pounds. But I’m pretty sure they didn’t just decide to “get to 300 pounds in a season.”

So, writing in a season is great for those tiny fractions of the writing universe who don’t have to teach or edit or do something else of the day-job variety to keep the wolves at bay. I guess basically my opinion of that “season” advice is that it doesn’t really speak to anyone outside of the outliers and the very, very lucky. Most people are going to have to do what they have to do to get it done. The Galactic Mage took me eight years.

However, that said, I do agree that you do need to finish and then let your story sit for a few weeks or months before you reread it. It’s amazing to discover both how awesome you can be and how terrible all in the same piece, so you need distance from both your pride and your self-loathing.

TD: Do you have a book to which you constantly go back and from which you constantly draw inspiration? If so, which is it and by whom?

Artistotle’s Rhetoric. Everything you ever need to know about the human experience is in that book. It’s more sophisticated than anything else I’ve ever read, despite being 2,500 years old. Mind blowing.

TD: With the flood of self-published authors, small presses, and vanity presses, I feel like the “big houses” have a lot of competition. They are very selective and often end up kicking their butts for not signing someone special. Do you know of a book/author that has been under appreciated and everyone should read his/her book?

Everyone? No, I don’t know of any that everyone should read. But I can say, I know some great story tellers who don’t get the love they deserve. T.R. Harris is one. He’s got these awesome, simple shoot-em-up science fiction books. They are so honest, so unpretentious. They don’t pretend to be anything other than fun. You can blow right through them so fast. But they are just brilliant in their simplicity. It’s a shame some publishing house didn’t see it and hook him up with some high-end editors and an awesome marketing team. They could have sold a hundred million copies. But that’s fine. He doesn’t care, I’m sure. He’s done fine all on his own. Like, really fine. So, whatever.

TD: And on another note, there are books whose reviews and bestseller lists rave greatness, but the story, the characters, or the premise is either a copy cat of something really good or it sucks all together. Do you know of a book like that?

Yeah, I can think of tons of stuff I didn’t like. But, I’m not going to harsh on someone’s story just because I didn’t like it. Hell, chances are I didn’t like it because I didn’t get it. And yes, lots of stuff is generic and cliché, but if there are people out there who get joy from it, that’s all good—I mean, maybe it’s cliché to you and me, but what if it’s the first time some new reader saw that idea, you know? There are always new people, young people, whatever, coming up to consume the latest publications. Really, in the end, there aren’t any new ideas anyway. They’ve been saying that for thousands of years already, too.

TD: What do you think is more important: A great story, a great cover, or a great promotion?

Great story. If you write a great enough story, it will go viral despite your crappy cover and feeble promotions. People share what they like. You only have to give something amazing to one or two people, and the rest will take care of itself. Writers should never forget this. Get over yourself and write the next one. (But don’t skimp on your cover, your editing, and for God’s sake, start a mailing list on MailChimp or Constant Contact or something. Just do it.

TD: And speaking of promotion. It has become the author’s worst nightmare as they have less time to write with having to promote so much since the book world is a business after all. What is your strategy? Have you found a promotion tool that works every time?

If you are doing your own promotions, get a mailing list (you may have noticed I mentioned that above). MailChimp and Constant Contact and several others have freebie programs for small mailing lists. Get one. I could go into why you should, and I have covered it on my blog, but, short answer: if you put out a book and even ONE person likes it so much that they want to read the next thing you put out , you should make it easy for that reader to know when the next one comes out. So, beyond that, I won’t explain more. Get your MailChimp account. Put a link to your sign up form on the front page of your books and ebooks and put it in again on the last page. Do that first, before you start thinking about Facebook ads or any other dumb stuff that will waste your money. Get a mailing list. Period. Seriously.

TD: And finally, do you characters take on some qualities of people you know?

Totally. We can only write the world we know. The people around me ARE the world. If I didn’t tap into the real people I know, all my characters would be wooden prototypes that I averaged onto my pages from other stuff I have read. It would be too boring to write, honestly. Exaggeration and commitment to it provides the rest.

TD: What else should I know about this novel, or your others, that might not be evident from its cover blurb?

My series is a search for God. All seven books (the 6 main series and the prequel) are really born of my grappling with faith, divinity, science (especially physics), philosophy and humanity. Like, that is literally the spine of the series. I realize that, given what they are on the surface, how the covers are done for the purpose of appeasing the market, nobody will ever think about my books as deeply or even read them enough times to see what I am trying to do. Which is fine. I did it for me.

TD: What else should our readers know about you?

I’m just a regular guy. Writing books is not mystical. If you are my friend, you don’t have to apologize to me if you haven’t read my books. In fact, that’s actually the worst part of having a bestseller out. People you love come up to you after having not seen you in a while and feel obligated to lead with, “Hey, great to see you. Man, I’ve been meaning to read your book.” You don’t have to read my book. In fact, if I’m being honest, if you put out a book, I probably won’t get to it either. Life is busy. The “to read” stack is tall. It’s all good.

TD: And last, please tell our readers where we can buy your books.

They’re all on Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Google Play (the first one is on iTunes too, but don’t get me started on why the rest aren’t on it). The front page of my website shows all my books, and you can click on any of them to get links to all the major outlets for each: http://www.daultonbooks.com

TD: John, thank you for dropping by for the visit and for your answers and advice. There is a lot here for our readers and other authors.

Tim

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
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Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1
Timothy J. Desmond
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Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Triggered Best Seller Results

Here it is

genre v. main stream fiction
As has been quoted by some others, “main stream is a genre” I get it. Humor me a little and hang in here. Some definitions may have to be a judgment call. Genre being Crime, suspense, thriller, chiller, fantasy, science fiction, childrens,….
On Febraury 1, 2015-
New York Times best sellers top 15 fiction:
Genre 9
Main Stream 6
Amazon
Genre 8
Main Stream 4
Barnes and Noble
Genre 10
Main Stream 6
Totals:
Genre 27 = 63%
Main Stream 16 = 37%
Chart Genre v Main Stream

New York Times best sellers top 15 Non-fiction is a separate list while Amazon and Barnes and Noble combine all of these.

Create Space Print v. Lightning Source
This is also tough, and maybe impossible, but for a broad generalization Create Space is Amazon and Lightening Source is “all other” self publishing for this purpose. Too, will take longer to check. This is, as one book seller said once, interesting. While traditional print-on-demand [POD} publishers have used Lightning Source for quite a while, now many small and “Indy” publishers are using Create Space digital print options. And self publishers can use Lightning Source too, as well as Create Space.
New York Times List
Self Published
Presumed Lightening Source = 2
Traditional house = 13
Amazon

Large House = 4
Other House = 11
Barnes and Noble
Create Space = 1
Large House = 10
Other House = 4
Totals
Create Space 1 = 33%
Lightning Source 2 = 67%
Chart Create Space Print v Lightning Source

Distribution differences? …….. Amazon v. Ingram’s
Biggest problem here is the sources and numbers, as actual sales are closely held data by the entities. Checking on an industry source [February 5, 2015].

Big Houses v. Small houses
New York Times List
Large House 10
Small House 3

Amazon
Large House 4
Small House 11
Barnes and Noble
Large House 10
Small House 4
Totals:
Large House 24 = 57%
Small House 18 = 43%
Chart Big Houses v Small houses

Self publishing v. Traditional publisher
New York Times List
Self = 2
Traditional = 13
Amazon
Self = 0
Traditional = 15
Barnes and Noble
Self = 1
Traditional = 14
Totals:
Self 3 = 7%
Traditional 42 = 93%
Chart Self v Traditional

Author Brand name v. Lesser known author [including debut author]
New York Times List
Author Brand name = 14
Lesser Known = 47
Amazon
Author Brand name = 7
Lesser Known = 17
Barnes and Noble
Author Brand name = 7
Lesser Known = 51
Totals:
Author Brand name 28 = 20%
Lesser Known 115 = 80%
Chart Author Brand name v Lesser known author

Fiction v. nonfiction
This may be the tougher area, and not as important except on the issue: if one has money to buy books, etc., etc., etc. Even if we read both, it is subjective to most of us, and people usually lean toward one or the other. Since actual sales figures from the industry are generally not public, and NYT list separates all lists into fiction and non-fiction lists, the Amazon or B&N list may be all we have to go by. Publisher house by house may have their hard data. If anyone out there knows, feel free to comment.
New York Times List
[ not applicable ]
Amazon
Fiction = 12
Nonfiction = 16
Barnes and Noble
Fiction = 16
Nonfiction = 14
Totals:
Fiction 28 = 48%
Nonfiction 30 = 51%
Chart Fiction v Nonfiction

[[[ Social media sites v. Real media interviews ….NOT DONE ]]]

Ignored for the moment
“cover” and “title” [subjective ???????? ]
New York Times list only: Hardcover v. Paperback Trade v. Paperback Mass Market
ebook v. print book
NYT includes in a combined list but separates Fiction & Nonfiction
The New York Times offers a glimpse for this comparison because they list top 15 books in “combined ebook and print” categories. Too, NYT does separate these list sby fiction and nonfiction. Checking on another study of this [February 5, 2015].
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The main question originally is “What are the authors doing to get on the top of lists?”
[March 22, 2015 ……… A few days ago I had interview answers from John Daulton that addresses this question ……….. at least from one author’s – one successful author – experience.]
My question was, What do you think is more important: A great story, a great cover, or a great promotion?
Read John Daulton’s answer in his interview which goes live on April 2.

Tim

Tim’s book also:
THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1
Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Other Author 2

Book cover - Chris Davis - No Regrets
NO REGRETS COVER

This author is a friend. He has KDP published stories on Amazon and other sites. One is No Regrets. You can find it at:

http://www.amazon.com/No-Regrets-Christopher-Davis-ebook/dp/B00F30O3PA/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423080734&sr=1-8&keywords=Christopher+Davis+Kindle

Brief Bio for Chris …….
Chris Davis is a central California native. Long a reader of history, he was captivated by the US Civil War while living near Gettysburg Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s. Becoming a Civil War reenactor soon after transferring back to California in 2001, that time period soon found its way into his writing.
Normally writing in the typical genre fiction style of Crime / Thriller, the first short story Among Us Soldiers appeared while writing a short Civil War novel ‘Fire on the Mountain’ [unpublished].
Chris’s Amazon Author page is at:

http://www.amazon.com/Christopher-Davis/e/B008I8VTDI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Tim’s book also:

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com