Hello Readers & Listeners - Winter Greetings from Alaska
In This Issue Sandman News:
-Help me write my next thriller series (via Kickstart)
-What's been going on?
-Free eBook (link at bottom of newsletter)
Ever wish you could help encourage your favorite authors to get their next book out faster?
Well, here's a chance ... at least if I fall into your favorites category that is.
Putting the Power in Your Hands
I have posted a new project on a website called Kickstarter.com . At Kickstarter writers, artists, inventors, etc are able to post projects to find folks willing to pledge financial support to help get the projects from dream phase into real life. Those who pledge get products in exchange for their dollars, ranging from books to audiobooks, to the writer pulling silly stunts like jumping into an icy lake in Alaska and putting it on TV.
The New Series
Ice Hammer is a three book fiction series seen through the eyes of a family ripped apart by invasion and the ensuing war that consumes the North American continent, including their home state of Alaska. It is not about the bigger political game that stands behind all war, but it is about the lives, the loves and the bitter struggles of those trying to survive the harsh Alaska wilderness amidst the horror of war just to see another day, and maybe, just maybe, to be reunited.
When is ICE HAMMER coming out?
I hope to have the first book completed and ready for publication by the end of 2014, and that's where I need your help.
What Can I Do to Help?
Pledge your support for the project at the ICE HAMMER Kickstarter Page.
The pledges I collect from this project will go directly towards subject matter research, topic specific training, recording studio upgrades, book formatting, cover art, and distribution/marketing.
Not only are you helping the process but you are pre-purchasing your copies of the novels and will receive them before anyone else. Certain pledges also get to participate in the creative process by being Beta Readers and Associate Editors of the text as it is written, so you get not only early copies, but you get to see under the hood!
Here's how you pledge:
1. Click this link to go to the ICE HAMMER Kickstarter Project Page
2. Watch the video and read the text to make certain this is a project you want to support
3. Select a dollar amount / award level you think fits you best
4. Make the pledge!
5. Then tell your relative, friends, neighbors, co-workers, strangers in the grocery store, and so on.
It's that easy.
You don't actually pay anything unless and until I reach my minimum goal. Once that is reached the pledges are collected and the project goes into over drive. If it is not reached, nothing gets charged, we all shake hands and say "Good-game, good-game" and walk off the field to prepare for another go at it in the future.
I am confident that you folks can make this a reality. Head on over to my Kickstarter Project Page and make your pledge. Then tell your relative, friends, neighbors, co-workers, strangers in the grocery store, and so on.
Thanks in advance.
In Other Goings On
It's been a busy year thus far with book writing, audiobook recording, conferences, and generally being Alaskan.
March saw a two day snow-shoeing / cold weather survival camp with the boy scouts, lots of fun there. Summer was lots more camping with some fishing to stock the freezer with fresh salmon, cod, halibut, and rock-fish. Summer also saw my first trip ever to Juneau, interesting place our capital city. Tiny, yet emanating political ooziness all over stuff. The three days we were there happened to be the sunniest on record in the city with nary a cloud in the sky and temps in the high 70s. All in all though, the best bit of Juneau was the Zip-Line outing. Holy Schmoley, if you've never done one of those, do it. I am sure they have it in pretty much any state that has hills. Wow was that fun. It was worth the money just to hear my lovely wife scream as she zipped from tree to tree.
With summer's end came the book conference season for us. September was the 2013 Alaska Writer's Guild conference, where your's truly Emceed the awards banquet, and during the course of the conference signed with a major NYC agent who will be attempting to place my books once they're written. Interest by at least one major publisher was shown for my older works as well, 65 BELOW in particular. Never any promises in this business, which is why I keep writing new stuff on my own with the knowledge that if the big guys don't buy it I am willing to continue to go it on my own.
A couple weeks after the AWG Conference was the first annual Great Alaska Book Fair. Had a great time and met many terrific people, many of whom signed up for this newsletter.
And last but not least I got to teach once again at the 2013 Alaska Young Writers Conference. Now that was fun. I taught two sessions on writing action / fight scenes and the kids really got involved. Some of their work samples were simply stellar writing. I know there are at least a couple on their way to fame. The third session was on what it takes to make an audiobook. Several brave souls got up to do a cold read from a script and found out it's a lot more work than they thought.
All in all it's been a great year and I am looking forward to more terrific stuff on the horizon as we close out 2013.
With that in mind, have a great rest of the year, don't forget to pop over to the ICE HAMMER Kickstarter Project Page and support the new series, and definitely don't forget to grab your free ebook below!
Also, for those who signed up for the newsletter at the Great Alaska Book Fair, here is a link to the Free eBook I promised you. Enjoy BLADE OF HEARTS, a novella and three short stories full of action, adventure, and reasons not to go into dark alleys alone.
Enjoy the read and God Bless!
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