So there you have it. I expected it to take six months, but it took me three years to finish plus another year to release. There were many weeks and even a few months when I didn’t have the time or energy to work on the book at all, but finishing is worth it. If you take one thing away from this post, I want it to be: whatever your dream is, don’t give up. Even if it takes you years instead of months, don’t give up. Even if you realize the only way your work will reach your audience is if you put it out there yourself, don’t give up.From How Long Does It Take To Write A Novel
One of my favorite stories from School Police, Star Star Narayan, is on BoingBoing. It’s one of the oddest ones of the bunch and I remember writing it in Warsaw about a decade ago, back when I was a consultant. It’s about feeling weird in a new country and it involves ice skating, bugs, and an idling Volvo.
Read it here!
The paperback version of School Police just arrived and they’re beautiful. Sonia Budner’s excellent cover really brings the little book together and I’m acceptably pleased with the inside design (I did it myself). If you’d like a free copy, simply email me at email@example.com but the ebook is free with Kindle Unlimited and it’s a fun little read. Let me know what you think!
I was ready to come to Amazon’s defense (and I will, eventually). In their long letter to the writing community, they made some excellent points. They inflamed our passions, gave us historical context for our discontent, and then quoted none other than George Orwell on the disruptive nature of paperbacks and the need for evil publishers to crack down on upstart, low-priced alternatives.
My buddy Richard Lai did a 3D capture of the official Mytro train sent to backers of my crowdfunding campaign. It’s a great shot of a great little model!
The good folks at BookLikes have run an amazing author interview in which I detail some of the secrets to becoming a non-successful fiction author in your spare time!
In all seriousness, it was an honor to appear on the site and I’m even running a paperback giveaway for Mytro right here. Sign up to grab a free book!
Read on for an excerpt from the interview.
I’m pleased to announce that I just completed a book of short stories, School Police. These things have been a long time in coming – over 15 years – and I’ve given them a beautiful cover by Sonia Budner, a Polish artist, and wonderful publishing opportunity through Kindle Unlimited. I hope you enjoy them.
Hey, guys: I’m working on a short story collection that I’ll probably publish in a few weeks. I wondered which cover, by Sonia Budner, you liked better? Given you know nothing about the stories, which one is more interesting and evocative?
Pick the covers that you like best. Vote twice! Vote three times! Go nuts! Thanks!