Friends with Benefits

Didn’t have time to post something in a while, so here goes.

I don’t just want readers. I know that sounds strange, but bear with me and it will make more sense.

When I started the whole social media thing, it was to sell books. I write a pretty good yarn, and sometimes I’m funny, and I’d rather do that than wear a suit every day which means I need to get paid for it. That and I like telling stories. I’ve been shot at, bitten by a police dog, buried friends, saved others, and manned a helm during 35 degree pitching, so I’ve got some pretty good ones to tell.

But I’ve also met some cool people in the past few months (that’d be you), and it’s improved my quality of life beyond my suitless expectations. I like reading about your day, making smartass comments about your posts, and fending off your own witticisms. I love geeking out about my book with you too, it makes the writing more fun, and I put more of what you enjoy in the next book.

The feed is going well, I’m only getting unfollowed by people I don’t follow back (p0rn, offers to buy followers, etc.), but that also means I can’t keep up with everyone’s feed anymore. I read your feed the first time you followed me (you might have noticed me favorite some of your posts, and retweet others), and if you’re happy with that level of interaction I’m glad, hope I make you laugh, give my book a try sometime.

But if I make you laugh regularly, stop by and say hi. Comment, favorite stuff, and retweet it of course, but better yet start a conversation. Do I want readers? Yes please, in the thousands if possible. But I’d be stoked to have more friends who like my books.

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Feel Like You're in the Story

We're published! Black Fall is now available on Kindle, with other major retailers coming soon. Now, onto the juicy stuff.

One of the things I learned in my career is that people all over the world, regardless of background, genes, or creed, want to have an impact. They want to matter. And since my job is to bring the readers an experience beyond a series of facts, I've been thinking about how to make my readers part of the Black Year Saga.

My current thought is to give you a character. Not just a name cameo or describe them like a contest winner's sister, but allow you all to vote on an origin story, motivations, and choices that will have a real impact on the plot. Will a majority of you vote to turn left or right? Will you decide to save the child or the scientist? The key is that by the fourth book in the Black Year, the readers who follow through should feel like this is their book, too.

Still fleshing out the details, but I'm really excited to see it in action. Sign up for the monthly newsletter (http://blackyearbooks.com) for information and voting, coming soon.

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