Publishing by Unpublishing

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The home-made cover for my first book.

I’ve decided to submit my book first book, Dying to Live Forever, to a “real” publisher. My marketing and sales skills and inclination to spend time doing those things are virtually nil. I want to have someone else who likes and has talents for these things actually work on them for me. And book publishers – they’re pretty good at these sorts of things, yano? At least I hope so.

My book will reappear when/if some publisher decides to become my publisher. If not, maybe I’ll look at other options. In the meantime, which is, by the way, many months in the slow world of traditional publishing, my book will be unavailable.

Fortunately for everyone, the new version of the story will be much improved. I’ve made another pass through it and it’s substantially better already – with having even been seen by a professional editor whose job it is to make books better (or suck less).

My second and third books are still in the pipeline, and this very morning I (re)started my work on the first of the ANGEL series of stories, going through it with a fine toothed comb looking for badness, building better character development into the story, finishing up scenes, etc.

Please, if you love me, or if you love science fiction by geeks and for geeks, stay tuned…

It’s Done

I finally finished my (first) book and it has been delivered successfully in EPUB form into three electronic publishers’ hands. You can yourself a copy by going to Amazon.com and searching for a Kindle book called “Dying to Live Forever”. I hope you like it!

If you want to read it on Google play, just go to this link.

If you want to read it on Kindle or you just like buying things from Amazon, go here.

I have been writing this book off and on over the course of at least ten or fifteen years. But in the last year or so I have gotten serious about being an author. I don’t want to be someone who just writes. I want to be published and have people like my stuff and be eager for more. I want that, and i want it badly. I’ve interrupted nearly every aspect of my life, spending pretty much every moment I wasn’t sleeping or doing my day job for most of the last month toiling away to get this thing finished and published.

Cooper the Wonderdog.

Cooper the Wonderdog.

Now I can take a day or two off from reading to let my eyes recover and to reacquaint myself with my wife and family. I know Cooper the Wonderdog will be thrilled not to have to stand guard by my desk all the time.

It will be a little sad to see it go, really. I’ll miss my characters and their adventures. I guess I can now take up where I left the characters of my next two books, which are in a series together. They’re really cool people, and I think readers are going to love them and what they get up to.

I think I might sound tired in this post — I am.

But I’m also really excited. I can’t wait to hear what people think about the book. To this point, I have feedback from some reviewers and family members, but I guess I won’t actually believe my stuff is worthwhile until someone pays for it with real money and then gives it at least a halfway decent review. It’s strange how this feels. It’s like they would be reviewing and validating me and not just my book.

Houston, we have blurbage and a cover

Cover design for Dying to Live Forever.

Cover design for Dying to Live Forever.

My first book, Dying to Live Forever, now has a blurb and a cover design. I’m still tweaking both. Well, to be honest, I’m mostly tweaking the blurb.

Celebrity scientist and inventor Rik van der Gelder finds his lust for living waning after having lived two full lifetimes, courtesy of the ‘fountain of youth’ rejuvenation technology he helped to introduce. Bored nearly to death, he escapes alone in his starship, desperately searching for some relief from the never ending job of living. But a deadly attack and crash landing on an isolated and dangerous planet force him into a desperate struggle for his life.

Surviving the bizarre, deadly terrain and venomous creatures won’t be easy. Assaulted at every turn, Rik encounters an alien artifact that leads him down a rabbit hole of discovery and intrigue. Standing together with artificial intelligences and the insect-like race that built them against a common enemy could result in a deadly battle and the end of Rik. Or maybe it’s just the beginning…