LONDON UNDEAD

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Transylvania lies in ruins, the people devastated by a mysterious curse. Count Dracula is forced to flee his homeland in search of new blood to join his fight against the shambling hordes of the walking deceased. Unfortunately the curse follows him to London and quickly begins to spread, turning London into a city of the undead.

A cast of London’s most famous 19th century characters are brought together in a desperate bid to escape the city, not all of them human.

News On London Undead, New Blog

I haven’t been keeping up with the blog lately because I haven’t been writing a lot lately, but I’ve decided what to do with London Undead. I am currently “carving” it, which is what I call editing and rewriting. What I do is I take blocks of text and I cut and paste them into a new document, rewriting and restructuring each block as a I go. This allows me to deepen and expand on the thought and purpose of each line. It’s the only way to catch all the grammar and spelling mistakes, its kind of like taking a comb to a beard. It’s still the same story after, but it will feel a little different.

I’m also contributing to a new wrestling blog at:

http://wrestlingweekday.blogspot.ca/

If you are a wrestling fan, be sure to head over there and check out the posts. It’s a joint effort by myself and Nick Ahlhelm.

An End to (Some)Things, On to New Ideas

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It has been right months since I started taking medication for bi-polar disorder. At first it was a bit disorienting; I suddenly found myself detached from the well of strong emotions I’d lived with my whole life. I began to disconnect from other people, making it difficult to understand or emphasize with them in the same way I used to. This is a good thing. After being disconnected my moods balanced out and the constant voice in my head that had constantly hounding me about things went quiet.

Since then, the things that used to preoccupy my mind have been swept away, the deep negative emotions have passed and the anger seems to have faded (mostly). Now the chemical blocks in my brain have settle into new arrangements and I find myself feeling, at least mentally, like the last twenty years never happened. I happy enough to want to be active and healthy enough to want to do something beneficial with all this energy. I don’t want to let another 20 years slip through my fingers without making it count for something.

It seems I am officially done with comics. Although I still plan on doing one more submission, I’ve been forcing myself to do it. I don’t take pleasure in writing in the genre anymore, primarily because I know no one is going to ever read the scripts I write, even if they do get published. It has not been a labor of love and I am not confident in the pitch itself, even though I think its a fantastic concept. The only reason I want to do it is so I can continue to be a guest at comicbook shows. The more comic work I do, the better my chances are of being accepted as a guest. I’ve been forcing myself to write this damn thing for a good, but entirely selfish, reason. I haven’t read any comics in months, I don’t have any interest in any of them and I think that I may just bury this submission and call it quits once and for all. I know so many good people in the industry but it just doesn’t appeal to me. Even if I could make a living at it, it wouldn’t make a difference.  It’s not about the money anymore, its about making a difference in some way, even if it is small and insignificant. I don’t want to waste my time anymore on childhood dreams that aren’t practical for adults.  The comic industry is such a small, weak, miserly little fellow that even if I attained huge success there would be little reward. The only thing you have to look forward to in comics is a movie deal, which is just as likely to happen with my novels as it would for any comic. If I worked on licensed properties, I wouldn’t even have that to look forward to. Work for hire is just work, nothing more, and I just don’t want to take on more work that barely pays. Unless you happen to be a certain type of person on a certain type of book, mainstream comic success is unattainable. I am  just not politically correct enough, pretty enough or motivated enough to make that happen. I want to apologize for all the teasing and broken promises, there are artists I’ve talked to about collaborating and I feel bad that they wasted their time listening to my ideas only to have me dump them in the trash. Sorry guys, I just can’t do it and it is time to stop pretending.

So what do I do?

Even writing books right now is boring me. I did it, I published two novels and a serialized book, as well as a few other short stories and odd books. I write because I can’t help it, but right now I am slowing down. It’s a side effect of not being paranoid and manic, I don’t feel driven to produce something every single day. Lately, with spring in the air, I’ve been itching to do something else. Working on films would be great but totally unrealistic. So instead I’ve started taking an interest in wrestling. I reached the goals I set up to do as an author and now I want to move onto other things.

Wresting is something I’ve been into since I was a small child and my father trained for a very short time with Sweet Daddy Siki. I am going to try and get involved in a local show, try to involve myself in the creative aspect of it and bring the stories and heroes I specialize in to life in a new media format. We’ll see how it goes. Sitting in front of the computer all day, putting my own spin on the fantasy world we create online, just doesn’t satisfy me anymore. Life is happening, out there somewhere, not on here. I need to find some part of it that I can keep with me when I am forced back in front of the computer screen. I feel like Frankenstein’s Monster, alive for the first time. I want to live!

In the mean time I’ll be finishing off LONDON UNDEAD and BREATHE so keep an eye out for those announcements!

This is Sweet Daddy Siki, btw, a legend in Canadian wrestling.

Wrestling and Comics

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The more I get into the new WWE, the more I see how shitty comics really are.

Wrestling and comics have always been two things I’ve loved since I was a little child. The dramatic, weekly adventures of colorful heroes and villains, whether on paper or in the ring, have always captured my imagination and inspired me. The two industries used to be a lot alike, even right down to the carnivalesque promoters.

The difference, it seems, is that while wrestling continues to grow and expand into different markets, comics remain as stagnant as ever.

There are many different reasons for this, but the main one is this:
Comics have never put fans first. Ever. There is an arrogance at the two major publishers that they know what is best for their product. They have shown that they obviously do not. Ego comes before business and that is never good.

Look at Wrestlemania 30. The company gave the fans what they wanted, even though it wasn`t their idea to push Daniel Bryan to the top. No one at the WWE believed Bryan was star material. They pushed him anyway, because the FANS wanted it. They wanted Batista to be champ, he had the GOTG movie coming up and would have been able to promote their company through the summer. The fans had no interest in a guy who hadn`t worked in years coming in and taking over.

Marvel and DC consistently ignore their fans in favor of their own plans. They truly believe they know better than anyone else how to handle their properties, even though the numbers show they don’t.

There should be a major Marvel/DC crossover every year, launching at San Diego Comicon. Every year. Nobody wants crossovers. Nobody wants reboots and relaunches.

Can you imagine what would happen if they relaunched new wrestlers under the names of old wrestlers? Would anyone support a new Macho Man or Ultimate Warrior? Hell no.

Wrestling promoters have to balance a fine line between the new and the old. Although there have been some shameful wrestling promos over the years, the industry learns from these mistakes and moves on, while the comic industry seems destined to consistently repeat them.

It’s too bad. The new WWE universe is better than ever before. I’m glad to have come back, but I am even more glad they have a superior product worth coming back for.

If only I could say the same thing about comics.

London Undead and Other Stories

I am currently on the final chapter of London Undead and I am not too happy with it.

Something about the story is bugging me. It doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t feel GOOD enough. So I have had to step away from it for a bit.

I’ve decided to do a few other stories in the mean time and I should have a new short story for you guys soon, to make up for the delay in releasing LONDON UNDEAD. I am also waiting on a response from an artist about licensing an image for the cover.

Sorry to waste your time with such a pointless post, but I wanted to let you guys know what was going on. I’ve got a few other stories I need to dust off, including DEMOLISHED and PUNCH so hopefully these will be released this year.

The Numbers Game

People often wonder why I give away so many free books, not just online but I also e-mail out free copies to people who buy my books in print. So I wanted to share my numbers with you guys so you know what to expect as authors and why I do what I do.

Building An Audience

On Friday, March 20th I gave away a total of 37 books.

19 of the Proletarian Saga

10 of the Legion Book 3: Broken Arrows

5 of the Corrupter

3 of the Cat Prince

But I also sold a copy of Game of Blood.

On Saturday, March 21st, I gave away only 16 books and had no sales.

On Sunday, March 22nd, I gave away 20 books.

I also sold a copy of Legion Book 1: Magic. This is a carry over sale, probably from the free books. Someone got the freebie and decided to try the series.

But here is the cool thing, yesterday Monday the 23rd, after the Con and promotions were done, I sold a copy of the Legion comic #1 and #2, again carry over sales from the freebies. Someone read the books and wanted to read the comics as well.

Ironically, I sold three more copies of Game of Blood. What that tells me is that people saw my name and were interested in seeing my name of a franchise project like James Bond. Sure, James is a vampire, but I think that is part of the charm of the book.

So although I only had six copies sold over the weekend, those were organic sales, grown directly from the audience I am building with the free books and the con appearances.

five or six sales from fifty or sixty free books means I generate about ten percent return sales. If I can get a thousand people to download free books, I could probably sell a hundred other books. That is why word of mouth is so important ( and reviews!). Because every person that becomes aware of the books might not be a potential sale, but they might a fan through the freebies.

Moving books is the most important part of being an author. The more people you get to see your work, the more your audience will grow. The bigger the audience gets, the more organic sales will grow from it.

Make sense?

And the only people I have to share profits with is Amazon, who makes the whole thing possible anyway. Unlike working on a comicbook project, there is no one else taking a cut, just Amazon off the top for hosting, selling and promoting the books for me.

Free Books All Weekend Long!

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Read the complete story of the Proletarian and Octobriana FOR FREE.
http://www.amazon.com/Proletarian-Saga-Legion-Unleashed-…/…/

Free children’s book for tablets and phones!
http://www.amazon.ca/Cat-Prince-Pumpkinland-Ri…/…/B00NR30YY4

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The final battle is here! Read how the comics ended, for free!
http://www.amazon.ca/Legion-Finale-Red-Unleash…/…/B00URQYXG4

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The Corrupter

http://www.amazon.com/Corrupter-Richard-Evans-ebook/dp/B00KMH8MA6/

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