Friday, May 26, 2017

QUARTER MOON HAUNTS - BY BLAZE MCROB




https://www.amazon.com/Quarter-Moon-Haunts-Blaze-McRob-ebook/dp/B01G2PZYIY/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464050979&sr=1-1&keywords=quarter+moon+haunts+blaze+mcrob

Quarter Moon Haunts, is out for your reading pleasure. My editor, Terri DelCampo, says this is her favorite novel of mine to date. In fact, she fell in love with Ol' Mike Van Tassel, one of the main characters in this tome, and demands I write a sequel. I will. This novel deals with ghosts and horror and leaves nothing sacred. Join my ghost friends and me as we traverse the countryside in a big Ram truck. There are shenanigans galore, but there is the mission that must be accomplished. We never lose sight of the big picture.

As a warning, however. The ghosts in this novel drink beer. 

I hope you enjoy my tale.

Blaze McRob

Book description: 


 Out of the two-seat quarter moon
That invaded the authors living room
Fighting o'er ass-wipe they appear
Ol' Mike Van Tassel and Running Deer

Their stories the author has honed
Always in their names, not his own
About their so horrific deaths
Before breathing his own last breath.

Author's spirit his body leaves
John Doe on the toe tag; no one grieves.
Van Tassel and Running Deer by his side
As he mounts the Ram truck for wild ride.

They expose lies and rewrite lore
So misunderstood long before.
Once in depth of crisis heat
The red-haired angel they chance to meet.

Angel takes the author's hand
Lights his way through perils grand.
Will she remain by his side?
And save the spirits immortal hides?

Adventure and justice the spirits chase
Set wrongs to rights in immortal race.
Hop into the cab of the spirit Ram
And join the ghosts on eternal lam.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

MARKETING 101 - REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS



I've been writing a number of posts explaining some things authors can do to not only market their books but how to get recognized to begin with. Part of what I said has covered pro-markets, those paying five cents a word or more. Twenty words and you have a dollar in your pocket. Not too shabby. There are also semi-pro rates between a penny a word up to the pro-rates. Still better than splitting royalties. And, there are presses paying $25.00 a story or more. Maybe that's not equal to the others, but you are assured of making money.

So what's the point of this post, you ask? I am in a number of groups where authors discuss which way to go. Some want to hold out for the higher rates instead of self-pubbing or going for anything below pro-rates. Makes sense to me. However, and I'm certain to make some enemies here, your manuscripts had better be polished or you don't deserve it. If an editor reads your story, scratches his head, and says, "What the fuck?,"  you're out of the game.

Another thing: a lot of authors complain they're not being treated right by publishers. In a lot of cases they're not. However, to complain your book is not selling when you do nothing at all to help promote it, expecting the publisher to do it all, is totally ridiculous. I no longer publish any books for other authors. Yes, I still help out with edits and marketing for some people, but it is strictly gratis. My wife and I publish for ourselves only. We do all the work, knowing what it entails.

Most authors have no idea what it costs to get a book published.  A Press has to pay for editing, cover art, formatting, copies for the authors, and marketing. It adds up. If a lazy author doesn't help with their own marketing,  the Press loses. Big time.

So, my friends, stop bitching and chomp down on some facts. You must write a great story; it must be edited well; and you damn well better help to promote it. If you don't do all these things, your manuscript is no better than last week's garbage.

Thanks for reading.

Blaze McRob