Halloween is approaching fast. I write horror, so this is my time of the year. I have tons of work to do and projects I am committed to. I am a co-author in one with Zack Kullis, and I'm very excited about it. Our collection of short stories, Club Blaze, is super dark horror. Look for it to come out next month.
I was going to try and get one of my novels out in time for Halloween, but it appears to look like that won't happen right now. Just as well, I suppose, because I want to jump on the bandwagon with Club Blaze and promote it everywhere. No, I'm not going to be a damn spammer and force it down everyone's throat. But I will let folks know it's up and it's one hell-of-a read. Zack will do the same.
I've been looking around at what a lot of other authors are doing right now, a lot of my friends in particular, and I have come to a conclusion. I'm still sitting on top of all my novels, novellas, shorts, and short collections. They're not getting out. I am a co-owner in a Collaborator Press. For some reason, people think I am the only owner. Not true. At any rate, with the perception being what it is, I have decided to publish my own stories with a Press that Terri DelCampo and I are starting up. That way no one will think I'm jumping to the head of the line with my stories. I'll still have stories in anthologies from time to time with the Press and others, but the rest will be published with Terri's and my Press.
There will be more information forthcoming, but we will be publishing only our works. Visionary Press Collaborative will be the place to go to check out the shared stories. This will make everything simpler and allow us to publish what we have gotten behind on.
One thing I need to do is to break up my day better, allotting a certain time per day to work on VPC business, and the rest for my new Press. I view this as the same as anyone working a day job. VPC is my day job. My writing, and that of Terri's, is our time to get our tales told. Time will be made for it. So, there will be no slacking by me on either front.
I'll be posting links to a few posts I've come across telling how successful self-published authors are making money at this business. A lot of what they do, I'll be doing. Bear in mind there is no one fits all system. None of us does everything exactly the same, but there are many commonalities. But one thing I do believe in is that authors should be paid for their work. I will never give anything away for free. Never. Just as a dentist won't pull a tooth for free, I'm not telling stories for free. I have plenty of freebies on my website for folks to read to see if they like my style. Once a story is up on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, or anywhere else, it will not be free anywhere.
Another point I want to make: I'm getting tired of all the political and religious shit that everyone wants their friends to comment on. I don't have time for that sort of thing. As an author, I can write whatever I want thrown into my stories. That's where my feelings will be. I don't need anyone to know what my beliefs are, whether it relates to God or politics. I'm just one man. What difference does it make? It doesn't, other than the fact that maybe in addition to receiving a good read in a story I write, my readers will get a glimpse into real world horror. That's the secret, my friends. There are no sacred cows as far as my stories are concerned. There will be politicians I rake through the mud when I write. No names included, of course, but you can come to your own conclusions. The same goes with religion and a whole bunch of other things. If I don't like something, you'll know when you read my stories.
I write horror. Not nice/nice. I have a lot of horror coming. I hope you'll enjoy it.