Friday, October 25, 2013

Smashwords Interview with Desmond Shepherd

Smashwords has a nifty little thing for indie authors. It's called an interview and it's completely impersonal in that a series of questions generated by their web site can be filled in for the world to view. The indie author can even choose which questions they want to answer, how many, and create their own questions.

That's correct. The indie author can even interview themselves.

The interview is then posted on the author's Smashwords page.

All sarcasm aside, I do think this is a nice addition to the Smashwords site. So I decided to fill in my interview for Desmond Shepherd. I also decided to not take the interview seriously. I did 10 straight questions, using the ones generated by the Smashwords site.

Below is the interview. Feel free to view it on the Smashwords page, too. If you do, it will also show books I've written—all of which you should buy because this is a top notch interview that will surely convince you to read my stories.

Interview with Desmond Shepherd

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The ones that help me sell books.
Describe your desk
It's got a computer, some papers, drawers. And it has paper clips. I know what you're thinking. "That's my desk!" It's true. I write my stories at your desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I can't say where I grew up. It wouldn't really fit my bio that is all over the Internet.
When did you first start writing?
Probably when I was a kid. First words? Probably Kindergarten or first grade. I wasn't really keeping track at the time because it didn't matter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my book? The story is the book. I'm not keeping any secrets about that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Some stuff. And stuff that interests me. So, mostly stuff.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They've contributed beyond my wildest and imagined dreams, resting finally in the more sane and plausible ones. Without them, I wouldn't exist. LITERALLY.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is not writing. It's being done. One of the most laborious things to do is write. It sucks the life out of you and your brain, maybe even those closely related to you. This I have yet to confirm.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot. Especially on a hot day. If I could only tell you how many times during the summer I say, "Man, I wish I had one fan right now. One fan would be real cool."
What are you working on next?
My next project. So it's not the one coming out shortly, it's the one after that.
Who are your favorite authors?
The ones who write good books. They're awesome. The ones who don't? Well, they aren't my favorites.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Permanent Man Blog #19: A Facebook Event

Less than a month from now, the premiere episode of The Permanent Man will be available worldwide. That's quite humbling. It's also quite awesome.

To celebrate this milestone, I've created a Facebook Event. All are welcome to join the event and invite their friends and family to join, too. For everyone that joins, I will be rewarding you for your support.

What's the reward?

On release day, I will let you know. Until then, I'm asking for as many people as possible to join the event. The more people that join, the more people benefit. Leading up to release day, I'll also do some other fun stuff.

So what are you waiting for? Show your support! Here's a direct link to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/450193941767024/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Permanent Blog #18: Deleted Scenes

This past week saw a happy turn of events for The Permanent Man series.

Smashwords officially announced that they now allow serialized fiction. That means I can list all the episodes in the series and sell them through many distribution channels exactly as I intended. Did my blog post about them not accepting serialized fiction have something to do with this decision? I'll let you decide that for yourself.

So that's good.

On another note, I have completed writing The Permanent Man season. There is one adjustment to what I did. I intended to write 13 episodes but have settled on 12.

Why?

Because the season wrapped up nicely with episode 12. I did have an idea for episode 12 being something different and 13 being the finale. But that idea, though interesting and neat, didn't lend itself to a good story. Rather, it seemed like filler to me and I doubted the "coolness" of the idea would translate into something interesting to read.

Originally, this episode was to be released and called Dog's Eye View. As of now, it's a deleted scene that I might resurrect at some point in the future. Once you read the season, you should get an idea of what the episode would have been like.

So that's where things stand. The Permanent Man is in the editing stages now and more than half of the episodes are complete for publication.

Don't forget, you can pre-order the first episode now. For more details, see the episode guide page on this site.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Permanent Man Blog #17: The Free PreOrder

It's time to have a little fun with the pilot episode of The Permanent Man. It already is available for pre-order. What if it was a no-questions-asked-why-don't-I-just-go-ahead-and-buy-it-since-there-is-no-risk purchase?

So how can this be done?

Simple. Offer the pre-order for free.

For one week, that's exactly the case. From now until next week, October 8, 2013, you can pre-order The Permanent Man #1: Pilot at no risk to your wallet or loved ones. Purchasing the episode will guarantee you first day ownership on November 12, 2013. And far in the future you'll be able to say, "Way back when, I pre-ordered the first episode of The Permanent Man." And your great-grandchildren will say in return, "What's The Permanent Man?" And you'll say, "Well ... gee. You know what? I don't remember." Such fond memories.

The free pre-order is available at two retailers, and they are listed below. So what are you waiting for?

The Permanent Man #1: Pilot available for free pre-order at:

  • Google Play
  • Kobo  Get it while you can! A glitch in the system gives you the entire first episode for free. Once the publisher realized this, they ask to take it off of free pre-order.

Enjoy!