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A. Lee Martinez sucks

1.18.15 4:02pm


The other day I posted on twitter that A. Lee Martinez was my favorite author of 2014. I wanted to take that post a step farther by posting a little something about him here. Over the course of 2014 I have read nearly all of the titles he has listed on amazon. I am currently reading The Nameless Witch. Good stuff. Anyway, why is this author so good? He just is. This guy knows what he is doing. He paints a picture with an even flow of content and dialogue. His characters are all fantastic. My favorite one so far I think has been Epic Road Trip.

So, how did I come across this author? Well, when I was doing the indie publisher thing with BPP I published an author that seems to be getting a lot of buzz over a bigfoot book. Apparently bigfoot is a genre. I didn’t know that. While at the book store I stumbled across Monster by A. Lee Martinez. It had something on the cover about bigfoot. So, I picked it up and couldn’t put it down. From that moment forward I couldn’t put any of them down. I have gone down the line picking up book after book. What makes this author so special to me is how different he is with everything. He keeps everything light hearted and fun while still keeping the story serious. I don’t know how he does it. If you are tired of the same old fiction pick up one of his books. You will be glad you did.

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Top 100 without lifting a finger

1.18.15 3:27pm

For the last 7 weeks, knock on wood… ever since The Dark Times released on amazon it has been in the top 100 for post-apocalyptic books. With something like this I don’t normally toot my own horn… but this one is the acceptation. And I will tell you why. I have done zero promotion online. With all of my other works I have busted my butt getting it plastered all over social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Those books have sold well, but not like this.

So, here is the question.

Why is this book doing so well even though I haven’t lifted a finger?

Here is my thoughts. The amazon sales ranking system is actually calculated based on a sales vs views ratio. If 100 people view and buy the book then that would be a 100% sales rate. If 100 people view it and only 50 people buy it… well I think you get the point. The lower your sales percentage, the lower your rank. So… all that promotion I did worked in the sense that it got my books in the public eye (lots of views). But if I only sale 10% of 1500 views it actually hurts your rank.

What does that mean? Sometimes less is more.

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Thunderstorm book release

12.24.14 3:01pm

Recently I was lucky enough to join the many great authors over at Thunderstorm Books. My horror novel, Hitchers, came out yesterday over there as a limited edition lettered and signed hard bound book. I got my author copies in the mail yesterday and they look fantastic. But, when I got online to do a little promoting, the publisher informed me that the book has already sold out. I didn’t feel like promoting the book anyway.

A good problem to have if you ask me.

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I chopped off my dreads

12.13.14 4:01pm

Okay, so I cut off all my dreads. Bad decision or not? I don’t know yet, I haven’t honestly decided. Thinking back on the so called dread journey I don’t have anything bad to say about the experience. Yes, it was trying at times simply because there really is a lot of work that goes into maintaining your dreads while you wait for them to mature, but aside from that it wasn’t all that bad. I never did get around to posting too many photos of my hair while it was like that. Not that I didn’t like my hair, it was just something that never got around to happening. So, with that… I will explain the style I had. The dreads were only on the top of my scalp like a bowl cut if you will. I usually wore it to the side or pulled back in a pony tail. They hung down past the shoulder.

So here are a few reasons why I chopped the dreads. One, I live in an area that is more than 6 hours away from a salon that can or is willing to work on my hair. Two, a part of me feels like dreads on my entire head rather than just the top would look a lot better. Three, I think thicker dreads would also be easier to maintain and would mature faster (my dreads very pretty thin).

So, what does this mean? As of right now I have decided to do a no shave 2015. That means no trimming the beard or my head hair at all. Just wild growth. If I do stick with it and my beard and mane become beautiful and long it will be time for dreads round two. This time I will be doing all of my hair rather than just the top and will be going thicker with the size. I may even consider going the bleach route. I considered doing it this time around but was already too far into the process and didn’t want to damage anything.

So there you go. My three good reasons to just chop it all off.

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new book

12.8.14 11:35pm

I just released a new full length novel called The Dark Times which was co-written with a close author friend, Dane Hatchell. It came out as an Ebook today through Severed Press. Click here to get your copy.

Rico Cruz is an overweight cop drowning his sorrows in whisky at a local pub when the first zombie guts hit the fan. The war with the undead is short-lived in a decisive victory by the living. The world is forever changed, though, and a third of the population is stricken by a mysterious illness.

Rico is inspired to change his life for the better, and after dropping a few pounds, heads off on his Harley for an adventure to anywhere. Before Rico gets very far, the seeds from the previous war bear ghastly fruit, turning millions into flesh eating zombies.

The Dark Times is gritty; edgy; everything you expect the zombie apocalypse to be. The events move quickly, tossing you head first into gut-wrenching, dilemma-decision action. In all, The Dark Times is a harrowing page turner guaranteed to satisfy your hunger for the zompocalypse.

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my life right now

11.9.14 3:04pm

So, right now I am everything but being productive. And I have to say… I need it. Over the course of the last three years I have been writing and promoting my butt off with book release after book release, not to mention owning and selling a company. It has been super crazy recently. Therefore, it was time for a long little break. While I am going through this anti-productivity phase I have been playing the crap out of some Magic the Gathering. There are two comic book stores in the area that have several events a week. With that I have had plenty of opportunity to play. Even though I am taking a break from writing I still have a few books coming up. I have a co-write that I did with Dane Hatchell coming out with Severed Press early next year. The co-write novel came out to about 95,000 words. So, it’s a beast. I am also going to be re-releasing Cucumber Punk and Captain K and the Bearded Man Boy with Rooster Republic Press. Other than that, I have been taking my time on a graphic novel.

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The first panel of page five

10.26.14 1:36pm

As you may already know I have been working on my first ever comic book. Here is a quick glimpse at how that is going. Here is the first panel of page five for the book. I took the dialogue out because I didn’t want to give anything away about the storyline. The book is coming along slowly but surely. I am very happy with how each page as a hole has turned out thus far. At my current pace I could see this thing graphic novel ready for publication submissions by the summer.

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Updates all Around

10.19.14 7:42pm

Updates all around today. I feel like it has been a little while since I posted anything, so here it is in a nut shell. I have a lot going on… as always. So, here goes!

First off, I am a core member of a regional group called C3 Comics. Our first project was with them was an anthology that will soon be available here online. We are currently working on the website and store for the current release and releases to come. In the midst of all of that my novella, Rainbows and Sunshine… and Zombies came out as an audio books. You should go get that junk! My author copies came in the mail. They turned out great. If you have been reading my posts in the recent past you will know that I recently started dreads. They have been coming along well. I am a little past three months with the new hair cut. It may seem silly to some people, but I like it. So… there. And yes… I started playing MtG again! I got a few duel decks and even put together a mono black deck that I am pretty proud of. Other than all of those things I am just taking it easy. I have decided to slow down on writing and focus on my graphic novel. I am already a few pages into it and it has been a lot of fun putting it together. Lots of hard work. I can’t wait to share Tucker the Raccoon with the world.

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