Month: August 2017

Fiction Novels Short Stories The Dark Corner

The Visitor Has Arrived

I have been diligently working to get the ball rolling on The Dark Corner Archives and the first updated and revised story is up and running. Because I did some many things differently and the tools have changed drastically for indie publishers, I spent more time getting acclimated to my new tools than I did revising the story.

The first book in the series, The Visitor, launched today. It has a new cover and new content. It is the shortest out of all the stories in the series but it gets the ball rolling. It is the story that brings up a lot of unanswered questions whose solution you can only find in the books that follow it. It’s free and will forever remain that way. I make it easy for you to grab a copy so click on the link and read this post now.

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Writing As a Superhero Nerd

There was a time where if it was found out that you collected comic books that you were weird, consuming all of that fiction nonsense. It was O.K. for kids but for adults, that was a no, no. We had to fit that grown up mold and be interested in only things that grown ups should be interested in, whatever that means.

My, how things have changed.

Today, being into all things superhero is the new cool. It has experienced a new renaissance. The comics never left but now we have more movies, television programs, and prose novels than probably any other time since superheroes have been around. It is arguably rivaling the popularity back during World War II. It is good to be a superhero nerd and it’s the best time to be a superhero nerd and a writer at the same time.

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Me and My New Dragon

As a writer, normally you are working two jobs at once. The job that’s bringing in the money right now and your writing which you would like to bring in the money later on on a full-time basis. At least this is the goal for those of us who truly want to do this for the rest of our lives and make a living at it. That being said, we are always looking for ways to be more productive in our writing.

On the most basic level, that will be how many words that were able to pound out in a day. How can we get the most words into our computers in the most efficient amount of time? Well for me, I have discovered a tool that is a tremendous help and my hope is that as you read this post that it will help you just as much.

All you need to do is purchase a lizard.

Reading Superheroes

Book Recommendation: Smallville – Strange Vistors

So I’m doing things a little bit different here at R.I.U. HQ. In all the posts that I’ve done on my blog, I’ve never done a book recommendation. I have plenty of reviews but because of the new direction that we’re taking, I haven’t had the time to actually do a whole lot of reviews even though I’ve read a handful of books in the last couple of weeks. But what I wanted to do with this new beginning is to really add a little bit more value to the people who come to the website. So I am going to give book reviews when I can and book recommendations when I see that a book is really enjoyable to me and that I think will be enjoyable to my readers as well.

So this week in my weekly blog post, we have my first book recommendation which comes from writer that I very familiar with, Mr. Roger Sterns about a small town in Kansas.

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Writing, Self-Publishing, and Making Money

I don’t really like to write too much about self-publishing and the business side of things on my website for a couple of reasons. The first would be I haven’t arrived yet so I can’t be giving out to much advice on the matter. As a matter of fact, I’m restarting everything. However, I have learned much and sometimes when I see something that I know that I know and it can help out someone, I’ll give out my little two bits.

Contrary to what some people say, wanted to make money as a writer is not a sin. It’s not an obligation either. Being self-published, you have to work hard at it. Real hard. There’s nothing wrong with hard work. However, that should be coupled with working smart. That’s what this post is about. There is more than one way to make money as a writer and one of those ways has nothing to do with selling books. It’s has more to do with working smart.