General News

Book/General/Convention News: The Big Update!

Okay, time to pull away some curtains to reveal what all has been taking up so much of my time. INITIATE THE BULLET POINTS!

  • New print editions of The Push Chronicles, all three books, are coming out soon in the more popular 5 x 8 inch format, graced with brand-new spine and back cover design by Reyn Ruch, the cover artist of The Songstress Murders, to make the new editions much nicer to have sitting on your shelf!
  • Speaking of The Songstress Murders, you can read a fresh review HERE. Also, Reyn did an updated cover design and art for Inspector Redmane’s first adventure, so check it out as well!
  • You may have noticed that I have once again become a fully independent author, with The Opening Bell back under my full control and republished on Amazon. The price is back to something reasonable ($2.99 USD as opposed to 6.99) and you Kindle Unlimited folks can now read it for free! The new print edition will be available soon, with the original Felipe de Barros cover art and extra cover design for the print edition by Reyn Ruch as well.
  • As the series is back in my hands, let me announce that The Tale of the Tape, fully revised with extended material, will be available for pre-order soon. The release proper will be in early August. I will announce the precise date within the week!
  • In addition to Kansas City Comic Con in early August, I am proud to announce that I will also be appearing at the Pensacola Comic Convention in late August at the Game Space table. I’ll not only be there with my books and witty conversation, but assisting in gaming demos and the like.
  • Also, I’ll be making an appearance at Necronomicon 2016 in Tampa, Florida, right before Halloween! It should be an incredible experience!
  • Finally, expect one more big announcement soon about the Sekrit Writin Projikt very soon!  All I will say now is that 1 done, 2 to go!

I’ll be posting details of the new print edition covers over the week and more, so stay tuned!  Maybe even a book review!

Until then, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

General News:Yeah, It’s Been Slow a.k.a. Apologies and Delays!

There’s not too much to say here. If you’ve been following the blog, you know it’s been dead here. For good reasons, yes, but it just goes to show the problems with being an indie author at times. Even when busy with writing, no matter how busy, there still needs to be updates and a real presence here, just to keep the promotional momentum!

So let me at least add some vital updates:

  • I hope to get reviews worked back in soon, but that mainly hinges on the outcome of the next few days.
  • As to what has occupied so much of my time lately, I still can’t reveal too many details, but I can say that I’m under contract for co-writing a trilogy of urban fantasy books, all to be released (hopefully) this year.
  • Which basic math and time sense tells you why I am stupid, crazy busy.
  • Add to this some possible big changes in other releases (new and old) and things turn to INSANITY LEVELS!
  • At the least, expect more writing articles and podcasts to come in the weeks ahead!

For those of you still hanging in there, thank you for your continued support and expect things to move forward now. Stay tuned for more release information to come soon enough!

Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

Monday Musings: You Can Get Your Book Reviewed Faster! a.k.a. Here’s How!

It’s pretty obvious what this is going to be about.  But we’re going to do it with vocals today!  This is a serious issue so hearing it straight from the messenger’s mouth.  Here we go!

Monday Musings: Fish Or Cut Bait a.k.a. Deciding What I Want To Be

This past week, I had a bit of an emotional snap.  A crisis of faith, an overload of frustration, or the straw that broke the camel’s back, any and all of those might be apt descriptions for my state of being at the time.  They say, and I agree, that being an author is a battle of attrition and the greatest asset needed to fight that battle is an abundance of stubborn determination, and my own supply seemed close to spent.

My closest friends sought to console me, bolster my confidence, and provide their own advice as to the cause of my problems.  What they concluded on I then put forward in a more clinical fashion to some of my colleagues.  Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised when they all fell into agreement.  It seemed that the ultimate cause of my issues was that I spread myself too thin.

You see, my foodies, it came down to a choice, one that I will paraphrase here: Do I wish to be the guy who supports authors and does work for them who does some writing on the side or the full-time author who also happens to be very supportive to other authors?  My fellow book bloggers out there who are consistently active in supporting and reviewing will understand, but for others, you may not realize how much time, energy, and resources goes into a consistent schedule of reviews, interviews, and advice.  A lot can go on behind the scenes, especially follow-up to reviews if the author is looking for deeper insights to your critiques.

Not only that, but my advocacy was crowding out my own writing not only in the matter of time, but in the matter of what some would call ‘branding’.  My book reviews and writing articles were drawing far more attention than my own works, the thing that actually is my primary career.  Instead of seguing from reading reviews or articles to then go on to the books themselves, the average visitor halts there.  J. B. Garner, Author, is lost behind the guise of the Starving Reviewer.

Does this mean the reviews and articles are stopping to be replaced by daily book promotions?  No, I’m not that kind of guy.  I have supported authors to try to pay it forward for those few that have done the same for me, and my conscience would be ill at ease if I abruptly cut off all those who are still waiting in my TBR list.  All the same, expect more content here to be directed or to reference my own works.  The fact is that I am an AUTHOR first and I must act like one, instead of the nice guy who pats other authors on the back.

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Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

General News: Schedule Shift Go!

This is just a minor note but still important.  As my part-time, get-con-money job has now shifted to overnight hours (10 pm to 6 am, woo!), my entire waking schedule has shifted to accommodate that.  What this means for you, fair reader, is that your regular blog posts (Monday Musings, Writing Is A Bad Habit, and Starving Reviews) will still come on their usual days, but be posted later in the afternoon or evening by Central Time reckoning.

After the holidays, expect this to rectify.  I will let you know when it does.

Until then, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

General News: More Multimedia Expansion … Would There Be Interest?

So as I put together my schedule for the next couple of weeks, I’m left pondering something that comes up in my brain matter from time to time.  Should I add multimedia content of some kind to my reviewing and writing work?  I mean in the vein of podcasts or YouTube content, where you can get a more visceral feel for me, the reviews, the writing, all that sort of thing.

Much like my Patreon experiment, there’s no losses to be had, exactly, outside of an outlay of time.  I have a good-quality microphone and a passable webcam, so podcasts would be easy and YouTube content would be simple enough.  Still, I’d be interested in what you, my readers, might think about this.

Would you like to see multimedia content?  Vlogs, audio reviews, ramblings about writing, and who knows what else.  If you would like to see such things in the future, like this post and feel free to comment below.

Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

General News: On The Road Again! a.k.a. Out of Town Next Week

The title says it all … or at least conveys a significant portion of the message.

I will be out of town visiting family from 8-30-2015 to 9-4-2015.  While all of the usual articles will be published on-time, including a new Starving Interview and Review, I will be less urgent than usual in responding to e-mails and other sundries.  My apologies ahead of time if this impacts you!

Things will be back to normal the week after!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a Starving Review of Heart of Earth, alongside a Starving Interview with the author, Mark Laporta!

Starving Review: Review Submissions Closed Until October!

The pantry doors are shut once more!  I would like to thank all those authors brave enough to step into the kitchen these past few days.  I look forward to sampling your books!

I will only be taking submissions one more time in 2015 (the backlog has again become something terrible to behold!) and that is between OCTOBER 1st and OCTOBER 3rd, 2015.  I hope to catch up on the backlog of books, as well as enjoy some quiet during the holiday season.

Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!