Sabrina Ricci at Digital Pubbing interviewed me recently about my publishing and marketing experiences. Hopefully there is a nugget in there that is useful to someone. Here is a fun quote:
When I’m editing, I read everything out loud to make sure it flows well, again and again and again. I recommend this, and I also recommend that you lock the door. It is heart-stopping-ly embarrassing to be in the zone, performing your unfinished work out loud and have someone come up behind you.
Click the link below to read the rest, as well as lots of other great info about digital publishing:
The Making of a Successful Ebook: An Interview with Geoff Jones, Author of The Dinosaur Four
I'll be speaking Wednesday night at "Local Editions" in Longmont, a new bookstore that exclusively stocks books by Colorado Authors.
I'll talk about The Dinosaur Four, my publishing experiences, my writing process, and whatever else I can come up with. If you're free, stop by for a cup of tea or coffee and check it out!
An Evening to Meet the Authors
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Local Editions Bookstore
2919 17th Avenue
Check out the Event on Facebook for more info.
Local Editions Books and Coffee opens today in Longmont, Colorado. Local Editions will only sell books by Colorado authors.
The Dinosaur Four, which was written in Colorado and takes place in Denver, will be available in paperback.
Be sure to like the Local Editions Facebook page to find out about upcoming author events.
Stop by for a cup of coffee and a great read!
Local Editions Books and Coffee
2919 17th Ave
Longmont, CO 80503
Monoceros, Ptolemy Cluster
by Steven W. Johnson
I try to keep pressure on the bullet wound but blood still leaks out between my fingers. It’s a deep red against my green scales. I don’t know if I hit that damn bug, Renny. But he hit me. It’s been quiet for a minute or two, or ten. I think I’m in shock; staring first at my blood, then my badge, then my blood. The sun’s starting to get low in the sky, casting long shadows in the rocky canyon. My thoughts drift.
Read the full story at Flash Fiction Online. It's exactly 1000 words and will take you back to the old west of the future!
Wow - I am thrilled to have discovered Blake Crouch.
Pines is a great mix of mystery, thriller, horror and sci-fi. If you enjoyed The Dinosaur Four and are looking for something else to read, do yourself a favor and check out Pines. It's a fast, fun thrill ride.
Secret Service agent Ethan Burke wakes up after a car accident in a small Idaho town and spends the next three hundred pages running for his life and learning that things are terribly wrong in the community.
Pines is being adapted for television later this year. If done right, it should feel like Twin Peaks + The Fugitive + The Twilight Zone.
I'm excited to pick up books 2 and 3 of this trilogy, both of which are already out.
Here's to the success of another Colorado author!
The Dinosaur Four has received 100 reviews on Amazon!
Thank you to everyone who has written a review. I have read every single one and I appreciate them all, even the critical ones.
Critical reviews are great for readers. They help readers decide if a book is right for them. I want to sell as many books as possible, but I don't want to sell my book to readers who won't like it.
Critical reviews are great for authors. They help me understand where I'm succeeding and where I need to work harder.
Of course, I also love all of the positive reviews and I'm thrilled that readers are having fun with The Dinosaur Four. My number one objective in writing this book was to entertain and knowing that I succeeded for so many readers has been gratifying.
Quantity of reviews is really important too. When there are only a few reviews, it's easy to imagine that they might have been written by the author's friends and family. When a book has lots of reviews, it adds a level of legitimacy and makes it easier for readers to take a chance on a new author.
Please keep the reviews coming. I can't wait to read the next hundred!
Read about my self-publishing experience, my favorite film, and learn the meaning of the title, "The Dinosaur Four."
The Painter by Peter Heller
Heller's follow-up to The Dog Stars is much more of a character study. What makes an artist tic? How do we deal with grief? How do we control our anger, and what happens when it controls us? These questions are asked and explored when Jim Stegner, a reclusive painter with a violent streak, encounters a man beating a horse.
The novel has a slightly open ending and it works perfectly here. You know Jim Stegner so well that you know exactly what happens next.
Also lots of fly fishing. Recommended.
The cover art for The Dinosaur Four changed recently, due to feedback that the original cover felt too "young adult."
Any criticisms of the original cover should go to me, not at the artist. Dave Kang did a great job following my direction (such as it was). And he was eager to make changes when he heard about the complaints. Dave has been fantastic to work with and I endorse him without reservation!
Here is the original cover, digitally preserved for all time.
If you haven't seen the new cover yet, click the image.
Geoff Jones is the author of the sci-fi thriller