We are leading up to the official September 26th release of The Sentinel and for this week's blog I'm going to let you check out what happened in my first ever official newsletter. I'll be doing one of these every quarter, I think, or maybe just when I deem them necessary, or maybe twice a year. I guess I haven't really put a timetable on it yet. Anyway, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter and you'll get content like this right into your email!
Welcome to my very first official newsletter. Sure, I've sent out emails before, but this is the very first in what I plan on making a quarterly, or bi-annual newsletter. I haven't really decided how often everyone will really need to be updated, as I certainly don't wish to inundate your inbox with garbage. If you want to know what's happening on a week to week basis you can check out the blog over at www.timwheatbooks.com/blog No, this newsletter is meant to cover the broad strokes and organize all of that weekly blog information into one place. When is a book coming out? Where can I get the last book? Where can I get this book? Can I buy it in hardback? etc. etc.
Without further adieu, here's what's happening in the world of timwheatbooks.
This week, September 14th-19th, Rex Chase will be on Amazon for the sale price of only 99 cents. Rex Chase? What is that? Why haven't I heard of it? Well, if you haven't been following the blog you probably don't know that Ma'iitso Rises received a facelift and slight editorial overhaul. While working with my editor on The Sentinel he actually took the time to read the first book, made some suggestions, they seemed reasonable, so I acted upon them. One suggestion was that, although Ma'iitso Rises was a fitting name for the book, it didn't matter. People can't read it. People can't pronounce it. People can't remember it. People skip right over it. When choosing to name the book Ma'iitso Rises I thought it fitting and hoped that it would stir people's curiosity. They would want to know what was inside because the title was interesting. Well, after a year's worth of constant fighting to get Ma'iitso noticed in the vast digital realms of books I decided to retire the name AND the cover. The search for a new name was difficult and I ran hundreds, perhaps thousands, of ideas through the ringer before asking my editor a question. "What do you think about just naming the first book Rex Chase" His answer: "It worked for David Copperfield, Jane Eyre, Hamlet..." and the list went on and on. I noticed that a lot of other author's books had little annotations to the side that said "a thriller" or "a mystery" etc. etc. So, the new cover says Rex Chase: A Novel. I didn't feel right classifying it as a thriller, or an adventure, or anything like that since it has elements of action, mystery, suspense, and science fiction. Next up, I had another decision to make since the cover for Ma'iitso Rises was described to me by my editor as "terrible". His explanation beyond it being terrible was sound. A good cover isn't so much about what is on it as it is about making people want to look at it. Contrast, color, and the use of negative space are all things trained graphic designers study intensely and Ma'iitso's cover didn't do any of that well. Bummer. The good news on that front, though, was that I found a cover that I loved almost immediately and at a great price. It had a few flaws that I would be happy to discuss with any of you in person, but they weren't glaring and I was easily able to adjust the story to make it fit. Now, down to the Rex Chase editing. I knew that passive voice is, generally speaking, a no, no in creative writing. I have some tools that help me to identify it, and according to those tools, I was in pretty good shape. According to my editor, though, I needed to bring 580+ passive sentences in Rex Chase down to 25 or less. Eliminate 555 sentences? Nope. I re-wrote them, and he was right, the book is better for it. Next up in the redux of Rex Chase was the issue of adverbs. Once again I had used my own tools to help identify adverbs, and according to them I was in pretty good shape. According to my editor I had over 2000 adverbs and I needed to bring that number under 100. Eliminate almost 2000 adverbs? Yep, that's what I had to do, and once again, he was right. The book reads better for the effort. So, to summarize, Ma'iitso Rises no longer exists. It has morphed into a sleeker, more polished work hereto be known as Rex Chase: A Novel.
So, if you don't have the digital version, follow the link above or click on the picture right here to get Rex Chase for only 99 cents! For those of you who have already purchased the book, in any of its forms and from any distributor I would greatly appreciate a review on Amazon or Goodreads. If you have an account either place please, please, please leave a review! On Amazon it is preferred if it is a verified review (meaning you purchased through Amazon), but it isn't mandatory. All you need is an Amazon account and you can leave one for me. Thanks!
Let's say none of the links are working. You can always just go to www.amazon.com and search Tim Wheat!
Next up on the agenda is the upcoming release of The Sentinel
We are only a couple of weeks away from the September 26th release date of The Sentinel! Writing this book was a different process from the first and now that it is complete I'm very satisfied with the outcome. Early reviews describe it as "well-written", "snappy", "more action", "Wheat has found his own voice." and "If you thought he left room for a second book wait until you finish it. I'm dying for the third!" If you haven't been following the blog at all then this might be the first time you're hearing of The Sentinel and that's great! I opened the hardback version for pre-order about a month ago and now have the initial first editions in my hands. Well, that isn't necessarily 100% true because there are a number of you on this list that have already received your signed first edition. If you are hearing this for the first time, though, you're in luck. I still have some first editions available. All you have to do is head on over to www.timwheatbooks.com/shop click on the link for The Sentinel pre-order and get yours mailed out the following business day. If hardbacks aren't your thing that's fine with me.The Sentinel is available for pre-order at most major retailers including Amazon, Ibooks, B&N, Smashwords, and Kobo. I would love to link the Ibooks page here as well, but Apple makes it crazy difficult to get anything done with them if you don't actually own an Apple device and have an account. So, since I don't have any Apple stuff Ibooks fans will just have to seek me out! Sorry! After my current Amazon contract is up I plan on migrating Rex Chase onto all of those channels as well. One of the things I've learned publishing my second book is how many tools are available for small authors/publishers like myself. One of those amazing tools is Smashwords. I can't say enough about the knowledge I've gleaned from them and I'm more than happy to recommend their platform. If you don't know a single thing about publishing in general it would be a wonderful place to get started.
Last up on the agenda is a Goodreads giveaway I have going on right now. I have some copies of Ma'iitso Rises left over and you can sign up to win one HERE!
So, that's it for Newsletter #1! Head on over to www.timwheatbooks.com for more information or just hit me back up here any time. I answer all questions!
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Thanks a lot for all your support everyone. Have a great day!