For Authors (and readers, too)
This blog is primarily intended for anyone who is self-publishing, thinking about self-publishing, or just curious about what it’s like to be an author during rapidly changing times. Whenever you visit here, I hope you’ll share your own comments and thoughts, so that we can learn all learn as much as possible from each other. If you’d like to read my current work in process (and much more), I hope that you’ll become a Friend of Frank.
So, The Turing Test has been out now for over two months. What have I been up to since then? Mostly, trying to figure out how to market the books I’ve already written with better success than I have to date. What I haven’t been doing is writing book five. Happily, I decided this weekend it’s time to check back in to see what Frank’s been up to since we saw him last.
The book promotion landscape is vast, confusing and opaque. Worse, almost no service providers provide any metrics to inform an Indie author whether the provider’s service will produce books, or simply transfer promotional dollars from the author’s pocket to the service providers (in most cases, it’s the latter). Given that sad truth, I’m pleased to see that MyBookCave continues to innovate and impress (more on which below). One of their new services – free to authors (!) as well as readers – is a group promotion involving books by multiple authors (11 in the current case, including one of mine).
In this service, readers can ask to have as many of the included books delivered to them for free, and the authors and MyBookCave together promote the heck out of the list. When the dust settles, lots of readers have lots of free books, the participating authors have lots more readers, and MyBookCave has added lots more readers on its subscription list. Good for all concerned, wouldn’t you say? If you’d like to request some of those books right now, here’s the link. And (ahem) don’t miss that fascinating book in the second row called The Turing Test. read more…
My latest book, The Turing Test is out, and the first reviews are in. Here are a few samples from the reviews (all five star) posted at Amazon so far:
Beyond any shadow of doubt, ‘The Turing Test’ is a worthy addition to the Frank Adversego series and more than satisfied my every expectation … For me, ‘The Turing Test’ is a stealthier creature. It packs its punches in a different but equally effective manner, delivering a terrific tension and suspense that ebbs and flows throughout a lengthy narrative peppered with twists, turns and shocking surprises … read more…
Releasing a new book is always a big deal for an author, no matter how many times it happens. this is the fourth time around for me, and I think The Turing Test, a Tale of Artificial Intelligence and Malevolence, is my best book so far. Happily, my much-esteemed beta readers all agree.
Long time Friends of Frank will also be happy to learn that, unlike the plots of the three preceding books, this one isn’t likely to come true. That is, for awhile. read more…
I see that it was on February 25 that I announced the completion of the first draft of Book 4 in the Frank Adversego saga. Back then, I hoped the finished book would be available in May. Hmm. Well, better late than never. In any event, I can now say with assurance that you can look forward to seeing the finished product, seven drafts later, within a couple of weeks. Here’s a brief recounting of what happens between a first rough, and a final finished, draft of a book by an Indie author.
Earlier this week I finished the first draft of the fourth book in the Frank Adversego saga. This time the technologies du jour will be artificial intelligence (a/k/a machine learning) and the Internet of Things (a/k/a IoT, a/k/a machine to machine, or M2M). Unlike the first three books, the technological capabilities (in the case of AI) will be over the horizon. So this time around, you won’t have to worry that the disasters I write about will actual happen. Yet. read more…
While I regularly run discount promotions on my books, I haven’t run a free one in years. The reason? It’s mostly a road to nowhere when you only have one book. At most, you can hope that someone will read that book and recommend it to a friend. But with three now, well, it seemed like it was time to give it a try once again.
So a year and a half ago I wrote a book called The Lafayette Campaign, a Tale of Deception and Elections. In it, a totally ridiculous conservative candidate leaps to the top of the polls, and then wins the nomination. Sound familiar?
Sadly, yes. But wait, there’s more.
Well, no peace for the wicked, as they say. After all, the third cybersecurity thriller in my Frank Adversego series has been out for ten days, so I’d better get busy, right? And as a matter of fact, in the last week I’ve come up with a plot that I’m pretty pumped about. Lots of surprises and plot twists, a solid and (God help us) timely political subplot, and another focus on cutting edge technologies with plenty of potential for making rue the day the patents were filed. This time around it will be the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence that will threaten to do us in. For a sample, read on.
Yesterday was the big day – fifteen months after tapping out the first few words of my latest satirical, political, cybersecurity thriller, I uploaded the files for Frank Adversego’s third world-saving adventure. This time around, the villains are an ISIS-like terrorist group that’s been even more successful at gaining ground in the Mideast. Now they threaten to bring the Western world to its knees.
Like the first two books, everything in the book is technically accurate and could actually happen. Frankly (no pun intended), this book scares the hell out of me. The reason? There seems to me to be little doubt that some day, perhaps as early as tomorrow, just such an attack will actually be launched. read more…