The Author Turns 29 Tomorrow

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It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the 29th anniversary of my existence. 30 is only around the corner. 🙂

What do I want for my birthday? Well, if you’re here reading this, you’ve likely already given it: your support. Even though I’d love to hear more from you guys who visit, I know there are lurkers out there who come by regularly and read the posts, check out the books, and enjoy the works. So, my birthday ...

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Mommy, Where Do Zombies Come From?

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I write about zombies, and I’ve found that I don’t talk about them hardly enough. Of course, I’m trying to write the final novel in the series, so there’s precious little time to indulge the blog sometimes. When I have a free minute, I tend to use that for posting tutorials and articles, as well as news and updates about how things are going, but I want to indulge, for a moment, the subject matter of the books: zombies and ...

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eBook Formatter – Free Tool in Beta

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I’ve uploaded a new tool for the other authors out there looking to release their books in electronic format. It is called eBook Formatter.

Formerly known as KindleProcessor, the tool has changed names and been made free to use. Since you can use this tool to format really any kind of manuscript into HTML format and upload it to PubIt! or Kindle Direct Publishing, I decided a more generic name would be better. Oh, and people like “free”, too. So, ...

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Writing for Squidoo

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I’ve been writing for Squidoo for a couple of days, and it really helps me to break writer’s block and get energized for working on the novels. The zombies are coming along at a steady, albeit slow, rate, and I’m deep into editing the fantasy novel.

Anyhow, on Squidoo, I’m writing author help articles, so why not check them out? Here’s a list of Brian Kittrell’s lenses on Squidoo.

Hopefully, I can get the ...

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Author Video Interviews in the Works

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I’ve always loved watching my favorite writers on video interviews, even if it’s just to answer questions from emails and interviewers not necessarily in the same room. Therefore, I’ve purchased a “home studio kit” after researching the best camera for me. I went under $200.00 for a rather nice setup with a tripod and microphone jack on the camera. I watched numerous reviews on the model to make sure it would do what I want. For the kind of needs ...

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Distribution to Australia

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With all the paperwork turned in, Late Nite Books will soon be available to Australian retailers in paperback (and, when they are produced, hardcover and case laminate).

In addition to the existing distribution network of the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and any place which can order from those markets, Australia and Oceania have been added to the global distribution channels.

This is all thanks in no small part to Lightning Source out of Tennessee, my personal neighbor to ...

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Do I need an ISBN?

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What is an ISBN, and do you need one? If you plan to self-publish your books, maybe. They’re an extra cost for doing business in the publishing landscape, and I’ll explore the pro’s and con’s of having your own ISBN for your book in this article. I do recommend having your own registered to you, but we’ll get into that in a moment.

What is an ISBN?

An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number, and they are issued by the assigned ...

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22,000+ words in two weeks?

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And I’m still not fried somehow. It’s been a little over 10 days, and I’ve averaged 2,200 words a day, but I’ve only written for four of those days. I got burned out after the first 11,000 in two days, but I’m back at it.

Why, you ask?

There are two books coming out this year, of course. A World Forsaken is due out by the end of September, and Circle of Sorcerers needs to go to editing by August 21st. It’s ...

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Amazon Tagging Returns with Changes

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Amazon’s popular tagging feature allows readers and authors a chance to perform search-engine optimization on their favorite titles. In essence, you can add “fantasy” as a tag to fantasy books to help them gain exposure, and other people can tick the box to “agree” to it. The more a keyword is tagged, the better it’s exposure.

Recently, the tagging functionality was taken off from the U.S. Kindle store. Why? To sum it up, there are three commonly-agreed possibilities with no word ...

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May 2011 Updates

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Oh, I’ve been busy lately. Whew! I am presently working on five books, in no specific order:

#1 – Book 4 of The Survivor Chronicles to finish the series.
#2 – Book 1 of Songs of Sorbia, The Circle of Sorcerers, a new fantasy series.
#3 – Book 1 of a vampire book. I haven’t decided on the title yet.
#4 – Non-fiction self-publishing book (instructional)
#5 – The d10 Core Roleplaying Game System core rulebook. (along the lines of D&D, ...

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Trucking along

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I’m in between book releases right now. Prisoner and Survivor is undergoing the editing process, and it will probably continue through the beginning of April. I’m almost 30,000 words into The Circle of Sorcerers, and I’m feeling more and more confident about it as I go along. It’s very different from the zombie series I’ve written so far, taking on a bit more of a literary feel than the cinematic style of the Survivor Chronicles. So, some of my fans ...

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Falling Off the Shelf

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Due to some sort of Amazon glitch, The Dying Times has “fallen off” the virtual shelf at that retailer. I can only say that saying it has been a stressful time since this happened is an understatement.

I’ve been working with Amazon’s KDP service to get the title reinstated, but it’s not back yet. The paperback editions of both books are still available, and the Kindle version of the second book is still up. Hopefully, it will be resolved quickly and ...

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February Report, 120 days later

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It’s been four months since The Dying Times hit the scene, and about 23 days since The War of the Dead was released. I’m here to report on sales rankings, sales numbers, and so forth. People ask me about this all the time, and I promise, as always, to include some shiny graphs and stuff. I will include sales from all channels as of 02/25, and they shouldn’t change a huge amount until the end of the month.

The Dying Times

I’ll ...

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