I am glad there was such response to the giveaway on Goodreads. Congrats to the five winners and in the coming weeks the novel will be mailed out. I would have liked to have mailed them straight from the publisher but I couldn't find a way to gift it out. I hope those that didn't will still think about picking up a copy of this great novel. Thank you all for the support.
I hope everyone has had an enjoyable holiday so far. It is falling on midnight here and a well spent day is now behind - filled with visits to family and friends throughout the day. As much as traveling around town was there will always be a nagging draw to find letters under my fingers spelling out words for the next novel. Does that sound selfish?
I do not mean to disrespect the idea my writing overrides family, friends, or even fun for that matter. I just find at odd times there should be a keyboards nearby for the newest thought that struck me. I rarely scribble down what spurred the thought, because I trust in my ever-failing mind to remember such an important thought. Yes I am a fool. Did I hear someone mention using a voice recorder? I won't sing karaoke in an empty room, so finding me with one of those in my hand speaking to myself has even less odds of happening. I am a simplten in the most basic sense.
Back to what I came here for in the first place. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We have spread the unwrapping of gifts over a three day span. Friday was the traditional one present each at home; followed by a round of visits on Saturday to friends and relatives - spreading out the ripping of wrappers throughout the day. Tomorrow is for immediate family. So, no matter how much fun we have I hope yours is ten times better. I know I will be tired of seeing a sea of festive paper scattered across the living room. Next year I will drape a curtain over a door with a bow on it to "hide" the presents. Save a tree and not wrap a present next year. Either that or a lot of bags under the tree instead of under the eyes while staying up late Christmas eve wrapping the "Santa" gifts.
A fond farewell and good night. Might post another before the end of the year, but I don't then see you all next year!
That was a tough title to work out, but you get the idea. It is a fun time for most as they rush out to finish last minute shopping (it has to be fun if they waited this long to do it) and other to plan family get-togethers. Snow or no snow, the holidays are a time to rejoice and spread good cheer.
My son stares at the base of the tree wondering what could possibly be under the festive wrappings, while I wonder if he gets up in the middle of the night to shake them. The great thing is he will be happy with whatever is hidden beneath the tree. I have a son that is glad to have a gift instead of it being a name brand, designer labeled, gizmo he would otherwise crave. The only thing I can't give him this year that he did ask for is snow. He really wanted a white Christmas.
All I wish to say before I find myself rambling on about nothing in particular is Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.
From the angry looks my wallet is giving me I can tell it isn't happy with my choices this weekend. I made the ebook copy of Temperature: Dead and Rising free for a limited time this weekend through Smashwords (where I have coupon control of my novel). I did it to raise awareness of the title and in hopes that those picking it up will leave reviews wherever my book is sold.
It is a bold move on my part as a new author to the scene. I wanted to draw interest with paid sales. Should not have looked so high up for that kind of response so soon. At the time of this blog I have had 21 people download my book. I can only hope they write a review for the holiday gift I am handing out. Happy Holidays and to those finding the free book, your welcome.
Just a quick message to all surfing the web today - Happy (fill in your holiday here) and a Happy New Year.
It will be hard to tell how much time I might have in these coming weeks to write in this blog, but I will do my best. Blogging and all the other social media is still new to me. Some days it is tough to figure out what to say, how much of it to say, and why would anyone care what gets written. I am intermitent at best in updating anything I have while knowing it should be done for the benefit of either the one fans or millions. At the moment I am watching my son play DC Universe game (still in beta) as I wait patiently for my own update to the corrected interior of my novel.
It was pointed out that some errors were in the book and I felt bad for having them in it. When I copied and pasted the new version, new errors appeared! Words that had been fine changed. I thought it was something I did; however, crosschecking showed some words magically became a different word. No clue as to how it happened but it does explain the errors currently found by some readers. This time I looked over the whole document before making it a PDF file. We should see soon if any other mistakes show up in the new paperback. Here's hoping for the best!
OK, an unexpected browser crash took out my nearly completed blog a moment ago. Not a fun thing when I forgot to hit "save to draft". I found that button now and hope this one doesn't fall to the same fate (I also chose a different bowser to bring up my chances).
I am shy, an introvert. That pretty much sums up who I am. Since writing and publishing my novel, I have found myself against odds to promote the book. It seemed simple in the beginning - write the book, find a printing house, and publish the novel. Yes, that was the simple part.
I have since found myself stumbling to find ways to sell the book. The use of social networking and a website this blog is on are some of the ways I have started down the self promoting gig. Finding a PR group to do it for me would be great my budget was larger than $0 (all of it when to publishing the book). Whether I hire a group or do it myself there is still the one fact that scares me: speaking about the book in public.
This is something I tremble about even as I type. I did commit myself to speaking at a meeting as a guest speaker for a nonprofit group of the local library, but beyond that I have nothing else planned. Why? To see how that one goes, of course. It is a chance to talk about and answer questions about my book. Writing this blog or answering emails can be easy when there is all the time in the world to think of something to say. In person the person asking questions won't wait a hour before I think of a quip or an intelligent answer.
It is the same reason I haven't asked bookstore to let me come in and do a book signing. I am sure this could promote sales of my novel just getting it's sea legs in the world of literature, however, as an author I find myself wanting to find a closet with a broken light bulb so no one can find me. I think that's going a little too far for dramatical clarity. But it is close.
In the end, I know fear has to be defeated or I will not sell a book. Given that the book was written for my own self-gratification has no bearing on seeing other read and enjoy it. The only way to see people enjoy Temperature: Dead and Rising is to go out and "pimp it" like no one's business. Only then will someone besides myself know this title is out there. The fact that I am an introvert may not change but there is always a chance that part of me will find a nice little hole to climb into and leave me alone.
A really quick blog... eBook and paperback just discounted for the holidays. Here's the info -
Wind has been blowing a cold breeze all weekend to keeping us tucked in our warmest clothes, though I am pretty sure our heater does work. Writing came and went like all fleeting thoughts as my son beckons me to play. I always favor him over writing. OK, most of the time. There are those moments where I just had a great idea for a plot line and need to get it on paper before I forget (and I do forget often), but he is very persistent.
In the end, he wins and I have to come up with a different plot line to the book. It takes longer to write but it's worth it. Oh, and the fireplace I mentioned in the first blog doesn't exists. Somehow I think having one would just make the house colder. When we used to live in a house that had one, I had forgotten to close that flap inside the chimney more times than I care to remember. And smoked out the house when I forgot to reopen it before starting a fire. So goes life.
Welcome and congratuations for finding my newly built site. I will learn to update this blog as much as I can.
This is my first blog for the site while I am still building the web site. So much to write and not enough computers to multitask from! More to come after I build a fire in the fireplace and can sit a little longer.
About the Author
Adam Santo is a SciFi/Fantasy writer who enjoys the quiet moments to write stories. His debut novel, Temperature: Dead and Rising, took the world for a ride they would soon not forget. Santo began plotting out the second paperback novel, Temperature: Bitter Cold, before the ink dried on his first book. Santo continues to write nonstop because he knows there is always a story waiting to get out.