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SLIP DRIVE Released

Slip Drive Cover

We are proud to announce the release of my newest short story, SLIP DRIVE. Get it now for your Kindle, or other devices that can run the Kindle App. Just $0.99!

Teleportation–a dream for all man kind–has become reality. Dr. Kalvin Yearsling stands on the brink of changing the world with his creation–The Slip Drive. A quantum engine, able to move matter across distance in only moments.

Exhaustive testing has yielded positive results. Now, despite his colleagues warnings, Dr. Yearsling calls for human trials. The first subject, himself.

Sometimes, the slightest miscalculation can have devastating results…

It has been a lot of fun to get this one off the ground. It is in the vein of the classic Twilight Zone. When man plays with the laws of nature, he gets burned!

If you get a chance, rate and leave a review on the Amazon page. I’d also love to hear your comments here on the blog. Even if you hated it, let me know. I can only get better, right? Write.

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The Positive Effects of Blogging

One of the blogs I check out from time to time is The Creative Penn. J. F. Penn is a self-published author who has taken the time to discuss what it really took to get her book off the ground. She has some great insights and points to certain pitfalls. Her first book is called, “Pentecost” and you can find it on Amazon for both Kindle and Paperback.

In her post, chronicalling her book launch, she mentions this when talking about her blog:

Without this baseline, I wouldn’t have been able to do most of the following so I consider my blog to be the most important asset I have to market myself and my books. I’ve been blogging here for over two years now, posting an article, video or podcast every two days consistently.

In terms of basic stats, The Creative Penn has just over 5000 subscribers from RSS and email lists and 21,000 uniques per month according to Google Analytics.

This is all before her book was launched. What an incredible start she had. And what incredible dedication to blogging. I see this with other authors as well. They make sure to carve out time to promote themselves and their work. Which, makes absolute sense.

And it is something I’ve needed to work on for a long time.

One of my fellow writing partners, Matthew Quinn, was the first to impress this fact on me. He added me to his blogroll and commented how I hadn’t updated in a long time. He talked about how it’s helped him, and then mentioned his site stats–31,000 at his peak total hits 39,732 with a top month of 3,003 in July 2011 (thanks to Matthew for the correction). (And still)I was floored. I’m lucky to get 50 in a day.

But, he’s also been blogging for several years as well.

What is my take away? I have a long road ahead of me. Of blogging and promoting and maybe some days talking to empty air. But, it is worth it. Because the power of an internet presence cannot be ignored.

And I’ve been working toward it already this year. Which I’ve already seen positive results. I’ve had an uptick in views. I have gained more writing followers on Twitter (who I have followed in return). My blog has been highlighted in Writer’s Lament for my article on how “Hiroko’s Tale” is doing and my adventures into Amazon publishing. Things are going well.

I’m looking forward to the next few months.

Speaking of…

Novel News

I want to start getting the word out about the novel I’m working on. Just building a little buzz. It is still in the early stages, but the comments from my writing group have been largely positive. Once I get further into the book I’ll start to talk more about it. Specifically I want to talk about my writing process and how it has shaped the book.

As for the book itself–to whet your appetite–it is a Young Adult novel that takes a different look at the paranormal and magic. So many books today are about the supernatural and paranormal. Which are two things I love. But I feel the genre has been going in only one direction. I want to bring a different look at it all.

For my book… Well, let’s just say it is Harry Potter meets H. P. Lovecraft. *evil grin*

Sounds interesting, right? Write.

Updated SLIP DRIVE Cover

After having a few more eyes on the cover, here is an update version:

 

Slip Drive Cover

 

This better represents a bit more of what goes on inside the story. And keep your eyes peeled, this one will be announced very soon…

 

 

My Reddit Author Page

Karl Grave is quick on the sticks! Here is the link to my Reddit Author Page. Fantastic.

 

http://www.redditauthors.com/book_authors/jeff-baker-beffjaxter/

 

Be sure to check out everyone’s work. Top notch stuff.

New Website: Reddit Authors

Daily I use the website reddit for all my news and funny cat picture needs. For those that do not know about it, reddit is a news aggregate that is 100% user driven. Along with the standard front page, you have access to several thousand sub-reddits. These are areas that are geared toward a specific theme or topic.

One of these sub-reddits is a one of my favorites–r/writing. The users are very active and love to submit their work for critique, post links to interesting blogs or webpages, or a place to promote your new work. Recently a user by the name of Karlgrave has started a new website called Reddit Authors.

This page is a repository geared toward giving long time redditors a place to link their book. While you must be a redditor in order to get your book listed, I still think it’s a great place for others  to find good books. A place where we can all support up and coming authors.

I encourage everyone to check it out. There’s something there for everybody. Fiction and Non-Fiction alike. It’s clean and easy to navigate. I expect some great things to happen with Karl Grave’s website.

Cover for SLIP DRIVE

Slip Drive

cover for Slip Drive

 

Teleportation–a dream for all man kind–has become reality. Dr. Kalvin Yearsling stands on the brink of changing the world with his creation–The Slip Drive. A quantum engine, able to move matter across distance in only moments.

Exhaustive testing has yielded positive results. Now, despite his colleagues warnings, Dr. Yearsling calls for human trials. The first subject, himself.

Sometimes, the slightest miscalculation can have devastating results…

Following in the vein of the Twilight Zone, this story goes into the realm of when our best intentions go awry. Some people may think they’re reading another “Fly.” But this story takes the idea to a new place. Keep a look out for it to arrive on Amazon soon.

Different wordpress themes

I’ll probably being trying out different themes. Right now I’m trying to find one that will allow me to add a section to my links for my different, published works. Like a highlight section. I’ll keep playing with it. Or if anyone knows how I could do it with this one, that be cool too.

 

I kind of like this one.

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