Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Update: Author Events!

Hello again,

I told you I'd start to blog more often.  Of course, this isn't the normal frequency that I'll be posting.  I'm on vacation for the moment, so I've got a lot of extra time on my hands. 

In any case, let's get to what you're here for: All of my Upcoming Author Events!

Franklin Street Bazaar
Evansville, Indiana
August 12, 2017
Starts at 9am

Though I don't have an exact location for this as of yet, when I have it, I'll let you know.  For the time being, just know that I will be there.  If you're looking to snag a copy of The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades, then you'll be out of luck.  Since the release of In Spades is on August 19, I will only have copies of the second edition of The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes.  I'll also have merchandise such as button pins, t-shirts and bookmarks.  If you've held off on getting a copy of Prototypes until now, this would be a great opportunity to catch up on the saga.

Update: I will be at the Number 22 spot. :)

The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades Launch Event
Barnes & Noble
Evansville, Indiana
Saturday, August 19, 2017
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

I already posted about this, but if this is the first you've heard of it...
I'm going to be releasing my second book, The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades at the Evansville, Indiana Barnes & Noble!  I'll be selling and signing copies of both books.  I'm pretty sure I can't sell my merch here, so it will only be books for this one.  Sorry.

Evansville, Indiana
Saturday, August 26, 2017
11AM - 3 PM

I'm excited about this event because I'm going to be on a panel with other local authors.  Whaaaaat!? Yes!  I'm not sure on the time yet, but not only will be able to get both books and swag, but you can ask me and other authors questions about our work, the process of writing or anything else you want.  That's pretty nerve-wrecking... I mean it's great.  It is great.  Not nervous at all.

Tri-Con
Holiday Inn by Evansville Airport
7101 US-41, Evansville, IN 47725
Friday noon-midnight
Saturday 8am – midnight
Sunday 9am – 5pm


Tri-Con is a multi-genre nerd culture event.  Scifi, fantasy, horror, literature, comics, cosplay, anime and much more convene in Evansville for a weekend of awesomeness. 

So this is a big one.  Three days, much like Geek Galaxy a few years ago, but much bigger.  More people.  Long hours.  This is fine for me.  I love big events like this.  At this event, I will just be a vender with my books and swag.  I hope to have the compilation book and/or the hardback version of Prototypes & In Spades on sale by then.  I also may launch the first Dreadful short story on the first day of Tri-Con.  More information on that as I work the specifics of BPG Hardback/Dreadful Launch.  I may have an other surprise or two for the event, so keep an eye on Twitter @thebproofghost and this blog.

These are all of the events that I've 100% confirmed.  I wanted to talk about several of them for a while, but I needed to make sure I wasn't giving out bad info if they were out of room or my book/swag didn't meet their requirements. Thanks for your patience. 

I'm also aware all of these events are local.  In Evansville, Indiana.  Honestly, it just sort of worked out like that.  The Bazaar, the museum and Tri-Con were bunched up together in less than a month's span.  Releasing In Spades locally makes sense as far as supporting the community.  Not to mention it makes maxing out the potential attendance of the event.

I will schedule events later in September that take place further away from home.  In fact if you don't live near southern Indiana and would like to have me at an event or come to your local bookstore for a signing.  Send me an email at jakedh@bulletproofghost.com .  I'll see what I can do.

Thanks for the support and I'll keep the updates coming.

-Jake dh

















Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Finally, A Release Date for The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades




It has been longer than I honestly should be comfortable with since I last blogged.  To touch on some personal matters, I was switched to first shift at my job-job in October.  I only recently in the last few weeks, was switched back to nights.  When I'm on days, time to blog just kind of falls to the wayside.  I concentrated on my fiction since I barely had time to write.  I also didn't have a lot to report on since I last wrote.

First off, everything regarding the launch of my next book was completely driven by money. Not the money that I was going to make, but the money I didn't have for the various costs for release.  Editing, formatting the interior, formatting the exterior, printing costs, merch costs and not to mention having an honest to gawd launch event.  Well, since October, I received a couple of bonuses from my job and most of this went to cover these costs.  Hooray! 

Other than write in my other projects, which I should blog about in the next few weeks, I haven't really accomplished anything to type about.  Not a full blown blog post anyway.  Check out my Twitter feed @thebproofghost to see all of my tiny updates and various thoughts.

I also would like to give a shout out to the Evansville Local Authors and the Midwestern Writers Guild.  I joined these two groups hoping to make much needed connections.  I wasn't even sure there was a local author community in Evansville, Indiana, but low and behold, there is.  I really didn't care to look before, again, socially different introvert.  I was insanely nervous when I went to my first meeting, but I've gone to several since.  I even helped run a presentation on copyright law at the Oaklyn Branch of the Vanderburgh Library.  I guess I've come a long way since joining the groups.

Thanks to all of the local authors I've met and who have helped me thus far.  I'll be sure to write some blog posts where I talk about them individually or one fat post laying out what each author is about before the next joint event.

Sorry that I'm being long winded, there is just a lot to get to before the main event which is the release of the second BulletProof Ghost novel, In Spades.


The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades
will be released on August 19, 2017.

There will be a launch event at Barnes & Noble on Green River Road in Evansville, Indiana.  I'll be there from 1:30p - 3:00p selling and signing copies of both The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades and the second edition of the previous book,
The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes.


The Address is 624 S Green River Rd, Evansville, IN 47715
In case you didn't want to Google it.

Boom!  Thanks to Barnes and Noble, Evansville for having me.  Thank you to Mariana Mudd, that location's Business Development Manager, specifically for saying yes to this event.

I'll put up another post after this detailing other events I'll be at in the next two months.  There's a lot going on, so if you want to drop by and get some action packed scifi novels, then that would make you a really cool person.  Just saying.

Thanks for the support so far.  There's a lot of distance to cover before I'll be satisfied.

-Jake dh












Sunday, October 16, 2016

My new horror series, Dreadful plus a new way to read BPG


It's been a while since I've put up a blog post, but I wanted to make sure I knew for sure what was going to happen with the new outlet.  Thanks for your patience.

The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes is officially on Channillo.  Channillo is a serial literature website where you can post portions of books or start full blown series.  I'm posting BPG: Prototypes while BPG: In Spades is in the process of being edited.  Once Prototypes is posted in its complete form, I'm hoping to be able to post portions of In Spades exclusively on Channillo.

You can start reading The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes on Channillo here.  The service is not free.  You can start out with a $5 a month fee to subscribe to 10 series at a time.  Hopefully you will make BPG one of them.

Now onto my current project.  I recently entered a contest at screencraft.com for their Bootleg Universe event.  This was specifically for already created characters from other franchises.  I went with a short story I wrote about Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor.  This was mostly based off of the 2005 anime series.  I will post the short story in its entirety within the near future.

After I wrote this story, I checked out their other contests.  There was one for original short stories that had a substantial cash prize.  I had a few ideas kicking around, one I named 'Wolves in the Ice'.  WitI is about a woman who was badly hurt by her fiance in New York City and returns to her childhood home in Alaska.  After a traffic accident, she finds herself in the middle of the woods being stalked by a pack of white werewolves.  She runs into a man calling himself a 'wolf tracker' that helps her survive through the night.

After writing the entire short story, I realized that this would make a solid series of stories, as I was already figuring out in my head where the characters would end up next.  So I started on the second story called 'Sister's Keeper' and titled the entire series 'Dreadful'.  That's a working title, but unless you put the word Penny in front of it, no one else is using it as a series title.

Once I've entered the next contest, I'll pitch this new series to Channillo.  For a while, Channillo will be the only place to read Dreadful, period.  I'm not sure how many entries there will be, but I may just create arcs until I can't come up with new ideas; which sounds interesting.

That is all of the updates for the moment.  Keep an eye on my twitter feed @thebproofghost and like my Facebook Page.  I'll try to get these projects out ASAP.  I know I haven't published anything since BPG: Prototypes, but there are a lot of things coming down the pipeline.  I promise.

Later.

-Jake dh




Sunday, August 28, 2016

End of The Indiegogo Pre-Order Campaign and Big Bang book signing

Jake dh in New York City, right before The Pitch Slam
So, if you came to Big Bang, Comics and Toys on Saturday, thank you.  I knew a couple of people who showed up, so that was nice.  Secondly, I apologize that I was not able to take credit/debit cards due to my Square not working due to registration issues.   I didn't try to set up the account until that morning, so yeah, my bad.  I sold a button pin and a couple of books.  I would have sold more, but... yeah the card thing.

I'm not sure when my next signing event will be, but I'll post here on the blog and various other social media accounts when I know.  I hope to visit some indie bookstores in the coming months.

The next big thing: if you didn't preorder The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades before now, then you can't before its release.  I thought that I could continue to take preorders on Indiegogo after the campaign was over, but I didn't hit my goal, so they shut that shit down.  At least I know now.  

The last couple of months have been hard, but that is because I'm actually trying.  I had put my writing on the back shelf last year due to the YouTube channel I was trying to get off of the ground.  I'm putting myself out there now as a writer.  It isn't easy.  I don't get a lot of criticism.  Instead, it's just apathy; a lack of giving a shit.  I try not to be arrogant, which I think makes me a less effective salesman.  I didn't intend to be a salesman when I started writing again.

Here's an example:  I have a person at my job-job who will remain unnamed.  He's on his second reading of the book.  He loves BPG: Prototypes and says he can't wait to read In Spades.  He didn't preorder a copy on the Indiegogo.  He also said on several occasions that he'd put up a review on Amazon.  He hasn't.  I only had one relative give to the campaign.  That is heart breaking.  This is by far the worst crowdfunding campaign I've ever done and the last one was bad.

The only reason I did that campaign was because I had seven people personally tell me at work that they were interested in pledging.  I was ecstatic.  All of those pledges right out of the gate would have given me a solid base to build off of.  It would have given me an aura of legitimacy.  Only one person at work pledged to the campaign.  I suspect that was only because we worked next to each other one day and he could tell the whole situation had me upset.

I'm not upset now.  I'm pushing forward full speed ahead.  I'm not slowing down.  At some point, I will find my audience or I will have a big breakthrough.

Thanks for the support so far.  I'll see you later.

-Jake dh

Monday, August 22, 2016

New York Trip, Owensboro Signing, Appearance on Evansville Podcast, New Stories and more!


Wow, there are a lot of updates to get to.  I would have updated the blog last week, but after the New York City trip, I was exhausted.  Honestly, I just needed a day to chill out.  I'm rested (for the most part) and ready to get everyone up to speed.

First and foremost, I was on Evansville Podcast talking about BulletProof Ghost, among other things, but mostly BPG.  You can check out the episode here.  For my first interview, I think it went pretty well, especially considering how little sleep I got.  I also talk about some of the origins of BPG that I may not have touched on in this blog.  I was supposed to be on Owensboro's Own, but scheduling/job-job overtime/lack of sleep prevented me from being on that show.  I'm not sure when/if I will be on now, but I'll post it up on Twitter ( @thebroofghost ) as soon as possible.  You can check out the podcast series here.

Next on the list of updates: I will be at Big Bang Comics and Toys in Owensboro, KY on Saturday, August 27 from 10am until 4pm signing copies of The BulletProof Ghost Prototypes or anything else you want me to sign.  I will have other items like button pins and a limited supply of shirts.  The books will be $9.  Generally, I've learned that events like this don't sell a lot of books, but maybe this will break the mold.  

In case you didn't know, I went to New York City to take part in the Writers Digest Conference 2016 (WDC16).  I was specifically there to take place in what is called a Pitch Slam.  I know this sounds like a sex position, but stick with me.  I pitched BPG to 5 literary agents in the span of an hour.  I was flatly rejected by three of them due to the fact the book had already been self published.



An agent said she liked the pitch, but because of the self published status and less than stellar sales, she couldn't give BPG to her publisher, but... and this is a big but, she gave me her card.  She liked the pitch enough that she offered to check out the next book I wrote that was not BPG related.  Okay, I'll take that.

The first agent I talked to wanted to see the book regardless.  I may have failed/forgot to mention that this specific book was self-published.  I made sure to let her know in the email I literally just sent her.  I think that she'll turn it down due to that technicality.  That doesn't make me sad or anything, it just means that BPG is going to be self-published and possibly indie-published for a while if not exclusively.

One of the things I learned at the conference is that I have to market myself as an author more and not just concentrate of The BulletProof Ghost.  This is my baby, but I have to branch out and create new stories if I ever want to do this for a living, which I do.  I will be altering the blog and website a little bit to reflect me as a writer, instead of focusing solely on BPG.  The urls will stay the same, but I'll be altering the graphics and images a bit.

I'm also outlining a new book specifically to send to agents within the year.  I'm going to try my hand at fantasy (or so it will seem).  I'm also writing a few horror short stories that I'll be posting on here for free.  The first story may be up as early as next week, because I've already started writing it.  The short stories will be pretty raw and unedited, but this is a blog, not a published piece.  

That's about it.  You'll be getting new short stories for free.  The next BPG novel is more or less finished and in the process of being edited.  And if that wasn't enough, I'll be starting an entirely new novel/series... well next weekend if all goes well.

Thanks for the support and I'll see you later.

-Jake dh

www.bulletproofghost.com

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Upgrade for the $1 level of the Indiegogo!



The $1 level for the Indiegogo campaign has been upgraded. You can get digital versions of both BPG books for $1?! Yes, check it out or upgrade to a signed version of the new book, The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades for $10!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

You can now Pre-Order The Bullet Proof Ghost: In Spades!

Click the link below to Preorder BPG: In Spades or many other rewards!


Yes, it's finally here!  Your chance to get a signed copy of the second novel in The BulletProof Ghost saga before anyone else does.  The main event is at the top of the rewards: For only $10 you get a copy of BPG: In Spades signed by the author Jake dh and editor Sarah Harris.  You will also get a digital copy of the previous book, BPG: Prototypes to get you up to speed if you missed it.  This digital copy can be sent to you the moment you order it if you wish, so while we put the finishing touches on the book, you can read the introduction to The BulletProof Ghost universe.

There are several other rewards including button pins, t-shirts, signed art and having your name and physical description incorporated into the third book in the series (which is currently being written).  All of the custom rewards will be exclusive to this Indiegogo, so get yours before the end of the campaign.  

The money from this campaign will go into printing costs, advertising and a book tour that will reach into next year.  How many stops will there be on the tour?  That depends on how many backers we have and how much we raise. 

Thanks in advance and I appreciate every dollar pledged.  I can't wait to release this book and with your help the launch will be better than Prototypes' launch by a hundred fold.  

Later

-Jake dh

Also:  There are two secret perks that cannot be accessed through the Indiegogo and only through this blog, social media and the website.  This is a special thanks you to everyone who's followed my work through the years.