My agent and I spoke recently. What did we speak about? The future!
We spoke about my two completed books and what we’d like to see happen with them. She gave me two weeks to make absolutely sure the manuscript looks the way I want it to look. That means going through each word and smoothing out any rough edges. I’m about a third of the way through. My plan is to finish editing and then let it sit a few days before going through it again checking for typos. After that, we go on submission.
My agent also went over my WIPs and we discussed which project I should tackle next. She really liked the concept of BLACK SACRAMENT. I’ve got my marching orders. As soon as I’m satisfied with BSD, I’ll be working on my supernatural thriller. I think what really sold her was when I said, “They’re like the Navy SEALS of exorcists.” I look forward to the challenge of bringing cops and exorcists together with plenty of action and scares.
The best part was my agent said she noticed improvement in my world building, characterization, dialogue, and as a result pacing. As a person who tries to get better each day, that’s good to hear. My confidence is up, which means productivity is also up.
If I’m not around as much during the next few months, I hope you’ll understand. Hopefully it means progress and more things for all of you to read. Having direction is important to me. Now I can concentrate on the tasks at hand with maximum effort. It’s time to take over the world! Em, I mean get writing.
What are you up to? What projects have you excited?
At Hell’s Gates: Bound By Blood will feature horror stories focusing on the relationship between parents and their children, and is set to release on July 31, 2015. The best part about being published in the At Hell’s Gates series is all the proceeds go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which supports the men and women of the armed forces and their families.
Below you’ll find the recently released trailer for the anthology series. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Want to know more about each contributing author? Check out the official At Hell’s Gates website: http://athellsgates.com/
Age: I heard that age ain’t nothing but a number. I’m going with that.
Where are you from:
Brian: I grew up in Rochester, NY, but moved away in my twenties when I joined the Air Force. I eventually moved back and currently reside there.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
Brian: I’m a lifelong horror fan and all around creative type. I used to draw and play guitar before I found writing. At twenty-five, I joined the Air Force, and was a mechanic for six years. Other than that, I think I’m a fairly normal guy.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Brian: I have a couple of short stories appearing in anthologies releasing soon. Paying the Ferryman, from Charon Coin Press, is set to release toward the end of April, and you’ll get to read something in…
Another new month is upon us! Where did the previous one go? Ah, well, better get on with the update.
The new book is going…slowly. I’ve been outlining chapters by hand so I have a better idea of what to include. This one falls under the Science Fiction umbrella, which is somewhat new for me. I did write a Sci-Fi short which is under consideration for an anthology. Things are coming together and I expect significant progress this month. Experience has shown me it’s better to take my time and get things right rather than rush through and have to waste even more time trying to fix a giant mess.
No word yet on the first two books in the Black Gate Trilogy. I have to keep reminding myself to be patient.
Short Story News
I wrote 1300 words of a new story last night. This one came out of the blue, and I couldn’t be happier. I have plans for this one. More to come later. Three other shorts are under consideration for various anthologies and a magazine. Paying the Ferryman will be out soon. I turned in the first round of edits a couple of days ago. You know you did a good job when the editor says, “Your action sequences are perfect.” Minimal edits were needed. You guys/gals are going to love Death Blossoms!
Speaking of action, I turned in a guest post for Pen & Muse about writing better action scenes. I’ve been praised for how I write action by reviewers and editors so I figured I’d share a few tips. Hopefully other writers find it helpful. That should be posting sometime this month.
I’ve been thinking of doing a giveaway or two. I definitely want to give a couple of copies of the Paying the Ferryman anthology when it releases. I may also give away some copies of Wolves at the Door too. We’ll see what happens. I’ll be sure to let you know.
My goals for April are to finish the new short story and add several chapters to the new book.