On his website, author, Creativity Hacker, and fellow Canadian Jefferson Smith offers a challenge for indie authors: you send him your book and he'll get on his treadmill, open it up and get started. If it can hold his interest for the full 40 minutes of his daily run, it wins. If he hits too many stumbling blocks, he'll close it. He pulls no punches and most books don't make it out alive.
I'm happy to report that the first part of Lost Time passed the Immerse or Die challenge (if not with flying colours then at least without crashing and burning before the finish line).
In Jeff's words: "...even though I’ve seen the backup-cyborg idea numerous times, I am 100% invested in this one, because it’s showing me new wrinkles on that basic concept. And better yet, the little revelations I am shown are doled out slowly enough that I have time to mull them over, but fast enough that I don’t get bored chewing on one before the next tasty bite comes along. I think it’s this trick that is th...
This whole self-publishing adventure has been a learning process from day one. Covers are the first and best marketing tool to get people interested in taking a chance on your book, and while I loved the covers when I first launched with them, after living with them for a while I realised they don't do much to convey the kind of books they are.
After Sync comes out I'm going to retire the old covers and launch a new set.
I had a hard time trying to come up with a concept that immediately conveys the twisty cyberpunk action of the series, but I was browsing Reddit and came across the artwork of Mike Winkelmann (AKA Beeple). I knew immediately that I wanted to somehow incorporate his amazing designs into the covers for Lost Time and reached out to him and asked if I could license a video he created to use as artwork for a new set of covers. Not only did he immediately agree, but didn't even charge me anything.
He's super talented and a super nice guy. Go check out his work at...
I started this series in 2003, and after more than a decade of working on, Lost Time is nearly complete. It took a month longer than I would have liked but what's a month in the grand scheme of thirteen years?
I sent the final draft of Part Five: Sync off to the copy editor last night. Once I get it back I have to format it into an ebook and then it'll be up on Amazon.
Now that I'm done I'm feeling a huge sense of relief and accomplishment, but it's all tempered by the knowledge that this is just the beginning.
I've got plans for more stories in the Lost Time world (I'm calling it the Reszoverse) and I'm excited to finally get the chance to start working on them.
Stay tuned. I plan on making postings here a more regular occurrence.
You can get parts one and two for free by signing up for my mailing list, and part three is on sale for $0.99 until Feb 3. If you haven't picked it up yet now's the perfect time.
It's hard to believe less than two months have passed since I released parts one and two, but here we are. Four down, one to go.
It's been a whirlwind of work and learning how to create and market books. I thought the writing part was hard, but I didn't have any idea how involved the marketing part would be (and I work in marketing).
I'm currently in the middle of writing part five and things are going really well. If things continue to go the way they are, I should be done by the end of February.
If you're enjoying the series so far, why not head on over to Amazon and add a review. I'd appreciate it.
Lyf Stolte is an actor and blogger and has said some very nice things about the Lost Time series up on his blog. He's very talented in his own right and I encourage everyone to go check out his site (not just the great review).
I feel like Part Two is the second born kid who doesn't get as much attention as the first born. But Headspace went live the same day as Second Skyn did! They're twins, kinda.
In Part Two, Finsbury meets the members of his restoration counselling and struggles with accepting his new life as a Reszo, while Gibson deals with Dora showing up at his door, and tries to decide between restarting the life he abandoned or starting over new.
There's twists and thrills and ends with Finsbury making a decision that will set him on the path to becoming the person Gibson woke up to.
That'll all make more sense once you've read Part One.
Ok, so it's just Amazon.ca, and I'm getting a massive bump because it's new, but there I am, right between Neal Gibson's amazing Snow Crash and William Gibson's Neuromancer, my all-time favourite book.
It's been my plan to write shorter works that can be consumed more easily (and released more frequently), but I also want to tell epic-level stories that won't fit in the 40K word structure I've settled on. What to do?
I came to the conclusion that not every story could be self-contained. Take Lost Time, it's comprised of five serialized parts. Each has a character arc but none of them are stand-alone by any stretch of the imagination. But I have other stories planned that might span only one or two releases. Like a Finsbury Gage standalone mystery (spoilers).
I needed a way to indicate to readers whether they were getting a complete, one-and-done story, or stories that were part of a larger whole. I had originally thought I'd call every release a 'book' but quickly realised that didn't make sense.
Instead I decided on this deliniation:
Anything primarily self-contained is a 'book.'
Anything that's part of a larger whole is, wait for it, a 'part.'