Here Come More Monsters

I’m still reeling over how well Creepy Campfire did for days, but now it’s time to ramp up for the next horror story to crawl (scurry? creep? fly?) out of the woodwork.

Pete Kahle, the awesome editor of this series, released this trippy, disturbing cover for Not Your Average Monster #2!

Not Your Average Monster 2 Cover - SMALL

Isn’t it great? The longer I look at it, the more creepy monsters I see in the background. It really reminds me of The Mist, one of my all-time favorite Stephen King stories, and that makes me so damn happy!

Pre-orders should be up in the next couple of days, and I’ll be sure to post links so be sure to check back. In the meantime if you’re interested in getting your hands on a review copy, head over to the Bloodshot Books Facebook page and let him know.

A Change of Cover

You might notice that I’ve updated the cover on Night Feeders. It’s one of the alternate covers that Fena provided for me. I was growing tired of the dusty western look, and wanted to push readers more in the direction of horror. Especially considering how creeped out some of my readers have been after reading it. (Cue evil writer laughter here.)

Let me know what you think of it. I’ve updated it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, but it might take a while to update completely. I’m doing a refresher course on this self-publishing stuff since I have a YA Sci-Fi apocalyptic piece I want to put up in the next month or so. For some reason, YA Science Fiction just isn’t selling in the short story genres much lately. You would think it would considering the Hunger Games is so popular, but oh well!

Look for more updates in the weeks to come. Especially post-Camp NaNo!

New Cover Art & Daily NaNo Count

*Wiping writer-driven sweat from my brow*

Well, I made up for my laziness yesterday that’s for sure! Got in the ~800 words I needed yesterday and got in my requirement for today as well. Not too bad if I do say so myself! Got some emails sent off for my side-project, though I still have some writing that demands attention on that as well. I haven’t really considered any of that as part of my main writing endeavors cause I’m working on my novel for NaNo, not doing other writing work. šŸ˜‰ Though I have a few ideas in mind for what I want to do next with things, so after I get my NaNo work in tomorrow I’ll probably head over and get some writing in on that. (Don’t we always make the most ambitious plans over the weekend? I hope this actually comes to fruition!)

In other awesome news, I got my free cover back from Fena Lee. I have to admit that I was blown over by the piece she did for me. The color is perfect, the landscape. Even the font is made simple with a touch of sophistication as well. Perfect for how I want my short stories & books to be. So if you haven’t checked out her fabulous book covers already, get your butt over there and check them out! I’m pretty sure you’ll be as awestruck as I was. =)

Anyway, on to word metrics! *trumpet sounds*

Suzie and Fred meet the head officials for EPR and then promptly are told that they’ll need to pack a bag and get ready to head out. Their home is no longer safe and on top of that, the two siblings have no idea when they might be back again. Meanwhile Terry is learning more about his newly discovered brethren, albeit memory problems still being a major issue. Oh and I thought about a cool idea for the title of my first book – Suzie’s Nightmare. I’m still not sure if I like that enough, and when the officials were referring to the “incident” from the last book, the new name came to me. What about The Kayak Hills Incident? Which do you guys thinks sounds better? Here, I’ll list them side-by-side:
– Suzie’s Nightmare
– The Kayak Hills Incident

Tough call, isn’t it?

Project: The Secrets of Leekston (Working)
Deadline: End of 2011 (Preferably much sooner)
New words written: 2,399
Present total word count: 32,467
Total Word Count for 2011: 108,397

Still no NaNo Word count gadgets. Anybody else miffed about this like I am? *sigh*

Clawbinder Artwork

So the more I’m thinking about self-publishing, the more I’m considering starting out small first. I have my first published short story, “Clawbinder”, coming to the end of its contract term at the end of this month, and I’m thinking about publishing it for free up on Amazon, Smashwords, and B&N. Just to get my feet wet pretty much.

However, since it’ll be a freebie, it isn’t going to leave me much room for a cover budget. Sure I could hash out something on my own in Photoshop, but to have some eye-catching artwork for the piece would really make it interesting. Here are some more interesting artists that I’m considering:

Alyssa May – Fantasy & Horror covers.
Lauren Reeser
– I like her animal depictions here. Would certainly help out with a story about a talking Roc.
Shaun Lindow – Really high quality work.

Once I figure out who I’ll request a quote from, I’ll post up the info here. Surely I’m not the first person to want to post a reprint for free up on a site though – right? I mean it’s already available for free online…