The Closeout Kings Audiobook

I talked to Nate Daniels, the narrator for Bad Way Out, and it looks like he’ll be narrating The Closeout Kings. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Nate is an exceptional talent, and as I’ve said many times, if you’re an author looking for voice talent for an audiobook, contact Nate. You won’t find a more talented or gracious person to work with.

Here’s a sample of Dan reading Bad Way Out:

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Three of my books will be free August 9 – 11, 2014

The Prophet of Cradle County is now available on Kindle (Free August 8-10)

The Prophet of Cradle County is now available on Kindle (Free August 9-11)

UPDATE: Note the date change.

It’s Kindle book bonanza weekend for this author.  I’m making three of my titles free for Kindle users this Saturday – Monday.  The books are as follows:

The Takers

The Man Who Saved Two Notch

The Prophet of Cradle County

Hold on a second, you’re saying.  The Prophet of Cradle County is written by Jackson Goddard.  That’s not your name.  You are very astute.  That is not my name.  Jackson Goddard is one of my pen names.  The Prophet of Cradle County is a Southern tale that is similar in theme to The Shack.  I actually wrote it before The Shack came out, but I had no intention of ever publishing it because I just didn’t feel like it was ready for prime time.  I don’t have time to explain, but I eventually published it as a favor to somebody.  It’s a C. Hoyt Caldwell story without the sex and it has a stronger focus on religion.  The basic theme is that we are all God, and we should treat each other as such.

For those of you who’ve asked why I never do a similar promotion on Nook, it’s because Nook doesn’t offer free promotional periods.  Basically, they suck at creating interest in their ebook program.

On writing my first stage play

As many to none of you know, I’m adapting an old screenplay I wrote about 12 years ago to a stage play. My wife has encouraged me to do it many times over the years, but I’ve always managed to come up with an excuse not to do it. She finally convinced me after we went to a wonderful play in Laguna Beach called The Pianist of Willesden Lane. The play is nothing like my screenplay, mind you. It was just so inspiringly good that I finally saw the possibilities of adapting my work for the stage.

I have no idea what I’m doing. I don’t know the proper structure of a play, nor do I know the accepted formatting. I’ve searched the internet, but I was surprised to learn that there really is no consensus on what a play should look like in written form. I found myself getting more confused as I researched so I stopped.

Right now I’m just writing, and it has been a blast revisiting these old characters. My adaptation so far includes about 10% of the original material. The dialogue has completely changed. The gender of some of the characters has changed. It’s strange how willing I’ve been to divorce myself from the old material. I honestly feel like I know these characters better now than when I wrote it more than a decade ago. The theme and tone are the same, but other than that it’s basically new material.

In short, I’m having fun. If you have suggestions on the proper way to format a stage play, please feel free to let me know. The Pianist of Willesden Lane is has moved off-Broadway in New York. If you’re in the city, I encourage you to go see it.