One of my best-reviewed books is currently free

 

IT'S FREE!!!!! (For a limited time)

IT’S FREE!!!!! (For a limited time)

The Man Who Saved Two Notch is currently free in (or on) the Kindle store right now.  I feel sorry for Two Notch because it doesn’t get a lot of virtual space because The Oz Chronicles takes up so much room, but it is one of my best-reviewed books on Amazon.  If I had to do it all over again, I would have released it as a C. Hoyt Caldwell book, and maybe some day I will.  Here’s the latest review that was posted on Amazon yesterday.

Damn fine western, May 2, 2014

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This review is from: The Man Who Saved Two Notch (Kindle Edition)
Story? Check. Mystery? Check. Death, gore, twang and riveting action? Yep, got that too. A post apocalyptic western, original and amazing. A can’t put down book. It even has a bear in it. You know you want to find out why…
Get it while it can get got.
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The songs on The Man Who Saved Two Notch’s virtual soundtrack so far

Here are the songs that I’ve included on my The Man Who Saved Two Notch Virtual soundtrack.  If you like any of the songs, I encourage you to help the artists out and buy the song or better yet, the entire album.  They haven’t read or endorsed The Man Who Saved Two Notch, but their songs remind me of the tone and feel of the book.

Murder in the City by the Avett Brothers

 

Rye Whiskey by the Punch Brothers

 

John Prine’s classic That’s the Way the World Goes Round performed by Jeffrey Foucault

 

Goodbye by Steve Earle

 

The Cave by Mumford and Sons

 

Old Devils by William Elliott Whitmore

 

Woe is me, I’m ruined by The Lonely Forest

 

Dream a Little Dream performed by Eddie Vedder

 

 

 

Another song for the Two Notch virtual CD – Eddie Vedder sings Dream a Little Dream

I just heard this on the radio, and I couldn’t wait to add it to my list of songs for The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual CD.  Eddie Vedder released a solo album of just him and his ukulele.  Right, I know.  It sounds crazy, but once I heard his cover of Dream a Little Dream I was sold.  The haunting vocals and simple instrument make it a perfect fit for Two Notch.

The Man Who Saved Two Notch update and new song for the virtual CD (Old Devils by William Elliott Whitmore)

Well, it’s out of my hands now.  I sent the synopsis and manuscript for The Man Who Saved Two Notch to my agent a couple of days ago.  It’s not a young adult novel and that’s the original genre his agency signed me up for, so I have no idea if he’ll want to represent it.  It’s not an automatic just because he’s my agent.  I like it, but that doesn’t mean that it’s marketable.  I don’t have the brand name recognition to carry a book through the vagaries and pitfalls of the market unless it is a primo property.  Publishing a book is a huge risk for traditional publishers.  It kind of parallels the big studio film industry.  I once got feedback from someone in the film industry about The Takers that went something like this, “It’s better than 95% of the stuff that comes across my desk, but I’m looking for something that’s in the top two percent.”  And, I can’t blame him for that. The publishing industry is in the same position.  So, unless it’s in the top two percent, you’d be a fool to take the risk.

That’s not to say that I won’t self-publish if he says no.  Thanks to Createspace it won’t cost me a dime up front.  I have a strangely strong gut feeling about this book that I’ve never felt before.  I’m not talking about the quality of the writing or my abilities as a storyteller.  My ego’s not that out of control.  It’s more like a feeling of total immersion whenever I even think about the story.  That suggests to me that I found “the zone” with this book when I was writing it. You more or less don’t write in the zone.  You simply record what you’re witnessing.

Anyway, I’m adding a new song to The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual CD.  This is nothing more than a collection of songs that remind me of the story.  Today’s selection is Old Devils by William Elliott Whitmore.  BTW – If you enjoy on any of this songs, I encourage you to let your friends know.  Help an artist out and spread the word.

Update and Another Song for The Man Who Saved Two Notch

Posts have been few and far between the last week here for a variety of reasons.  Primarily, I am finishing up the first edit and rewrite of my new novel The Man Who Saved Two Notch, and I figured since I had the story in front me, I’d go head and write the screenplay, too.  I’ve never successfully adapted one of my books to screenplay.  I’ve written 12 screenplays (none produced, one semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships), but adapting one of my novels to screenplay hasn’t come easy to me.  So far, I’ve had a easier time of it with The Man Who Saved Two Notch.

I’d also like to create a graphic novel and video game for the book, but I have no idea where to start with those particular formats. If anyone has any ideas, email me or Facebook me or whatever it is you do in this online social networking world.   I’ll leave you with another song from my The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual soundtrack (Meaning, there is no official soundtrack.  This is the music that reminds me of the book).

This is Jeffrey Foucault singing John Prine’s classic That’s the Way the World Goes Round.

I’m getting closer….

When the world ends, the lawless old West will rise again!

… to new book nirvana.   I’ve gone through the first draft, made my initial edits, and now, I’m ready to hand it over to my first reader (Mia) to get her input.  Who knows? I might be able to get a little sleep now…. Nah, who am I kidding!  But this isn’t a bad sleeplessness.  It’s a hyperfocused lack of sleep.  I tend to lock onto the story at night and look for holes.  Oh, those maddening holes.

Still a celebration is in order.  Maybe a weekday matinee.