I’ve been so bad about posting on the blog lately. The sad thing is I have no excuse. I have been working to get the ARCs of Banshee Worm King ready for distribution, but I’d be lying if I said that’s the reason I haven’t been posting. I guess I just needed a break from the interwebs, outside of the time I burn on Facebook, that is.
I didn’t even post some fairly exciting news I got last week. The Man Who Saved Two Notch is a finalist in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award competition in the Thriller category. That does not suck at all. To be frank, I love Two Notch, but I’ve been a little disappointed with its sales numbers. It’s really tough to market because it’s not young adult, and I wouldn’t recommend it to young readers of the Oz Chronicles. So, I was hoping it would find an audience on its own. I lowered the Kindle price to .99 and sales have picked up slightly. A couple of reviews have come in on Amazon that made me smile and happy for the characters in the book. And yes, I do get happy for the characters. They are very much fictional characters, but when you spend as much time with them as I do, you grow attached to them.
Here’s my favorite review for Two Notch:
5.0 out of 5 stars By Dave H (Oregon, USA)
This review is from: The Man Who Saved Two Notch (Kindle Edition)
“The Man Who Saves Two Notch” by R.W. Riddle is a remarkable coming-of-age adventure/horror novel filled with ingratiating, quirky, peculiar, riveting, and sometimes poignant, backwoods characters that will make you smile, laugh, lament, gasp, forgive, and overtly cheer for again and again. To say I was amazed with the storyline would be a gross understatement, “I absolutely loved this story!” The first 80 pages are a bit slow but after that the story accelerates at breakneck speed. Be forewarned there are copious amounts of profanity throughout the story! The best hillbilly backwoods adventure story I’ve had the pleasure to read in my lifetime…5+ stars!!!
Thank you, Dave H. of Oregon!
The Banshee Worm King ARCs are coming in three shipments. The first shipment has arrived, and I turned around and shipped them out to people who requested a copy. I’ll keep you posted as more come in.
Nice. The Man Who Saved Two Notch cracked a top ten list. In this case, it’s the Western genre. I came up with the idea for this one on a trip to Vegas, so it’s appropriate in more ways than one. It also has horses and guns and marauders and cannibals and a weird religious cult. Thanks to everyone who made The Man Who Saved Two Notch a top ten selection!
My agent gave me his ok to release The Man Who Saved Two Notch on Kindle. This is a common tactic by authors of almost every ilk these days. Release the book on Kindle, generate some buzz and hopefully get picked up by a big publishing house. To date, I haven’t created enough buzz to warrant more than careful consideration from the Big Six (although with the addition of Amazon to the publishing mix, some people have started calling it the Big Seven.).
So, I want to do my part to generate bigger buzz (Can buzz be bigger?). In the past, I’ve done drawings in which I gave away a Kindle. I’m going to do another drawing. My plan was to switch it up and give away an iPad 2, but Apple forbids anyone from giving away iPads or iPhones without getting their lawyers involved. They can bite me. So, I’m going to ask for your input on the prize this time. Vote in my poll and pick the prize for the drawing! Oh, and if you’re a Kindle-ite, click on the image of the cover to buy the Kindle version of The Man Who Saved Two Notch.
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.
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.
Well, day one into the rewriting process, and I’ve already made one major rewrite. The title has changed, and I’m pretty confident this is the permanent title. Previously, I titled the book Saving Two Notch. I thought it was okay, but it didn’t really speak to me.
As I reached the end of the first draft, a new title suddenly came to me. The new book is now called The Man Who Saved Two Notch. Here’s the mock cover. What do you think?
When the world ends, the lawless old West will rise again!