Book Four of the Oz Chronicles – It’s Here!

Jennifer Aniston finds a cold weather spot to enjoy The Land of The Dead, Book Four of the Oz Chronicles.

This was a bit of surprise for me.  I went to Amazon this morning and discovered that The Land of the Dead, Book Four of the Oz Chronicles is available for sale.  I had no idea it would happen that fast.  We didn’t even have time to put together a ribbon cutting or put together one of those fancy red carpet events.  Oh, well.  What are you going to do?

I did send a copy to my buddy Jen while she was hanging out in an undisclosed cold weather location.  She sent me a picture of her with the book.  She’s cool like that.  We talked about the book and Photoshop.

Book Description: In the fourth installment of the Oz Chronicles, Oz Griffin continues his efforts to restore the world he destroyed.  But, when Oz and his band of warriors are led to an abandoned Southern mansion, they encounter a serial killer and become infected with an almost uncontrollable urge to feed … on each other.  With only nine days to find the cure, Oz must travel to the Land of the Dead and follow in the serial killer’s footsteps.  Will Oz survive the journey?

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Current Word Count Meter for (Land of) The Dead; Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles

Originally, I had a targeted word count of 65,000 words, but I amended it to 60,000 shortly after.  Turns out, I should have stuck with the original estimate.  On pace to pass 65,000 words today and complete the book.

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Ghost Knocking?

I attempt to explain why I got so freaked out by the EVP in the first video.  I’m not willing to accept that it was an EVP, BTW.   In this video you’ll hear a strange knocking at the end.  I’m pretty sure the knocking was just my dog jumping up against the door. Still a little freaky because of the timing. The “black cloud?” A very rational friend pointed out that it looked like a bug crawling on the camera lens. I’m willing to accept that because if it’s… the alternative, I won’t be able to go back in the office.

THERE IS A LOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR ALL THIS!!!!

BTW – The logical explanation is that this was a lame marketing video I was doing at the time. It’s not real. Hope I didn’t mislead you anyway. I was just having some fun.

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New Improved Submission Process – Now It’s Even Easier to Give Me a Publishing Deal!

So, I figured out why it’s been so hard to get a publishing deal. Obviously, I’ve been making it really hard on all the publishing houses by having my agent do all that submitting and schmoozing stuff.  That’s no fun and way too much work.  So, I’ve decided to make it much easier on everyone.  Here is a handy-dandy “Publishing Deal” button.  Just press it and make your best offer.  Man, I should have thought of this sooner. 

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Where are the sample pages of Book Four of the Oz Chronicles?

I made an announcement a few weeks ago that my new book, Lost Days, would include the first three chapters of The Land of the Dead; Book Four of the Oz Chronicles.  Some of you who downloaded the free PDF of Lost Days may have been wondering where the sample chapters were. I devilishly only included them with the paperback version.  I’m sneaky like that.  I just felt it was only fair to give the people who pay for the book a little something extra.  If you don’t care about the Book Four sample pages , you can download the PDF here: Lost Days – Free PDF Version

If you want the sample pages, you can purchase the book here: Lost Days Paperback Version (only $8.99)

I’ve decided to give away 2 laptops (netbooks)

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Read a book! Win a laptop computer!

I have two bits of news in regards to the Lost Days free laptop contest.

1.  It is now the Lost Days free laptops contest, as in plural, as in two.  I’ve decided that one is not enough.   The first laptop drawing will be for everyone.  Same rules apply.  The second laptop will be for the top 10 people with the most Spread the Word Bonus Points.  What are Spread the Word Bonus Points?  Simple, whenever someone joins the Lost Days Facebook Group and leaves a comment saying “I’m a fan because (your name) sent me.”  You get a Spread the Word Bonus Point (provided you answer the qualifying question correctly).  To give everyone amble time to get the word out, I am holding the second drawing on January 17.   BTW – You can start spreading the word now.

2. Because of the addition of the second laptop drawing and a proof that I have decided to… repurpose, I am pushing everything back at least a week.   I’m still sending out the free ARCs, but it will be next week.  The qualifying question will be posted on November 16.  The drawing for the first laptop will be on January 10.  You will need to get the qualifying question by January 4.

Important Dates Recap:

1. Qualifying question will be posted on the Lost Days Facebook Group wall on November 16

2. Answers to Qualifying question must be in by midnight (ET) on January 4.

3. Drawing for everyone that provided the correct answer to the qualifying question is on January 10

4. Drawing for the top 10 people with the most Spread the Word Bonus Points will be January 17.

There you have it, two chances to win.  Just join the Lost Days Facebook Group and get in on the fun!

*Note – You can only win one laptop.  If you win the general drawing, you won’t be included in the Spread the Word Bonus Point drawing.

** 2nd Note – Remember, the answer to the qualifying question will be located in both the book and on the blog.  No purchase is necessary, but the book will be available for sale on Amazon in case you’re interested.

 

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Lost Days Laptop Drawing Contest Rules and Information

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Read a book! Win a laptop computer!

Here are the official rules for the drawing for the laptop computer I will be giving away.  The book, Lost Days, will be available for sale on Amazon by the second week of November, but no purchase is necessary because the answer to the question can be found right here on this blog.

1. You must be a member of the Lost Days Facebook group in order to be eligible to enter the contest.

2. Lost Days Facebook group members must provide the correct answer to the qualifying question to be officially entered in the drawing.

3. There are no limits to the number of times Lost Days Facebook group members can attempt to correctly answer the qualifying question.

4. Spread the word bonus – If you provide the correct answer to the qualifying question, you can earn extra entries for each member that joins the Lost Days Facebook group based on your referral.

5. You must provide the correct answer to the qualifying question by December 29.

6. A video of the drawing will be posted on the Lost Days Facebook group on January 2.

7. The answer to the qualifying question can be found in both the Lost Days book and on the author’s blog under the Lost Days category page.  The link to the category page is as follows: https://rwridley.wordpress.com/category/lost-days-book/ .  While no purchase is necessary, the book will be available on Amazon by November 9.

8. PLEASE DO NOT post the answer to the qualifying question on Facebook or any other public forum, including, but not limited to blogs, messageboards, other social media sites, etc.  And don’t send out a mass email to friends and family with the answer.  They always make their way back to me, and it makes things very awkward.

9. Send the answer to lostdays@rwridley.com with the subject line “I know the answer.”  The subject line is very important because it helps me streamline the process, so please remember to use it.

10.  The qualifying question is… Wait, not yet!  I will post a video with the question on the Lost Days Facebook group page very, very soon!

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Weirdest Question I Was Ever Asked About My Books

Doesnt this look real to you?

Doesn't this look real to you?

A person who claimed to have read my first Oz Chronicles book, The Takers, asked me if it was based on a true story.  Odd question considering that the one sentence description for The Takers is: A 13-year-old boy wakes up to discover that he is responsible for the end of the world.  Even odder when you consider that everyone who didn’t survive the end of the word was eaten by creatures very similar to the monster in the picture above. Of course it’s based on a true story.  Do you even have to ask? 

It’s “Fake It Until You Make It” Not “Make It And Then Fake It.”

Given that weve been talking about the big-footed one for the past week, I thought this was an appropriate cartoon for this post.

Given that we've been talking about the big-footed one for the past week, I thought this was an appropriate cartoon for this post.

An undisclosed publishing company has invented a new term, “ghost signing.” They are paying 14 part-time workers $25 an hour to sign around 45,000 books for two days. Yes, they are paying people to sign books for two unnamed co-authors. Here is a portion of the ad they placed on Craig’s List:

Requirements: You must be able to demonstrate your ability to precisely copy the authors’ signatures. You will have to come to our signing location in West LA to show us your ability, and will be hired on the spot if you perform well.

Are you kidding me? Unless the book was co-authored by two people without arms, this is beyond shady. I feel dirty for just knowing this ad exists. Here’s a thought. Use the real authors and sign fewer books. A signed book is in essence a “limited edition.” It has special meaning and worth because it was signed by the author(s). You might as well hire actors to play these authors at various events so they can make appearances in Toronto, Munich, and LA simultaneously.

I’ve probably signed 500 – 600 books myself and to be perfectly clear, they were all books I’ve written. I signed about 150 in one sitting. Never once did it occur to me to have someone else sign the book. I was making an unspoken promise to the people receiving the book that they were getting something very few other readers were getting, a signed copy. Now, I doubt one of my books with my signature will garner much interest outside some really diehard fans (and I love every one of you… no, not in that way… you know what I mean.), but still I feel an obligation to everyone who requests a signed book that they receive an authentic signature.

Obviously the publishing company involved feels that it’s wrong, too because they aren’t disclosing their name or the authors’ names.

Shameful! Just shameful! (I’m wagging my finger in case you’re curious. That’s right! I’m old school condemnation!)