I Was a Teenage Weredeer Fantasy Playlist

Novel Playlists from Fantasy Novelists treats each fantasy novel like a feature film and encourages the author to put together their own dream soundtrack. Putting the weird back into Weredeer, C. T. Phipps graces us as our first repeat musical aficionado as he reopens the book to his Fangton universe to introduce us to the terrifying world of werebeasts and adolescence with I Was a Teenage Weredeer. FROM THE BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SUPERVILLAINY SAGA. Jane Doe is a weredeer, the least-threatening shapechanger species in the world. Blessed with the ability to turn furry at will and psychically read objects, Jane has done her best to live a normal life working as a waitress at the Deerlight

Goodreads Ads Case Study

Note: This is another low effort, annotated version of a post I did over a year ago on the Best Fantasy Books forum, this time focusing on Goodreads ad strategies. I’m including this one since it’s groundwork my second giveaway case study, which will probably be the last low effort post for the week as I finish up edits on book two. First off, I started with this article outlining Goodreads advertising strategies. Basically it boils down to running several ads at the same time, each one targeting a particular demographic rather than just a general genre blanket ad such as "fantasy." So I identified several aspects of my book that I think it stands out in: 1. Gunpowder Fantasy, 2. Strong fe

Kindle Giveaway Case Study #1

Note: This is an annotated version of a post I did over a year ago on the Best Fantasy Books forum. I have since refined my strategies but will include them all one at a time in the order they happened to show the process. Consider this either an object lesson or cautionary tale... Being completely oblivious to and avoidant of marketing, and without any web presence whatsoever (facebook/ twitter) when I put out The Woven Ring, I at first watched the MSWL twitter handle/ site (here). I won't get into this site too much, but they have a "pub tip" tab which led me down a rabbit hole of blogs where I was advised numerous times to have a website. So I built one via Wix. That complete and my mar

Writing Resources Update

The first thing the marketing books tell you when you sit down and decide to write a blog is that no one cares what you think unless you’re already famous. It sucks, but it’s true. So being as that you’re not a famous blogger when you begin your blog, you’re next strategy to get an audience is to PROVIDE VALUE. Seems pretty simple, right? People show up to your corner of the internet because they get something from you, be it humor, reviews of products, or resources. When I started this site, I only had two categories: Screenplay Techniques Adapted for the Novel (STAN) and Payday Stories. The stories in the world of Ayr were supposed to be a thank you for fans of the books already (though th

Ode to Zardoz

Man, oh man, where to start with Zardoz, that paragon of 70s sci-fi insanity? I think Hunter S Thompson probably summed it up best: “One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.” It’s true, this film is some sort of unholy abomination we probably should have strangled shortly after birth, yet it still bedevils us to this day with allusions appearing in shows I adore like Futurama and Rick and Morty. And, as much as I’m about to bitch about this film for the next umpteen paragraphs, I have a deep-seated love for it. But let’s start with some background. Fresh off his recent Deliverance succes

Fantasy Cover Cliché Challenge

Considering my penchant for exceedingly specific drinking games and recent redesigns on my cover, it was only a matter of time before I combined the two into this unholy abomination known as the Fantasy Cover Cliché Challenge. However, I would like to point out that I consider this more a “challenge” than a “drinking game,” as in it’s something authors and reviewers alike can aspire to win. Because, like it or not, we Fantasy fans are awash in covers covered in clichés, and I believe it’s time we harness them (along with some humor and alcohol) when pitching/ reviewing our favorite genre. So my Fantasy Cover Cliché Challenge goes a little something like this: Count up the clichés on a book’s

The Woven Ring Chapter One Reading

Anyone who knows me personally knows I'm a Luddite of the nth degree. Examples include not having a social media presence until about a year ago (even though I worked at a social media company for several years), and only acquiring a smart phone a few months before that. I've been particularly slow on the Audible uptake, probably because I work from home and don't commute, so I do all my story consumption the old fashioned way via my eyeballs. But thanks to the wonderful Chris over at Tall Tale TV, I have finally dipped my toes into the aural ocean. Inspired by his awesome reading of my argument partner Daniel Olesen's The Eagle's Flight and a great write up at Gizmodo, I submitted via his w

New Cover, Who Dis?

Book covers are strange things. We all know the idiom how we shouldn’t judge the books by them, but we definitely do, no matter how much we insist otherwise. We’d like to think a beautiful butterfly resides within the ugly cocoon, but if the wrapping is tremendously terrible, we’re not going to stick around long enough to see what emerges to dazzle us. What’s more, covers act as a type of code to the potential reader, letting them know what lies inside with a few choice images. Bookbub has spent some time discussing this, but we all inherently sort of know if we see a shirtless, strapping man on the cover we’re down for an Erotic romp, a spaceship and planet portends a Sci-Fi adventure, para

Animated Skeleton Stew

I hate to be the one to say this, but you’ve all been lied to all your life about fantasy food. Every fantasy book, movie, show and RPG has somehow drilled into us that every adventurer out on the trail eats stew, which has got to be—hands down—the worst possible meal you could possibly make. For one thing, you’ll need a pot, and preferably a cauldron if you’re cooking for more than one person. Then comes the copious amounts of water, most of which is going to just evaporate away, before we even get to all the ingredients. And that’s not even taking into consideration the hours upon hours of cooking time, which then requires loads of fuel as well as constant supervision. So why then ever mak

The Birth of the Dobra Tribes

[From the Biba Sacara Book 1, Chapter 15] Now it came to pass that Dobradab traveled to many lands but was welcome nowhere because of his father Abet’s curse upon him. And he had neither kindred nor possessions to call his own and suffered greatly for two hundred and seventy years. But as the years passed Dobradab finally came to a land that did not know of his curse. And he came unto the land of Menth where he found the tent of Corag, who welcomed him as a traveler. And Corag had three daughters: Sarai, who was clever, Garah, who was industrious, and the youngest Marme, who was very fair. Dobradab soon desired Marme but Corag refused to give her as a wife since she had two older sisters. So

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