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“2018: An Uncivil War” E-Book Now 99 Cents!

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The bad news (for me) is that the sales for my first novel, 2018: An Uncivil War, have completely stalled.  The great news (for you) is that you can now purchase it for the new permanent price of 99 cents!  Now is a great opportunity for those who have not read this Amazon Bestseller!  They will also make excellent gifts for the e-book readers in your family, just in time for Christmas!

In the year 2018, civil war breaks out in the United States when the federal government repeals the Second Amendment.  Two best friends — both Marine Corps veterans — and a rock star (Army veteran) and his band decide to do what they can to fight for the rights of all Americans to bear arms when it seems that the whole weight of the federal government threatens to tumble down upon them.

The e-books can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for this new price by clicking on the links below:

2018: An Uncivil War E-Book on Amazon

2018: An Uncivil War E-Book on Barnes & Noble

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Only a Few More Days!!! Don’t Miss Out!!!

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Only a few more days before the price of Phil Sanderson’s e-book 2018: An Uncivil War goes back up to $2.99!  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get the exciting near-future action thriller for only 99-cents!  The book is receiving great praise from those who have read it.  Of those who wrote reviews, 3 out of 4 readers have given it a 5-star review…and that other one gave it a 4-star review.  So the book is definitely worth more than even its regular price of $2.99!

You can get it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Go ahead!  Celebrate the 4th of July with a book that is all about independence from tyranny!  

The Busy-ness of Writing!

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Since I was a teenager, I’ve always DREAMED of being a writer.  Little did I know just how much work was involved.  I thought to myself, after becoming a journalist:  “Certainly being a book writer can’t be much busier than this.”  Man, was I wrong!

Shortly after I got out of the Marines, I researched what it took to become an author of fiction books.  I found out that it involved sending hundreds, if not thousands, of query letters to publishers and agents in order to either secure a book deal, or at least representation for such.  But those were the old days.  

Then came the dawn of self-publishing!  

I suddenly realized it was a brave new world for anyone who wanted to make their dream come true.  Unlike regular tradition, anyone who possessed enough money for the investment could pay to have their book made into reality.  There were no letters to send out.  No one you had to impress.  

The good thing about this was obvious.  Talented writers, who had previously not received a fair opportunity, and who had a great story to tell, could now get it out there and share it with the reading public.  Unfortunately, the downside of this was that some people who had no business writing a book would put — what many avid readers would consider — complete garbage on the market.  And then you had everything in between.  Thus, readers found themselves becoming much more selective and careful when making their purchases; and they found themselves publicly sharing their opinions (via the internet mostly) freely and liberally with any who would listen.

Just when it seemed that the writing revolution had played its last card, then came the ebook revolution.  Now anyone could suddenly write a book for free!  And the same thing as above happened once again, only this time in a new electronic format.

The main thing that all of these methods of publishing have in common is the writing itself.  And, if you do this correctly, this will keep you super busy in the very beginning.  Effective writers conduct research and schedule and keep interviews with key people who can give them helpful information for the books they write.  So here you have only three vastly time consuming duties in the single duty of writing.

As for the various ways of becoming published, there are advantages and disadvantages to each avenue.  I’ve never traditionally published myself, but I’ve heard that, the advantages in this classic way of publishing far outweigh the disadvantages.   For example, most traditional publishers will pay you up front to begin writing your book.  With the investment being made on the front end, the publishers make their money as your books begin and continue to sell on the market.  If they end up receiving a return on investment, then you can almost bet they will offer you another book deal.  If not, then there is always flipping burgers or dancing topless (or maybe both simultaneously…though I would not much recommend this!).  

As for the disadvantages of traditional publishing, many stories abound about how writers suggested a certain look to their cover and were totally blown off by the production team.  It is sad there is little creative control unless it is somehow written into the contract beforehand.  

As for self-publishing, it is about totally flipped upside down as compared to traditional publishing.  No one produces your book until you pay them.  Usually they will give you a lot of leeway in creativity.  Because of the usual steep investment required in self-publishing, most companies give you a lot of creative controls for your money.  

When it comes to ebook publishing, it is basically the best of both worlds, but without the final proud moment of holding a physical book in your hand.  You have complete creative control over everything.  And it costs basically nothing other than time (unless you pay someone to design your book cover) to produce your book and publish it to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and various other publishers / booksellers out there.  

The biggest thing I have discovered about both self-publishing and ebook publishing is that in the end, writing the book seemed to be the easiest aspect of the process.  The hardest part, that which I never bargained for, lay in the marketing required for making any sort of profit.  I’m totally new to the process, but I am becoming very savvy very quickly as I post constant updates on Facebook, Twitter, and other various social media websites out there.  With traditional publishing, this is one headache that many writers are thankful to avoid.  And for this, I am very jealous of them.  

Many of you probably ask:  Was it all worth it in the end?  I cannot honestly answer this, because I haven’t yet reached the end…whatever the end happens to be.  Hell, maybe I end up doing an imitation of the King of Rock and Roll and end up dying on the toilet — not exactly the end I’m wanting, but okay.  Or maybe I become the next best thing to Tom Clancy.  Now, there we go!

What I can surely tell you is that quite a bit goes into writing a book, no matter how you do it…especially if you want to make any kind of money for doing so.  

The Top 5 Myths of Becoming a Successful Writer

It is easy for a reader to see various activities in which writers become involved and automatically assume that this is a really cool life to live. But the cold reality sometimes takes a while to set in. There are many myths about writing that some people never realize until they spend a lot of time and money pursuing activities that they were never truly ready to tackle.

Myth #1: Writing is an easy life to live.

Nothing can be further than the truth. Many people think that writers just sit down at a computer and pound away at the keyboard producing flowery descriptions with little effort more than utilizing their imaginations. Yes, you do spend a lot of time at the keyboard. But when you consider how much time is needed to prepare your work for reading and then promoting it enough to become successful, you will quickly see that the time spent at the keyboard is actually
minimal at best!

My breakout novel, 2018: An Uncivil War, was released only three months ago. And I’ve been working day and night just to sell the small number of e-books that I’ve been fortunate enough to sell. I’ve only sold slightly more than 25 copies!  And the price of my book has fluctuated between only 99 cents and $6.99. You would think that at that price, I would have sold more.

Basically, I’m finding out fast that the writing of the book seems to be only about a quarter of the battle. Even before I thought about touching the keyboard, I had to conduct a lot of research and set up various interviews with people who would act as technical advisers for my project. Then after my work was written, I had to work with an editor to clear up a lot of inconsistencies and human mistakes. Furthermore, I had to read and re-read my story in an effort to spot things that both me and my editor had initially missed. Finally, I had to spend time publishing my e-book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

So that was everything, right? Wrong!

Next I had to get out and promote my story, and convince readers to buy it. This was perhaps the hardest part of the process! Let’s face it. Writers like Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn may be gone, but their work is hardly forgotten. Then established writers like James Patterson and Brad Thor make it very difficult for anyone to even consider reading my work. After all, who the hell has heard of Phil Sanderson? Hardly no one, yet. So thus, my work is cut out for me. Now I am
finding out that the bulk of activity for new writers is in getting their names out in this cruel, unforgiving literary market.

Myth #2: It won’t take too much to get your name out there.

Some of the other myths I dispel hereafter will clear this myth away. It has been my goal from the very beginning to light a match and ignite my novel. I don’t mean to sarcastically and literally burn the damned thing, but to get it to where it catches fire with the general public, and they begin to become aware of it and embrace it.  But if my novel was charcoal to be used for a cookout, perhaps it is old and not up to the task. Or maybe it is, and I just haven’t found the right fluid to use.  Only time and fortune will tell!

Actually, there was a time for a moment when the flames seemed like they were coming along well, but now they seem to have died down. And every effort I make now to fan the flames doesn’t seem to be enough. I feel as though I am having to go back again and again and squeeze out more fluid onto these deceptive coal clumps in an effort to get it going again. And this can be very disheartening to the beginning writer. And — as I mentioned before! — writing seems like it is an easy job. But the cold, hard truth of the matter is that writing is not for sissies!

Myth #3: Book signings are the key to success.

I have set up five e-book signings to promote my novel so far. I set them up in some local coffee shops, a pawn shop, and two college campus book stores. I thought that my ingenuity of creating an e-book signing would be enough to peak people’s interest into curious attendance. But every turnout I had was minimal at best. It would, no doubt, have been much different if my name was James Patterson or Brad Thor!  I had even taken the time to create my own posters and fliers (announcing my novel and boasting my author image), but that was not enough to have a hugely successful turnout. On average, each book signing only sold one of my novels. But for a brand-new, unheard-of fiction writer, I didn’t consider that too bad at all.  But the scary truth of the matter is that I spent more money preparing for these book signings than I ended up receiving through book royalties.  So why do I consider it a success at all if I found myself in the hole afterward? Because the life of every writer depends on how well he or she can get her name out there. I consider the time spent as an investment. But it was hardly the key to any overall success.

Myth #4: To become a successful writer in the modern world requires little start-up costs.

The advent of the e-book revolution has been a blessing in the regard that writers no longer need to impress agents and publishers in order to get their book out on the market. Nor do they have to pay an independent publisher or book printer in order to have a book out there.  But realistically, traditional publishing still wins out at the end of the day due to the simple fact that these corporate publishing houses have a lot more money to invest in publicity and promotion than your unheard-of struggling writers like myself.

But this is not to say that it cannot be done! Vince Flynn is perfect proof of this. His very first novel, Continue reading The Top 5 Myths of Becoming a Successful Writer