Category Archives: Marketing Pitches

In Transition

As you know, I am in the process of re-distributing my work under different aliases (like a spy that’s gone crazy in winter).

For a full break down of why and who, please see this post.

As such, The Salvation of Yellow (and some other fantasy posts) will be removed from this site and shifted over to the new pseudonym William J. Grant.  Don’t worry, I’ll still post here and I’ll try to keep it as transparent as possible, but just be aware the fantasy short stories will happening somewhere else … soon. 😉

FREE BOOKS!

It’s my birthday, and just so that everyone can join the festivities on this auspicious day, all my novels are free for 24 hours.

The Salvation of Yellow — a kick-ass fantasy with a protagonist who hunts for gods’ memories?

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The Tragic Demise of a Game Developer — a behind-the-scenes look at indie app studios and the challenges they face?

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(Naturally, this is for U.S. Eastern Standard Time, so about 6:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.)

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The Tunnel Goes Somewhere

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This month I’m focusing on my writing group’s recently released anthology, 18. In addition to the interviews I’m doing with some of the collection’s authors, I’m also sharing my thoughts about the individual works and writers in the manuscript.

18 Barr St: Christopher Kneipp

This is a story I’m reluctant to talk about. I’m reluctant only because it’s that good, it’s so good you should really experience it without being told anything at all. Nothing, not even that it exists.

OK, maybe that’s not true. You probably do need to know it’s out there, and that it’s an excellent tale involving an Ouija board. However, that’s all. Nothing else.

I will say Christopher makes each of his words count, like a pro, and shows all those hopeful writers how to pull readers along for the ride. That’s what he does and that’s why it caps off our anthology.

Well…go download it? Go download all of them? They’re available on Amazon. They’re free when we can make them (99 cents otherwise) and they take you on journeys you’ll remember forever. Especially this one, which you will recall every time your friend asks about doing a séance.

Fine, I’ll give you hint: don’t agree to the séance. Even if they’re really attractive. Just…don’t.

That’s all.

The Children are All Alone

Mugi Comment:

This month I’m focusing on my writing group’s recently released anthology, 18. In addition to the interviews I’m doing with some of the collection’s authors, I’m also sharing my thoughts about the individual works and writers in the manuscript.

18 Little Beds: Laura Brodnik

You ever laid on your bed at night and heard a noise? Not a clichéd ‘thump’ or ‘creak’ but something…moving? Maybe it was the sheets sliding across the floor because of the fan in summer, or your cat that you didn’t know was there having breathing difficulties, but you heard it. The lights were out, the windows closed and the door swinging, banging against the frame.

Then there was a shuffle or a slide and you couldn’t sleep even though you were an adult? I know that feeling. The sweat running down my face as my knuckles grew whiter and my wife’s snores louder. Another shuffle, a snort and something…something was coming for me.

Imagine a story that takes you to this place. A story that wraps you in its tentacles, and the suckers of a nightmare-octopus try to tell you to sleep, sleep my dear. 18 Little Beds is that story.

I say all this not as a favour, but simply as a warning because our anthology 18 is free five days a month and you might have accidentally downloaded it. You might’ve lost hours of rest after accessing it from Amazon. Hell, just because it’s in the Kindle Select program, you might’ve even shared it with your friends.

Maybe that’s what you need to do? Share it? So when you are lying awake imagining the monster coming, you can call them and talk about your imminent death? Probably not the worst idea you’ve read today. Maybe something worth considering before your body is left as nothing more than a hollow husk of twittering nerves and eye spasms.

Singing Makes You Crazy

Mugi Comment:

This month I’m focusing on my writing group’s recently released anthology, 18. In addition to the interviews I’m doing with some of the collection’s authors, I’m also sharing my thoughts about the individual works and writers in the manuscript.

XVIII:Crazy He Calls Me: S. Walsh

S. Walsh writes with power and constructs sentences that hit you so hard in the literary gut it’s impossible to turn away. Also, they kind of write in my genre: noir.

Desperate guy trying to get out of a terrible situation? Checking that box. Femme fatale who possess a touch of magic? Slotted into the narrative. Deeds so horrendous you only tell your grandmother when she’s drunk? Punched that ticket.

I’ve read it six times, and I still love it. Even though I know the ending, I still cringe when everything goes south (because it has to) and the world burns like wildfire.

You know what though, don’t trust me. What do I really understand? I’m just a blogger on the Internet. Find out for yourself. After all, 18’s available in the convenient location: Amazon. It’s free when the demons aren’t trying to rule the world (5 days a month, apparently) but otherwise you can snag a ripper of a yarn for 99 cents.

So let’s go, it’s karoke night and I hear they’re playing your song.

Fire Burns and Tails Whip

Mugi Comment:

This month I’m focusing on my writing group’s recently released anthology, 18. In addition to the interviews I’m doing with some of the collection’s authors, I’m also sharing my thoughts about the individual works and writers in the manuscript.

The Black Queen: Melanie Bird

I’m a sucker for forbidden love stories. Yes, I’m a guy. 100% male in all the right (or wrong) ways, but I can’t help it. Two lovers trapped in rigid societal roles while exchanging sly glances and dreaming of freedom. How can you not get drawn in especially if there’s an evil mother involved?

Now, imagine that type of story with dragons. Yeah? Yeah? I know. Where can we sign up, right?

Melanie knows her fantasy and she knows how to pull your heartstrings and make you whoop at all the right places. Basically, she knows how to write the pants off these types of tales and has a finishing line that’ll have you asking, “So when’s the novel going to be released, huh? Huh? Huhuhuhuhuhuh?”

Don’t wait, start your addiction to The Visiting Wind today by grabbing your short-story dose from Amazon. The anthology, 18, is free on the days when the planets align, and the rest of the month is priced at 99 cents. (Almost akin to a fire sale.)

So, find the dollar and let’s go have a cry together about these star-crossed lovers.

Your Senses are Finite, The World is Limitless

Mugi Comment:

This month I’m focusing on my writing group’s recently released anthology, 18. In addition to the interviews I’m doing with some of the collection’s authors, I’m also sharing my thoughts about the individual works and writers in the manuscript.

Flickering Lives: Kenneth A. Mugi

Hey, hi. How you doing? I guess you know me by now. I certainly seem to know you a little better as we’ve been talking for a while. So, I wrote this story with a group of wonderful authors and it’s in an anthology.

Oh, you wanted to know more? Well, it’s about a sister searching for her brother who was taken many years ago by an ignorant scientific kingdom. She’s got magic, but can’t use it and her brother is trapped in another dimension and powering one of his doppelgänger’s arms.

I’d like to say more, hell, I could talk your ear off all day about my story but let’s not jest around—reading it is better.

You can snatch up a copy of 18 on Amazon. Oh sure, during some periods of the Earth rotating the Sun, it’s 99 cents but at other intervals you will be able to snatch it up for free. (Did you hear me say Kindle Select? Because I did, I totally did.)

So what are you standing around here for? Emra’s brother ain’t getting out unless you start reading right now. Go help her; go save the world together.

For Beauty Cannot be Taken

Mugi Comment:

This month I’m focusing on my writing group’s recently released anthology, 18. In addition to the interviews I’m doing with some of the collection’s authors, I’m also sharing my thoughts about the individual works and writers in the manuscript.

Infinity Underscore: Kristen Isbester

You ever read a novel and thought, ‘Where has this story been my whole life?’ That’s Infinity Underscore for me.

Kristen doesn’t just draw inspiration from some of the more iconoclastic anime of all time: Cowboy Bebop and Trigun, she takes them for a ride and then tosses a little Neil Gaiman into the mix. The end result is a tale that holds you down and makes you pay attention. Want space immortals? You can have it. Want drawling, winding dialogue in tough-guy saloons? Kristen’s put that on top in a bow.

So the question is, why are you still devouring this post when you can be reading an anime aficionado and skilled writer? 18 is available on Amazon and is on their Kindle Select program. So if you discover the right day, it’s free, but if not then what’s 99 cents in the giant scheme of the cosmos?  So go… Go and be with the space cowboys because that’s where both our hearts truly lie.

It’s Time for Your Stubble to Man Up

Mugi Comment: 

This month I’m focusing on my writing group’s recently released anthology, 18. In addition to the interviews I’m doing with some of the collection’s authors, I’m also sharing my thoughts about the individual works and writers in the manuscript.

How to Grow a Beard: Meghann Laverick

Meghann knows things. She knows grammar, she knows how amazing Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is, and she knows how to make people laugh. And laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

So when she put together this little tale about a magician’s apprentice failing at growing a beard, I thought I was ready. I thought I knew how funny Meghann was. I mean, I saw her monthly and we bantered until our sides hurt.

I did not expect spittle to fly out of my mouth because I was laughing so much. I did not expect to grab my wife the moment she got home from work and force her to listen to the story. These things were unknowable. You know what else occurred? Meghann stopped, at that moment, from being ‘Writing Group Bantering Partner’ to simply being ‘The Legend’.

Out of all the stories in 18, this is the one I’m not sure if you’re ready for. I don’t know if you have enough stomach muscles to get you through the narrative. But, if you’re up to date with your crunches, it’s available. You can snatch it up on Amazon. Hell, we’ve even made it free when we can (although Amazon does love that price cap of 99 cents).

So, are you certain? Are you truly prepared to join with me in calling Meghann ‘The Legend’?

Three Men, a Car and Some Bullets

Mugi Comment: 

This month I’m focusing on my writing group’s recently released anthology, 18. In addition to the interviews I’m doing with some of the collection’s authors, I’m also sharing my thoughts about the individual works and writers in the manuscript.

18K in the Hole: Tony Owens

Tony’s our quiet achiever. He comes, he critiques and then he goes into the night and keeps the city safe. I assume, when he’s perched on top of a gargoyle staring down at Brisbane, that’s when he finds time to write.

He could, of course, be an undercover, inter-galactic space officer. I just don’t know.

What I can tell you is that 18K in the Hole features three of my favourite characters in this anthology and two of them are hitmen. More than that though, most of the story is them—talking in a car—about…

See, there’s the problem: the rest would be spoilers and I know everyone hates spoilers. So stop reading this, right now, and discover who the third man is.

You know the best part? You can do this (on the right days) for free. 18 is available (today, this moment) for download on Amazon. When we can, it’s downloadable for nothing. Nothing! On those other rotations around the sun you’ll need to pay 99 cents to unravel the mystery.

But don’t wait too long because the car’s running.