I need proofreaders!

Okay, here’s an update on my projects:

  1. Godmode is selling briskly. It’s not on pace to be a bestseller or anywhere near the top of the Amazon book list, but it is moving units. It’s humbling that almost 1000 people have picked up copies of the book since its release in April, and a few people have taken time to chime in on what they thought of it. I even appreciate the not-so-flattering reviews. At least you cared enough to say SOMETHING. The plan is to continue to promote the book any way I can. I actually want to post some google ads, but I’m having a hard time freeing up the  money to invest in an extensive marketing campaign.
  2. I haven’t forgotten about The Seizure. I’ve actually written scripts for the next 4 chapters. Chapters 6-9 are all finished and ready to go. All they need is art. Problem is I’ve been working insane hours at the dayjob as well as taking as many freelance clients as my brain can handle. I’m actually quite proud of myself for how I managed to tie everything in the story together. But there’s still the final chapter to be written, and as of right now I have no idea how this thing is going to end. All I know is that Bobby and his buddies are headed for a major showdown against a most unexpected foe. I have no idea how this confrontation is going to play out. I just know that somehow I want all of Bobby’s allies to have a moment of shine, and I want Bobby’s battle to be EPIC. Also, finding the time to actually do the artwork for the chapters I have finished has been a Herculean task. I take my art supplies with me almost everywhere, but there’s never any time to pull them out and actually do anything with them. The final issue is that I promised to continue doing webcomic reviews (I’ve got a huge list of comics to look at stored) but I haven’t done a single one. Not. A. Single. One. Honestly, the motivating factor of the webcomic reviews was for marketing and driving traffic to my own webcomic, and with the actual comic on hold, that seems kind of pointless. But sooner or later, one day I will get The Seizure back on track – I hate leaving stories unfinished.
  3. I still have plans to reissue The leopard Man as a self-publishing venture. I’ll probably put it out through a combination of Createspace, Kindle publishing, Nook and Smashwords. And I would offer the download for FREE as a big middle finger to the-publisher-that-shall-not-be-named. But it involves a total, complete reformatting of the manuscript, going through and finding/fixing the typos that their editors were too lazy to look for, not to mention setting the book up for all of these different venues. Truth be told, it is not very high on my priority list. Not very high at all. But if there’s a demand for the book, I’ll see what I can do about making it available.
  4. But right about now I’m getting the itch to start working on a new story. I’ve been talking with my old buddy Amy Lewis about maybe collabing on an action crime flick screenplay, on some “Taken meets Law Abiding Citizen crossed over with Falling Down” isht. And I’ve been thinking about delving into starting the first book of my high fantasy epic “Kingdom in the closet.” I already have the book outlined and some worldbuilding done, I just need to start writing. And of course, there’s always planning out the next book in the Godmode trilogy (yes, I intended for it to be a trilogy).
    Problem is, I have a nasty habit of starting multiple projects and inching forward on all of them at once. I’ve been trying to be more “one project at a time,” but it’s hard to do because I know I have a limited time in this mortal coil and I keep getting bombarded with ideas (in fact, I got a couple of cool app ideas I just pitched to some programmer buddies of mine). But before I start pouring my time and energy into a new book, I want to see how far I can take the current manuscript I have sitting on my hard drive.
    This is where you come in.
    I’m working on the second draft of my literary love story “Spades.” It chronicles two college sweethearts as they fall in love and build their relationship in college, then fight to stay together as they deal with the harsh realities of life after graduation. It’s a book about falling in love, staying in love through trials and hardship, and playing the hand one is dealt. I want this story to be absolutely irresistible to agents and publishers, but for that to happen I need some extra sets of eyes to look at this story and tell me how it can be improved.
    I’m putting out an open call to all of my people and everyone reading this blog. I NEED PROOFREADERS! I really need some people to read my story over, pick it apart, ask questions and give me some intel I can use to make the story as good as it can be. Can you please find it in your heart and in your schedule to check it out? I’ll include your name in my acknowledgements or dedication once the book sees print. Contact me at quan@quanwilliams.com if you’re interested.
  5. Can you do it? Please? I’ll be your best friend…

GODMODE is for the children.

GODMODE is for the children.

I just had an awesome time interviewing juniors at GrandBlancHigh School this past Wednesday. I was thoroughly impressed by how seriously the majority of the students took the event, coming in dressed to impressed and even bringing resumes.

It’s an annual event the school sets up to help prepare their kids for postgrad life and the rigors of getting jobs and college admission. Every student is required to attend and do at least two interviews, as well as check out at least three job fair booths.

I have absolutely no idea how these guys found out about me and GODMODE, but they extended an invite to me to appear and conduct some interviews. I was a little apprehensive because I’m not a company and I’m certainly not hiring, so what could I possibly offer to the event? But I decided to attend anyway, and just make the most of my opportunity when I got there. At the very least, I could use it as a vehicle to promote my book some more.

I printed up a few bookmarks with the Godmode website on it, and attended. It was very well organized, and they even offered me breakfast and lunch. It was formatted to where half of the booths conducted interviews while the other half was a job fair, and then it flip-flopped after lunch. I did the job fair part first, and was happy to meet with about 20 students who had taken an interest in either me, my book, or my profession. I was able to guage their interest and give them a few pointers about pursuing one’s dream of writing professionally, and getting published. I was asked about where I draw inspiration, how I got published, what classes I took to prepare for writing, what I write about, as well as the pros and cons of being a writer. I told them the biggest pro of writing, especially writing fiction, was that you are in complete control of the stories you create, which is very therapeutic when you’re a teenager and so much of your world is out of your control. I even got a few of them who were interested in proofreading my next book.

After lunch, the focus shifted and I was the one doing the interviewing. The first bunch of kids I talked to were awesome, and very serious about exploring the writing profession. One guy (I think his name was Desean) was on the Grand Blanc Football team, and played alongside my nephew Terrance Dye, who now plays at NorthernMichiganUniversity (Go Wildcats!). awesome kid: well-prepared, articulate, well-dressed and respectful. If that’s how he always is, Desean;s going to do some major things after he leaves high school. Since I didn’t really have any positions for them to interview for, I instead went the route of asking them about how prepared they were for some of the hidden aspects of the writing life: drawing inspiration, studying others to improve your craft, doing research, handling rejection, withstanding criticism and stuff like that. To some kids I had to give them some important general interviewing tips (i.e. DON’T BE LATE!!!) I talked to a number of other kids, all with very promising futures. Unfortunately, about half of these kids weren’t really interested in becoming authors, and really only interviewed me to meet their quota. To these kids I tried to show them how being a good writer can have a positive impact on whatever their career goals are, and how the skills necessary to being a successful author can still apply to them.

There were a number of prominent companies there, including Microsoft, Edward Jones, ITT, the armed forces and a bunch of colleges. I got to do some networking with Diplomat Pharmacy and hope to get my foot in the door with them and this graphics firm I also met there. I then ran into another author who was looking to start a writer’s group with other African-American writers in Flint. So I was able to come away with some very valuable contacts.

There were quite a few people taking an interest in GODMODE, and I was pleased to have gotten rid of all 25 of my bookmarks. A bunch of the kids thought the concept behind the novel was awesome, and I was pleased to hear that. There was a church there interviewing, and a few of them seemed to take a little umbrage with me using the title GODMODE for a sci-fi horror book about monsters, and I at first wanted to tell them that one of my main characters is a bible-quoting evangelical Christian, but I thought better of it and just shrigged the whole thing off.

I enjoyed the event a lot, and would have stayed a little longer to do more networking if I didn’t have to bolt for work immediately after. If they ask, and I’m still in Michigan next year, I’d love for a chance to do it again.

Godmode preview art: Boarilla

Borilla, from the sci-fi novel Godmode
Half Boar, Half Silverback Gorilla. All Deadly.

 

This is some concept art for one of the monsters that appear in my upcoming novel Godmode. It’s a combination of a Boar and a Silverback gorilla. Ridiculously strong with razor-sharp tusks. Not a creature you want to see the wrong side of.

This, and more, will be available as exclusive bonus content on the official Godmode website, which I am putting together as you read this. enjoy.

Does my published novel still need an agent?

I just got some great news from Necro Publications. The final edits are almost completed for my novel “Godmode”, and in addition to that, the cover art is almost completed. Things are moving quite briskly with the development of the book, and I expect it to launch sometime in May.

That means I have to start building the machine with which to promote the book and get as much exposure for it as possible. I’ve been trying to clear other projects off of my plate specifically to make this happen. It’s part of the reason why I’m taking an extended break from my webcomic The Seizure in a few weeks. It’s also why I wrapped up and released my latest music project Chapter 2. I was going to start the process of making The Leopard Man a Kindle book and self-publishing it through Createspace, but that can wait. As far as my creative projects are concerned, Godmode is priority numero uno.

I’ve got some pretty extensive plans for it, too. I’ve started piecing together an official Godmode minisite, and I plan to have a TON of exclusive content available on it. character bios, bestiaries, maps, weapons lists, the whole nine yards. in addition to that, I’ve also got a film score for the book that i plan on making available. I’m debating whether to release it as is, or to go back and try to add a bit more orchestration and instruments to the songs, and maybe get a cleaner mixdown. Either way, I will offer it for free to everyone who buys a copy of the book. But I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

I’ve made no secret that my ultimate goal for Godmode is for the story to get optioned for Movies or Television. The biggest issue is how to get my story in the right hands to make that opportunity possible. I’m thinking of shopping an agent. It seems a bit counterintuitive to me, though. Normally you need the agent to get your book published in the first place. I’m wondering how many writers tried to land their agents AFTER the book found a publisher; specifically with the intent of landing the book a deal in other venues?

And while we’re at it, is this process any different from seeking an agent for the book when it was unpublished? Also, how do i find a literary agent with Hollywood ties? It doesn’t seem as if that’s something a lot of agents advertise about themselves. And once I pick an agent or three, how do I query them? Do I just say “Hi, I’ve got a book coming out and I need your help in getting a movie deal”? and is this a job for a literary agent, or do I need to be looking for something else altogether? I just don’t know.

All i know is that i wrote this book with a movie in mind, and it would be a shame if I couldn’t at least take a stab at getting this thing optioned. if you have any ideas or suggestions, I’d love to hear ’em.