Today, I am one step closer to my next Kindle Scout campaign. I say ‘next’ because I’ve already been down this path once before, back in May of last year. I wrote and submitted my novel The Hunted Assassin to the program, but it was, unfortunately, unsuccessful. It was a great experience, though, and I vowed back then that I’d try my hand again at penning something worthy of their selection. Hence, what brings me here today. I’ve submitted my next novel to the Kindle Scout program, and it’s now LIVE!
Now, a little about the book, and the process. The title of the submitted novel is: Turn, Book One of the Humanity’s Edge Trilogy. You should be seeing the cover over there to the side. It’s a beauty, right? Anyway, the idea for the story came out of an erotic fantasy dream I had several years ago. Without going into too much detail (of the dream, because I still want to keep this somewhat of a PG site), the main character lived in a small mountain town with his wife and children. Life is good for them, until an apocalyptic moment comes along, and assures that the town would be lost forever and needed to be evacuated. A handful of the town residents stayed back to make sure everyone evacuated. Little did they know when they agreed to stay, they’d be victims of the town’s destruction. Shortly after the town was evacuated, there were three or four survivors. They soon realized they would die. The man and a few other stragglers and two single women would gather at the local bar to try and drown their sorrows. The dream ended with the final four dying with the town, but not after some hanky-panky ensued.
Ok, that’s not at all how my novel ended up. The premise of the evacuation stayed put, but that’s about it. The dream was just fodder for the creativity in my mind. Here’s the blurb I’ve used for the story submission:
Clay Dobbs has a perfect life coupled with an unparalleled job: Long-time sheriff of Carterville, and loyal husband of 19 years. Everything changes though when an egomaniacal military man storms in, barking orders for evacuation. The Sheriff is tasked with maintaining peace in his utopian town, rounding up reluctant expatriates, and for killing the Crazed. Into this world, he’s thrown with no lifeline to speak of. In the end, will he make it out the same man he was before, or will he be Turned?
Now, as I wrote this first book, I started to realize that to tell the story completely, I’d need more than 200,000 words. Not at all what I wanted to tackle this year. So, I decided to introduce the trilogy approach. Turn turned into Turn, Detour, and Reversion! That’s all three in the series, and the story is a wild ride. Oh, and there’s zombies … but we don’t call them zombies. They’re called Crazed in my book because I didn’t want to overdue the zombie name too much. It might be in there once or twice, but that’s it. The rest of the time, the Crazed are out for blood, and they have a secret! But, that secret won’t be fully revealed until Books two and three are published. Sorry about that. Until then, you can see all three book covers together to sooth your desires to know how it all ends.
The good news, though, is all three of the Humanity’s Edge Trilogy will be published this year. Book one is already complete and has been submitted to Kindle Scout. Book two is written and is in the process of a few rewriting sessions. Book three is completely outlined but has not been started. By the time the Scout campaign wraps up, and it’s published, Book two will have been edited, and Book three will be in the rewriting process. My goal is to publish each succeeding book about two months after the last one. That way, nobody will have to wait too terribly long for the next part of the story.
Now, here’s where things could change: If Turn gets selected for publication, I may decide to increase the speed of the remaining two books. Only so that I can capitalize on Amazon’s push of their new shiny book. If a contract is not extended, I’ll leave the schedule as it is, and then focus on combining everything into a bundle sometime next year. And for that, here’s the bundle cover concept. Pretty snazzy, no?
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been working on. I’m hoping the campaign is good to me this time because it would be awesome to consider myself a hybrid author. That is an author that is both self-published and traditionally published. If you’d like to assist in that dream, please consider nominating Turn on Kindle Scout today! Also, be sure to tell all your friends and family to do so as well. Hell, why not just tell everyone, regardless if you know them or not, that Turn NEEDS to find a home with Amazon! Id’ thank you forever and a day.