After deep consideration, I’ve decided to remove my short story, ‘Fuck You, Stephenie Meyer’ from Amazon.com. The primary problem is the quantity of negative reviews I received on the few occasions the book was offered for free. On the Amazon page, the negative reviews are now prominent and greatly overshadow the positive reviews. And while I don’t particularly care about negative reviews, I do care about the negative reflection those reviews could have on ‘A Kind of Drug’ which is a work I care deeply about. For me, it is not worth the $1/day I was making off FYSM to possibly ruin the reputation of AKOD. It’s true that even bad PR is good PR, but this wasn’t PR. It’s not like my name was in the news or anything. Plus, I don’t want to be known as the author that writes something so awful that it gets famous and I make money. There’s enough of those out there. FYSM was intended to be a joke and too many people did not get the joke. And I have no intention of damaging the story I spent 2 years writing over a joke that only a handful of people are laughing at.
‘Fuck You, Stephenie Meyer’ will remain on sale at iTunes and Barnes & Noble until the day I feel action is needed on those sites. I’m also considering reuploading it for free on my own sit, but we’ll see how that goes.
A very large and sincere thank you to those who supported the story and could laugh at it, even if it wasn’t your normal jam. I really do appreciate your and everyone’s continuing support.
Whisky & women,
I have no idea what that title means. Don't ask.
Today I am debuting the first couple pages of my new "short" story, "Apocrypha". I say "short" because I finished it last night and it's around 14,000 words as of this moment. I know a bunch of stuff still needs to be added, so it might creep up to around 15,000. And let's be honest, that isn't much of a short story. Technically, I think it's called a Novelette. But that sounds really fucking lame. So, I'm going to stick with "short story".
Anyway, since "Apocrypha" won't be totally finished for another couple of weeks, I wanted to post a short preview of the first few pages. This is because the story is running behind (as usual) and so I wanted to give everyone a little somethin' somethin'.
So enjoy. Or don't. See if I care. Whor
So, there's a lot of things going on. Let's start at the top.
First, the full version of A Kind of Drug. As far the re-edit and all that goes, it's about 90% finished. It's an incredibly slow and tedious thing that have to find every punctuation, spelling, and continuity error in a 150,000 word manuscript. I think I've now gotten them all and am just making the finishing touches to the last chapter and a half (which had the most continuity errors due to the time it took to write the whole book and my brain being an imperfect place).
Second, the book cover. That's coming a little more slowly. Mostly because I haven't been able to meet up with my friend who's working on it for a number of reasons. The current reason is the hurricane that's left half of Manhattan in the stone age (I have friends who have had no power, heating, or hot water for 5 days now). Hopefully we'll have power back in the city tomorrow and I can meet up with him soon. If not, I'll be creating a place-holder cover because......
My goal was to have the completed AKOD live by November 1st. That obviously didn't happen. So, now I'm gonna shoot for the Friday, the 16th. When that happens, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO READ ALL OF AKOD FOR FREE ON THIS WEBSITE. That's right, once the completed version of A Kind of Drug goes live on iTues, Amazon, etc, I will delete the last half of it from my website. So if you or any of your friends have ever wanted to read it for free, now's your chance. The price for the full book will be $4.99.
With that said, however, I would strongly suggest people to wait for the re-edited version. All in all, I've probably corrected around +500 mistakes throughout the manuscript. So, there definitely will be a good reason to read this new version as opposed to the old.
Oh, and when A Kind of Drug goes live, so will my short story, "Fuck You, Stephenie Meyer". It will be available for FREE still and the idea is to make it pop up in people's iTunes when they search for anything Stephenie Meyer related (since the last Twilight movie comes out in a couple of weeks). I figure people will either like it and then purchase AKOD or they'll hate it and make a big stink about me and then other people will purchase AKOD. Not a bad plan, eh?
And again, this will all go on in roughly 2 weeks from now on Friday, November 16th.
LASTLY, I am still at work trying to figure out what to write next. At this point in time, I have very little interest in starting another novel. I currently have the skeleton structure for 3 short stories bouncing around in my head and really just need to sit down and see which one is gonna grow meat first. Two of the stories are part of the "A Single Sentence" series while the third is actually sort of a science fiction story. I was hoping to get something else written by the end of the year, but that's looking unlikely at this point in time. By the time I get AKOD really finished and out there, Thanksgiving will be around the corner and I won't really be able to get anything solid and scripted. So maybe by mid-late January. Seems more reasonable.
I guess that's all for now. Thanks again for reading and sticking around.
Oh, and um, poop, or something.
In the last month or so, several people have asked for iPad/Kindle/ebook versions of A Kind of Drug. I thought to myself "Sure, how hard can it be? I've already got everything in digital files. All I have to do is put em all together and Voila! Portable version!"
Have I ever mentioned the fact that I'm an idiot?
To get all the text formatted correctly for e-book readers, to create a book cover, and to find a website that would publish to the iBookstore for free took a very, very long time. On more than one occasion, I almost gave up and said "Fuck it, looks like there's be no ebook version after all.
But I persevered. And I won. Well, mostly.
A Kind of Drug: Volume 1 - Subliminal Happiness is the ebook title for the completed version of the book's first three chapters. It is currently available for Kindle on Amazon. The price is $1.99.
As of this moment, it has not been accepted into the iBookstore. However, it is available in iPad and iPhone format on a website called Smashwords. Another couple days of review and it should be available officially in the iBookstore.
Direct links to everything I talked about above are located in both the About the Author section and the A Kind of Drug section of this website.
I hope you've all found this informative and enlightening.
I'm gonna go poop.