Imminent Change – I’m Going Traditional


I’m learning self-publishing may not be for me.

I’ve been a self-published author for close to four years now. I’ve handled the writing, most of the editing, the formatting, and the marketing essentially all on my own, with some help from some writer friends. I like to think that I’ve really honed my skills over the years, and, well, it’s just not working. I love the writing and the freedom of self-publishing, but the sales just aren’t there. This isn’t to say I’m only doing it for the money, but I’d like to receive some monetary compensation for my work. And, well, I just don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Blogging, social media, and conversation, and I’m just not seeing the results I want. I’m not where I want to be. I’m not where I should be right now. I’ve published nine works in these four years, and I feel that I should have more than I do. I take this writing thing seriously, and I want to make a career out of it, and so far self-publishing isn’t the way it’s going to happen.

So what’s next?

I’m writing, of course. I’m working on a post-apocalyptic novel which has a working title of Koval Unlimited. I like the way it’s turning out so far. It’s dark, and everything has a matter of life and death to it. It also has a lot of my personal views on religion to it–in that I don’t believe in a higher being–which is something I don’t often discuss in any aspect of my life. Because of that, I think it has a really provocative allure to it. It’s still in its early stages, though, so we’ll see how it turns out.

When it’s done, I plan to begin querying agents. That’s something I’ve been putting off for a few months now, but I just need to do it. That’s the only way to get it done and find out if I’m a real contender in the writing world.

More details will follow as things progress, and I’m still getting in the frame of mind that this is something that isn’t easy and could take years to accomplish, but I think I have the drive for it. If I can do as much as I have in these past four years, I know I’m capable of doing this.

THE ROTTEN APPLE IS NOW AVAILABLE!


The Rotten Apple mug!

I should have scheduled a post about this for yesterday, but with the book release I was pretty busy, especially yesterday. I had the book launch party, and it was a good time. People came to hang out, I sold some books, and someone even won a free The Rotten Apple mug! It was a good time, and I’m glad people were able to come out and support me.

But now, I would love for the internet folk to support me!

The Rotten Apple is a noir/detective novel with plenty of action, twists, and a female protagonist eager to stop The Big Apple from decaying. Here’s the description, for those of you who have yet to read it!:

The_Rotten_Apple_CoverNew York City, 1950 – Detective Naomi Blake sits in her office, craving a cigarette. Her phone rings. Mark Falco, owner of Falco Corporation, is in interrogation room one. Falco Corp. trucks have been spotted making late-night deliveries to an out-of-business warehouse, and the NYPD wants answers. Mark lawyers his way out. As always.

A woman comes in to the station. Says her husband is missing, possibly kidnapped. Before she can say by whom, a mysterious man bursts through the doors and sinks three slugs into her head, then vanishes. Even picks up the shell casings. The work of a professional.

Suspicious activity by Falco Corp., a missing husband, and a murdered woman. Three separate events? Or a concoction so vile it could mean the end of peace and justice in New York City.

And take a look at what’s been said about it!:

“The Rotten Apple is a great noir novel that follows Naomi, a truly strong and badass female detective. Stocking immediately does a great job of putting you in the shoes of the main character, with constant subtle reminders that she’s a New York City cop in the 1950s. He also shows us a female character that’s tough but also has a past that makes her vulnerable. Very few supposed “strong” female characters are quite as well written as Stocking’s MC.

The action is quick and full of weight; you truly understand the gravity of the situation and that Naomi’s whole world is on the line. The bad guys are smart and terrifying, the romance is organic and realistic, and there are plenty of twists to keep you enthralled.”

I know, right? Pick up a copy today (available in both print and Kindle formats), and it would be fantastic if you could help me out and click one or more of those share buttons below.

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THE ROTTEN APPLE | COMING TOMORROW


Promo_TomorrowNew York City, 1950 – Detective Naomi Blake sits in her office, craving a cigarette. Her phone rings. Mark Falco, owner of Falco Corporation, is in interrogation room one. Falco Corp. trucks have been spotted making late-night deliveries to an out-of-business warehouse, and the NYPD wants answers. Mark lawyers his way out. As always.

A woman comes in to the station. Says her husband is missing, possibly kidnapped. Before she can say by whom, a mysterious man bursts through the doors and sinks three slugs into her head, then vanishes. Even picks up the shell casings. The work of a professional.

Suspicious activity by Falco Corp., a missing husband, and a murdered woman. Three separate events? Or a concoction so vile it could mean the end of peace and justice in New York City?

 

 

“The Rotten Apple is a great noir novel that follows Naomi, a truly strong and badass female detective. Stocking immediately does a great job of putting you in the shoes of the main character, with constant subtle reminders that she’s a New York City cop in the 1950s. He also shows us a female character that’s tough but also has a past that makes her vulnerable. Very few supposed “strong” female characters are quite as well written as Stocking’s MC.

The action is quick and full of weight; you truly understand the gravity of the situation and that Naomi’s whole world is on the line. The bad guys are smart and terrifying, the romance is organic and realistic, and there are plenty of twists to keep you enthralled.”

Advertising, The Cold War, and Academic Writing.


Academic writing has never been my strongest skill. I never really put a lot of effort into it in high school or previous college classes, nor did I really do a lot of reading of academic works, so I was never exposed to it enough to really take anything away from them. But, it turns out I just wasn’t writing about the right things.

Two of the classes I’m taking for my final semester of college–Mass Communication Theory and Media in Society– require that I write a 12-15 page paper, but because they’re both taught by the same professor he’s allowing those of us taking both of his classes to write a 17-20 page paper that relates to both classes. There are a wide variety of topics about which we can write as well. Essentially, if it can somehow relate to communications, we can write about it. Be it social media, the media in general, video games, music, pretty much anything you can think of that deals with communicating or the dissemination of information.

Now, as some of you may know, I quickly fell in love with the show Mad Men. The pilot hooked me, and so did the setting. Characters who work at a marketing firm in the 1960s. It’s cool. It’s exciting and dramatic and I’ve recently taking a liking for marketing, so it just resonates with me really well.

This, of course, relates to my paper’s thesis, which is: Advertisements during the Cold War perpetuated the fear of communist invasion, how Americans viewed communism, and demonstrated how warfare and the military were becoming a larger part of domestic life.

It’s actually turning out to be pretty exciting. I’ll be analyzing five advertisements that were produced during the Cold War era, and applying the theoretical frameworks God and Devil terms and pseudo-environment, and applying a sort of blended historical framework showing past instances of how marketing affected consumers. (i.e. Rosie the Riveter during World War II sort of glamorized “men’s jobs” while the men were away at war to entice women to work them, and, in a way, blended military and domestic life.) The image above is another example of how advertising blended domestic and military life by saying that after the fight with communism is done–after America is done fighting the “good” fight–America will prevail, and the soldiers will come home and you can live in peace. “Total living” can be achieved. Communism already has a “devil term” associated with it, especially during this time in America, which could be a factor as to why it’s often seen as derogatory to be called a communist today. A more contemporary example: After the bombing of the Twin Towers in 2001, a “devil term” developed associating anyone of the Muslim faith as a terrorist that developed as a result of extreme patriotism, stereotypes, and fear in America. (If you get a chance, take some communication studies courses. They’re really eye-opening when it comes to how the media works, and why people react to the media the way they do.)

I’m having much more fun writing it than I thought I would, and as I continue to work on it throughout the semester, my professor and I are going to work toward polishing it enough for me to submit it to some conferences and hopefully get it published.

NOW AVAILABLE: THE CRIMSON APPLE


It’s here! It’s here! The prequel to The Rotten Apple (out March 22) is now available for the Kindle!

Get a little pre-Rotten-Apple action before the release The Crimson Apple Coverhere!

Why should you? Well, maybe I can entice you with a little description.

The city is seething with scumbags and slime balls. Darkness is not only a characteristic of night, but something the druggies and prostitutes and gangsters embody as they scour the city, selling drugs and sex and guns, keeping The Big Apple’s police force awake and churning at all hours. The filth of the city linger in dark alleys and hide in the shadows, lurking and plotting and scheming, trying to make their way in the dark city the best way they know how.

Naomi Blake, police officer for the NYPD, patrols the city with her partner, Rex, searching for the scum lingering in the shadows. Doing their duty to keep their city safe.

But, when a gruesome murder in a movie theater occurs, the city gets even darker. The Big Apple turns crimson.

Officer Blake must bring an end to the monster terrorizing the city, leaving only blood, pain, and death in his wake.

But at what cost?

I know, I know, exciting, right? Pick up a copy for just $0.99 and let me know what you think!

REBLOG: The Life Enthusiast Chronicles with Chris


The Life Enthusiast Chronicles with Chris.

Hey, everyone, I was a guest over at A Physical Perspective talking about what gets me excited about life! Go give it a read!

POLL: I Need Your Help! What Do You Want To Read?


I need your help, everyone. I’m dropping the Tuesday Thursday schedule because, really, it takes the fun out of blogging. Having to either schedule a post and wait for it to go live, or spending forever trying to figure out what to post on a Tuesday or Thursday. I’d rather have my content be organic and just flow. I think the posts will be better all around. That being said, I’d love to know what kinds of posts you guys and girls want to read. I try to do a blend of everything, but it’s good to see what people are interested in. So, if you could just take a second and either vote in the poll below, or comment with some thoughts, I’d really appreciate it! Your feedback allows me to tailor this blog to your needs so it stays interesting!

Thanks!