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Pluribus

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This post doesn’t suck.

I’ll take a look even though I’m not much on a fiction work I can still check it out. Who knows I might even enjoy it because it’s got guns and stuff. That’s it too, congratulations on being able to write a book at all and get it published. I’ve been trying to write for a good 20 years and, I just suck at it. For an example, just read some of my posts here on the file files. You’ll see exactly what I mean. Just about everything I write has the tendency to come out looking like a technical manual because, well most the stuff I have written has been technical manuals so, I’m still working on it.

 
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@Pluribus Keep at it. I had a helluva learning curve to overcome writing this book. Writing dialogue was my nemesis for quite the while!

@Colts4me - I feel stupid for not posting it earlier. But I do have a pretty big portion of the book available on my website to read for free. This may help you make up your mind to try my book out. :)

http://gunpowderandink.blog/rawr-pew-pew-pew/

So... my book has been released for a week now. And it just sold out on Amazon. I'm not sure what the initial print count is, but from what I gather, that's pretty awesome for a newbie author to do so quickly. And the reviews are still coming in strong.

Thank you all so much. You've helped immensely. And I got all the signed copies shipped out yesterday!! Wooop.
 

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@Pluribus Keep at it. I had a helluva learning curve to overcome writing this book. Writing dialogue was my nemesis for quite the while!
Thank you for the return of encouragement. I’ve never been able to have much imagination for fiction however, I’ve been trying to write and, rewrite and, re-write something of a biographical piece of work regarding myself and family experiences. Gratefully computers nowadays are so merciful and, I can simply hit delete. There’s times that I sit down and bang away on the keys and come back a few days later, a week later and, reread what I’d written and think “God what a bunch of crap that is!“ Who in the world will want to read that! But, I do keep trying so, maybe one day.

My late stepmother had written a number of children’s books that never got published and, I sat down with her on several occasions to go over them with her as to why they might not of been published. I still think it would be quite possible to shine them up a little bit and possibly re-submit them for publishing. Not that I want to claim the income from her work or anything like that or, any other plagiaristic sort of way but, I thought that any kind of income that might be derived from these books could be put into a trust for her great grandchildren to further their education/well being. A legacy of sorts that Dad’s agreeable with.

Writing can be a difficult task when it comes to getting somebody to actually read what you have to say. Props to you sir, I hope you enjoy many years of success in your endeavors.

Goodwill.
 

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I finished it this morning and give you a 4 star rating on Amazon. Not quite up to a 5 star rating but good and from the hints... a second book in the works I look forward too.

Great job and keep at it.
 

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I finished it this morning and give you a 4 star rating on Amazon. Not quite up to a 5 star rating but good and from the hints... a second book in the works I look forward too.

Great job and keep at it.
I saw your review pop up on Amazon! (Yeah, I'm newbie enough that I check Amazon regularly to see if more reviews have rolled in yet.)

Thank you for giving it a read and leaving an honest review, I REALLY appreciate it. And I hope the sequel ranks a five star from you!

(The Sequel is finished, just waiting to see how this one sells before the publisher will pick it up and publish it.)
 

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Finished your book over the weekend.
Very nice read. Action flowed throughout and kept my interest. I’m passing on to my teenage son to read. Fits nicely into the young/new adult category for him.
 

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Finished your book over the weekend.
Very nice read. Action flowed throughout and kept my interest. I’m passing on to my teenage son to read. Fits nicely into the young/new adult category for him.
Excellent! It always tickles me when someone actually enjoys it. I wrote it to entertain, and so far it seems to be working.

I hope your son enjoys it as well!
 

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When's the second one out.... I could be a beta test reader.
I'll be needing some soon. I finished the sequel, but the length was a touch shorter than I wanted, so I'm going over it again to thicken it up a bit. (But not with stupid descriptions and crap. I hate long winded descriptions.)
 

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....

And finally, this is how I feel as I try to ignore the awesomeness of this moment and work on the third book in the series:

I can relate.

After a published book, the second best feeling you can have is when you get a check FROM the power company for the electricity your solar panels generated the previous year. Ask me how I know....
 

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I can relate.

After a published book, the second best feeling you can have is when you get a check FROM the power company for the electricity your solar panels generated the previous year. Ask me how I know....
Heh, it'll be probably March before I see a penny from book sales. AND that'll be when I find out how well it's been selling. Until then, I'm just keeping an eye on the number of reviews I get and watching GoodReads to see who is reading my book. (So far it seems to be selling extremely well - I think.)

And I also got my first International Review yesterday on Amazon.

I'm officially 'worldwide'.
 

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So, it's January first...

I still don't know how sales have gone, but judging from the reviews, they've gone pretty well for a newbie nobody author with a first book. (27 reviews on Amazon with a 4.7/5 rating and 10 reviews on Goodreads with a 4.7/5)

A lot of that is due in thanks to this forum.

Seriously, thank you all so much. Publishing my first book was the highlight of my 2020. And you all made it possible, from reading my drafts, answering gun questions, buying copies.... buying multiple copies(you guys are insane!), or just supporting me by not telling me to go away with this thread.


Thank you all. From the top, bottom, and middle of my heart.
 

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The sequel has been packaged up and submitted as of Monday.

One of the more difficult things I never thought of when I started all this craziness, was writing the back book cover. It's supposed to be less than 250 words, and intriguing without being too revealing. And I find it almost harder than writing the actual book. Because condensing 100,000+ words into something little is difficult.

But, here's the sequel's... not yet approved by anyone but me.

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After retiring from outlawing, Jedidiah Huckleberry Smith just wanted to be left alone in Wyoming with his guns and regrets.

But then he discovered an entrance to a lost world, a place full of grand adventure, as well as spectacular dangers from both prehistoric dinosaurs and a race of savage ape’s intent on conquest.

Now, a new fort has been established on the other side, and a strange civilization of humans and dinosaurs have been located. The people are descendants from another time, long trapped in prehistory, and with them a fragile alliance is created.

But will it be enough as Jed faces vengeance from enemies both new and old?

Will his savagery and cunning keep him and his love alive?

Or will they die, on a mountain of fired brass, amidst the guttural bellows of barbaric apes and roars of monstrous dinosaurs?

Jed doesn’t know, but he’s always willing to shoot first and figure out the rest afterwards.


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Does that sound awesome/intriguing/delightful enough for you to actually spend money on?
 

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I'll be needing some soon. I finished the sequel, but the length was a touch shorter than I wanted, so I'm going over it again to thicken it up a bit. (But not with stupid descriptions and crap. I hate long winded descriptions.)
What? Are you not going to copy the Russians and have 32 names and nicknames for every single character? And then spend chapters commenting on schools of whales?
 

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“Hither came Jedidiah Huckleberry Smith, the Outlaw, black-haired, sullen-eyed, dual Colt Peacemakers in hand, a cowboy, a revenger, an ape slayer, with gigantic justices and gigantic amusement, to tread the forbidden lands of a lost world underneath his booted feet.” – Erik Testerman(me), paraphrased from Conan The Barbarian.

An update of sorts, since I'm not on here much anymore. (Thanks to WORK for blocking the forum...grr)

The sequel has been green lit and is with the editor. Should be out in a few months.

According to my beta-readers, it's pretty stinkin' good. Below is the interior book cover art that is going in.

 

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Got some good news at 1:46am today.

Looks like West of Prehistoric will be offered in audio format soon.

I'll post an update when I know more.

Many thanks to all of you for helping make this possible. Getting my book in audio has long been a goal since my mom is legally blind, and being a hereditary illness, I'll most likely be blind as well by 60. At one point, I planned on making my own audio book for her, but the learning curve was pretty steep and I didn't have time for it. (Even though I'm told I have a rather sexy, deep, masculine voice made for the radio.) So, again. Thank you to everyone who ordered a signed copy, read it on kindle unlimited, left a review to draw in more readers, and generally didn't kick me off this forum for this thread. Thank you. Very, very much.


P.S. Since this is an old thread, the sequel is out now and doing very well. ---> Some wild-eyed, five-foot tall lunatic with pink hair grabs your shirt and screams up at you,"Have you paid your dues?"
 
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