“South Pole Vendetta” pre-release copies now available!

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After months of preparation the news came today – pre-release copies of “South Pole Vendetta” can now be ordered to prepare my personal author’s inventory. That means I can now sell books to friends and supporters, before they’re available anywhere else.

Part of the excitement of that news is the fact that I have a certain level of control over the price, number, and type of books I order.

I have decided – knowing so little about marketing I may cut my own throat, but I’ll do it with a smile on my face – that I will offer a “social media – introductory offer” to my friends and supporters.

Here’s what I’d like to do:

1. The regular price for SPV is set at $26.99.
2. Those books that I buyback give me an impressive amount of “wiggle-room” in setting the prices of the books that I will sell to my “niche market” – or sell myself at book signings, over the internet, and at other events.
3. I have also discovered that I can purchase “hardback” books, for author resale only, at a substantial savings as well. These books will not be available to anyone other than me as the author.
4. My ultimate reason for writing SPV was to get my name out on the market so that I could market the more “important” books – those that are part of the Country Life Discipleship Ministry.
5. I am also hoping that there might end up being finances available to make resources more available for small and rural churches.

SO…

1. I want to offer the paperback at the lower price of $20.
2. I am also interested in offering the hardback “special edition” copy of the book for the nearly equal price as the bookshelf price of the paperback at $26.99. For $30 I can give a very limited and special edition of the work to those who might be interested, both those who purchased the earlier copy and those interested in an rare copy.
3. Every copy that I release personally will be signed.
3. This approach allows me to commit whatever – if any – profit to the ministry that birthed this whole venture; Country Life Discipleship.

Whether you’re a fan of techno/military fiction, a personal fan, friend, or family member, or simply someone ready to try a book by a new and different author; I hope this will be your chance to join the “SPV fan” community.

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ULTRA PURE WHITE WRITING

My attempt at a “humorous” post.

You’ll probably understand why I leave the humor in the hands of the masters such as Rob Akers, at robakers/wordpress.com, or Joe Schwartz, author of “The Crossover Test”. So, here goes nothing:

I just looked at a gallon of “Ultra Pure White” paint from Behr, does that disturb anyone but me?

While the idea of a paint being “white” would seem straight forward, I have dealt with enough different colors of so-calledwhite to realize that there may be a need to call it “pure” white.

But what about the idea of something being “ultra” pure?

If something is pure, it doesn’t need to be called “ultra”, does it?

Have we truly arrived at a place in our society where there can be a “purer” pure, a “whiter” white, or an eternity plus one, for that matter?

It probably doesn’t matter to anyone but me, but I get disturbed by that type of language. Redundant language seems self-defeating and unnecessary, but it’s big in fiction writing.

Think of some other things that could be talked about this way:
A very dark blackness – or a very black darkness
A wet, drenching rain

Alright, so you get the idea, what does it have to do with writing?

It seems to me that “descriptive writing” often falls under the idea of “ultra pure white”. Doesn’t it seem as though “good” writing often falls under this idea of being flowery and just a little bit “over the top”?

Anyhow, I struggle with being “realistic” and “descriptive” without being “ultra pure white”. How about you?

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And now for Something Completely Different

Can supernatural forces actually impact someone falling on a square-foot-size piece of ice?

Years ago my father and I determined to have a little bet between ourselves, maybe contest would be more precise. You see, we were both artists, both pastors, and had a mutual concern about what appears to be a dying art-form; chalk-talks.

I bet your on the edge of your seat with anticipation over what comes next, am I right?

So, a few years later my father came to me with the words, “I want you to have everything I’ve collected about chalk-talks. I’m not going to pursue it any further.”

Since then chalk-talks have been a “labor of love”, or more accurately a “feeling of compulsion”. I have tried to use them to honor my father even as I have seen the amazing ability to connect visual and auditory learning.

Fast forward to this week.

I had been asked to do a chalk-talk at the long-term care facility where my wife works. The opportunity to impact a group of people who often struggle to retain and comprehend spiritual matters is a special one.

Are you biting your figure-nails yet?

About two weeks ago I was delivering some work we had completed in the woodworking shop to a client when I stepped out of the pickup onto a small patch of ice little more than six inches square. Seconds later I was standing next to the truck glancing around checking to see who had seen my embarrassing tumble.

It was only later that my sore shoulder indicated that the event was more than just embarrassing. I realized over the next couple of days that I had actually injured myself.

Aging to the point where you have to begin considering seeing the doctor after slipping on the ice is a staggering point to arrive at – so, in keeping with my denial of my own mortality, I chose to “tough it out”.

Okay, so my physical ailments are not your favorite topic of “blog-ology” (I’m hoping I can come up with a new internet term that will make me famous).

Hang with me. There is a method to my madness. Or a madness to my method – I’m not sure which.

On Thursday I was working on another woodworking job. My arm was much better, thanks for asking. While finishing up I managed to re-injure my arm.

Wait a minute! You’re getting ready to move on to another blog – right?

Let me finish, I beg you.

Instead of drawing for a group of people, I’m writing this. My injury has resulted in me being unable to do the chalk-talk I was supposed to do.

So the question was raised, “If the chalk-talk was to be used of God, could the fall have been a weapon of Satan to thwart that plan?””

So, what would you say to my question now?

Can supernatural forces actually impact someone falling on a square-foot-size piece of ice?

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A Word about writing, or how to get your book published!

A word about learning to write or; getting your book published!

Ready?

Are you sure you’re ready?

WORK!

I told you it was a

word

about the subject!

So that’s not exactly what you were wanting to read?

I think every author has asked the question, “How do I get my amazing work, which I am sure I was destined to write, into the hands of those who were destined to read it, in today’s market?”

I’m nowhere near the top of the list of people you might want to ask about that, but I know this — it seems to be about a willingness to work at it. Work at being the best writer you can be, work at figuring out how you are going to approach the idea of traditional versus self-publishing, and prepare to work like crazy at marketing that amazing work – because that seems to be what today’s market is all about.

Let’s take a moment to look at each of these three areas individually:

What is the secret to being the best writer you can be in your genre? Work!

What is the “insider’s” view of traditional versus self-publishing? Yeah, it appears that it’s going to be all about — work, regardless of which direction you go. The idea of some publisher falling in love with your book and making you an over-night best-seller is long gone (if it was ever true to begin with).

What about marketing? No doubt about that one for me, it’s going to be a lot of — um, work.

Alright, so you could ask, “Who are you to know what’s best? You’re a newbie talking about something you don’t even know yet.” You’d be right. I decided to try to journal about the process, rather than wait until I was a success – if that ever happens.

There’s no doubt that I have a lot to learn about publishing a book in today’s amazing, you could call it frustrating, constantly changing market. Getting the words down on paper, or preserved on a hard-drive in our technology-driven society, is the easy part – I’m becoming convinced of that.

So, what’s my advice to someone trying to get a manuscript published? Prepare to do the work, take the time to allow your story to reach those that it needs to; editors, critiques, agents, and anything else that will move the process along. Then take some time to pray about it, God’s point of view on the subject is vital. Once you’ve done that, prepare to get back to work promoting, learning, interacting, critiquing, submitting, blogging, posting, and anything else that will move the process forward. After completing those steps, start all over and do it again.

Is it guaranteed to work? That’s a complex question. It will definitely accomplish a number of things, but whether or not it will get your manuscript published is beyond my knowledge. But I think it’s the best way to know you’re headed in the right direction.

Oh, one last thing. Be prepared for an amazing roller-coaster of an emotional ride. From high to low and back again. Sounds like the opening for a story like the “Hobbit” or something!

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Welcome to my writing blog

Welcome to my attempt at blogging about my writing. Here you’ll find information on the various books I’m working on, samples of the different books, and other stuff related to writing.

I hope that you’ll follow along and visit often to see some of the inside information on the whole “Country Life Discipleship” experience.

I’m not sure, yet, what all will be here; but I think the site will grow and expand as the ministry grows and expands.

Blessings and welcome,

Chuck Myers

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