Monthly Archives May 2013

IndieAuthorLand Interview

Category: Books

Now that The Human Algorithm is available on Amazon, it is becoming ever more clear to me the struggles that a self published indie author has to go through.  With only one book available, I am not ready to plunge headfirst into marketing, but I would like to start building my presence.  So that if someone were to look for exactly what I have to offer, they can find me.  It takes time, and it is time any independent author would rather spend writing.

So far, I have the facebook page for the book, the blog, and a few other links circulating around on various writing and publishing sites.  But one of the most valuable resources I have found so far is IndieAuthorLand.com.  The site is dedicated to promoting books by independent authors, and the price is currently free.  Most other indie author resource require a per day payment, or a yearly membership.  IndieAuthorLand, however, will promote your book with a personalized interview, and all you have to do is ask.  the downside is that they promote a lot of books, with little quality control.  The upside is that you get free exposure, and it will help to increase your web presence.

My interview, which I think went rather well, was published on May 20th.  Please make sure to check out the IndieAuthorLand Interview for The Human Algorithm.

After submitting my book to IndieAuthorLand.com, I made the top 10 books of the week.  I am hoping to keep the momentum going for a little longer, because after this promotion, I haven’t found a lot of other quality sites to work with.  When I do find them, I will be sure to post them here.

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A new genre: Real Tech

Category: BooksTechnology

If someone were to ask me what genre the Algorithm Trilogy falls in, I would say Sci-Fi.  When I submitted the book to a publisher for consideration, I started with publishers who specialize in Sci-Fi, which in retrospect was likely a problem.  The first installment, The Human Algorithm, was submitted to Kindle with that genre.  I would prefer to use a different genre, though, but I have yet to hear of one that fits.  Until then, I will just refer to it as Real Tech, for realistic technology.

I wanted to stay away from the label of Sci-Fi.  What is the difference between genres of Sci-Fi and Real Tech?  Nothing, because I just made it up.  But when I think of Sci-Fi, I think of a galaxy far away, aliens, time travel (stay tuned for more on that), lasers, space, and pushing the limits of physics to their theoretical boundaries in the name of literature.  I didn’t want to go there with this book.  I want it to be futuristic, but realistic.  There are definitely areas in the book that will stretch the imagination, but the technology is all real.  In fact, every piece of hardware or software, building or vehicle are all based on theories being worked on today.  Not just theories, but realistic projects that we will likely see many of them become physical manifestations within our lifetimes.

The problem with writing about realistic technology, though, is that I can barely get through a single revision without the ideas in my book becoming outdated.  The first iterations of The Human Algorithm were written before any of the new generation tablets had reached the market.  I say “new generation” because Apple didn’t invent tablets with the iPad, they have been around for a while, but were definitely popularized by Apple.  I didn’t even know anyone with an iPhone when the majority of the plot was taking shape, and Android was still a promise, not a movement.  Now the concept of a PED is a logical next step, not a forward thinking notion.  Maybe that is why people prefer the far out Sci-Fi style, because it is a lot harder to be disproven until the work is a classic.  In one of the many revisions of the book, I had to add more features and devices to keep the book futuristic, rather than a relic of the past.  It’s apparent that the ideas I have added to the Human Algorithm will likely be old news much sooner than I had hoped.  I am fine with freezing the story, however, and calling it a period piece.  Letting the plot drive the interest with technology as the accents along the way, rather than a traditional science fiction endeavor where the technology plays center stage.

Or we can just say it isn’t even Earth and then I don’t have to answer to anybody.  But that is the Sci-Fi way out, and I promised you a Real Tech book.

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The Human Algorithm available on Amazon Kindle

Category: Books

The Human Algorithm CoverFive years after the concept, three and a half years after finishing the first draft, two years after my first and only rejection letter, seven months after finishing the trilogy, and five months after launching this website, I can now say that my first novel, the first book of the Algorithm Trilogy, The Human Algorithm, is now available for purchase from the Amazon Kindle store.  In all that time, I have been married, lived in two different homes, seen the birth of my first child, cheered for 3 Alabama National Championships, and revised this book seven times.  I will likely continue the revisions and post some deleted scenes on this website.  I doubt I will ever be satisfied with the book, but I think that is just part of being an author.  I do promise that I will move on to future books and not let the obsession with editing bring the publishing process to a halt.

I expect that the frequency of posts will pick up now as well.  Now that the book is out, now that the child is out.  Upcoming posts include creating the book covers, more information on the Algorithm Trilogy future, publishing process so far (kindle and others), an excerpt from the second book and more.  Or possibly less.  But hopefully more.

One more gratuitous link in case you missed the last one: Buy The Human Algorithm for the Kindle

May the Fourth be with you

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