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Date:2008-01-21 12:45
Subject:Moving
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I've decided to stop updating this livejournal and simply use the blog at my website - www.josephnassise.com - to keep folks updated with news and events regarding my writing career.  (I know, I know - I'm stating the obvious, especially since I haven't updated this thing since October, but figured I'd make it official.)

Come join me at the new site!

-Joe

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Date:2007-10-10 19:32
Subject:Website Face-Lift
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The ole website got a major face-lift today.  I've been testing out a new structure using a free Wordpress.com blog and decided that I liked the ease of use and flexibility of the platform enough to use it full time.  Installing Wordpress with my host was easy and importing the test structure equally so.

A few extra plug-ins, some updated content, and bingo - I've got a new website.

Come check it out at www.josephnassise.com!

-Joe

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Date:2007-10-03 17:27
Subject:Mission: IFL
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I finally get to talk about this....

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jon F. Merz  (jon@jonfmerz.com) or Joe Nassise (Joe.Nassise@gmail.com)

INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE TEAMS UP WITH THRILLER AUTHORS FOR NEW SERIES, MISSION:IFL

The International Fight League, (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world's number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league, has joined forces with veteran authors Jon F. Merz and Joe Nassise to launch a new series of thrillers called Mission:IFL.

Working for a classified department within the United Nations, the Boston Marauders, a multinational team comprised of former special operations and intelligence operatives, carries out extremely hazardous missions while simultaneously competing within the International Fight League. Each Mission:IFL adventure will contain heart attack-inducing action scenes featuring mixed martial arts and enough global conspiracy for even the most voracious thriller fan.

"Millions of people watch MMA on TV," said Nassise, whose latest novel spent weeks on international bestseller lists. "We're giving them more opportunities to read about it, listen to it, and see even more of it than ever before. That's something we're really proud of."

Mission:IFL is currently being shopped to novel publishers, with plans to expand into other media in the near future. "We're looking forward to finding just the right partners for this project," said Merz, the author of a dozen thrillers. "It's going to be huge and with the IFL on board, the series can't miss."

Merz, who also recently co-authored a non-fiction book on mixed martial arts with former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, concluded by stating, "Given the popularity of MMA right now, we expect this series to go into orbit. MMA isn't just for martial artists. Everyday folks are eating up the sport and asking for more. Mission:IFL aims to serve up the same caliber of excitement that the live events do."

Various rights to Mission:IFL are available. Interested parties should contact Jon F. Merz or Joe Nassise for more information.

About the IFL
International Fight League (IFL) is the world's number one professional mixed martial arts sports league. IFL has its headquarters in New York and offices in Las Vegas. For more information about IFL, please see: http://www.ifl.tv

About Jon F. Merz
Jon F. Merz is the author of a dozen thrillers, two non-fiction books, and several screenplays. The Boston-based writer has studied martial arts for over twenty years and maintains his website at http://www.jonfmerz.com

About Joe Nassise
Joe Nassise is the author of eight novels and several comics. His work has been translated into multiple languages and garnered him international praise. A martial artist for many years, Joe lives in Phoenix and maintains his website at http://www.josephnassise.com

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Date:2007-09-25 10:09
Subject:HOLY HORRORS TOC
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Several months ago I submitted a story to an anthology called Holy Horrors, edited by T.M. Wright and Matt Cardin.  The anthology was designed around the idea of collecting horror tales with a religious theme, one that certainly appealed to me given the usual content of my writing. 

I procrastinated with the story for some time, but finally finished it up just a day before the deadline.  My story, "On This Day of Reckoning" is a tale told through the eyes of a Catholic priest who has a crisis of faith just days before the Rapture and as a result is left behind when the apocalypse comes.  I was pleased when Terry wrote to let me know that my tale had made the cut.

Yesterday, the editors released the final Table of Contents (TOC) for the book and I've posted it below.  The mix between known authors and newcomers is very good and the number of stories is excellent.  This is an anthology I am highly looking forward to.  (No news yet on who the publisher is, but I'm sure the editors will arrange a quality one.)

So, without further rambling, here is the list: (title, authors, word count)

HOLY HORRORS Table of Contents

1. “Intentions” by William Freedman. 7800
2. “Saviour” by Gary A. Braunbeck. 6200
3. “The Sect of the Idiot” by Thomas Ligotti. Reprint
4. “The Dead Must Die” by Ramsey Campbell. Reprint
5. “The Editor” by Pamela K. Taylor. 1300
6. “Hate the Sinner, Love the Sin” by Brian Hodge. 10,000
7. “Darshan” by William Eakin. 3900
8. “At the Feet of the Forest Primeval” by Randy Chandler. 6000
9. “Vom-Beist” by Mike Norris. 4100.
10. “Porta Nigra” by Darren Speegle. 3600. Reprint
11. “Purifying Vows” by Kim Paffenroth. 5000.
12. “Magog” by Craig Holt. 9300.
13. “The Hands of God” by Michael McBride. 4500.
14. “Sanctuary” by Jim Rockhill. 330
15. “Redemption” by David Niall Wilson. 5500.
16. “Thunder of the Captains, and the Shouting” by Tom Piccirilli. 5500. Reprint
17. “The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini” by Reggie Oliver. 7300. Reprint
18. “The germ of his ideas” by Jose Lacey. 6400
19. “Abandon” by Adam Browne. 7200
20. “Bavel II” by Jens Rushing. 5500
21. “A Prayer for Captain La Hire” by Patrice E. Sarath. 6900. Reprint
22. “Behind the Bathroom Door” by Sarah Berniker. 4900. Reprint
23. “Sicarii” by Andrew Tisbert. 6700
24. “Cold to the Touch” by Simon Strantzas. 6500
25. “Darkness” by Jude Wright. 5000
26. “Ezekiel Remembers” by Kurt Dinan. 2000
27. “Bad Religion” by Douglas M. Chapman. 5000
28. “Anubis Has Left the Building” by Tim Waggoner. 3900. Reprint
29. “The Bishop Receives a Visitor” by Marion Pitman. 6500
30. “The Tattoo Artista” by Eric S. Smith. 4200
31. “In the Name of God” by Stuart Young. 5000
32. “Uncaged” by Paul Finch. 6000
33. “The Monsters We Defy” by Karen Williams. 4800
34. “The Shaft” by Brian Hodges. 6600
35. “Waters Dark as a Raven’s Wing, Flames Bright as a Dove’s Breast” by Dru Pagliassotti. 1900
36. “The Temple” by Quentin S. Crisp. 5200. Reprint
37. “The Wound of Her Making” by Gerard Houarner. 6100. Reprint
38. “And You Shall Be Adored” by Regina Mitchell.
39. “On This Day of Reckoning” by Joseph Nassise. 4500
40. “Rapture” by Robert Morrish and Harry Shannon. 3700

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Date:2007-09-25 08:56
Subject:Templar Chronicles comics update
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I’ve just learned that issue three of the Templar Chronicles comic adaptation has been out for a few weeks now so if you’ve been waiting you should be able to pick one up or ask your local comic book shop to order it for you.

I’ve also learned that issues four, five, and six will not be released as stand alone products, thanks to poor sales (Gee, Mr. Publisher, releasing every single one of the prior three issues anywhere from two to three months late doesn’t have anything to do with that, now does it?). Instead, the new artist will be completing the run strictly for release as part of the trade paperback which is slotted for publication in March 08.

Truth be told, I’m not holding my breath.

Here are the covers for the three issues that were released:

  

 

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Date:2007-09-06 08:51
Subject: DER ENGEL now available!
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I was browsing Amazon.de last night and discovered that copies of DER ENGEL are now in stock.  Not expecting this to happen until early next month (October) I was quite surprised.

If you are one of my German fans and have been waiting for book two in the series, the wait is over.  Hop on over to Amazon.de and pick up your copy today.

As always, thanks for the support!

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Date:2007-08-29 13:35
Subject:The Jump Start Your Novel Workshop returns!
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"Nassise's writing program helped me JUMPSTART one novel with amazing ease while working on another.  When I was finished I had a complete outline, enough to dive right in when the time comes."  -Weston Ochse, Bram Stoker-winning author of Scarecrow Gods


The first Jump Start Your Novel Workshop was a smashing success, so it’s time to do it again! 

 

Since I started writing in 2002, I’ve sold seven novels to major publishers in four different countries.  Six of those seven novels were sold on the basis of nothing more than a proposal which consisted of a synopsis, an outline, and a sample chapter.    
 
I’ve been able to do this thanks to the method I use to thoroughly organize and prepare my novels before I sit down and write them.  This method also gives me an extremely detailed project bible that I use to keep my scenes, characters, and settings straight while the project is underway.  This allows me to write the scenes I want to write whenever I want to write them, even if I’m writing them out of order, which keeps my creativity and enthusiasm for the project high.   Even better, it lets me know pretty quickly when an idea isn’t worth pursuing, so I don’t waste valuable time and energy.
 
In the workshop I’ll walk you through the methods I use from start to finish.  Since I’ve just signed a contract to write three new novels, I’ll be using one of those as a living, breathing example, sharing each step with you.  In addition, participants will receive personal coaching from me, including feedback on the exercises you’ll be doing on your own project.
 
We’ll do this step by step:
 
Week One – Character and Plot Sketches, Summary outline
 
Week Two – Settings and Research
 
Week Three – Scene Structure
 
Week Four – Story Evolution and Timeline
 
Week Five – Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
 
Week Six – Revisions and the Final Outline
 
At the end of the six weeks, you’ll have an extensive outline and project bible which you can easily use to develop a rough draft without the usual false starts and stalled momentum.  You should also be able to create a strong synopsis and a proposal from what you’ve completed.

The workshop starts on Wednesday, Sept 12th and runs for six consecutive weeks.  Lessons and assignments are delivered via email and feedback is given every step of the way.  The cost of the workshop is $125.00.

If you are interested in participating, please email me at coach@xtremelifecoaching.com and I’ll give you all the details or you can simply visit the workshop website HERE.


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Date:2007-08-16 12:13
Subject:Where to Find Me on the Web
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Recently I decided it was time for a complete overhaul of the ole website.  During the process I moved from a static html style creation of my own design to using a built-in blogging platform for more flexibility and ease of use when it comes to updating.  A lot of my journal entries will be posted to that part of the website from now on, though I'll update this journal when and where I remember to do so.

For now, here is a list of all the major places you can find me online:

Shades of Reality - my official website  (this also includes an RSS feed for the new journal by the way)

XtremelifeCoaching - my life and creativity coaching company

Storytellersunplugged - the group blog I started with 29 other writer

PublishersMarketplace - my occasionally updated page at PublishersMarketplace.com

My MySpace page

My Facebook  page

My ComicSpace page

My LinkedIn network page

Skype address - Jnassise

AIM - xtremelifecoach

Email - Joe.Nassise at gmail.com

That should about do it!


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Date:2007-08-03 15:50
Subject:Candice Crowe - Sneak Peek #1
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I’ve been working on a comic project for Arcana Comics for the last several months called Candice Crowe, which is about a teenage girl with some unusual powers who is forced to investigate the death of her best friend. The concept was jointly created by myself, my teenage daughter Halston, and Arcana’s EIC, Sean O’Reilly. I handled scripting duties. Angel Angelov handled the artwork.

I'll be talking more about Candice Crowe throughout the summer and fall as we get ready for our early 2008 release. For now, I just wanted to give a sneak peek of the character through one of Angel’s cover shots.

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Date:2007-07-25 13:10
Subject:New artist for Heretic?
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I received the news recently that the artist on the Heretic comic series, Bruce McCorkindale, had to leave the job to handle some family issues. Which means that the publisher, Markosia, is currently looking for a new artist for issues 4, 5, and 6 on the mini-series.

If you are an artist looking to work on a really cool series that combines military action and supernatural threats, drop me an email at author at josephnassise.com. If I like your stuff I'll put you in touch with the right folks at the publisher.


 

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Date:2007-06-15 11:40
Subject:Jump Start Your Novel Workshop
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Since I started writing in 2002, I’ve sold seven novels to major publishers in four different countries.  Six of those seven novels were sold on the basis of nothing more than a proposal which consisted of a synopsis, an outline, and a sample chapter.    

I’ve been able to do this thanks to the method I use to thoroughly organize and prepare my novels before I sit down and write them.  This method also gives me an extremely detailed project bible that I use to keep my scenes, characters, and settings straight while the project is underway.  This allows me to write the scenes I want to write whenever I want to write them, even if I’m writing them out of order, which keeps my creativity and enthusiasm for the project high.   Even better, it lets me know pretty quickly when an idea isn’t worth pursuing, so I don’t waste valuable time and energy.

Later this month I’m going to be offering a six week workshop through my creativity coaching business, Xtremelife Coaching, that will explore this process.   In the Jump Start Your Novel workshop, I’ll walk you through the methods I use from start to finish.  Since I’ve just signed a contract to write three new novels, I’ll be using one of those as a living, breathing example, sharing each step with you.  In addition, participants will receive personal coaching from me, including feedback on the exercises you’ll be doing on your own project.

We’ll do this step by step:

 
            Week One – Character and Plot Sketches, Summary outline

            Week Two – Research

            Week Three – Story Flow

            Week Four – Building the Outline

            Week Five – Ferreting Out Dangling Plot Threads and Shoring Things Up

            Week Six – Revisions and the Final Outline


At the end of the six weeks, you’ll have an extensive outline and project bible which you can easily use to develop a rough draft without the usual false starts and stalled momentum.  You should also be able to create a strong synopsis and a proposal from what you’ve completed.

 
There are twelve spaces available and the cost of the workshop is $110.00.

 
If you are interested in participating, please email me at coach@xtremelifecoaching.com and I’ll give you all the details.

-Joe

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Date:2007-06-14 08:00
Subject:Die Schatten cover art
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 Cover art for the third and final book in the Templar Chronicles trilogy, DIE SCHATTEN, made its appearance on Amazon.de recently...




Book one, DER KETZER, has done remarkably well since its April release, selling over 40,000 copies and landing on the paperback bestsellers list at #51.

Book two, DER ENGEL, goes on sale in October 2007.

Book three, DIE SCHATTEN, goes on sale in March 2008.

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Date:2007-06-04 07:46
Subject:New Anthology up for pre-orders
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I've got a story coming out in a new anthology entitled LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE: GHOSTLY TALES OF WEST VIRGINIA which has recently gone up for pre-orders at Shocklines.com.

The anthology includes stories from:

  • Thomas F. Monteleone
  • Tim Waggoner
  • Kealan Patrick Burke
  • Scott Nicholson
  • Joseph Nassise
  • Bev Vincent
  • Mark Justice
  • Geoffrey C. Fuller
  • Michael Hughes
  • Jude-Marie Green
  • Brian J. Hatcher
  • Trent Walters
  • Marta Murvosh
Cover art:


My story "Money Well Earned" deals with a big game hunter, a Las Vegas mafioso, and the Mothman.  I'm sure the other tales in the volume are also well worth reading, so reserve your copy today.  The book will be out in trade paperback format from Woodland Press sometime later this year.

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Date:2007-04-25 10:46
Subject:Merger?
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I found this interesting, especially since it is one of my publishers and I had no clue that it was going on...

MARKOSIA MERGES WITH ASSOCIATED ARTS AND MEDIA

Press Release
It was announced today that the UK comic book publisher Markosia Publications, publisher of such books as Starship Troopers, Heretic and Kong – King of Skull Island will be merging with sister company Associated Arts and Media (AAM) with immediate effect.

"It's something we've been looking at for a while now." Harry Markos, Managing Partner and Publisher of Markosia explained. "AAM has been working alongside Markosia for a while now – and with the recent changes in our company, the evolving Markosia that people like new E.I.C Brian Augustyn are creating and the new outlook and attitude we now have, added to the fact that many Markosia creators are already involved with AAM, it seemed right to bring both entities under one umbrella."

A global production studio, AAM is a talented pool of creators who assist in either putting packages together for submission to other agencies, producing books for other publishers (including book adaptations for mainstream publishers), and for putting flash or other animation trailers/teasers together. Additionally, AAM are currently creating packages together for other media – television, film and radio, as well as promotional material for non-comic businesses.

"With AAM we can target all areas." Harry Markos continued. "There are a lot of businesses out there who need quality scripting, art and design. Animation companies in both the U.S and Europe are interested in us developing non comic projects with them. We have book publishers who are interested in us creating graphic novels for them rather than through Markosia. And of course we have a variety of projects that we will be putting through Markosia itself, which is why we're combining the two."

With a talented pool of creators already involved including Chuck Satterlee, Tony Lee and Harry Gallan, Ryan Stegman, Dan Boultwood, Sam Hart, Chris Dibari, Jose Torres, Thomas Mauer, animator Rob Freeman and colouring studio Oran Utan Studios, AAM is building in size daily with new creators coming on board every month.

As for the name change, Harry Markos doesn't feel that such a change would affect Markosia's presence. "We have a lot of loyal fans, and a lot of retailers are buying more and more from us each month. With a daily comic at Newsarama and thousands of hits on our website daily, whether we're Markosia or AAM/Markosia really won't affect the products we release. We'll still be bringing out top-notch licenses like Kong – King Of Skull Island, Heretic and Starship Troopers as well as great new titles like Breathe, Vengeance of the Vapor, The Witness and Hope Falls. And that's not including the big announcements we have coming up over the next couple of months."

"Whatever our name – we're here for the duration."

For more information on what Associated Arts and Media can do for your company, or to discuss future projects, email aam.markosia@gmail.com.

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Date:2007-04-05 15:13
Subject:HERETIC #1 IS NOT SOLD OUT!!!
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PRESS RELEASE - MARKOSIA

HERETIC #1 IS NOT SOLD OUT!!!!

Fans across the globe were disappointed this weekend when their favorite comic stores informed them that Markosia Publishing's HERETIC - THE TEMPLAR CHRONICLES #1 was sold out at Diamond.

"Being sold out is a great thing to say, because it makes us look like demand has exceeded our expectations, which in this case it did." Harry Markos, Managing Partner and Publisher of Markosia explained. "But when we sell out, this means that the fans lose out, because they can't get hold of a copy."

Having had sell out issues and the problems that surround them for a fan and retailer before, this time Markosia were ready for the news.

"We have a great title and a great creative team," Harry continued. "Based on the bestselling novel by Bram Stoker award nominee Joe Nassise? Adapted by Chuck Satterlee with art by Bruce McCorkindale, and lettered by Thomas Mauer?  Of course it was going to sell out."

Although Diamond have stated the series is sold out on order, Markosia has already ensured that re-orders through Diamond will be fulfilled.

"We had another printing ready the moment the book was released." Tony Lee, Group Editor explained. "We've not sold out. Diamond have sold out, which in itself is incredible. But we now have stock for anyone who needs it."

Retailers and fans are urged to continue ordering HERETIC #1 - and if unavailable, to buy it online at either www.midtowncomics.com or www.markosia.com .

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Date:2007-04-04 08:44
Subject:#51!
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Extremely good news from Europe this morning.  DER KETZER, the German edition of HERETIC, was released recently and it spent the last two weeks at the #51 slot on the German bestsellers list.  That's the first time I've made a major bestseller list and it feels really good.

Along with it came hints that a new three book deal could be in the making with the publisher, so it's time to put the thinking cap back on and come up with some proposals that will wow them.

Even more interesting, the sequel, DER ENGEL, is selling very well in preorders and that won't be available until October. 

All in all, a very good morning.

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Date:2007-03-14 10:43
Subject:Waiting
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Waiting to hear from too many editors on too many projects and waiting is not something I'm good at, not at all.  At this point I'm ready to tear my eyeballs out.

The good news is that issue one of HERETIC came out last week and initial reactions have been good.  If you've seen it in your local comic shop, or better, yet, took a chance and gave it a read, I'd love to hear any and all impressions.  Thanks!

-Joe

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Date:2007-02-03 08:40
Subject:Projects and Proposals
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I returned from the Borderlands Press Writers Bootcamp last weekend with an invitation to send a specific project to the EIC of a major publishing house based on a two page assignment we did at the camp, so I spent much of my weekend fleshing that out - writing a full synopsis, character notes, summary page, and three sample chapters.  I'm actually very excited about the piece and hope it is received well.

The same editor suggested I send a different piece over to an editor at one of their imprints, so any other spare time I had this week went into knocking that project into shape.  Both proposals went to my agent Thursday night and he reviewed them, asked for a few changes, and then got them out the door on my behalf before the end of the day on Friday.

I'd be more than happy to start work on either one of them after finishing A TEAR IN THE SKY but I'd be even happier to sell both.

Speaking of TEAR, my editor in Germany gave me a few extra weeks because there is a backlog of work on his end and he couldn't do anything with the manuscript even if I had made the Jan 31st deadline.  So I've got the extra time I needed to finish this up properly, without a major stress filled rush at the very end.  With the completion of TEAR, I will have finished up the major story arc begun in HERETIC and continued in A SCREAMOF ANGELS.  Readers will discover the true identity of the Adversary, what exactly happened to Cade's wife Gabrielle, and the choice Cade must make when the future of the world hangs in the balance.  I'm still working on a way to bring the final two books to the English language market and I'll post news here when I have it.  Both A SCREAM OF ANGELS and A TEAR IN THE SKY will be available to fan of HERETIC at some point - you deserve to know how it all ends!

I think my Storytellersunplugged essay this month will focus on my experiences at the Bootcamp, so I'll leave any comments I have on that topic until the 15th.  Stay tuned!

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Date:2007-01-05 10:17
Subject:Issue #2 Cover Art
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The launch of the Templar Chronicles comic series from Markosia Comics is only a month away.  I've posted the cover art to issue #1 on this journal previously.  Today's email brings me the cover art for issue #2...

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Date:2007-01-01 16:40
Subject:The Great Podcast Experiment of 2006
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The 29th and final episode of the HERETIC podcast went live today and with it my great podcast experiment of 2006 has come to a close.

For those of you who have been following this thing over the last 11 months, I set out in February 2006 to podcast the complete text of my novel HERETIC, book one of the Templar Chronicles, with the intended aim of doing one episode per week for 31 weeks. It was a fun experiment and I think I learned a lot from it. For the benefits of my readers here, I thought I'd share some of the final results, both good and bad.

Schedule - I had hoped to do an episode per week. As it turned out, I was unable to stick to the schedule, ending up taking 52 weeks instead of 33. Deadlines on two different novels and a two month spell of really horrendous sleep deprivation got in the way, but all in all I'm happy with the time it took.

Listeners - At the start, I had hoped to introduce 10,000 new listeners to my work over the course of the podcast. As I post this final episode, I have had 37,130 unique listeners download at least one episode, so I tripled my initial goal. I am still getting new listeners every day - episode one was downloaded 315 times in the month of December.

Geography - I had hoped that the electronic format of the project would bring in listeners from geographic areas that I had been unable to reach with my books. The 37,130 above came from 79 different countries, from the US to Korea, Russia to El Salvador, China to Australia. The top five countries were mainly English speaking ones - the US, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, and the UK, but even little countries like Estonia showed up on the list several times.

Readers - My goal was to have some of these listeners turn into readers, the idea being that getting them involved in the story might make them go out and buy the book. I have no idea if this succeeded or not, as I haven't been able to match up podcast numbers with actual sales. I do think timing was not in my favor here, as the podcast began six months after the book was released and it wasn't on many shelves at that point; buyers would have had to ask for it to be ordered, which can often be a hassle. Then again, there is always Amazon...

So, did the experiment work? Yes, I think so. Though it will be long term before I can tell if it had any real impact on actual sales of my books.

I'm considering continuing with some of my other works, so we'll see what happens from here.

And for all those who tuned in - thank you very much for participating!

Best,
Joe

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