Publishing

Publishing Update: Group Promos

Falls of Redemption - BoxsetEver try to jump start something old? Since Justice is Calling (Reclaiming Honor) launched so well, I figured I’d do the with my Falls of Redemption trilogy – and Jason Rice was awesome enough to set up a group $0.99 promo.

It’s been going pretty damn well! Am I losing money? I don’t know, but the book is up to 3,297 and has a few newsletters going out tomorrow and the next day, along with a Bargainbooksy tomorrow, sitting at #6 in Military Fantasy 🙂 So I’m freaken thrilled! LOVE YOU fellow writers and readers. Just gotta keep plugging away — now to see if the extra attention makes a difference/ if it sticks.

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We’ve launched the Military Veterans in Creative Careers PODCAST!

MVICC podcast logoWe’re happy to announce that we’ve launched the podcast titled MILITARY VETERANS IN CREATIVE CAREERS.

iTunes || Googleplay (coming soon) || Simplecast.Fm 

This is a podcast where we discuss how veterans can transition into creative careers such as writing, acting, directing, producing, and even sometimes art and dance. We bring on amazing interviewees, and I’m sure you will love it!

Check it out, and leave a review please. Thanks!

And to celebrate, I’ve dropped the price of the Military Veterans in Creative Careers book to $0.99 – so now’s the time to get it if you haven’t yet!

Nook || Kindle || iBooks

The print and audiobook are now available!

 

Who are we?

Tom-Morkes-headshot3Tom Morkes is the CEO of Insurgent Publishing, a book publishing and marketing company responsible for numerous bestselling books, the author of “The Complete Guide to Pay What You Want Pricing,” and the creator of PublishersEmpire.com, a community, training program, and book launch platform for indie and self-publishers.

Tom has marketed and published books that have been featured on Forbes, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, as well as have reached USA Today, Amazon, and other international bestselling lists. Tom is considered a thought leader on growth hacking, pricing, and digital products and has been interviewed or featured on leading publications, including Forbest, Business Insider, ArtofManliness.com, and Growthhacker.tv where he’s been featured alongside the people behind Twitter, Dropbox, and Apple.

Tom is also the co-founder of HighSpeedLowDrag.org, a website devoted to helping veterans make the transition from military to business and entrepreneurship.

Tom is a West Point grad, Iraq War veteran, and spent his last year in the Army in a Special Forces Airborne unit where he got paid to jump out of helicopters.

www.TomMorkes.com

 

Trevor Scott VeteranTrevor Scott is a Los Angeles-based actor who has appeared on television shows such as Criminal Minds (CBS), Enlisted (Fox), Days of Our Lives (NBC), The Young & The Restless (CBS), and General Hospital (ABC), and has had lead roles in the films Zulu 6, Book of Choices, and Texas Zombie Wars. He has appeared in numerous national commercials as well. Trevor recently was seen starring on stage in “Tracers,” directed by John Difusco and co-produced by Rogue Machine Theatre and USVAA. L.A. Weekly declared the play their “Pick of the Week,” singling out Trevor’s performance as “particularly compelling.” Trevor holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Loyola Marymount University and has also studied at Lesly Kahn, Margie Haber, and The Groundlings. In addition to his acting career, Trevor served five years in the 1-506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division in the U.S. Army, completing tours in both Ramadi, Iraq and Wardak Province, Afghanistan as an Infantry Sergeant.

www.TrevorLanceScott.com

 

Justin Sloan HeadshotJustin Sloan is a video game writer on such titles as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, as well as a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of such fiction books as Falls of Redemption and non-fiction as Military Veterans in Creative Careers. He studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. Justin is also a co-host on the Self Publishing Answers podcast.

Justin was in the Marines for five years and has lived in Japan, Korea, and Italy. He currently lives with his amazing wife and children in the Bay Area, where he writes and enjoys life.

www.JustinSloanAuthor.com

 

 

New Podcast: Creative Writing Career

CWC Podcast Logo_v3If you’re anything like me, you love podcasts. But hey, even if you’ve never heard one, you at least have an interest in either writing or understanding a bit more about writers, right?

Lucky you, because we just launched the CREATIVE WRITING CAREER podcast!

So far, we’ve interviewed or have scheduled such folks as Elias Madias (Shadow of Mordor), Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides), Matthew Ritter (Telltale Games, comics, and indie Games),  Jazon Denzel (Dragonmount.com and publishing with Tor), Will Wight (The Traveler’s Gate trilogy), Lee Jessup (Getting it Write, Screenwriting coach), and Linda Poitevin (Sins of Angels), and more.

Find it on iTunes or through your android podcast search. You can also find it at creativewritingcareer.simplecast.fm. Please remember to share and leave a review!

Hosts: Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, and Kevin Tumlinson

Launch date: November 2, 2015

 

Military Veterans in Creative Careers – The Book!

Military Veterans in Creative Careers - Justin SloanI’ve been working on a passion project for some time and finally have it ready!

My book Military Veterans in Creative Careers on Amazon for pre-order (available 7-4-15).

And we all like free stuff, right? Well to celebrate the publication of this book, I have a couple freebies:

1) Everyone who joins my mailing list and follows me on Twitter will be entered in to win one of 10 free copies of my Creative Writing Career audiobook (regular price = $19.95).

2)  If you order a print copy and leave an honest review, shoot me an email and I will give the first 5 people to do so a signed copy of the book and a digital copy of the audiobook when they come out, AND a digital copy of the Creative Writing Career audiobook now. If you aren’t one of the 5, you will be entered into a chance to be one of 20 people to get the audiobook free when it comes out.

And stay tuned, because I will be announcing other freebies and giveaways shortly!

(The above applies to U.S. and U.K. customers only, sorry)

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Many of our nation’s men and women exit the military without a clue of what to do next. Others pursue their passions, doing everything they can to break into the life they’ve always dreamed of.

This book provides guidance on how to follow your passions, and includes interviews with MILITARY VETERANS who have gone on to creative careers.

Interviewees include:
– Novelists
– Screenwriters
– Actors
– Producers
– Directors
– People in Video Games (writers, producers, and more)

Brought to you from the author of Creative Writing Career, this book will serve as your mentor and guide as you too pursue your passions.

CALL TO ACTION: If you would like to be part of this campaign and help spread the word, email me at SloanArtist@gmail.com. I am happy to provide #free review copies to those of you willing to post an honest review.

Thank you for your support!

 

To follow Justin Sloan: http://eepurl.com/bbpNjv

#veterans #videogames #screenwriting #film #publishing

Veterans in Creative Careers: Heather Ashby (Navy)

Small HeadshotAward winning author, Heather Ashby is a Navy veteran who taught school and raised a family while accompanying her Navy husband around the United States, Japan, and the Middle East. In gratitude for their Army son’s safe return from Afghanistan and Iraq, she now writes military romance novels, donating half her royalties to Fisher House Foundation in support of wounded warriors and their families. Her son serves as her cover model, helping to raise money for Fisher Houses around the world. Heather lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida with her retired Navy husband. UNFORGETTABLE is the fourth and final book in her “Love in the Fleet” series.

Find interviews like this one on the Military Veterans in Creative Careers podcast. 

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Veterans in Creative Careers: Shawn Garrett, Author (Marine)

Shawn Garrett500 Miles an Hour is a hard-hitting, in-your-face, combat experience seen through the eyes of a Marine serving in Iraq. It details mental, physical, and spiritual injuries that could haunt a person for a lifetime, then guides the reader along a pathway of healing from the traumas of war. Take this journey of friendship, pride, and love with a staff sergeant leading his men into combat, while tackling the walls of protection he builds around himself. If 500 Miles an Hour could be boiled down to one word, it would be survival—man’s most basic and deadly instinct. All stress injuries are different, but the treatment is the same. It starts with you.

After much soul-searching and deliberation, and many sleepless nights counting stars, Shawn decided to join the Marine Corps. He served 13 years, attaining the rank of staff sergeant and deploying twice to Iraq, where he led marines through combat. In his time of service, he endured hardships and victories that will forever link him to the brotherhood of arms.

As an emerging author, Shawn uses fiction writing to help him through his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. Writing is cathartic for him, allowing for the painful memories to flow from his brain and heart, down his hands, out of his body, and onto the page. This, along with the love of his family and friends, has brought stability to his life. He currently develops and directs course curricula for the Enlisted Professional Military Education Distance Education Program at Marine Corps University. Shawn makes his home in the beautiful state of Virginia.

UPDATE: See the following TV interview with Shawn about his book – http://www.myhighplains.com/story/d/story/a-hometown-heros-battle/39957/Bi2SbLj4w0yAonpvOEp1Bw

Find interviews like this one on the Military Veterans in Creative Careers podcast. 

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Audio Book of Creative Writing Career – Now Available!

Creative Writing Career AudiobookLadies and Gentlemen, my audio book for Creative Writing Career is now available!

If you would like a review copy, email me at SloanArtist@gmail.com and I will send you one, while supplies last.

Narrated by Thomas Block:

Thomas is not only an audio book narrator but also as a novelist (with seven novels that were bestsellers at various times and places, including ‘Mayday’ that was co-authored with Nelson DeMille and later made into a CBS Movie of the Week.  You can find more information about Thomas on his website, www.ThomasBlockNovels.com

 

BOOK DETAILS:

Your guide to positioning yourself for a career as a creative writer.

Including author interviews with the following:

  • Stephan Bugaj (Pixar and beyond)
  • Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2)
  • Joshua Rubin (Assassins Creed 2)
  • Will Wight (the Traveler’s Gate trilogy)
  • And many more!

Everyone wants to be a writer, and they want to know what they can do to make that dream come true. However, most aspiring writers do not understand how to position themselves so they are ready when presented with an opportunity. They identify themselves as writers but have no writing samples, or their websites and social media talk all about their paintings or music but say nothing of who they are as writers.

Based on a lifetime of struggling to make it as a creative writer, Creative Writing Career: Becoming a Writer of Movies, Video Games, and Books is a guide for aspiring writers to help them position themselves in an extremely competitive field. The book includes information on the writing process, and ways to improve one’s craft, but mostly focuses on how to get discovered and where to concentrate energy in the meantime. The content of the book is supplemented by writer interviews, featuring some incredibly gifted people who share the wisdom they have gained. With writing, as with most aspects of life, I have chosen to rely on those with demonstrated wisdom to move ahead. This audiobook presents that wisdom for the listener to do the same.