Awards

It snowed on my house all Friday night, and continued snowing in Anchorage until sometime after 7:00 pm last evening.  With 134.5″ as of yesterday evening, we’re now about two inches over the highest recorded snowfall for a single winter (1954-55, with 132.6″), although it only snowed as much as 7 inches twice all winter (we did have something like 32 days in a row with an inch or two every day).  It froze pretty solidly last night (Saturday, April 7th) and somebody left my son’s window open all night, so I just woke up to a very chili upstairs floor a few minutes ago.  The snow may not last long as temps should reach into the 40s today.  My son didn’t build a snowman yesterday, because the two of us lit out and visited Anchorage.

Zook Country has generated some outstanding reader reviews, and I hope that there are many more to come!  I’ve posted snippets of a couple on the Zook Country page at http://www.billswears.com/storytelling/, and Lida Quillen has posted a few reviews at http://twilighttimesbooks.com/ZookCountry_ch1.html#ZookCountry_rev.

The nature of the industry is that “literary reviewers” aren’t likely to review Zook Country spontaneously.  Jake’s voice is very much appropriate for the story told, and literary types discuss authorial and narrative voice all the time, but many of them just can’t see a uniquely voiced book as worthy of review until the author is dead or somehow pulls the J.K. Rowling trick.  It’s up to fans and reader reviews to get the book enough attention to merit attention on high visibility web-sites.

Jess Mannion at http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/303981335 gets the “I’m a fan of this reviewer” award for March.  She’s a displaced Alaskan who seems to be thriving in NYC, and I very much miss her and Uncle Sean.

“interesting Juxtaposting” award for March (not juxtaposition, I’m making up a word here).  I received an e-mail from a reviewer who refused to review the book because, among other comments “if someone shot another person they would not get up and be able to drive a car. Now if they were wearing a vest or something else the bullet would not kill them but still leave its mark. My husband and youngest son are in law enforcement. My husband is a deputy and son is a cop. I asked them about it.”  She sent me this on March 12th.  On March 16th, just as I was sinking into despair from that rejection, but otherwise unrelated, a recently retired long term Law Enforcement professional (with a son still in the police department) posted:  “I don’t usually read science fiction, but I really enjoyed Zook Country. It is fast paced, action packed and easy to read. Zook Country would make a great action movie. I am looking forward to a sequel.” Pat L.  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/Zook-Country%2FBill-Swears/1108892461.

Okay, I know the retired cop who posted the Barnes and Noble Review, but it’s a really interesting coincidence (well, we knew each other in prehistory, before common folk had the interwebs). Pat L may not know it, but he’s the person who recommended that I buy the CZ-75 that made it into the book.

If you’re looking for something to do for a few minutes, please visit the Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites, “like” the book, “like” any reviews that seem particularly useful.  For that matter, tell your friends, and their friends, to buy the book! 

I’m not desperate, I just read that way…

Publishing News!

I have great news! Zook Country has been picked up by Twilight Times Books, and will be in print sometime in the next year. The current link, and introductory $2.99 pricepoint, will go offline later this week, to be replaced by a Twilight Times Books link on or about Friday, 10 March. I shared this first on my Zook Country Facebook page. Go forth. Follow the link and Like Zook Country on FB. Be sure to buy Zook Country while the price is under my control! That’s really a polite request, but go do it anyway… By sometime Thursday, the Bleeding Edge Books edition will be be a fading memory!

Web Friends

Just writing a good book that excites the people who read it isn’t apparently enough.  I’m starting to mumble and chuckle to myself, thinking, “How can I make this thing go viral.” Then I get this really nice helping hand, and I just have to share, because it made me feel so good! Melissa Douthit on Zook Country I really admired the way she caught snapshots of reviews.  Cool.

Tracking Book sales

Aside

I suppose it’s early hours yet, but it’s abundantly clear that I’ve spent a lot more time setting up accounts to track book sales than my potential customers have buying books. If you are within the sound of this blog: a. buy Zook Country; b. tell all of your friends to buy Zook Country.  That’s totally a joke, but do it anyway.  It’s a good book.

Enough said?  I don’t think so.  Maybe I should try individually e-mailing all of my friends.  That should kill another ten minutes or so.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0078X7CPI

Staying busy – Zook Country

Aside

Zook Country is formally available at Amazon as a Kindle book.  In the end, I decided that it was more thriller than horror, and have listed it as Action-Adventure and Thriller, rather than urban fantasy, which was my first instinct. Don’t know what I really ought to call it, genre wise.  It’s definitely an action book, and not far enough away from us today to call it alternate reality.

As an aside, Teri and I have bought a business license for Bleeding Edge Books which so far is an introductory web-site and an idea, but might yet become more.  I’m looking forward to populating another site www.billswears.com which will bring our family derived sites up to about five.

Sorry I haven’t posted more here in the past couple weeks. :-)

Bill

Zook Country from Bleeding Edge Books

Aside

With luck, the e-book version of Zook Country will go up next weekend.  I probably shouldn’t bring it up until it does, but I’ve been running around coordinating things for the last few weeks, and etc, so I’m getting pretty excited. I’ll reprise the blurb & etc. once I’ve got the final book in electronic hand.

Oh, it will be by Bill Swears – so the voters have spoken…