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New Release: The Eminence of Bardon Roket

Consider Bardon Roket, a child of just twelve years, a dreamer of big dreams. And what dream resides within the mind of Bardon Roket? Why, a plan to conquer the entire world, of course.

In the world of adults, it’s tough for a child to get anything, so Bardon’s got to start small. Just a lemonade stand at first, a simple thing suggested by Nicholas, an enthusiastic youth who is among Bardon’s initial group of partners. Also joining him are the strangely-fascinating Jenna and the positively-ancient Ardy. Each day, inexplicably, brings in more and more money. Never one to question dumb luck, Bardon builds and expands as he moves ever higher among the political and corporate spheres that rule the City.

But as his power grows, so to do the numbers of his enemies. Ambitious men in positions of authority are good at sniffing out their own and they realize all too quickly what Bardon is planning. Roadblocks and back-room dealings, even an assassination attempt or to. There is little that his enemies will not attempt in order to prevent Bardon Roket from making his dream come true.

Away from his ambitious work, Bardon slowly grows closer to his partners, even going so far as to see them as the first friends he’s ever had in his young life. But Jenna is special. There’s something about her that he can’t quite figure out. As Bardon reaches closer to his elusive dream, he begins to wonder if all this power and wealth is truly what he was wants out of life.

THE EMINENCE OF BARDON ROKET is a satire of the corporate and political worlds coupled with a coming of age story.

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Amazon Kindle version – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007PY9CGC

Smashwords version – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/133021

LibraryThing page – http://www.librarything.com/work/12433777/84351539

The paperback version should be ready in about two weeks. Look forward to it!

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The Eminence of Bardon Roket: Final Excerpt

~The Planting of a Seed~

When the morning of their next meeting came, Bardon dressed quickly and left his room just as the sun was rising. As he made his way through the apartment, he heard the television blaring. Mother was standing in front of it. Her arms were folded across her chest in the manner she generally folded them when there was something happening in her presence that she was mildly in disapproval of.

“What’s all the commotion, Mother?”

“It’s the mayor,” she said, “he’s going to run for reelection this year. Can’t imagine why, but I suppose he’s still got enough support left to make a go at it.”

“Mayor Griffon? The man’s hardly more than a stuffed shirt, I agree, Mother, but he’s no different than any other politician to sit in that chair.”

“Oh, I do hope a good candidate comes from the Blue party this year,” Mother said, ignoring her son’s political commentary.

Bardon considered responding to that with a snark-filled comment, based on the ability of the Blue party to, without fail, come up with the candidate most likely to fall flat on his face at the worst possible moment, but a thought was already manifesting itself in his mind. The thought was wild and improbable, probably even outlandish. There were so many words that he could use to describe the plan that were the exact opposite of ‘logical’ and ‘possible,’ but the same could be said of every aspect of his plan. They’d need money first, a lot of money, and influence with the right people, which would hardly come cheaply or easily. A light flickered in Bardon’s eye and a smile crept across his face as his mind worked furiously. An opportunity had presented itself.

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It’s really, really positively finished this time! I’ve gone through all of The Eminence of Bardon Roket once more, picking out all the little mistakes I could find and punching up sentences and paragraphs where a bit of punching up was needed. By this time tomorrow, you should be able to buy it yourself!

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Back to Work

I was supposed to finish up The Eminence of Bardon Roket last week, but…I didn’t. Sorry! I decided to take a little time off and when I’m off, I’m off. So, I put the Nook aside and didn’t even THINK about writing for about ten days solid. Then some other things came up and I did those instead. Long story short, I took a break but now my break is over and it’s time to jump back into the thick of things. Barring anything unforeseen, I should have my next novel up on Amazon’s Kindle service and Smashwords by the end of the week. Wish me luck!

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The Future of Publishing

Self-publishing…say that word ten years ago and it conjured up images of amateur, wanna-be authors hawking their middling wares through vanity paperbacks at the local bookstore. Just some nobody trying to achieve even the faintest hint of success through the most difficult and expensive way possible. Their books aren’t very good, because if they were good, then they’d be published through one of the publishing houses.

Now? Now things are different. The world of self-publishing has been broken wide open. Self-publishers are no longer limited to readers within shouting distance, now they can reach readers around the world through e-book formats and paperback services like Create Space that sell directly through the internet. There’s no huge upfront cost, there’s no massive commitment of time spent promoting the book in person. Anyone with a book and the will can now self-publish.

There are downsides. It means that the self-publishing pool becomes diluted by all the people who write down a few words and think they’re the next Shakespeare. That can be a turn off to potential readers, who would rather not wade through the pile looking for the few books worth reading. What this does is raise the importance of sites that bring readers and writers together, sites like LibraryThing. These sites allow the free sharing of views, opinions, and reviews, giving the self-publishing set the opportunity to discuss and share their work and gain a few readers in the process.

The direct connection of artist with fans, at any time and from anywhere in the world, is such a thrilling idea. It takes away the faceless middleman, the publishing house, allowing feedback and information to move effortlessly between those two groups. The writer now has greater power, to write what he or she wants to write (and what the fans want), rather than to be beholden to a corporation and what THEY want. Ten years ago that power could not have existed, certainly it couldn’t have thrived the way I see it beginning to now.

I see great things for the world of self-publishing in the next five to ten years and I’m very excited about the idea of wading even deeper into that pool over the next few months.

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The Problem with Errors

The temptation exists to think that because a novel is 300 pages long it’s fine if there’s 10 or 12 little grammatical mistakes left sitting around. But it’s absolutely wrong to have that mindset. This is something that I’m coming up against as I make the transition to a commercially available writer. These aren’t little stories I’m passing around to my friends, these are publicly released stories that I’m asking people to actually pay money for. Based on that alone, it’s not right to simply blow off those little errors that keep slipping through and just say that it’s “alright.”

Right now I’m deep in the third reading of The Eminence of Bardon Roket as I look for more errors and mistakes that have slipped past me during the last two readings. I’ve found quite a few. I’m actually reading the novel on a Nook, so I’m specifically taking it out of it’s normal context [i.e. my computer screen] and reading it while relaxing in bed. Even so, I’m still finding a lot of errors that I somehow managed to miss the last two times, where I read it in the same context. I don’t understand how I could have missed so many, but that’s the reality of working without an outside editor. I think, however, that this last reading will tease out most of the little things that remain.

Finding and fixing those mistakes and errors is something that’s become increasingly important to me, not the least of which because I tend to be a perfectionist about things and even very minor errors make me upset. But that’s not the only reason, it’s also the knowledge that other people are reading my books and reading these mistakes. It’s always the case that the little bit of negative criticism at the end of a really positive review somehow stands out more than anything else. I want people to think about how well written the story is, how interesting the characters are, or how detailed the locations are, not that I misspelled a word or messed up the order of words in a sentence. And that’s why I’ve worked extra hard on my second novel, making sure that it lives or dies on the quality of the story, not on a bunch of little things that shouldn’t have been in there in the first place.

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The Eminence of Bardon Roket: Excerpt #4

~A Quiet Moment~

Bardon and Jenna boarded a dirigible heading back towards the office. By then, the sun was nearly below the horizon. The world was stained a violent shade of crimson and shadows were long and dark, stretching further and further even as they faded into the oncoming night.

“It’s beautiful, don’t you think?” Jenna asked, staring through the window at the setting sun.

“Very beautiful,” Bardon said, loosening his tie. “I’ve always enjoyed watching the sunset from the roof of the Anderson Arms. It’s a shame we don’t get to see it more often.”

Jenna brushed away several locks of hair that had strayed down over her eyes. “You’re always so busy, Bardon, always working. I know the work’s important to you, but maybe you should take a break sometime and try to relax.”

“I’ve never been one to relax,” he replied, leaning back in his seat. “My mind is always working and my body gets pulled along behind it, no matter how I might wish it otherwise. Maybe someday, when I have what I want, I can relax, but not yet.”

Jenna turned away from the window, then leaned back and shut her eyes. She was a business partner and, without question, a close friend, which was a rarity in its own right for Bardon, but he couldn’t help but feel that their friendship could easily become more. To be clear, Bardon, while knowledgeable in many areas, was not entirely an expert on the concept of love, since he was, as has been stated many times before, still only twelve years old. There are many things that intelligence can bring, but some things must be experienced in order to be truly understood. He watched her for a moment as she dozed and then turned his gaze back to the city.

Even while sitting perfectly still, Bardon’s mind continued to operate at full capacity, running through a variety of problems and potential problems and trying to figure out what the things he didn’t understand meant. There were always so very many. And never enough time.

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Work’s still coming along, slowly but surely. I’m think I might be finished by Monday of next week, at the earliest. It’s definitely less than a week from release.

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Just Write

This is one of the best pieces of advice I can give to anyone looking to do a little writing of their own. Just write. It’s painfully simple, of course, and seems quite obvious, but those two words summarize what more than four years of serious writing have taught me. To put things another way, if I hadn’t just sat down and forced myself to keep writing and keep writing, even on the days when I didn’t really want to, even when it didn’t seem like my writing was ever going to go anywhere, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.

When I started writing, it was difficult to actually focus on the act of writing itself. I wanted to write a little bit, then go back and pick over those sentence and paragraphs for hours at a time until they came out the way I wanted them to. But that’s not a good way to do things. The key is to keep writing and keep writing and then once you’re finished [or have reached some calculable goal], go back and check for errors and coherency. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so it wasn’t easy to ignore those little mistakes that I was sure I’d made and concentrate on writing that next sentence and that next paragraph.

Time and effort did eventually pay off, of course, and now I can rattle off several pages of content without feeling that need and run back and pick it apart. I can even write an entire novel without having to do that. That’s not to say that it’s fine to be sloppy, I do want to leave my writing with some coherency instead of coming back days later and trying to figure out what I wrote. There’s a balance. Learn to write well, but also learn to keep going even when you’re sure there’s some mistakes back there that need fixing. They’re not going anywhere, so don’t worry about them.

Continuing to write also has another benefit: you will keep getting better. Once you start realizing the recurring mistakes you make and the ways in which your writing can get better, the better your first drafts will be. When I started writing, my writing was terrible. But I kept writing because I wanted to get better. I wrote more and I read more, I absorbed what I read from others and what I could see that my own writing needed.

No one is born a great writer. Great writers are made through the fire of effort, through years of honing their craft and being willing to learn from their mistakes. Even realizing that you make mistakes is a way to get better. Once I thought my poor writing was grand, at least as good as many published authors, but I allowed others to tell me that I wrong about that. I still had a long ways to go. I still have a long ways to go today.

I’ll keep getting better, though, because I’ll keep writing.

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