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Chris Brown

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  1. So far sales are a little underwhelming. I took a chance on releasing during the pandemic and all that, but I'll give it another couple of weeks before I decide how that bet has turned out, As it stands my first book did better during release week with a lot less force behind it (And I didn't get to choose the price on that one, they set it at $9.99 for Kindle). My intent is to mark the Kindle edition way down early and often. In a few weeks I'm planning to discount it to $1.99 and run a promotion on some of the bargain ebook sites. We'll see how it goes. My first book sold way more paperbacks than ebooks, although that was partly from doing events and speaking engagements that I can't very well do right now.
  2. Thanks Lynn! I see that it is showing up well now - I guess I got enough searches and sales to make it pop up on the search. I'm also still chuckling at that autocorrect in my previous statement... "night unto impossible" 😅
  3. I did find it on the UK site at this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08FZS4CLD/ It looks like it is delayed a few days (ships 10 September) but it appears to be available. I will say I've realized it's night unto impossible to search for and find on Amazon. 😟 I'm hoping once a few more copies sell it will pop up in search results better.
  4. Oh no! It's supposed to be! Let me check with IngramSpark.
  5. My new book, Testimonies of Grace, is now available! https://www.childofgracebooks.com/books
  6. I used Garamond for the interior and NeutraTF for the cover text and marketing materials. The NeutraTF I got from my designer and had never heard of beforehand, but it looks nice. Have you watched the documentary Helvetica? As films about fonts go, it's pretty interesting. 🙂
  7. I'm wondering if a Lovecraft-style psychological horror story could be done from a Christian perspective. Admittedly horror is not my thing either, but I think it's certainly possible someone could write Christian horror.
  8. I use the El Faro in a class I teach. Vanity Fair had a long but excellent article on it: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/04/inside-el-faro-the-worst-us-maritime-disaster-in-decades SS Ville du Havre is interesting of course because it inspired It Is Well With My Soul. If you don't know the story behind the hymn, grab some tissues and look it up. I got to see the remains of the Hunley at the museum, you know, back in those simpler times when people could go places and do things. 🙂 Not a sinking exactly but I read a crazy true story last year about the Mutiny on the Globe (early 19th century whaling ship). It's right up there with the Bounty but not nearly as well known. There is really no end of interesting maritime stories, and you can always just make one up. 🙂
  9. If you've got a story for that setting, I say go for it! If you're worried that the Titanic has been overused as a setting, see if your story works on another famous-but-not-that-famous shipwreck, like the SS Ville du Havre, or a different kind of sinking like the Lusitania or even the somewhat recent El Faro.
  10. Well, I just burned some Kindle credit. 🙂
  11. Just got it for my daughter. 🙂
  12. Late to the party here, but I have a few thoughts... 1.) As a Doc Brown, I approve of time travel stories. 🙂 2.) Ray Bradbury's story about the dinosaur hunt is one of the best stories of unintended time travel consequences I've ever read. 3.) On Star Trek, in one episode of TNG I remember well none of the crew remembered the alternate timeline once they had escaped from it, except for one alien who had perception of alternate realities. 4.) I absolutely believe God exists outside of time. Time is part of the created universe. I'm less sure about angels being outside time. If you want to have your mind completely blown, read Jewish physicist Gerald Schroeder's book The Science of God. 5.) Now for my own thought on the subject: Time travel stories are extremely difficult to get right as far as causality problems and ripple effects and general plot holes. Movies and TV series generally have glaring holes in them. And for me, when a series not inherently about time travel suddenly adds a time travel plot line, that's usually bad news. So, I would say you'll need to spend a lot of time on the outlining and plotting and thinking through consequences of even the slightest timeline disruptions.
  13. My first book was a memoir and there were definitely characters I hated. 😅 In all seriousness, I have a fiction trilogy in mind and I am very worried about my ability to write real characters. I have a concept and overall story that I'm excited about, but telling it through real characters is going to be difficult. I expect I'll hate a lot of them before I get to the point of a complete draft.
  14. My attempts to show rather than tell often end up either sounding like I'm showing off or like some kind of melancholy introspection. I agree with Josi on overdoing it. I often read passages thinking "Would you get to the point already." That may be because I'm mostly a non-fiction guy. And Jeff, I've been working on a screenplay and I've been trying hard to cover some exposition in background without having awkward dialogue for it. For example, instead of talking about someone's military service, just showing a medal case and flag in background. Exposition is necessary and sometimes awkward, but I'm trying to make it as unobtrusive as possible.
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