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Vance Kessler

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  1. Thanks, everyone. It went really well. Here's a link to listen to it: https://vancekessler.com/files/TheWriteStuff-FirstYears-Amplified.mp3
  2. I'm going to be interviewed on The Write Stuff podcast next Wed night (Dec 9th) at 7pm (Eastern) for my book My First 10,000 Years in Heaven. I hope you can listen in live or stream it afterward. https://www.blogtalkradio.com/pjcmedia/2020/12/10/special-edition-of-write-stuff--my-first-10000-years-in-heaven
  3. Sorry, I should have mentioned that I saw that forum. I was wondering if there were smaller groups where the members could get to know each others styles and work a little more intimately.
  4. Thanks. I learned a hard lesson with this being my first time I did a book launch. MAKE SURE your advanced copy readers mention they got an advanced copy in their review. I had 3 people tell me they had reviews blocked and they cannot leave another review because they failed to do so. I fear others were blocked and didn't tell me.
  5. Are there any critique groups to join here? I recently self-published my 9th book but have only used beta-readers, so far. I'd like to join a more focused critique group supporting Christian, science-fiction-ish themed books. I have read (and tried to implement things from) many books on writing over the years and think I could help improve other author's work too. Not saying I'm better than other authors but that I might see things from a different perspective. My latest book was just released My First 10,000 Years in Heaven. If you want to contact me privately,...
  6. I just released My First 10,000 Years in Heaven. I'm doing a Amazon promo, so you can get it for free Mon (10/13) through Wed (10/15). I'd love it if you'd grab a copy, read it, and leave a review. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GJRRX3G Description: Would you want to skydive in Heaven? My First 10,000 Years in Heaven is an astonishing tale of one man’s first years in Heaven, exploring the wonders our eternal home might hold. What will he feel when he encounters our holy God and Jesus? How will his mistreatment of his family on Earth affect his life in Heav
  7. I hate to say it, but as an author, especially a Christian author, you need to expect negative feedback. Sometimes that feedback is correct and points out things you should change, but it can also be Satan trying to dissuade you from something that will be a blessing to you and hopefully others. I'm not saying your friends are tools of Satan, but he can plant thoughts in anyone's head. It can be difficult to discern whether advice is helpful or is Satan trying to hold you back from doing something worthwhile for the kingdom. I've had more positive feedback on my fiction books than
  8. Another software developer here trying to do my best at writing. I'd describe myself as an organized pantser. I start with a good idea of flow but often alter that as the story develops a life of its own. For me, I always start with a concept about God that I want my readers to better understand. I feel fiction is a good vehicle for that because I can drive them down some twisty and interesting roads to get them to my main destination without them ever knowing they were learning something along the way. So, I decide what I want my readers to know about God and come up w
  9. That's my plan. I am a software developer and wrote my own website. I will add a section for my blog posts, hopefully soon.
  10. With an actual job, writing, and a wife, I don't have time for social media. Besides, does it make a sound if you write words and no one is there to hear it? I might build to that, but I'm trying to maximize the time I spend right now. I am working on recording an author promo for the book and will post that to YouTube (and of course my website). That will be another new thing for me.
  11. I have a website, the link was in my post, but not obvious I guess. https://VanceKessler.com, and a blog http://vancekessler.blogspot.com/.
  12. I'm launching my next book on Oct 1st: My First 10,000 Years in Heaven. This is the first time I've done an actual launch. I just quietly released my previous books. I have emailed 93 folks asking them to be advanced readers and to leave a review on launch day, and 22% said they would, so far. I got that tip from one of the articles I read about book launches. Any other tips you guys can give me for a decent launch without spending a lot of money? Thanks
  13. A meat replacement was my first thought. Many SF authors use meat substitutes to avoid this issue or to account for scarcity. However, it would be more interesting to have cows to throw around when the anti-gravitation mechanism fails.
  14. I just posted a review on Amazon. I liked it. I am messaging you some additional info.
  15. There is no difficulty in writing Christian themed stories or clean stories that contain Biblical concepts. The problem I see is holding to Biblical truths like Romans 6:10 when addressing the concept of intelligent life on other planets and how those beings relate to the death of Christ. It raises questions that can be tricky to address. For me, it is more important to get those aspects correct rather than the science. There are, of course, other barriers like the one you mentioned about agents, as well.
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