“Would I Lie To You?” just .99! Catch up with Marc and Jesse NOW!

February 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

Get it here! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WNMVKZC Yeah, I submitted “Lie” for a BookBub, and got the rejection yesterday morning, so I immediately put it on sale myself. Time to start beating the drum for “Strength,” which, I’m please to report, is getting great responses from beta readers. Nobody’s complaining about too much technical/Bitcoin stuff, so far… The challenge of writing on highly technical subjects was best expressed by Michael Lewis, talking about how he wrote The Big Short: To my surprise these peculiar people [the men who “won” the Crash by betting against the big banks] proved willing to tell me their stories. But when I set out to retell them I ran into a couple of problems. One was the sheer complexity of modern finance: how to explain credit-default swaps and collateralized debt obli­gations to my mother? I’m actually not sure that my mother ever read The Big Short— she prefers mysteries—but she has [MORE]

FOUR DAYS until “Strength in Numbers”!

February 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

Tick tock, Clarice! And yeah, I’ve already got ideas for #3, Game Theory. Its place in “novel queue order” is TBD, of course, based on the success or failure of #2. Suffice it to say that Marc and Jesse meet their match in a young Russian programmer and game theorist set loose on them by Leonid… I found the inspiration for the kid in this Bloomberg Business article. Once more, my mild dyscalculia (dyslexia for the numerically challenged) will stand in the way of my understanding the “game theory” bits, but, I managed to understand enough about cryptography and Bitcoin for Strength in Numbers. And there are lots of “game theory for dummies” books that put the theories to work in business strategy or other non-mathematical contexts. Suffice it to say that our “Game Players” will be forced into lots of dangerous strategic decisions… Yes, the (rerecording of the) audiobook of A Little Too Broken is progressing. [MORE]

Advance Review Copies for “Strength In Numbers” Available NOW!

February 3, 2016 // 2 Comments

Cum n git it! Write to BradVanceErotica@gmail.com for yours! Specify EPUB, MOBI or PDF. Publication day is February 10th! This is an *edited but not copy edited* galley proof, BTW, so please don’t write bad reviews about any typos, they will be hunted down and killed this week by my ace copy editor! Weird stats day yesterday…a hundred visitors to the About Me and Book Links page and no correlating increase in sales. Like, none. Super weird…the Internet be a strange sea. [MORE]

Your KENPC pages are now randomly down…unless they’re randomly up…

February 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

Honestly kids, I’m just raged out. You what I’m really truly sick of? Waking up this many mornings, ready to write, ready to work…and having to take yet another a fucking detour to deal with the latest Bezosteroid. And as always, no warning no alarm. And as always, the application of the change feels incredibly random, with no consistency I can measure from my own counts, some of which are…up. Or not. See the picture above. TL;DR Amazon has changed a lot of titles’ KENPC page counts, with many titles’ page counts going down – or up… Also, they’ve installed a 3,000 KENPC-per-title cap. As I predicted last summer, every change Amazon makes = a new system to game, and people will game it, whether by adding excerpts to the end or putting “free” books before the new book (causing lots of page flipping), etc. And I think that’s exactly what’s happened. Folks who got really, um, creative with formatting or [MORE]

$45 to IAVA for January, $4,785 to Vet’s Orgs so far!

January 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yeah, January was a really bad sales month. That’s to be expected with no new titles out, and no BookBub or other life-saving promo. BUT, I’m editing Strength In Numbers now and sending it to my super-duper copy editor on the 3rd, so…yeah, pubbing that February 10th! I gotta say, I’ve come a long way in terms of patience. I used to just hit publish the day I finished something, then go back and do the “oh shit” corrections. I was so agitated! It was so urgent that I start making $ on this now now now! And that was when I had a full time job and didn’t really need every $ like I do now. And yet it’s now that I’m flat broke that I’m willing to wait a whole ten days to publish… I’m also coordinating my blog tour in advance, rather than waiting to do that until the book was published – when I would thus lose some of that precious time in the “30 day cliff,” the window during which Amazon [MORE]

Wounded Warrior Project, and the “A Little Too Broken” giving plan

January 28, 2016 // 2 Comments

Well, I called it in September 2014 when I cut WWP out of my donations from A Little Too Broken royalties. I knew then something was fishy: http://bradvanceauthor.com/2014/09/29/wounded-warrior-project-in-the-news-and-not-in-a-good-way/ But I had no idea of the waste and bureaucratic self-preservation at the top: But as donations poured in, many former employees say the group became wasteful. “People could spend money on the most ridiculous thing and no one batted an eye,” said Connie Chapman, who was in charge of the charity’s Seattle office for two years. “I would fly to New York for less than a day to report to my supervisor.” All staff members flying to the charity’s office at a military hospital in Germany traveled in business class, employees said. One current employee said her last-minute ticket cost $7,000. Mr. Nardizzi fired Ms. Chapman, an Iraq veteran with PTSD, in 2012 as part of a “management restructuring,” she said. By 2014, the group was spending $7.5 [MORE]

IT’S DONE! “Strength In Numbers” is complete! Pubbing By February 10!

January 26, 2016 // 5 Comments

Wow. It’s been eight months since I pubbed a Big Contemporary Romance, which as a matter of fact was Would I Lie to You, the first in what is shaping up to be a very hot series. Yeah, series. #2 doesn’t end with the semi-cliffhanger that I used in #1, but the door is definitely wide open for more danger, intrigue and hot hot sexin’! Marc and Jesse are not yet bored with each other, and I am not yet bored with them. When we’re all sick of each other, I solemnly swear I won’t keep “phoning ’em in” the way some writers do with their series (in all genres) just to cash another check. I can’t say I “lost my way” last year. I wrote what I wanted to, which, well, yeah, okay, that means I lost my way economically. I did a paranormal, I did a science fiction, and I did a heteromance, all of which were good and none of which made any money. It’s a shining testament to the strength of my backlist that I’m still [MORE]

In the matter of: Gay Fiction v. Gay Romance

January 21, 2016 // 19 Comments

Hear ye, hear ye, court is in session… I just read Andrew Holleran’s novel Grief. It’s the first novel I can think of that talks about what it’s like to be gay and what straight society calls “middle aged.” Which in gay society is basically, “whatever sexual attractiveness you had has, like the elves of Middle Earth, taken ship and Gone Into The West.” Honestly, it’s the first “gay novel” I’ve read in years. By which I mean, a novel about being gay, which is a very different animal from a “gay romance.” A romance is a trope-adhering fiction. In a gay romance, it’s one in which the main characters happen to be gay. In all successful romances, the genre requirements in play at the moment of its creation are upheld – for instance, since “new adult” came along, it’s necessary that both characters have Wounds and Dark Secrets that their scowling beauty conceals. The main male character (preferably both of them in gayrom) must be possessed [MORE]

Back to the “Drawing” board with the “Broken” Audiobook…

January 20, 2016 // 6 Comments

Yeah, I’m crazy. I recorded 7 1/2 chapters before I listened to or attempted to edit the first one. I know. Why did I record nearly the whole book before listening, even once, to a sample of the first chapter? I don’t know. Well, actually, I do know. Because I wanted to move on it, and if I did a little piece and listened to it and it sucked, I’d lose momentum. I know myself well enough. I knew I might have to throw it out. That didn’t matter. What mattered was doing what I had to do to get up a head of steam, to incorporate narration into my day. To stop and examine what I’d done and see how I’d “got it all wrong” would be to kill the whole experiment. The whole time, I was all whispering to myself, “I should turn off the fridge, I should move the computer,” but I didn’t. I sort of knew in some way that when I went to edit, no amount of Noise Print/Noise Reduction was going to take out the weird high aftereffects of the [MORE]

Marc’s Backstory from “Strength” – WARNING tough sledding ahead…

January 18, 2016 // 6 Comments

Yeah, don’t read if you don’t wanna cry. I know, fuckin’ everyone says that, every writer bursts into tears when they finish their grocery lists. Seriously though. It’s heavy.   There is no doubt that for a young person of quick mind, there are few punishments more terrible than spending one’s days in the classrooms of a mediocre public high school. And yet, here was Marc Julian, who should have been in a “gifted students” academy, enduring his senior year at Coppersmith High. A prisoner on Devil’s Island could hardly feel more despair at his state than a brilliant, hormonal teenager forced to endure the learning pace of the dolts around him. The problem was political, really. Marc’s parents were academics who were, unfortunately for Marc, firm believers in their duty to “stay put” in the public school system. They had vowed to work to improve it, rather than abandoning it for a private or charter school. They were also trying to teach Marc [MORE]
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