Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Review For "The Bridge" On Amazon...


5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!February 28, 2013
By 
This review is from: The Bridge (Para-Earth Series) (Kindle Edition)
The Bridge was a fantastic story that completely sucked me in. The characters were great, with witty banter that had me cracking up. You will not be able to put this down! This story takes a charming English psychic into a dark, mysterious, and evil world.

Twists and turns will have you thinking, "did that really just happen?"

Wonderful story reminiscent of my Dean Koontz days. I will be watching for more from this author.

"Just then the human wall, known as Casey stepped in front of him and gesteured to a table, 'The ladies are waiting for you.'
'So is St. Peter,' Alex muttered turning and heading towards what he hoped would not be a last meal."

This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Another 5 STAR Review for "THE BRIDGE"


I'm so excited to share this review with you all:
Review by: Danielle Silva on Feb. 24, 2013 : star star star star star
I absolutely loved, loved, loved The Bridge!!! I do have to say
that there are a few spelling and grammatical errors, and a few places where the sentence structure could use a little bit more editing/proofreading. However, this was not bad enough to cause any problems with reading through those areas.

With that said, I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the plot! The story was absolutely amazing! It has a
wonderfully amazing supernatural element and I really loved the way the author portrayed Native American Shamans. The mystery was so intense and suspenseful ... I had a hard time putting the book down for any reason. The plot is full of twists and turns that kept me guessing and the ending was absolutely amazing with a twist that I did not expect! I really hope that the author, Allan Krummenacker, will write a sequel to this book! Either way, I look forward to reading more from this author!
There are more reviews at Smashwords.com.  Click on the Link below to see them:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Importance of Editing....

The last 7 days have kept me busy.  I mean REALLY busy.  And the sad thing about it all is that some of this could have been avoided....up to a point.  Now I'm talking about re-editing my first novel AFTER it had already come out.  Why would I do that?  Because in spite of the combined efforts of myself and 2-3 other people checking the novel over for grammatical errors, a number of them got past all of us.  From day one, I was determined to try and put out as good a product as I possibly could.  And when I found out I'd failed, I felt obligated to go back and fix things.

Now, I'm sure a number of you are wondering to yourselves, "Is he saying he never got it professionally edited?"  The answer is, "I did not."  Now, this is not because I was so arrogant in my own writing abilities, nor was it because I was being cheap and didn't want to put the money out.  The truth is... my wife and I have applied for Food Stamps and have been getting aid from my In-Laws for the last 5 years.

I was a Realtor up until the market crashed.  And I've not been able to get anything since that happened.  I'm set up with three different temp agencies,  I'm applying for jobs every day, every week, but the economy and job market are not great where we are.  I've gone on plenty of interviews but things aren't happening.  Perhaps it's because I'm 48, or that I've had so much job experience in the past people won't consider me for minimum wage jobs because I'm over-qualified  Whatever the case, this is why I went back to college and got my A. S. Degree in Human Services.  Unfortunately, most places now will only consider people with a B. A. Degree.  Well, my wife is working on hers right now and my turn will come in 2 years when she's finished.  So in the meantime, I keep applying and trying, while also doing the writing to keep my spirits up.

So, in short, I CANNOT afford to spend a few hundred dollars, or even just $100 dollars to get my 380 page, double-spaced, novel professionally edited.  I have to rely on myself, and a few select people I trust (among them are English teachers).  Now, if you're wondering how errors got past even them, apparently my story was so good they kept getting caught up in it.  This is why my readers have been giving it 4 and even a 5 star review, in spite of the grammatical errors.  Those who gave it 4 stars flat out said in their review they wanted to give it a 5 star rating.  Plus, they also stated they are STILL eager to read the next one.

So, what could I do about this situation?  The only avenue available to me.  I went over the book line-by-line and word-by-word.  I found areas where a word was missing, spots with a word duplicated, or two ideas (one of which had been abandoned in favor of another) still mixed together.  I fixed them all as best I could.  This is something I should have done in the first place, but I was so confident others would catch everything for me. Now, will I still use those people again?  Yes, because I've shared with them what we missed so they can help watch out for them.  PLUS, I'm going to go over everything word-by-word again after they've reviewed the manuscript.  If by some lucky chance I can afford a professional editor by then, I'll use one.  But if I can't then this is my last line of defense to help put out a good product.  Which is what I want to do every time.

And I recommend you all do the same thing.  Even if you're book has been professionally edited, look it over word-by-word.  Especially if you made changes at any point, because I found a number of new errors that were created by my revision efforts.  It's so easy to get caught up in the story you're perfecting that you might overlook mistakes you're creating in the process.  And this will keep your book from reaching the level of perfection you're aiming for.

Now, one more thing.  Since I published through Smashwords and Createspace, it was easy for me to replace the interior of the book with a new edited 2nd edition.  I then everyone out there what I did.  Just like I'm telling you right now.  I also offered to replace any flawed e-copies, with the new version, if they wished at my own expense.  So far no one has taken me up on it, because they love what they got, warts and all.  Remember, they still have the version that was earning the 4 star ratings because they thought the story itself was that good!

But I also ordered 25 printed copies before I found out about the errors.  So what did I do about them?  Luckily no one had ordered one of those yet, but I was still stuck with them.  Then it occurred to me, those 25 copies were the first ones ever printed.  In short I had 1st edition copies which were limited in number.  Well, I decided I would sign every one of them and offer them up as flawed, first editions.  I made sure everyone (FB, Twitter, websites, LinkedIn, Blogs, word of mouth, etc.) knew about the grammatical errors first.  This way any buyers knew what they were getting if they wanted one.  I also offered to personalize the books as well as sign them.  This took place a couple of days ago and the results so far is that I now only have 16 copies left.  Honesty can pay off folks.

So, that's all for today.  I'll be posting again soon.  Stay tuned take care and keep writing.

PS: If anyone is interested in one of the remaining 16 books, they are going for $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling for U. S. delivery.  If you're overseas let me know and I'll look into what the cost for shipping would be to your country and we can talk.  Thanks and take care.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Signed 1st Edition Copies of "THE BRIDGE"

Okay folks I have 25 first edition prints of my novel "The Bridge". I just finished creating a 2nd edition. What's the difference between 1st and 2nd? There were errors that got past me and my helpers in the 1st edition. This is the same version that had earned me 4 and 5 star reviews. (it would have been more 5 star ones if it hadn't been for the errors, people even said so in their reviews). I found out about the errors after I placed the order. So there are only 25 of them in existence and they were the first ones ever printed, which is why I'm referring to them as 1st edition.

I tried to correct as many of the errors as possible for the 2nd edition. Anyone interested in the 1st edition copies, let me know. I will personalize them as well as sign them for those who wish it. The price will be $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping.



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Limited Time Offer....

I'm running a VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL!  From today through Saturday Feb. 16th, my novel "THE BRIDGE" is available at Smashwords for (Sony, Apple, Nook, EPub, Mobi for Kindle, and PDF formats) for half off at $1.99.  Get yours while you can as the price will go back up to $3.99 on Sunday:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/272613



Friday, February 8, 2013

I Have A Guest For You All... Meet Nicole Field

 I have a special treat for you all today.  I have a guest blogger today.  I've been wanting to do this for some time.  I know you're familiar with some of MY views and ideas, but I wanted to give you some points of view on writing from other authors.  So please help me welcome the author of the novel "Gothic" Nicole Field!

Hey all! I'm Nicole, I'm from Melbourne, Australia, and at the moment, I'm busily writing a paranormal romance / urban fantasy series starting with the title Gothic.

Allan has kindly invited me here today to talk about my thoughts on plot and character creation. Lucky for me, I have many ideas on both of those things! 

Many years ago, a tiny nugget of a plot appeared to me in a dream. I remember seeing a vampire standing at the door to a house that he hadn't been invited into and couldn't get in. In the doorway, there was a strong, young woman standing in defence of the person inside the house who was refusing to see the vampire at the door.

This scene stayed with me. I wrote a couple of notes into a notebook at the time to make sure it stayed fresh, but otherwise I left it alone and went onto other things.

About a year after that, I was in the middle of my Honours year. That was a really stressful time. I was having to nitpick and agonise over every word that I was putting together for this thesis. The marks and feedback I was getting from the coursework weren't as good as I could have hoped. I was stressing out, and I needed a distraction. 

I started writing. I didn't care whether the words were perfect or not. I just started writing, all stream of consciousness, about a human girl who was, through no fault of her own, stuck in the middle of several supernatural beings. This girl, later named Dahlia Noone, had a werewolf for a father and a vampire for a godmother. In the course of a week, the first draft of Gothic was written.

At this point, I had about four pages steam of consciousness style. I knew I had enough characters to play against each other and flesh out the world of a story. All I needed now was a story or plot for them to revolve around. 

For that, I needed one last character.

This antagonist surprised me. He ended up being none of the characters who'd come to me in the early dream, nor the later brainstorming. He was, however, in the early drafts. A bit part character I hadn't thought much about, who could, without too much effort, be brought into the forefront. 

It's difficult to say too much more on that character without spoiling the plot for Gothic, so I will finish with two last thoughts on plot and character creation:

Evidently, for me, the plot comes second to the characters that I want to write about, at least it has in this instance. That's not always the case. I've recently written a post on my blog about J. K. Rowlings' new book The Casual Vacancy, observing how that is a character driven story, as opposed to the 'good vs evil' plot that dominated the seven Harry Potter novels.

Finally, the last very important aspect I found for cementing my characters was envisioning the main characters in famous faces of shows I enjoy watching. Melissa George, Ian Somerhalder and Ksenia Solo all appear in my mental cast list. 

Well, that's about all we have time for today. Thanks to Allan for letting me feature here today as an guest blogger. For any interested in Gothic, buy links are included below:


For my own websites, find me here:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

5 Star Review!!!


MY FIRST 5 STAR REVIEW!!! I'm so excited, the reviewer described it as 'Unique' (in a really good way).  Check it out at the link below.    PLUS... I got contacted by a second radio station who wants to interview me about my book.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bridge-Para-Earth-Series-ebook/dp/B00B86DR9G/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

Monday, February 4, 2013

Another 4 Star Review And An Explanation...


Got another 4 star review on "The Bridge" which you can see at the link below.  And she is completely right about there being grammatical errors in the version she read.  She unfortunately got one of the not completely edited copies, for which I profusely apologize.   Rest assured The editions here on Amazon and on Smashwords have been edited and corrected, as I am determined to deliver a good product.  

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bridge-Para-Earth-Series-ebook/dp/B00B86DR9G/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

Personalized and Signed...

Ordered some printed copies of my debut novel "The Bridge".  Planning to offer sign and personalize them to those who are interested in buying one.  I'll give more details shortly.  Stay tuned.