Saturday, July 28, 2012

Update on Stop Sucking And Start Writing giveaway

Folks...

With your help, the giveaway for Stop Sucking And Start Writing has been a HUGE success!

You have catapulted the book to #1 on Amazon in both Writing Skills and Creativity categories!

Thanks to everyone who has participated!




Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stop Sucking And Start Writing II


Hey fellow Plotters, Romy-ites, Culver-ites, and Stop Sucking acolytes!

I have some BIG news for you!

Yes, it’s true... I have FINALLY gotten off my big fat fluffy butt and finished the next book in the Stop Sucking series!

That’s right!

As of RIGHT NOW for only $0.99 you have full Kindle exclusive access to “Stop Sucking And Start Writing II - Hey, whoa there ma’am! Writing IS a real job!”

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008OXK262



AND that’s not all!

To celebrate the arrival of our newest bambino, you will ALSO get the first book in the series for free! Starting this Friday and through Saturday.

That’s right... I said FREE!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007QDXHIG



But HURRY! This free offer is only good for TWO DAYS! (that’s 48 hours for you minute minders)

From July 27th through July 28th (Friday and Saturday) you can get the book that chronicles the beginnings of Paul Philip Carter’s indie author ramblings and blah blah blogging diatribes.

(Don’t worry, I won’t let you forget the dates... I’ll make updates on Twitter and Facebook to force encourage you to buy!)

Yes, you can get your very own copy of the first set of crazed ramblings advice and tips and humorous anecdotes of your most very favorite writer ever of all time for eternity and infinity!

And DON’T FORGET... while you are out there check out the most awesome-est Epic Fantasy adventure novel of all time -- the first book in the series The Plotters of Cantaera Book One: Enemies.

Available exclusively on Kindle!


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HR41F8


Saturday, July 21, 2012

"Just say no!" to using pic's off the Internet

Hey ya'all.

Come and get me, Copper!


I am going through a cleaning process on The Multiverse.

A rather well-known agent/blogger (Kristin Nelson) had a guest blogger post about an issue she has been dealing with in regards to a picture she had used in a blog post.

(read here): http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2012/07/blogging-authors-beware-you-can-get.html

Another prominent Kristen (of the Lamb variety) also posted on her Facebook about this: http://www.facebook.com/WeAreNotAloneMyWANA

Kristen Lamb has set up a neat "share" group for writers to swap pics on her WANA pages that you might want to check into and SIGN up for.

So.... long story short, though I never intentionally set out to use pictures illegally, I will be removing ANY pictures that I am not CERTAIN I have rights to.

My suggestion to you would be to do the same.

And not just on your blog, but, if you are like me, a writer who hopes to garner national international global galactic as much attention as possible to his writing someday, I would suggest also making sure your PERSONAL social pages are free of any possible sue-worthy content.

Just a thought.

In the future, all my posts will be decorated only with pics that I own. So get ready for lots of Plotters and Romy and Culver pics!

And that's a GOOD thing!

Oh, and another thing... if you have any blogs out there that you've forgotten about that still exist but you never update... better check those too or maybe just shut them down. Cause I bet they can still come back and bite your ass.

Good luck!

PPC




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fantasy begets SCI-FI begets fantasy...



For those of you who have been following along and playing from home for a while you might remember the story of the origin of The Plotters story.

(You can go back and cheat re-read the original story “Of origins and beginnings” from way back in March here: http://paulphilipcarter.blogspot.com/2012/03/of-origins-and-beginnings.html)

And, if you are a VERY astute student, you may recall that at the very beginning The Plotters COULD have been a (wait for it...) SCI-FI story.

Yep, that’s right.

The very first kernel of this story started out with Tanak and Keeril and Siper doing plotter-ly things up in The Heavenly Realm but from a “real” room with real desks and doors and statues and lions and tigers and bears OH MY!

From this (original) opening scene it seemed that the Plotters were going to be sci-fi archetypes with futuristic tools and weapons and maybe even (gasp) spacecrafts!

But then... William Deane came into the story and from then on it was clear this was a FANTASY novel (but with sci-fi elements). I couldn’t throw out the entire baby with the bath water.

I bring this up today to address certain comments that have sprung up since the release of Plotters favorably comparing my work to other writers. (Thanks by the way... that is a HUGE compliment!)

Let me ask a question:
Have you ever read a book and you’re travelling along nicely with the characters, getting into their world and then slam/bang/slap/crash you realize something and say: “Hey... is this writer trying to tell me that this story is set in some future that actually stems from our past and warns us of a cataclysm that has occurred and that this is actually some kind of really really post-post-post apocalyptic setting?”

Ok, well maybe your imagination didn’t go into THAT much detail. But mine almost always does.

For you Tolkien fans, remember all the references in LOTR harkening back to the time of the Numenoreans, and how they built great cities and had wonderful (seemingly) technologically advanced tools and knowledge that put them far ahead of the characters we knew and loved?

I sometimes imagine that the old cultures that died out in the THIRD AGE were actually very technologically advanced and they had medical equipment and maybe even something like electricity. Tolkien certainly meant the original home of Numenor, the island within sight of Valinor, to be a type of Atlantis.

And it’s not just Tolkien. Almost every other fantasy story has a history rich with former races or former cultures which were much more advanced than the characters the current story depicts.

Almost as if they are using a SCI-FI element to describe the lost worlds.

And, to be perfectly clear, I LOVE this stuff!

It’s like a circular argument, a revolving door: fantasy births sci-fi; sci-fi births legendary fantasy; and back again.

For me, the two genres are wonderfully and inextricably intertwined, and I love both almost equally.

And the reason I am telling you all about this today is because very soon I will be releasing my first sci-fi novel: Romy Malloy BRILLIANT DISGUISE.

I do not have a specific date YET, but stay tuned!

And, you might just ask if you are a perceptive and precocious student of The Multiverse, just how did I come up with the story for Romy Malloy?

To be perfectly honest and forthcoming and in full disclosure no secrets between us... Romy Malloy was born of my utter frustration with the whole vampire/werewolf/zombie paradigm.

Now before you go off screaming that you LOVE the vampire stories or that your brother is a werewolf, or that your wife is a zombie... let me stop you.

I love a “good” vampire/werewolf/zombie story just as much as the next guy. Notice how I put air quotes around the word GOOD???

The problem is that these were the only stories that “seemed” to be selling, at least that’s the way it seemed a few years ago when Romy was born. And many of the stories that I came in contact with were... well... no better than werewolf droppings!

And, to throw out even MORE honesty, I did NOT want to write a vampire/werewolf/zombie story anyway!

That’s just not ME.

But sci-fi... now THAT’s a genre I can write.

And so that’s what I did.

Romy Malloy was my own little child of rebellion, born in the upheaval of my mind striving to not fit in to a “popular” genre I could not conform to.

And what elements of sci-fi would a rebellious writer use in his story?

Dimensional travel. HAARP technology. Telepathy.

Now that’s a bunch of plot elements I can sink my sharpened toothed hairy muzzled decaying face into!

So, in the near future you will be bedazzled (or befuddled) with my first ever debut sci-fi novel.

I hope you enjoy it.

What examples do you have on genre overlap? Do you have a favorite? I would LOVE to hear from you!

Later!

PPC

...

HEY! If you want to check out the results of MY OWN little foray into the world of self publishing look here for my book The Plotters of Cantaera:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HR41F8

And, I also wrote a little ditty to help out my struggling brother and sister writers called "Stop Sucking And Start Writing!"
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007QDXHIG


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Yeah, that’d be great.



If you haven’t seen the movie OFFICE SPACE, please go watch it right now.

Put everything else in your life on hold, bookmark this blog post so you don’t lose it, lock your computer and go sit your butt down in front of the TV and watch the movie.

Don’t do anything else until you do, and for the love of all that is holy come RIGHT BACK to this blog post immediately after you watch the movie!

Ok... got that?

Good. Now that you have watched the movie you will understand what I mean when I quote this line:
I'm gonna need you to go ahead come in tomorrow. So if you could be here around nine. Yeah... that’d be great.”

Hahahaha! That’s so funny, huh?

So, what’s the point of quoting this line?

Over inflated expectations. Candy coated glossy pictured rose-colored glasses Polly-Anna-ish-ness.

Let’s face it.

In life on the way to accomplish our life’s dreams, there’s always a little bit more to do.

A little bit more expected. Just one more task or maybe two... but that’s about it... maybe, and then you can be done. Your work is finished. Oh, wait... except for this. And this. Oh, and that...

You get what I mean?

Every time you get to a point where you think you are done and you can finally sit back and relax you suddenly realize that you have about a thousand more things that you have to get done before you can even start to think you are getting close to completing a goal!

There are a lot of different terms you could use to label this.

Scope creep. Requirement creep. Project bloat.

Call it what you will, the end result has only one name:
DISAPPOINTMENT

Writers and artists are particularly prone to fall to the infection of project creep, and are then also prime candidates for the resulting symptom of disappointment. And we all know what disappointment can lead to right?

Disillusionment. Depression. Delay. Defeat.

Man that’s a LOT of Big D words!

And eventually, when we don’t realize the success that we thought would come from all our hard work, we just decide to forget about it all... we give up.

But I have another big D word for ya...

You can DESTORY all this negativity!

That’s right! It can be done.

If you plan properly, set timelines and stick to them, set your expectations realistically, you will never again experience disappointment, delay, disillusionment...ddddddd...

It’s not always easy. To help you out and get you to a point where you can feel good about the work you are doing, there are three things you should understand before you start your writing project.
(You should ALSO keep track of these things throughout your whole project experience (writing, editing, formatting, pre-publishing, and final publishing) so that you don’t forget what your true goals are and start to fall into the disappointment and delay and yada yada yada.)

1. UNDERSTAND YOUR END GOAL: Before you even start to thinking about self-publishing, you should really sit yourself down and read up a little bit about it. And I am not talking about only reading the rah-rah stories that tell you there are unicorns and rainbows shooting out of every indie authors butts and that they are all now independently wealthy and that if you don’t hurry up you are going to miss the boat. I’ll give you a little cold hard facts that I just pulled out of my ass cause I’m too lazy to look it up looked up: Independent authors don’t make very much money! SURPRISE! You lose! Hahahaha! So, the bottom line is this: Don’t do this to get rich. Set a realistic goal. Like, your goal should just be to (at first) get a book published to Amazon. Then start setting other goals like get a press release done, get some reviews, try to get a local paper to report on your book, find ways to market. These are different goals, and should be treated as such. That way, you can feel that you have accomplished at least a little bit of something to be happy about. This leads us to...

2. Divide and Counquer: That’s right, just like I mentioned in the last paragraph, cut up those goals into individual tasks, slice them and dice them and set end dates and timelines for each and every one of those nasty little buggers! That way, you can have a subset of goals that will be MUCH easier to reach and complete and feel good about. AND YOU SHOULD FEEL GOOD ABOUT REACHING THESE GOALS! Just because you split them into smaller subsets doesn’t mean they are any less meaningful. Did you just finish your second edit? GREAT! Celebrate it! Go have a Margarita! Wait... you have Margarita’s? Have you been holding out one me???

3.EXPECT SOME SCOPE CREEP: Look, no matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you plan, you are GOING to have some amount of underestimation on what your requirements are to complete your goal. The list of tasks you have to complete in order to get things done will inevitably grow. The idea here is to do the best you can to anticipate these things before you start out so that you are not totally surprised and become overwhelmed and give up before you really have time to start. For example, if you know you are not that good at doing art work for your cover, don’t just blow off the need for making a cover! Plan it into your overall project. Think about ways to get the artwork done in advance so that when the time comes to add your cover art to the project you don’t freak out and throw your hands up in desperation. If you have a plan and take the steps necessary to get it done in advance, then when the time comes you’ll be just fine. BUT... if you just happen to forget that you were supposed to have cover art.... DON’T FREAK OUT! It is expected (or it SHOULD BE) that you will have certain tasks that just pop up unexpectedly. And if you plan for these last minute “uh-oh’s” you will be ready to overcome them and not fall to despair (there’s another cool D word!)

In the end, if you still do not seem to be getting the results you wish you could get, just keep on going! Don’t stop!

Remember your goals!

Now, let’s be realistic, if your goal is to get rich quick, or even just to get rich, then maybe you need to look into some other line of work.

Because, well... I hate to break it to ya, but independent authors ain’t raking in the BIG BUCKS!

But are you in this for the long run? Do you want to be a writer the rest of your life?

If your answer is NO and that is NOT your goal, then you can just move along and forget you ever read this blog post.

If the answer is yes then never give up. Why would you?

If you want to do this forever, then do this forever!

Don’t let anyone else’s definition of success stop you from feeling successful.

Take enjoyment from all the little accomplishments you have completed.

One sale? GREAT! Celebrate that one sale!

Or, maybe it’s just enough to know that you have a book out there on Amazon.

Your happiness is dependent on what your expectations are.

DO NOT over exaggerate your expectations.

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HEY! If you want to check out the results of MY OWN little foray into the world of self publishing look here for my book The Plotters of Cantaera:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HR41F8

And, I also wrote a little ditty to help out my struggling brother and sister writers called "Stop Sucking And Start Writing!"
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007QDXHIG

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Try before you buy

Hello fellow Plotters!

It has been a busy couple of weeks around here on the Multiverse!

We have been forced to fix broken cars, we celebrated the independence of the greatest country in the world, we took our son for a Summer Welcome orientation whirlwind at his new college, and... hmm... lets see... what else?

Oh, yea right! We also released the first book in the Plotters of Cantaera trilogy!



Yea, it's been a little bit busy around here!

So, while you take a moment to view the stunning art work on the cover of the new book on the Amazon web page (here): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HR41F8

... I thought you might also like to taste a little tidbit of the story to get you exited about reading the rest of it.

Because, nothing says loving like something from the oven, right?

So, here you have it, a fresh baked dessert ready and waiting for you to ingest!

For today's morsel I thought you might like to get a taste of our female lead character, Sirana.

Sirana is a Maithus princess, the leader of a people who believe that William Deane is the fulfillment of a long believed prophecy that says a man will be born to lead them to their freedom.

But we all know how William feels about prophecy right? That it's just a tool of the Plotters, used to control the people of Cantaera?

Yep... see how William likes it when he hears a little bit more about what the Maithus expect of him...


“You must be wrong about me,” he said. “I have nothing, I know nothing that the Governors would want.”
Sirana glanced at her men, then looked directly at William with that same intent look that made him feel she could see through him. She seemed to hesitate, but she finally spoke.
“They want your power,” she whispered.
“Power?” William said, feeling suddenly that Sirana had seen or guessed all of his thoughts. He tried to hide his surprise that she had possibly stepped dead center into the middle of his own personal demons.
“What power?” he asked as innocently as possible.
Sirana’s look became somehow even more intent, and instead of answering his question, she asked more of her own.
“Have you noticed any strange things happening to you lately? Unexplainable things?”
William froze. He tried to stop his mind from going to the place her question had directed him to, but he could not. He knew now with certainty what Sirana was speaking of, though he couldn't  figure out how she knew it. Immediately, all the things that had happened to him recently came pounding back into his mind; the fog in the field, the encounter with Coralis, Murry and Grandpa’s memory lapses, the protest at the Council building, Grandpa’s abduction, and Sirana stabbing him in the heart. Were these the things that Sirana was now referring to? Were these things all happening because of some power he possessed? He tried to deny it, but he knew he could not; somehow Sirana had known that these things were happening.
William felt again the strong pull to talk to her about these things, the need to have someone to confide in, but something told him it was not the right time for him to have that comfort. For some reason he knew that he was not to tell Sirana what had happened to him. It wasn’t only his desire to be perceived as mature or that he worried she would think him insane that held him back. There was something else that stopped him.
He scrunched up his face and shook his head in answer to her question.
“Other than being stabbed in the heart and living through it there is nothing else I can tell that has seemed strange,” he said.
Sirana looked at him like she wasn’t sure she believed him.
“You are certain?” she asked.
William nodded. “Well that, and the fact that my whole family has been taken captive,” he added.
She seemed to accept his answer.
“Nevertheless,” she continued, “as you pointed out, the fact that you can survive a wound like that indicates many things to me and my people. We have been expecting one such as you for some time.”
“Your people have been expecting me?” he asked. “So it’s not only the Council and the Governors who are after me?”
She flashed him a look that told him the answer to his question was more than obvious. He realized that he was finally getting to the meat of the answers he needed, only now he felt like he had heard enough. These were not the answers he had wanted to hear. But he couldn’t stop now just because he didn’t like the answers he was getting.
“But I have been here in Ves-Jin my whole life,” he said. “Why didn’t you just try to find me before now?”
“We did not know it was you we were looking for until recently.”
It hit him then, and her words from moments ago flooded back to him. In his haste to find information about his Grandpa he had neglected to pay attention to what she had said. She had said that they had been looking for him when they came to Ves-Jin. Like the men who were chasing him. She had spoken to Grandpa while William was at the Council meeting. He didn’t think she had wanted that to slip out, given that now his Grandpa was missing. She told him that she believed he has a power, and that the men chasing him were after that power. Was she after that power too? Is that what her people were expecting? Though he hadn’t told her, she knew about the power. Somehow she knew.
His suspicions flared anew, and he was grateful that he had kept his wits about him enough to not tell her everything. She had told him before she stabbed him that there were those who would lie about their identity to get information about her people, yet, even after seemingly confirming his identity, she still did not trust him. He realized that he also had good reason to doubt her trustworthiness. She was not telling him everything she knew, that was certain, and he decided he should do the same.
“And what is so important about me, about this power, that your people have been expecting me?”
“In time you will come to know more,” she said, and William could tell her willingness to share her information had evaporated.
“Tomorrow, we will make for Stanton,” she said, changing the subject. “Then we head north, to Hanna, and onward.” She pulled her blanket over her, arranging a spot to sleep for the night.
“Why are we going to Stanton?” he asked, trying to sound indifferent and purposely ignoring the reference to Hanna, and onward. He suddenly realized that he might possibly be making different travel plans. 



And there you have it!


Hope you enjoyed it... and if you want to read more, don't forget you can go here:


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HR41F8


Friday, July 6, 2012

The Plotters of Cantaera Book One: Enemies is AVAILABLE NOW! Exclusively on Kindle




Folks, I have something to tell you.

I am excited to announce that The Plotters of Cantaera Book One: Enemies is AVAILABLE NOW, exclusively on Kindle!




You can get it here:


This release marks the culmination of many years of work and preparation that has left me simultaneously drained and pumped, deflated and elated, discouraged and optimistic... and all those other things that a writer will feel when working toward publication of a novel.

But it's finally here!!!

Yes!

I can finally say that I have published my first FANTASY NOVEL!!

And it's a TRILOGY! (more to come on those books later!)

Yayayayayaya!

I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank my family, who have been more than incredible with the help and support during this process. Thanks so much for putting up with me.

But especially, I want to thank my incredible illustrator! Tifani, you have such an amazing talent that is truly a gift from God and I am amazed at how beautiful it all turned out.

So now, as humbly as I can possibly be at this time, I offer up my completed first novel to you, my dear readers, and it is my utmost wish that you enjoy the read and maybe even get a little something out of it to keep with you throughout your life.

As they say in Cantaera:

"May your days be lived under the Sun and full of the blessings of the Maker."


Don't forget, you can get it here:



Here's some stuff for the press:

Press Release:

Author Paul Philip Carter Releases First Book In Epic Fantasy Trilogy The Plotters Of Cantaera

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 07/07/2012

Paul Philip Carter announces the release of the first book in The Plotters of Cantaera epic fantasy trilogy titled Book One: Enemies. This release marks the fantasy debut for Mr. Carter. Part two and part three of The Plotters of Cantaera trilogy will be released in late 2012 or 2013.

Kansas City, MO July 7, 2012 – Independent author Paul Philip Carter is proud to announce the release of his debut fantasy novel The Plotters of Cantaera Book One: Enemies which will be initially available exclusively as an ebook on Amazon Kindle.

“Be warned,” Mr. Carter advises. “After reading the Plotters of Cantaera, your own understanding of reality may change forever.” Mr. Carter grew up on a steady stream of fantasy and sci-fi stories and is excited to take the leap into the literary world with this debut novel. “But this is not your typical sword and sorcery and prophecy epic fantasy."

The Plotters of Cantaera Book One: Enemies will introduce the world of Cantaera and the lives of William Deane and his family and friends. William’s only desire is to find and recapture his kidnapped father and grandfather. But William finds that his life, as well as the lives of every person on his home world of Cantaera, is controlled by the Plotters, powerful beings that can change and even erase your thoughts and memories. William learns that prophecy is not the future, and fate is not the master and not the creator of true reality, and to win back the reality of the love of his family he must reveal and remove the power of the Plotters.

About The Author:
Growing up in Missouri, Paul Philip Carter spent his childhood telling stories to his Mom and Grandma. “I told so many stories as a kid my mom always said I’d either be a lawyer or a writer.” Thankfully law school did not appeal to Mr. Carter. Nearing his forties, a decision was made and the first pages of the dystopian fantasy The Plotters of Cantaera were born. Mr. Carter will tackle the world of scifi next with the Romy Malloy and Culver Bishop novels.

Along with this debut fantasy novel Mr. Carter is also the author of “Stop Sucking And Start Writing”, a book
of advice for independent writers available on Kindle and Nook.

You can find more information about Mr. Carter and his books and his adventures in the realm of self-publishing by reading his blog “The Multiverse”: http://paulphilipcarter.blogspot.com/ You can also find Mr. Carter on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/PaulPhilipCarter, and on Twitter here: @paulpcarter

The Kindle version of The Plotters of Cantaera Book One: Enemies is found here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HR41F8

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