There was an overwhelming response to the poll I set up at the end of The Rain Trilogy. Many of you asked for a new story in a new world with new characters, written in the same captivating style that The Rain was written. Now, that new journey is set to begin. (If you want to read more about my final thoughts on The Rain—beware of spoilers—then go here.)
Introducing WIPE, a brand new post-apocalyptic story. The blurb and FAQ is below the cover.
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I’ve seen the tower from the beach a million times.
Way out in the sea, impossible to reach.
It rises gray and bare, up and up, and then out of sight. As if the sea gave birth to something meant to connect it to the sky. I’ve never seen the top. Maze says she’s not convinced it has one.
And I’ve always taken its impossible presence for what the Fathers say it is: a relic from before the Wipe. The hubris of pre-Wipe man, and a reminder for us all as to why it is God’s Will that we never return to technology.
But Maze suddenly has it in her head that the tower means something else, something different than the history the Fathers have given us. I think she’s a conspiracy theorist.
Until she shows me the map. Just the word mirror scribbled in red ink, next to a marking, and she expects me to go into the Deadlands with her. As long as I’ve known of her recklessness, and as much of a bad influence as she is on me, I can’t say no. Because while she doesn’t know they exist, I can’t stop my feelings for her.
And I start to realize, when we first pass over the rotting gates, into the ruin that was a city, that it will take something much more than either of us ever knew we had in order to survive the truth.
HOW WILL IT BE PUBLISHED?
WIPE will be published serially in 5 parts, just as The Rain Trilogy was. You can expect a new part once every 3 weeks until the novel is finished.
HOW WILL THIS BE DIFFERENT FROM THE RAIN TRILOGY?
For starters, each part will be longer. In The Rain Trilogy, there was a minimum word count of 15,000 words. This is roughly 60 print pages. In WIPE, I will raise the bar—each part will be 20,000 words long.
I DON’T LIKE THE SERIAL PUBLICATION MODEL…WHAT THE HELL?
If you don’t like reading a novel in parts, then you can wait it out. I will publish an omnibus version of the story once it is complete. At 3 weeks per part, the entire story should be done in 15 weeks, or a little under 4 months. As long as you are a member of the mailing list, you will be notified about the progress of the story, and its final publication.
IS THIS PUBLISH IN PARTS THING A SCAM?
No. That’s a big fat NO. Although to some it has seemed like that, rest assured I am not making a fat buck on this method. If someone were to buy, as an example, the entire Rain Trilogy, all 14 parts that are for sale, I would make $4.90. In fact, because of Amazon’s royalty system, I make a lot less on sales of the parts than I do of the omnibus editions, even though they are cheaper to buy for readers ($2.99 per omnibus vs. $4.99 to buy in parts). This is because the royalty rate on .99 cents books is only 35%. But, I enjoy pricing the parts at the cheapest price-point, which is .99 cents, and I really do enjoy getting feedback along the way as I write my stories. The thing is, although subtle, I am sometimes influenced by the feedback of my readers. Even as I’m plotting, outlining, and brainstorming, the things readers say about the story can work their way into the back of my head. In other words, those of you who do read the stories in parts, and leave reviews and posts on Facebook, have an effect on the very thing you’re reading. I think this is an awesome reality of modern electronic publishing.
THE PAGE COUNT THING, WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?
Unless I have an accompanying print edition of a book—whether it be the part or the omnibus—then Amazon guesses the amount of page numbers by the file size of the ebook. What that means is this—don’t assume the story is the Amazon estimated page count! Once I make print editions, the page number corrects itself, as you can see on the Rain books and the first round of parts for which I made print editions. Every part will be the set amount of words—or more—that I claim. For this new series, that number has gone up 33% over The Rain. That’s a lot more reading for your dollar.