Essay–Small Business Saturday

Ah, yes. The turkey has been sacrificed. Bushels of cranberry were destroyed to make a chunky red paste. And billions of pounds of pumpkin were savaged and turned into pie. Mmm….pie.

In other words, Thanksgiving is over and now it’s the dreaded “Black Friday” where people lose their shit and become complete savages to save an average of 39 cents at big box stores. Savages, I tell you.

But tomorrow is the oft forgotten “Small Business Saturday.” This is where your hard-earned cash can actually HELP your local economy in a big way. You can patronize your local indie book store or used book store. They always have good deals and usually have some books that are difficult to find elsewhere. Hell, even going into that little restaurant or coffee shop you’ve been eyeing helps.

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Essay–Pace, Pacing, Paced

The Black is the first book I’ve written that has sold a ton of copies. It’s also the first story of mine to have 45 reviews on Amazon.com. I know I shouldn’t look at the reviews. I know I shouldn’t. But I do. I can’t help myself.

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The Black–01

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And here it is, the first episode of The Black. Please forgive my terrible voice in the intro and some chop in the first minutes of story.

This podcast presentation of The Black is copyright 2014 by Paul E Cooley and is protected by a creative commons, attribution, non-commercial, no-derivatives license.

The Black is available via ebook and paperback from Severed Press.

Music by Kevin Mcleod. You can find his work at incompetech.com.

This has been a presentation of Shadowpublications.com
where we don’t believe in happy endings.

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Legends of Garaaga–01

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Audiobook cover.

And here we are. The first episode of the “Legends of Garaaga” podcast.

Today’s the day you purchase the Legends of Garaaga ebook, tradepaperback, and unabridged audiobook.

If you’ve already purchased the GC: Ancients hardcover, there is NO REASON for you to purchase Legends. Also, if you purchased GC: Ancients, you’ll be getting a link to the audiobook in your email very soon.

Enjoy, Fiendlings.

Legends of Garaaga is copyright 2014 by Paul E Cooley and is protected by a Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives License.

Music by Kevin MacLeod. You can find his work at http://incompetech.com

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Pimpage–Legends of Garaaga Cover

Legends Of Garaaga Paperback

 

“The girl on the altar began to scream.
Acquila leapt from the path and crashed into the brush. Nerutal cursed as the members of the circle turned toward him. “Darian, attack!” Nerutal cried and followed Acquila into the clearing.”

Excerpt From: Paul E Cooley. “Legends of Garaaga”

It seems like I commissioned this project a billion years ago. The sad fact is that the designer, the wonderfully patient and talented Scott Pond, has been waiting on me to get my shit together for a very long time. And finally? We’re here.

On Saturday, Nov 22nd, Legends of Garaaga will go on sale at Amazon and the audiobook from my site. If this cover doesn’t pique your interest, I’ve no idea what will. Because Mr. Pond reads my work before designing the covers, he is very good at picking out certain scenes and targeting them. Once we agree on the scene, he does his magic. And folks? The man is MADE of magic.

Mr. Pond? You have once again knocked it out of the park.

For the Garaaga’s Children series, this is the first of many books to come. And I know they’ll all look as enticing.

 

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Essay–Leaving the job…

When I’m not writing or venting my spleen into a microphone, I actually have a dayjob. I design software. I code. I solve problems. I mentor. I advise.

I’ve been writing software since 1996. I’ve worked for so many companies that listing them is impossible on my resume. I’ve been laid off four times. I’ve quit companies when it was obvious to me they were either going down in flames, or the politics made it impossible for me to perform. I’ve left jobs and taken serious paycuts to work on projects I found interesting and challenging.

My present gig has lasted more than 22 months. I love the people here, by and large, and have really enjoyed working with them. But I’m unhappy. Due to certain, um, issues with politics and personalities, it’s become impossible for me to do what I’m being paid for. And rather than make everyone else unhappy, as well as grinding my teeth to nubs, I decided it was best I entertain other opportunities.

Leaving is always tough. There are folks I work with whom I love. They keep me grounded and we have fun working together. The idea of just ditching all that is scary to say the least.

Every time I’ve chosen to leave a company for another, the same questions/concerns materialize in my brain:

  • Will I enjoy new job?
  • Can I hack new job?
  • Will anyone like me at new job?

Strangely enough, these fears are remarkably similar to those I experience when I am days away from publishing a new book. I worry about whether or not I’ve made it the best I can. I worry no one will want to read or listen to it. I worry I’ll never make the money back for the editing/artwork/layout. I worry the audio will be shit and no one will think it’s quality.

I worry. I have problems believing in myself, which most people find hilarious, given my personality. But the concerns are always there and I guess that’s why I’m so damned motivated to try and make things work and work hard to make them successful. I’ll miss the target. I’ll fail. And when I do, I eventually pick myself up and try again.

I’ve never worried about “job security.” In fact, I do my best to put myself out of a job through automation, clear documentation, and thoughtful processes. The bottom line? Whenever I finish one project, I’m always given another. And that’s my job security right there–getting shit done.

So as I leave this current position for another, I’m left facing the old fears again. I’ll get past them. I always do. We’re putting out a shit-ton of content starting November 22nd and that has me scrambling for perfection as well. We’ll get as close as we can, but it’ll never be perfect or what I want to be.

Just like art, jobs are never “finished.” They are abandoned. And when it comes time to move on, you have to move on.

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Lamashtu–Episode 3

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Lamashtu is copyright 2014 by Paul E Cooley and is protected by a Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives License.

Music by Kevin MacLeod. You can find his work at http://incompetech.com

Photo by George Lazenby.

Purchase my new novel, The Black at Amazon in either ebook or trade paperback formats.

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Essay–Sound Effects in Audiobooks

As I record the audiobook for The Black, I’m faced with a few questions. The more I narrate this book (yes, it’s more or less a straight read), the more I feel like something’s missing. Especially for the parts of the story where characters aren’t involved. If you’ve read the book, then you know what I’m talking about.

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Essay–No More Limited Editions

Was recently asked by a listener/reader if future books would have hardcovers. The answer? HELL NO! And here’s why.

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Lamashtu–Episode-02

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Lamashtu is copyright 2014 by Paul E Cooley and is protected by a Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives License.

Music by Kevin MacLeod. You can find his work at http://incompetech.com

Photo by George Lazenby.

Purchase my new novel, The Black at Amazon in either ebook or trade paperback formats.

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