One Year Later

It’s been a year since I launched this site. In that time I’ve launched Nothing Zero, and let a couple of would-be novels wither on the vine. I honestly hoped this year would see an extremely aggressive release schedule, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards. I’ll be lucky to get one more book released before 2014 closes out, and I’m fine with that.

But what will that book be?

I tried to write a classy Gothic Horror novel, but simply couldn’t get momentum on it. It just didn’t feel like the book I should be working on. Honestly, the only thing that makes sense right now is a hardcore horror novel. As a result, I’ve started a slasher novel. Will I finish this one? If I’m being totally honest with myself, I’d have to say I don’t know. I like the characters, I like the story and I really feel like there’s a lack of honest to goodness slasher books in the market. It has all the ingredients for a book I would enjoy reading, so I hope I can.  Right now, that’s all I can ask for in a project.

Whatever my next book ends up being, I do know I’ll release a physical edition. When i published Live Undead, I thought I’d never release a hard copy book. It just didn’t appeal to me. But since then, I’ve come around to the idea. Trying to market something that’s solely available as a Kindle edition feels impossible. Just offering an electronic edition feels like I’m cutting off my marketing efforts at the knees. I think I can attract more readers to my work by making a trade paperback available. That’s ultimately what matters: Getting people to read my stuff.

I know there’s a few people out there that have read each of the Undead Chronicles. I definitely appreciate that, and hope they enjoyed the books. Unfortunately I feel like there haven’t been enough. My main goal over the next year will simply be to get more readers. I want more people buying, borrowing or even pirating my books. I want more reviews on Amazon and GoodReads. I even want more people visiting this site on a regular basis. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

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2 comments

  1. Rachel Blaine

    :::I know there’s a few people out there that have read each of the Undead Chronicles…:::

    I read your Live Undead novels, I thought they were wonderful. I came back to your site today to see if you had any new releases. I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t get the response your writing deserved. I really can’t say enough how very much I enjoyed all three books, especially Zero Nothing. I read a lot of vampire fiction and a great deal of “gay” fiction, so I can honestly say it’s rare to find such a well written mix of the two. I even found parts of Zero Nothing to truly horrifying. Emilie’s ultimate fate, as horrible as she had been, was beyond chilling. Certainly one of the top vampire/gay teen sagas I’ve had the pleasure of reading. We, both vampire fans and the gay community, need more such unflinchingly well writing books.

    :::I feel like looking past these three things would be unfair to them…:::

    Not to mention unfair to your readers.

    I can’t wait for Extreme Haunt. I so glad that you are still working on Psycopomp. Super hero horror, wonderfull. Gothic horror, biker werewolves…love love

    • stevewarrenfiction

      Thank you for your kind words. I really do appreciate it, and I’m extremely pleased you’ve enjoyed my vampire books. I do plan on revisiting them, but it won’t be a direct follow-up. A lot of stuff happened in Nothing Zero that will open up a lot of side streets I’m interested in exploring. I also have more ideas for Nothing, and hopefully I’ll get to explore that soon enough.

      Extreme Haunt is written. It needs some additional editing and tweaking, but will released in June or early July depending on how the print edition comes together and promotion lines up. I should have finished cover art to show off within the next few weeks. The preliminary sketches look great, and it’s a cool concept for the art. I can’t wait for it to come together.

      Thanks again for your kind comments. I definitely have a great more planned and will continue to release my work, regardless of sales.

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