23 January 2011

#SampleSunday + Lots of other stuff going on

It's that time again. Last week I gave away 100% off Smashwords coupons for both of my books. The response was very positive and I'll definitely do it again. Keep your eye on my twitter feed (@WilliamEsmont) for the announcement.

For today, I've got samples of both of my current books here on my blog as well as a very rough chapter from Fire, my work-in-progress.

Here they are:

Self Arrest
The Patriot Paradox
Fire

What else... oh yeah. I'm running a Goodreads giveaway for a print copy of The Patriot Paradox. It goes until 31JAN. Sign up here to get a free copy.

In other news, I'm heads-down in the revision process for Fire, my first horror title. My goal is to have it ready for beta by early Feb and to release it sometime in late March. I'll have the cover art up here next week. I think you'll be impressed.

05 January 2011

Self Arrest 2.0: A new ending

I've been writing for about five years now and during that time, I've completed four novels. The first novel shall remain locked away on my hard drive for all of eternity. It was an exercise in getting from 'It was a dark and stormy night' to 'The end.' I did it and I moved on, proceeding to write my first work published on Kindle, titled Self Arrest.

As I was drawing to a close on the initial version of Self Arrest, I had the brilliant idea of leaving the ending really vague, open to interpretation, maybe even a sequel.

Well, I didn't do a very good job of it. Initial feedback from my beta readers was mixed. I decided it was my book damn-it, and I was going to end it the way I wanted to end it.

Once it got in the wild though, the reaction to the ending was - how can I say it? A little less mixed. Readers hated it. HATED it.

Earlier today, I put aside my current works-in-progress and decided to revisit Self Arrest, to take a long, hard look at the ending and see if it was really as bad as people said. And you know what I found? It was. It sucked. There's no other word for it. It was lazy and I, as a reader, would have felt like I had just wasted my time and money.

So, I rewrote it. I'm not going to say how the book turns out now, but I believe the new ending creates a more cohesive story and a better reading experience for everyone gracious enough to give it a try.

If you've been hesitant to try Self Arrest because of the ending, I believe you'll be pleasantly surprised. And in the off chance you enjoyed the original ending, please know I respect your opinions as well, but I want to deliver the best story possible and I feel this was absolutely necessary to meet that goal.

-Bill

p.s. The new version (2.0) should be available on Kindle and Nook now. The Smashwords edition will be up in about 24 hours. Kobo, Diesel, Sony, and Apple will take up to a few weeks to work through the system.

p.p.s. If you recently bought a version of Self Arrest, and want the latest and greatest, you should be able to delete the file from your device and re-download. If that doesn't work, shoot me a mail and I'll get you a new version directly.