It will be coming out December 18th, so that’s when we’re book bombing him.
Many of you already know my friend John Brown. We’ve done a couple of book tours together. (including almost dying in a white out blizzard crossing all of Wyoming in a Ford Focus). So I’ve spent a lot of time talking about writing with John. When it comes to pure writing knowledge/skill, I think John is a better writer than I am.
Bad Penny is a thriller. I already Book Bombed his excellent fantasy novel, Servant of a Dark God a few years ago.
This is his newly released independant version of SoaDG:
Why is there a newly released independant version of a book that was released by a major publishing house? Well, because John got totally screwed by his publisher so now he’s gone indy.
Basically, you know there is something seriously wrong when our first books came out about the same time, and fast forward a couple of years and my 5th book was coming out while his editior was still making him do pointless rewrites of his second. When you’re trying to launch a career, you need to be prolfic, otherwise people forget you and move on.
Rewrites, rewrites, rewrites. This just got kind of silly, since he’d do what they asked, then they’d send it back several months later, and make him do a bunch of other stuff. Then send it back many months later again to change other stuff, on and on and on. Oh, add all this stuff. Now it is too long. Cut half the book. But leave all the stuff we made you put in. Nevermind. Take that out. Put this in instead. Now this. No. This other thing. Now it is too long again. Cut a hundred thousand words. Now add all this. For years.
Keep in mind that this wasn’t a bad book. John passed the manuscripts on to a bunch of his author friends. We read them and liked them. He made every version solid. He even sent one version to Elitist Book Reviews and they really liked it.
By the time my 7th book came out his editor was still making him do even more rewrites of his contractually obligated second book–at a point in time where most people had forgot book 1. So John negotiated and broke his contract, and got his rights back so he could finally release the sequel to the book he published 5 YEARS before… Yeah… That is a kick to your career’s nuts.
I don’t know all the details of what went on, and it isn’t my story to tell anyway. But I do know that the highest Servant ever ranked was when I Book Bombed it on the blog, beating the marketing department of John’s publishing house. 🙂
So John went through a contract dispute, got his rights back, and walked away from his major publishing house deal. Now he’s going it alone. I believe he also changed his first book back to the way it was before his editor changed it. (and most of the review complaints I saw about Servant were specifically about the things his editor made him do).
So now John is trying to relaunch his career, and because I think he is a talented author (and super nice guy) I want to help.
Bad Penny is a modern thriller. It is about an Special Forces soldier who screwed up and went to prison. Now he is an ex-con trying to find a regular job. Unfortunatly, some of the “friends” he made in prison come looking for a favor. I don’t want to give too much away, but it is a pretty badass chase across Wyoming and Colorado. I read the early manuscript of Bad Penny and really liked it. Since it was about a former SF guy, I referred John to my friend Marcus (LtCol Army SF turned fed, me and Mike’s technical advisor on Dead Six) so Marcus helped John with a bunch of tecnical and law enforcement stuff for accuracy.
John is releasing Bad Penny on the 18th. I’m going to Book Bomb the hell out of this thing and I’m going to ask everyone for their help.