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May 27, 2014 - General, News, Updates    2 Comments

Ever meet someone famous?

Last week I was in Phoenix for a few days.  I accompanied my wife while she needed to work at her company’s HQ, figuring I’d have plenty of time to write there by myself in the hotel room.

Don’t get me wrong, I did get some good writing done, but that was only on the first day.  Did I get anything done on the 2nd or 3rd?  Not much.  Why?  Because on Thursday, while I was going over my notes for the chapter, I heard the tell tale sounds of an old fashioned ringer coming from my cell phone.  It indicated that an unknown person was calling me and their contact information wasn’t in my address book.  It meant a client was calling me.

No problem.  I close my notebook and reach for my binder, which has all my notes for computer tech calls.  I take the call and begin the formalities.  He tells me his name (which I really wasn’t paying attention at this time) and told me what type of problem he had.  I listened and then explained what I could do for him.  He was interested and we set an appointment for me to go to his house for a training session on his new MacBook Air.

Again, no problem.  I’ve taken thousands of these types of calls.

Then he starts chatting with me about what his interests are on the computer.  He tells me what types of things he likes to do to pass the time.  I’m thinking, this sounds like a nice guy.  He then tells me that this house I’m meeting him at is his mother’s and he lives in Los Angeles.

The little man upstairs responsible for filing away all the useless information I’ve ever collected finally sits up and takes notice.  My eyes drop back to my notebook and I read the client’s name as I had written it:  Michael Bean.

Rusty wheels begin to turn.  He lived in Los Angeles?  His mother lived here?  I knew that the Biehn family lived in the same town as me and that Michael was related to them.

At this time we said our goodbyes and I hang up.  I’m still staring at my notes.  Had I just been talking to Michael Biehn, the star of Terminator, the Abyss, Tombstone, and Aliens??  How could I verify this?

I had the phone number he gave me, which was his mother’s.  Could I look it up that way?  A quick reverse phone check verified the last name was Biehn.

Holy shit!  Pardon my French, but I had just been chatting with a movie star like we were the best of friends!  A grin split my face and to tell the truth, it hasn’t left it for several days.

Ok, this brings me to today.  I had my appointment with him today.  My wife told me to keep cool and not geek out.  I’m sure I looked like a big goofy idiot when we first met.  We shook hands and he showed me his new computer.

For the next 2 hours I helped him set up his email, configure iTunes, helped set up his cell phone, create playlists, etc.  It was hands down the most surreal moment of my life, sitting so close to Michael Biehn that our knees were practically touching.

The best part comes next.  After we’re officially done, we sat around, with his brother, and talked about movies.  Movies!  We talked about the movies he’s been in.  We talked a lot about Aliens and what it was like filming it.

My big dopey grin is back.

One of the last things he does is to add me to his email contact book in case he has any other questions.  I told him I’d be more than happy to help.  Know what he said to me? “Are you any good on a set?”

Far and away the best tech call I’ve ever been on!!!

 

May 11, 2014 - General, News    Comments Off on Authors! Need an editor?

Authors! Need an editor?

If you’re an author then you’ll understand how important it is to get your book as clean as possible.  You’ll also know easy it is to overlook the tiniest of errors.  If you’re like me, nothing frustrates an author than to devote so much time and energy to releasing a book only to discover a typo, or perhaps an inconsistency.

That’s why you need an editor.   An editor can point out grammar mistakes, typos, plot holes, or in my case, blatant WTF moments.   The guy who edited my last two books, Derek Pritchard, has started offering his services to other authors.  I would strongly encourage you, if you’re an author, to contact him to see what he can do for you.  His prices are very reasonable.  Let me tell you, ‘methodical’ doesn’t even begin to describe his work.  He will find the tiniest errors and bring them to your attention so that these errors don’t make it to print.

Here’s his website:  Derek Pritchard Editing.

Give him a try!  You won’t be disappointed!

May 5, 2014 - General, News, Suggestions, Updates    5 Comments

Hey buddy, can you spare a name?

Since today is the 1st official day I’m spending on aPfyT, I’ve sketched out some details for chapter 1 and am ready to write.  So, with that being said, I could use a couple of names!  Want to name a fictional character?  Now’s your chance!  Let’s see…  I could use:

1.  At least three or four human names.  Not related.

2.  At least 2 dragon names.

3.  For kicks and giggles, let’s throw in a dwarf name or two.

I always like having extra names handy.  Come on, guys!  Got some suggestions for me?  Hit me with your best shot!

May 4, 2014 - General, News, Updates    5 Comments

Something Wyverian This Way Comes is out!

Something Wyverian This Way ComesTales of Lentari #2 has been officially released!  I’ll keep updating this post with retailer sales links as I see them appear.  This is definitely the fastest I’ve ever written/released a book, so I’m hopeful I’ll get ToL #3 out by Christmas!

Here are the retailers that have the book:

Smashwords , Amazon USA , Amazon , Apple’s iTunes

The Amazon links don’t show the book’s cover just yet, but I do know that it can take a day or two for all the info to show up.  Seeing how this showed up less than 15 minutes after I hit the “Publish” button, that’s not bad.  🙂

Apr 26, 2014 - General, News, Suggestions    3 Comments

Tales of Lentari #2 – Countdown has begun!

I’ve done this for the last couple of books I’ve released and thought it’d be fun to show you, the readers, the steps that I will undergo to get the book ready to be released and what stage I’m presently on.  So, without further ado, here we go!

My steps for releasing a book:

  • Finish writing the flippin’ book     finished!
  • Finalize book cover    finished!
  • Give to wife (Beta Reader #1).  Correct any advised changes.    finished!
  • Get the pdf into the hands of my Beta Readers.    finished!
  • Get the pdf into the hands of my primary proofer.  You know who you are.    finished!
  • Revise manuscript to reflect changes.   in progress
  • Format the manuscript for KDP submission (Amazon) – takes up to 24 hrs.   in progress
  • Format the manuscript for Smashwords distribution – can take around a week to show up for Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Diesel, etc.   in progress
  • Format the manuscript for Createspace release – this is the print edition.   in progress
  • Pull out notebook and start working on Tales of Lentari #3!    in progress

 

Apr 24, 2014 - Contest, General, Giveaways, News, Updates    5 Comments

Signed print copies!

I should let everyone know that I have a Goodreads giveaway ending on the end of the month.  A signed copy of Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1) is up for grabs and is open to residents of:  USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia.   If you haven’t entered for a chance to win, now’s the time!  Use the link below to get yourself entered at Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lost City by Jeffrey M. Poole

Lost City

by Jeffrey M. Poole

Giveaway ends May 01, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Since I’m so very close to releasing Something Wyverian This Way Comes (Tales of Lentari #2), I’ve decided to start another drawing for a signed print copy once the book becomes available.  I’ve already held one drawing (congrats to Jenni!) so let’s see if we can give away another copy!

To be entered, all you have to do is Like SWtwC’s Facebook page and Like my Amazon Author’s page.  If you already have, great!  You have my thanks!   Once these things are done just leave me a message on this thread and you’re entered.  Be sure to leave a comment as this is where I’ll check to see who’s entered and will draw from those names.  That’s it!

Here are the links to use:  Facebook page , Amazon Author’s page

Mar 5, 2014 - Contest, General, Giveaways, News, Updates    Comments Off on Winner of the Trivia Time Challenge!

Winner of the Trivia Time Challenge!

Hello all you honorary citizens of Lentari!  I’d like to announce the winner of last month’s Trivia Time Challenge.  And the winner?  Ms. Jenni Fuhrmann!  Congrats, Jenni!  If you’ll email me your mailing address I’ll put you down for one print copy of Something Wyverian This Way Comes just as soon as it is released!

I’d like to express my thanks to everyone who played!

J.

Feb 12, 2014 - General, News, Updates    11 Comments

Sending out the call for Beta Readers!

Hello all you honorary citizens of Lentari!  The second volume in the Tales of Lentari is rapidly approaching the finish line so it’s that time to send out a request to anyone that might be interested in being a beta reader for me.  I already have a few lined up, but as anyone knows with writing, the more eyes you have checking over your work, the better.

The requirements are having a healthy grasp of the English language.  As Derek will attest, there are times when I’m typing along and my fingers can’t keep up with my brain, so what appears on the page is a bastardized version of the scene playing out in my head.  I’m looking for people not afraid to tell me if something doesn’t sound right, or if I left a plot hole open, or perhaps something just isn’t clear.  The more help I get cleaning this thing up the better.  Plus, I’ll leave you a shout-out in the acknowledgments!

Interested?  Post a comment here and let me know!  Thanks in advance for giving me a hand!

J.

Feb 5, 2014 - Contest, General, Giveaways, News    1 Comment

Lost City Goodreads Giveaway!

Silly me!  I create a giveaway on Goodreads for someone to win a print copy of Lost City and I don’t even bother posting the link to it.  Whoops.  🙂

Ok, here you go!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lost City by Jeffrey M. Poole

Lost City

by Jeffrey M. Poole

Giveaway ends February 28, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win