Kane Gilmour

International Bestselling Author of The Crypt of Dracula

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The Death of My Plans for 2015

So one of my readers posted a photo I had created, which I posted at the start of the year. It contained 7 book covers and 3 blacked out spots because the cover art was not yet final. It’s pictured here.

2015So here’s what happened to those plans.

Endgame was released in February.

And…pretty much none of the rest of it will happen in 2015, except for—maybe—Frozen.

 

I did manage to get three short stories written this year; “Show of Force” co-authored with Jeremy Robinson, appeared in SNAFU: Survival of the Fittest, from Cohesion Press and “Here We Go! Fight!” will appear in the upcoming anthology MECH: Age of Steel from Ragnarok Publications. The third is currently wandering the landscape a little shocked and surprised to have been born, and it’s looking for a publisher.

 

Viking-TomorrowIn 2015, I also wrote the last book on that picture—the project that was codenamed ‘Blacktop,’ which now has a title of Viking Tomorrow. The first draft of that book, co-authored with Jeremy Robinson and to be released under a pseudonym, is done, but I’m in the process of making some major revisions to it. The book should be released in 2016 now. That project took a bit of my time this year. The project I had codenamed Verne is backburner now, too, because it was for a large publisher, who will now be looking at Viking Tomorrow instead.

 

Kent and I will be working on Interstate 0 in November, but it most definitely won’t see publication until 2016 now.

 

Because I have more demand for Frozen than for the Frankenstein book, and because I’ve now missed the window entirely for Halloween, Frankie is moving to the back burner, as I try to get the Jason Quinn book finished this winter and released as soon as possible. Friction got demoted from a novella to a short story, and I should get that written in the next month. More about that as it gets closer to completion.

 

I’m also in the process of adapting Jeremy Robinson’s novel Island 731 into a comic book (again, co-authoring with him). More news on that one soon.

 

That leaves Monster Kingdom, which I’m in the process of workshopping with some trusted authors, and which I need to heavily re-write. The Edward Phantom short stories are even more back-burner than the rest of it.

 

I spent a good portion of this year with three different colds, and no work got done during those times. So I’m fine-tuning my focus now, getting the comic done, and the edits on the Viking book done. Then full steam on Frozen, followed by the long awaited collaboration with Kent.

 

It should come as no surprise that I won’t be creating a 2016 picture to haunt me in October next year, but all these projects are still coming at some point. So if one or the other has been particularly intriguing you, be patient with me a while longer. It’s all on the way.

Ass in the Chair 2: You Can’t Find the Time; You Have To Beat It into Submission

It’s the Return of the Revenge of the Ass in the Chair series of blog posts that I started…a long frickin’ time ago. Where have I been? Haven’t I been following my own advice? I have, actually. I was paying the bills. The last entry in the AitC series was two years ago. In that time, I released an anthology I edited, two full-length novels, a novella, a guidebook, and a handful of short stories. I ghost-wrote a novel. Twice. I also edited dozens of books and formatted over fifty. I dealt with personal problems like everyone else, too. Life got in the way. But I still got writing done. I’m going to tell you how. It wasn’t pretty.

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“Your Mother’s a Tracer!” Chess Team, Co-Authors, and the Wonderful World of Working with Jeremy Robinson

I add depth and shading to give the image more definition. Only then does the drawing truly take shape.

If you’re not familiar with the quote in the title, it’s from the Kevin Smith film, “Chasing Amy”, in which a comic book inker, tired of his fellow comic-book penciller getting all the love, finally snaps when an obnoxious fan tells him he’s only “a tracer.”

As a co-author with Jeremy Robinson on his excellent Jack Sigler/Chess Team series, I might feel the same way, *except* that the fans have been overwhelmingly fantastic. Out of the very few negative comments and feedback we received for our collaboration on 2012’s RAGNAROK, only one person pointed an accusing finger at me. And on the other side of that coin, the book became a bestseller on Amazon. Apparently loads of people loved the book. So ultimately, even though the co-author gets less of the accolades, I certainly don’t feel like Banky in “Chasing Amy”. I might be a tracer, but I take my work seriously.

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Ass in the Chair: How to Build Your E-book Empire (and Not Suck) 1

Post 1: Where to Begin

I was going to start the series talking about inspiration versus distraction. Procrastination and how to avoid it. That sort of thing. Instead, I thought I should focus on how to begin. I get a lot of questions from people telling me they’ve started writing a book (fantastic! First hurdle accomplished—you started!), but they really don’t feel like they know what they are doing and they don’t even know what kind of font to use of how to format the manuscript. It’s this last bit that I’ve noticed creeping in again and again.

We get hung up on the details. “I can’t write book! I don’t even know what font to use.”  Never mind that it’s your subconscious telling you “Damn, this book-writing thing is going to take a looooooooong time. Maybe I should find some reason not to do it.” Getting hung up on the details is easy to do.

Writing a novel takes time. And it’s not easy. If it was, then all the thousands (or maybe millions) of people who always say “Oh, I’ve got a terrific idea for a book,” would actually write it. But they don’t. Having an idea is pretty easy for some people. Typing for several hours a day for weeks and weeks? Not so easy. Even typing for a half hour a day every day in a year isn’t easy. You can type a book either way, but few people will ever do it.

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