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A.D. McLain

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So, I finished my cover for my fantasy novelette, “Suriax.” You can take a look at it on my website, www.wotpast.com.  Now, while I am waiting for my husband to finish his edits so I can go through it one last time to make my own final edits, I found myself in between projects and decided to go ahead and get a head start on my next book, “Wolf of the Future.” This will be book three in my Spirit of the Wolf series. I began typing yesterday and am almost to 3,000 words. I am hoping to have a rough draft done by the end of March. For those of you familiar with the series, this story will focus in on Mara and her past. You will also learn the truth about who Durante is. If all goes well, I should finish this book much sooner than anticipated. Here’s to a busy year of writing.

–A.D. McLain

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My book “Wolf of the Present” is now availabe on Amazon Kindle. Other ebook formats soon to follow.

Buy Kindle version of book here.

So please take a look, download a free sample from Amazon and post a review. Thanks.

 

-A.D. McLain

www.wotpast.com

 

If you have read my newest book, “Wolf of the Present,” please take a moment to write a review on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Five star reviews are very important in selling books today. Studies show that testimonials and reviews are very, very important to book buyers. It is what sets one book apart from another.

If you haven’t read my book, please take a moment to read short excerpt I have on my website, www.wotpast.com. From there, you can purchase a copy of the book through my publisher here, or on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. If you are unable to purchase a copy right now but would still like to write a review, please contact me at wotpast@yahoo.com about other options. Thank you so much for your time and help in this matter.

–A.D. McLain

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5/26/11 **Update** I just sent off my payment to have my publisher make my book available in an ebook format. It will take about 45 days for it to become available. If you would like to be notified when it is ready, please email me at wotpast@yahoo.com. Thanks.

–A.D. McLain

5/9/11

I’m trying to decide if I should pay to have my book available as an ebook. Several people have asked me about it, but my marketing budget is very limited (almost nill), so I have to really weigh all the pros and cons of any marketing expense and decide what will bring the most return back before I try to spend anything. I am trying to reach my sales goal of selling 500 more books in the next two months in preparation for my going on maternity leave, when I will have very little time to put into marketing. I’m looking for feedback from anyone who has published a book before as well as anyone who would like to buy my book if it were available in electronic format. Is it worth it? Is it a waste of money? What are the best ways to promote an ebook?

-A.D. McLain

www.wotpast.com

I’m often teased because I write my books out of order. I have two published books. I was asked the other day if I was working on book three. My response, “Actually I’m working on book 18 now.” Of course everyone says, “You have to write book three before book eighteen.” Not neccessarily. I’ve always felt that I need to write my ideas down as I get them. If you don’t write them down, you lose them.  When I was younger, I would write down every idea I got and put them all asside for those books I would write later. When I began my Spirit of the Wolf series with my ideas for “Wolf of the Past” I thought it would be the same. I would write down my ideas and revisit it later. But I never put it down. I kept writing it.  As I wrote, I realized quickly that my book was going to be part of a larger series. My characters had much more to say that what could fit in a single book.  Of course, I just thought it would be maybe three books. But as I wrote, I kept meeting new characters and wanted to know what happened to them in their stories. They all had something to say, and they would not be silent. I started jotting down notes for those future books and the characters I wanted to revisit. At first, my notes were a jumbled mess. But eventually I learned to organize them and I found that as I thought out my ideas for my future books, it actually changed the way things went my my earlier ones. When I knew where the characters were going and more about who they were, I new that some things had to happen earlier on to set everything up. The more I work on these later books, the more excited I become to sit down and write the early ones that will be the foundation of this series. I was asked a few weeks ago if I thought I would actually write 18 books in my career. My answer was “Of course I will.” After all, to me, these stories are already written. I am just the story teller. I am compelled to write about these characters, and every time I learn something new about them, it excites me. Besides, I may have spend the past ten years working on this series, but and only have two of the books completed, but that doesn’t mean the other books are completely unwritten. You have to have your foundation firmly in place before you can build your house.

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I’ve known since I was twelve that I was meant to write. That’s when I finished my first short book. After that I single mindedly threw myself into my studies, trying to learn grammar, spelling and punctuation, trying to learn creative writing techniques. Now, I’m not going to lie and say I’m some kind of literary expert. I make as many grammar and punctuation errors as the next person. I’m always learning. Even after four years of college (with a degree in English), I still have a lot to learn. When I finished my first book, “Wolf of the Past,” I thought I had  a pretty good handle on my editing. I went through my book hundreds of times and thought it was close to perfection. Well, that’s why it’s always good to have someone else look at your work. After you’ve spent months or even years working on a scene, you stop reading the words and just read what you know you meant. You miss a lot. My publisher for that book asked if I wanted to have an editor look at it, but I wanted to be published, and that would have pushed back the publication date by months or even longer. Besides, I thought it was gold, so I said, “no.” Then I got my first hard copy of the book. Funny how reading something in print, in book format, instead of on a computer screen or on a computer printout can make all the difference. For the first time in years, I sat down and just read my book cover to cover. Much to my disappointment, I found several typos. Of course, I still thought the rest of the book was basically sound, just a few unfortunate mistakes that were overlooked.

Years went by and I found an agent for my second book, “Wolf of the Present.” One of the first things my agent did when I finished my book was to run my book through a program that looked for grammar errors. They found enough to recommend I work with a critiquer before I went any further. I didn’t have a lot of money, but I was able to get a review of my first twenty pages for fairly cheap.  Wow, what a wake up call that was. I felt like I was back in high school again. There were so many things I didn’t even know I was doing wrong, or that weren’t necessarily wrong but could be improved upon if I worded them another way. I studied every comment and re-edited my book with fresh eyes. When it was done, I was amazed. I was proud of my first book, but with my second book, I finally feel like a professional writer. I am not naive enough to think I have now learned all I need to know about edited my work, but I am excited to see what I can write now with my new knowledge. And I am equally excited to see where my future books will take me.  It is my hope to improve with every book I write.

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PDF of excerpt from “Wolf of the Present” here: http://dld.bz/S2vp

If you have trouble viewing PDF of “Wolf of the Present” click this link to view in webpage. http://www.wotpast.com/wotpresentexcerpt.htm

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Just a couple months left to reach my 1000 books sold goal on “Wolf of the Present.” If I can get there in first 6 months it’s out, I’m almost guaranteed they will pick up my next book, with an advance, and my publisher will start puting a lot more into my publicity. Don’t know where I’m at, yet. First royalty statement comes out soon, but to be on safe side, I’ll assume I have a long way to go and need everyone’s help.  I’m really excited about this series and will continue writing regardless, but I’m hopefull I can reach this goal.

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The second book in my Spirit of the Wolf series is now available. It is “Wolf of the Present” and you can read more about it here, http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/WolfOfThePresent.html or on my website, www.wotpast.com.

My first book, “Wolf of the Past” was published in 2007 and is still available to purchase online. Details are on my site.