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Your Writing Tools for Nanowrimo

Published October 28, 2016 in Advice - 0 Comments

If you’re a writer, you know about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, every November when aspiring authors scramble to try to write the first draft of a new book in one month flat. There are challenge groups, sprint partners, lots of blogs, advice from writers.

Each year for NaNoWriMo, I curate a StoryBundle of books on various aspects of the craft and business of writing, and for 2016 I’ve got eleven titles—your complete toolkit for getting through NaNoWriMo and increasing your own writing knowledge.

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To improve your craft, there’s The Writer’s Brainstorming Kit by Pam McCutcheon and Michael Waite, Managing Your Inner Artist/Writer by M.L. Buchman, Mastering Place and Setting in Your Writing by Eric Maisel, as well as the amazingly inspirational Drawing out the Dragons by James Artimus Owen. To understand the industry and manage your career, there’s Closing the Deal on Your Terms by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, The Everyday Novelist: Business 101 by Daniel Sawyer, From Dreamer to Doer by Jude Wilhoff, Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith, Write It Forward: From Writer to Successful Author by Bob Mayer, Pros and Cons by Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett, and The Science Fiction Professional by Mike Resnick.

This bundle is a real grad-level course on becoming a writer—just the inspiration and information you need, not just for NaNoWriMo but for your entire career.

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As a bonus, if you are looking to build your computer toolkit for writers, this bundle includes 50% on Jutoh, Digital Publishing Made Easy, and 80% off Writer’s Café software. Two apps that help you write and format your novel!

The way StoryBundle works is simple: Name your own price, pay what you feel the bundle is worth. For a minimum payment of $5, you get the basic list of five books. If you pay $15 or more, you get the entire batch of books, all eleven titles.

A portion of your payment goes to support two great charities: The Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Superstars Writing Seminar and actress Pat Tallman’s pet project Be A Santa, which benefits needy kids so they can have a real holiday.

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The NaNoWriMo Writing Tools StoryBundle runs for only a limited time, from October 26 to December 22, and then it’s gone.

And if you’re looking for good fiction to read, you have only a few days left to pick up the Pulse Pounders Thriller bundle or the Political Thrillers bundle; I’ve got books in both.

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To the Stars: Bundles Raise Nearly $100K for Challenger Center

Published October 25, 2016 in Advice - 0 Comments

Several times a year, you see me posting (yes, even haranguing you) about a new book bundle I’m part of—whether it’s thrillers, monsters, adventure SF, epic fantasy, writing tools, political thrillers.  You name your own price and get a big grab bag of books.

But the really cool thing about the bundles is that a portion of the proceeds goes directly to a selected charity or non-profit. Most of the time, I designate the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education. Founded by June Scobee Rodgers, whose husband was Commander Dick Scobee of the final flight of the Challenger, the Challenger Centers promote interest in science and space, raising a new generation of forward-thinkers and problem solvers for humanity’s future.  I am a Board Member of Challenger, and I fully support their mission.

So far, my book bundles—you know, the ones I always pester you to buy—have raised nearly $100,000 for Challenger. I think that’s pretty darn impressive.  If you’ve picked up one or more of the bundles, pat yourself on the back.

And if you’re interested, my Pulse Pounders Thriller bundle is running right now at storybundle.com   Only about a week remaining—get eleven books that will keep you at the edge of your seat, and also help out the Challenger Centers.

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Pulse Pounding Stuff!

Published October 13, 2016 in Advice - 0 Comments

The Pulse Pounders Thriller Bundle

Tick. Tick. Tick.

Do you feel your pulse pounding? Time is running out.

Sometimes it feels as if life is like a nuclear reactor overheating, a race car with a stuck pedal, accelerating out of control. Your “To Read” stack grows higher and higher, while your reading time decreases each week. Too many responsibilities. Too many distractions. Too little quiet time.

Tick. Tick.

Who has time to spend hours in an afternoon slowly sinking in to the languidly paced prose of an author who feels he has all the time in the world to engage your interest? For a reader who has all the time in the world and nothing better to do?

Tick. Tick.

In a fast-paced world, you want a story that grabs you from the beginning, stomps on the accelerator, and hits sixty miles an hour in two paragraphs or less. You want a ride in a super-sonic jet, not a casual Sunday bicycle ride around the park.

Tick. Tick. You need a lot of thrillers. Now.

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The books I have selected for the Pulse Pounders Thriller Bundle for StoryBundle really cut to the chase. This is a death-defying rollercoaster, not a kiddy storybook ride. I selected these books from across the spectrum with the criteria that they be EXCITING and PULSE POUNDING.

As a perfect sampler, I edited the Pulse Pounders anthology for WMG, packed with short stories that put me on the edge of my seat. I’m also including VIRTUAL DESTRUCTION, a high-tech thriller I wrote with Doug Beason about a murder inside a top secret nuclear design lab…exactly like the one where we both met. Jonathan Maberry’s V-WARS launches a shared-world epic where an epidemic has unleashed monsters on the world, and humanity’s survival is at stake.

Also included are two edgy serial-killer thrillers, EMPTY ROOMS by Jeff Mariott and THE FLY GUY by Colum Sanson-Regan. You want demon possessed rock bands back from the dead? There’s BANSHEES by Mike Baron. Science fiction thriller? FORCED CONVERSION by Donald J. Bingle. Urban fantasy demon hunters? Falchion-Award nominee POCKETS OF DARKNESS by Jean Rabe. Frightening revenge? GATES OF HELL by J. F. Penn. Matt Buchman’s TWO CHEF and Dean Wesley Smith’s AN EASY SHOT even make cooking and golfing terrifying!

Eleven books for a bargain price, but it only runs for three weeks and this bundle will go away. Don’t miss it. You get great books to read, a portion goes to charity, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat.

Do you feel your heart racing yet? Time is running out. You’ve got stories to read.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

The initial titles in the Thriller Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Banshees by Mike Baron
  • Virtual Destruction by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason
  • Empty Rooms by Jeffrey J. Mariotte
  • Pockets of Darkness by Jean Rabe
  • The Fly Guy by Colum Sanson-Regan

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus six more:

  • Two Chef! by M. L. Buchman
  • Gates of Hell by J.F. Penn
  • Pulse Pounders by Fiction River
  • Forced Conversion by Donald J. Bingle
  • An Easy Shot by Dean Wesley Smith
  • V-WARS by Jonathan Maberry

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Challenger Center for Space Education!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, tweet us at @storybundle and like us on Facebook.

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