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THE SHIP - COVER Final

That’s right I’m looking for 6-8 Beta-Readers to scope out book 2 “The Ship”. Now please read this entire entry carefully before volunteering.
1-The book will be ready in MS Word or PDF for your perusal
2-I need you to be able to finish reading it and get back to me with your comments, concerns, and hopefully some praise by April 30th of this year
3-I’m looking for honest feedback on the story itself (good, bad, holds your interest or not)
4-Overall grammar and punctuation, does it read well.
5-You will each receive an e-book or a signed paperback of the final product as an extra thank you as well as being thanked in the Acknowledgement page of the book itself.

The reason for the April 30th deadline is so I will have most of May to make whatever adjustments I need to in order to release the book by the Memorial Day weekend, where I will be attending Baycon (a sci-fi, horror, fantasy convention) as a guest panelist. I want to unveil the book there and hopefully make a bunch of sales on the spot.

Thanks. Remember I’m only planning on 6-8 people, if I don’t choose you don’t be offended. I can only go over so many comments and keep track of so many folks. Thanks so much everyone.


     Yesterday I finished the 1st draft of my second novel “The Ship”.  The word count came in at 139, 345.  A bit high I admit, but a damn sight better than what my first novel “The Bridge” came in at.  That sucker wound up in 195,000 words.  Man did that puppy need some serious editing and rewriting.  I finally got it down to 102,000 words before I finally released it.  Yeah, I practically took a chainsaw to that sucker.

      So what’s my next step?
      First up is PROOFREADING!  I’ve been lucky enough to have a trusted beta-reader who has been checking my spelling, punctuation, etc. the entire time that I’ve been writing “The Ship”.  I kept all the corrected pages she sent back and am going through them and making the corrections already.   So far, 166 of the 525 pages have been fixed on that front.  It’s been going pretty fast, but she told me a while back that she was finding a lot fewer mistakes in my writing this time around and that my style had matured.  I was very glad to hear this.  I have been trying very hard to do a better job this time around, so it’s good to hear my efforts are showing.
 After the proofreading, I intend to start a second draft.  How will this be different than the proofreading? Simple, once the grammatical errors are fixed I can re-read the story myself and start looking for unnecessary repetition of ideas/concepts, simplifying concepts, expanding on thoughts where it might help the reader, eliminating scenes or characters who do not really make a serious impact on the plot, etc.
      When I write a first draft, it’s simply to get the entire story told.  Only then can I go back and look at it from a reader’s perspective and see if it’s all making sense.  I’ll also study the pacing, the details, are the characters actions logical and  if not is there a reason, etc.  Automatically, a lot of the repairs and adjustments I make will start cutting down the word count.
      After I’ve completed the 2nd draft, I may unleash it on a few ‘trustworthy’ beta-readers to get their impressions.and feedback.  From there a 3rd draft will be made incorporating some, but not necessarily all, their ideas. Why won’t I use all of it, because I’m already plotting the next story in the series.  Some of what they talk about, might be things needed to help set the stage for the next book.  They will have no idea of this, but I do and I’m not sharing that info just yet.  I don’t want to spoil the next book in the series for them.
     As you can see, finishing a first draft is a huge accomplishment, but the work is just beginning.  There’s so much more to be done, before I release the book in its final form to the public.  There is a lot to think about in creating your novel.  NEVER publish your first draft and say “It’s perfect as it is!”  You will regret it.  Take the time to go over it and have others add their input.  But choose those editors, beta-readers, and proofreaders carefully.  You could wind up with a bunch of “Yes-Men” who offer only praise and no solid advice.
     Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have more proofreading to do.  Until next time… keep writing.


Greetings everyone.  I wish to make a couple of announcements.

First, after careful consideration and evaluating where things are at, I’ve decided to aim for releasing the book in time for June. This way people can enjoy it as part of their Summer reading.

As a result of this decision I’m declaring the Kickstarter a failure and ended.  Mind you, I am not angry or upset by this. In fact I think it may be a blessing in disguise.  I will have more time to rework the book and possibly have some Beta-testers read it to get a better idea how my unpaid team and I do at getting it edited as best we can. If there still seem to be a lot of problems, then I may try another Kickstarter or find another way to raise the money for a professional editor.

I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone who did pledge to the Kickstarter.  The Kickstarter was not going to succeed, but I do appreciate your belief in me and your support.

Remember “THE SHIP” is still coming. I am not giving up on it. I’m just giving myself more time and breathing space to get it in the best shape possible. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.

ALSO: I will be appearing in an anthology being printed over in England soon, so I’ll keep you all appraised about that as I hear more on that front.

On a final note, I will also be releasing another book later this year. “THE VAMPYRE BLOGS” which is destined for a Christmas release, since that will be the time frame of the story.  In the meantime, you can read entries by the characters on my blog that is dedicated to that novel. Keep in mind, the entries you read online will NOT be appearing in the novel. They are merely to help prospective readers become a little more familiar with the characters and their histories, before the book comes out.   After all, I can only fit so much into one book. (grin)

Thanks for your attention and support. Take care and keep writing everyone.

Why The New Blog?


Before I get into promoting my new blog, I thought I should explain myself to you all.  The reason why I’ve created “The Vampire Blogs” was simple.  It’s part experiment, and part story building.  With the popularity of vampires in books, it was only a matter of time before I found myself getting drawn in, although I had sworn to avoid the genre.  Yet, like any writer, I couldn’t help speculating on  “Well, if I did a vampire story, I’d make it more original and do this, this and this…”  Naturally, an idea came and began to snowball on me.

 

I wanted to keep most if not all the typical strengths and weaknesses of the traditional vampire, while at the same time making such a being fit into my Para-Earth Series world.  The being I would have a reasonable explanation for the various abilities such as shape-shifting, turning into mist, etc.   I would also give him a few new traits that fit with the being I had made him out of.  I won’t go into any more details at this point, because I don’t want to spoil things for the readers of the novel when it comes out.

 

So, I created Nathaniel and made him into a vampire.  Is he good or bad?  Well, I’ll let you all find out over at the other blog and in the book.  He’s human, let’s say that much.  He can be good or bad like any person.  It all depends on how he’s treated and if he’s pushed too far.

 

Still, none of this answers the original question of why I created an actual blog for a novel that isn’t going to be ready until December.  The answer is very simple.  I wanted to see if I could generate a lot of interest for the book, by giving my prospective audience and chance to get to know some of the characters in advance.  To let the readers inside these people’s heads and know where they’re coming from and what kind of lives they’ve led.  Remember, like in any book, these lives are going to be turned upside down and forever changed by the end of the novel.  Whether these changes are going to be for good or for bad, only time and the novel will tell.

 

But there was also a secondary purpose for creating the blog.  It is going to help me as a writer to get to know these characters as well.  I’ll have time to really figure out who they are, what events have shaped them, and what are their hopes and dreams.  I’ve encountered so many people who always wanted to know more about certain characters in books we’ve both read, but sadly the authors don’t always have the time to give us more.  Unless the writer is doing a long series, there are always so many unanswered questions about the people we meet within the pages of those books.  Maybe the author doesn’t even have all the answers, I know I didn’t sometimes.  So this time, I hope to have those answers and can share them in advance with all of you.

 

Whether or not this experiment is a success or failure, time will tell.  But you’re all invited to come along for the ride and see what happens.  Please leave feedback here or over at  “The Vampire Blogs”, because I’m looking forward to hearing people’s thoughts on what they are seeing.

 

I just finished putting up a new entry there today, where my lead character “Nathaniel Steward” has just finished his first entry.  Come and meet the vampire who I hope will capture your hearts and minds…

 

http://thevampyreblogs.blogspot.com/2014/01/first-blog-entry-of-nathanial-steward.html


Well, with 2 weeks left, it looks like my Kickstarter is going to fail. Really bad timing on my part I’m afraid. I’ve gotten a number of compliments on the video I did for it. But, it just wasn’t the right time to do something like this.

So what’s going to happen if it fails? Simple, I’ve assembled some more people I can trust to help me edit the upcoming book ourselves. My current Beta-readers are telling me they’ve seen a big improvement in my writing style compared to my first novel. They say I’ve matured and the editing problems they’ve seen are much fewer. I seemed to have learned a lot from my first go and they are still reading the first draft. So, that says a lot I think.

One of them is a published author and is going to come and stay with us in January and we’re really going to go over the entire 2nd book and do some serious editing together. I hope the final result will be really pleasing to all.

To the editor I had lined up, all I can say is. We’ll see what happens on the next one. I still want to work with you, but finances are just not going to let it happen just yet. Fingers crossed that the efforts me and my team put in help to make “The Ship” a big success.

In the meantime, here’s the link for the Kickstarter. After all there’s still 2 weeks left. If it happens great, if it doesn’t, at least you all know I have a back up plan. Enjoy the holiday season everyone.

THE SHIP - COVER Final

Happy Boxing Day!


HAPPY BOXING DAY!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. If Santa left you a nice new Nook, Sony, Laptop, or other nice new toy that allows you to read e-books, here’s another gift you can give yourself.

My paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE” is still on .99 Cents on Smashwords. Grab a copy for yourself so you can be ready when the sequel “THE SHIP” comes out in Feb/Mar 2014.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/272613

However, if Santa left you a new Kindle, you can get the book at Amazon for .99 Cents as well using this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Para-Earth-Series-Allan-Krummenacker-ebook/dp/B00B86DR9G/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1388090753&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=allan+krummenacker

Happy Holidays and enjoy yourselves.

The Bridge Book Cover Blurb (2)

Update On My Kickstarter…


SEASONS GREETINGS EVERYONE!


First off, I hope you are all finding many ways of enjoying the holiday season.  I know things get hectic around this time of the year and it can get stressful.  So I hope all you are finding joy an comfort in family, friends, cartoons, music, etc.

 

I know there’s a lot going on for everyone at this time, which means I screwed up.  This was definitely not the right time of year to have started my Kickstarter.  Unfortunately, three’s not turning back because once a Kickstarter’s been stared you can’t hit a pause button and then restart it at a later date.  Once it’s been set in motion you have to let it run its full course regardless of whether or not it looks like it will succeed.

 

In my case, the Kickstarter is not doing well and looks like it might fail.  I set mine to run 45 days, and with a third of that time already gone I’ve gotten only 2 pledges totally $30.  My goal for funding the editing job for the “The Ship” is $600.00.  Again, I’ve only got myself to blame if it fails.  A part of me knew darn well that the holidays are a tough time of year for everyone.  I’m a full believer in families coming first, especially at this time of the year.

 

However, I’m not despairing just yet.  I’ve still got 29 days left in my Kickstarter, which means it does not come to an end until January 11th.  With that in mind, I’m still hopeful that I can reach my goal.

 

I’m just glad that no actual money has changed hands.  That’s the way it works with Kickstarters.  Pledged money is only collected at the end of the time frame, and ONLY if the goal is met.  If there aren’t enough pledges then no one is out of pocket.  No money is collected and the person who created the project has to go back to the drawing board.  I learned this only recently myself, when I pledged $5.00 to a project that failed to make its goal.  Nothing was charged to my card and all I lost out on was a project gift for supporting them.  

 

That’s one of the nice things about Kickstarter gifts, you get at least something for your investment.  In my case, a pledge is basically placing an advanced order for a copy of the book in the format of your choice.

 

In case anyone does wish to donate, even just a little to my project, here’s a list of the gifts I have for you:  

 

$2.00 – an advanced PDF copy of the book, several weeks before it is made available to the general public.  This format is great for people without e-readers, because you can read it on your laptop or desktop computer (just make sure your unit can actually read PDF files first though).

 

$5.00 – 1st edition e-copy of the book in whatever e-reader format you need (Kindle, Sony, Nook, Apple, etc.)

 

$10.00 – first edition Trade Paperback copy of the book.

 

$25.00 – signed first edition Trade Paperback copy of the book, plus an e-copy in the e-reader format of your choice (Kindle, Sony, Nook, Apple, etc.)

 

*There are higher levels of pledges offered which you can find on the Kickstarter page itself if you’re interested, I just wanted to post the simpler easier ones here.

 

I know there will be folks out there who wish to help, but can’t even afford to spare $5 or $2, and I say “God bless you and thanks for thinking of me”.  If you still want to help, then please just spread the word about my Kickstarter to others and that in itself could wind up making a huge difference.  

 

The link to the Kickstarter us just below.  Thank you all for reading and sticking with me, and let me finish by simply saying “HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and yours!”  Enjoy the season and stay safe.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/975056676/editing-my-2nd-novel-the-ship


****HOLIDAY SPECIAL****

 

From now until Christmas Day

 

 

The e-book version of Book 1 in my Para-Earth Series is available for all e-reader formats at Amazon and Smashwords for just $0.99 CENTS!  Within these pages you’ll ecnounter psychics, spirits and an old stone bridge with a terrifying secret.  Mystery, the paranormal and a sci-fi twist similiar to the old Twilight Zone series await you.

 

You can find a number of 4 and 5 star reviews can be found at both Amazon and Smashwords as well as get a sneak peak at the first few pages.  so take advantage of the opportunity to get to know the characters before book 2 comes out in February 2014.

 

For the Kindle version click on this link: http://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Para-Earth-Allan-Krummenacker-ebook/dp/B00B86DR9G/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1385995458

 

For Nook, Apple, Sony, PDF file, and all other e-readers click on this link to Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/272613

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It has begun…

My Kickstarter is now active and ready to be visited folks.  Remember, all funds raised will be going to the editing of “The Ship” and any extra pledged monies will be going to get “The Bridge” professionally edited so I can put out a new proper 3rd edition.

I have some nice thank you gifts for those who donate, so please come check it out and/or help spread the word. I’ve only got 45 days to make this happen.

Naturally, I’ll be making more videos and posting updates on how things are coming and possibly adding more thank you gifts as time goes by.

Thanks so much everyone…

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/975056676/editing-my-2nd-novel-the-ship?ref=live

“Kickstarting” My Book…


Okay, I know right off the bat most of you are going to be wondering, “What the hell?  I thought he had book 2 almost finished.  What’s he talking about kickstarting it?”   Well, what I’m really talking about is Kickstarter.com.  For those who are not familiar with Kickstarter, here’s a quick overview.  Kickstarter is a site where you can raise money for a specific art/creative project by getting people to donate to it.  Now it has to be something artsy or creative, like a comic book, cutting your own music album, an art project, or some other creative work that you need funds to help complete.  Mind you, the monies are intended to go to that project, not for you to take a vacation or go on a personal spending spree.  The object is to be able to get help to make a dream project a reality.

 

In my case, I’m going to be doing Kickstarter to pay for the professional editing for “The Ship”.  Originally, I was going to try and fund this myself.  Unfortunately as most of my regular readers will know this year has been a tough one in a lot of ways.  Well, earlier this week, my car died as we came off a freeway.  It turned out that the timing belt went.  But it didn’t go by itself.  It damaged the water pump and the valves resulting in a bill of two grand.  There went my funds for the editing job.  So, I decided to try a Kickstarter to get the money.

 

Why am I so determined to get the book edited professionally?  Simple, my first book “The Bridge” made a good splash in spite of not having professional editing done on it.  Over 1500 copies have been grabbed up and 95% of the reviews have been 4 and 5 stars.  There were however a couple of 3 star ones, by professional authors and those more familiar with the industry, who loved the story, but lamented the fact that such a good book had not been given that final polish to make it “Great”.  Yes, that word was used more than once.  So I was determined that book 2 would get that extra polish and fine tuning.

 

So how exactly does Kickstarter work and how does it raise money for your project?  It’s pretty simple really.  First you have to have a project and a definite financial goal in mind.  You set up an account on Kickstarter and read the guidelines about what kind of projects they will allow.  Find the category yours fits in and then start working on your pitch.  Yeah, that’s right, you have create pitch just as if your product was already finished and you were trying to sell it to prospective customers.  In this case, your pitching to prospective backers.  You still control the product and its design, as well as all the rights to it.  So you might be wondering, “What do the backers get out of helping you?”  That’s up to you.

 

Here in America, we have channels on TV called PBS or Public Broadcasting Stations.  These are funded by the government and also by donations from viewers.  These stations will do what they call “Pledge Drives” where they ask the public for donations.  They will suggest different amounts of donations that also have thank you gifts for the donors depending on what amount of money they could afford.  You might get a T-shirt, a mug, a pin with the stations logo, or possibly one that is connected to a favorite show of yours they happen to play on a regular basis.

 

My PBS station used to run Doctor Who.  At the time I belonged to a Doctor Who Fan Club and we’d man the phone banks during these pledge breaks, wearing costumes from the show.  I played one of the villains, while the people doing the sales pitch were dressed up as their favorite Doctor, whom I would try to harrass and usually wind up getting abused by a companion or the phone bank people.  Our pledge breaks were the most successful and used to bring in the most donations.  But it wasn’t just the entertainment we offered, but the thank you gifts.  Doctor Who mugs, t-shirts, pins, books  a whole bunch of items.  Depending on the amount pledged a person might get one or several of these items altogether for really high donations.

 

This is what Kickstarter is like.  Only the thank you gifts are based on your product.   You might offer your supporters free copies of your work, some signed or personalized, a t-shirt with a logo, a special handwritten thank you note along with your product.  It all depends on you and what you’re creating.

 

So check out Kickstarter if you’re looking to fund a project and see if yours qualifies.  Just remember to really plan out your pitch and thank you gifts in advance.  Don’t go off half-cocked and not have a clear plan in mind or you’ll fail.

 

Also, you’ll have anywhere from 30-60 days to reach your goal.  Make sure the amount your aiming for is achievable in the time-frame you choose.  Because if your Kickstarter does not reach its goal, your project will not be funded at all.  Even if you got partial pledges, no money changes hands.  This is to help protect your backers.  Who wants to fund a project that may not see the light of day in the long run?  So make sure you’ve really planned things out.

 

As for my goals, I’ll be aiming for about $500-$600 dollars.  I’m still making a list of my thank you gifts which so far include advance PDF and Paperback copies of the finished book, some signed and personalized, thank you notes, mention in the thank you page of the book itself, the original artwork of the cover I designed.  I’m even considering a possible guest appearance in an upcoming book.  Who knows.

 

Now, I haven’t finished putting my Kickstarter together so don’t go wasting your time looking for it.  I’m still planning out donation levels and the thank you gifts that go with them.  Plus, I have to put together my video pitch.  Most Kickstarters have a video and those tend to be more successful at getting funded, so please keep that in mind if you’re thinking of doing one for yourself.

 

I’ll be posting the link to my Kickstarter here, as soon as it is ready to go.

 

In the meantime,  check out Kickstarter at the link below.  Especially if you’ve had a project in mind for some time but couldn’t figure out how to finance it.  Remember, look over their guidelines carefully to make sure your idea will qualify for a Kickstarter.  Also, check out some of the Kickstarter projects others have set up to get ideas of thank you gifts and how to put together your sales pitch.

 

Until next time, take care and keep writing.

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/

 

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