So I just completed a book. Rather, four books and am currently working on the fifth in the series. All of these were written since July 2020. Brand new books. In addition, I wrote a reader magnet–an entire free prequel to the series that I and my co-author are giving away for free (more on that below) So by my reckoning, that works out to more than a book a month. That’s a lot of books.
For those needing some proof, here’s a link to Book One, SPLICE: Zero-Point Awakening Episode One.
So how did I write so much so quickly?
That’s simple. I didn’t. All of these books were written by ZZ Adams. These are all co-authored by my writing partner, Damian J. Clay and me. ZZ Adams is the pen name we came up with for this collaboration. I think the quirky sound of it works great for the kind of funny sci-fi adventure and fantasy we write.
It is because of our collaboration and the techniques we have learned and applied that we have been able to successfully do so much at the standard we have.
Unsure what kind of standard that might be? There’s an easy way to check. Sign up for our ZZ Adams mailing list and you’ll receive several free books and stories.
You will be able to judge the quality of the writing from that and see what a good working collaboration can achieve in a few short months if you put your mind to it and apply a few simple rules and processes.
So what are all these lessons you keep going on about?
I spent some time this morning setting up Mailerlite and creating some newsletters. Hopefully it will all be worthwhile and I will actually have some things to tell people about. We will see.
At the risk of setting up for future repetition, I suppose I can update on current projects.
I’m excited to announce that my story ‘Drawn to You’ has found a home in the December edition of https://albanlakepublishing.com/Parabnormal Magazine published by the awesome folks at Alban Lake Publishing. You can find the December edition here.
Big thanks to the great folks at Alban Lake Publishing for including my story, ‘The Cabin Boy’ in the May edition of Frostfire Worlds. Super proud to finally have a story published and even prouder to be there alongside the super talented R Jean Bell who happens to be the best editor I know and a good friend to boot.
You can pick up a copy of the May publication here. You won’t regret it. Lots of great stories in here!
The line for the best-selling author was long.
Toby hadn’t seen him for ages.
“Come back next time,” said his assistant.
“He’s a popular man.” She handed him a card.
The bookmark was signed by his father. “Sure. Next time.”
He dropped it in the trash as he left.
The cult leader reached the fields where her people toiled. They bowed as she approached.
“Family, our sacred book will now be replaced by…” Mother Rhapsody held up a triangle and struck a pure note. “This.”
As one the followers tore the pumpkins from the vines and flattened their leader.
Grandpa’s eyes fluttered closed, face now still like a shrunken wax facsimile.
I touched Dad’s shoulder. “He’s gone. Let’s go.”
He smiled, lips tight with hidden grief. “I need a few moments.”
I swallowed. “I understand.”
I walked out into the autumn air, wishing I’d hugged him instead of speaking.
In my last post on this topic ( Part1) we covered some of the basics of story openings or hooks.
Going back to my opening line from The Mask of White and Red:
Ilsa’s first memory was of fire.
Something is clearly wrong when someone’s first memory is of fire. There’s no nurture there, only trauma. We instinctively know that there must be a reason for that. There must be a story there. It intrigues us. It entices us and we read on to find out more about Ilsa and learn what happened to her (the What question) and then finally why this happened to her (the Why question) as well as what she’s going to do about it. And ultimately, will she prevail? Your first line needs to set all of this up. If it doesn’t, Discord is going to win.