I haven’t written a mystery in a long time now. It’s not my primary genre to read or write. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think about the next Joshua Jones book on a nearly daily basis. I’m always coming across interesting bits of information and jotting down notes. Usually those notes are saved online from either stories I’ve visited or research I’ve come across while online. But lately I’ve also started to compile old fashioned paper based notes into notebooks that are primarily used for journals.
For Kill Dash Nine (KD9) I’ve started such a notebook to capture my notes about characters, plot and locations. Anything related to the novel that I don’t want to forget, once I start writing. When I write a novel I usually follow an outline. I create this outline first and having it before me as I write helps keep the story flowing in the right direction and allows me to avoid writer’s block.
I write my novels these days using Google Docs. This allows me to use my primary laptop and a Chromebook backup laptop as needed. All my writing is backed up and in the cloud and updated instantly when online. It’s very convenient for my writing lifestyle. But it’s good to organize things on paper too.
It’s finally happening. I’m writing the sequel to Null Pointer. It’s called Kill Dash Nine. The first step is to build a Spotify playlist of songs that will inspire me. You can listen to this playlist here. It’s constantly changing according to my whims. NSFW.
The second step is to outline the novel. That is in progress. The actual writing will commence this summer. Stay tuned…
Wow, I can’t even do yearly updates to this blog. Fail. I haven’t begun writing the next book in this series, largely because the first book, Null Pointer has not exactly padded my wallet. At all. The best way to get an author to write more books that you like is to spread the word about the book and get others to buy it. It’s now only .99 cents on Amazon and Nook. I’ll be running some specials for it this year to try and boost interest.
But fans of Null Pointer need to leave reviews and spread the word before I can justify the time needed to write more books in this series.
See you in 2017, if I remember.
I’m putting together the outline for the next Joshua Jones novel in preparation for writing it in 2014. Hopefully that means you will have it in your hands in 2016, at least the ebook version. Not sure if I’ll do a paperback right away. Depends on how many of you are interested. The title is going to be Kill Dash Nine.
The other exciting news for 2014 is the production of a Joshua Jones Universe short story as a student short film. My short story “The Safe Cracker” is being filmed this fall as a student thesis film. More details later.
Thanks for you patience as this series was on hold for so long.
I’m still here. Even though I don’t post much these days. Thought I’d pop in today to say “Hi” and thank everyone who’s read Null Pointer. I’m still planning on writing the next Joshua Jones novel – Kill Dash Nine, although I’m not sure exactly when that will be. In the meantime, if you haven’t read the short story “The Safe Cracker” featuring the detective in Null Pointer, give that a read.
Of course the best way to force my hand at writing the next novel would be to start a word-of-mouth campaign that results in big sales numbers. Hint, hint. The ebook for Null Pointer is still only .99 cents and the paperback is available just about anywhere for less than ten bucks. Can’t beat that. I have several loaner copies that I pass out whenever I can. Most coders really enjoy it. Mystery readers are tepid to it though. There’s not a real big audience for programmer sleuths out there. Knitting grannies are apparently far more interesting amateur sleuths.
I have two other novels I need to finish before I can write Kill Dash Nine, so hopefully I’ll start writing about white collar crimes again in 2015. Until then, thanks again for reading!
My good friend Nate McIntyre visited TWiT this Sunday and gave Leo Laporte a copy of my book. I hope he gets a chance to read it or at least pass it on to other folks who would like it.
Here it is on the Chief TWiT’s desk. How cool is that?
We’ve lowered the price for the Null Pointer ebook in an effort to increase sales. At the moment, there are no plans to bring the price back to $2.99 or higher. There are also no plans for another novel in this “series” to be written this year. I might get to the second novel in 2013, but I’m not going to commit to it. Another short story might come out later this year or early next year.
You can still get Null Pointer in paperback at Amazon and it’s only $9.96! The paperback version is very slick. If you want to see this series eventually written, buy the paperback and convince all your friends to buy it or the ebook. The more demand for a sequel there is, the greater the chance I will make the time to write it.
I’ve been away from the blog for a few months. Heck, since August. But I’m still kicking. Just not writing much crime stuff these days. I hope to begin work on the next Joshua Jones novel some time late next year. Got other things occupying my brain case at the moment.
I appreciate the sales of Null Pointer over on Kobo. Welcome new readers! Rest assured I will eventually get back on the horse and start writing again in 2012. In the mean time, I want to take this opportunity to pimp someone who is writing and is damn good.
Seth Harwood. If you like crime novels, you will love his Jack Palms series. Go now, get his books, read them and tell him Johny Batch sent you.
I’m ready for my signing at Rediscovered Books on First Thursday next month. I ordered an even twenty so I could have some leftovers on hand for emergencies. Here they are, all boxed in, five per stall.
I’ll be doing a book signing at Rediscovered Books on 8th Street, in Boise next month. I’m the featured author for First Thursday. Looking forward to meeting and talking with the people of my home city. I’ll be selling and signing copies of my mystery novel, NullPointer.
So tell all your friends to come out and see me and get the latest paperback version of Null Pointer.