Well, folks, as you are very aware, life never stays static. It never sits still and never waits for you to catch up. Life keeps on moving.
And with that movement (he he, I said movement), comes constant change.
For the past five years I have been lucky to have been given the gift of being able to write full time. Very few writers get that opportunity. Remember, only 5% of professional writers do it full time. The Arts is a tough career to crack.
With a kid in college, and one heading there soon, plus maybe a retirement at some point before Death takes me away in its bony clutches, we can no longer rely on my writing income to cut the mustard. That’s a saying. Cut the mustard. What was mustard like way back when they had to cut it? That’s some thick mustard. Crazy…
Anyhoo, I am now going back into the world of sales. I’ll be the sales manager for the retail division of A-B Emblem. Check them out. It’s gonna be a pretty cool gig, actually, and I’m looking forward to it. And being a sales manager means I’ll be working over 40 hours per week plus traveling to trade shows. Gonna cut down on my writing time. A lot.
Which means… Bullet point time!
- Expect the next Roak novel late 2019.
- Expect the third/last Flipside Sagas novel sometime in 2020.
- There will be no new Z-Burbia novels. For now…
- The kaiju series is officially over. No 4th novel. 3rd novel didn’t sell, so no point in chasing bad money with good words.
- Team Grendel will always be a favorite of mine, but if new novels happen it will be years from now. Years. Do not ask when. Years…
- There won’t be anymore Dead Mech or Fighting Iron novels or any continuation of any of the small series.
- Writing In Suburbia had its last episode released. After March I will be taking the podcast down. Download those episodes now!
- I’ll still be co-hosting the Asheville/WNC Writers Coffeehouse.
What does this mean for Jake Bible Fiction? Well, that’s a very good question. The newsletter will still be going out. I’ll still write some drabbles now and again, but not on a weekly basis. And all of the novels I’ve written will still be available for purchase! I’ve written 60 novels, 50 of them in the last five years, so I’m guessing there are some you haven’t read. Yes, I’m looking at you right there. You know who you are…
I know I have said that the only way you fail at writing is to quit, and this may seem like quitting to many of you, but it’s not. I have zero intention of quitting writing. I am simply quitting it as a full time, sole income gig. Just like 95% of the profession, I’ll be doing it part time and only when I can. Life and work and family and all that jazz comes first. There’s something to be said about the peace of mind that a stable income brings and I look forward to that peace of mind.
In the meantime, check out the lists of novels and audiobooks above. I have menu links, people! MENU LINKS! Get a book you haven’t read yet. Listen to the new versions of the MEGA audiobooks. Re-read my first novel (Dead Mech). Have fun!
And just know that this isn’t goodbye. Far from it. This is simply a reboot of what has been so far an amazing ride as a professional writer. Death and rebirth has been the major theme of my life for as long as I can remember. Welcome to the rebirth folks. I hope you enjoy the journey with me!
Oh, and if you are an author or publisher and you need custom patches made (YOU DO!) then hit me up. I can make that happen.
December 2018/January 2019
Updated: July 2019
That’s right, folks. It is the final episode of Writing In Suburbia.
Why? Because life is constantly changing. Have a listen and I’ll explain.
But, hey, it’s been a crazy fun ride, right? RIGHT!
Enjoy the last episode!
Theme music: “Whiskey on the Mississippi” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
The last Friday of September is upon us! What does that mean? October is next week, baby!
Halloween season is here! Woo hoo!
And you know what says Halloween better than anything in the world? MEGA SHARKS!
Just go with it…
Tantor Audio has released the reboot of MEGA! Click the pic below and go get the brand new recording of the book that started Team Grendel’s journey! Tanto Audio will be releasing a new audiobook a month until all six are out in the wild. That means, for those of you waiting on the previously unreleased audiobooks of 5 and 6, the wait is only a few months away! Bam!
And I’m digging the vector graphics style of the audiobook cover. Pretty cool.
Also, don’t forget about the Max Rage audiobook that just came out!
And in some short story news, Tales From The Lyon’s Den has been released. It’s part of the Four Horseman Universe by Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy. Lots of cool stories by lots of cool writers!
Chris also has a Kickstarter going that is almost over. So hurry! Military scifi card game for the win!
Oh, oh, oh! New Sci-Fi Bridge giveaway!
So much groovy stuff for this last Friday of September!
Know what else is groovy? A free drabble!
Lester had, as his mother would often say, “Issues, Lester. So many issues!”
Alarms every two hours so he could inject his anti-radiation medicine. Alarms every other hour so he could inject his mother’s medicine. She refused to synch up with him.
Most days he stared at the airlock, dreaming.
“Issues, Lester!” his mother would shout. “So many damn issues!”
Lester did not believe the plural applied. He figured there was only an issue. One single issue that he could handle easily.
Lester turned off the alarms.
Or one set, at least.
The issue was about to solve itself.
First, shout out and all the hugs to the NC peeps out east that are still recovering from Hurricane Florence. We were spared in the mountains, but y’all down in the lowlands got smacked hard. All the good mojo shall be yours!
Alright, time to get down to business.
New videos in my writing advice YouTube series are dropping every Monday from here until December. Check them out! And be sure to subscribe, y’all. That’s how I know you love me. LOVE ME!
Not much else new going on. Be sure and join the Jake Bible Fiction Facebook Group. I’ll be posting there more than on the Jake Bible’s Wasteland page. A cool, fun community is building and we get to chat about all kinds of stuff. Go and become a part of the fun!
Oh, and Holiday season will be upon us very soon! You’re going to want to buy some autographed novels for the ones you love. Nothing says love like giant mechs and galactic bounty hunters! Get your orders in now in case I run out of a title and need to re-order!
Okey dokey, that’s it for the shilling! Time to get your drabble on!
“Right, but I don’t want to put a ton of work into the project if no one is going to notice, Ed.”
“Hey, I get it, I do, but that’s what they’re looking for. Initiative. They want to know that you can get the job done before they start writing that big story.”
“There are no buts here, my friend. You want to go down in history as the greatest serial killer of all time? Then you have to be the greatest serial killer of all time. To do that, you have to start actually killing people.”
Disclaimer: LOVE ME!
Welcome to the Friday Night Drabble Party! Hurricane Edition!
Now, we’re about four hours from the coast (if you head down to SC, 6-7 hours from NC coast) and we’re up in the mountains, so no real danger from the hurricane for us. Could be flooding when it turns and moves up the mountains, but we’re up high, so all good. Good luck to everyone in the lowlands! Stay safe, y’all!
Anyhoo, who wants a drabble? You do!
First, we got a couple things. New episode of Writing In Suburbia is out. I interview John Hartness. You gotta check that out. Plus, Max Rage: Intergalactic Badass! audiobook and Infinite Mayhem. Click the pics below and get transported to new worlds of wonder and imagination!
Now, on with some drabble goodness!
“What’s our angle of entry? We going to hit the time stream head on?”
“Yes, sir. Angle of entry is nominal. We are right on course.”
“Uh… Give me a moment, Captain.”
“Dammit, man! I need the date! When are we landing?”
“Sorry, sir. Readings are all over the place. I’m having a hard time nailing down the exact date.”
“Then give me a year, man! Give me a freakin’ year!”
“I can do that… One moment, sir. Let’s see… Oh…”
“What is it?”
“Abort, man! ABORT!”
Disclaimer: Stay safe!