Starting somewhere

How to start this blog?  I can’t imagine going wrong with a thank you to anyone who has put their stamp on my first novel.   Whether you took the plunge and bought the book, or simply passed the word on to a friend (or both hopefully), I’m humbled and impressed by your efforts.   Clearly you have all done something very right to help the word get out…sales via Amazon have steadily climbed since I uploaded the book into Kindle format.  I’m sure Amazon’s Christmas Kindle Proliferation didn’t hurt.  How many Kindles were sold last year?  iPads?

I certainly can’t claim to have pulled off a mastermind marketing campaign.   Or maybe I did, in sort of a low budget, high tech way.  Facebook, email lists, business cards (which my wife hands to everyone…she hands out ten for every single card I sheepishly offer).  I can’t thank her enough (though she might disagree).  I also started posting chapters on a fantastic survivalist/disaster preparation forum, mainly to get feedback from “the experts.”   People who really give some serious thought to modern day survival scenarios (every aspect).   I’d be willing to bet that this group spread the word far and wide.  Many thanks to the WSHTF readers…I’m almost done posting the entire novel there.

So what’s next?  Another novel for sure.   Not a disaster survival thriller, but more of a fast paced (frenetic) thriller, with plenty of twists.  I can envision a series of three novels…now if only I could start to envision my hands on the keyboard, writing the first book.  I’ve started, no worries there, and I’ve roughly mapped the story.  I just need to get serious about carving out some time.  Between family, friends, full time job, maintaining a house, TV shows I can’t miss, and exercise…what was I talking about?  Yes.  More excuses not to sit down and dig into a great story.

Before I get back into the mindset of my new protagonist…please let me know what you’d like to see or hear about on this blog.  You can post comments, review The Jakarta Pandemic…whatever you’d like.

Warmest regards,



  1. Don Bremer says:

    Another thing you can do is to do a audio book. Nothing fancy – you could do it yourself. I have a 30 minute commute to work every day plus some long distance drives. I end up reading about 2 books a month. Yours has taken me almost 3 months to read because I have to make time to read it.

    Again, nothing fancy necessary. The best recording studio is a comforter over your head and mic to reduce the echo (I’ve done that). As for different voices (or types of voices) – these are not necessary.

    • skpandemic says:

      That’s a fantastic idea. I’ll do a little research into this. Counting you, I can rattle off at least a dozen people with the same challenge. Plenty of time staring out of a windshield, little time to sit down and read. I was just talking to a friend in town (he was dropping off his kids for a play date), and he had made about 30 pages of progress on my book in about a month…but in the same discussion about favorite authors and genres, he rattled off the names of several audio books he’d listened to in the same period of time.

      Thanks for prodding me in this direction. It’s certainly worth investigating. I may have to hire someone to “recite” it.

  2. Don Bremer says:

    I was cleaning out my emails and I ran into your reply – I wanted to ask one more thing — what happens to Ted? (of course, this is a fictitious story and I can assume he dies a horrible death and at the end realizes the error of all of his ways… )

  3. skpandemic says:

    Funny you should ask. When I wrote the ending, I toyed around with the idea of Ted Stanton’s name appearing as the POC for the Biosphere ad, and if I could rewrite the ending (which I can…I suppose), I think I might do it. If anything, just for a laugh. I think I decided against it, because I had just exceeded my “being nice to bad guys” quota by letting Todd survive his gunshot wound. Your question brings to light the thousands of decisions and arguments I had with myself while writing the book, and the hundred, if not thousands of paths the story could have taken. I had a vague idea of the ending when I started, and I actually wrote one of the final chapters very early in the process…which never went to print (only a portion of it) because the story had changed so drastically by the time I reached that chapter. I’ll never do that again. Thanks for the question.

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