Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Beastly Review and a Special Offer!

Years ago when I started self-publishing the opportunities were limited and expensive. The stigma of the vanity author loomed large in the industry. It's safe to say that while not everything has changed the tide has certainly shifted in our favor. It is on this tide that I hope to expose my new book to an enormous audience as well as the very industry that once scorned us.

Twisted Trails: Least of the Beast has been submitted to Kirkus Indie Reviews. Kirkus has been operating for over eight years. They review ten thousand books a year. Their influence spans the publishing industry and holds great weight with ardent readers. Lucky authors have seen their name recognition boosted overnight by a great Kirkus review. Some have gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of books.

Our review will be announced on or before Oct 31st.

On that date we will find out what the best in the industry thinks about cycling as a basis for a series of science fiction novellas. This is a big step but I have complete confidence in this book and its entertainment value. Having said that, cross your fingers just in case.

In the meantime you don't need to wait for anyone to get an advanced copy. As a special offer you can purchase a paperback copy of the new Twisted Trails book right now!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Least of the Beast gets some Upgrades

The self-publishing industry is full of important details that can determine the success or failure of a title. After 13 years of writing books I've hacked my way through that jungle learning a score of lessons. When Twisted Trails: Least of the Beast comes out on October 1st, it will be given every chance to reach the widest audience possible. Listed below are a few of those upgrades.

* The Beast has a custom International Standard Book Number or ISBN under the Imprint of Twisted Books. This allows for the title to be reissued at a later date by another publisher.

* I have hired Fawn Brashear, a graphic artist and graduate of Full Sail University. She has already begun designing advertisements for the Beast. You will see them in September.

* 500 custom business cards have been printed with photos of both Twisted Trails books. I have begun handing them out to friends and clients to get the ball rolling.

* 50+ Envelopes are being addressed so that early release copies can be sent out to book reviewers and influential bike shops. 

As always stay tuned for more updates.

The Beast is Coming October 1st

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Twisted Trails 2: What is this Book About?

What is your book about? When I wrote my first novel Virgin Gloves I had a lot of trouble answering this simple question. When an author sits down to write a story they can sometimes forget that it will appeal to a particular audience, even if that audience has not yet been identified. Just because Virgin Gloves took place in the world of professional prizefighting didn't mean that fighters or fight fans would be the audience. In fact, most of the people who read the book turned out to be sports fans who enjoy inspirational stories.

During the year that I promoted that book I received a good deal of press. It was reviewed in Boxing Magazines, there were interviews in local newspapers and I appeared on radio shows. However, I always got stumped by that same question: What is the book about? I tried explaining it many different ways focusing on the plot, the characters or the action. Each time I failed to capture the essence of what was being asked.

In writing Twisted Trails 2 I decided to ask myself this question in advance to see if I could answer it. After all, the first Twisted Trails book was pretty straight forward. I wrote it because I wanted to share my love of mountain biking with the world. Having achieved that, what would the second book be about? It took some mulling over but half way through editing I found my answer.

Twisted Trails 2 is about the Future

I won't get into the details right now but what I can say is that I wanted to use storytelling to present a vision for the future of cycling. It has not been an easy task but it was worthy of an honest effort. My hope is that I can present a positive yet plausible image of what the future holds for all cyclists. With a vision to guide us, we can collectively make strides towards it. Hopefully the ideas in Twisted Trails 2 will be adopted by other creative people (Bike builders, tech gurus, engineers) who might transform parts of this dream into reality.

Granted it is just a collection of short stories sewed together with a driving narrative but it's the inspiration that matters. Visionaries strive to create solutions to the problems we have and avoid the ones we might be heading towards. I want to be a part of that process. That is what this book is about.

Stay tuned to this blog for more updates.

Twisted Trails 2 is coming Oct 1st

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Twisted Trails 2: Release Date Revealed!

After a year of writing and editing, I am proud to announce the release date for Twisted Trails 2. This highly anticipated sequel has embraced the style of the first book but also expands the Twisted Universe with more unique storylines. That's right, some of your favorite characters will be returning to join a cast of new characters on all new adventures.

Twisted Trails 2 will be available in both Print and E-book editions.
Check back to this blog for continuing updates.

Twisted Trails 2 will be available:
Saturday, October 1st

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Twisted Trails 2 Update: Coordinated Scribbles!

It is not easy to give updates about a book without giving away parts of the plot. What I can say is that Twisted Trails 2 has reached its final phase of development. Heather, my amazing Editor is currently scrutinizing Chapter 2 while Terri, my Proofreader/wife is helping me on the wording of the Introduction/book blurb.

What I can tell you is that the book will be similar in style to the first Twisted Trails. It will have nine chapters, each with a somewhat self contained story that shares characters with other chapters. Most important to my local readers is that the first chapter will take place in Florida. It is a location that many mountain bikers know and love. Also, if you are part of the Florida cycling community you might very well have inspired a character.

That's enough for now. Stay tuned for updates - Alex H

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Driving a Shuttle to the Top

Twisted Trails 2 Update: The new book is right on schedule! The first chapter made its way to the Editor so we will likely be on time for a Fall release.

Also, as some of you might know I have a new job driving an airport shuttle for Florida Sunshine Express. This job has allowed me to spread the word about my writing. At the beginning of June my Author Rank on Amazon peaked at 4,400! There are hundreds of thousands of authors on Amazon so this is a huge boost in popularity. Thank you all for the support, we are racing up that ladder.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Confessions of a Recovering Egomaniac

Today is my 43rd birthday and I'm still chasing my dreams, sort of. There are some who envy my dedication. Others are quite aware that I'm full of shit. The truth is that we all do what comes easiest. The only difference is that my imagination has been running wild for years and I only just now grabbed the reigns.

My long list of achievements includes quitting or getting fired from 70 jobs. Of the 700+ articles I have written a mere 7 made it to print (Only one was paid). I have been turned down by every publisher and agent I have queried in the last 20 years. The only mountain bikes races I won were the ones with no competition in my class. I never needed to lie about any of these things. When you compete, people assume that you are an amazing athlete. When you get published once, people assume that you get published often. That's right I'm blaming you audience!

Why am I kicking this trash down the hallway? Because I'm over it. Granted it took a long time. I know I'm never going to be some incredible athlete. There is no Olympic medal in my future. My face will never be on a Wheaties box. Probably not going to host Saturday Night Live. Probably not going to be a guest on The Daily Show.

Don't get me wrong I'm still exercising but I'm done posting event stories where I happen to score a colored ribbon. I might take a few pictures here and there but I'm done spending countless hours splicing internet videos. If all of this sounds a bit depressing, it should. I put years of hard work into these side projects only to discover that there was no way to sustain them. Many people don't set their goals high enough, I set mine too high. I'm tired of being crushed under the weight of my own expectations.

So, what happens next? Now I get to focus on creating something meaningful without distractions. Twisted Trails has been the most successful product I have ever produced. That is something worthy to be built upon. I currently have a working copy of Twisted Trails 2 and I'm deep into the rewrites. From this time forward this blog will be dedicated to all things Twisted. If I can harness all of my energy into one project maybe my expectations will not seem so far fetched.

Stick with me folks, there are still great things to come. Alex H