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UNITY – Fight for Earth…Together.

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Are you a natural born leader with a strong sense of self?
Are you afflicted with the sudden urge to give your unfiltered opinion?
Do you recognize that some situations require immediate action, like a punch to the face, and then words?point-symbol

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be a Point, represented by the red-tipped Unity logo, and destined to lead a Unity team of your own. That is, if you survive long enough to prove yourself.

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Wrote Your First Novel? Here’s What to do Next.

In the past six months I have received an increasing number of e-mails and Facebook messages from fans-turned-writers, friends of friends (or family of friends…sometimes friends of family), total strangers (who have never read my books), and people from my distant past. Generally, I try my best to respond to each and every e-mail I get, but the number of people looking for in-depth advice on getting published, or asking me to read their novel, has reached numbers I can’t possibly reply to (in a meaningful way) while still writing and publishing the amount of books I do. So, I decided to put my advice in a quick blog post to which I can refer advice seekers.

Be forewarned, my advice is generally no-holds-barred, blunt truth, and most new writers aren’t going to want to hear it, and most probably won’t listen if they do. See, I’m being blunt already.

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Why You Should Review Books You Love

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Reading a novel is, for many (myself included), a personal experience.

We get lost in a story, experience pain, loss, anger and victory along with characters that we (hopefully) come to care about, as though they were real. And when that experience ends, we miss our new friends and want their fictional lives to continue. Like, now. With the characters and plot still fresh in our minds we *might* tell a friend about it. You know the one. That rare breed who reads novels as voraciously as you do. And then…

Nothing.

The subject might come up again six months later, when your reader friend finally gets around to reading the novel, but your excitement is waning because you’re still waiting for a sequel that may or may not be on the way. A year passes. Then two. What is taking the author so frikkin’ long to write the next book?! It was amazing. How could there not already be a sequel?

Eventually you decide to take matters into your own hands and e-mail that author. He/she probably won’t reply (I will), but maybe your e-mail will spur them into action.

I get these e-mails. A lot. For Jane Harper. For Refuge. For Flood Rising. I even get them for books that were never meant to have sequels. And my response is always something like this: (Insert book title) needs to sell better before I spend a LOT of time and money writing and publishing a sequel. The best way you can make that happen is to post a review on Amazon.

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Maberry and Robinson – Take the Survey and Choose Their Fate

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I’m going to be working on a crossover short story to be included in Jonathan Maberry’s upcoming Joe Ledger anthology. Rather than leaping right in, I thought it would be fun to get reader feedback first. Which character would you most like to see meet, and kick ass with, Joe Ledger? Where will the story take place? What will the tone be like? This is your chance to weigh in and help shape the story. Here’s a link to the short survey: http://goo.gl/forms/DRdWwRKT0Z

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