Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Do you want to know secret? Of course you do! It's in our human nature. I confess. I published my first novella, and it's self-published.

Self-published can be a dirty word, but it doesn't have to be. Lewis Carroll self-published Alice in Wonderland. Charles Dickens self-published A Christmas Carol. I self-published Operation Ragnarok.

Operation Ragnarok, however, is not the work of one writer. I tested the drafts with beta readers, the manuscript was professionally edited, and a talented artist illustrated my cover. I started a Kickstarter that was funded by readers who were intrigued by the premise. It's not the work of one man, and now I need your help for the next step.

I have an ambitious goal for Operation Ragnarok, and you could chose to be a part of that. I want to pull a Martian. What's that? The Martian by Andy Weir started off as a series of self-published chapters on his blog.

He decided to self-publish a manuscript and events snow-balled from there. It was picked up by a publisher, made into a movie directed by Ridley Scott, and starred Matt Damon. The movie was successful both financially and critically. It's every author's dream. Well, it's my dream.

I'd like to see Operation Ragnarok on the big screen. I've already seen it. It's great. I conceived the story as a movie, and wrote it as a screenplay, but what do you do with a completed screenplay? Nothing if you aren't lucky or connected.

I put it away in a desk drawer and let it sit. I've always wanted to write a novel, and so I turned my own screenplay into a novella. I drafted and re-drafted, had the manuscript edited, asked some better writers than myself for a review quote, and had it published.

It's now available. It's not perfect, but it's a solid first novel that is as good as many books out there. I was given feedback by more experienced writers, some I could take, and some will have to wait for my next writing adventure, but the finished product is entertaining and damn funny.

Operation Ragnarok is a fantastical adventure with comedic elements about a group of Dungeon & Dragons players that are going through the mid-life crisis. Instead of the stereotypical, little red corvette, they decide to steal a Viking longship from a museum, and accidentally unleash Ragnarok. It's a story of friendship, sacrifice, and unleashing Hel on Earth...

Operation Ragnarok, think Night at the Museum meets The Big Bang Theory with a touch of Stand by Me vibe. Great for those who love mythology, gaming, and geek culture, but not needed to enjoy this fast-paced tale. It's an amusing concept and would make a lively change from the sequels and re-boots Hollywood has been serving the public.

I can't do it by myself. I need readers to help put Operation Ragnarok on the radar of the entertainment industry. You can make it happen by purchasing the book, telling friends about the book, and sharing this blog post.

It's not expensive. The book retails for $9.99, but you can buy it for $7.99 at From My Shelf Books & Gifts either on the website, or at the store. You can order it from your favorite book store, or you can order it from where ever you usually get your books. It's even available digitally on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Apple products. It's also available internationally. You can be part of the crew that gets Operation Ragnarok to the big screen.

I always say: If you are going to dream, shoot for the stars, that way if you fail, you'll be in the cold vacuum of space and no one will hear you scream...

Thank You For Joining My Crew!!!

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  1. By "ebook" do you mean that it will be available on Kindle and Nook? I ask mainly because I think you will have a lot easier time getting word out about it if people can get it on those platforms. The story sounds amazing, but I haven't been able to get a copy yet. If I could get it on Kindle, I would have bought it immediately. Also, I think the main reason there is such a stigma about self-publishing is because most of the books that are self-published are not well edited or spell checked. Personally, that drives me crazy and makes me much less likely to buy anything that is self-published. It does seem a little expensive to me for a book that's only 112 pages though. I do look forward to being able to get it and read it.

    1. Yes, by ebook I mean Kindle, Nook, Kobe and other ereaders, including Apple products. I did have it edited. It is less expensive as an ebook, and goes for 4.99

    2. Became available on Kindle on Aug 19th, and forthcoming for Nook, once B&N upload it to their system