Just wanted to give you guys a quick couple updates before the weekend. First, five minutes ago, I finished the rough draft for Book 4, Presidential Shift!
Took me long enough. Jeez!
As I mentioned in my last post, thing's are revving up from here. I'll release episodes 1-4 along with the entire novel sometime in February, once my editor cleans up the mess. You'll get the first peak.
Second piece of news: Starting Monday, I'll write another storyline into the Corps Justice series. It's a prequel.
About who and what? It's gonna be about Marine sniper Daniel Briggs, aka "Snake Eyes", and his journey back to the States after his time overseas. He's out of the Corps, in pain, searching for answers, drinking too much, kicking some ass.
The book will be called Adrift, and chronicle one of his temporary stays in a small town, and what happens during the layover. I really want to tackle PTSD and how it's affecting our troops. An important issue right now.
Depending on how you and other readers like it, I have plans for more between normal Corps Justice additions.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Feel free to let me know what you think. You always do :)
Thanks to all who participated in this month's Corps Justice survey. Many of you wondered about the reason behind the survey. There was more than one, "What's the deal, Coop?"
First, I didn't mean to scare any of you. Cal and crew aren't going anywhere. As you know, I take my writing very seriously. I want to be smart about what I put on the market. The best way to find out what my 2014 strategy would be was to ask you, my most loyal friends.
Episodes vs. Full Novel
Last year, I released Prime Asset in three episodes, then as a whole novel. Some of you didn't like the episodes, instead preferring the entire novel. That's cool.
Here's what I found on the "business" side. Both the episodes and the full novel sold well all year. Some readers didn't mind paying for each and every episode. Cool with me. Plus, with the episode, I increased the chances of finding new readers with more products available.
This was the split from your survey answers:
What I'm Gonna Do
For 2014, I'm going to release every episode at the same time as the full novel. That way readers can choose whether to buy it in pieces or all at once.
Free Copies For Honest Reviews
Over the course of 2013, many of you have taken advantage of my offer to download a free copy of a novel/short story, in exchange for an honest review. It felt like a win-win. Here's what you said:
Here's the 2014 Plan
I want to keep hooking you up for being part of the Corps Justice family. I'm toying with the idea of only giving free copies to those who want them (some of you have told me you'd rather pay and support the effort), and not send a free link to everyone. We'll play this one by ear.
Character Short Stories
I wrote God-Speed and Running to give you the backstory of Cal Sr. and Cal. Here's what you said about future character shorts:
I have a couple stories in mind that will probably hit the market this year. MSgt Willy Trent is on the top of that list. Here are the characters you said you'd like to see more of:
More Survey Results
I thought this was a timely question:
Here are some of my favorite comments that you left at the end of the survey:
Have bought everyone of the Corps Justice series and have reread all of them at least twice. Find myself checking my Gmail every morning in expectation of news about a news for the newest novel. They are so well done that I feel like I personally know all the characters. Semper Fi
Love your books. They are action packed and keep me up late at night so I can finish!! Keep up the good work!!
I enjoy deep character development. I am also a Marine ('67) so I really like Corps related books. I have enjoyed everything you have done thus far.
I love reading the books and I'm not a big reader but something about your books just hit home
Keep them coming please!
You write...I will read...buy...and then, tell my friends. You provide enormous entertainment, and I think your Corps J. series is wonderful. I think YOU are wonderful to so entertain!
Love the Justice series and wilł buy anything you deliver. Anchors Away---Semper Fi
I'm English so couldn't really answer question 3 as an ex Royal Marine (which incidentally are much better ;) ) I'm extremely patriotic, keep up the great work just do it faster. Stop sitting there reading this get and writing!
Thanks again for your honesty and your continued support. With your help, 2014 is going to be great year.