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[VIDEO] Why I wrote my new novel “Berlin Vanilla”   Leave a comment

These are some thoughts behind the inspiration for my new novel “Berlin Vanilla” set in Kingston Jamaica. The book comes out May 25th, 2014. Cheers!

Book description:

In a Kingston where every night you compete for the attention of young women with world famous athletes, reggae superstars and millionaire businessmen, a young promoter named Indie battles with traumatic issues from the past while trying to stay afloat in the choking social atmosphere of endless parties and casual hookups. As he falls deeper into a growing malaise, he meets a girl who seems to be his only salvation out of the Kingston fishbowl. Or is she? Berlin Vanilla takes us into a dark, edgy modern day Kingston far removed from quaint beaches all-inclusive hotels and countryside hideaways.

 

Launch Day Musings on Naked Tuesings   2 comments

Two days ago I was on the edge of it all; battling fatigue and trying to get a thousand moving parts in order. Launching a book that you self-publish is not exactly easy. There is the writing, the editing, the re-reading, the re-editing, the introspecting more editing, copy checking, adjusting tone. There there is the other stuff. Graphics for facebook, twitter and cell phones. Structured broadcasts, pre-written messages, launch e-mails, follow up e-mails, blog posts, online interviews, descriptions, personal messages, phone calls and skype chats. These things all bundle up in a huge mess of data can best be described as a humming sound. It is all noise, but in the midst of it I have to focus and prioritize, not forget key things like adding credits to the book for the photographer who took my author photo, or updating my information across a series of networks.

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book cover design! yay!

It has been a goal of mine to capture this process as best as I can, shooting video throughout, but with all these demands that is relatively impossible. There are more things to do than what I have listed above, including tasks which take no less than nine hours to complete (for example reading through a book orally to try and catch syntax and grammatical errors). With my last book, I was completely burnt out because of the demands of what i was doing, but also the demands on my mind. When you hit the limits, you feel it in the trembling in the tips of your fingers, the occasional moment of temporary disarray and odd phenomenon around you when cups full of water keep seemingly materializing from thin air.

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My desktop is the Nebuchadnezzar today! Morpheus would be proud

What’s funny about this process is that for the second time now, the pressure amps as the day gets closer. Then the sun rises, and there is no magical hurrah that you’ve released a book. No, now is the time to really buckle down and do the even more daunting thing: asking for support. So i have to post pictures and status updates, message hundreds of people and send out hundreds of e-mails with the slim hope they will open it. Some people do, some people don’t. Some people say they will buy you rbook, some never do. But it is all a part of this process,  a process which is a hum in the back of my mind. While i’m sending e-mails and chatting to people, i’m thinking about numbers and strategy. I’m trying to see how I can improve my Amazon rankings, how I can get quality reviews and how I can get people to help me do this. My task is to stand out briefly in a raging sea, bobbing to the surface in a massive yellow life jacket, labeled “Naked As The Day”. I sit at the computer and look over my digital kingdom, watching and waiting, seeing how it will play out. Then the sun begins to set, and again there is no hurrah. Yes, I have a book out, and I have made a significant achievement, but as an artist life is relative to who consumes your art. So I watch the screen some more, shoot out a few more e-mails and watch the numbers again. I see a few likes here, a few positive comments there, yes, things are picking up. This is the slow period, when I hope that the quality of my work will attract momentum. It is what ever writer wants, and this desire doesn’t come from a negative place. This book i feel, has something different from the last. Possibly a touch more maturity, a deeper step into an analysis of the human psyche. I want people to read it, in a real, tangible way. So, I wave my digital flag, signaling attention until the night forces me to close my eyes, and i get ready to wake up in the morning and do it all over again.

In One More Day We Get ‘Naked’ #booklaunch #NakedAsTheDay   Leave a comment

The fatigue is epic, but the task is done. Tomorrow is the day!

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A ‘Naked’ Book Interview With Jamaipanese Dot Com   Leave a comment

Popular Japanese culture blog, jamaipanese.com interviewed me about my new book, Naked As The Day. In this interview, I talk about why I wrote the novel and more! Please click here or on the picture to read it! The book comes out in just 3 days on December 10th, 2013, so if you haven’t watched the book trailer or grabbed your FREE chapter yet, head on over to www.NakedAsTheDay.com and make it happen!

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

A young man finds himself in ragingly cosmopolitan Tokyo, haunted by memories of the past, facing an uncertain future. 

When a typical twenty-something year old English teacher in Japan develops severe physical and psychological aversions to his daily routine in a small town, he decides to move to Tokyo with a few months worth of savings in search of more stimulating horizons. As his physical symptoms remain, and now hit with the demands that come with living in one of the world’s most expensive cities, he must take a fast track course in both survival and self-actualization from a host of characters including libidinous transients, self-proclaimed celebrities and kleptomaniac supermodels.  Armed with few skills in the face of an uncertain future, Naked As The Day takes us on an occasionally humorous and poignant journey of human choices and ultimately, their consequences. 

Come To Tokyo With Me For 3 Minutes   Leave a comment

Greetings,

With just seven days to go before the launch of my new book “Naked As The Day”, I thought it would be interesting to take you guys to Tokyo for a spell before you go there in the novel. In this e-mail is a link to “Lost in Transportation”, one of my most popular Tokyo videos that really captured elements of the Tokyo nightlife; strangers in cabs, friendly foreigners and getting lost in the bowels of the city. The book has many situations like this and more, so be sure to grab your copy on December 10th, 2013! Click the picture to see the video and happy watching! Of course, if you have anyone that you’d like to share this with, just send them on over to www.NakedAsTheDay.com to let them watch the book trailer and get their FREE chapter! Have a great day!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

A young man finds himself in ragingly cosmopolitan Tokyo, haunted by memories of the past, facing an uncertain future. 

After a young man teaching English in Japan begins developing bizarre psychological and physical aversions to his daily routine, he decides to take all his savings, leave his small town and head to Tokyo, leaving behind Eri, a woman whom he didn’t realized had affections for him until the day he left. He moves to the ragingly cosmopolitan Tokyo, where he meets a carousel of characters that force him to peel away the darker layers of himself in his new world of transient friends and endless nights.  Naked As The Day is a book about human choices, and ultimately their consequences.

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My new Tokyo-Based Novel: “Naked As The Day”   Leave a comment

Glad to announce my new novel will be released on December 10th, 2013 and it is entitled, “Naked As The Day”. The book trailer is below, plus a book description. To get your free chapter, go to

www.nakedastheday.com or click the image of the book on your left.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

When a typical twenty-something year old English teacher in Japan develops severe physical and psychological aversions to his daily routine in a small town, he decides to move to Tokyo with a few months worth of savings in search of more stimulating horizons. As his physical symptoms remain, and now hit with the demands that come with living in one of the world’s most expensive cities, he must take a fast track course in both survival and self-actualization from a host of characters including libidinous transients, self-proclaimed celebrities and kleptomaniac models.  Armed with a few skills in the face of an uncertain future, Naked As The Day takes us on an occasionally humorous and poignant journey of human choices and ultimately their consequences.

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I’ll be posting more information as time passes as I gear up to get into serious PR mode.

Editing part 3: The Relativity of Speed   Leave a comment

From whence this beard came, I know not.

From whence this beard came, I know not.

I am shocked.

I feels like only five minutes ago I looked on the kitchen wall clock, which clearly read “4:45 am”. It is now 5:45 am, and in the last hour i’ve only edited four pages. I’m not sure if its the fact that i’ve been on a bizarre cycle of time this last month, but as I’m working on this re-edit an hour feels like five minutes. Going through the draft is one part reading, one part writing and one part analysis. It is a slow process. It can take me thirty minutes to finish a page properly. If I have to pause and think about what the page is saying, how this relates to things down the road, and changing something that might create an inconsistency it can take longer.

It is now 7:39 a.m, and again, if the sun hadn’t come up, I wouldn’t know that i’d been working since midnight. I’m approaching five weeks of this activity, of long dark nights with missing time, spent in this world of my making. I felt like writing about this idea of time because initially there was a part of me that just wanted to be done. i wanted to quickly gloss over the script, do some light edits and then get it out there. But in reality that isn’t how it can effectively work if you are doing it solo. 

I don’t have the luxury of a team of writers or copyeditors. For now I have myself and time, and in this regard, time is my friend. So the first day was a bit difficult, as i realized that not only would I be re-reading the novel, but doing so very slowly and very deliberately. I’ve had to take in many a chapter sentence by sentence, modifying very slight descriptions, taking out unnecessary particles and those kinds of things, and rewriting sections that don’t flow properly. Sometimes the writing is light, sometimes heavy.

Because i’m doing this early legwork by myself, I’ve been careful to utilize a method that gives me the best results in a reasonable period of time, so I am not forced to read my novel again. Why? When I was in the last stages of getting “Sex, Drugs and Jerk Chicken” published, I kept finding errors in my manuscript. A punctuation error here and there, something factually incorrect or a typo, stuff that i don’t really want in my final product. Then I would go through the book, kill some errors and find more. At the time, I didn’t want to go through it slowly, and I ended up having to read the book five times before I caught most of the errors, instead of doing one slow read through. You do NOT want to read a book five times, especially when you are supposed to be promoting it, not editing.

So, I don’t want that kind of stress on when i’m close to being able to enjoy being “actually finished” with a draft. I don’t want to worry that there are dozens of errors lying about when I’m doing my PR campaign. I just need to WRITE it, EDIT it, have a few people READ it, take FEEDBACK and then PUBLISH it.

WERFP to mother.

Once I accepted that this approach was quite different from pounding out 10-15 pages a day, I became relaxed. Slowly re-reading and modifying, I was doing about roughly 15-20 pages a day over a six hour period. It doesn’t take six hours to read 20 pages, but going through them line by line and thinking for a little bit about each line can take that long. So now i’m at a point where I feel like my draft will be reasonably “clean” and all i’ll need afterwards are the aforementioned opinions.

Not everyone can self-edit, but if you can do it slowly, there is a good chance you will spot what someone would have spotted anyways. But remember, I am somewhat obsessive, and pay attention to details most people can’t bother to so, do this at your own risk (malevolent laugh). I started this on the 11th of November, so the entire slow re-read for a 75,000 word novel took me maybe 5 days.

So I took a break from writing to write this (say that six times fast) , but I am putting in the last tweaks and fixes for my final chapter (can I get a Yay-men?)

So pretty soon, I’ll get to doing cool stuff like promoting the book and that sorta thing, and take a well needed break from the laptop. So look out for that.

cheers

I hope you liked this blog! Follow me on Twitter, watch my videos on YouTube and grab a copy of my novel Sex, Drugs and Jerk Chicken.

Thanks for the support!   Leave a comment

ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH: SEX DRUGS AND JERK CHICKEN   Leave a comment

I’m happy to announce my first novel, Sex Drugs and Jerk Chicken which will be available worldwide on Amazon starting July 22nd, 2012. I’m doing a Campaign to boost first day sales, so please watch the video and join the mailing list to get your copy on day one! You can go directly to the mailing list site here:

wwww.sexdrugsandjerkchicken.com

Thanks in advance,

– Marcus

Post Novelmatic Stress Disorder   Leave a comment

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The process post-novel has been pretty brutal.

There are three stages to this that I’ve had to do… and I’m thinking that to really do these things properly, you need to be a somewhat obsessive personality, because it involves constant re-reading and rechecking to the point of being anal.

During the process of formatting my novel for the kindle, I spent several hours doing the formatting the wrong way. This didn’t frustrate me, because I was more concerned with making sure the book looked correct across all devices. Once I learned about how global document settings worked in Microsoft word, things got much easier. But it still took a lot of time, making sure certain white spaces were gone, checking indentations and chapters headers, and making sure the novel had a proper (aesthetic) continuity.

Then after doing a test upload to amazon, I downloaded the preview version and did an amazing mental exercise, I got to see my book in the Kindle Carousel, and how it would look eventually when people purchased it. I was very pleased at how clean the design looked (I designed it J)

Then after all that formatting I started to re-read my novel, this time, I was reading it from start to finish, mostly to do a final check on the tone of the novel relative to certain small things I was mulling over.

So after I added all the edits my editor made (meaning I technically had to read through the novel while adding the edits) I did the formatting (which required lots more reading of chapters ) and then I did the major re-reading. This is on top of the other reading and re-reading I’d done while writing the novel.

Now, this is not a “process” by any means, I just think this is how I am built mentally. When I’m focused, I don’t get stressed readjusting and re-reading something that I find important. In fact, while adding the corrections my editor made, I saw a few things my editor missed. More than that, after doing the spell check for the entire document, I saw even more errors that would be easy to miss (spaces after periods, double words you wouldn’t glance if you were reading quickly, etc). Then in the final reading of the novel, I again saw a handful of very small errors, extra sentences and things that I could patch up. So more than anyone, I can say that I truly know where the manuscript stands.

So I’m almost done with the re-read and its 2 a.m here. I’m getting ready now for the final stage of publishing the manuscript and sending it out into the

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