Well, there is a bit of a story to that question. Here goes… I found Red Adept’s services through Kboards, and I owe more to Lynn than she probably knows. In 2013, I sent a manuscript to her for a full polish. That manuscript was the first thing that I’d ever written. Lynn took it upon herself, and after a few weeks, I received the manuscript back, as well as a phone call—we had some problems. The short of it was: it shouldn’t be published. While the news, after working on the novel for a better part of six months was defeating, Lynn went through each problem area with me. She explained, in detail, what was wrong, how it could be fixed, ideas for going forward, and more. I scrapped the manuscript and started from scratch with her words echoing in my head. A year—and three novels—later, Red Adept was really the only place that I planned to go back to. I had to see if my work was now up to par. It was, and Red Adept put the finishing touches on the manuscripts. A huge part of my work improving as well as now writing full time can be traced directly to an hour-long phone call I had with Lynn two years ago. Thanks, Lynn.
As far as the service they provide… Red Adept Editing is my go-to team and will continue to be. The entire process is always top notch, the turnaround time is always exactly as quoted, the prices are more than fair, and the level of professionalism is truly appreciated. Choose Red Adept; you won’t be disappointed.
You’ve worked with Kelly Reed as your line editor. What do you like best about his editing style?
First, Kelly is great. I know when I get my manuscript back, it’s the way that it should be. His edits polish up my writing but never take away from my own voice. I’ve sent six manuscripts through Kelly so far, and I plan to keep using him for the foreseeable future. His included notes make it easy to know what problem areas need to be attended to, and his comments are always on point. Speaking of comments, his dose of humor, as well as pointing out sections he enjoys, are always welcome when I’m knee deep in completing edits.
Tell us a little about your Lieutenant Kane series and what readers can expect in the future.
The Lieutenant Kane series will probably always be my baby, and going forward, it’s kind of the backbone to this little world I’m creating—more on that in a bit. The Kane series follows a Tampa homicide lieutenant on and off duty over the better part of a year—though if this was reality, I think anyone who worked law enforcement and had a year like he did would be turning in their resignation. Through the story arc of the six-book series, you see Lieutenant Kane go toe-to-toe with some of the most twisted, homicidal, and downright ruthless adversaries imaginable—all while doing his best to juggle his often-turbulent personal life. The first title in the series, Malevolent, is free on all vendors, and the series is complete at six books.
As far as what is planned in the future, this winter, I’ll be launching a new series set in the same world—a spinoff following one of the supporting characters in the first series. Readers familiar with the characters of the first series will see some old faces as well as meet plenty of new ones. The first two titles in new series, planned at six books, should hit the digital shelves November 2015.
What part of self-publishing do you enjoy the most?
The freedom and the fact that this occupation is pretty relaxed compared to what I’ve done in the past. While I work a set schedule every day with deadlines and have my work planned out months in advance, it sure is nice to be able to take care of all of that from the comfort of my home. Aside from that, I like being able to control every aspect of my business from my computer—it allows me to travel and do other things as long as I have my laptop. The last book in my series I launched while on vacation—not many occupations allow you to get in a bit of work while you’re playing.
A second thing, though not entirely limited to self-publishing, is interacting with my readers personally. It still kind of blows my mind that there are people out there who read something that I created and that they have enjoyed it so much that they take the time to contact me and let me know. Answering fan mail is hands down one of the best parts of my day.
You have some awesome covers. Who does your cover work?
My covers are done by the team at Damonza.com. They do great work and always seem to be able to come up with what I’m looking for. I just finished an entire rebranding with them on my first series, and I am eagerly awaiting my drafts to come in on the second series. From start to finish, the process of working with them has always been smooth. They have a really talented crew over there.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you stave it off and get back to writing?
I do daily word counts of around 3,500, but it always seems as soon as I hit the 15k word mark on a new manuscript, I’ll have a few 1,500-word days mixed in. I don’t know if it’s so much writer’s block as it is taking another look at my outline for the story to get it on track to where I’d like it to finish. I believe outlining helps me with keeping the writer’s block problem away. When you know where something is headed, it’s a lot easier to write to that end.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I do my marketing, getting things set for future releases, and interacting with fans—so I’m still working. When the work is done for the day, I’m usually fishing or playing foosball. The fishing is a hobby and is relaxing—the foosball is something else. I’ve played on the professional foosball tour for the last six years or so. While it’s extremely competitive, it’s also made me countless friends worldwide.
What advice would you give to a new author?
Head over to the Kboards Writer’s Cafe and read, read, read. There is a ton of priceless advice, given for free, from great authors. For me personally, I approached writing from the get go as a business, and I honestly can’t think of any better advice than a post written by Russell Blake called “How to Sell Loads of Books”. When I was dipping my toes into the self-publishing waters, he was very active on Kboards, and I pretty much followed that post to the letter. Well, the short story is: it worked.
Where can readers find you?
Contact me anytime though my website’s contact form. I always respond to each message personally.