Greg Hickey’s Doing a GiveAway! (and you’re all invited)

Win the 18 speculative fiction ebooks shown below

  • Explore a variety of subgenres, including science fiction, fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, alternative history, paranormal and magical realism
  • 5 winners will be randomly selected
  • Click on each book cover or title to read more (listed under the raffle)

Our Dried Voices by Greg Hickey

Hundreds of years in the future, the last humans live in a utopian colony with every need satisfied automatically. But when the machines that regulate the colony begin to break down, one colonist must save what remains of humanity.

Once Bitten, Twice Die by Antony J. Stanton

A cure for dementia fails, leaving patients crazed, infectious and enraged, and the carnage quickly decimates society. On London’s outskirts some survivors must battle the infected, but their troubles have only just begun…

Sentience by Courtney P. Hunter

Sentience follows twenty-four individuals as they travel through a contained natural preserve to participate in a Turing Test conducted by a tech corporation willing to do anything for monetary gain.

Terra Obscura: A Knock in the Dark by Geoff and Michelle Genge


People are dying in the dark and New York’s highest office wants the truth buried. Only Charles Fort, an ambitious and ridiculed paranormal investigator is willing to get to the bottom of it.

Subject A36 by Teri Polen

He was genetically enhanced to be the perfect assassin. To kill for The Colony. He just doesn’t know it yet.

The Augmented Man by Joseph Carrabis

“…a blistering tour de force…Joseph Carrabis has created a military and scientific warrior that could mind read and wipe out Rambo, Robocop and Steve Austin ‘The Bionic Man’ at once, in an instant.”

The Curse of Sotkari Ta by Maria A. Perez

Mina is snatched from her family and forced to serve the ruthless Lostai on a distant science station. The DNA of an evolved race known as Sotkari Ta lies dormant in her genes.

The Night Alphabet by David M. Donachie

Have you ever had a dream so wonderful it followed you into the waking world? Do you lie awake, listening to the creaks and groans of a settling building, and believe that something strange and terrible is happening?

Undertones by L.S. Popovich

In a dystopian city run by animals, a university jazz band takes on the mob for the sake of social protest, only to bite off more than they can chew.

Aceldama by John Hazen

When a young woman battles logic, time and even the religious establishment to save her husband from the clutches of a curse that goes back two millennia, she risks not only condemning her own soul but also plunging the world into the apocalypse.

I, Carlos by Casey Dorman

I, Carlos is thriller in which a revolutionary computer chip, containing the personality of Carlos the Jackal, the world’s most notorious assassin, is implanted into the protagonist’s brain.

Eye of the Storm by R.K. King

In a future ravaged by a planet-wide super storm, tribes of nomads eke out a miserable existence barely surviving as they uncover scraps of the old world and move as the storm moves.

Guardians of the Gates, Part 1: The New Breed by Jeff Schanz

When a madman wields a supernatural force that can wipe humanity off the globe, an ancient, dying society called The Saints are the only ones who understand the unfathomable threat.

Centricity by Nathaniel Henderson

When an intelligence operation to retrieve a DNA-altering bioweapon goes horribly wrong, it sparks a scandal that could bring down an agency, and a city along with it.

Moon Crusher by Susan Kite

Fourteen-year-old Diego only knows the rolling hills of his father’s ranch in 1829 California. Then he is captured by reptilian aliens and taken aboard their spaceship.

I Pitched Nine Agents in Two Days – Six said Yes! Here’s What I Learned (Pitch Evolution)

I recently had a fascinating week; Nine agents (including the ones who weren’t interested in my work) shared industry insights and offered suggestions for improving my pitch.

The is the third and last installment in the I Pitched Nine Agents in Two Days – Six said Yes! Here’s What I Learned series and deals with how the agents themselves helped me shape my pitch. The first installment dealt with Do’s and Don’t’s the agents shared with me during the day. The second installment details conversations I had with some of them and their thoughts on the industry and agenting.

Note the following deals with a fiction pitch.

Enjoy!


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I Pitched Nine Agents in Two Days – Six said Yes! Here’s What I Learned (Conversations)

I recently had a fascinating week; Nine agents (including the ones who weren’t interested in my work) shared industry insights and offered suggestions for improving my pitch.

The is the second installment in the I Pitched Nine Agents in Two Days – Six said Yes! Here’s What I Learned series and deals with the conversations I had with them. The first installment dealt with Do’s and Don’t’s the agents shared with me during the day. The last installment (available starting 28 Oct 2020) details the evolution of my pitch based on their suggestions.

Note the following comments deal with fiction markets exclusively. Some elements may apply to non-fiction publishers, agents, authors, and titles, and my conversations were about fiction books.

Enjoy!


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I Pitched Nine Agents in Two Days – Six said Yes! Here’s What I Learned (Do’s and Don’t’s)

I recently had a fascinating week; Nine agents (including the ones who weren’t interested in my work) shared industry insights and offered suggestions for improving my pitch.

Two Big TakeAways Upfront:

No agents/publishers will ask you to put your own money into marketing.

Pitch in person/virtual whenever you can.

 
This post is the first in a three part series on what I learned. The agents provided info on marketing (publishers won’t sell you marketing schemes, that was a big one), the need for a social platform when you’re starting out (you don’t. The agent and publisher will help you build one), and of course, what a proper pitch should look like.

About a year ago I paid to have my pitch professionalized. That pitch had a 3% success rate. I scrapped it, wrote my own, listened to what each agent told me about making it work, and hit 66% success rate.

This installment of I Pitched Nine Agents in Two Days – Six said Yes! Here’s What I Learned deals with Do’s and Don’t’s. The next installment (available starting 21 Oct 2020) goes over a conversation between myself and agents who’ve been authors and worked in publishing houses. The last installment (available starting 28 Oct 2020) details the evolution of my pitch based on their suggestions.

Enjoy!


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More Publishing Hype

Back when Susan and I ran our own company, I often told clients “Never believe your own hype.”

Some clients were offended. Some laughed and nodded.

The big problem with hype is the hyper knows its BS and behave in three basic ways:

  1. They know they’re BSing and are constantly on guard lest someone should catch them in their BS (this often results in impostor syndrome. You can find lots of info on Impostor Syndrome in Reading Virtual Minds Volume I: Science and History)
  2. They know they’re BSing and want to be caught because they desperately need structure in their lives
  3. They believe their own BS and are delusional. Either get them help or get away from them
The opening line was “The first round of the Book Shot promos went great.” I responded with “Wonderful. What are the numbers?” I’ll let you know when I get a response.

 
It’s worth noting once you get beyond a certain size, it doesn’t matter if someone sniffs out your BS. Get past a certain size and you’re the Emperor and everybody loves your clothes even though you’re buck-naked. The one who really suffers here is the Emperor: Their kingdom is on the brink and they refuse to recognize it as such.

Marketing hype usually falls into Group 1 because Groups 2 and 3 are mostly populated by people with such blatant character flaws they may as well be carrying lunchboards around or ringing bells as they move about. They tend to be that obvious.

Let’s focus on Group 1. Danger lies in between the Emperor and the boastful kid on the playground. The danger itself is you not being able to recognize the BS for what it is (hearkening back to “I have an incredible opportunity to share”).

So here, dear ones, are three kinds of hype to be aware of and guard against.
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