Novel Ideas http://nickwale.org Presented by Nick Wale Thu, 23 May 2019 13:53:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 46874583 J.C. Hulsey Interviews New Western Author Phil Truman For “The Wild West Showdown” http://nickwale.org/2019/05/23/j-c-hulsey-interviews-new-western-author-phil-truman-for-the-wild-west-showdown/ http://nickwale.org/2019/05/23/j-c-hulsey-interviews-new-western-author-phil-truman-for-the-wild-west-showdown/#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 13:53:04 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47424

Continue reading »]]> As always… J.C. Hulsey stands on the cutting edge of the Western market. His latest interview with Western author Phil Truman caught my attention yesterday. I believe Phil a body of work readers will truly enjoy. He reminds me of a cross between Gary Church and Fred Staff… and you can’t beat two number one bestsellers! You can learn more about him here. You can also check out his books by clicking here.

 

 

 

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How The Three C’s Helped Western Author Gary Church Hit The Number One Sales Position Around The World! http://nickwale.org/2019/05/20/how-the-three-cs-helped-western-author-gary-church-hit-the-number-one-sales-position-around-the-world/ http://nickwale.org/2019/05/20/how-the-three-cs-helped-western-author-gary-church-hit-the-number-one-sales-position-around-the-world/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 18:44:15 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47416

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With May looking like one of the most exciting months so far for Western books, I keep getting asked, “How did Gary Church score so well with his three books?  What were the magic ingredients of his success? How does an author go from being unknown to being the number one bestseller in the United States, Canada, Australia and such? How does that happen?” How can you do it? That’s what you really want to know.

It’s all about the three C’s. You know, the thing we were talking about last year?

The first C is Consistency. This is something all authors have to practice. Consistency in book promotion is the only way a book will move. You can’t do one, or two, or three things. You have to consistently promote your book—you have to always be doing something. Always looking to get more attention for your book, always running little ads, or trying to get more reviews. You have to be consistent on your journey towards success.

The second C is Commitment. We all have commitments in our lives, and those commitments sometimes seem like a problem. But in reality, a commitment is just achievement in process. As an author, you have to commit to your book and commit to its success. If you don’t commit to your book, you won’t be able to be consistent (the first C), and you will find it harder to be successful. Commitment gives you the grit needed to get the job done. I ask all my clients to be committed to the promotion of their book. I ask them to answer interviewers, to write blog articles, to be involved—because unless you love your own baby, how can you expect anyone else to?

The third C is a very special one. One that a very, very talented author mentioned to me. This C stands for “cool,” and it’s true—you have to be cool to be successful. You have to keep a level head and not become depressed when your book isn’t discovered on day one. You have to be cool when you are interviewed, and cool when you are reading a bad review. You have to keep cool, and… be committed… and be consistent.

So if you’re looking for success with your books, you have to try the three ‘C’s’ before you can do anything else. Be consistent, be committed, and be cool, calm and collected. Do not panic, no not worry, just stay committed and consistent. Before long, you may be the next Gary Church, moving thousands of copies of your book each month and hitting the top of the bestseller chart.

Now, on another note, and I hate to be a bore, but I am running short of reading material. If you have a book that you think I’d enjoy, drop a line and let me know about it. I’d love to discover something new. You can contact me through the form below. Three ‘C’s are waiting for you. Now, get to work!

 

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‘Stagecoach Willy: 600 Bloody Miles: A Classic Western Adventure’ From Scott Harris Now Available For Pre-Order On Amazon Kindle! http://nickwale.org/2019/05/15/stagecoach-willy-600-bloody-miles-a-classic-western-adventure-from-scott-harris-now-available-for-pre-order-on-amazon-kindle/ http://nickwale.org/2019/05/15/stagecoach-willy-600-bloody-miles-a-classic-western-adventure-from-scott-harris-now-available-for-pre-order-on-amazon-kindle/#respond Wed, 15 May 2019 16:00:01 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47409

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Stagecoach Willy and Ten are known as the best stagecoach driver and shotgun messenger in the West, but even their skills are challenged when they’re carrying not only $250,000 in cash and gold, but also a patent for an invention worth far more than $250,000.

It’s 600 bloody and dangerous miles from Portland to Sacramento, and Willy and Ten are hoping to make it with the money, the papers—and their lives—intact. Against their will, they’re forced to bring a Pinkerton agent—a woman—along for the trip. Once they leave Portland, they’re on their own and every mile presents a challenge.

Stagecoach Willy is the first book in the new Stagecoach Willy series, brought to you by Scott Harris, who is the creator and author of the tremendously successful Brock Clemons and Caz: Vigilante Hunter series.

 

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“The Marshal of Angel, Texas” Heads To Market Soon From Dylan Johnson! http://nickwale.org/2019/05/13/the-marshal-of-angel-texas-heads-to-market-soon-from-dylan-johnson/ http://nickwale.org/2019/05/13/the-marshal-of-angel-texas-heads-to-market-soon-from-dylan-johnson/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 18:41:52 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47369

The new Dylan Johnson hit will be heading out soon! A brand new Western adventure you’ll love. More details coming soon!

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Watch Your Language: Western Writer Charles Ray On The Language Of The Old West http://nickwale.org/2019/05/08/watch-your-language-western-writer-charles-ray-on-the-language-of-the-old-west/ http://nickwale.org/2019/05/08/watch-your-language-western-writer-charles-ray-on-the-language-of-the-old-west/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 15:52:39 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47123

Continue reading »]]> Western author Charles Ray discusses his thoughts on the language of the Old West, and how it applies to the reading audience of today.

Decades ago, when I was a beginning writer, before the days of political correctness in language, a writer was free to use any language in his or her writing. As a young reader, I remember at times cringing inwardly at some of the words that leapt from the page. The N-word, used to describe African-Americans, the B-word applied liberally to women, and Native Americans routinely labeled ‘savage redskins.’ I cringed, more from the fact that such terms were also routinely heard in real-life conversations going on around me.

Times, though, have changed. Now, a writer must be sensitive to the feelings of those who have historically been on the outside of the mainstream insofar as the majority was concerned, and whose feelings on the matter were of no concern.

While I applaud the new sensitivity to the feelings of others, at the same time, as a writer I feel that sometimes we go too far.  As someone who writes Westerns and other historical fiction, I seek authenticity in my writing, and in order to be authentic, characters must speak as they spoke during the period. At the same time, like any writer, I seek readership and am acutely aware that certain words will turn a large percentage of potential readers away.

After many years of trial and error, I’ve come to terms—sort of—with the new reality. I know that a word that will evoke no particular reaction from a reader in the Louisiana bayou will infuriate a suburban soccer mom in Southern California. So, how do I maintain a degree of authenticity in my stories about a period when minorities were considered less than human by many, and women, no matter their age, were considered minors under the law, and the mantra of many men in the majority was that a woman should be kept ‘pregnant, barefoot, and in the kitchen’?

I’ll confess at this point that on occasion I will use one or more of the taboo words, but only in character dialogue and when it would be ludicrous for the character to use any other word. And I do this only occasionally. I’ve found other ways to convey the mood and customs of the time. Take race for example. For many years, including a substantial number of the years that I’ve been on the right side of the grass, minorities were routinely referred to using emotionally loaded and demeaning words. An African-American man, regardless of his age, was ‘boy,’ or if he was really old, ‘uncle.’ Having a character in one of my Bass Reeves stories call Reeves ‘boy’ has the same impact as the N-word, but without that emotionally charged word ever appearing. The same goes for women. Without actually using the admittedly demeaning term, I can, through the character’s actions, show his attitude toward women. At the same time, I make a point of including strong, capable, and intelligent women characters in my stories, because they did exist. On occasion, I will use the forbidden words, not for shock value, but because the scene or situation makes it the ONE perfect word to convey the meaning. I’m sure that this has cost me a few readers, and, as any writer would, I regret this. At the same time, though, I think that the body of my work speaks for itself.

Writers, more than anyone else, must be aware that words are powerful. They have the power to educate, but they also have the power to hurt, and we should all strive to make sure that we do as little of the latter as possible, while focusing on the former.

About Charles Ray:

“I began the Al Pennyback mystery series from a desire to see stories about Washington, DC, my adopted home, that focused on the ordinary people rather than spies, lobbyists, and politicians.

I write for a number of Internet sites; I was a featured travel contributor on Yahoo Voices from 2010 to 2012 until the featured contributor program was terminated, and am the diplomatic correspondent for asnycnowradio, an Internet radio station based in New York. My own blogs can be viewed at http://charlesaray.blogspot.com and I blog occasionally at http://www.redroom.com/author/charles-a-ray. In late 2017, after the success of my fictionalized account of the life of Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi, I began writing westerns for Outlaws Publishing. My westerns are now my top selling books, making me–I suppose–a western author who writes in other genres as well.”

 

 

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From “Six Bullets” To “12 Gauge:” Brand New Western Novels You’ll Love! http://nickwale.org/2019/04/29/from-six-bullets-to-12-gauge-brand-new-western-novels-youll-love/ http://nickwale.org/2019/04/29/from-six-bullets-to-12-gauge-brand-new-western-novels-youll-love/#respond Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:38:50 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=46981 Are you ready for the month of May? You should be! There are some fantastic new Western novels heading to town! Check out these great new releases from some of the greatest names of today!

 

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Scott Harris, Russ Towne, Mike Abbott And Clint Clay Lead The Western Way With “Time To Myself” http://nickwale.org/2019/04/26/scott-harris-russ-towne-mike-abbott-and-clint-clay-lead-the-western-way-with-time-to-myself/ http://nickwale.org/2019/04/26/scott-harris-russ-towne-mike-abbott-and-clint-clay-lead-the-western-way-with-time-to-myself/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 18:52:58 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=46958

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52 Western writers. 52 Western short stories. All starting with the same twelve words:

I had some time to myself and some things to think about.

These micro-shorts (they’re each 500 words long) scatter off into 52 fascinating, action-filled directions, no two alike. Bourbon bottles and gunfights? Strong men and stronger women. Hangings, horse thieves and fistfights? You got ’em—and more!

You can race through these great stories or savor them, but either way, you’ll love seeing how different and creative 52 writers can be.

 

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Number One Western Bestseller Gary Church Shares His Thoughts On Book Promotion http://nickwale.org/2019/04/23/number-one-western-bestseller-gary-church-shares-his-thoughts-on-book-promotion/ http://nickwale.org/2019/04/23/number-one-western-bestseller-gary-church-shares-his-thoughts-on-book-promotion/#respond Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:10:32 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=46942

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It was a pleasure this morning to wake up to this lovely note from number one bestselling Western author Gary Church. It truly is an honor when your work has hit home—and you receive a compliment from one of the number one bestselling Western authors in America today.

“When you think of Nick Wale, think results. His tireless efforts supporting and promoting my writing have had an enormous impact on the successful sales of my books. Known in-house as ‘the man who never sleeps,’ Nick is always leading from the front as he sets up book launches, gets the word out, builds support and helps ensure a great opening. He is quick to respond and listens carefully to questions and requests. I highly recommend him if you are looking for someone to assist you in promoting your work.”

Thank you, Gary for this wonderful note. It’s truly a pleasure to promote books such as your bestselling “Johnny Church” series.

The number one bestseller from Gary Church.

 

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“Slaughter At Buzzard’s Gulch: Caz: Vigilante Hunter” From Scott Harris Will Soon Be Available As An Audiobook! http://nickwale.org/2019/04/16/slaughter-at-buzzards-gulch-caz-vigilante-hunter-from-scott-harris-will-soon-be-available-as-an-audiobook/ http://nickwale.org/2019/04/16/slaughter-at-buzzards-gulch-caz-vigilante-hunter-from-scott-harris-will-soon-be-available-as-an-audiobook/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:26:21 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=46693

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“Caz is a hero’s hero! He does what he has to, never shirking his duties, which are mainly blasting bad guys and saving damsels in distress.” – Kindle Reviewer

Coming soon! From Scott Harris! With gun in hand—Caz blasts his way through the bad guys to bring peace and justice to the Old West!

Caz is looking for two things: the perfect breakfast and men who think they’re above the law. He hasn’t yet found a breakfast to match what his mom used to make, but there’s a trail of dead men behind him that shows he’s having no trouble finding bad men.

Caz is the self-appointed judge and jury, operating outside the law, tracking down those who the law can’t find. And when he does find them, which he will, there is only one sentence.

Keep your eyes peeled for this brand new audiobook adventure! You’ll love the sound of “Caz” in vibrant living stereo!

You can collect other great Scott Harris Kindle and Paperback titles by clicking here.

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Now On Pre-Order From C. Emerson Law! “A Classic Western: 12 Gauge Justice: A Western Adventure” http://nickwale.org/2019/04/12/now-on-pre-order-from-c-emerson-law-a-classic-western-12-gauge-justice-a-western-adventure/ http://nickwale.org/2019/04/12/now-on-pre-order-from-c-emerson-law-a-classic-western-12-gauge-justice-a-western-adventure/#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 15:43:12 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=46200

Continue reading »]]> Cody Jenkins was mad. Killing mad! He had always been a peaceable man. He’d never killed a man, and the only fights he’d been in had been with his fists, and most of those, he hadn’t started. All he wanted to do was bust broncs and be left alone. He had never been good with a pistol, and he didn’t have time to try to get good with one. The fury within him was burning as hot as a blacksmiths forge. The shotgun on his hip would do the job, and those rustlers were going to wish they hadn’t mistaken him for someone else. They had opened this dance, and the tall cowboy was going finish it, even if he had to ride straight into Hell to do it. It didn’t much matter right now that one of those that he hunted was a woman. She was the one that caused all of this, and she was going to pay with a belly full of lead shot.

 

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