How to Write That Sci-Fi Novel You Always Wanted To Write

Let’s get one thing straight; sci-fi books are totally badass. They get to explore a place and space that has never been explored because everything – every last little detail – is brewed in the dark recesses of your freaking awesome mind. There is just one Game Of Thrones sized wall to overcome, and that is writing a sci-fi novel ain’t easy.


So, here’s my advice:


1. Never Try To Write A Best-Seller

The reason being, you can’t. It is impossible. Best-sellers are not only subjective and unexpected, they are part of trends that come and go, so if you are trying to write a best-seller that is part of a current trend, well, sorry sweetheart, but you are already behind. Anyway, it’s like we said, no one knows what is going to be a success and every successful author has had to fight for their place.

2. Write The Book You Want To Stay Up All Night Reading

There is one really quick way to failing as a writer, and that is to write a book that you wouldn’t read. There is just no point in it. Writing is a craft that needs love, attention, intrigue and bloodthirsty lust; so only write the things you want to write and the things you want to read. If you don’t love it no one else will. Simple.

3. Sit Down And Start Typing

So many people want to write a book but they don’t want to put in the work. They want to have written a book. Maybe they will try for a bit, before realising how long and arduous the process of writing is. But sitting in a chair and tapping away persistently and determinedly is the only way you’ll ever get that best-seller written. Write, write and then write some more. We get better with every page we sculpt, remember that.

4. Cardboard Characters Will Always Suck

Sure, writing a cool world with loads of cool stuff is cool, but it isn’t enough. What makes a story is the characters, people or things that we can bond with and care about and relate to. They are the main source of awesomeness when it comes to being sympathetic in a sentence, the thing that will get hairs standing up and tears rolling down cheeks and, maybe, just maybe, fists punching the air. If people don’t care about your characters then they aren’t going to care about the cool world you have created.

5. Forget About Anything But Your Writing

If you want to have a best-selling book more than anything then you may find you’ll be disappointed. This is because it is impossible to control all the variables that it takes to achieve that success; the marketing, the timing, the agents and publishers, the media and the landscape. Instead, focus on just one thing; writing a book that is as good as you can get it. Write a book that you are totally proud of. A book that you want to read and that others will want to read to. Forget the best-seller thing, it is out of your control. Just up your chances by writing something amazing.

 

Check Out “Everlasting” by Rasheedah Prioleau!

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YES! The moment we’ve all been waiting for, a sneak PREVIEW of some brand-spanking new horror work! The amazing Rasheedah Prioleau has graced us with her sexy and suspenseful horror novel, “Everlasting”.

What I LOVE about this novel is the rich diversity in its characters and locale. Prioleau uses Gullah and Native American history to create the deep layers– and fears– that we all love so much in our horror and paranormal works.

Check out “Everlasting”. You WON’T be disappointed! 😉

About Everlasting

EverlastingAfter another incident of sleepwalking, Aiyana Gamelle wakes up lying under the stars on the Beach of Sa’Fyre Island, an island off the cost of South Carolina with a rich Gullah and Native American history.

Knowing these incidents of sleepwalking have something to do with her long awaited transition into queen of the island, Aiyana shrugs them off as little more than a nuisance to be expected since her lineage leads to a mysterious African goddess.

Aiyana moves forward with plans to host a week long festival that will end with her succession to the island throne, but the murder of an important guest and the passing of her grandmother bring the festivities to a screeching halt.   Aiyana learns that the transition involves an unwanted possession and the revelation of a dark family curse.

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More About Rasheedah Prioleau

Rasheedah_AmyRasheedah Prioleau is a Southern African American writer with an eclectic range of writing and ghostwriting credits.  After an unfulfilling stent in the corporate world she started over from the bottom as an unpaid intern at the age of twenty-six and never looked back. 

I love to write because there are no limits. All it takes is a finite space of time and I can create a story from infinite possibilities.”

Writers who have influenced her include: Judy Bloom, Jude Deveraux, V.C. Andrews, Octavia Butler, Stephanie Meyer, Charlaine Harris, Joss Whedon, William Nicholson, Shonda Rhimes, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry, Mike Kelley, and J.J. Abrams… just to name a few.

Rasheedah Prioleau currently resides in her hometown of Washington, Georgia.

Do You Want Free Ebooks, Audiobooks, and a 15-module Online Writing Course this Halloween?

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Well? Do you? 

Well then you should have come to our SWEET “Colors in Darkness” Facebook Party!!

I hosted my hour just yesterday, and guess what? We played games, pitched creepy riddles, learned about transcultural monsters and demons, AND talked about MY all-time favorite survival horror video game franchise, RESIDENT EVIL.

Bohemian Badass School Website ShotWith each game, I was literally GIVING away my entire ebook and audiobook library! AND to sweeten the pot, I was also giving away a FREE 15-module writing course from my up and coming online school, The Bohemian Badass School for Creatives!

colorsindarknessbannerBut if you missed the party, don’t fret! There will be more opportunities to win, win, win as the holiday season comes up.

Still, in the meantime, I’d LOVE if you could join us for the REST of the Colors in Darkness event! More kick-ass multicultural horror, paranormal, and dark fantasy authors will be hosting, playing games, and giving away amazing prizes!

There are only TWO days left in the event, so DON’T MISS IT!

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WIN FREE PRIZES AND BOOKS!

Write on, rock on, keep it indie, and HAPPY HALLOWEEEN!!
<3 Colby

Give it up for “EATING VAMPIRES” by Regine Sawyer!

EV n pet ColorOoh snap! Just as I promised, here comes some Halloween Hotness, courtesy of the illustrious Regine L. Sawyer!

Sawyer’s a prolific sci-fi comic book and graphic novel writer, the owner, founder, and creator at Lockett Down Productions, and a pioneer in the Women in Comics movement!

Check out the awesome comics work of our industry’s sweetheart: “EATING VAMPIRES”, where Sawyer takes a completely fresh and unique look at vampire lore.


Eating Vampires by Regine Sawyer

EV_001 1Rigel Alexa is a Battle Guardian, one of the many protectors of the Sect of Purifiers. When the realm’s worst nightmare comes true, and all that remains of their once powerful nation is an eleven year old girl named Evelyn, Rigel must find a way to keep her safe, even if it means traveling to the most dangerous of places.
With a mysterious band of mystical women at Rigel’s disposal, she will do whatever’s necessary to ensure that the Purifier line continues, even if it costs her the one thing she has always wanted: a cure.

Buy Eating Vampires TODAY!

Buy Issue #1 TODAY!

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Regine Sawyer- Writer/Creator
Delia Gable- Cover Artist, Penciler, Colorist, Letterer
Ed Watson- Creative Director
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Issue #2 will debut in Early 2016!

Check out some sample pages from EATING VAMPIRES!


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More About Regine L. Sawyer

Regine Sawyer1Regine L. Sawyer is a sci-fi comics writer, business owner, resident bad ass, and a pioneer in the indie women-in-comics scene. Upon establishing her media company, Lockett Down Productions Publications, she has created and published three unique sci-fi intellectual properties: The Rippers, Ice Witch, and Eating Vampires.

Though she’s not at all new to the women-in-comics scene, she has also recently officially established the Women in Comics Collective NYC, a group of intrepid bad ass women in comics who seek to highlight the contributions of female artists, writers, and animators to this billion dollar industry.

CONTACT REGINE AT:

Her Website: www.lockettdown.com
Twitter: @LockettDown on Twitter
Facebook: Lockett Down Productions Publications on Facebook

More About Lockett Down Productions Publications

lockettdownproductionsLockett Down Publications is a multi-media company specializing in Comic Books and promotional apparel. It was established in December 2007 by Owner and Founder Regine L. Sawyer, and was first publicly debuted at the New York Comic Con, April 2008.

LDP pub has several properties in production: “The Rippers”, its signature series, “Ice Witch”, “Death Mask” and “Chimera”. Each series is interlocking, focusing on the mysterious reaches of outer space and the relationships of the characters that reside in it.

Eating Vampires is a new Novel series outside of The Rippers universe. It’s scheduled to be released in late 2015.


More About the Women in Comics Collective NYC

The Women in Comics Collective NYC is an Artistic and Informative Initiative that began in May of 2012. It serves to educate communities about the role and merit of Women working in the Comic Book/Multimedia  industries as well as highlight their artistic endeavors.

womenincomicsThe collective has 26 members and growing! With a traveling Art Exhibition and a long running Panel Series, ‘WinC of NYC’ has been hosted by such venues and conventions such as: Bronx Heroes Comic Con, The Schomburg Center, ECBACC, The Poe Park Information Center and Gallery, and most recently they’ll be adding the New York Comic Con to that list in October.

In 2015, they already have 2 Exhibitions currenly being planned. A 3 month show at La Casa Azul in East Harlem during the Spring/Summer and a show from August 1st-31st at the Poe Park Information Center and Gallery in the Bronx. Each exhibition will have events and workshops scheduled during that time! Keep an eye out for more information!

Check out our Album of Pictures taken at our Events on Facebook!

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Pitch for Sci-fi Thriller Trilogy & Screenplay Concept, “ASYLUM”

Mental-Asylum-in-Dallas-Texas-300x199SO, I recently had the opportunity to pitch a sci-fi thriller novel trilogy concept to a film producer, and I just wanted to share the feedback with you guys!
In all, while my idea wasn’t purchased by the producer and his team, his feedback was really inspirational and super constructive. It’ll really help me hone my ideas for this trilogy as I write and plan for its release in 2016.
As a lesson in humility and for your edification, here are both the concept and the producer’s feedback on my up and coming sci-fi thriller trilogy “ASYLUM”.

CONCEPT PITCH FOR “ASYLUM”

In a neo-utopian world where crime is contracted out in an attempt to restore “natural order”, one criminal-type in particular is in high demand: serial killers. And the instances of serial murders are now increasing not by the dozens, but by the hundreds. Enter 23-year-old Anaïs Crowe: brilliant, sweet, insecure. Infamous. Exiled and blacklisted after her colbyrriceAVATARbannerfather himself was convicted of murdering nearly thirty of their community’s own inhabitants, Anaïs knows serial killers— and survival— better than anyone. When she’s finally offered a new identity and a chance to start over, she leaps at it only to discover it’s her worst nightmare: she must live with and help profile serial murderers, the very people she’s most desperate to avoid. She agrees, and despite the strangeness of the psych ward itself, her assignment goes well. But when the ward is overthrown by its own inmates and most of her support team is killed, Anaïs finds herself trapped in the midst of bloodthirsty madmen who now roam free. Moreover, someone is pulling the strings. Someone who’d been planning for her arrival all along, and who has prepared a house of riddle-ridden horrors, with only a few spaces for respite: spaces called “asylums”. The clock is ticking. If Anaïs doesn’t solve the right riddles and make it to an asylum before the killers are released from their cells each night, she’s as good as dead. Still, survival is just the beginning; with each asylum she finds, with each mystery she solves, Anaïs begins to unravel a conspiracy that could threaten every life in the nation… and in the world.


PRODUCER FEEDBACK

Colby,

Thank you for your submission.  Unfortunately, at this time, it’s not something we’d like to consider further.
ProducerI will say that this was a difficult decision and we went back and forth a bit.  While I think the asylum setting and in particular, the riddles that must be solved could be quite interesting, the futuristic setting and the larger conspiracy that threatens the whole world are major detractors.  The former because it likely presents a budgetary issue and the latter because it turns what could be a cool, potentially terrifying scenario into something far less plausible and potentially campy.  Frankly, I would have been very intrigued by a contained house (asylum) of horrors type situation distinguished by a series of riddles and mysteries that need to be solved in order to advance and ultimately survive.
I know hearing stuff like this is never easy so I appreciate your willingness to put yourself out there and hope you will continue to pursue your screenwriting goals.
Best of luck and thanks again!

More about the ASYLUM trilogy

asylum2So, there you have it folks! The silver lining. The point though is to use professional feedback to grow and improve, and I hope to do exactly that. Speaking of, the novel trilogy ASYLUM will be debuting at the end of 2016, after I’ve gotten the next volume pack of The Books of Ezekiel out into the world.
If you’re curious about ASYLUM, though, check out the forthcoming ASYLUM book page (and my blog) on occasion to get updates on both it and its prequels and sequels! Here’s the title list, though, if you’re curious:

The ASYLUM Trilogy!

Peplum, Book #o (novella)

Asylum, Book #1

Bedlam, Book #2

Hoodlum, Book #3

** book covers forthcoming! **

In any case, I hope you found this helpful! I’d love to know what you think, so feel free to leave your thoughts below! And, of course, in the meantime…

Keep it indie,
<3 Colby

More FREE ebooks! Digital Book Day has been EXTENDED for another 24 hours!

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So yeah, again, we 407 bestselling indie authors in the genres of Sci-fi & Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, YA, General / Historical Fiction, and Non-Fiction all got together and asked:

“HM! How do we make our readers even MORE mega happy?”.

And we answered, “FREE STUFF for yet ANOTHER DAY!”

So, yes. 407 FREE books all for your summer reading pleasure, my friends. Check us out by clicking the banner above or clicking HERE, and enjoy!

Time’s limited, though, so get your free ebooks before midnight tonight (07/15)!

P.S. This promotion is so hott and getting so popular that the Digital Book Day website occasionally conks out. Please be patient and keep visiting for your free books!

Happy reading, and of course, keep it indie!
<3 Colby

Check out this Heart-pounding Historical Vampire Series, THE DARKLING TRILOGY!

Looking for a vampire epic with a brand new twist? Get swept into a world where love and supernatural mysteries help a young slave to conquer the savageries of history. Get swept into THE DARKLING TRILOGY.

Dark Genesis (The Darkling Trilogy, Book 1)

darkgenesiskoboahLife for a female slave is one of hardship and unspeakable sorrow, something Luna knows only too well. But not even she could have foreseen the terror that would befall her one sultry Mississippi evening in the summer of 1807.

On her way back from a visit to see the African woman, a witch who has the herbs Luna needs to rid her of her abusive master’s child, she attracts the attention of a deadly being that lusts for blood. Forcibly removed from everything she knows by this tormented otherworldly creature, she is sure she will be dead by sunrise.

Dark Genesis is a love story set against the savage world of slavery in which a young woman who has been dehumanised by its horrors finds the courage to love, and in doing so, reclaims her humanity.

Rising Dark (The Darkling Trilogy, Book 2)

risingdarkkoboahWhen the newly married Reverend Avery Wentworth embarks on a journey to the Americas to begin a new life, he foresees only joy ahead of him. But along with the shocking evils prevalent in a world of slavery, he comes against a much older, darker evil that steals his soul and turns him into a creature of the night. Cut off from humanity, he wanders through a wilderness of despair. A nameless, faceless creature forced to exist in the shadows, his only hope for salvation is the vision of a beautiful Negro and three words: “Wait for me.”

Rising Dark is the long awaited sequel to Dark Genesis and takes us from London 1757 to present day America in a love story that defies, time, death and the all-too-human flaws inherent in mortals and immortals alike.

Awesome Excerpt from Dark Genesis!

The moment I had spent most of the day pining for had come, but as I walked through the trees toward the chapel, I could feel a growing apprehension. I walked quickly, driven forward by a need that bordered on pain. But that deepening dread was fighting its way up through the melody that had kept me in thrall all day, and when I stepped through the trees and into the clearing, that feeling intensified to the point that I almost turned and fled.

Something propelled me onward and I ran across the clearing to the chapel door and threw myself through it. I knew something waited for me at the altar even before I was through the door and as I raced up the aisle, the fear that had been pushing to get through had all but consumed me.

What I found on the altar made no sense at all. I saw books. Brand new books. I also saw a beautiful jade green dress of the finest cloth I had ever seen in my life. There were also a few items of jewellery lying there: a gold chain with a large ruby hanging like a giant drop of blood from its centre, and diamond earrings. All of this was carefully laid out on the altar. For me.

As I looked at the bewildering sight before my eyes, I felt something loosen and fall away from me, leaving my mind unbound for the first time that day. Images began to flood me then. Images of being at the chapel the day before and kneeling by the stream with the jagged black rock held above my head.

Oh my God! 

My stomach curled sickeningly when I thought about what I had come close to doing and I brought my fingertips up to my forehead, but there was no sign of the cut. I began to tremble as an overwhelming sense of danger as sharp and clear as the chiming of bells filled my mind.

I told you to stay away from that place.

That was Mama Akosua’s voice, faint but clear in my head, and with my senses and mind in such a heightened state of awareness, I knew it was really her I was hearing. Just as it had been the night before when I ran through the trees.

“Yes. You sure did,” I whispered, not knowing if she could somehow hear me.

I took a step away from the objects that had been placed on the altar for me.

Run.

I whirled around and began walking swiftly down the aisle. I didn’t doubt the fact that I was in danger but I knew it was already too late to run. So I walked out of the chapel into the burnt gold of the setting sun, hoping that if I appeared unaware of its presence it would let me go.

I was halfway toward the trees when the atmosphere in the clearing, the very air seemed to change and I came to an abrupt stop, frozen by a presence, the shadow Mama Akosua had referred to.

It felt as if there was a powerful force emanating from behind me. It swept through the clearing causing a powerful shiver to ripple through me. It was so strong that it was almost like a throbbing heartbeat saturating everything from the aged bricks of the chapel to every single blade of grass beneath my feet. Yet nothing had actually changed physically around me. It was only what my now “open” mind could detect.

I tried to stay calm but my heart was racing and my breathing came out hard and fast as I pondered what to do next.

Knowing I could do nothing but face this thing, this evil, head-on, I turned around.

My vision told me there was a white man standing at the chapel door. But my sixth sense, which was sending a million pinpricks of fear along my skin, told me that the figure standing at the chapel door was something that merely wore the guise of a man. It wore nothing but a pair of black trousers and an old blue gentleman’s coat over its bare chest. It was also barefoot. Its skin was a pale, almost translucent white, and gleamed softly in the light of the setting sun. From this distance, I could see it had long, tangled brown hair almost to its waist, and that it was tall with broad shoulders, a muscular well-formed chest, a narrow waist, and long powerful legs.

I opened my mouth to speak but all that came out at first was a choking sound, so I drew air forcefully into my chest and tried again.

“What…what you want?” I asked as confidently as I could manage whilst my gaze searched the ground around me for something I could use as a weapon.

When I glanced back up at the chapel door, the thing was gone and I jumped back, a scream lodged in my chest, when I saw it was now standing a few feet away from me.

With my heart pounding horribly in my chest, I found myself staring in awe at the being standing before me in the guise of a man. And what a guise it was. Its face was perfect in every way. It had large, blue eyes, an aquiline nose, a strong jaw, and lips shaped like a woman’s. Noticing traces of what looked like fresh earth on its clothes and hair, I took an involuntary step forward and I was so taken in by its beauty that I almost reached out and brushed some of that dirt away from its jaw.

Although my rational mind was urging me to run, I couldn’t move. If anything there seemed to be some force between us that was tugging at my spirit, making me want to move closer to this being, and it took a great deal of will power to stop myself from taking another step forward.

It stood completely still with its head cocked to one side, its lips slightly parted as it regarded me in amazement, eyes like blue fire burning into me. Then it brought its hand up slowly toward my face.

I wanted to scream. I wanted to run, but fear kept me where I stood. Its fingertips, pale with torn ragged fingernails that had earth beneath them, were just inches from my face when it froze. Its eyes darted to a point behind me, into the trees as if it had heard something, and I used that opportunity to take a step back. That small movement brought its gaze back to me and in another of those quicksilver moves, it had closed the space between us again.

But it only gazed at me, looking slightly confused, and made no move to stop me as I took another step back. It was hard to resist the pull this being exerted over me but I forced myself to keep moving backward and away from the chapel, as I knew now that there was something else here in the clearing with us, something that swathed the hulking, decrepit chapel in evil. My senses were saturated by the being standing before me so it was hard to focus on the other entity. All I knew was that it had been here for a very long time and hate burned at its heart like a smouldering volcano.

There was something forlorn and incredibly vulnerable about the creature as it watched me move away from it. It made no farther move forward but merely gazed at me in bewilderment, its stance one of dejection. The acute yearning in its eyes was as ancient as it was terrible. Unable to look into those eyes for even one second longer, I ran into the trees.

Reviews for Dark Genesis!

A great read 5.0 out of 5 stars

In “Dark Genesis” Luna, a beautiful black woman on a slave plantation, has to not only suffer the horrors of the society she finds herself in but also the attentions of a supernatural being lusting after blood. But despite all this, Luna finds love in a very unexpected way!

A. D. Koboah portrays the dynamics within the slave society extremely well in her book – from the slave who is powerless to the slave owner who has complete control over every aspect of life. But this is also a story of love, hope and certainly one I would certainly recommend.

Mindblowingly good 5.0 out of 5 stars

An ABSOLUTELY amazing book .. so well written .. the story had me in tears towards the end of the book but you do NOT want to put it down. I am so so glad I read this book and can not wait to read the next one. If I could give this book more stars I wouldn’t hesitate.A MUST read !!!!

Amazing 5 out of 5 stars.

This book is just absolutely amazing and had me balling my eyes out sometimes,I loved the idea of a slave being kidnapped by a vampire because he had been looking for her for decades maybe centuries !! so romantic.

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About the Author: A.D. Koboah

A.D. Koboah author picI am A.D. Koboah, the author of The Darkling Trilogy, an unconventional and epic love story between a vampire and a slave girl. The trilogy was inspired by my thoughts on dehumanisation.

I was fascinated by the ways in which people are able to dehumanise others, the impact it has on the psyche and whether it is possible for people to find their way back from being dehumanised. This led me to a slave called Luna and the ruins of a haunted chapel deep in the heart of Mississippi.

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