Larry Kollar is one of my Twitter friends and today I’m helping to spread the word about his new book, White Pickups.
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At summer’s end, mysterious white pickup trucks take to the roads and compel nearly everyone to “drive off.” Some of those who remain gather in a suburban Atlanta subdivision, and struggle to cope with a world whose infrastructure is rapidly crumbling. One of the few who are mentally and emotionally prepared for the end of the world is Cody Sifko, a youth who quickly becomes the inspiration for the others. When a strange homeless woman names him “Father of Nations,” is she seeing his future or her own delusions? As winter and a hate group try to destroy Laurel Hills, can Cody overcome personal tragedy and seize his destiny?
Love, hate, survival, and an apocalypse like no other—White Pickups is ready to take you on the ride of your life!
While White Pickups is my first novel available as an eBook, I’ve made a decent living from writing for 30 years, and 15 million copies of my work are out there.
Okay, I write technical documentation for a living. Some of those 15 million manuals—lots of them—likely were never opened. Some of my work turned out to be inadvertent fiction. Some of it was the equivalent of blurbs or back-cover synopses, but most was about the nuts and bolts of getting stuff done.
The business of fiction may have changed a lot in the last few years, but technical writing has changed even faster, over a longer period of time. Outside of the largest companies, writing documentation has been much like self-publishing for ten or fifteen years. I’ve had to work with many facets of publishing, from page layout, to both sides of the editing process, to electronic typesetting. In short, I’m used to doing it all myself.
But, there were horror stories as well. On occasion, I’d be asked to write marketing literature as a side-job. While I loathed it, everyone said I was good at it (probably so they wouldn’t have to do it). Now, I find it was good practice for writing my own blurbs!
One thing fiction writers won’t see often: edits with howling grammatical errors. On two occasions, I was asked to “put this change in exactly as worded” when the change went something like “the XXX will containing the YYY.” May your editors always have a better clue than this.
Larry has a great giveaway for you all! Myself and a few of my other author friends have put our heads together and are giving away copies of our own backlist. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win.