Blog Tour Featuring Jason Zandri & As Life Goes: Elementary

Today I welcome Jason Zandri and who’s on tour with his book, As Life Goes. Take it away Jason!

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A LITTLE Q&A WITH JASON ZANDRI

as-life-goes FINAL cover largeWhat made you decide to write “As Life Goes: Elementary”?

I enjoyed writing “Another Sunset” which was my first work of fiction and I wanted to do another literary piece that was similar in nature. I recently wrote and published “I, Hero: The Beginning” which is a superhero / fantasy story, and while I do plan to work on other books in that series, I wanted to work on another contemporary story too.

What is one of the harder aspects of being an indie writer?

Getting your book noticed by readers, especially in a sea of great, and in some cases, not so great books. I finished “Another Sunset” back in November of 2014 and I have been marketing it pretty steadily ever since. I really focused on it with a lot of time and money, in the hopes of expanding its reach into a larger reading audience. I came to realize that I wasn’t really getting a ton of traction with promotion and advertising versus all the other works that were out there. To date (end of July 2015) I have sold 253 copies. Looking at the glass “half full,” that means that on average, I have sold basically a book a day (since the book has been out 244 days.) I suppose a lot of people would be happy with that and I guess when I really focus on it, I am too. What I am unsettled with is the amount of effort I have been putting into getting to that 253. I really feel like I have been working overtime self-promoting and spending a lot of cash on advertisement and promotion and have “only” reached 253 units moved as sales. When I compare that to the time and effort, I sometimes don’t feel like I am getting an equitable return.

Is there a “lesson learned” from that?

Yes. While you DO need to always be self-promoting, networking, and promoting others, especially in similar genres, with the hopes of cross pollination, you have to come up with an amount of time, money, and effort that you’re content to commit to the overall effort. Too much will make you feel like you’re getting a diminished return. Too little may leave stones unturned, as the saying goes. At the end of the day, most writers want to write so my advice is, do just that. You will have to spend a little bit of time doing promotion, but if you focus on your first passion, writing, you’ll feel better about things overall and some natural progression should occur.

What’s the story behind “As Life Goes: Elementary”?

The story itself, this book of the series, is about a father returning to his hometown to start his life over. He has divorced a wife who it turned out, never really wanted to be a wife and mother. He has his eleven year old son with him. The story introduces you all the characters that will be in the upcoming books of the series.

What motivated you to make the book a series of titles rather than one story?

Technically speaking, it is one long story, if you want to look at it that way. We are looking at the life of Matthew Sanford from the time he is eleven years old until a point in his life when he is in his early forties, even though much of “As Life Goes: Elementary” focuses and sets up on his father, Mark. I decided I wanted to do it in segments because there were so many stories to tell about this group of kids and as they grow and become adults. Thinking to movies I liked, I always wondered how many stories there could have been with the gang from “The Breakfast Club” or from “St. Elmo’s Fire” if more than one story in their lives were told. That is where I see this series of books.

About As Life Goes: Elementary

“Every new beginning starts from nothing. Understanding that you can have everything in the love of one person, isn’t that worth the risk of personal capital? Isn’t that kind of love worth it?” – Diane Wakeford

“Have I ever told you, you’re the nicest boy I’ve ever met?” – Melissa Bancroft

“I will have the friends I want. I don’t care what boy likes me or what boy I like. You’re an awesome friend. I am not giving you up because we’re going to different schools or for any one person either.” – Elizabeth Wellsworth

Mark Sanford returns to his hometown with his son Matthew in tow to rebuild their lives. Recently divorced, and with the mother totally abandoning her parental responsibilities, both father and son are beginning their fresh start together.

Matthew begins to make new friends in the neighborhood and at school while he tries to find his place among people that have been friends with one another for years at elementary school.

Mark takes over the reins of the former family corner store with the help of a young woman looking for work. The ability to love and trust that woman entering his life is difficult for him because of all he has lost. For Matthew, that “first love” is difficult to understand without a motherly influence and with a father that has been deeply hurt.

As Life Goes: Elementary – Links to Excerpts

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt I
https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/as-life-goes-elementary-excerpt-i/

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt II
https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/as-life-goes-elementary-excerpt-ii/

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt III
https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/as-life-goes-elementary-excerpt-iii-author-jason-zandri/

Books and links

Before Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 1)
http://www.amazon.com/Before-Another-Sunset-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00T11GKYE

Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 2)
http://www.amazon.com/Another-Sunset-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00QD2FQU8/

I Hero: The Beginning
http://www.amazon.com/I-Hero-Beginning-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00Y3LA41M/

I Hero: Nathan Returns
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011AOPE64

As Life Goes: Elementary
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Goes-Elementary-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/

As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)
As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)
As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)
As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)

I Hero: Untitled Book 3 (Expected first half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 4 (Expected second half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 5 (Expected first half 2017)

Social Media links

Twitter – @GUNDERSTONE https://twitter.com/gunderstone/
Facebook Author page –
https://www.facebook.com/jzandri
LinkedIn –
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonzandri
Google+ –
https://plus.google.com/+JasonZandri/
Author blog – The GUNDERSTONE Review
https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/

JASON CROPABOUT JASON ZANDRI
Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex).

Kudos to Jason for As Life Goes. Please some time to look at his writing catalog and support this indie author!

This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. I’ve updated the site with a new landing page starting today but you can still view the News page for announcements. As part of the changes, new email subscribers (you won’t be spammed nor sold) will receive my free new guide, 15 Must Have Apps for Self-Publishing Authors. Sign-up today! I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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The Bow of Destiny News: The Interview & a Special Request

My first fantasy novel, The Bow of Destiny, has gone to pre-sale status while I put the finishing touches on the book. It’s available to reserve at these select retailers: Barnes & Noble, Kobo & iBooks (via the iTunes app) and soon on Amazon.

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The Bow of DestinyThis Saturday, 8/8 at 12PM CST, I’ll be interviewed on Beyond the Cover by Beem Weeks. The show is part of the Rave Waves Network (a Rave Reviews Book Club production) on Blog Talk Radio. Just bookmark the links and the date.

I’ve also created a Thunderclap for the appearance so please consider participating by sharing your social media reach to announce the show on 8/8. I’ll need a total of 10o people to sign-up or the message won’t be broadcast so your help would be appreciated. During the interview, I expect to discuss the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, future books and what I currently have out.

Thunderclap is basically a way to send social media burst message where all the supporters accounts are used to broadcast a message. To find out more, take a look at Thunderclap’s FAQ. I’ll be using more of these in the future and they are a simple way that followers can help broadcast an announcement. I’ve participated in a number myself and been happy to help other authors out.

RW - Beyond The CoverAdditionally, as noted already, I’m working on the release of the book on 9/28. But as an indie author few people will know about this work unless the word gets out. So I’m looking for 20 special supporters to contact me and let me know that they are willing to help spread the word about the release. You’ll receive a free copy of the e-book as well as credit in the book. I’ve already had about five people commit to assisting and space is limited so send me an email or contact me over one of my social media accounts to let me know you’re in. If you’re interested but worried about time commitment, just know how much time you put in is up to you.

Thanks for reading today. I expect to share several posts from the ongoing Brain to Books Blog tour as well as a number of other interesting posts here this week. I look forward to the interview with plenty of listeners and at least a few questions from Twitter on Saturday!

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events (this months volume has already gone out). You’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Anyone who reserves a copy by 8/7 on Barnes & Noble, Kobo or iBooks (via the iTunes app) and emails me the screen-shot of the order will also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag containing a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Wattpad until the final version goes to retailers (remaining free).

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Scrivener Collections Pt. 3: Getting at the Facets of Your Writing

Scrivener is a powerful writing tool. I write about it weekly with tips and usage ideas. To read more of my posts click the Scrivener tag or category at the end of the page.

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Diamond photo courtesy Morguefile.com free section.

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Just as a gemstone must be cut, so it is with a writing project. There are a variety of ways to approach editing any book. Fortunately, Scrivener’s Collections allow you to organize the various stages of your editing and help you get to the final version of your writing project that is your diamond.

If you’ve been reading my Scrivener posts the last few weeks you’ll know I’ve been discussing the use of collections. For those who may have missed the other posts they are here & here. Today, I continue with collection usage and approaching my current edits for my second novel in The Bow of Hart Saga, An Arrow Against the Wind.

My first round of editing covers structure whereby I’m adding necessary chapters and scenes to the book. To that end, last week’s post covered creating a collection and schedule for this editing. While I’m certainly not finished with that round of editing, I’m going to discuss the next type of structural editing that I can schedule now using collections.

For those who are wondering, yes, multiple collections can be created for any number of reasons. So my next collection will cover style. The chapters and scenes will address different ones to those added last week as well as some saved searches I expect to use during this editing phase.

If you need instructions on creating collections, please refer to the last 2 Scrivener posts linked above in this post. From this point, I’ll assume if you’re reading you understand what I’m doing. In the following screen-shot, you’ll note that I’ve create a second collection named Structural Edit – Style as it appears in the list of collections.

Scriv Struct Edit_Style 1

As I mentioned earlier, the chapters and scenes for this collection are different since I switched to deep POV during the time I wrote this draft. So I’ve identified the chapters that need to be edited to deep POV style. Note the chapters are different between the two collections.

Scriv Struct Edit_Style 2

Similar to the first collection, I’ve edited the meta-data for Status and Labels and I’ve applied them in similar fashion to the first one. I’ve learned to edit for these changes previously, so I’ve created some searches based on these so I can use them in the chapters to I can quickly make basic changes before making more specific ones. This makes editing the chapter or scene in question much quicker.

Scriv Struct Edit_Style 3

Now when I’m ready to proceed to this phase of my structural editing, I’m ready with a schedule and expected searches. If I need anything new, I’ll be able to add the necessary elements to the collection.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events (this months volume has already gone out). Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Street Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Anyone who reserves a copy by 8/7 on Barnes & Noble, Kobo or iBooks (via the iTunes app) and emails me the screen-shot of the order will also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag containing a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Wattpad until the final version goes to retailers (remaining free).

Just as a note: I am not affiliated with Scrivener in any official capacity. For support questions, pricing and other concerns please contact the vendor. However, I am working on becoming an affiliate for Scrivener ads since I like the product so much. I’m not required to write about Scrivener to be an affiliate; I just like it that much. For more about my FTC statement see my sidebar.

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