Jason Zandri

The Week in Review: August 7th

as-life-goes FINAL cover largeHere’s another review of the week for those interested in what’s appeared on the blog this week and what I’ve been reading.

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The Week Ahead:

Tomorrow, I’ll be interviewed on Beyond the Cover by Beem Weeks – join the Thunderclap and then listen in at Noon CST.

One Monday, I’ll have another post about Scrivener collections covering further uses for this tool. I’ll have a few more bits of news regarding The Bow of Destiny and share more authors from the Brain to Book Blog Tour. I’m also working on a few posts that contain some helpful information. It should be a fun week!

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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

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