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Demons Within Screw Ups

July 27, 2017
Posted at 2:15 pm
 

I've been trying, repeatedly, to get this chapter posted, but for some reason, the correct chapter won't post.

The current chapter IS the correct one, but it's got the title from another of my books, and a quote from yet another chapter (somewhere).

Here's what the chapter should start with:

7: Learning to Dance Again

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton,
you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw

However, I've learned two very important lessons. No matter how much it impacts my health, I've GOT to post at exactly 12:35a.m. in order to get the story to post in a timely manner (otherwise it's likely to sit for 10 to 14 hours), and I will NEVER AGAIN post anything using SOL's internal markup language, as the SOL system seems incapable of processing the commands marked that way.

Lazeez suggested some time back that it was more efficient posting this way, but it's simply not as reliable.

I've posted the correct version of chapter 7, yet again, as well as a new chapter 8, but as usual, it likely won't show up until tomorrow, some 19 hours from now.

The Demons Within - New Story Posting

July 4, 2017
Posted at 10:45 am
Updated: July 5, 2017 - 3:22 pm
 

This is an unusual story, once which doesn't fit into any standard story genre. As such, I expect it will have trouble finding an audience, but I think anyone who reads it will enjoy it, despite the varied subject matter.

This story deals with an older Philadelphia plumber, Demons, Dragons and fairies, as well as mental illness, the homeless, alternative medicines, the medical establishment and the large drug companies, all wrapped up in a larger sci-fi/Fantasy umbrella. In short, it draws from multiple sources to present an entirely new story.

Although the sequel is almost completed, health issues have delayed it's completion. Rather than waiting indefinitely, I decided to post it to FS exclusively so I can (with your help) clean up any remaining issues with the story before I post it to SOL.

The book, like all of mine, can be purchased on Amazon and Smashwords for $4.99, and on Createspace (paperback) for $9.99. Comments and reviews (online or on https://www.goodreads.com/VincentBerg">goodreads.com) are appreciated, as that's how readers discover promising books.

New story to begin on Tuesday

July 1, 2017
Posted at 7:57 pm
 

Due to health reasons, the publication of my newest book is way behind schedule. However, since I have my next story ready to do, I'm planning to release it here, on FineStories, so I can get feedback and clean it up before finally releasing it on SOL later.

The new story, The Demons Within, part of a new Demonic Issues series (2 books) is an interesting mix of genres, so isn't likely to be a big draw, at least initially (so few readers will be able to figure out where it fits in the storytelling pantheon).

As many of you already know, I'll pulled my original Catalyst series on SOL (making them Premiere access only, so I'll be reposting the entire series on the Sci-Fi website so free readers can still access it, while simultaneously drawing a few more readers to the still sparsely populated site. That should appear at the same time.

(Just don't tell anyone on SOL what I'm doing!) ;-)

Zombie Leza Conclusion

June 16, 2017
Posted at 9:41 pm
 

As I suspected, despite the low downloads and low initial scores for "Zombie Leza", the scores have risen consistently as it's posted. Now that "Zombie Leza" has concluded, the scores have risen even more.

Despite having trouble getting readers to invest time in it, hopefully now the skeptics will take a second look at it. I knew 'yet another zombie story' wouldn't be an attractive genre to tackle, but I found a way to wrap a fascinating story (imho) around the basic genre.

Now I'll have to wait a few days and see what happens on SOL, where the story had the lowest score of all my stories (it's now back up to 3rd worst, ahead of one of my classics (my first). Hopefully it'll bounce up another spot or two. ;-D

Zombie Leza Post-post analysis

June 15, 2017
Posted at 2:04 am
 

Now that I've completed the story (at least on FS and Sci-Fi), I've gotta ask. While I've been bitching about how unpopular the story is (few readers), despite people enjoying it once reading, I'm curious what specifically is preventing people from reading the story (since it's likely to impact my next books, as well).

Is it the zombie genre, the story description, doubts about the topic? I've had complaints of "not another zombie tale" as well as "Oh, no, this isn't a typical zombie story", so I'm still unsure what's throwing readers off.

I never expected this to be a popular book, as zombie stories are notoriously poor sellers, but I'm stumped by readers' refusal to even consider it, despite knowing how I approach stories and typically turn them on their heads, taking them in unusual directions.

What kept you from picking up the story, and what might have convinced you to give the story a chance, if you were just seeing it for the first time now?

(Sorry to sound whiney, but the reception to this story is bugging me.)