Update for newsletter

Just a quick update for those of you who have already subcribed to my newsletter. I have switch emailing providers from mailchimp to aweber. If you have recived another email to confirm you want on my mailing list and was wondering why, that is why. I thought it best to make a public post to make sure to let you know this was intentional and not a scammer who stole my information. Please confim your email again so you don’t miss out on the exciteing content soon to come.

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J. Dimmick

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Problem with Mailchimp

Just wanted to do an update because I told every one I was going to be sending out my first newsletter this weekend. Well, I’ve run into problems with Mailchimp so its on hold. I’m not sure what happened but I had the email all ready to send out to my mailing list but when I went to send it I got a notice of an “acceptable use violation” and that my account has been paused. The only thing I can think of is that I copied and pasted a draft I had written on word pad for the email and Mailchimp is thinking it’s outsourced content that might be copyrighted which is not allowed. What that means is I can not send emails till the issue has been resolve. With it being the weekend, no one will be able to go over the issue with me till Monday. Sorry for this delay and if anyone has any recommendation for a better mailing service please let me know. The nice thing about mailchimp is it is free up to 2000 subscribers which is why I went with them.

As soon as this problem is resolved (or I switch to a different provider) I’ll send out my first newsletter.

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J. Dimmick

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New Year Resolution

Happy New Year!

So last week I was on the fence whether or not I was going to make any new year resolutions. As you can probably guess by the title of today’s blog I have, maybe to my better judgement, made one this year. It may be only one but it’s a big one. This year my resolution is to write three books. Now that may sound like a big undertaking but for the sake of full disclosure, two out of the three are only going to be novella’s in the “Armor of the Fallen” series. Then the third book then being the second novel of the main story titled “Rise of a Villain”. With that being said, I probably should give an update on the first Armor of the Fallen book.

I have finished the first draft and I did it by my dead line! It took me till 1pm on Dec 31, but hey, I have a family and a full time job and I did set the deadline for the end of 2016 so it counts. If you have subscribed to my news letter I will be sending out an email containing links to download part one of “Wielder of the Gauntlets” with in the next couple weeks. I figured I would send it in parts as I do some preliminary editing and rewriting so I can get it in your hands faster. I’ll be sending out a “test email” this weekend just so I make sure I know how to properly use Mailchimp.

Last week I went over some non fiction books I’ve read this past year and now I am going to share some fiction books I’ve enjoyed and would recommend. I think I’ll do a book a week in addition to what ever else I blog about so I don’t get overly long with my blogs. This is by no means going to be a in depth review, simply because I don’t want to take any more time away from writing my books than I have too. Instead this will be just a quick impression of why I like and recommend each book or books if it’s a series.

Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans. This is a YA series and has quickly become one of my favorites. As of now there are six books in the series, with the sixth book of the series titled “The Fall of Hades” just recently being released. What I like most about the story, beside having a fantastic plot, is how it just flows so well. The story is full of action, which helps, but even through the slower parts you’re just driven to read on. I attribute that to the way Richard Paul Evans connects you to his characters and makes you care about each one. I also like that the language is clean and it’s not overly gory. There were four books in the series available when I started reading and I binge read all four. Of coarse then I was biting at nails for the next book to come out. Currently there are six books and after just finishing the sixth book a few weeks ago, I’m really biting at my nails for the seventh. If you want to know more about the series head on over to michaelvey.com and take a look. If you like to read YA novels you will not be disappointed with the Michael Vey series.

Just a reminder as I finish up for this week, there are only eight days left to get “Armor of the Fallen:Wielder of the Gauntlets” for free by signing up for my newsletter so if you haven’t done so by know make sure you do before time runs out. Remember that you are a critical part in making my book launch a success so please, spread the word and share this site with all your friends and family on social media.

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J. Dimmick

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A New Year Approaches

This is it. One week left. The count down begins as 2016 rolls to a close. I’m not one prone to bragging, but this year has been a fantastic year for me. When 2016 started I never would have dreamed that by the close of it, my book would be written, but here we are and I have ONE chapter left to write!
I have gotten a question asking who my favorite author/authors are and what my favorite book/books are but I don’t know if I can narrow it down enough to answer without being extremely long because I have so many. So I will give a quick run down of the books, both fiction and non-fiction, that rate highest on my list.

Non-Fiction: I have never been one to read much non-fiction because to me, it always made me feel like I was in school again. Once I decided to take my writing seriously though, I picked up a couple of books that would help me improve as a writer and help prepare me for self publishing. Lets start by taking a quick look at a few of the Non-Fiction books I’ve read to help me in my writing carer.

“5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing” by C.S. Larkin, Linda S. Clare, Christly Distler, Robin Patchen, Rachel Starr Tomas. This book is a great read for anyone looking to write fiction. It covers, as the name implies, the 12 most common mistakes writers make when writing fiction. Whats great about this book is that it not only tells you the mistakes, It gives you both before and after examples to help you understand. It also includes exercise passages in which you yourself can try to fix the flaws. If you are a new writer and are maybe working on your first few books, I highly recommend you pick this book up.

Another book I found to be really helpful is “Your first 1000 copies” by Tim Grahl. This book is great at giving you insight and tips on how to market your book. Good marketing is key in getting your book in the hands of others, especially if you only have a couple books published, or are about to publish your first, like myself. What I like about this book is it is not awful long, making it a nice quick read, but it is packed full of great tips and strategies in various things you can do to promote your book.

A book I’m still currently reading is “Stephen Kings On Writing”. I’ve only made it partway through the book so far, but it is a very enjoyable ( and humorous) read. It’s basically the story on how Stephen King developed his writing over the years, through his experiences growing up, and turned into the famous author that he is. It’s part auto-biography, part informative, and fully fun to read even if your are not an author or never plan to be.

Next week I’ll share my favorite fiction books from some of my favorite authors. Authors like, Richard Paul Evans, Morgan Rice, and Christopher Paolini to name a few. These books are what help to stir my imagination and give me fresh and exciting ideas for my own writing.

I want to wish every one a safe and happy new years as I wrap it up for today. If you are one to make new years resolution (I am not, but I may make an exception this new years) then I wish you much success in your endeavor!

Your friend in the pages of fiction

J.Dimmick

 

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Origin of Armor of the Fallen Series

Where did I get the idea for the Armor of the Fallen Series?

That is going to be some what of a hard question to answer, at least in great detail. The reason is, I came up with the concept of the book clear back in high school around fifteen years ago. Only then it wasn’t a novel type book I had envisioned but a comic book.

I had this idea about a young man that came across and old pair of bracelets in a flee market that he thought his girlfriend would like. In goofing off with his friends he put them on and they shrunk themselves tight to his wrist and he couldn’t get them off. Then it just so happens that the flee market is robbed and that unleashes the gauntlets. Originally, the gauntlets took complete control of the hero (ghost rider like for you Marvel fans) and he really had no control over when the gauntlets activated.
That’s about as far as it got. A friend of mine drew up a few drawings of the gauntlets and the hero but those are long gone. The idea must have been lock away some where in my brain because when I finally embraced the thought of writing a book, that was the idea that instantly came to me.

Then the time came to decide what market of readers I was going to focus on. You have to write to the market you want to sell to, so it helps to have that picked out before you start. Every genre has different characteristics, that are shared across the board, that most readers expect when they read. I mostly read young adult, fantasy, and sci-fi books so that is what I know best. I started Armor of the Fallen out as fantasy but as i began writing I saw it quickly morphing into Y.A. so i went with it. Sure I had to shift my story a bit, but from what feedback I’m getting from my current beta readers it was a wise choice.

Now the once upon a time comic book has turned into a trilogy, the trilogy has prompted a few novella’s, and it seems now that I’ve gotten into a “Author mindset” ideas for future books are popping up all the time.

Next week I’m going to shift things around a little bit on my blog and start talking more about myself and my interests and hobbies (both writing and non-writing things) and I have a few questions I’ve gotten as well I will be answering so make sure to check in. I know I have been sporadic as far as the time I post but bear with me, I’m still working on balancing everything out with my full time job, family, and writing. If you follow me on facebook or twitter, I make sure to leave a post so you know the blog is up.

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish every one a wonderful holiday season!

Your friend in the pages of fiction
J. Dimmick

 

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As an added bonus, if you subscribe before January 13, 2017 you will automatically be marked as a V.I.P. subscriber and get the entire book for free. Those of you who have already subscribed have already been made V.I.P.’s.

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What made me write a book

What made me decide to write a book?

The answer to that question is both long and deep, so brace your self. Are you braced?  Here goes…I decided to write a book because I had a story to tell.

Ok, there may be a tiny bit more to it than that, but simply put, that’s the answer. In fact, I think that for most authors, that answer would hold true. There are, however, a few thing that did lead up to me actually sitting in front of the computer and typing away.

I love to read, but I have to be in the mood for it. I may go through a reading binge were I’ll read book after book, month after month. Then I’ll get to a point were I’m like “that’s good for now” and I may go several months without reading so much as a cereal box.
It was during one of my long reading sessions, I believe that I was in the middle of the “I am number Four” series, were I just had the thought enter my mind that I should write a book. I had a story already in mind (more on that next week) so I just decided to sit down and start writing. No outlining, no planing; just me, my laptop and a story in my head. That worked fine for about a third of the book. Then I hit the first road block. I got out of the mood for reading and with that I got out of the mood to write. And so the book sat nice and comfy on my hard drive while life went on.

So what made me take to the keyboard again? Well, a couple different things. I did have the entire first part of my book finished so I printed a copy and gave it to some youths in my church. They loved it and couldn’t wait to read the rest. That was an eye opener for me that made me think, “maybe I do have a talent for writing.” That got me working on it here and there again, but I still had no commitment to it like I should have had.

Some time after that I was asked to teach the teen class at my churches V.B.S. It was a camp theme and I wanted to start each day with a story to get the teens excited for the lesson. (I even dressed in costume for the story) It was a big hit and they really enjoyed it. (No I’m not giving away what the story was about cause I do plan on making a short story out it) For this story though I did do some planing, outlining, a little bit of research, and it made it so much easier to form the story. That lit a fire in me that change my mind set from “I should write a book” to “I have to write a book”.

I guess I am getting long winded here with this (still not very deep i don’t believe) but those things made me realize I could, and should, write my novel. So here I am, nearing the end of the first draft of my very first novel. And it feels great!

Your friend in the pages of fiction
J. Dimmick

P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t already done so. That will give you access to a free download of part one of my book “Armor of the Fallen: Wielder of the Gauntlets” as soon as it is finalized (looking to mid to late january). You can read the first chapter of that book now if you click here and an exclusive excerpt from it by clicking here
As an added bonus, if you subscribe before January 13, 2017 you will automatically be marked as a V.I.P. subscriber and get the entire book for free. Those of you who have already subscribed have already been made V.I.P.’s.

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The Lego Concept

Is it wrong for a thirty two year old to still love playing with legos?

Last weekend my family and I made our yearly trip out to see my brother-in-law and his family in Glenview, IL. We spent most of the time playing with our nephews and on Sunday we watched them while my brother-in-law and his wife went to see “Hamilton”. I loved legos as a kid and have quite the collection of them in a huge bin in my attic but haven’t played with them in probably over ten years. So when my one nephew asked me to play legos with him I jumped at the chance. I was amazed at how much better modern legos have gotten. The design of some of the newer pieces really opens up a whole new level of detail in building with them, but not without cutting out the tried and true square cornered blocks that I grew up with. Those older style blocks still integrate seamlessly with the newer sleeker blocks. We’ll call this the lego concept.

As I near completing the first draft of my novel and begin to do some self editing and rewriting, I find that my writing is a parallel to this lego concept. As I read back over my book, I can see and overall improvement in my writing as I’ve gone along. Some of that has to do with books I’ve read like “12 Editors Tackle The 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writting” (I recommend this as a first read to anyone thinking about writing fiction) that helps you see and avoid mistakes in your writing. It’s also true that, like anything, the more you do it the better you get at it. So now the question comes up, since my writing has gotten better as the story moves along does that mean I need to completely throw out the first part and rewrite it from scratch? I don’t think I do and here is why.

My earlier writing may not be as smooth or fancy as my more current writing, but it’s still good writing and still works perfectly fine with the rest of the book. And think of it this way; I wouldn’t throw out all my old style legos and keep just the newer style pieces. If I did that I wouldn’t be able to build much with what I have left. Those old style pieces are still and integral part of the building blocks in newer lego sets.

I also think it’s safe to say if authors were to be constantly rewriting every thing to improve it, then it will never get done. That brings me to a very important revelation I’ve come to. Don’t continually rewrite your book till your happy with it cause chances are, it’s never going to be good enough in your own eyes. Instead just rewrite till your beta readers think it’s good (or better yet, great!) and enjoy it. If you have a good range of beta readers and the majority of them like your book, then chances are most of your targeted audience is going to enjoy it as well.

So now comes another question; should I wait till after Christmas to trek into the attic and drag my large bin of legos down? Or go ahead and bring them down now?

Here are some pictures of our creations

And don’t forget to subscribe to my news letter before you go. Some time in January ( most likely toward the end) I will be releasing the entire first part of my book for free to those who are on my mailing list. There will also be a call for beta readers in the near future so you don’t want to miss out on the chance to get the entire book for free.

If you enjoy these blog posts or have some thing specific you want me to blog about please leave a comment or head over to the contact page and let me know.

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Jason

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Tis the Season

December is here at last! I think it is safe to say that if you ask someone what their favorite holiday is, the majority would tell you Christmas. Yes, that holds true for me as well (just ask my wife how many months out of the year I’m singing Christmas songs and she will tell you 13 out of 12…lol) this December holds special meaning for me in another way as well. This is the month I have set the goal to have the first draft of my very first novel finished by. Some of you may have been asking your self why I have gone through all the trouble of setting up a web page and other social media accounts to promote a book that’s not even finished yet. That answer is two fold.

First; One thing I have learned through books and podcasts on writing and self publishing, is that it is never to early to start promoting your book. This is one recurring theme I’ve come across in all my research. If you want you book to sell you need to create a fan base. In order to build a fan base people have to actually know about your book. A well established email list is a new authors greatest weapon in obtaining sales at time of release. More importantly, the reviews obtained from your first sales (as well as your beta readers reviews) are what will determine the success of your book, besides writing a great book that is. Even if all you have is a title and/or idea about a book, start telling others about.

Second; Having deadlines in which you would like to meet certain goals are great motivation to get the work done. But when you don’t really have anyone that you have to answer to if you fail to meet those deadlines then what’s the point. That’s the true brilliance in promoting your book before it’s even finished. By setting deadlines on which you would like to have reached a certain stage on you book, and making it public, you have now created someone you have to answer to. This can be as simple as just giving a released date for when the book will be published. Or it can be as detailed as giving every single stage in the writing process (main theme or idea, research, outline, first draft, first rewrite, second rewrite, edit, out to beta readers, ect.) a date to be completed by. Speaking from my own experience I can tell you that the productivity on my book has at least doubled since I set a goal of having a March 2017 release. I find my self taking more time to write and I find more satisfaction in my writing when I’m striving to meet a goal.

As the holiday season gets into full swing, and things become more hectic as we try to get all our shopping and planning done in time for the 25th, I just want to thank you for taking the time to visit my author page and read my blog. I plan on keeping with the once a week blog post and it seems to always fall on a Thursday so I will make that my official post day from now on. And as always if you haven’t signed up for my mailing list yet make sure you do so before you leave. You can do that over on the side bar or you can click here.  I also have other books I’m working on listed on the Work in Progress page so make sure to stop by there before you leave as well. Thanks again for stopping by.

Your friend in fiction

Jason

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This thanksgiving I want to thank everyone who has been following me and is interested in my novel. As of tomorrow afternoon I will have had this web page up for a week. During this time I have been averaging about nine visits a a day. For being brand new to the writing industry I’m very happy with these results. But this is only the beginning. If you have found your way to this site and are interested in what you see please spread the word. Even if you are looking at my book and thinking “this really isn’t the kind of book I’m into”, that’s great. Not every one likes every kind of book. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone you may know that my book is exactly the kind of book they like to read. So please spread the word. Tell others to spread the word. And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter. I plan on releasing the entire part one of my book free to all my subscribers in January. However the only way to get access to the link will be via my newsletter. And more importantly, I will be looking for more beta readers as I finalize my book and I will be looking to those on my mailing list to find them. That means those individuals will be getting the entire first book of  the Armor of the Fallen series for free!  So if you haven’t signed up yet make sure to do so before you leave.

Again thank you so much for your interest and support as I embark on this journey. The greatest motivation as a writer is to see someone excited about what your writing. If that person is you make sure to leave a comment and let me know. I hope you’ve had a very happy thanksgiving filled with friends, family….and overstuffed stomachs full of delicious food.

Your friend in fiction

Jason A. Dimmick

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Thank you for visiting my site

As I’m am currently working on my very first novel I would like to sincerely thank you for visiting my web site. Being new to the art that is writing it can be overwhelming at times to think about all that must be done to get your book and your name out there for others to see. By visiting this site you have now helped to make that task easier. Be it curiosity, a love for finding new books with fresh ideas to read, or just plain coincidence, you have found your way to my site and are one more person who now knows about me and my first novel Armor of the Fallen: Wielder of the Gauntlets .

Thank you again for finding your way here and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to stay up to date on release info, exclusive content, as well as future projects I have planed.

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