The dubbies are over

Well, I’ll call them the dubbies until somebody comes up with a more clever name.

 Why dubbies, you ask? The years had double zeroes, Dubya was there for most of them, and “eighties, nineties, and dubbies” sounds like it could work.

This post is about looking back and looking ahead.

Last year was great for my novels, thanks to the burgeoning ebook market. With a really aggressive ebook pricing strategy, SOUL IDENTITY has been read (or at least downloaded) by 20,000 of you wonderful readers. I’ve gotten a hundred Amazon reviews, and scads of others spread out over the ‘net. I also released SOUL INTENT in September, and 2,000 of you have already bought it. Thank you!

I’ve also had a great year reading. Here’s my top three: I want my next book’s characters to be as compelling and its plot to be as immersive as these books.

  1. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
  3. City of Thieves, by David Benioff

Here’s what I learned last year:

  1. Since it’s all about attracting readers, indie authors can’t afford to miss the ebook wave. It’s the place we can compete with the large publishers, both on price and distribtion.
  2. I need to give my readers deeper and more balanced characters. When I think about the great books I’ve read, it’s the people and their personal struggles that stick with me. I owe my readers more than just clever ideas and fast-moving plots: I need to provide more characters they can laugh and cry with, yell at, and, most importantly, live through.
  3. Patience is really and truly a virtue. It takes two long years to get each novel written: almost a year to get the first draft out, and the rest of the time to make it readable. I’ve found that it’s much better to wait and tell the story right than to try to squeeze it out.

And here’s my resolutions for 2010:

  1. Write and edit every day. I’m pretty happy with my outline and characters for SOUL INTEGRITY:  now’s the time to buckle down and get it written. I’d like it to be published by the end of 2011, which means I need to have the first draft, maybe two, nailed in 2010.
  2. Lose that last 15 pounds that’s clinging to my waist. I hope to do this mostly by keeping my mouth shut (it’s worked for 105 pounds so far), but I also want to spend at least twice a week sweating my way through a Bikram Yoga session (Irina finally got me to try it, and I’m loving it).
  3. Read more for enjoyment. Lately I’ve been cheating myself by spending too much time analyzing a book’s characters, plot, what works, and what doesn’t. I’m going to spend more time relaxing.

Happy New Year to all!

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36 Responses to “The dubbies are over”

  1. I am reading Soul Intend now,after having finished Soul Identity, and I truly love your books and style. The first one had be totally rivetted to the screen and Soul Intend is sucking me in as well. Keep up the great work and I look forward to the next installment !!!

  2. I scooped up SOUL IDENTITY and SOUL INTENT on Kindle and was hooked! Both are excellent books; I found them to be very readable, and your characters were believable.

    I’m glad to hear there will be a third book, and I’m looking forward now to 2011.

    I wish you nothing but happiness and good writing!

  3. First off, I hope your blog has been quiet this year because you are really writing up a storm. :)

    Just wanted to comment and mention that I found you because your first novel was free for the Kindle. After I read that one, I purchased the 2nd one. Your writing improved drastically between the first novel and the second one.

    Obviously, I enjoyed the first one immensely, or I would not have read the second one, so I’m not saying the writing was horrible in your first one. However, the dialogue flowed much more smoothly in the second, and I think it caused me to enjoy it so that much more.

    I’m so glad to read that you are working on the 3rd installment and am really looking forward to seeing how you will have grown as an author. Keep up the good work!

  4. Ok, so I haven’t even finished your first book and I am so impressed by it that I ordered your second book before finishing the first book. I hope to see more from you.
    Thank you for a really good read on so many levels.

  5. I grabbed Soul Identity free from Kindle and had to buy Soul Intent. I’m half through with it and went searching to find the next in the series. I see I’m going to have to wait a year! Ugh, write, Dennis write. We are waiting ( not too patiently) to see what happens next.

  6. I got the first book free through B&N (half way through it) and I’m definitely going to purchase the 2nd one. I hope that 3rd one is finished and that this time it’s been picked up by a major publisher! You deserve it! I enjoy your fresh clean style, the snarkiness (is that a word?!) of Scott Waverly and the detail. This is the way Dan Brown should be writing. I like his plots but I wince when I read each one of his books.

  7. I actually emailed you after I finished soul Identity I can really tied in with your book being an IT student The books are great I wish I could leave them in my own “Soul Line” I can honestly say your books changed my view and I blogged about it myself like I said in my last email to you Dennis I could totally see this as a movie

  8. Absolutely loved both your books. I keep checking to see if the third book has been published, yet. Hope it’s close!

  9. Like the others I picked up Soul Identity free on kindle – LOVED IT, and immediately bought Soul intent. Really pleased to see on here there is a third book in the offing and looking forward to its release.

  10. Nancy Cleveland Says:

    Hi, Dennis…we communicated a couple of years ago after I’d read Soul Identity and Soul Intent as I was anxious to find out when your next book would be available. I keep checking…lol. So is Soul Integrity still a “go” for this year..I hope! Looking forward to seeing how the twins do… Fingers crossed for the new read soon..

  11. Hey, just wondering if Soul Integrity is still on. I hope I dont forget what the whole plot is about by the time this gets published lol.

  12. Hi Dennis,
    I recently discovered your first two books on my Nook and really enjoyed them. Hope to see the third volume soon. Any updates?

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