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2017 Book Sales Tuesday January 30th, 2018 12:00:37 PM KenMcConnell
Last year I made over $18,000 US dollars selling my Sci-Fi novels on Amazon. At first glance that sounds AMAZE BALLS. But in reality, it’s just a blip on the radar for a ten year career writing and selling genre novels. Most years I’m lucky to make a couple of hundred dollars. In fact in 2016 I made $200 for the year. Not even enough to tell the IRS about. That’s pretty sad. I have 12 novels in my back list but when nobody knows who you are, they don’t sell. Before last year my biggest ...

Time Lapse Book Writing Monday January 29th, 2018 04:37:33 AM KenMcConnell
On Jan 3 of this year I took a picture of my watch and the lower corner of my Write screen that showed my word count. I did it again after my next writing session and kept it up for the entire month. Everyday that I write on my novella at lunch, I document it with a similar picture. Boring, right? Perhaps. Perhaps not. If you enjoy watches, you might find it interesting to see which of my watches I’ve worn or which band decorates it. Others might find inspiration in my word count or my ever increasing ...

Star Saga Mug Monday January 22nd, 2018 06:03:44 PM KenMcConnell
In the things you need that you didn’t know you needed department, I give you my new mug design. It includes all the covers from the first trilogy of the Star Saga. All five books, including the two in-between novellas. The covers are set against a blue-gray field so they pop better and completely wrap around a standard mug. You can purchase this fine product from Redbubble. Now you can admire the fabulous covers while sipping your favorite hot beverage and if a friend happens to ask you who that Ken McConnell ...

My Thoughts on The Last Jedi, Part 1 Sunday December 24th, 2017 01:27:26 AM KenMcConnell
There’s much to love about the new Star Wars chapter – The Last Jedi. But before I post what I liked about it, I need to address the problems I have with the story. The film succeeds on many levels and has more going for it than just about any other SW film to date. However, in my writer’s mind, they botched the middle and the ending. The middle is too long and the whole journey of Finn and Rose is largely just a political statement about how bad the one percent are. Politics aside, you can ...

Inspirations – Marty Robbins Sunday November 26th, 2017 04:16:28 PM KenMcConnell
A few years ago I wrote a bunch of short stories about a Stellar Ranger company stationed on a small, desert world named Ocherva. Those stories eventually culminated in book one of the Star Saga – Starforgers. The western style hero of my stories was a blonde woman named Devon Ardel. Devon went on to become the central character in the first three Star Saga novels and a huge reader favorite. But she was born from a long and masculine tradition of the American cowboy and more specifically the Texas Rangers. ...

Corvette: Seer of the Black Star, Paperback Sunday November 26th, 2017 04:05:39 PM KenMcConnell
Finally, you can order your own copy of the Corvette sequel in paperback. Once again I’ve chosen to go with Amazon’s quick and dirty pre-formatted paperbacks. Primarily because it’s less work on my part. Sure, I have to struggle and swear with LibreOffice Write to format it, but when it comes to creating it on Amazon it’s pretty painless. I think eventually we’ll produce some paperbacks of the Star Saga numbered books, but we’ll take the time to do the PDF’s of those ...

The Corvette Trilogy Friday November 17th, 2017 08:50:11 PM KenMcConnell
When I set out to write the Corvette novella I specifically designed it to appeal to a certain type of reader and for the most part, that reader type responded and made it my most popular novel to date. I also intended it to guide new readers to my Star Saga series which it has, quite nicely. I didn’t expect it to do quite as well as it has, but now that fans have found it, they deserve more stories about the crew of the oldest corvette. I spent the early spring months of this year brainstorming about ...

Release Day! Wednesday November 15th, 2017 05:07:22 AM KenMcConnell
Eight months after my Corvette novella launched, I’m releasing the sequel – Seer of the Black Star. That’s the fastest turn around for a book I’ve ever managed and it happened for one reason only. Corvette got fans! The little novella about the littlest ship in the Fleet took off and became a best seller in it’s first month. I’ve sold 7,268 copies so far this year and what’s better than that? It’s lit a fire on my back list and led to eleven thousand sales total ...

Black Star Build, Part 4 Monday November 13th, 2017 04:34:49 AM KenMcConnell
I actually took the time to include Vynn’s four winged starfighter as it would have looked after he rammed the bridge of the Black Star in chapter one of the novella. I build it from strip styrene stock and stuck it into the bridge windows. At least I know it’s there. I also added a hand painted flaming skull that marks it as a pirate ship in this universe. At this point the model was done and I had nothing to do but photograph her for the book cover. Here she is with the Weippe. Took this one with ...

Black Star Build, Part 3 Monday November 13th, 2017 04:19:50 AM KenMcConnell
The base color of the Black Star is flat black. The best way to cover these large models is with a rattle can. Ain’t nobody got the funds to pay for model paint via an airbrush. So I used flat black spray paint and went to town. There’s a dumbbell holding the base down and covered with the drop cloth. Looks good. Looks like some kind of massive laser rifle. Back on the C-stand and ready for weathering. Not sure why I started here, but I did. I mixed black and white artist chalks with a dry brush ...








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