Michael K. Hill

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Category: Books

Late summer update…

It’s been a while since I posted, here is what’s going on:

This year’s edition of Write Like You’re Alive is well underway. Over 30 artists from all over the world, are participating in the event. Submissions include poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and artwork.

When Zoetic Press dropped their sponsorship in June, I offered to organize and edit the eventual anthology, with Tangent Press East agreeing to publish the collection, free of charge, just as it had been in the past.

It has proven to be WAY more time consuming than I would have expected. However, that pales when compared to the satisfaction I feel reading some of the remarkable work being produced.

TheWriteReads will be promoting a blog tour for my book.

In about two weeks, a major promotional event will be happening on Twitter. TheWriteReads group of bloggers and book reviewers will be discussing my novel, A Different Time. Over 100 of them have already committed. It will be a huge boost in exposure.

A few interviews may occur as well, I will keep you posted.

In the meanwhile, I am working with some new software in beta. It seems to be a fascinating hybrid of Campfire and Scrivener. I am using it now to shape out a few stories knocking around my head. I’ll let you know what I think.

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Where is the USB port on this thing?

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Now available at your local library…

Appearing now at libraries throughout central Connecticut.

I’ve always loved libraries. As a kid, it was my place to escape. So it’s with great satisfaction I can now give something back to them. Copies of my debut novel have been donated to the local libraries around my home state, as well as neighborhood lending boxes offered in many towns.

If your library doesn’t have a copy yet, send me a message using the link below.

The Shop is now open…

Need to work on some window decorations.

The book launch is off and we have takeoff.

There were a few bumps in the road. Distribution of the digital version went off without a hitch on July 2nd. However, the release of the paperback edition was not as smooth. Folks who wanted to order their copies were forced to wait 72 hours while Amazon approved my proof.

But within a couple of days, the problem was resolved and editions began to ship around the world. At the moment there are copies of the book in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Thank you to everyone for their support.

A huge blog tour is planned for the first two weeks of September. I’ll keep you posted of the details as that gets closer.

There are now autographed copies of A Different Time available in the Shop for $19.99 (plus tax and shipping). Thanks to the guys working on the website for getting this up and running.

More items are coming soon. Audiobooks read by yours truly will be making their appearance in the shop in the coming weeks. So stay tuned!

Three days to go…

…and kind of nervous. I’m sure I’ve forgotten things I needed to do.

The book launch happens on Tuesday and the early reactions have been wonderful. On Wednesday, the first advanced reading copy review was published. I couldn’t believe it.

it’s the best standalone I’ve read IN YEARS and definitely among the best books I’ve read ever. EVER.

The artsy reader

Stunning!

As a writer, all I want is to connect with my reader and deliver an entertaining story. I never imagined getting a response like that. As soon as I finished reading the review, I shared it on Twitter.

Then I saw this…

This made my day.

Updates from my marketing team say a busy blog tour is planned for early September. Over one hundred bloggers and book enthusiasts will review and discuss the novel, and I’ll give some interviews.

Also, a few independent book stores in Connecticut have expressed an interest in an in-store appearance and possible book signing or live reading. We are still working out the details, but I will keep everyone updated on that.

There’s been a lot of activity on Facebook too. If you haven’t already, please join me on my writer’s page and the official page for A Different Time.

Some giveaways are coming up that will include free copies of the book, unreleased short stories on audiobook, and more.

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The book trailer…

Although I spent twenty-five years editing with Sony professional gear, all of that stuff is now obsolete. Millions of dollars of equipment rendered worthless by time.

The digital edit suite I worked in 1998.

This week I spent in the comfortable confines of my home video editing suite. It does everything the old one did, and more, for the cost of a PC, monitors, and software. Technology is amazing.

My home suite in 2019

The challenge:

Create a book trailer for A Different Time.

My first pass was a rough and unpolished draft, just hitting the key elements I wanted to convey. I tested it with my key demographics and the news wasn’t good. A bit boring.

But I had the basic pieces in place.

The first edit of the trailer

So I went back into the edit suite and over four days produced seven different versions of the trailer, before settling for the one I would use.

The key mistake I made in the first edit was jumping the viewer right into key information before they were prepared for it. To correct that, I padded the first few seconds with a bit of VHS static, which is an important element in the novel.

I then added three images that represent the main characters and how their time is blending. Added sound effects, transitions, and then tightened it all up.

Here is the final cut…

I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.

What I’m reading…Nobody Move

On May 18, 2019, my wife and I were en route to our daughter’s wedding, scheduled for the following day. Heavy rainstorms over the middle of U.S. caused major flight delays. We spent thirteen hours traveling from Hartford to Las Vegas. And in that time I completely consumed Nobody Move.

Publishing September 10, 2019

It’s a smart, tough, gritty, crime noir filled with a web of dangerous, fascinating, and memorable characters. It’s all very cinematic. 

Philip Elliott’s style blends the essence of Elmore Leonard and Raymond Chandler, adds a dash of Tarantino, and gives it a modern spin. It’s entertaining, well-paced, and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

It will publish in mid-September and will be sure to mention it again.

Oh, yeah, and the wedding went great. Aren’t they beautiful?

My beautiful daughter and my beautiful daughter-in-law.

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