Sailing the Apocalypse Paperback Edition Available

I’ve posted this to the subscribers of my newsletter, but I wanted to update here as well to let you know that the paperback edition of my newest book, Sailing the Apocalypse, is available as of today on Amazon.  Click on the cover image below to see the Amazon product page.

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The Kindle edition will go live on Saturday, January 17, so if you’ve preordered it from the links I’ve posted previously, you will receive your copy from Amazon soon.

I’ve also posted an early review of the book on my Bug Out Survival blog. Dave Zeiger is a sailboat designer, boatbuilder and full-time live aboard in Alaskan waters. You can read his take on the new book here.

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Training Dragon Dictation with a Book Update

I’m writing this post today with a new tool: Dragon Dictation 4.0. I installed the Dragon Dictation software on my MacBook Air yesterday, and the first thing that must be done is to train speech profiles for the individual user.  After working with it a few hours, this is the first time I’ve used it for real, so this is a test. Although I’ve been aware of Dragon Dictation for quite some time, it wasn’t until recently that I learned it had improved sufficiently that many authors are using it for writing books.

While I’m a fast typist as long as I stay in practice, Dragon Dictation makes it possible to get more words on the page per minute than any typist could do with a keyboard. But aside from speed, the real appeal of dictation software is the ability to write without being chained to a desk. With the newer versions of Dragon, not only can you dictate speech with a wireless Bluetooth microphone, but you can also use a smart phone or voice recorder to dictate audio that is later uploaded and transcribed to text.

Learning to speak clearly enough and adding the punctuation into the dictation takes some practice, but the accuracy is quite amazing and what I’ve been able to do in just one day leads me to believe buying Dragon was a good investment. I’ll soon put it to a real test composing the manuscript for my next book and will post here to let you know how that goes.

Today, I wanted to post an update on the status of Sailing the Apocalypse. I’ve completed the final draft of the manuscript, and it turned out to be quite a bit longer than I intended when I started. What really surprised me though is my decision that this story is now going to be a series instead of a standalone book. I can easily see the adventure going on, and I’m really starting to like writing these characters and settings, and the crazy situations they keep getting themselves into.

Building on that, it’s natural to continue with the sequel and I intend to get started on it right away. For those of you who have preordered ebook version of the book, I also wanted to let you know that it’s going to be released sooner then the date scheduled on Amazon, which is February 15, 2015. I should  have the editing wrapped up and the final formatting done by the end of the first week in January. If everything goes as expected, that means the book will be for sale around the middle of January or no later than the end. You can still preorder now for just $4.99. The paperback release date price will be announced as soon as it’s finalized.

I want to thank those who have preordered, because strong initial preorders boost the title’s visibility on Amazon and elsewhere, making it easier for new readers who may not be familiar with my work to find this and my other books.

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Sailing the Apocalypse Available for Preorder

I’m wrapping up the manuscript for my next book within a few days and it will be all set to go to the copyeditor shortly thereafter.  Sailing the Apocalypse is a novel of about 70,000 words, and is the first novel I’ve written in the first person point of view.  This is a story I’ve really enjoyed working on and writing it has given me several ideas for other works or possibly sequels to this one. Anyone who has spent as much time on or around the water as I have could not help but run into some of the eccentric characters sailing attracts. The main character of this story is one of those, but like most sailors and boatbuilders, Terry Bailey is resourceful and independent even if he does take a lot of his ideas too far.

With “apocalypse” in the title, a lot of my readers will assume this book is another “post-apocalyptic” or dystopian survival tale like The Pulse or The Darkness After, but it’s actually more “pre-apocalyptic” if anything. The Wharram catamaran featured in the story and on the cover is christened the Apocalypse by Terry and his family after they build and launch it.  And it’s purpose is to be their new home and escape pod from the doom that Terry is certain will soon befall America. Readers of my other works will see a bit of the prepper mentality in this character as well, but he’s much more off the deep end than I’ve recommended in my serious nonfiction titles on the subject.

Sailing the Apocalypse is available for preorder now in the ebook form for just five bucks from the usual retailers linked below, and the print version will be available about the time the ebook is released.  Although the release date posted on Amazon and the other stores is February 15, the book should be available a full month earlier or by the end of January at the latest.

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