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This weekend book #1 of my Angel Series is free on Amazon. Kissed By An Angel

Is that a young adult, adult, new adult or just a coming and going adult?

When author Kathy Clark decided to write a Young Adult Series and she teamed up with her husband Bob Wernly, the determination of their pseudonym of Bob Kat was the last easy decision they had. Teen books. Young adult books. Mid-grade books. Mature young adult books. New young adult books. The options seem to increase every time a new best seller came along. Like the book or don’t like the book, the entire 50 Shades of Grey collection was poorly written about a topic few in the general population had personal knowledge of but none the less sold well.

Bob’s first question, stemming from his background as an engineer and Fortune 500 Executive background, was what’s the difference between a young adult book from a mid-grade book, teen book, children’s book and the emerging category of the new or mature adult book?

But first. Why is it important to have clear definitions?
Two reasons primarily.
• Child protection
• Customer expectation

The child protection is pretty straightforward. Parents have an obligation to set their children off in the right direction in life. So just as there are film ratings and restrictions on what age kid and go in to what movie, a similar, less orchestrated or at least more self-managed system needs to be maintained. The customer satisfaction is simply finding a way to make clear to a potential buyer of a book what the nature of the book is about. It’s clear what’s inside an erotica book or a mystery or police procedural. But the shifting sands in the twelve to twenty one ager group makes it more urgent that the authors and readers and parents land on a common understanding.

So some research has uncovered a number of characteristics and facets to the question. These attributes are to be considered when determining the target market of audience by an author:

• Age [The most singularly objective measurement in the entire discussion. Young adult by some conservative religious organization means 18 to 35 years old]
• Subject matter of the book, series and plot points within the story
• Writing and vocabulary style [Complexity, sentence structure and definitions]
• Type of conflict of the protagonist [Is it something much older than the reader or something that is just a memory of when they were young]
• Moral values and behaviors [Within the family and with their friends day to day. Do the “kids” in the story act older or younger than they think they do]

Age and subject matter are not consistent measures as they vary greatly between people depending on another set of factors such as:
• Morals [Theirs, friends, parents and assumed in society as seen on TV, films, books, magazines and even video games]
• Experiences in their life thus far either personally or through friends

Writing and vocabulary style often times gets into some pretty easy to answer questions that many “Young Adult Blog Sites” use such as:
• Level of violence
• Profanity
• Sexual activity or descriptions [Including exclusions of specific words and phrases by a publisher for example. The details or graphic nature is also a consideration here.]

But another level of this is the softer side of a story. Middle grade novels are characterized by the type of conflict encountered by the main character. The children in the primary grades are still focused inward, and the conflicts in their books reflect that. Young adults are different not unlike the complexity of child’s life as they grow older. Young adult novels often have more complicated plots than those for middle grade and the protagonists not only experience an internal change, but this change is set off by external events and the event fits into a bigger picture because it is confusing. Know your target reader and your story and stay inside these broad variable guidelines.

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Bill Cosby; From funny guy to just being honest

I was sent Bill Cosby’s tirade titled I’m 83 and Tired. My friends and I used to listen to Bill for humor in high school. He was my generation’s comedian. This list makes him my generation’s voice.

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Bill Cosby “I’m 83 and Tired”

I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for when I was doing my National Service, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; Muslims burning schools for girls; Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and Madrasa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand , UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance..
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20’s be-deck themselves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves unemployable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 83.. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I’m on the way out and not on the way in. There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference.

“I’m 83 and I’m tired. If you don’t agree you are part of the problem!

Wish I would have considered adding Bill to our flashback fiction to 1969 – 1970 award winning book, Life’s What Happens. http://www.amazon.com/LIFES-WHAT-HAPPENS-ebook/dp/B00A14STPS/ Finalist in the Best Indie Book Fiction in 2013.
Life's What Happens REVISED COVER - CopyBIB LIFES Small Medallion

Bill, I’ve done my part Hey, Hey Hey!

Recent Awards

It doesn’t happen every day so a minute of self recognition on recent awards.

First, The Denver AFter Dark SUspense Series won The Best Indie Book for 2013 award for book #1, After Midnight.
BIB AFTER MIDNIGHT Small Medallion AFTER MIDNIGHT REVISED

Also from The Best Indie Book Awards for 2013, first place in the Young Adult went to the CUL8R Time Travel mystery Series.
BIB OMG Small Medallion OMG EBOOK COVER REVISED

OMG also recieved a finalist award from the Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2013:
Beverly Hiss Finalist OMG EBOOK COVER REVISED

And finally, the General Fiction story Life’s What Happens, the story of college students in 1969 and how their lives were impacted by the Vietnam military and student unrest at Kent State, was a finalist in that category at The Best Indie Book Awards for 2013.
BIB LIFES Small Medallion Life's What Happens NEW GIRL

Writing can be a solitary life so receiving an award when thousands of entries were submitted is just awesome. We took some writing breaks over the past six weeks and constructed for lack of a better term Author’s Pond. So creativity, plotting, character development and scene setting al happens in a great environment with a great co-writer, Kathy, and a fine glass of wine. By the way, wine fineness is a direct function of book sales which is correlated with book quality which is…never mind. Think this is a tax deduction? Likely not.
Author's pond
Come on down!

Paper to Pixels #2.0 – One More Thing Before…

I know, Paper to Pixels is supposed to be blog about my personal journey from writing books with hammer and chisel to a arc from paper to eBooks. But you have to understand that the only journey that goes in a straight line is one that involves jumping off something really high up and without a parachute. I’m not going to do that. So before I get back into the story of how I have moved from paper to eBooks and go through how to get 11,600 free book giveaways over a weekend for Starting Over and that kind o thing, i have to address the burning question, WHAT’S YOUR RIGHT TIME TO WRITE?. Starting Over is at http://www.nightwriter93.com/Women_s_Fiction.html or can be ordered on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/STARTING-OVER-ebook/dp/B007EHUHSC/ .

This is important! At least to me and is likely to you as well. Read on and see for yourself. All the books on my website, http://www.nightwriter93.com were written at night…hence nightwriter93. Maybe the 93 will be talked about later.

When are you most creative? Morning? Afternoon? Middle of the night? Speaking for myself, it’s absolutely night time. (You probably could have guessed that from my website http://www.NightWriter93.com.) I think I’m in the minority, because most people prefer mornings. But I wonder how many people actually know when their right time is to write.

Early in my career, I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Janet Dailey. I loved her books, respected her business decisions and envied her career. She was one of the first Harlequin authors to set her novels in America (one in each state), create strong, age-appropriate female characters and to write under her own name instead of a pen name (which Harlequin adamantly opposed because she eventually went on to write for other publishers and carry her fans with her). But what I found interesting was that she told me she always got up early (five or six a.m.) and locked herself in her office until she had written a specific number of pages. Her husband would bring her coffee and food, but she stuck to it until she had reached her goal. Then she walked out of her office and spent the rest of her day with her horses. That sounded ideal to me since I needed the discipline and I love horses.
Except when I tried to write in the morning, I found myself staring out the window, dusting the furniture, re-alphabetizing the books on the shelves, playing on-line video games, etc. Not a creative thought entered my mind or made it to the page.

When my kids were young, I tried writing during the day while they were at school, but the phone would ring, groceries had to be bought and there were a million things to distract me. I would read through what I had written and realize it was crap. Pages of disjointed, clichéd crap, totally lacking in a heartbeat.

I’m not sure how it happened, but I tried writing at night, not sitting down to my computer until the kids were all in bed. The fingers flew, the words filled the pages, the characters blossomed and took over the story, just as they should. It was almost an out-of-body experience. The next day I would read what I had been written and be amazed. Things happened and characters had conversations that I honestly didn’t remember writing. I had clearly found my right time to write.

Since then, I don’t even try to write while the sun is up. Maybe I’m a new breed of vampire, but without the superhuman strength and thirst for blood. I’m lucky because I’m at a point in my career where I have the freedom to arrange my schedule according to my deadlines. However, I do all my editing during the day when my creative brain is asleep and my logical, analytical brain is wide awake.

I’ve talked to some of my friends about this discovery and realized that while they weren’t fellow night writers, they had found their own sweet spot during the day when their creative juices flowed best. Others continued to write to a schedule, and to be perfectly honest, when I read their books I can see the structure and the discipline rather than lose myself in the story. I don’t think they’ve found their creative time.

Of course, there are those who don’t have a choice and believe it’s better to write something at an off time than to right nothing at a right time. Those of you who are forced to work your writing in around a job or family responsibilities, you have to do what you have to do. But listen to your creative soul and find your right time. It’s better to write two pages that flow from your guts than twenty pages that are mechanical and dull. If possible, re-arrange your schedule to allow for a writing window or save yourself for your days (or nights) off to make the magic happen.

Experiment and see what works for you. Everyone’s brains cycle in patterns, so first you have to find your time. Then get to work.

One more thing…the CUL8R Teen Time Travel Mystery Series will be having a second book added to book #1, OMG, in April. Look for BRB in all the usual places….

CUL8R First 2 covers

C’ya next time…

Paper to Pixels; A Writer’s Journey

I don’t have the facts at my fingertips for the literature scene in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s but today, well over 95% of indie books released will never sell more than $50,000 total in the next 100 years. This isn’t indie publishing it is direct publishing. Based on the quality of the books found on the internet today, and including some of the bestselling books like 50 shades as a [prime example, it is clear that well over half the books reaching your screen or eReader today saw no human touch between the author and your eyes. Gone are all the editors, readers, beta readers, proof readers, line editors, formatters and others. On the other hand it is probably safe to assume that the a much higher proportion of the reading public don’t know what’s right and wrong so maybe that’s another feature of direct publishing that isn’t important.

Today, blogging is an important building block for an author to either become good at or become frequently mentioned in. According to one source, there are more than 150 million blogs and most of these blogs get less than 1,000 visitors per month. In the world of publishing and for lack of a better word, the vast majority of these blogs are failures. With our young adult time travel series CUL8R, seen at http://www.cul8rseries.com , we have over a dozen blogs lined up to review and promote the series. These bloggers came to this conclusion by review and experience.

So with the first item, the writing, editing and creative portion of writing a successful book series firmly in the capable hands of my wife, Kathy Clark, I will work on the blog. Her accomplishment, past and present, can be seen on her author’s page http://www.nighwriter93.com and on the website for the time travel mystery series CUL8R at http://www.cul8rseries.com, this blog will be focusing on blogs and more specifically how to break through the market ceilings on our two book series.

My job will be to first avoid the causes of blog failures and the paralysis of analysis that comes from being one of the first black belts in the United States in the early 1980’s. If you’re thin king black belts refer to physical capabilities they do not in this blog they refer to world-class statistical talents.
There are three major reasons for the failure of blog sites.

First, too much content has two bad effects. The readers become obese because the blogger creates and then feels compelled to publish too much content. If the blogger is spending their time writing they aren’t spending their time gaining readers and the readers that decided to eat the pudding will grow fat and then die of overload.
Second, the promotion of the website is being done the wrong way.

Third, the blog loses the focus of its intended purpose.

We’ll see how well I do at staying inside these guardrails

With this blog we have book #1 of the CUL8R series, OMG, on the market and receiving amazing reviews. These can be seen on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/OMG-CUL8R-1-Bob-Kat/dp/1481127675/ with all 5 star reviews! Eventually that will stop…hopefully not.

OMG is also seen on the CUL8R website at http://www.cul8rseries.com Check it out. The first two books are

CUL8R First 2 covers

Reviews on Amazon can be seen at-

http://www.amazon.com/CUL8R-Time-Travel-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00AF2Q30E/

PAPER to PIXELS; A Writer’s Journey

BLOG #1

This blog will be about the journey of my wife, Kathy Clark. An excellent, creative and successful writer of fiction who sold millions of books in the 1980’s and 1990’s and decided to pursue a writing career in Hollywood and take a few years off. Then she got the bug to create more fictional stories. Great stories with clever and realistic characters that must be told and told in book form. This blog will take you on the journey and keep you posted of the progress that started in 2010 and continues today full steam.

Denver and Parker, Colorado, 2010, Mystery Writers of America. Amazing group of talented authors Kathy met with every month at the ancient Denver Press Club building. The first indoctrination to the ePublishing life. Uh—oh. Where’d the books go anyway? For that matter where did the book stores go that used to the sell those things I have stacked by the room fool on two different rooms in my house? Maybe that’s a good thing! Maybe not having editors, agents, readers, beta readers, proof readers and the other gate keepers and process pipeline orifices will be a good thing. Of course it will.

And maybe Kathy will be better off if she attacked more commercial genres more like the stuff that went into scripts she was writing. After all she won dozens of screenwriting awards so she must be good at those kinds of stories. Sometimes producers even paid her to write scripts. That was cool.

And her fan base? She couldn’t go back to LA, San Diego, Houston, Denver, New York City, New Orleans, London and who knows where else to try to find them all. Did they keep up with the technology? Kathy was on the internet in 1993. Wasn’t everyone? We’ll have to see. Reestablishing her fan base who lost track off her and it also assumes they’re still alive. This will be interesting to find out.

The journey is made interesting when you compare the last book disappeared from the mall bookstores in 1995 and jumping back in to fiction in 2010 meant there are few mall bookstores left and book publishing industry today operates largely without the middlemen and gate keepers of agents, editors, buyers and book sellers. Professional authors and readers all feel that the quality of writing is very uneven. Another task.

So Kathy’s current back list can be found on her author site at http://www.nightwriter93.com. The site was so named because that is her peak creative hours most days. There is a young adult or teen time travel mystery series also started and it has its own web site just to keep the R rated stuff from the PG13 stuff better separated.

The CUL8R Teen Time Travel Mystery series can be found at http://www.cul8rseries.com As this is being written, Book #2, BRB is well underway.

Her most recent adult suspense is After Midnight AFTER MIDNIGHT REVISED

The mainstream fiction story I wanted to write and she did 75% of the work on, Life’s What Happens, was published in late 2012. Life's What Happens NEW GIRL

And the teen time travel mystery series, CUL8R, launched at the end of 2012 with book #1, OMG. OMG EBOOK COVER REVISED

Samples and links for all stories on the websites. BRB for Blog #2.

Those were the days.

Life's What Happens NEW GIRL>When Bob finally got around after 40 years to answering the question “how would life have been different had there been no Vietnam war draft with its cutting back on the on student deferments and the cutting off of occupational deferments,” I yawned. But as we talked to people young and old there was a very positive reaction to telling the story. When we placed the story at Kent State because that is where Bob went to school the interest went even higher. When the reviews started to come in we were amazed. We either got good to great reviews or people who didn’t want to revisit those days yet as it was still too painful.

This blog is simply to share the trailer we produced for the book last year and to remember the great music, the times and the lives that were changed over 42 years ago.
We hope you enjoy it. Pass it along. The size was too great to add directly into the blog so we left it with YouTube to watch over it.

The link is http://youtu.be/XDTibRqRL4o

Making up for lost time, blog #2: Life’s What Happens

Life's What Happens NEW GIRL

I’ll save everyone the boring reason why we’re blogging about the three new books this fall.  This blog is all about Bob Kat’s 1969 fictionalized story, Life’s What Happens,  about Kent State, the Vietnam draft lottery, the decisions that were made that impacted millions and what happened to them. The review we have received thus far are nothing short of amazing.  What was really unexpected were the number of people who said that after all these years they were unable to bring themselves to read a book about this timer in their lives.

Nine fraternity brothers’ lives are forever changed during their senior year at Kent State University.  They start the year full of hope and promise, busy with their classes, their buddies and their girlfriends.  But the Vietnam draft lottery took away their options and forced them to change their plans.  Instead of choosing a career, they are faced with the choice between life and death.

LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS is their story, as each is faced with questions much more complicated than any generation past.  It is about the year they turned from boys to men, and where their choices took them.

Here are some of the reviews so far…

“From characters that still your heart to writing styles that will captivate you, this is one awesome read.”

“This story was engaging and extremely moving, at turns both humorous and thought-provoking.”

“Life’s What Happens is a gripping read, with its educational, historical, imaginative and very human ingredients.  Brilliant writing.” 

“Life’s What Happens is a book that everyone will want to read, especially those who remember the tumultuous times of the late 1960’s.”

“Baby boomers and those interested in history will want to soak up the knowledge found within these pages. This is a tale you will not want to miss.”

You’ll find an amazing video trailer on YouTube that will take you back to the day http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQBnqNNNHUE&feature=plcp 

and here is the main website http://www.nightwriter93.com

and of course the link to Amazon http://www.amazon.com/LIFES-WHAT-HAPPENS-ebook/dp/B00A14STPS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1356820020&sr=1-1&keywords=life%27s+what+happens there is paperback available as well.