I just realized this blog is at 49,983 page views, so by the time you read this, it’ll probably be past 50,000. That seems like a pretty cool achievement since I still have no idea what I’m doing with a blog.
To those of you who’ve been reading my work, I just wanted to say thank you for your support. There should be a lot more to come in 2013. In the meantime, here are my five “most-read” posts on this blog if you want to kill a few minutes:
Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke was kind enough to ask me to write something about Halloween for his blog. After a week of false starts, I finally realized I had the perfect topic based on something that has been happening to me every time I’ve gone for a run this past week.
So if you’d like to read about my nightly meetings with the Grim Reaper, head on over to Kealan’s great blog — and while you’re there, please feel free to comment, say hi, and sign-up for Kealan’s updates. He has a lot of great projects in the works.
Thanks for stopping by my new blog. My name is Brian James Freeman and my purpose here is to discuss writing, editing, reading, and the publishing business. In case you’re wondering if we’ve met at a convention, check out the photo on this post. I was probably the quiet one in the corner, wearing a baseball cap and not saying much.
A little about myself to get the ball rolling:
I’m the author of The Painted Darkness, Black Fire, Blue November Storms, and The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book (with Bev Vincent), along with some short stories and a few essays, too. I wrote Black Fire in college and sold it to Leisure and Cemetery Dance Publications. It was published in 2004 under the pen name James Kidman. At some point I’ll probably discuss why that pseudonym happened and how I view that decision now. Blue November Storms was a novella for the Cemetery Dance Novella Series and The Painted Darkness is a novella I gave away to 30,000 readers for free last summer as part of a marketing experiment to promote the hardcover. Did it work? Absolutely. I want to discuss that and some other thoughts on eBooks and marketing in the near future.
Like most writers, I have a day job to pay the bills. My day job happens to be kind of awesome, in my opinion. In 2002, I was hired by Richard Chizmar to work at Cemetery Dance Publications. These days I juggle the book production (35+ books last year), handle anything on the web (like updating the website, listing new products, writing all of the sales copy for the newsletters and customer updates, updating Facebook and Twitter, etc), organize and write anything for our marketing and publicity efforts, issue contracts, and basically try to take care of whatever seems to be falling through the cracks before it falls too far. I’m also the Managing Editor of Cemetery Dance, which is a job I started with Cemetery Dance #61 and like very much. We’re hiring some more editorial staff right now to help me with all of the work that goes into putting a print magazine together, and we have some really exciting things in the works for readers who love horror and suspense.
That’s probably enough to get us started. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for future posts, feel free to comment on this post or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook, or you can use the “sign me up!” button to the right to be notified via email when there are new updates. There is also a RSS feed for those who are interested in being updated that way.
Thanks again for stopping by and feel free to say “hi” in the comments if you’re so inclined.