Excitement for the Apocalypse is Building

I have been working toward getting my book Scouts of the Apocalypse (formerly Boyscouts of the Apocalypse) published for a couple years now. For a number of reasons, that fire was rekindled in the past months and now, we are on the cusp of it being a reality.

I’ve written about 20% new material for the original story (that was podcast and currently sits on Wattpad) to round out the characters and address a few of the comments from my beta readers. It doesn’t make it an entirely new story. Not by a long shot, but it does make for a better, bigger experience.

In the process of the revisions I discovered what the next books in the series need to be. This one will likely be a trilogy but each book will stand on its own. Who knows? My publishing partner has speculated that it could become the next Hardy Boys with a myriad of authors writing in the series. Stranger things have happened, I suppose. :)

Yesterday we touched up our publishing plans and I got to see initial concept art for the cover. That means we are almost there. Good thing too because we are targeting mid-June for release everywhere.

As soon as I have a cover to share, you can bet it will be put up on the website.

Part of the excitement is, while this is a book I’ve wanted to publish for a long time, it also represents the next step for Evil Alter Ego Press. We have released our first book, Dimensional Abscesses already as an eBook. Scouts of the Apocalypse will be our first printed book and our first novel (and, if you would like to see Dimensional Abscesses as a print book in the near future, we have a bet with the contributors – sell 100 copies in 3 months and we will do a print run. Buy now if you want to help them – and us – out).

We are already talking about next steps for the press.

Stay tuned. I will have more information for you as it comes out…and be ready for the apocalypse. :)


Get Published Episode 154 – JR Murdock Goes Farming

One of the really fun things about the anthology Dimensional Abscesses is that Jeff Hite and I have one more reason to talk to a lot of interesting people. One of those people is JR Murdock.

I’m sure you recognize Jay’s name; he has been on the show several times before. And, be forwarned, you will hear from him very soon as we begin the work of promoting our collaboration, Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty.

But that discussion is for another day.

Today we are talking about his contribution to the anthology. His story is pretty unique in a book full of unique stories. We talk about his inspiration and a few other things. It was a fun conversation that I hope you will enjoy.

I would also like to remind you that Parsec Award season is upon us once again. I hope you will consider nominating Get Published for the award this year. I will have the link in the show notes.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to podcast@michellplested.com. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 154 – JR Murdock Goes Farming

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 154 – JR Murdock Goes Farming (continued)

Welcome to the show.

01:21 – Promo – Mighty Marvel Geeks

01:54 Get Published Episode 154 – JR Murdock Goes Farming (continued)

JR, Jeff and Mike discuss:

  • Dimensional Abscesses, editing, writing, promotion, dairy cows

27:08 – Promo – The Neverland Podcast

27:51 — Closing

Thank you for listening.


Websites mentioned in this episode:

JR Murdock – http://ofgnomesanddwarves.com

JR Murdock – http://jrmurdock.com

Parsec Awards – http://www.parsecawards.com

Mighty Marvel Geeks – http://webegeekspc.com/

The Neverland Podcast – http://neverlandpodcast.com/


The Scouts are Coming to Save the Day

I have been involved with Scouts as a leader for more than twelve years now and I’m always getting something new and refreshing from my experiences with them.

One thing I never really anticipated was the stories I would get from them. I mean, I get ideas from everything I do, but never did I think a full-blown story would come.

I think I may have talked about my book Scouts of the Apocalypse once or twice. That book came from a campfire story I told my Scout troop. By the time I got home, I knew I had something special. That was based on the reactions I got from the scouts at camp and on the way home.

So, I wrote the book. Revised the book. Planned for the day the book would be available.

I’m very happy to say that day is fast approaching. Holy cow is it coming fast! In fact, it should be released sometime in mid June in both print and eBook format from Evil Alter Ego Press.

I’ve had my alpha and beta readers take this story apart. I have another fantastic cover on its way and I’ve got an editor polishing it to a shine. The layout should begin in the next week or so and then off to the printers.

I really cannot wait!

Especially when, everyone who has read or heard the story tells me how good it is. That is the icing on the cake when I consider how special the story is. Reading it again took me right back to the campfire where I first told it to a rapt audience.

And, even better, I now know that this isn’t a one-of book. The story always needed to be told in many parts. It now looks like many equals three books. I love that I’m not done with the story yet.

I will post the details when the book is available and I hope to do a cover reveal very soon.

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