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Monday, November 24, 2014

IT IS NOT OKAY.



Moments ago, a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014.

After Michael was killed, authorities allowed his body to remain in the street for four hours.

Michael Ferguson was not armed. He was shot six times.

Darren Wilson was put on paid administrative leave. He stayed home and continued to draw a salary from the city in the aftermath.

Then, a grand jury decided he did nothing wrong, and the police department punished him with what was essentially a paid vacation.

The message this sends is that the law may gun down an unarmed black teenager without reprisal.

That shooting an unarmed civilian teenager is okay.

Well, it's not okay.

It is not okay to draw a handgun, fire six bullets into an unarmed child

It is not okay to receive a paycheck while you are being investigated for a questionable shooting.

It is not okay for Darren Wilson to continue to carry a badge or enforce the law.

IT IS NOT OKAY.


Universal Warrior: The Ring of Asarra Now Available For $1.79!



Universal Warrior: The Ring of Asarra is now available across all formats for $1.79. Pick it up from for Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords.

There Is No Choice Without Consequence.
On a conquered Earth, one of the last elven must choose to accept or forgo his identity, a choice that will not only affect the coming battle but the entire universe from now until the end of time.

Current owners, expect an updated copy.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Three Lessons Learned From My First Release

The initial goal was simple; complete and publish a project.
I knew I wasn't going to get rich. I didn't even expect to make what I did. I just wanted to complete and publish something that I believed was worth paying for.

Well, mission accomplished.

When Universal Warrior: The Ring of Asarra hit Amazon and other retailers, the secondary goal became to sell a certain number of copies. Goal obtained in the first few days, and was feeling pretty good about myself.

Then, reality hit like Thor's hammer.

Of the seven copies I sold, one was returned. I have not sold a single copy since.

I have to admit, this was almost disheartening. I've read all the horror stories about indies who only manage to sell one book a month and fade into obscurity. I was mentally prepared--to a point--to see the sales eventually die off.

Preparing for something and then having that event happen are two very different things.

So these past few days, I dove back into the story, did some research, and this what I plan to apply to my next endeavor.

1). Make Sure You Know What You're Selling

I pitched the Ring of Asarra as a novella. I was wrong.
Writer's Digest defines a novella as anything from 30,000 words to 50,000, while a short story runs anywhere from 1,500 to 30,000 words. The Ring of Asarra clocks in at just under 27,000 words. It's a short story, and I should have presented it as such. That being said..

2). Price Appropriately

Had I done my research, I might've had a different result in my opening week. The Ring of Asarra is priced too high for a short story. The price is more appropriate for something a bit longer.

3). If It's Part of A Series, SAY That It's Part of a Series

Though I wanted to tell standalone stories leading up to a big event in my first novel, I thought the stories could stand on their own. I've been asked since the release of the Ring of Asarra is part of a series, and it is. I just hadn't thought to name it when I released it.

I think I'll be better prepared when I release the next installment of the Universal Series. Warblooded will be released sometime next year.

Thanks for reading.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Consumers Beware; New Phishing Scam


I have to admit; this almost got me.
If you receive an email that looks like this DO NOT CONFIRM YOUR DATA. Please note the domain name in the sender's email does not originate with Amazon. This is an attempt to steal your data, otherwise known as phishing.

If you receive an email like this, do not follow the link. Delete it, mark it as spam or phishing, but do not give your info to these people. Google does not recognize this address and it has no affiliation with Amazon.

Just wanted to provide a heads-up.

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Help An Author Out - A Call To Action



Recently, a friend and one of the most talented writers I've ever had the privilege of knowing lost virtually everything in a house fire. Blessedly, everyone (including the dog) escaped without injury.

Unfortunately, this means that MeiLin Miranda and her family have been rendered temporarily homeless and are in need of help. If there was ever a reason to support an author beyond the fact that they are talented and passionate, this is it.

Every purchase you makes life a little easier for MeiLin and her family. This is someone who has worked tirelessly to mentor authors (myself included) without asking anything of anyone. She's an amazing person caught up in circumstances that could've happened to any of us.

If you have the means, please help out. You can check out her extensive library here, and I recommend A History of the Greater Kingdoms series.

Thanks for reading and your support.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL.



Originally, I glossed over the numerous articles detailing Calvin Klein's newest addition to their lineup of fashion models, Ms. Myla Delbesio.

Then, I realized that she'd been named a plus-sized model and alarms went off in my head. Is Calvin Klein really this out of touch?! Ms. Delbesio is beautiful, but she is most certainly not plus-sized. In giving her that label, Calvin Klein has created an uproar over what exactly defines plus-sized, leading some people to label themselves "Jabba's Gargantuan Doppleganger".

By doing this, Calvin Klein has demonstrated one of two things. Either they have no idea what constitutes "plus-sized", or worse, they don't care. Since he does not truly produce clothing for plus-sized people, I am inclined to believe the latter.

Growing up, I watched a lot of good people, men and women alike, be teased or looked down on for being "fat". Today, we call it body-shaming. I prefer to call it what it is; bullying. All because someone is different from what is perceived as normal or acceptable.

What I find truly sickening is that there are men and woman who take unnecessary risks with their health, and their bodies, trying to fit this flawed, preconceived notion of perfection laid down by people who could not care less about them.

I suggest abandoning labels altogether. You are who you are, be that fat, skinny, slim, or round, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that as long as you are happy and healthy.

No one person can define another's beauty; it's first discovered within and in the eyes of the beholder. There is no shame in your body, no matter how you look. People who do not know should not have an effect on your selfworth. Find peace within yourself and negative opinions or naysayers be damned.

EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL.

What Calvin Klein and Victoria's Secret have to say regarding beauty doesn't matter.

Thanks for reading.


Avery K. Tingle is a dark, epic fantasy author who believes in equality, an end to bullying and the fact that every child should have a safe place to call home. His latest novella, Universal Warrior: The Ring of Asarra is available from Amazon. His first novella, Universal Warrior: Before Red Morning is available from Smashwords.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Why I Dropped Out Of NaNoWriMo 2014




I've been doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for almost ten years now, and while I haven't completed the challenge every year, this is the first year I've actively backed out. While I love the endeavor and plan to return to it next year, I simply cannot do it now. Here's why.

1). I'm Fresh Off Of A Brand-New Publication

On November 3, I published my second dark epic fantasy novella Universal Warrior: The Ring of Asarra. This is the first work I've ever charged for under my own name. Whoever said writing was half the work of an indie author wasn't kidding. Beyond the writing and publishing of the novella, I'm completely responsible for all of my own marketing, and to be honest, I never thought about what I'd do after the novella was released. So I find myself scrambling to build from the initial surge and raise awareness (and hopefully sales) for the story.
It's almost a full-time venture on its own.

2). I'd Rather Focus On One Excellent Project Than Three Average Ones

Recently, I had to concede that I'm not ready to write a full-fledged novel. I'm not sure if it's a mental block, fear of failure, or whatever. I have a hard time keeping track of so many events and characters in a single story, and it led to many unfinished projects (that I will complete one day).

What I can do, I've found, is write novellas (between 22-25k words) that tie together into one larger tale. I initially wanted to do two novellas and one short story this month, and about a third of the way through the first novella, I realized that there was no way I could complete three novellas worth reading.

I am establishing a brand based on quality, rather than quantity. My entire focus is to one quality project at a time instead of churning out three pieces of garbage that drain editing time and resources.

3). I Can't Push Life Out Of The Way This Time

I am starting a new life across the state with my girlfriend and (God willing) my youngest son. I am very close to gaining full custody of him. I am also entering the final stages of my divorce (which I imagine is like the end of DC's Final Crisis, when Darkseid was falling through reality and taking everything with him). Traditionally, I could brush aside everything and back-burner the day job to make NaNoWriMo happen, but with people depending on my actions, I cannot be that reckless anymore.

I love NaNoWriMo and I've met some truly wonderful people during the endeavor. I recommend it for everyone who's even thought about writing a book, but don't be ashamed if you can't make the goal.

There's always next year.

Thanks for reading.