Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Katherine Lloyd has taken on this task (she also designed the interior for Swords of the Six) and I wanted to share her website with you: http://www.thedeskonline.com/
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
If you have not seen this place I order you to check it out next time you pass through northern Kentucky!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Check out this long, detailed post about the school event by Nathan. He truly covered most everthing! http://whisperedroars.blogspot.com/2009/12/author-scott-appleton-visits.html
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
a poem by Scott Appleton
A million times I have fallen
Into sin's ocean depths I have plunged.
I have strayed from the Savior
Though my sins he'd expunged.
The web of sin
Has drawn America in.
Surrounded by defeat
I once despaired of the Life I'd been given.
Every time I strayed
My Savior reminded me I was forgiven.
The web of sin
Has drawn America in.
When I rose from that ocean
A warrior honed by God's grace
I looked around
And knew the favor of God's face.
Yet the web of sin
Had drawn America in
Sunday, December 13, 2009
...Goodnight, dear readers! Merry Christmas!
My wife has prepared a late-night soup and it smells good (as usual). So I have some food to eat, perhaps we'll watch a I Dream of Jeanie episode, and then some sleep. Tomorrow I plan to veg... and organize/prepare for the remaining December events. I need to start booking January events, too.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This event pushed the total count of Swords of the Six sales to 2,050... that's in about 7-months (since the release in March of this year). Yep, now moving on to the three-thousand-book milestone.
I remember when the book first printed and the first 1500-copies arrived... it looked like a mountain of books to sell. It is very rewarding to realize I've sold so many more copies than that. Next year I'll focus on schools. Stores don't sell nearly as well as schools and, also, I am reaching my target audience directly.
The few weeks around Christmas are difficult to get events. I'll be focusing on writing my second novel instead of events. But I do need events for January. If you live in the St. Louis, Missouri area then be sure to let me know. I need to target some schools for January 7th-19th.
The Lord has been teaching me some things as we travel. Both my wife and I long to lead a simpler life...and I intend to follow through on that goal. We are so comfortable in America, we need to get back to the basics and really live. I feel alive when I write and, yet, there are so many things to distract me that I recognize I often do not reach my true potential. ...Anyways, there are some thoughts from this writer to his readers!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Now I am in southern Indiana mentally preparing for all the events I've booked for the next two weeks. I'm confident of meeting with success. If you think of me, please pray I will have the energy and alertness to charge into the next two weeks and sell well. Also, I'm going to be looking for more bookings, especially schools and some bookstores. On top of that I need to start booking events in Missouri for January.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
A store up here (a Borders) had canceled its signing event with me, so I ended up at another Borders (Mishawaka, IN) and what a fantastic event I had! I sold 62-books!
I'm feeling energetic and eager. This trip has so far been as productive and profitable as I'd hoped. I am just shy of 2,000-books sold... I'll let you know when that number is passed. My next stop has wireless highspeed, which means I'll be able to readily access the internet and post with photos again.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I now have a couple different schools who'll be hosting me during my stay in southern Indiana. I'll be at a middle school in Sunman-Dearborn IN, and at a high school in northern Kentucky! God's blessing with open doors... I have a feeling we'll be on the road for a long while.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Now I'm ready for December. Tomorrow I have some free time. I'm hoping to get some writing done. Beside that I have a couple calls to make.
Wednesday we head for Pennsylvania on our way to northern Indiana.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Today I signed at a Waldenbooks in Marlborough MA (pictured above) and Sold Out once again!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Today we first hit the Woodbridge Mall where I signed the ten copies Borders Express had stocked. It took a little over an hour for this Sell Out event and I eagerly drove to my next signing... hoping for similar success.
We arrived at the Staten Island Mall in New York. They had 20-books and we SOLD them OUT in about an hour-and-a-half. They then bought another 20-copies (that I had with me) and I sold 10 more!
This trip has been very productive and encouraging. Especially with the way the economy has gone I praise God for His blessings on this endeavor.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Today I was supposed to have another signing. Unfortunately the store did not receive the books in time and we had to reschedule. But I'm looking forward to getting some writing done in these next few days. And next week I'm speaking at a school.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The New York trip was successful. In Buffalo my wife and I sold 18 books in 2-hours, to the delight of the store manager. The next day we stopped in Horseheads for another scheduled signing. Unfortunately the manager had mixed up the dates and they did not yet have my book in stock. I had 8-copies in the car, so Kelley and I brought those in and sold them all. ...You'll notice I've been saying 'we' instead of 'I' and that is because my wife is becoming more efficient making sales. I walk away from time-to-time and she keeps things rolling with the customers. It's handy having someone in my corner who's equally enthusiastic about the story.
Well, I have a busy week ahead of me. My wife and I are going to watch the new episode of Stargate Universe!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Visit: http://www.christianfantasy.wordpress.com/ for all the latest info on The Sword of the Dragon series and all booksigning updates, etc.
I will keep this blog open. It will take a little while for me to get accustomed to WordPress. But the change will be for the better! (-:
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
My publishing company Flaming Pen Press is proud to announce the signing of a contract with author P.M.M. Green for his fantasy novella (currently titled) The Fairy's Ruby Cage. Contract was received this week and artist Amber Hill is going to be creating the cover art next week. We are looking at a release date of Spring 2010.
For all you fantasy lovers out there, this is going to be a great book! And it'll be under $10/copy.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I despise the modern flavor of romance. Where is the sincerity? What happened to honor?
I admit to falling now and again for the current view of relationships, but that does not mean that I don’t think it is wrong. I long to return to some of the old ways, where a girl is sincere and not looking for Hollywood’s perfect man. Sure, I want her to be beautiful and fun, but what happened to meek, honorable, moral, a submissive desire? These are commendable traits and worthy of the wait.
Sadly, these days it is hard to find a girl that is different and genuine. I want a lady, not an action hero! I want a loving wife, not miss popular.
Now, I know what you are probably thinking: this guy’s strange. Well, just wait a moment and I’ll verify that for you. I have often been told by friends and co-workers that I would fit better in the 1950’s; I beg to differ: shove me back in time to somewhere in the 1800’s (preferably the 1880’s into the 1890’s).
Ah, the idea of it! Build me a time machine, wind it up, stick me inside, and send me back to that era. The post-American Civil War era bred a very different generation than we are and I think it was better. Back then young women were treated as valuable artwork, not mass produced china dolls!
Nowadays both sexes experiment with each other, both physically and emotionally without commitment. I’ve heard girls talk of trying different attitudes and approaches with different guys; they regard relationships as what? Expendable? I think so. Guys are no less to blame.
I hear expressions like this frequently: “We had an argument and broke up.” “He used to treat me as a gentlemen, but now . . ..” Folks, I get tired of hearing these things because there is one consistent problem with all of the breakups: it is all about themselves. They speak of Me, Myself, and I.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Sales results were over 40-books sold this weekend. Below is a picture I took of my setup in the Milford Borders store. It was a high-traffic store and I intend to return. It's in a very large mall.
Tomorrow I am going to get to work on novel two, again. I have a huge pile of work ahead of me. On top of orchestrating everything for my novels (including the upcoming tour starting in Indiana). One author is sending in his contract to Flaming Pen Press and I'll be bringing together the necessary people to produce this 50-page novella. You'll love The Ruby Cage of Fairy Rae. And negotiations for a full-length novel by another author are underway... if things continue going the way they have, this will add another thing to my plate. But I'll be happy to do it. The author is Jacob Parker and he has a real drive and gift in writing. If you haven't, I suggest you visit his site here.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
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Step 3) To have your name entered twice in the hat: Post about this giveaway on your blog!
Introducing: Eric Reinhold
Eric and I met recently online and have really hit it off. I've known of him for some time now. Last year he was part of the 8-author group that traveled the west coast signing books and talking about their writing. His fantasy books are beautifully designed and (since I often judge books by their covers) his have intrigued me.
Eric J. Reinhold is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. The former office in the Navy Supply Corps writes extensively for a variety of national financial publications in his position as a Certified Financial Planner® and President of Academy Wealth Management. His passion for writing a youth fantasy series was fueled by nightly impromptu storytelling to his children and actively serving in the middle and high school programs at First Baptist Sweetwater Church in Longwood, Florida. Eric and his wife Kim, have three children.
- Website: http://www.ryannwatters.com/
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Also, I am contracting the first author beside myself to be published by my company Flaming Pen Press. I will give more details later. Suffice it to say I am starting a line of Fantasy/Sci-Fi booklets to be sold at Fairs and other such events to complement Flaming Pen Press book releases. The first author is P.M.M. Green and the story is called The Ruby Cage of Fairy Rae.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Tomorrow will be the 4th and Final day of the Woodstock Fair. I'm hoping to sell a lot of books by the time it closes at 8 o'clock. If God is in it, I will! But I thank Him for giving me so much success thus far. It's amazing how great I feel now that I've left the night job and am doing this full-time. I can't wait to write a couple more short stories for magazines... I have missed that and my novel writing!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Whew! These 15-hour days are difficult; tomorrow I need to be fresh for new readers... So I am going to sleep...
Friday, September 4, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
WELCOME TO THE WRITING SITE OF SCOTT APPLETON
In a world where morality is forsaken and Christ neglected, wholesome books are uncommon. The themes of my writing are love, self-sacrifice, and honor.
I see my generation turning from God to the gods of this world. I see homes torn apart in the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Children are murdered by the millions every year . . . without ever seeing the world outside their mothers' wombs. Through fiction I strive to encourage those who are willing, to stand against these things and be heroes and heroines; chivalrous, gentle, full of righteous indignation, and the fear and love of their Creator.