It's going to be 2010 in 45 minutes. It's pretty cool.

But for now, I sit at Phil Dragash's house and watch people play Halo.

2009 was a geat yeaqr full of so many different things in both my personal and professional life...I cannot express how much I will love this year and how eager I am for the year to come. 2010 will herald a decade to remember. Which includes both my high school and college graduations.

That's weird to think about.


terminal velocity launch

With all the hustle and bustle going on around me, I've not remembered to introduce everyone to Terminal Velocity, the sequel to Double Life. Terminal Velocity has been released unto the world!
Terminal Velocity: The Adventures of Josiah Jones, Book Two (Volume 2)
Terminal Velocity, I can guarantee, is more interesting, intriguing, thrilling, and exciting than Double Life (and exceeding Double Life's length by 40 pages). In Terminal Velocity, you will get to know better Josiah, but also your understanding of Tom will grow exponentially. You will also get to meet the slimy, untrustworthy RED veteran--Lewis Trenton.

But certainly the most intriguing and mysterious of all aspects of the new novel is the appearance of a "mysterious third party" calling themselves by the alias GREEN, including a French general and a mysterious (and short-statured) savior to Josiah.

Here's the book trailer for the all-new novel, Terminal Velocity:

Terminal Velocity by Dawson Vosburg - Book Trailer from Dawson Vosburg on Vimeo.

As you can see, this is going to be an exciting novel in an exciting time. Pick up your copy of Terminal Velocity today!



Hey, everyone--it's been a great time for me recently. I've enjoyed some time hanging out with family, with shopping, laughing, and as always, good food (more of which to follow tomorrow night; I'm making my famous pizza I've been perfecting for years).

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Hey. Hope you had a merry Christmas. I know I did.

Take a look at the web URL at the top of the browser. It isn't dawsonvosburg.blogspot.com anymore.

That's right, I finally have a website. It was my best Christmas gift from my brother David (who does a ton of web design). You should check out http://www.dawsonvosburg.net and see how awesome it can be.

And if you're stuck in a rut of typing http://dawsonvosburg.blogspot.com like I know I am, it will redirect right to blog.dawsonvosburg.net.

I know, most people have .coms, Dawson--get your head out of the sand. But http://dawsonvosburg.com is already taken. And if you look at it, it's pretty dumb.


not your grandmother's book trailer

Check out the book trailer for Double Life (made it today (finally) in two hours). The effect is best in full-screen. Even if it takes some extra buffer time, it's worth it.

This is not your grandmother's book trailer.

I did this with so much attention to it looking good and being short and sweet because so many people don't do book trailers very well. When I see a book trailer that has Windows MovieMaker effects on top of their Comic Sans-font text that fills up the whole screen, it makes me want to rip my hair out. Add in some Google image search results and you've got the average, made-in-5-minutes promo.

I like to call it a demotion, since you're lowering your audience's expectations for the book. Look, I know what they all say--book trailers move books. But really, if you can't make it good, it's going to end up hurting more than helping.


today in books: trends

If you haven't noticed before, there are a lot of trends in the book world. For six months a certain genre or idea for a novel will be very popular with bibliophiles, then it will shift to another.

In no other super-genre (it's not a regular genre--it's far too big for that) is this more true that Young Adult Fiction. Literary fiction comes in at a close second.

Let's look at this closely: when Harry Potter was king (and to me it's still fresh in my mind) there were tons of traditional old fantasy novel. And now, when Twilight's king, there is no end to what the vampire world will see. I can't imagine what way they'll find to take a classic creature, ruin it (or as they call it putting a "twist" on it) and make a girl fall head over heels for it.

But you can tend to notice a pattern with this. There's that one breakthrough novel, that one really good book that everyone wants to read and is many times excellent in writing and plot and description (exception, of course, being Twilight, which has garnered popularity through flowery writing people say is "good" and a "hot" male character). And the rest of books that go with this trend are usually low-quality, B-grade books or below.

The question that this gives is that as a reader or writer, what do you want to be: someone who makes a new trend, or one who follows another popular author to ride on the coattails?

By rule, a person who sets a trend has to go out of the current comfort zone and read what no one is really read about. This means risk. This means you might have to even self-publish or read books by authors no one has ever heard of.

Or you could be a trend follower, swinging along with whatever's going along.

Neither of these are always right, neither are always wrong. If what you legitimately want to read or write is not the norm right now, do it anyway. This is how all the trends we see today are set. If your passion leads you to somewhere that appears to be overdone, there have been great successes for revitalizing a genre that was once thought to be dead.

So just think about it when you next walk into the Barnes&Noble nearest you or sit down in that good-old Starbucks to pen the first words of your next work of fiction. Think about what you're going to do with what's out there, and you may end up setting the next trend.



That's how many copies of Terminal Velocity are currently in customers' posession.

You can get your copy right now right here. They just came out today, so they're fresh off the presses.

By the way, this marks my least successful book signing yet! I feel like I need to celebrate somehow.

But right now I'm bushed from doing a local production of A Christmas Carol, so I'll be off. Be sure to pick up a copy of Terminal Velocity, all of you who have been waiting anxiously.


morning thoughts: stretched too thin

First, there was this blog.

Then there was Twitter.

Then Facebook.



And you discover more every day. There are so many social networking sites, not to mention ones just for books like Goodreads and LibraryThing and Shelfari, that you try to sign up for all of them and get quite overwhelmed.

Don't let this happen to you, O writer. That is, if you are a writer.

If you're a reader, well...make sure to follow the author on every social network you both have. That will help him out. But let me ask, as a reader, does it get a bit cumbersome to follow the same person on twelve social networks when you could just follow him on the basic four?

Just a few thoughts about the social networking explosion.

today in books: kindle for pc

Kindle has been advancing more and more--I've been nothing but astonished at how the technology is moving forward. Now there are several competitors, such as the Sony reader and the Nook from Barnes & Noble.

Now Kindle has come up with a really good idea--Kindle for PC. If you don't have the 270 bucks to shell out for a specialty eBook reader, now you can just download it for your PC (and there's a Mac version in the works).

Although I am unable to download it for normal everyday use (I use Suse Linux and not Windows) I think this is definitely a convenient idea. Especially since it costs a total of nothing compared to $270 for the reader. And since most people already have laptops that run Windows (unfortunately) this is a great marketing opportunity for authors.

I'd encourage you to download this. If you're tight on money it would really save you quite a bit (and for your favorite books, nothing replaces the real paper stuff, so you can use the eBooks for pretty much everything else). If you've intended to buy my book but you've been short on funds, this would be a good opportunity to buy the Kindle version.

Very interesting idea, though--will the other publishing companies follow suit? You can discuss it by commenting on this post.


Double Life/Terminal Velcocity review contest

Hey, everyone--today I would like to introduce a fun contest. If you don't already have a copy of Double Life, you are eligible to participate. There will be a contest in which you will win a free copy of Terminal Velocity!

Here's how it works: First, purchase a copy of Double Life. There are two versions on Amazon. One is Lulu, the other is CreateSpace. CreateSpace is cheaper, and honestly, I make a bigger royalty off of it, so that would be in your best interest.

If you have a Kindle, you already have two advantages in this contest: 1. The book comes to your hands quicker, and 2. you pay a tenth of the print price. (This will go up after T.V. comes out--a warning to all ye Kindlers). Although you DID have to drop a couple hundred dollars on that device, so your advantages are well-earned.

The way to win is to be the first to read and write a review of at least 250 words and post it on all three versions of the book on Amazon. As soon as the first review goes up, that person has won the prize of a free copy of Terminal Velocity shipped to you as soon as I have copies of Terminal Velocity. (I know, I'm behind...)

So please participate, and if you don't want to read my book (how great could it be anyway?) perhaps give it as a gift for Christmas for a significant youngster in your life.

Hoping to see a review soon!


official review of Twilight

All right, so today I'm posting a review I wrote on Amazon for Twilight. Now you can see exactly why I think that on a scale of 1 to 1,000,000, its literary merit is about a 3.


First I'd like to say she tried. She really tried hard to make this a great book. But that may be the root problem--she tried too hard and it came out truncated and overdone.

Second I'd like to say that I tried. I really tried hard to make it to the end of this book. But in the end I found out that staring at the page was too nauseating to think about (it's true, I can't read Twilight for more than five minutes without closing it in disgust). So I gave in and listened to the audiobook.

So without further ado, let's get the train wreck rolling.

The first thing you trip over is the most ridiculously flowery and pompous prose ever. Observe the (in my opinion) worst-written paragraph ever that falls on you like a billiard table so early (page 8):

"It was beautiful; I couldn't deny that. Everything was green: the trees, their trunks covered with moss, their branches hanging with a canopy of it, the ground covered with ferns. Even the air filtered greenly through the leaves.

"It was too green--an alien planet."

This is an example of every writing error and annoyance in this book. Let's put a microscope on it.

1. Semicolons. They're everywhere in this book, and every time she could have replaced it with a comma. These distracted the heck out of me.

2. Trying to say something and locking herself in a box. She doesn't realize that there are different ways of saying something so it sounds smoother, but she just tries to "make it work" the way she originally had it. This is very amateur.

3. "It." Their branches hung with a canopy of it. Of what? Who knows...there have been four nouns it could have meant. This happens too much.

4. She's so busy writing all the unnecessary details that she forgets their purpose. Notice that in the first sentence she admires the green. By the next paragraph, she dislikes it. What?

And that covers the writing. On to plot and character, which, in this book, are the same thing.

The plot is nonexistent. It's page after page after page of Bella gushing over Edward until there's only about 150 pages left. Meyer then suddenly rushes to find a plot and pulls out a stock bad guy who wants to get Bella and Bella alone.

Why? Same reason as why a praying mantis spends most of his day cleaning himself.

Because he can.

That is the entire plot. All of it. She finds out he's a vampire, gushes over him for 400 pages, and then spends the next 150 running from a cheesy villain.

Let's move on to the characters, beginning with Bella, whom you have to spend every moment of the book with. And what a character to tell the story...a whining, selfish, and ultimately insecure person who defines herself by Edward and spends all day talking about Edward, Edward, Edward. And it's the most repetitive thing ever.

My favorite thing to laugh at is the way she describes his face--she can't just say his face. She always has to attach something that says how wonderful it is. This is one of the things that has made it to my list of the worst things ever (don't worry--it's not hard to get on the list. All you have to do is comment on this review with teen fury).

And Edward is a girl personality in "hot" male form. That's it.

So to sum up, she wrote a story and her characters happened to be morons, her plot wasn't there, and she tried too hard to write it. And I need to go to Walmart, pick up a copy of Twilight and five red pens, and get to work.


So tell me what you think--you can vote for it as "helpful" or "unhelpful" right here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2L8ZGYJRAQ13P/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm and you can give your comments below. I love hearing readers' opinion!


pre-order Terminal Velocity today

Hey, everyone--Terminal Velocity comes out in just one month and five days. That's incredible to me. It's all gone so fast!

You can pre-order a copy of the book anytime before then and get the price of $10 plus the shipping charges (I'll probably standardize to $3 for the first book and $1 for every book thereafter).

To pre-order, email me at dawson@vosburgs.org. I need to have your name, the name you want the book signed to, your address, payment method, and whether you want it gift-wrapped or not. The book will be shipped out on December 11 so it can arrive on the 14th at the earliest. If you don't feel comfortable giving a home address, I'll send to PO boxes if you'd like.

Payment will be either via PayPal or check (which you send by mail). Once you email me the required information, I will reply with a thank you and either my address to mail the check to or the PayPal email address to pay to. I WILL NOT send a book to someone who has not paid.

Here's the official back-cover synopsis of the book:
The imaginary world is just as Josiah Jones left it, but it's all about to change.

Events surrounding the death of an agent have compelled Josiah and Tom to find the RED Agency's new headquarters, but things are more than they seem. A mysterious third party interferes, and no one knows whose side they could be on. The second installment of the Adventures of Josiah Jones is more exciting, more action-packed, and even more intriguing than the first.
Email me and order your copy of this book today!


Short Post

I know that this is an extremely short post, but I don't have much time on my hands what with NaNoWriMo and stuff.

Here it is:

A professional writer is an amateur that didn't stop.

That means that if you want to be a writer, then write. Duh.



Hey, everyone. In case you didn't know, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo--I know the acronym doesn't make sense, but bear with me). This is about the most fun and extravagant month of the year. Where most people would embark on foolish endeavors such as Christmas shopping and getting sufficient sleep, over 100,000 people will be writing a novel in a month.

I want each and every one of you to at least sign up and try your hand at NaNoWriMo, even if you don't think you're a writer. It's great fun, especially if you can hook up with people in your area and get together in a write-in.

Go to www.nanowrimo.org to sign up. It's simple--50,000 words, 30 days. 1667 words/day. You could probably land that in about an hour a day. Trust me--it's not as terrible as you think it is.

This will be my third year participating, and if you live in the Anderson area, we're meeting for the first write-in on Sunday from 1:30-4:30 at Anderson Public Library's Carnegie Room on the third floor.

Hope to see you all on the front lines of NaNo! Remember, novels like Water for Elephants and my own Double Life were written as NaNoWriMo novels, so just because you wrote them in a month doesn't necessarily lower the quality. Good luck!


Post #50

If you have read each and every post on this blog, I commend you for plowing through.

Today I would like to talk about the wonders of publication.

Really, nothing is more satisfying to me than to talk to people who have read my book (some of whom have way more enthusiasm about it than I do). But it's not reviewers on Amazon (who are adults) that I take joy in talking to. It's the people my book is targeted at, the elementary, middle, and high school students who have gotten joy and delight from my novel.

But as I go once again into the publishing process, I remember what it was like last year. If you've gone the twisty, brambly, pothole-filled road of publishing before you know it's a tiresome process. As I begin to do that for Terminal Velocity, the one thing that has kept me excited is that people will read the second book and have tons of questions. I can't wait to talk to them.

If you're on that same treacherous path, then look forward more than anything to talking to the audience. That is the time you will have the most fun with, and it only comes with the process of publication.

This also goes out to those who don't wish to ever publish--you're missing out on the audience's reaction. It's a great part of writing, and it also can influence future books.

That's all I wanted to say today. Pick up a piece of cake for the 50th Post. Or just go to Walmart and buy a cake all for yourself--I don't ship cake to anywhere but my mouth.



"You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head."
- Sean Connery, Finding Forrester

That is what you must realize when you write. That you are writing straight from your heart and you don't ever think for a single moment.

A lot, and I mean a lot of people try to find out how J.K. Rowling made such a success with Harry Potter. It wasn't because everyone loves a fantasy. It wasn't because of magic. It wasn't the fact that it was a classic kind of story. It was because it was from the heart, the deepness of the soul of J.K. Rowling.

If you watch a single documentary on her life, you can find that everything there is to love about the book is drawn from her life and soul.

Realize that this isn't about becoming a witty writer or selling millions of copies of your novel. Those aren't necessary results of writing. They're generally a result of writing a) what's popular or b) what comes from your heart. Which one do you want to do?

A great many authors, and successful ones at that, simply pump out what's popular. These authors make money, they get their fortune, their success, they get themselves in the public eye. At least for a fleeting moment until the popularity of the genre fades and the authors themselves fade into obscurity.

But people who have truly succeeded, people like Rowling and Tolkien and Lewis and Chesterton, all have written directly from their heart, and you can find no better fiction than this kind. I think that as a writer I have missed the mark in the past and I've tried writing what's popular instead of what's in my heart. But those are the manuscripts that gather dust on the shelf, their only use now being bookends for my better novels.

So ignore all other advice and write your first draft with your heart and ignore your head. Your head isn't good for much beyond the physical and observable, the math and sciences. Your heart is the place from which creativity springs, and make sure to not let one ounce of that creativity go to waste. Not everyone has it in the ample supply as you, and there must be enough to go around.


I'm editing. Yep, it sucks.

Most beginning writers hate the writing/word choice type of editing. I do. Because, you know, I don't have a passion for sentence structure or epiphanies about typos.

But you know, the first and second drafts were a great time, and it's all worthless if the prose itself is garbled gobbledygook. It's no fun to read boring stuff. So you need to remember in this dark slog that it will be over soon and the sweet bliss of being finished is on the horizon.

Power through. Pay attention. And most of all, keep focused. It will be over sooner if you concentrate on editing without distractions. I guarantee you, this part will be over. Just work as hard as you can to get the thing perfect.


No, I won't read your WIP.

Being an author is a lot of fun. I like talking to people who have enjoyed my book and I also like talking to those who didn't. The people I don't like talking to are those who ask if I could read their work-in-progress novel.

Seriously, I can't tell you how annoying this question is. And it's not even close to the most frequently asked.

If you're asking me to read your work in progress, you have not read anything about writing and it clearly shows that you are an ameteur. If you read any book ever written about writing, there will be 0 that tell you to ask people to read it before it's finished. In fact, most of them say to avoid this practice.

Other variations on this question are "is this a good idea", "should I keep writing this", and "PLEASE READ!!!". And none of them are marks of professionalism.

If you want to write a book or you're writing a book but you're insecure about what you're writing, you need to seriously reconsider this. If you're going to have to ask a professional author if the book is good before it's even finished, then this reveals to me that you don't have a true passion about the story you're writing. If you have the passion for your story and you're still asking me to read it, I will not read it.

Don't jump on me and say that I'm a mean old hack, a stupid windbag, an angry, mean writer whose only goal is to make you miserable. I only say this from experience. I've only written five novels in the span of two years because I wrote like heck to get the first draft done. Once you do that, you're golden. Just don't ask me to read it before it's done.

Sure, I'd be happy to give you a blurb for a finished novel. I'd also like to edit it (not for free, of course) once you're ready for an editor. But not now, not when your novel is so young and unfinished.

It's like asking someone if they'll babysit your unborn baby. You don't.



In case you didn't know, I have brothers.

Three of them. Two of them have websites (and I don't, how sad). They're also artists and they're really cool. So you should check out their websites:



It's too bad that I can't carry on the tradition. http://www.dawsonvosburg.com/ is parked.



Hey everyone.

Lately I've been procrastinating from writing. A lot. And I've been doing it by listening and creating music, which is still a creative endeavor, but it will not get a novel finished and selling by December.

Anyway--I've written a song I think is fairly good. Totally unedited, so if there's any mistake in it it's probably a couple revs away from being done.

I float, embraced by a ray of sunshine,
The last remaining in this nighttime.
Don’t let go.
Don’t let go.

Once in a lifetime, forever in memory,
As I remember sunshine, it remembers me.
Don’t let go.
Don’t let go.

Ray of sunshine,
Don’t pull away,
You’re the last in this darkness.
Until the brightness of day.
Don’t let go.
Don’t let go.
Don’t let go.

I fly, wings provided by a ray of sunshine,
Who casts off fears in this nighttime.
Don’t let go.
Don’t let go.

I die, for the ray of sunshine has let go,
The cold takes over, nothing else I know.
Don’t let go.
Don’t let go.

Ray of sunshine,
Don’t pull away,
You’re the last in this darkness.
Until the brightness of day.
Don’t let go.
Don’t let go.
Don’t let go.

I float, embraced by a ray of sunshine,
The last remaining in this nighttime.
Don’t let go.
Don’t let go.

So those were pretty much my feelings yesterday afternoon as I hung out at the library. I think it's pretty good, but again, I don't think it's done.

Don't worry. I'm getting to work on Terminal Velocity. Right now. Sorry...I'm a procrastinator by birth.


Cue fireworks...Cue fanfare...

I have finished the third and my final draft of Terminal Velocity! WOO!

This may not be as exciting to you, but this means that I send it off to Faith (my editor) and once she finishes I run a spell check and it's done. From there I format it and it goes to print, and then I have my launch event on Dec. 14. It's all going perfectly on schedule, folks.

You probably won't be able to make it to the book signing on the 14th. That's a-okay, because I will have a camera set up if I do a talk. If I don't do a talk, you will be able to buy the book online in hardcover for the same price as at the bookstore.

I'm very happy about this and will keep blogging with more exciting events and adventures in this book's life. If you haven't already bought Double Life, it's worth it to read it just because the second book is going to be even better. You can get your copy here.

Also, for some reason my blog's readership shot up over the past couple days. I'll keep watching that.


Just To Let You Know

Hey everyone. Today is going to be a bit different. I don't present many of my opinions on the world around me, but it has come to my attention that this is nothing to be "in the closet" about.

I am, as very few of you know, a Christian, born again, bona fide. Yes, I believe that Christianity is the one and only way to eternal life and the one and only answer to life's questions. But I can still be tolerant.

Society has twisted the meaning of the word "tolerant". It really means that you disagree with a person, but you don't cut the person loose because of it. You tolerate them.

What tolerance has come to mean in today's society is that essentially, everyone is right. If you believe in Islam, then great--that's the truth for you. If you're a Buddhist, then that's the truth for you. But that's not what real tolerance is. It's trying to make everyone feel right and everyone happy by saying there is no one way.

So then when Christianity makes a singular truth claim that Christianity is the only way (which I believe to be true), we are not tolerated, which is the opposite of what should be. Everyone should be able to live with everyone else no matter if they make an exclusive truth claim. You must learn to agree to disagree. For example, I don't believe that homosexuality is right, but that doesn't mean I discriminate against them. I don't believe in their lifestyle, but by being actually tolerant in the real definition of the word, we can get along.

I promise--my next blog post won't be trying to convert you. If you want to talk about that, send me an email. But please, hear me out and don't explode with angry comments on this blog.

I just wanted to let everyone know where I stand on things.


The Publishing Insiders interview

Hey, everyone. Yesterday I did a long-awaited BTR interview on The Publishing Insiders. It was a great interview and they really enjoyed having me.

I have already been asked by the producer to do an interview in their newsletter, which has 5,000+ readers. This will be an AWESOME promotional opportunity for both Double Life and Terminal Velocity.

Thanks for all your support and keep the comments coming!


Why I Don't Outline

Many a person spends all their time they wanted to spend writing their novel planning to write their novel. They outline and they scribble and they make notes and they create detailed character charts. That's definitely what you'll see me doing on a day of writing.

What you will see me doing on a day of writing is simply that: writing.

Because I don't like outlines. They never work for me. When I outlined my third book, Sequence (which rests in peace in my junk drawer), I thought it was going to be better because I outlined it. I had a whole bunch of details and bubble charts and graphs ready for my use.

But what happened? The novel turned out boring and truncated and hollow. I already knew what was going to happen, so the life was sucked out of me. There were no surprises. The characters were already there. They had already developed and I just had to tell the audience how, and I didn't like that. But I decided to be faithful and I plodded through the novel's 51,000 words with misery.

I decided that that outline was the worst thing ever and I gave it a ride in a trash truck.

But why was it so terrible? Why did that outline, which I spent a month and a half toiling over to make sure I had a good plan for the story, just kind of...die? I think it had to do with me being constrained and, effectively, my characters were stuck in a box. They had the limits of the outline and the chains of their character sheets wrapped around them, so I ended up with something hollow and devoid of life and joy.

I wondered if I had lost my touch, so when I set off to write the sequel to Double Life, I expected it to be really slow. And it did start that way. I began the novel mid-January and wanted to finish by mid-February.

Then, about halfway through, I stopped. I didn't want to do this anymore. I wasn't going to handle more of this dull sludge.

But fast forward to March--I remembered how I wrote my other novels, how they had felt so free and so good. I remembered that these characters were people and not furniture, and I decided to take off the imaginary pressures of stupid outlines.

I wrote the second half of Terminal Velocity in two caffeine-driven days.

So if you ask me if I outline, I will say no. Characters grow by themselves and subplots happen naturally and spontaneously. Build your plot on your characters, not vice versa, and you will find that you have a new freedom and color to your writing than you ever had before.

That's just my two cents. You can comment with your ideas and opinions on outlining.


Terminal Velocity, Coming Soon!

I am stoked, needless to say. Why? Because Terminal Velocity comes out in three months and four weeks!

I know it feels like forever from now, but let's get the buzz a-buzzing, because it's sooner than you think!

Waldenbooks of Anderson will be the place to be on December 14. They've agreed to let me have that spot (this is the good thing about reserving space early). I might contact another bookstore or two to see if they'd like to do a midnight release, which would be even more fun than just a regular book launch event.

If you don't live anywhere near Anderson or its surrounding cities, I hate you. That's not true, but I will film my introduction and the Q&A period and place that on YouTube for you to see.

There will be contests and videos and interviews galore in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned to this blog for the goings on. Terminal Velocity is almost done and it's a reason for excitement.


Press Release for Terminal Velocty

Hey everyone. Here's the press release I released via PRLog.com (a great website for any author--use and abuse it!). Sorry I haven't been able to post in a while. I've been about the busiest person I know for the past month.

Tomorrow I'm calling the local Waldenbooks to see if I could get a midnight release of Terminal Velocity there. That'd be really cool. There's a central stagelike area in the section of the mall where Waldenbooks is located, so it'll be a great place to have a speech and open the box!

Anyway--on with the press release most awesome!

Dawson Vosburg, Teen Author, To Release Exciting Sequel

Dawson Vosburg, the teenage author of the young-adult science-fiction novel Double Life, will release its sequel soon. Dawson says that this will be a much more exciting novel and the public will enjoy it even more than its predecessor.

Aug 08, 2009 – Dawson Vosburg published his first novel, Double Life, at age fourteen. Now, he's preparing for the release of its sequel, Terminal Velocity (December 14, 2009).

Terminal Velocity picks up right where Double Life left off, when the trio of thirteen-year-
olds, Josiah Jones, Denise Black, and KC McCaite, returns to the BLUE Agency. They thought the world was safe after they put a great dent in the RED Agency.

But things are more complicated than they appear. The RED Agency is back, and there is a mysterious third party who continues to interfere with the BLUE Agency's plans. The novel is a twist-filled adventure with surprises at every corner.

"Terminal Velocity is, in general, a better and more exciting novel than Double Life," Vosburg says. "More action, more excitement, and more emotion fill the pages of Terminal Velocity."

On writing the second book, Vosburg says, "It was even more exciting to keep developing these characters and throwing wrenches in the works."

The novel will be released on December 14, 2009.


You can check it out at http://www.prlog.org/10304875-dawson-vosburg-teen-author-to-release-exciting-sequel.html .

Thanks for reading!


The Funniest Video Dub in the Land

I just want to share with you THE FUNNIEST video dub I've ever seen. It's Ralph Bakshi's animated version of Lord of the Rings...Completely Screwed Over! I'll post it right here:

Watch it.

All of it.

It's worth it, I promise.


Interview with Megalith Books

Hey everyone. My interview with Megalith Books just went up. I tried to keep my answers as pithy as possible.

I have been talking with the publicist of Cayla Kluver (fellow young auth0r) about an interview on my Blog Talk Radio show with Stacey Cochran, and she's very interested. I think we've got our guest for next week! Stacey already did an interview with her (that should be on www.onlinebookreview.org soon), but we're still going to have her on JJ Talk. I'll give you a date when I have it.


The Bouchercon Problem, and a Landmark in Sales

Okay...so I'm thoroughly convinced that I want to go to Bouchercon, which is the conference for mystery writers of America held an hour away from my house. I know that I can conjure up the $150 to go, but the problems are as follows: 1. How am I going to get there, 2. How am I going to get back, 3. Where am I going to stay?

I can't stay at home because it would be annoying and unthoughtful to ask my parents to drive four hours every day for four days to take and pick me up. I can't drive. I can't stay there because I don't have 300 extra dollars to drop on a hotel reservation either.

Until all three of these problems are sorted out, there's no way that I'm going to be able to go to Bouchercon. If you're going there and have any ideas, please comment here! I want to go so badly but I have no idea how I'm going to stay there for four days.

Also, today I crossed a landmark in my sales--300 copies of Double Life have been sold, and the ball is rolling faster. I'm thinking of setting up another signing at Waldenbooks in the mall--should be fun and I think I'd sell quite a lot!


Books On the Knob

After some date confusions and late writing on my end, we finally got my guest post on the Books On the Knob blog, a quite popular one with a lot of traffic. Today I talk about how to reach your target audience.

Make sure to post your questions or comments there!


Bring On the Books blog tour post

Hey, guys. Just had my next blog tour location posted on Bring On the Books. Today I talked about using Kindle as a book author and how you can make sales off of that.

I've also got a nibble from Penny Sansevari for her Blog Talk Radio show, Publishing Insiders. I'll give you a date on that as soon as I have it.


Saul Marquez, Next Up On Tour

I just posted my post about using Amazon's marketing tools on Saul Marquez's blog. Check it out!

Tomorrow is my last currently scheduled date, but I have a Blog Talk Radio show with Penny Sansevari that I'll be doing soon. We haven't scheduled a date for that, but I'll update you once that's available.


Stacey Cochran Carries On the Tour

Today I had a guest post at Stacey Cochran's blog as well as his blog on another website he owns, How to Publish a Book. Both posts are the same, but regrettably, there's no comment system so if you have a comment on the post you can put it on this post.

Tomorrow I visit my good friend Saul Marquez, who himself is a teen author, so keep following the tour! I still need more blogs to visit (five doesn't satisfy me) so any blog I can talk to would be good.


Interview with Becky Sutton

I just had a nice interview for my next blog tour location with Rebecca Sutton, a lady who lives in the UK and volunteered to do an interview with me. I think it went extremely well, and for you people who have read the first book, there's a teaser for the sequel at the end!

Check it out! And be tuned in tomorrow for a post about podcasting and blogging on Stacey Cochran's website!


And the blog tour kicks off with Jeremy Robinson!

Hey, everyone! Today the blog tour begins with Jeremy Robinson's website, www.jeremyrobinsononline.com. He's very kind to allow me to blog tour at his website, which I hear garners quite a bit of traffic. Today I talk about forum ettiquete and give a little bit about my book as well.

Stay tuned, because tomorrow I'm going to e answering some questions for Rebecca Sutton!


Win a T-Shirt And a Signed Book!

I'd like to announce to everyone a contest that I'm running to promote Double Life.

Anyone who makes a video book promo, book trailer, or convinces at least three friends to buy my book (and can prove it) will themselves win a FREE signed copy of Double Life and a FREE special Josiah Jones t-shirt.

So if you're creating a video, make it and post it to YouTube and comment to this post with a link. If you're convincing three people to buy the book, then email the proof to me at dawson@vosburgs.org. What constitutes proof? A picture of the books, an Amazon record, whatever that can prove that these three copies of the book were sold as a result of your influence.

Good luck, and I hope to see what you've posted soon!


Blog Tour Begins June 12!

Hey, folks...just would like to let you guys know that my blog tour will be commencing June 12 with a blog post at Jeremy Robinson's website. He's been very generous to allow me to guest blog on his site.

I have also been featured on two blogs without even asking:

A Kindle review blog
Books on the Knob

If you would like to be on the blog tour and feature me on your blog, you can still comment on this post or email me at dawson@vosburgs.org and we can set up a date.

The kindle book has sold about 80 copies so far! Keep it up!


Kindle Kindle Kindle!

Hey, everyone.

I have followed Stacey's advice on the Kindle and I have already sold forty-five books since May 30. Not bad. It is now a #5 bestseller in High Tech Science Fiction. You can see it or buy it for 80 cents right here:

Double Life

Thanks for reading this quick update, and let's see this book hit #1!


Day 22: Special Guest Blogger Stacey Cochran!

Hey, there.

Today I'd like to introduce to you our guest blogger, Stacey Cochran. This is his newest book, CLAWS, available now:



Dawson, thanks so much for hosting me today on your blog. As you know I’m in the middle of a 45-day blog tour to promote my new novel CLAWS, and it means a lot to me that you’d make space for me today. So I want to make this worth your (and your readers’ time).

I’d like to talk today about Amazon Kindle. In the past 48 hours, CLAWS and The Colorado Sequence have broken onto several bestseller lists on the Amazon Kindle. As I’m writing this at about 5 PM Wednesday, CLAWS is currently ranked #21 overall in the Kindle “Action & Adventure” category, #20 in the “horror” category, and #84 in the “suspense” category.

The Colorado Sequence is currently #5 in Science Fiction “Adventure” and #82 for “Suspense.”

You can see from some of the other names that I’m suddenly on charts next to Stephen King, Dan Brown, John Scalzi, Frank Herbert and other heavy hitters.

So what the heck is going on? How did a little known self-published author like me get his book ranked with legends like these?

First, I should say that Amazon rankings fluctuate a lot, and my books could easily be gone from the charts in a few days.

With that disclaimer in mind, there’s a couple things contributing to this recent surge. First up, the books are at price points that are very economical. TCS is currently for sale for 80 cents and CLAWS is listed at $1.59. Compared to better known authors whose books are listed for 10 dollars or more, this makes my titles competitive.

Secondly, the book covers look pretty good, and I’ve got fairly good reviews and a good description for each book. Kindle buyers see the books and think they’re worth giving a shot.

Thirdly, I started a single thread on the Kindle Discussion Forums titled “Books Under 2 Bucks,” and I encouraged folks to list examples of good books they’ve read on the Kindle that cost less than 2 dollars. This post has stayed fairly high on the discussion board, and I think is most directly the reason for why I’ve sold nearly 150 books in two days.

Fourth, Kindle consumers are sick of major publishers gouging them for 10 dollars (or more) and so they seem to be throwing their support behind little guys (like me) who have a good looking book at a competitive price point. This sentiment is driving a bunch of sales, I think.

Fifthly, Kindle buyers want books. They are the most die-hard book fans on the planet, and they’ve just shelled out 359 bucks for a digital reader… and so they want books that they can read. A book for 80 cents seems practically free after purchasing the reader for 359 dollars.

Sixthly, it’s too soon for me to know this except by way of a hunch, but once you start hitting a few bestseller lists, your book will become viral. That is, other folks are finding it on bestseller lists and linking to it on their sites. The longer you can sustain a high ranking, the more visibility you’ll have, and the more viral your book will be.

Like I say, I don’t know long it’ll last with my books. Sales may drop of precipitously by the weekend for all I know. What I really need are a few more positive and sincere reviews. I think the reviews really contribute to convincing folks to purchase the books.

Nonetheless it’s been a very exciting few days. It feels a little bit like emotional surfing.

*Edit: Since this post, I have made my own Kindle eBook of Double Life. You can see it here.*

Day 21--Blog Tour Time...I Need YOUR help!

Hey, folks--I need your help. If you have a blog, perfect. Because I need you to.

I am beginning my blog tour for my book as soon as possible. My goal is to get interviewed on as many blogs as possible to increase exposure for my book, my blog, your book, and your blog. All you have to do is agree to send me a list of interview questions about me as a young writer and feature the interview with an introduction on your blog. Also, said post would have an Amazon Associates link to my book and a link to my blog.

How does this help you? Number one, you get promotion of your blog on my blogroll on the sidebar (and if you have a book, then I'll also pimp that link). Number two, you generate the revenue that comes with the Amazon Associates program. Every time someone clicks on the link for my Amazon book, as long as it's an Amazon Associates link, you make a percentage on that sale.

You'll also get some material to add to your blog if you're starving for something to write about. That's happened to me before.

Post a comment here to volunteer to interview me on your blog about my book, Double Life!

Thanks everyone.


Day 20--The Three Stages of Your Book, Stage 1: Writing

Hey everyone. Today I'm going to talk to you about the three stages of your book and go in depth about the first stage, Writing.

The Three Stages (not Stooges, mind you) are as follows: Writing, Editing, and Publishing. That's it. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Why? Because if you have too many phases of your book, it's going to look and feel tiresome to write it and you'll end up never getting it done. But these are the universal stages of writing, and even if you use a different plan than I do, all the parts of that plan are going to fit into one of these three stages.

Okay, so about writing. For writing, or any of the three stages, you need to set yourself some goals. The two main ones in this stage are:
  • A definite amount goal, in words or pages
  • A definite time frame, such as a month or three months
If you're like me, then you'll want to choose a modest goal for your word count, but still have it be a challenge. For me the perfect number was 50,000 words, but you can set yourself a word goal that lends to your story, or if you're doing nonfiction, however long you need to explain your topic.

For your time frame, you want something short. You don't want to go lax a month into your year-long writing period and say "I have eleven months left. What's there to worry about?" Next thing you know, the year's over and all you have is a few pages of manuscript.

I tend to set my goals around 1 to 2 months. Most of my work is completed in 1 month or less, with the exception of Terminal Velocity, in which I was extremely lazy. As a general rule of thumb, don't go more than three months. You'll lose your drive to write.

Also, another good thing to remember is to have your period begin at the start of the month and end at the end of the month, or the next month, or wherever you set your goal. That way you can have a better idea of how long you've been writing it and keep track of how many words you should be at each day.

Besides setting goals, you need to remember to avoid over-planning your book. You don't want to spend so many months coming up with the ideas for your book that you don't want to actually write the book. You want to give yourself a week to plan, two weeks as absolute tops.

Remember that your first draft can be anything you want it to be, so don't self edit as you go along. Just go for getting the words out on paper. This is the easy, seat-of-the-pants part of the writing process, and you should take advantage of that. Have fun with it and go wild.

You can find the best tips on writing a first draft from one of my favorite books on writing, No Plot? No Problem!. That's where I derive most of my writing rules, but I have added a few such as the stages of writing and more arbitrary time goal. However, I do set myself a rigid limit of 1 month and 50k words, but you can make your own idea of how your novel will be written.

I'll write back soon with Stage 2: Editing!


Day 19--Promises, Sacramento Book Review, and the POD Journal

Hello to all my readers, old and new. Today I'm going to talk about promises.

I'm not going to lecture about keeping promises. I'm going to lecture about making promises.

Often when friends buy a book, I talk to them a month or two later to ask if they've read at least part of it or if they've finished it, and I've been surprised with the response. Many of the people I ask look like they're about to break down and cry and promise me that they will get around to reading it.

The first time you think that it's just that one person that overreacts to the question that way, but as I've asked more and more buyers, they invariably say the same thing.

Please, PLEASE don't do this. It's tiresome and annoying, and it will definitely make me want to avoid you. It's a yes or no question. I'm not asking you to promise me anything, just to tell me whether or not you've read the thing.

Now that that rambling is out of the way, let's get down to business. I am going to be shipping off two copies of my book today to the Sacramento Book Review in (you guessed it) Sacramento. I hope to receive a good review from them, as it would get me some sales in Sacramento and San Fransisco, as people who are reading this review will probably be in that area. But also it will be a great thing to put up on my book's Amazon page in the Editorial Reviews section. It's a legit and big-sounding review service, and I hope that it works out okay for me.

I have recently set up a POD Journal blog that will document my many adventures in the POD business as well as provide for a site for authors to get reviews. They will be reviewed by my new review service entitled the "Anderson Book Review." My first book that I will be doing is The Nine Lives of Clemenza by Holly Christine. It's a good book so far, and I hope to be able to get the review out by the end of this week or the beginning of next (ironically around the time the Lulu Book Review gets around to reviewing my own book).

That's all for now, folks. Catcha later.


Day 18--Terminal Velocity, More Amazon, and an interesting interview

Okay...now that I've had the ceremonial napping done from finishing my fourth novel, I can tell you a little bit more about it (though I won't say a word concerning any of the plot secrets).

Terminal Velocity is the same continuing story from Double Life. In fact, you could put the two together and no one would notice. It picks up right where DL started and goes at a fast pace as the RED gets stronger, and the cover is green as you can see. There's a big plot point behind that, but I'm not telling you what.

Since some of you haven't read the first book, I'm not going to give you the plot summary (yet). It has a few things that are revealed in Chapter 18 of the first book...and they would spoil that chapter for all of those who haven't read the first book. Those of you that have, you know what I mean.

Next up is that I have made a total of 3 amazon sales! 3!

Well, that's not too great, but still!

I also have the product description and a review from www.kopek-publishing.com on there.

I also had an interesting interview Saturday night from a girl in college who had to do an interview with someone. We discussed self publishing and how it is attached with social networking, so basically Twitter, the publisher's forums, Facebook, bla bla bla. That was a really good time.

So...updates are coming soon. I have (so far) sold 115 copies of my book, plus a guaranteed 2 sales tomorrow because the people have promised to buy them.

Catch y'all later.


Day 17--The Cover for the SEQUEL!!!!!

Here it is! It's called Terminal Velocity!!!This has to be one of the coolest covers possible for the book, is it not?

Also, I apologize for all you who wanted to listen to the Blog Talk Radio show...the mic just died before the show started.

Too tired to write anymore,


Day 16--BlogTalkRadio, Sequel is Almost Done, and Listmania My Book!

First of all, I'm going to be hosting a show today at 3pm Eastern Daylight today! Go yon! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Dawson-Vosburg You can call in via Skype (if you live in NY, you can just call in with a phone and not be charged for it). Skype only costs 2.1 cents/minute, and thus would be very inexpensive for calling into the show. You'll find the number on the page to call in when the show goes live.

Also, the sequel to Double Life is almost finished! I can't wait to reveal to the world the title and cover! It looks WAY MORE AWESOME THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE!

Here's something cool that you can do. Want to promote your book with a Listmania, but don't know what else to put in it? Are you just going to be nice and create a Listmania? Include my book in it! Just search in Books for Double Life when making your list and it will come up as number 2 on the list. It's that simple!

That's it for today. Hope you can call in/listen to the show today, and I'll be back on Wednesday for the cover of the second book!


Day 15--Alex Rider, Website, and some Exciting News

First of all, I want to say something--I never new of the book series Alex Rider when I went to write Double Life. However, I think it's a great comparison tool. Yesterday I was looking through the recommended book for "people who bought related items also bought..." and I saw Alex Rider on there. I looked it up, and a few minutes later we were watching the movie adaption of Alex Rider: Stormbreaker. I am now a fan of the series--if the movie was that well done, then the books must be infinitely better (sort of reminds me of Holes--the movie was excellently true to the book. Also, both movies' screenplays were written by the book's author, which I find very good).

Second--I finished the basic coding for my website last night. I have all the pages and they look decent, but I'm going for something a bit better than decent, so I'll keep working on it and then get some cheap web hosting. Thank goodness there are so few images on the site...image-heavy pages are expensive to host and take a long time to load.

Just a little while back on last Wednesday, I was contacted by a member of the PR Department. The message read as follows:

Dear Mr. Vosburg,

My name is Kim Smith and I work in the Public Relations department at Lulu.com. Your book, "Double Life" has caught our attention on Lulu.com's global marketplace. We would love to gain more information about you and how you came to write this book using Lulu.com's self-publishing services.

Attached is an author questionnaire form that we would like for you to please fill out. Please return it to me as quickly as possible so that we can store your information. This questionnaire will help us if we were to ever write a press release regarding your work or if someone from the media wants information about the author for your great book. It gives you the potential for some free press!

I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you!

Well, obviously my jaw dropped to the floor in surprise. This was DEFINITELY not something I was expecting, but it's something GOOD that I wasn't expecting. Anyway, I filled out the questionnaire and sent it back and I hope to get a message back about any news.

Also, I'm currently storyboarding a book trailer for Double Life that I'll shoot with my cover designer, Phil Dragash (who also is a filmmaker with a really good camera). I'm excited about that too.

I'll keep posting as updates continue to come in.

Day 14--Borders Book Club, Sequel Coming Quickly: Pre-order Form Will Be Online

Hey, there. Just a quick announcement. I've been talking on Twitter with Borders Media. I asked them what it would take for me to get an interview with the Borders Book Club, and they said that they only had a budget for a few people a year, and that I should keep them in the loop. It wasn't a yes, but it certainly wasn't a no either. I'll update you as soon as more info comes in.

Next up: The sequel should be finished by March 31. That is my deadline, and it is approaching quickly. Luckily spring break starts Friday with a half-day, so I'll have tons of time to catch up. Currently around 16-18k with that, hopefully breaking 20k by the end of tonight, and I'll have 30k to go in 6 days. Realistically, 5k a day isn't too bad. I feel like I am in pretty good shape right now. If I have to go longer with the story, 60k wouldn't be too much of a stretch.

Don't forget that Script Frenzy is next month! Go to yon website and look at your options for April to write a screenplay! Rest assured, I will have a screenplay for Double Life by April 30, and you will all be happy.

I will be posting with my sequel title announcement the cover of the sequel and an early-bird pre-order form with the regular discount of $2 off. The trade paperback for this one will be $12 (the non-POD one), and I will pre-order sell them for $10. Why'd I raise the price? This book is going to be looooongeeeeer. I'm aiming at 224-240 pp for the final draft including title page, ToC, back pags, bla bla bla...

So, there you have it. I'll be posting soon.


Day 13--Antarktos Rising, Explanation about Twilight, and "Are you writing a sequel?"

'Sup, gang? Good to see that I now have 3 followers: Phil (who happens to be my cover designer), John, whom I don't (think) I know, and Jim Grateman, whom I certainly don't know.

Anyway--Since I am just awesome like that, Antarktos Rising is now an official and permanent member of Anderson Public Library. In case you didn't know, I'm a huge fan of Jeremy Robinson. He's probably the best thriller writer I've ever read. He gives his stuff a new voice. Plus his covers are freaking awesome. Definitely look into that.

And for those of you who live in Anderson, sorry--I'm checking this one out today.

Continuing on, let's get to the next novel I want to talk about--Twilight. Oh, gee. This one's a downer.

First thing, it's beginning to wreck my social life with girls AND guys. Girls say, "You can't say that it's not good unless you finish it!" And, obligingly, I keep reading. Then, any guy sees me with the book and calls me a fruitcake for reading Twilight.

See how this book has caused more trouble than it's worth?

Second, it's a pretty poorly done book. I could understand someone who said (unless their a guy--then this would be kinda creepy) that they like the book because Edward is hot. Apparently, girls like guys who are dangerous (which is a common fact), are pale, smile crookedly, whose moods change "suddenly" and who talk like girls*.

But if someone talks to me about how they like it for being well-written, that's when I start to gripe. Let's face the facts: Stephanie Meyer is an ameteur.

Let's start with the beginning, appropriately. She put her hook line in the preface (which should have been called prologue, but again, this woman is an ameteur). But yet in chapter one, where most people start reading, she begins by talking about the weather. In Pheonix.

Because apparently, nobody knows that Phoenix is usually in the 70s or 80s.

Then it gets worse. She goes to a town named Forks (which I've heard is a real place) where it is perpetually raining. Now she finds herself somewhere with tons of green plants. She says that it's beautiful, then confuses the reader with poor pronoun usage, and then contradicts herself by saying that it was "too green, an alien planet."

In one paragraph.

It continues like this throughout the whole book. Semicolons and comma splices make appearances on nearly every page, plus unnecessary fragments that have no stylistic or grammatical reason for existing.

Then we get to Edward. Oh, gosh...

Bella WILL NOT SHUT UP ABOUT EDWARD. She keeps going on and on about how perfect and beautiful and awesome and angelic and heavenly he is, just to name a few adjectives. Everytime she makes mention of Edward's face, even in passing, she uses one such adjective. WE KNOW ALREADY THAT YOU THINK HIS FACE IS PERFECT.

Well, that's all I have to say so far. I'll have a follow-up report after reading the book. *steps off soap box*

Also, I seem to get asked the question "Are you going to write/are you writing the sequel?" This will be your official answer, out there for everyone to see. The answer is a resounding YES. I have been writing it for about 3 months and only have about 15k words. Pitiful, I know, but I'm banking on finishing it by the end of the month, at which time I will release to the public the title for said sequel and the planned month of release.

So that's about it. I'll post again soon, and I hope that you keep reading.


Blog Day 12--Burst of Marketing Gusto, Extreme Happiness with Fans, Extreme UNhappiness with Twilight, and other such stuff

Hey, I'm back after a long absence. I've been meaning to post here every day, so now I'll just say that I'll post when there's something worth posting about (or when I'm not tearing my hair from my head in frustration).

Couple things. First off, I'm doing the thing that I should have done MONTHS ago for my book, and that is a "marketing blitz." It usually happens at the beginning of a book's life, but since I was scrambling to get everything done at the launch of the book, I had no opportunity to do this. Now it's become apparent that this author needs to burst onto the scene of the writing world and really pack a punch with it, too. Here's the plan:

- Big promo emailing
- Website (finally)
- Book Signings (when it fully reaches all the distribution markets)
- Speaking engagements at libraries and schools
- And much, much more!

And soon you'll be reading this very blog on a slick new website designed just to be about me and the Adventures of Josiah Jones. I can't wait! The hard part is actually coding all this crap--that's what takes forever.

Also, I've been getting some tremendous feedback with a review by this guy and a person I hardly knew come to me at school to say he loved my book. Also, as I previously stated, an interview with the Lulu blog and an upcoming interview with Stacey Cochran.

So far, I've been disappointed with Twilight, but the details are for another time, as I have no time left on the library computer.

See you later!


Day 11--Keep Taggin', Failpire, David Lubar, and Why You should Join ScriptFrenzy!

Just a reminder for you, remember to keep tagging Double Life on Amazon. I'm at a standstill at 33 Sci Fi tags. That's not enough to get me onto the top four pages, which is currently my goal. I need a few more scores of people to click the little box (which shouldn't be too hard) next to the tags on my book's amazon page.

Also, Failpire, a comedy show by Samuel Proof, is live tonight at 6 o'clock Eastern time. Watch it--very funny, full of comedy sketches and music. You'll be able to watch it HERE.

Last night, I went to a "Read n' Feed" at the Anderson Public Library, at which I consumed pizza and watched David Lubar, a bestselling author, talk to us about writing, video games, and make funny jokes. I loved it as a whole, and afterwards he signed some books and everyone was happy. He was actually intimately involved in the creation of Frogger and Frogger 2 for the GameBoy. I was impressed, needless to say!

Also...something cool and good for you is coming up next month. What is it? Why, it's ScriptFrenzy of course! In case you don't know what this is, ScriptFrenzy is an amazing competition in the month of April. Your goal: write 100 pages of script (any kind) in the month of April. Why would you want to participate? You can write ANY KIND of script! Screenplay, stageplay, radio drama, comedy sketches, television shows, comic book scripts--anything. This is where I will be writing the screenplay for Double Life (as in the movie that I plan to make as opposed to a comic book or *blech* a stage version). You can check it out HERE.

Alright, catch you later!


Day 10--Lulu Blog, Sorry about reVamped (or lack thereof), and Harry Potter

First of all, sorry about not posting the Fancypants reVamped intro last week. I had one busy week and never had the chance to make it.

Second, the interview with the Lulu blog is live! Go yonder! I had a lot of fun talking with Dan London--he had some great questions and a good introduction.

Also, I have just started reading Harry Potter. I know, a bit late, but it's only been a week and a half and I just finished Chamber of Secrets, so I've got it pretty good. I'm starting Prisoner of Azkaban today. I hope that'll be a good one. So far I love the series--excellent and well written. You can expect to see my reviews on Amazon of all seven once I finish them.

Booksigning is coming up...that'll be about May 1 or 2 depending on what we work out. It'll be at the Waldenbooks in Mounds Mall for those of you who live around here in Anderson. That's probably most of you. So, come along and check it out. This "happens" to be the same night X-Men Wolverine comes out (I put "happens" in quotes because this was intentional), so we can catch the lines full of sci-fi enthusiasts right in front of my colleague, Elmore Hammes, and I signing books and making a killing (hopefully).

So, lots of opportunities for everyone in the very near future. Hope to post soon, and sorry I didn't post earlier.


Day 9--Tagmybookonamazon Blog, LLBR review, Lulu blog interview, and ***100th SALE!!***

First of all, I celebrated my 100th sale on Sunday. Let's all clap our hands for that.

Second, my book was featured on the blog (a very well-visited blog) Tag My Book On Amazon. You can find it on the Tag You're It! page, second from the bottom. Since then, I've gotten over 12 more tags for Science Fiction alone. That's pretty good for two days.

Also, the book will soon be featured on the Lulu Book Review (LLBR) in a review (hopefully a good one) and will also be placed on Amazon and Lulu.com. On top of THAT, I'm going to be interviewed by Dan London of the Lulu Blog.

So, three features on three very well read blogs. I can't wait.

Also, in other news, I'm going to be reading Twilight (the first book). Okay, I'm not a fan of these books. I have hated every word that I've read so far. I have the large print edition reserved at the library (the regular version had a 30-person waiting list. I didn't even want to go there). This is just to add another bad review on Amazon and to see what the heck the hype is all about.

That's about it for this post. See you later.


Day 8--First Amazon sale, Lulu Book Review, and the Today show

We have reason to celebrate, folks of America--I've made my first Amazon sale! *throws confetti everywhere and performs the ever-popular Irish jig*

Now that I've made the jig come back in style, I'm going to get down to the actual post. If you go to my book, you can clearly see that where once there was no sales rank that now it is in the 300ks. This isn't a great sales rank, but it's a sales rank and I've sold a book, and that's good enough for me.

Coming up in the near future--a review from the allegedly famed Lulu Book Review. This will be yet another great review on my review page of (currently) only 2 reviews. THAT will change soon, as my teen librarian has just reported that she read the book and couldn't put it down, and yes she would be happy to write up an Amazon review. I have a record so far of no reviews less than four stars. Let's hope it stays that way, because that would be a landmark for success. If I get up to thirty reviews and never have less than 3 stars, I will be satisfied.

And the Today show! No, I haven't booked it yet, but they are one of my top priorities. You will be seeing this face very soon on your morning television. *points at his own face then wonders why he keeps doing asterisk commentary*

A pitch letter and press release, plus a Q+A sheet and a free signed copy of the novel are in order for them. Hint: if I get booked on this show, I will be GOLDEN.

Anyway, 98 sales. Will you be the 99th?

That's all from Dawson. Remember, reVamped is coming next week. Don't miss it. *notes that it would probably not be hard if you are following this blog because it will be featured first thing that I get the vid up*


Tag Double Life!

Hey, folks--here's a quick update. I have read a blog about getting your book noticed on Amazon and have seen the value of getting my book in the top ranks of being tagged in "Science Fiction" on Amazon. I would like for every one of you to go over to my book's page and tag it as science fiction.

That's all for now!

Hoping for over 700 tags,


Day 7--Fancypants reVamped, Rise of the Amazon Sales Rank

Hey, there! Here's a first announcement of what is to come from my Fancypants813 YouTube channel (which you can see at the top of this blog). I am going to be starting something I call Fancypants reVamped.

What does this mean for your weekend? Details ahead.

What Fancypants reVamped is going to do? Well, you can already see by going to the Fancypants channel that I've made a channel look overhaul. And coming up next is an actual Fancypants logo, which I am excited to unveil. On top of all of this, we're going to be making an announcement video which will probably be funnier than all my current Dragon Talk videos combined.

Speaking of Dragon Talk, new episodes will be coming from eager questioners, resulting in 6 brand new Dragon Talk episodes! That's right, we're going to drive the episode number up from 9 to 15 in a matter of a couple weeks. Also, we'll be unveiling a new comedy show, which YOU, as the public, will be able to vote on a name for.

I've said too much already.

And coming up next is the "rise of the Amazon Sales Rank," obviously parodying "Rise of the Silver Surfer," the ugly sequel to an ugly first movie. But I digress. I am definitely going to be upping my Amazon sales rank because of the upcoming promotional campaign I am working on, which involves a media mailing campaign, bookmark giveaways, TV and radio campaigns, booksignings, and a Website that will feature this blog as a main part of it.

So, that's coming up in the near future. Be expecting more great things to come from this person in the future. I will continue to please all of you with my literature, videos, and this very blog.

G'day to ya then.


Blog Day 6--2/23/09. Current sales: 97

Hey, all. It's me here again. So, my Amazon profile got over 100 hits last month.

Yep. I really don't have much to talk about.

So, follow my Twitter and keep reading this blog. I'll post again when updates come about.


Blog Day 5--2/22/09. Current sales: 97

Okay, scratch everything I said about buying my book just from Amazon. I have something WAY more important than that, so PLEASE buy my book from Lulu during the month of March. If you have the sudden urge to buy it in February and can't wait til March to pick it up, please head on over to Amazon, but this is EXTREMELY important.

Lulu.com, the printer of my book, is running a contest through the month of March to see what three salespeople of books can sell the MOST copies of their book, directly from Lulu, in a single month. These copies cannot be purchased by the author of the books, so no cheating allowed. they also can't be bought outside of Lulu. That means that NO BUYING off of Amazon during the month of March.

I know, I know: you wanted to take part in Amazon's free Super Saver Shipping when you coupled your purchase of my book with another, but this can wait. The contest prizes are $1,500 for 1st prize, $750 for 2nd, and $500 for 3rd. Also, the 1st prize winner will recieve promotion in an email sent to ALL Lulu members, as well as an interview on the Lulu blog. This is a HUGE opportunity for my book. The money will be used to further my efforts with the book.

Now, on with the task at hand. I have expanded my list of people I want on the authors' retreat. The list is now:

- Christopher Paolini
- Eoin Colfer
- Jeremy Robinson
- Sara Gruen
- Jeff Kinney
- JK Rowling
- Chris Baty

These are all some great authors--you should read their stuff! Chris hasn't published any novels that I am aware of, but he HAS written 10 novels, I can tell you that. He's the founder of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which is the contest in which Double Life was written.

Also, I have made a big decision. I have dreamed from the get-go of Double Life becoming a movie, but I have made a decision: I want no one else but my cover designer Phil Dragash and I to be the head honchos--or at least intimately involved--in this project. I certainly will not allow any other Hollywood writer to be writing a screenplay for Double Life when I am perfectly capable of doing so myself.

Why have I made this decision? Because I want to protect the story. I want people to be able to watch the movie and say "Wow, I want to read the book!" Or if they are fans, I want them to say, "Wow! That was so much like the book!"

My pet peeve is that Hollywood ruins books when they adapt them into movies. They don't realize that the main audience of this film will be fans of the book who just want to see the movie put to the screen so they can SEE the characters and SEE the action in movie format, which generally gives them excitement and it makes the book come to life. Unfortunately, most book-to-movie adaptions don't give this, with the one exception (that I have found) of Lord of the Rings. Excellent book-to-movie. Instead, with films like Eragon, we get artsy fartsy adaptions that say, "No, we need to chop that necessary character and add some 'comic relief' (or some other equally two-dimensional character.)" This is not what I want for my book.

THAT is why I want to be deeeeeply involved in any movie version of my book that may come about, because it's movies like Eragon that while I discovered the book through the movie, I grew to hate Hollywood adaptions even more.

So, that was a great post. I liked writing it. That's about all I have for you today. hope to talk to you soon.


Blog Day 4--2/21/09. Current sales: 96

Okay, so I skipped a couple of days of writing in the blog. There are some good reasons for this. Number 1, I was writing up my marketing plan, and number 2, I called in sick for school on Friday. I think you can accept my apologies, so let's move on.

Amazon sales still are flat--0 people have actually BOUGHT the book on amazon. Plenty of people have SEEN the book on amazon--it shows the book at #5 on the searches (much better than the #18 that it used to be), but still the sales are slow. If you want to buy my book, either buy it direct from me if you want a signed copy and live in the local area (if you don't, email me at dawson@vosburgs.org and we can work something out) or buy it off of Amazon. Until I get a few amazon sales, Lulu sales are restricted.

Well, not really--it's just I wish that you would buy it off of Amazon instead. ;)

Anyway, I've been mulling over the idea of a writers' retreat either this summer or some other time of break when I have money. My invites are as follows:

- Christopher Paolini
- Jeff Kinney
- Jeremy Robinson
- Eoin Colfer

Pretty short list right now, but I'm guessing it would be a lot of fun, going to some remote and beautiful place with computers and typing our brains out. That would be fun. If you hadn't noticed, these are my favorite authors. Well, the ones that are still alive, that is. Tolkien, CS Lewis, and Charles Dickens certainly cannot attend.

That's still in the ideas stage, though. Just a thought of something I would like to do.

Now, I will rant about something that has nothing to do with books: the Pepsi logo redesign. In case you haven't seen a vending machine recently, this is what it looks like.

My question is: WHY??? Let's start off with my basic and biggest complaint.

They changed the freaking Pepsi globe.

Yep. They made the one of the most recognizable logos in the world into something that looks like a cheap Aldi grocery store brand. Apparently, that white crap is supposed to be a smile. WhatEVER. That wasn't what the logo was supposed to look like in the first place. It looks more like a Barack Obama advertisement.

Hey, that'd be kinda funny--put an Obama O on the Pepsi can.

Also, the stupid lowercase font. Everyone's trying to have the "thinnest font around." It looks like they took a good, solid-looking sans serif font and sliced everything off until it was this ugly creature that I would leave by the side of the road in a heartbeat.

Sierra Mist is unforgivable. It looks like that Walmart Mountain Dew knockoff called Rocky Mist. Seriously, go check it out. They look very similar. Besides the stupid font and stupid gaussian blur on the "Mist" part. That's what REALLY makes it look off-brand.

Then there's my least favorite: the Mountain Dew.

This is just irredeemable. Mtn Dew? What the heck? Whose idea was this? No. No. You're trying to keep up with a trend that died out years ago. Taking vowels out of words does NOT make them cooler. No.

Also, the logo really turns off the demographic. This kind of logo--especially the background--does not attract young people. It attracts its old main audience: hillbillies.

Okay, I've said enough. I'll be posting more when updates come along. Or tommorrow, whichever comes first.


Blog Day 3--2/18/09. Current sales: 94

So, I'm going to try to write in this blog daily to keep everyone updated on my book, writing, etc, etc. No real updates on what I discussed tomorrow, but a few more enjoyable and less technical goodies that I hope you will enjoy.

First of all, I am about 11k words into the sequel to Double Life. Yes, I have the title, and yes, I have the cover already made. No comment on what they are, but I can tell you: the cover once again looks fantastic. Phil's work is tremendous and I am glad to have him as a friend working in the business with. Trying to recreate the look of his work is impossible--trust me, I've tried. Don't.

Anyway, the sequel is going very well story-wise, and I've snuggled in some gems to answer some questions left hanging by the sort of drop-off ending that stopped the story in its tracks when you finished the first book. ;) Some character threads advance, and you learn a lot more about the characters you thought you knew. Also--well, I shouldn't say anything about THAT. Want to keep some surprises for you in the second book.

Anyway, as soon as this book is edited and ready to roll, we are going to do a pre-order campaign again. That's right. Another pre-order campaign. The first one--eh, sort of successful. I sold 17 copies on pre-order. But we're going to beat that this year, aren't we? This year, I am aiming for 500 pre-orders, at least 200. This will be easy (or easier than Double Life's campaign), as I will have a group of eager readers waiting for the sequel who would love to have it on pre-order.

Why do I need to have at least 200? Because I'm going to make them look--er, special. That's right. Matte, non-glossy covers with embossing. Yeah. It's going to be awesome. So if you want to feel the letters as you run your hand across the cover, please pre-order. I will announce it on this blog and on the forthcoming Dawson Vosburg website. It isn't done yet--in fact, I've hardly even begun yet ( I've only done the "index" page and have yet to enable the cool interactive features I want). But it'll be here soon, soon enough for the pre-orders.

I plan to have a midnight release for either the second or the third book. I really love midnight releases--watching the one for Brisingr on Youtube was a tantalizing experience. I really can't wait!

Well, that's all I have for now. Talk atcha later.


Blog Day 2--2/17/09. Current Sales: 94

Things have been relatively slow lately, but are hopefully going to start picking up when I reach the 100-sale mark. My book hit Amazon a couple weeks ago, and I quickly submitted a PDF for the Search Inside feature. So now, if you want, you can go over to Amazon and read (part) of the first chapter of my book. I need some sales, as I have made 0 of them on the Amazon page, so I'd like to see SOME kind of sales rank.

(Note: If you want to buy it on Lulu because it's cheaper, the postage will even it out. It's worth the extra 4 bucks, and if you order my book with another item you can get the Super Saver shipping.)

I have recieved my bookmarks from Overnightprints.com, which is a good printing website--I got 100 marks for about a quarter apiece.

I've been talking to a friend of mine about a signing at a Waldenbooks signing--as in the Waldenbooks in the Mounds Mall (a fairly tiny and run down mall in Anderson.) I am excited for more booksignings and events to be going on, starting at the small bookstores and then moving onto the big guns, like Indianapolis and Chicago stores. THAT would be something worth working toward.

I might be getting stocked in the Noblesville, Indiana Borders store--the one in the new Hamilton Town Center Mall. You know the one. The HUGE Borders store. It might make a spot in the local section, and that's just a stone's throw away from getting a signing booked. ESPECIALLY after getting a signing at Waldenbooks. Takin' it one step at a time.

In news about Cougar Press--we're looking at office space in the Union Building in Anderson. $7/square foot on the fourth floor--not sure if that's buying or renting. I hope it's buying. 7 bucks a square foot every month doesn't sound too good to me. We're still accepting manuscripts, so send 'em on over! I'd especially like to see submissions to D Productions. That'd be a really good thing.

So, in other words--things are going well after being slow for a while. I'll keep you updated if any updates come my way. Remember, I'm always working on my writing, always working on marketing, always reading.

Oooh! One more thing. I've been formulating a plan to host a writer's retreat this summer. Just a vague idea right now, but I'd like to invite some of my favorite authors--Christopher Paolini, Jeff Kinney, Jeremy Robinson, ladadadada...still just an idea, though. I'll keep you posted if it ever happens to come about.

Catch ya later. I'll keep you posted.