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Book Roundup

With the holiday coming up, new releases coming, new products on the shelves, and deadlines coming up, I thought Id’ go ahead and post a quick roundup of the various Oliveri products you can get your hands on.

Spice up your holiday!

First off, The Pack: Winter Kill Kindle edition is still only $4.99 through the holidays. If you have a Kindle or are gifting one, stock it up! It will also be available at that price for a short time after Xmas in case you receive a Kindle as a gift. Of course, if you prefer hardcopy, the trade paperback is still available from Amazon and from Barnes & Noble online or via special order in B&N stores.

Evileye Books is still taking email reservations for the limited edition hardcover acquisition list. The way this works is you send an email to WinterKillHC@evileyebooks.com and give them your name and address. When full details of the the limited edition are announced, you’ll be guaranteed a copy. This will be a signed and numbered edition with exclusive bonus material I know fans will love. More information can be found here.

Need a little extra convincing? I picked up a few new reviews from Dark Intruder and Destroy the Brain.

Meanwhile, work continues on the second book in the series, Lie with the Dead, and the third book, Chimaera. I’ll have more information on those books in the beginning of 2011.

Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2 is in comic shops right now. It includes my small contribution to a killer horror series.

Finally, To Fight With Monsters, a comic book adaptation of collaborative short story with Brian Keene, will be published in February by Antarctic Press. You can preorder at any comic shop with the following information from theĀ Previews catalog: Page 214, DEC10 0723. (Get your order ASAP, as comic shops will be placing their orders with Diamond before Christmas!) It’s also available for pre-order from Horror Mall and online comics retailers like Things from Another World.

Stay tuned for more news in the beginning of 2011! I’ve contributed to some anthologies and am contracted to write stories for a couple more, and they should all start seeing print by the end of next year.

As always, thanks for reading. Please keep spreading the word so I can keep this stuff coming.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Project Updates

Now that I’ve spent two nights promoting other guys’ projects, I should probably catch everyone up on my own work.

The Pack is still my main focus this summer, and of course The Pack: Winter Kill is still available in trade paperback and in a Kindle edition. The short comic Big Bad Wolves will be going live I believe next month, and I’ve just finish scripting the second short.

Just as Big Bad Wolves is a prequel of sorts to The Pack: Winter Kill, the second short will be a prequel to the second prose book, giving readers a little more insight into one of the main characters and his behavior. And no, neither the second short nor book 2 have a title yet, just some working titles my editor and I are still kicking around. I usually don’t have a solid title until I’m done.

I’m already starting to talk to a potential artist for the second short as well. It’s a lot easier to find an artist for the short pieces than it is a longer project, especially for the kind of rates a new startup is able to pay, so the first comic book in the series, The Pack: Chimaera, will be delayed a bit longer. We’re taking advantage of the delay to do a bit more tweaking to the script for Chimaera, and I think those efforts will pay off in the long run.

Meanwhile, I’m pushing the deadline for the 2nd book, but I’m still confident I’ll make it. It’s going to take some extra knuckling down over the next several weeks, but I’m up for it.

There are a few more The Pack developments in store, but none that I can share just yet. Stay tuned.

I sold a short story last year that I hope will see print in an anthology soon. It’s not been announced yet, so I’ll keep quiet for now. I’ve got two more shorts sitting in a slush pile, and two more to write, one overdue and the other with a deadline imminent. It’s tough to make those a priority with my contractual obligations to Evileye for The Pack, but I’ve not written them off yet.

I’ll have some news on a webcomic soon. The artist is inking the strips, and we’re going to wait until we have several in the can before we launch. I don’t want to say too much right now because we’ve both fallen behind on it, but it’s kind of a new direction for both of us and the short strip format will be a new way to flex my creative muscles.

All of this has unfortunately back-burnered my novel Powerless. With The Pack taking center stage and so many other things going on, it’s been hard to revisit my older work. What’s written is edited on paper, but I haven’t been able to get the rewrite in gear. I had hoped to get back to it by the end of this year, but I think the next The Pack commitment may supersede it yet again.

I’m actually a little more interested in writing Sick Day, which also got preempted by The Pack, specifically the second draft of Chimaera. Crime thrillers have interested me a little more both in my reading and my writing, and Sick Day is a straight thriller with no horror or supernatural elements. Heck, I’ve even been tempted to go back and revisit An Ounce of Brass, an abortive first attempt at a thriller novel that has some good material at its heart but it needs to shed a ton of unnecessary weight.

I won’t even get started on the notebook. It’s got some good things waiting to come to light, like The Shattered Man, but I need to finish all this other stuff first and make some room. Until the writing can start paying the bills, I have to let the day job consume the bulk of my writing time. I’m a night owl and get most of my writing done then, but having to get up early makes it tough to do that consistently. Some see a romantic flair in the writer who forgoes sleep for the sake of his craft, but the fact is it actually harms the output in the long run.

Not to mention the toll it takes on one’s health. I’ve said many times I’d love to stay up late writing and then sleep well into the morning, but right now I just don’t have that luxury. It’s one of several reasons I look forward to Spring and Winter Breaks at work.

In the end it may look like it’s been a while since my last release, but never fear, the wheels are in motion.

Thanks to everyone for reading, and I hope you’ll keep coming back.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

An Interview & Assorted Updates

Things have been going well for The Pack: Winter Kill so far. Things have been quiet on the review front in the last few weeks after a strong start, but we’re still waiting to hear from a few publications we sent copies to. Judging by the almost daily fluctuations in our Amazon sales rank, sales have been at least steady if not building momentum. I’d like to thank those of you who have been spreading the word, too; please keep it up!

Meanwhile, I recently did an interview with Comics Bulletin, which you can read right here. The interview includes a few pages from Big Bad Wolves, the short comic that will be appearing at Evileye Books soon. It was a fun interview to do, and I think you’ll enjoy it. The BBW art is by Mike Henderson, by the way. Browse his blog, he’s got some good eye candy over there.

My next scheduled interview is an Internet radio interview with The Parafactor on May 20th. They’re a live, paranormal call-in show, and lately they’ve been interviewing horror writers like Brian Keene. I’m looking forward to this one, and keep an eye here for more details because you should be able to call in and ask questions.

We’re still looking for an artist for the first The Pack OGN, Chimaera, so I encourage artists to send portfolios or samples to Evileye Books. Yes, they pay. Promptly.

Prelim work on the follow-up to The Pack: Winter Kill is still moving along. I’m moving into Spring Break this week and I hope to have everything finalized by then and to complete the actual writing soon. We’re aiming for fall for this one, but that’s going to depend upon me turning in the manuscript in a timely manner.

Right now I’m punching in the edits for a short story called “The Malice Engine”. Wish me luck, as I will be submitting it to an anthology before I crash out tonight. This story has sold once and I’ve been paid for it, and though the book it was to appear in never saw print, maybe the story still has some magic left in it.

Busy busy busy. As always, I’m looking to up my game and I’m getting a few things lined up. More news soon.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Planning the Year's Writing

Braving the Illinois Tundra
Originally uploaded by MikeOliveri

I had a snow day today, and I decided it would be a good time to sit down and evaluate what kind of writing I have ahead of me for 2010.

For starters, the follow-up to The Pack: Winter Kill will be due. I’ll need to turn in an outline soon so my editor at Evileye Books knows what’s coming, then I’ll get into the writing itself.

I realized today that I have four short stories to write, too. Three of them are by invitation, and the fourth is part of a group project some friends and I are kicking around. It’s been a while since I’ve had to do much with short stories, so it feels strange to suddenly have them in demand.

I did write one short story last year, also by invitation, and this week I heard I should be seeing a contract on it shortly and the book should go to print by the end of the year. I’ve had a glimpse at the list of contributors, and I’m happy to say I’m in good company on this one. I look forward to telling you more.

Also due this year will be the second graphic novel in the The Pack series. As I mentioned last week, the new version of the first graphic novel, Chimaera, has been turned in to the publisher. By the time I finish the second prose book, it’ll be time to dig right into the second OGN script.

Which still leaves me with Powerless, the novel I’ve been sitting on for a few years now, and Sick Day, another novel that’s been rolling around in my head for a few months. They’re unfortunately sitting on a back burner because they’re not under contract, but if I can get my act together I may still be able to squeeze them in by the end of the year.

The way things are going out there, we’re shaping up for another snow day tomorrow. The biggest problem we have out here is the wind. The IDOT crews, by policy, don’t clear the entire road, but even when they do manage some progress, the winds coming across the empty fields undoes their work. Even if they can keep up with the main roads, the country roads tend to stay nasty, which means the school buses can’t get around, so school gets closed for the day.

I’m not going to complain. It’s just more time to get real work done.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Procrastination As Process

I’ve got a confession to make: I haven’t written a word in several days.

I’ve got a bad habit of only writing in a linear fashion. In other words, I write chapter 1, then chapter 2, then chapter 3, and so on. I just can’t get myself to jump around, even if I have an outline, because I’ll add detail and come up with some new ideas on the fly. This means more rewriting on the back end, or worse, scrapping chapters.

As a result I tend to sit around and mull things over, maybe scribble in the notebook a bit, and generally wait until a solution hits me. The current example of this is Chimaera, the first graphic novel in the The Pack series. I have to write a monster attack scene, and it just felt flat. I needed an angle, something to spice it up and give a little more information to the reader without cluttering things up with extraneous captions or rambling dialog.

Then I brushed my teeth. I stared at myself in the mirror, thought about the scene, thought “no, that sucks,” a couple times. Then BOOM!, the scene hit me. Now I’m excited about it, and not just churning out filler to get to the next scene.

It tends to happen this way a lot for me. Maybe procrastination is just part of my process. The benefit is it saves me some rewriting, and it helps ensure my first drafts are not far off from my second or final drafts. It also means I rarely have to scrap already-written pages, which I absolutely hate having to do. Excising filler is one thing, but abandoning passages because I sabotaged myself just kills me.

The downside is it slows me down. Sure, I can bust out several pages at a stretch when I’m on, but that procrastination means less time at the keyboard and fewer of those stretches. That’s just deadly if I were doing this full time. My friends writing for a living don’t have the luxury of waiting for scenes to come to them. If they sat around with their thumbs in their asses, they’d quickly starve to death.

It’s a habit I’m going to have to break if I want to make a living at this myself.

And finishing Chimaera instead of rambling here is probably a good start, no?

Later.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

So Here's the Deal

Under my new contract with Evileye Books, I’ll be bringing you prose and comics starting with the series The Pack. Book 1, Winter Kill, will be available on the Kindle on Halloween and in trade paperback shortly thereafter. We also have a preview book called Big Bad Wolves, a 12-page prequel comic to Winter Kill, coming out soon.

The Big Bad Wolves portfolio

The Big Bad Wolves portfolio

The interior art and cover image for Big Bad Wolves is by Mike S Henderson. We’re shooting for a blended supernatural horror and crime/noir feel for the series, and his use of blacks and shadow really conveyed the tone we wanted. Cover art for Winter Kill and Chimaera is by Dirk Shearer, and he will also be providing scratchboard illustrations for the interior of Winter Kill. Both of these guys have turned in some killer work, and I think you’ll be seeing a lot more out of them in the future.

Book 2 will be a graphic novel titled Chimaera, and it will be released next year. Exact schedules and plans are being finalized, so stay tuned for more information on that front. Beyond that I’m contracted to write at least one book and one graphic novel per year for Evileye, so this should keep be busy for the foreseeable future.

Winter Kill, Chimaera, and the future releases will be stand-alone stories, but the events in each book will be related. The whole series continues with the same characters I established in the miniseries Werewolves: Call of the Wild from Moonstone Books. It’s not essential that you’ve read CotW to read Winter Kill, but if you enjoyed that miniseries I’m sure you will love where I’m taking the characters.

Damn it feels good to get this news off my chest. I’ve been sitting on it a long time, and I’ve had to keep quiet through many questions of “What’s next for you, Mike?” Thanks to everyone for their patience and support so far, and thanks as well to all of you who have already responded to the news with such excitement. This is going to be a wild ride, and I’m thrilled to have you all along!

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.