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Reblog: Justine Allen’s Book Review: Convergence, by Michael Patrick Hicks

Great review of CONVERGENCE by fellow sci-fi author Justine Allen. She writes “… As I have an interest in anything sci-fi, especially books making it through the ABNA rounds, I couldn’t resist. I was not disappointed with my choice, and Michael is another Indie Author who deserves to do well.”

Many thanks for the kind words, Justine. Glad you enjoyed the read!

Reblog: Justine Allen’s Book Review: Convergence, by Michael Patrick Hicks


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Convergence and the Path to Publication III: On Design & Advertising

[Be sure to check out Part I and Part II in this series, as well!]

This past week has seen a flurry of activity as CONVERGENCE marches toward a publication date.

On Sunday, the 16th, I submitted the final draft of my manuscript to Streetlight Graphics. By Monday night, designer Glendon Haddix sent me two potential cover designs to review and critique. I was floored in the best way possible. Both files were a play on what would ultimately become the final image and went through a significant amount of revision. The first cover image was a bit dark and didn’t quite capture the mood of the story, but I was still supremely happy with it. I sent back a suggestion to incorporate a bit more of the human element, and Glendon had already begun making some revisions after having slept on the initial design for a bit.

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Convergence and the Path to Publication III: On Design & Advertising


Here’s your first look at the CONVERGENCE cover art!

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Jonah Everitt is a killer, a DRMR addict, and a memory thief.

After being hired to kill a ranking officer of the Pacific Rim Coalition and download his memories, Everitt finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a terror cell, a rogue military squadron, and a Chinese gangster named Alice Xie. Xie is a profiteer of street drugs, primarily DRMR, a powerful narcotic made from the memories of the dead. With his daughter, Mesa, missing in post-war Los Angeles, Everitt is forced into an uneasy alliance with Alice to find her.

Mesa’s abduction is wrapped up in the secrets of a brutal murder during the war’s early days, a murder that Alice Xie wants revenged. In order to find her, Jonah will have to sift through the memories of dead men that could destroy what little he has left.

In a city where peace is tenuous and loyalties are ever shifting, the past and the present are about to converge.


Convergence and the Path to Publication II: On Editing

[Click here to read Part I in this series.]

Chuck Wendig recently posted the following two blogs over at his site, which, inexplicably, have become a source of some controversy to some folks: Self-Publishing Is Not The Minor Leagues and Follow-Up On Self-Publishing: Readers Are Not Good Gatekeepers. Both are well worth the read. Even more recently, he followed-up with Slushy Glut Slog: Why The Self-Publishing Shit Volcano Is A Problem.

Mr. Wendig is dead-on correct, IMHO, particularly when he writes:

If you’re charging money for your work, you owe it to the reader to give them your best. Not your most mediocre. Not your half-assiest.

I point you to his posts, first of all because Mr. Wendig has plenty of great points amongst this trio of blogs. Also, I want you know directly where I’m coming from, particularly since I will be experimenting with self-publishing for my first novel.

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Convergence and the Path to Publication II: On Editing