Douglas R. Brown is a fantasy and horror writer living in Pataskala, Ohio. He began writing as a cathartic way of dealing with the day-to-day stresses of life as a firefighter/paramedic for the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire. Now he focuses his writing on fantasy and horror where he can draw from his lifelong love of the genres. He has been married for 17 years and has a son and two dogs.
Hello all. I’ve been away for a while and I hope this blog finds everyone doing well.
So, let’s see. Where should I start? As most of you already know, late last year Rhemalda Publishing closed their doors. That little development knocked a bit of wind out of my sails, to use an overused cliché. For over three years I lived, breathed, ate, and dreamed about how to help Rhemalda grow into something special, which in turn would have boosted my career as well as the other Rhemalda auth
Got a kindle or kindle app? Looking for something to read? Check out the biggest blowout sale ever for my fantasy trilogy, The Light of Epertase. For under 3 bucks you can own the entire trilogy for your kindle or for the kindle of someone you love. This is a one day only sale so get it now. http://amzn.to/1iiFFS5 Enjoy
That's right. My horror short story collection, Death Alarm, is free for the kindle this week. No strings attached. Just click here and download it to your kindle. It includes three stories as well as a 3-chapter preview of Tamed. Also available as a paperback. Here's the cover by the incredible Steve Murphy:
Remember to leave me a review. I personally think the story Skelwaller Lane is the best of the three but I'd like to hear your thoughts. Remember to leave a review at
I imagine authors don't typically like to show brutal reviews of their books but I'm going to show one anyway. I'm going to show you a recent 1-star review for Legends Reborn as well as a 5-star review, because I think it demonstrates the point I'd like to make for this blog. Everyone who has ever put something creative into the world will already know what I'm about to say. Art is created with the best of intentions and whether someone likes that art can go any way imaginable. On
Well, another successful comic con has ended and I'm exhausted. I don't feel this comic con had as much traffic as the last two that I've attended, but I managed to sell 85 books. A little less than previous cons, but still pretty good I'd say. Special thanks to the talented Steve Murphy for all his help.
Continue to see pics from the con.
Here's a pic of the piece he worked on this year. It is done with ink and colored pencils.
As I begin the re-launch of my books (see my announcement about Rhemalda closing here), one of my first orders of business is changing the covers in my Epertase trilogy a bit. Thanks to Steve Murphy, I couldn't be happier with the results. Here is a look at Epertase covers 2.0.
Next, I will be getting the ebooks up and running so that I can keep the reviews and rankings at Amazon and others. I'm also using this re-launch opportunity to revisit Legends Reborn and tweak it a bit,
I have a bit of news. Not life-or-death news, just disappointing news.
Sometimes a door can close when you’re least expecting it. And when it does, you have to roll with the punches because that’s just how life is. Once a door closes, you have a couple of choices. You can give up and move on, or you can push onward. Sometimes, the door that just closed needed to close in order for the next door to open. I’m hoping this is one of those times. In fact, I consider myself an optimist and, ther
I'm a firefighter and paramedic in Columbus, Ohio. I've been in the fire service for twenty years and have seen about everything anyone could imagine. Over time what I see affects me as it would anyone else. Seeing a young man die from gunshot wounds, or an older woman waking up to her husband of fifty years lying dead beside her, or a baby who has been shaken to death would weigh on anyone and I'm no different.
For me, I'm lucky to have a strong support system in family and friends who ar
This blog is aimed at those of you who enjoy writing.
OK, so you've written your masterpiece. You've spent months, maybe years, tweaking it so there is no way anyone could find fault in even a single word. You've let your friends and proofreaders have the manuscript and go to town on it. It is now perfect.
Or so you think.
Then you send it to an editor. Maybe it's your publisher's editor, or maybe it's an editor you've hired to get your manuscript into tip top shape before star
I recently took part in a fun little interview over at CabinGoddess.com (See it here). In addition to questions about what recipes would fit with the theme of my book (I know, right?), the interviewer also asked me to write an original flash fiction story.
The stipulations were:
1.) No more than 500 words (much more difficult than it sounds because it has to tell a story and build a character while being short and sweet).
2.) Must be in a genre in which I don't
A little over four years ago Rhemalda Publishing gave me and my writing a chance by contracting me for my fantasy trilogy, The Light of Epertase. At the time, I had book 1 written with big plans for the rest of the series. Though I knew the major plot points for books 2 and 3, that was about it. Everything from what the covers would eventually look like to how the story would ultimately play out was little more than a vague idea in my head. I neve
With Epertase 3 about to be released on Aug. 1st, Rhemalda is setting up a blog tour. If you are interested in taking part and helping spread the word about Epertase 3 as well as your own blog, sign up today. If you are interested and haven't yet read books 1 and/or 2, great news. Rhemalda will provide 1 or both in order to get you up to speed. Book 3 should not be read without reading 1 and 2 as this is a true trilogy. Epertase is epic fantasy at its most .. uh ... epic-est. Sign up here.
Today, I was fortunate enough to be interviewed over at Webbweaver's awesome internet radio show and I had a blast. I was able to choose a chapter of Tamed to read and I picked one that I felt could make you a little squeamish. If you'd like to listen to me stutter and stumble my way through an interview, give this a listen. You will clearly hear why I prefer writing over speaking. I just listened to myself and I cringe for the entire segment. The interview is structured with 5 minutes of ads,
I'm counting the days until Comic Con 2013 in Philadelphia. This will be my first year attending Comic Con outside of Columbus, Ohio and I'm stoked to meet a lot of people while hopefully selling lots of books. Last year's Comic Con in Columbus was highly successful for my book sales and I'm excited to try and repeat that success in Philadelphia. Helping me this year once again will be the fantastic Steve Murphy who will be signing the Epertase covers and maybe putting up some of his other
I have a few things to share today as it relates to writing. Let me start with a pretty cool opportunity that my publisher is giving writers who are seeking a home for their work. If you're like me, you despise the querying process. You spend weeks and weeks tweaking your query letter while never knowing exactly what an agent or publisher is looking for. Then you research who to send your query letter to. And then you wait weeks, months or longer for a response, sometimes never ge
Ever heard of Bookbub.com? It's a site that sends emails to subscribers about big sales on books that are in the reader's preferred genres to read. It's not a spam site because you actually sign up for only the notifications of books you might be interested in reading. Anyway, this isn't an advertisement for bookbub as much as a gratuitous ad for Tamed. With bookbub, an author or publisher applies to have their book featured in Bookbub's email and if they accept, the author and publisher have a
Well, we're moving right along with the final and, might I say, best chapter of my Epertase trilogy. The Rise of Cridon will be released on Aug. 1, 2013 and I am excited today to show off the gorgeous cover by artist Steve Murphy.
Epertase 3 is a bittersweet book for me for a couple of different reasons. Firstly, it is the final book of my current four-book contract with Rhemalda. What that means is that anything I write from here on out will need to be submitted and accepted by some publi
Books are like trees in a forest. I'll get to why in a second. Most authors aren't privileged enough to be on The Tonight Show or have their books reviewed by the New York Times. No, the majority of authors, and there are a lot of them, rely on a limited budget from their publisher (if they're published) and/or their own promoting skills if they're self-published.
With enough hard work and determination, an author can convince a few hundred people to buy their book. Would you agree? T
Authors, learn from my marketing mistake. To everyone else who has a sadistic thirst to read about my failures, read away. Yeah, that's right. You heard me. If you're reading on and you're not an author, it must mean that you enjoy my pain. OK, I'm just kidding. Enjoy.
We all know you have to be careful in spending your marketing dollars. As I'm about to show you, there is a fine line between thinking outside the box and not being in the right market. If you get it right, the success could
A few months ago my publisher, Rhemalda Publishing, revealed that they were putting all of their books into the audiobook format. Over the years people have asked me about audiobooks and, until this announcement by Rhemalda, I'd tell them not to get their hopes up. If you wanted to read Tamed, you had to do just that--read it. I didn't realize there was such a large community of people who preferred hearing stories than reading them. Who knew? Personally, I've always liked audiobooks, but usuall
Since this is the end of the year, I want to tie my year-in-review to some actual writing advice. I titled this blog "How to break out of a writing slump" and I have a clear answer. Before you get too excited, I will warn you that it is the same advice you've heard again and again from other authors in the past and it is hard work, but I think it needs repeated. I'll get to that advice in a moment, but first you have to read through the rest of my drivel. (Or skip to the end, I suppose
Congratulations to Melissa Hayden for winning my Amazon $50 gift card contest. As many of you know, I held a contest through rafflecopter.com in which entrants were able to increase their chances of winning by various tasks. After the contest ended last week, rafflecopter randomly selected a winner and chose Ms. Hayden. Melissa, I hope you enjoy the gift card and copy of Tamed. You should be receiving them any day now.
Thank you to everyone who entered.
As an author, understanding voice is critically important to the writing process. What's that mean, exactly? Let's start with an example. We'll use Stephen King since everyone knows who he is. If someone gave you a chapter or two from a Stephen King book, but didn't tell you who the author was, do you think you could tell? If you have read Stephen King in the past, I think you would be able to tell right away.
So why is that? The easy answer would be to say the chapters felt creepy and who