Dennis Coslett

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dad's Legacy released today

As I promised, I have uploade my short story Dad's Legacy to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for release to all the ebook formats.

Now, I think I might take a little time to figure out what my next project is going to be. I have several stories and novels I want to work on, but I want to do them in some kind of logial order, so I can actually get things done and released.

As always, I will keep you posted on this site.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

My next release

In my previous entry, I mentioned having an old story that I might try to release this month.

I have deided to put it out on Thursday, January 5th. The title is Dad's Legacy. This is a story I wrote just more than 10 years ago, while I was in Iraq. When I got home, I sent it to Gary Lovisi, publisher and editor of Hardboiled magazine, and he accepted it.

Dad's Legacy hadn't seen the light of day by the time Hardboiled ceased publication, which meant the rights reverted to me, so now I am going to release it as an eBook. I have the cover ready to go, and my cover artist did a bang-up job. I will be preparing a blurb today or tomorrow, and things should be well in hand for publication as planned on Thursday.

This is the first time in too long that I have released two stories so close together, and I hope it marks the start of a more productive period for me.

As for other projects, I am still working on my next Charlie Rowe novel, Old Wounds, as well as several other stories and novels, some of which have been on my hard drive or in the back of my mind for quite a while.

I have to do some work to expand Old Wounds, but I have an idea for a subplot that should add some words, as well as harkening back to the previous novel, False Witness (I have always been interested in the consequences of what happens in a story. Are things over when the author writes 'The End,' or is there some sort of fall-out for the surviving characters to deal with? This subplot will address that issue to some degree.) Apart from the subplot, I will have to do some expansion of my first draft of Old Wounds to get it to where it is ready to go. 

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Monday, December 26, 2016

New Release

As I promised, I have released my novella Striking Out to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You may have to wait a short while to see it in your preferred format, but it is already available at Amazon, and is pending at B & N.

As always, I am thinking about the next project. I have several short stories and novelettes to work on, as well as my novel Old Wounds. I have a story I wrote long ago that I may prep for release in January, assuming I can make the timing work.

Whatever I do next, I hope to have a productive 2017.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Improvements

I have also posted updated versions of some of my stories and novels. I have made no changes to text, but I did re-do the formatting to make them ebook compliant. I did this after downloading my books to my Kindle from Smashwiords and seeing where they could be improved.

If you have any of my stories, download them again. I have done nothing with The Body of thec Crime, available on Amazon, at present, but I will rework that on in the near future.

I also intend to purchase new covers for at least two of my short stories, Trophies and The Body of the Crime, and I hope to be able to upload them within the next month or two.

Edit: The Body of the Crime now has a new cover and wider distribution. Trophies and Homecoming also have new covers.

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Closer and closer

I am almost ready to publish my next project, Evil Twin.

However . . .

There are some changes. First, the title is no longer Evil Twin, but Striking Out. I think this is a better and more suitable title for what i was trying to do. Originally, I wanted my villian to be a member of the Minnesota Twins, but that fell by the wayside in subsequent rewrites. Striking Out, I think, has the right ring to it. It hints at baseball, and has the suggestion of someone failing at life and someone striking or lashing out at those around them.

It is also longer than it used to be. I have ended with a little more than 18000 words. I believe it is the Science Fiction Writers of America who classify a novela as beginning at 17500 words, so that means I have managed to turn my story into a novela, even if a short one.

It is almost ready to publish. I am in the process of acquiring a cover from an artist on fiverr, and then I hope to publish in early 2017. I don't want to publish in the last part of December, because I don't want to get lost in all the hustle and bustle of the holiday seasion, although the week between Christmas and New Year's Day might work equally well.

Then, I hope to get back to work on Old Wounds, my third Charlie Rowe novel. I still need to expand that, and am trying to come up with a subplot. I may deal with a plot point I introduced but did nothing with in my first Charlie Rowe novel, Taylor Made, and get some mileage out of that.

I also have a number of ideas for short stories, including a near-future science fiction story that I might start working on soon.

I know this is slightly different from what I have said in the past, but these things do change all the time. I am just happy to get something done and almost ready to publish.

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About me: I have been writing since the early 1980s, ever since discovering a passion for writing during my senior year in High School. My completed writings include novels, short stories, and newspaper articles. I have completed four novels in that time, and have partially completed two others. I have had little success in finding an agent or a publisher for any of my novels, and have recently taken my efforts online. During the years that I have been writing, I have also served my country as a member of the United States Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps. In the last five years, I have been deployed to Army bases in Iraq, Kansas, and Virginia.

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