Demon's Bane Newsletter #5 - Cover Photo & Book Giveaway!

Hi all!

I plan to finish book revisions next week and move on to proofreading and final typesetting. Printing time is almost here.

Part of that process is the BOOK COVER, and I want a lot of feedback on it! So, the November giveaway winner will be randomly selected from those who comment on the cover photo in my blog post!

To enter, just visit the Demon's Bane Book Cover Contest Blog Post and leave a comment. Your email address is hidden from the public, but visible to me as the blog admin to contact you if you win. (note, I must approve all comments, so it won't show up until the next time I'm online).

There's still one more day to enter the October contest: Newsletter Signup for a chance to win! in case you have family or friends that want to participate.

While you're reading the blog, check out other recent posts about Japanese Okonomiyaki, the fastest production car in the world, and the mountain paradise of Lenggries (including a medieval fire-twirling show at night!). If you like what you read, you can sign up with the orange buttons in the left sidebar to be notified about future posts.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!

Demon's Bane - Book Giveaway!

Revisions of the book are ongoing now! DEMON'S BANE should be available in December or January, if all goes well. Now the big news:

I am doing a promotional book giveaway, with a personally autographed copy to be shipped free of charge to each winner after publishing. There will be one random winner per month until it's published--JUST SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER to be eligible in October! And for those living far abroad... yes, I will even ship it to you (for free) in Malaysia, China, Australia, etc if you win.

For the October drawing, I'm going to use the Newsletter subscription list. If you receive the newsletter now, you're already in the running--no need to do anything! For the rest, just sign up for the newsletter (or a website account) using the links in the right sidebar. The first winner will be picked in the last week of October.

Please let your friends, family, and blog readers know, so they can have a chance at winning as well :-)

Good luck...

Demon's Bane Newsletter #3 - Book update & Travelblogue update!

Hi all!

Demon's Bane is halfway done being critiqued at an online workshop. But since the first chapters needed the most input, that means I'm more than halfway done with the final draft! The goal is to have the book available for purchase before Christmas, let's see if I can do it.

I potentially have an artist lined up for the map and book cover. ISBN numbers have arrived, so I am ready for Print On Demand! Who's interested in an e-Book? If so, please answer the poll here: e-Book Poll

On the blogging front, I have composed a large collection of articles to keep my writing skills sharp, at Dave's Travel & Photoblogue and photo pieces, such as:

Celebrity Upskirt: Statue of Liberty
Canon Helmet Video Camera
Taroko Gorge – Day Trip in Taiwan
Paris at Night – Eiffel Tower
Adjusting your Camera (two part series)

...and many others! Take a look there. I also just put up a testing video that I did with the helmet cam, biking through Munich with it strapped on the side of my head. Prepare for snowboarding videos this winter, which you can watch in between chapters of Demon's Bane ;-).

Upcoming posts:
Wakeboarding in Richmond, VA
Washington, DC sights
Empire State Building After Dark

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Thanks for reading, und viele Grüße,

What kind of e-Book is the most convenient?

Demon's Bane Newsletter #2 - new content on the website, and a separate blog!

Hello all!

Right now I'm busy reviewing chapters of the book on an online writing workshop, while waiting for feedback from agents. In between I've been creating new content to keep you entertained! There's only so much of the book that I can put on the website without giving something away, so I'll be working on a few things on the side as well.

You can now create an e-Postcard to mail this site to friends:
There's also an "email this page" link below most articles.

I'm using the site to host various photo albums:

And, here are several short videos that I've shot:
I recommend the wakeboard tricks video, my first spliced video compiled on Linux. (Ouch... I don't recommend using Linux for video editing)

I'm entering the wild world of blogging. In the first four posts I have chickens doing the tango, fantastic sunsets shot on cheap cameras, a report on the Nikon D90 (which rocks!), and a shameless self-promotion of the book website.
Photo & Travelblogue:
Comment on the posts to let me know what you think! I hope the RSS works...

If any of this is entertaining, tell your friends :D

Thanks for reading, und viele Grüße,

Wakeboarding Photos in Aschheim - Summer 2009

Click here for the video page, where there are videos from the Aschheim Wakeboard & Waterski Lake in Munich.

Check out the series where the wakeboarder launches into the air, right where the overhead cable goes around a corner.

New Sections on the Website...

As I'd like to offer something besides just my book (which won't be available for some time), I'm adding some additional content to the website!

You'll notice there are now links for:
an e-Postcard to send this site to friends,
a Photos section, and
a Videos section.
I'll add interesting photos and videos from events I've attended, or from recent travels.

Stay tuned for a travel / review section, where I'll put reviews of restaurants/activities around Munich, as well as travelogues from longer journeys.

In addition you can now "email this page" for many articles, using a link at the bottom of the page.

The first revision is completed! Plus: a new, longer sample is available to read on the website...

After weeks of work with a family member, the proofreading and first revision of the book is completed. But this doesn't mean the book is published yet--the task of finding an agent and publisher continues! In addition, I need to get a professional reviewer to look over the samples and provide me with an evaluation. This will be invaluable to my business plan for the German government. Probably anyone with a PhD in literature would have the credentials to do it. Please contact the author if you are interested or have any connections in that regard.

Now the exciting part: the Prologue of the book is now available in the Samples section for everyone to preview: Demon's Bane Prologue! If you want to read the full excerpt, please register here.

Last but not least, there are now a few pictures of the author on the About the Author page! Usually I am busy taking pictures of animals, events, and landscapes, but I found a few photos of myself floating around in the dark recesses of my hard disk.

I am interested to buy a copy of Demon's Bane, whenever it is published. I would prefer to buy it via...

The writing is done! And the website has new art...

Demon's Bane currently weighs in at 109,500 words, although that may change a bit as I edit. The search for a literary agent is on, so any contacts you may have would be greatly appreciated.

In other news, check out the new art at the top of the page! The background photo was taken on a fantastic cloudy/sunny kind of stormy day, and is not touched up in any way. Straight out of the D90 just like that. The demons are free stock photos (nope, there are no lynxes or peregrines in Munich's Englischer Garten). Credits to Dylan Masells for helping me out with the graphics program AND the fantastic fonts!

More art will eventually be coming, hopefully including a map of Kartus as requested by readers of the manuscript and the samples. Stay tuned for more news here!