Mon 04 February 2019

James Jackson - Introduction to Writing - Part 1

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Next Gen Writers and tagged with TeamTerran, Introduction to Writing, Learning Writing, Novel Writing Process

 

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Introduction to Writing – Part One: Making it happen

As a guest speaker at the Michigan Reading Associations 61st annual event in Grand Rapids, I was asked to speak on the topic of an "My Writing Process". Here are my speaking notes from the event; I hope you find them useful.

This post introduces the audience to #TeamTerran, my background, the pivotal moment I put pen to paper (well... fingers to keys) and my writing process. I touch on Lifestyle Change, Writing Goals and Word count increase: Bucket collecting

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Mon 04 February 2019

James Jackson - Introduction to Writing - Part 2

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Introduction to Writing – Part Two: My Writing Process

This post introduces the audience to my writing process where I briefly explore working toward the elusive First Draft, Sentence Structure & Pace, Emotions and how I Building Characters.

 

  TeamTerran with James Jackson ready for his speech at the MRA 2017 ConferenceFirst Draft

Completing the first draft of a story is critical; how each writer gets there varies, but getting there is a major accomplishment. Many prospective writers become discouraged as this step can feel as though it is never ending. Just remember the bucket that is filling with


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Mon 04 February 2019

James Jackson - Introduction to Writing - Part 3

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Next Gen Writers and tagged with TeamTerran, Introduction to Writing, Learning Writing, Novel Writing Process

 

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Introduction to Writing – Part Three: My Writing Process

This post introduces the audience to my writing process where I briefly explore my Research, Explicit Language and Sex Scenes, Actual Writing and Timeframe.

 

 TeamTerran with James Jackson ready for his speech at the MRA 2017 ConferenceResearch

I primarily write science fiction, and strongly feel that there must be science behind my fiction. Let me elaborate. We read of a person who is floating above the ground, levitating. In a fantasy story, it's magic, telekinesis. But in a science fiction story, there must be a reason. These reasons can vary


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Mon 04 February 2019

James Jackson - Introduction to Writing - Part 4

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Introduction to Writing – Part Four: My Writing Process

This post introduces the audience to my writing process where I briefly explore my Editing & Proofreading and Revisions.

 

 TeamTerran with James Jackson ready for his speech at the MRA 2017 ConferenceEditing and Proofreading

This is another critical step in becoming a successful author. The best story in the world, will fall flat on its face if it is poorly edited. There are some glaring anomalies to this, but they are the exception, and not the rule.

The step is tough. I hand over my draft, my baby, to an editor. This is sometimes done in


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Mon 04 February 2019

James Jackson - Introduction to Writing - Part 5

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Next Gen Writers and tagged with TeamTerran, Introduction to Writing, Learning Writing, Novel Writing Process

 

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Introduction to Writing – Part Five: My Writing Process

This post introduces the audience to my writing process where I briefly explore Publishing, Keywords, and Revisions; Post Publishing.

 

 TeamTerran with James Jackson ready for his speech at the MRA 2017 ConferencePublishing

Now we get to the most exciting, and yet nerve-racking, phase. Publishing!

Getting a publisher is tough, especially for any relatively unknown author. The large publishing companies, understandably, do not want to take unnecessary risks, especially as the eBook market is already eating heavily into their profits, so they


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Mon 04 February 2019

James Jackson - Introduction to Writing - Part 6

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Introduction to Writing – Part Six: My Writing Process

This post introduces the audience to my writing process where I briefly explore the impact of Reviews and my closing statements

 

 TeamTerran with James Jackson ready for his speech at the MRA 2017 ConferenceReviews

The last topic I would like to cover is reader (or non reader) reviews, both positive and negative, and as I mentioned earlier, internet trolls.

You won't see me posting raving reviews about my work on Facebook or Twitter. Some people share these to showcase how much others love their work; however, I take a different approach. I'm not


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Sat 04 August 2018

The Last Blog and what's new with Terran Chronicles

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Routine, General and tagged with marketing, TeamTerran

Moving into the future - Terran Chronicles is coming to Youtube - Channel Expansion

terran chronicles universe blog Over that last few years written blogs have been replaced by video blogs as the preferred means for sharing thoughts and ideas. As a person who is quite camera shy, I have resisted the trend of these video blogs. Well, resistance is futile, and thus, I am writing this one last blog. The blog to end all blogs, as it were!

Who knows what the future holds though, perhaps we will add pen to paper once again, but for now, this is it. So, with little ado, I shall begin.

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Wed 14 March 2018

TeamTerran is busy

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Routine, General and tagged with writing routine, TeamTerran

Three new books in the making

terran chronicles universe blog This year promises to be a crazy year for us. As the new year rolled past, we set a few expectations, and made plans to turn these into reality. Writing is a fluid thing, and seems to have a mind of its own as creativity ebbs and flows.

We have organized this year's writing projects into a list.

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‘America – At a Crossroads’

America at a Crossroads - New Novel by James Jackson

This is a short work, around 14,000 words, and my first political piece, other than a few blogs here and there. The story starts by discussing who rules the masses, then delves into a brief


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Mon 30 October 2017

Writer Workshops - Mount Pleasant High School

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Routine, General and tagged with Indie Authors, Writer Workshops

Four Writer Workshops in one day - Supporing our Next Gen Writers

terran chronicles universe blog In March of this year I was invited to speak at the Michigan Reading Associations 61st annual event. It was at this event where I met Andy Schoenborn, a teacher of literacy at Mount Pleasant High School.

We immediately clicked, and are now great friends. Many of his ideals on life are similar to mine, as is his passion for writing and reading, in particular, science fiction.

Andy did not wait long to ask if I would be willing to attend his classes, to see what his students are doing, and to


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Sun 24 September 2017

Terran Chronicles - Where does the time go?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Routine, General and tagged with Indie Authors

Sept 2017 already - So much to do

terran chronicles universe blog I can’t believe it’s been six months since the last blog!  What used to be monthly event, became quarterly due to our hectic schedule. But now, it has been far too long! Well, #TeamTerran plans to address this issue, and return to regular blog posts. At the very least we are planning one for each quarter, with more in-between if something special arises.

Firstly, let’s begin with what we have been up too! The Terran Chronicles Website has been updated, thanks to Jason, and now includes links for all print books and


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Tue 04 April 2017

March Madness for the Terran Chronicles Universe

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General

Speaker at the MRA, met great people and released a 6th novel

terran chronicles universe blog March is a crazy busy month for us at #TeamTerran.

First of all, we released the fifth book of the series, 'Voknor Diaries', along with its companion short story, 'Sharz Affect'. To top this off we released the 'Initiation Series' compilation, which includes the five main novels, five short stories, and two journals. At around 600,000 words, this is a massive eBook. This book released at an absurdly low price, for the event, and though the month of April, will be incrementally raised until it


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Wed 18 January 2017

Planning Ahead and Embracing Change

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General and tagged with Strategy, TeamTerran, Michigan Reading Association, Terran Chronicles - Series Two, Terran Chronicles Initation Series Compilation

 Terran Chronicles Universe Update - Looking ahead to 2017

terran chronicles universe blog I hope you all had a great Christmas, and have started 2017 safe and sound.

2016 has been a fantastic year for #TeamTerran. The year saw many of our plans fall into place, along with the commencement of new ideas; some rather long term ideas.

Here is the summary of the many projects that have been ongoing throughout 2016!

The 'Print Book' project was completed in 2015, thus giving us all of 2016 to review the success of those efforts. A complete year of statistics is important to us, and showcases


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Wed 07 September 2016

9/11 - Day of Infamy! Fifteen Years Ago

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in World at War and tagged with Day of Infamy, Sept 11, 911, 9/11, World Trade Center, 9/11/2001

 Fifteen years since 9/11, a September never forgotten

terran chronicles universe blog On September 11th of 2001, nineteen terrorists hijacked four large passenger aircraft. Two of these were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one striking each building. Another was flown into the Pentagon, with the final plane crashing in a field in Pennsylvania.

This day will forever be etched into the minds of, not only Americans, but of many people belonging to Western democracies.

That fateful morning, I was asleep in Sydney, and due to fly out of the country, to


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Tue 28 June 2016

Mamluk - Book Release

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, eBook Marketing and tagged with Self-Publishing, marketing

 Mamluk – Emergence

terran chronicles universe blog It is the middle of 2016, and Team Terran have achieved another milestone. Mamluk is complete!

It was mid 2013 when Mamluk was first conceptualized, and then shelved as my focus shifted back to the Terran Chronicles Universe. This proved to be a great decision, as my brand continues to gain recognition thanks to the yearly release of a new novel in the series. Even though the writing of Mamluk was on hold, I was still able to discuss various elements and features with a handful of close friends, and make notes.

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An additional


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Tue 29 March 2016

‘What Lies Beyond’ - Turning 50

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General and tagged with Indie Authors

Half a century of living and following my dreams

terran chronicles universe blog I was born on December 31st, 1965, thus at the end of last year, I turned 50!.

I do not feel 50, but then what is it supposed to feel like? I am fairly fit and healthy, to which I have to credit genetics, as I exercise rarely. I also eat all sorts of junk food, but then what writer does not eat junk food? My nemesis is chocolate, and cookies, along with soft drinks.

On the fitness side of things, I am able to run down the beach, or walk for miles, with the only issue being my knees which creak and


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Tue 08 December 2015

Terran Chronicles 2015 Recap and 2016 Plans

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General and tagged with Self-Publishing

How was 2015 and where is Terran Chronicles going in 2016

terran chronicles universe blog 2015 has been an amazing year for the Terran Chronicles Universe. Team Terran has been busy.

The fourth book of the series, 'Alliance', along with its companion story 'End of Times', were released.

The first four books of the series are now available in print, via Amazon and CreateSpace. The short stories have been bundled with the main novels as bonus material. The only works not in print are the two journals. They will not go into print until the third Journal, 'Golward's Findings', is written.


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Tue 10 November 2015

Read, Rate, and Review

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, eBook Marketing, General and tagged with Reviews, Self-Publishing, social media, marketing

Author Feedback and the importance of Reviews

terran chronicles universe blog Reviews are an integral, and often important, part of most people's purchasing decisions. In the past, we would ask friends and family for their opinions on various things. These days, with the explosion of the internet phenomenon, we are able to get the thoughts and opinions of more people, sometimes a lot more people.

Massive companies spend vast amounts of time, effort, and energy, in capturing these reviews, so as to inform their customers that not only do they think their products they are selling are


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Wed 14 October 2015

The World Did Not End

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, General and tagged with Self-Publishing, marketing

Making a Positive from a Negative

terran chronicles universe blog Well here we are; it's October 2015 and the world did not end last month as so many people had predicted.

The same can be said for indie authors, artists, musicians, and others who are deemed to be non-professionals in their hobbies or work. When a person posts a bad review of their work, the stars will still shine in the night sky, and the sun will still rise the next day. This also applies to work that is released, and then after the fact, mistakes are noticed or brought to their attention. The world will not

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Mon 21 September 2015

A Day at the Races

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in eBook Marketing, General and tagged with marketing

Demolition Derby Day

terran chronicles universe blog Demolition derbies are a blast to watch. Cars of all shapes and sizes race around a confined track, mashing into each other. Each driver attempts to keep their car running, so that they can cross the finish line first. Many cars get swept to one side, and end up stuck in protective mounds of dirt. Yet others find themselves hit so hard, that one part or another fails, rendering their vehicles 'out of the race'.

This year I paid special attention to one particular vehicle. Half Fast Racing's car number seven. Jeff and Austin own,


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Mon 03 August 2015

Alliance release - Are you ready?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, eBook Marketing, General and tagged with marketing

Terran Chronicles - Initiation Series

terran chronicles universe blog For this month's blog, I shall indulge myself, and talk about the Terran Chronicles Universe.

The fourth book of the Terran Chronicles Universe releases on August 5th. This is a global release, such is the power available at the hands of the meekest of authors. The eBook version of this story will be available on Amazon, iTunes, and Smashwords on this day. Nook, Kobo, and Flipkart, will follow shortly thereafter.

Alliance took more than two years to write, and is my most ambitious effort to date. Many of the questions


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