Saturday, April 8, 2017

UPDATE: MAG Is Almost Ready for Submission

UPDATE: The CIA' Publication Review Board sent back their requested edits to MAG: Mutant Assassin Group, my dark techno-thriller. I have not looked them over yet because Alison and I just returned from a week-long business trip to New England. Once I get settled I'll make the changes and then MAG is off to the literary agents.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I Am Taking a Sabbatical From Writing

For those of you who wondered where I've been for the past few weeks, I can assure you I am alive and relatively well. That being said, however, my family is going through a major transitional period.

A long story short, I am coming out of retirement and the family is relocating to New England this summer where the housing and job opportunities are better (and where there is snow). We are currently in the process of packing, job and house hunting, and preparing for the move. The past two months have been intense, and the next six to nine are going to be insane. Because of the time commitment, not to mention the emotional and physical commitment, I have decided to take a sabbatical from writing.

It took me a long time to come to this decision, but it is one I had to make. It's been over a year since I last released a new novel, and it will be at least eighteen months before my dark political thriller MAG: Mutant Assassin Group is cleared by the CIA's Publication Review Board, is placed with an agent, and is published. Since there will be a significant gap between publications, I plan on using the opportunity to make the move to New England and settle into our new life.

This does not mean I'm giving up on my career. My novels and anthologies will remain on Amazon. I will attend book signings and conventions, although after this summer they will be mostly in New England (I do plan on coming back for Spooky Empire every October beginning in 2018). I have also begun the research into the sequel for MAG, and am in touch with representatives from the CDC and FBI. And I'll be available for any other project that might come my way. It just means that for the next eighteen or so months, Scott M. Baker will be spending very limited time on trolling the social media and on marketing. I'll still be available on my private Facebook page.

My young adult persona, Josh Matthews, will remain active. Hell Gate was released only four months ago and the sequel, which is due out this October, is complete and already with the publisher. With everything going on in my life, I do not have enough time to effectively devote to both career tracks, and have decided to concentrate on the one that is the most productive at the moment.

This is not goodbye, but see you soon. I'll occasionally post on my social media to let you all know how things are going with the move or on any projects that are pending. I will keep in touch, and hopefully will have some kick-ass stuff to share when I return full time.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thanks to Everyone Who Picked Up a Copy of Rotter Nation and Rotter Apoclayse

I want to thank everyone who picked up a free Kindle copy of Rotter Nation and Rotter Apocalypse. I hope you enjoy them. If you do, please leave a review of the books on Amazon so others can enjoy them as well.

If you liked my writing and want more, there are plenty of other books of mine out there. Rotter World, the first book in the trilogy, is still available from Permuted Press. If zombies are your thing, pick up my novellas Dead Water and Nazi Ghouls From Space, or my anthology Cruise of the Living Dead: A Zombie Anthology. Maybe your tastes lie more with the undead rather than the living dead, in which case you will want to read The Vampire Hunters trilogy. And if you like your monsters kaiju style, then check out Yeitso, my homage to the big monster movies of the 1950s. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

 Of all the ways to die during the apocalypse, this would be the most terrifying for me.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Rotter Nation, Rotter Apocalypse Free for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is coming up, and nothing tells your significant other that you love them more than giving them your... brains. That's why, from 11 to 15 February, the Kindle versions of Rotter Nation and Rotter Apocalypse, books two and three of the Rotter World saga, will be available for free on Amazon. Pick up your own copy, or give one to your ghoulfriend. In either case, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.

If you do pick up a free copy of the books, and want to give yours truly his own special Valentine gift, then please leave a review on Amazon. It's better than a brain-shaped box of chocolates and not nearly as fattening. Thank you.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Schedule of Events for DreadFest

Below is the schedule of events for tomorrow's DreadFest event. If you are able to attend, please swing by my table and say hello (and, of course, buy a book).

Noon: Beginning of advertised event: Jeff Strand will make opening remarks.

12:30 PM: Sid Williams and Tom Lucas will read the six nanofiction finalist entries, without naming the placements.

1:00 PM: The public is welcome to visit and mingle with authors. Attendees will be given a program. If they have all 10 authors’ signatures on it, they are then eligible for a door prize ticket (your books and restaurant gift certificates). The Viewing ends at 3:00 PM.

3:00 PM: Sidney Williams and Tom Lucas announce the winners and hand-out certificates and prizes.

3:30 PM: Scott M. Baker, John Catapano and Tyson Hanks – Beginning Authors Panel Discussion – cookies served.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

More on DreadFest 2017

As I've previously mentioned, myself, fellow Dark Alley Crew writers John Catapano and Tyson Hanks, and several others will be attending DreadFest on 28 January at the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora, Florida. Recently the library updated its website with a full list of the attending writers and scheduled events. You can check out the updated website here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Artist Frank Tinsley's rendition of an imagined nuclear attack on Washington D.C. from 1950.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

I Will Be Attending DreadFest on 28 January

On 28 January, I'll be attending DreadFest at the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora, Florida. DreadFest celebrates the dark side of fiction and includes a nanofiction writing contest, various writer panels, and a showcase of local horror writers (myself among them). I'll provide more details as they become available.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer Review of Nazi Ghouls From Space

I received a fantastic review late last year from Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer on Nazi Ghouls From Space that called the novella "a great slice of pulpy, Nazi-zombies-on-a-rampage story-telling," which was exactly the feel I was going for. Check out the full review here

Monday, January 2, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

An artist's rendition of what is going on beneath a super volcano. It may not be world apocalyptic, but if goes off in Yellowstone it will be for most of the States.