Barry vs The Apocalypse was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2014 Claymore Awards for best unpublished Mystery novel. It didn't win, but when a HUMOR novel becomes a Finalist in a MYSTERY competition, I think that says more than I ever could about the book.
Meet Barry Glick, an aging Superhero with Super-Speed, Super-Strength, and a mullet. He thought he'd retired twenty years ago ...
Now in his mid-forties, after years of apathy, selfishness, and using his X-Ray-Vision on lottery scratch-offs, Barry Glick is once again goaded into action when a Homeland Security agent disappears.
Barry is reluctant to relinquish his simple life of frozen pizza and fruity beers, although when his sidekick's redheaded sister is involved, he weakens as much as that other guy around Kryptonite.
But Barry stumbles into a situation much more dire than a simple kidnapping; he uncovers a massive conspiracy to collapse the world's financial system and bring about a modern day Apocalypse.
And he's the only one who can stop it.
Why Did I Write The Book?
For me, reading is an escapist activity. I immerse myself in a book and visit the world the author created. I lose myself to the characters and plot, and hand over my free will for the promise of a good story. I want to be to entertained, provoked, and stimulated.
And books are the ultimate form of entertainment, because the human imagination is so much more powerful than the most expensive Hollywood special effects. Don't get me wrong, I love movies and television. But they all start out as the written word. There is no substitute for great writing.
Will Barry vs The Apocalypse change your life? Probably not.
Will it force you to view the world in a drastically different manner? Definitely not.
Will it give you a few hours of entertainment and laughs? Decidedly so.
And that's why I wrote the book. Because laughter is always the best medicine. And if it makes me giggle, it might brighten your day too.
About The Author
I released a book of short stories in 2010 that won a 2nd place award for Humor (Follow the Money). Also, I edited and published two books for a friend (after taking years to convince him to write them), and one of them won two Finalist awards for Humor (Things Go Wrong For Me and Perhaps I've Said Too Much). I'm a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime (Yes, I note the irony. We're called Misters if you must know), and Humor Writers of America. I also lend my technical and humor expertise to the Killer Nashville Mystery Writers' conference.
And I've written 8 complete novels that are all unreleased ... until now.
Why Did You Write So Many Novels Before Releasing Your First One?
You ever stumble across an author that you really connected with? Then you go read their early stuff and you wonder how they paid the bills before they figured out how to write?
I didn't want to be one of those authors. I wanted to be one that was a strong writer from the beginning. But regardless of how much Hollywood glamorizes writers and writing, it's really just a lot of hard work.
There's talent involved, but there's also a LOT of bad writing before you get good at it. Just like everything else, it takes lots of practice before bad writing becomes okay writing ... and even more practice before the mediocre stuff becomes good writing.
Many of my novels will never see the light of day because they're horrid. Absolutely awful. I mean really, really bad.
And I think my plan to never release anything bad has worked so far, because the only projects that I've published have some type of award or recognition attached to them.
*pats self on back*
My writing style is unique, but if you're an avid reader, you may heard of some of these authors that have influenced me: Elmore Leonard, Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, Christopher Moore, Harlan Coben, and Nelson DeMille.
From such aspects as character development, comedic timing, outlandish situations, minimalistic style, and witty dialogue ... each of these authors (and others) have helped mold me into the writer I am today. And I'm still growing and changing with every line.
Once upon a time, I jumped through all the hoops to go the "traditional publishing" route. I signed with an agent who loved my writing, and we submitted my books to publishing houses. Some asked for my full manuscripts but there were no "takers."
I even changed agents once. But over and over, I was told, "Humor doesn't sell. Say you write Mystery or Thriller, not Humor."
In fact, my last agency told me that they loved my writing voice and everything I wrote was excellent, but I needed to write something different, something they could sell.
"A middle-aged Superhero with a beer gut won't sell to publishers."
I thought: Are you kidding me? That's absolutely hilarious. Who wouldn't love that?
What their message actually said to me was, "We don't know how to sell you."
So I'm on Kickstarter because apparently, NOBODY knows how to sell my writing.
Maybe my stuff is too edgy for mainstream publishing. Maybe I haven't met the right people. Maybe I'm destined to forge my own path in the publishing world. I could wax and wane for days over reasons for this and reasons for that ... but I'm not here to whine.
I'm here to prove the gatekeepers wrong.
My writing can sell. Because who doesn't love to laugh, right?
How's the money spent?
Most of the money will go to the printing and shipping costs. Then there are the book setup fees, the ISBN costs, the proof costs, NetGalley submission, professional editing, and illustrator. Oh, and 10% comes off the top to Kickstarter for administration and credit card fees.
When you consider the years of work I've put into this book, I'm not going to make money with this campaign.
I guess I could always release an "Exploding Barry" card game ...
International Kickstarter Peeps?
A quick word to International Kickstarter people. If you offer a pledge, I have attached a certain amount in shipping based on what it will cost me ... minus a dollar. This is because after some research, I found that using my ebay account to ship will get the cheapest rates by far (some packages by 50% or more). So, for international peeps only, when I'm ready to ship, I'll send you a link to an ebay listing for $.99. You'll buy that, and I'll be able to ship to you via ebay. Everybody wins!!
Odd, right? Hey, I'm nothing if not resourceful.
Risks and challenges
Other than me getting hit by a bus, there aren't many risks or challenges.
"Barry vs The Apocalypse" has been written for a few years. So has book 2, "Barry vs The Believers," for whatever its worth. It was only last year, a week before the Claymore submission deadline, that I thought to myself, "Hmmm. I wonder."
I sent it out to some beta readers, and their response was overwhelming. In fact, they all said it was the BEST THING I'D EVER WRITTEN. That made my other stuff very jealous, but I was encouraged. And then it became a Finalist in the Claymore Awards!
So ... Risks and Challenges.
The cover is designed. The book's formatted and being professionally edited as you read this (unless you're up really late, in which case my editor's probably gone to bed. She needs her sleep).
I've published three books already (mentioned above). So yeah, I'm good like that. I know what I'm doing, and I'll deliver a quality product on time.
By the way, I steer clear of buses.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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