German Version of Meta Free This Weekend

Starting in Germany is like starting all over again. While I could be patient and and continue to have native German speakers find Meta Die Verwandlung on their own, I’m not patient and I’m too excited about having a book I wrote in another language. For that reason, I’m making the German-language version of Meta, translated by the immensely talented Daniela Mansfield free on Amazon Kindle this weekend, starting on today. It’ll be free worldwide, so no matter what country you’re in you’ll be able to grab the German version (I’m looking at you Austria and Switzerland.) So if you speak German, or know someone who does that might enjoy Meta, be sure to let them know.… [Read the rest]

Rocking Self Publishing Podcast Interview

I’m on this week’s Rocking Self Publishing podcast talking about writing and podcasting. It’s a pretty long interview where I talk a bit about how I got into podcasting with The Complete Guide to Everything and how that eventually lead to me trying my hand at writing a novel about superheroes (there is actually a thread there). I also talk a bit about how I write and how writing The Second Wave was different than writing Meta. Check out the interview in the embed below or grab it for free on iTunes.  [Read the rest]

The Second Wave Out Today!

The Second Wave is out today exclusively on Kindle (Kindle iOS, Android apps) and Paperback! Here are some questions that I’ve been frequently asked and some answers. FAQ: Do we find out if [BLANK] is actually [BLANK]??? I will try not to give any spoilers away, but I will tell you that there is a character we’ve not seen without a mask that is unmasked. We also find out how some of the people closest to Connor spend their time when he’s busy being Omni. Why is the book exclusive to Amazon? Why can’t I get it on iBooks, Nook, Kobo, etc? Here’s the deal. Pre-orders went 6 weeks ago on Amazon Kindle and iBooks. As of a few weeks ago the number of Kindle pre-orders was 100 times the number of iBooks pre-orders. I don’t mean “they were double” or “they were quadruple”, they were literally 100 times higher, as in centuple. Going exclusive with Amazon meant people with Prime and Kindle Unlimited could read The Second Wave for “free”. I don’t make as much money that way, but it means more people are able to find Meta and The Second Wave which is way more important for me as a new author. You can read The Second Wave in the Kindle app for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, pretty much everything so I didn’t think anyone would miss out. If I’m wrong though, email me and I’ll fix it for you. Can I get this book printed on dead trees? Yes. It should be up in paperback on Amazon any time now, if it’s not already. If you order it through them I’ve set it so they’ll give you the Kindle version for free, which is awesome if you want to give the paperback to someone as a gift and still get the digital version for yourself.… [Read the rest]

Book Teaser Trailer for The Second Wave

Not long now...

The Second Wave (Book 2 in The Meta Series)

I'm really excited to finally announce the title and unveil the cover and description for book 2 in The Meta Series: The Second Wave! I'm planning some fun stuff around the release (free things!) that I'll have more info about as the release date gets closer. In the meantime, check out the description before and pre-order now at Amazon! - Tom

First Draft Done

More news very soon. Sign up for my mailing list to hear about it before all your friends and be the coolest.… [Read the rest]

Unbelievable

A couple of weeks ago The Gregory Brothers asked me if I wanted to be in their new video. All I was told was that it involved a girl with a bread hand, and that was all I needed to hear. (I'm allllll the way at the end, pretend it's the after credits sequence of a Marvel movie.)

How I Wrote Meta

First, a disclaimer: I am a very new writer. Or at least, very new to writing anything even close to novel-length. I’m very much still learning and struggling with how to do this myself, but I’ve had a lot of emails and messages on Twitter, Facebook and Wattpad asking me for advice or wanting to know about how I write so I thought I’d let you into my hallowed writing chamber (a sparse extra bedroom in my apartment that is constantly a mess). By far the best advice I think I can give is this: everyone is different. Be very wary of anyone who tells you “this is how you have to write”. There are people who can write anywhere, anytime and then there are people that need to go into the woods and avoid all human contact. There are people who output 5 words a day and people who can crank out 20,000. Some people intricately map out their plots before they write a single word and some people just sit down and start typing without any idea of where they are going. There’s no right or wrong way, it’s all about what makes you the most productive. I tried out lots and lots of methods before I found some that worked for me and I’m still trying new things all the time. Don’t just read about how your favorite author writes and assume that that is the best way. It’s an easy trap to fall into. Some of my favorite writers write in ways I could never, ever imagine myself being able to do. The same is true for authors I don’t care for. Everyone is different. The way someone writes is very rarely makes them a good writer. Don’t assume that just copying their routine, using the same computer/typewriter/notebook they do, writing in the same setting they do, etc.… [Read the rest]

Meta hits #1 in Science Fiction and Fantasy on Wattpad!

A few months ago I started becoming obsessed with Wattpad. For those who haven’t heard of it before, like me not too long ago, it’s basically YouTube for serialized fiction. Their content runs the gauntlet from One Direction fan fiction to authors like Margaret Atwood and Cory Doctorow. Last month they announced that they raised $46M and have 25 million unique visitors every month. The New York Times wrote a great piece about them back in March that does a better job explaining it than I could. ANYWAY, I started uploading Meta chapter-by-chapter a few months ago figuring it might help expand the number of people who get a chance to read it before the second book is ready. To say I’ve been overwhelmed by the response would be an understatement. Wattpad reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in them featuring it about 3 weeks ago and since then I’ve had more comments, messages and emails than I can keep up with. Today was the first day I hit #1 on both the Science Fiction and Fantasy charts so it seemed the right time to blog about it and celebrate a little bit. The most amazing thing about Wattpad is that it might be the first website I’ve ever seen that allows comments where almost everyone is amazingly complementary and nice. Meta will be posted there chapter by chapter until all 37 are up. While the next book probably won’t be going up there anytime soon since I gotta eat, I’m already planning some serialized original stuff in the Meta-universe that I think could be fun. If you’re looking to start writing, I cannot recommend Wattpad enough. It makes it very easy to start rough sketching ideas and get feedback immediately without having to take on the daunting task of finishing an entire book before anyone takes a look at it.… [Read the rest]

Splash Landing

The amazingly talented Elaine Carr emailed me this awesome non-spoilery ink drawing of Connor/Omni from Meta that now I kinda desperately want for my wall. Perfectly captures one of the funnier moments in the book I think. You can check out her other work at elainecarr.co.uk.… [Read the rest]