🚨Updated 2019 WIP List🚨

A Recipe for Survival 90 % done

Untitled sequel to A Recipe for Survival 40 % done

NostalgiaLand An idea in my head at this point

Untitled Young Adult/New Adult Novel 15 % done

Untitled Novella 10 % done

Here is the synopsis for A Recipe for Survival:

Detective Adriannis “Aaden” Bravo is a highly decorated officer with a legendary clearance rate. Detective Aubrey Bryce is reckless, narcissistic, and a serial womanizer. After Aubrey’s transfer from narcotics to homicide, he and Aaden are forced into working together.

Aaden is all about the job, Aubrey is all about the women, and their next case is all about survival.

Giuseppe “Discipline” Cain is cold-hearted, calculated, and resentful. After he is released from prison, he turns Philadelphia into his own personal killing ground. No one in the city is safe—not men, not women, not even the family members of an elected official.

Aaden and Aubrey have the complimentary skillsets to solve the case, but can they cast aside their differences and stay alive long enough to bring Discipline to justice?

All love,

Marc Avery

Tuesday Testimony

As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized something very important:

Time can get away from you.

The caveat being if you let it.

2018 in particular was a tumultuous time when it came to writing.

I wasted a lot of time procrastinating. Time I could’ve been using to work on my craft.

I kept shooting myself in the foot. I would set deadlines only to miss them because I didn’t allocate the proper time to actually write.

The old cliche goes “New Year. New Me.”

I just think when the calendar flips over to a new year it gives you a fresh start. Another opportunity to right your wrongs.

Speaking of righting your wrongs I have a terrible habit of over-analyzing and self-editing my writing. I’m trying my hardest to break that habit and just write.

Recently, I downloaded a speech to notes app. So far it’s been working pretty well. I figure if I spend 10-15 minutes recording my notes I can get around 1000-1500 words easy.

Also, this allows me to work on two projects at the same time. (Something I’ve been unsuccessful at)

I wont fix everything all at once but I’m self aware enough to know there is room for improvement.

I have stories I want the world to read. I just have to be disciplined enough to get the ideas out of my head and on the computer screen.

Here is my 2019 WIP list (List subject to change)

A Recipe for Survival

Untitled sequel to A Recipe for Survival

NostalgiaLand

Untitled Young Adult/New Adult Novel

Untitled Novella

Here is the synopsis for A Recipe for Survival:

A Recipe for Survival

A Novel by Marc Avery

Detective Adriannis “Aaden” Bravo is a highly decorated officer with a legendary clearance rate. Detective Aubrey Bryce is reckless, narcissistic, and a serial womanizer. After Aubrey’s transfer from narcotics to homicide, he and Aaden are forced into working together.

Aaden is all about the job, Aubrey is all about the women, and their next case is all about survival.

Giuseppe “Discipline” Cain is cold-hearted, calculated, and resentful. After he is released from prison, he turns Philadelphia into his own personal killing ground. No one in the city is safe—not men, not women, not even the family members of an elected official.

Aaden and Aubrey have the complimentary skillsets to solve the case, but can they cast aside their differences and stay alive long enough to bring Discipline to justice?

Thank you for reading!

If the spirit moves you share this on social media and tag me in it!

All Love,

Mr. Avery

Monday Motivation

“Successful Investing takes time, discipline and patience. No matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time: You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” – Warren Buffet

To me this quote is multifaceted. On one hand it preaches the importance of patience. On the other hand it highlights the inevitability of investing in yourself.

Success (however subjective) is hard to obtain without patience and the proper investment into yourself.

Wise words.

By Marc Avery

Book Signings: Are they still relevant?

Today I want to talk about book signings. In the era of surging e-books sales they may seem irrelevant to some.

Not to me.

The value is immeasurable. I will let you in on a little secret. It’s less about selling actual books and more about building your platform and solidifying your relationship with the bookstores.

I’ve been to dozens of bookstores and I’ve had a unique experience with all of them. I’m always eager to see what their foot traffic looks like. How did they get the word out? Where are they going to place me in the store?

All of that is of the utmost importance. If they can’t see me they won’t know I’m there. If they don’t know I’m there why did I even show up?

However, the most important lesson is that all those things could be less than optimal. I’ve been seated in a blind spot before. I’ve been double booked before. I took it all in stride and still did my job with professionalism.

My most powerful weapon isn’t even the book. It’s my personally. They are buying me just as much as they’re buying my book. It’s the old adage “People buy from people they like.”

I mean the product has to be good too. I take pride in bringing people to my table. I like to get all my no people out of the way in order to make room for the yes people.

I’m a ball of energy when it’s time to sell but I keep the same energy if the person doesn’t purchase a book right then and there.

You never know who they are going to tell once they get back home.

I say all that to say book signings are what you make them. I view it as an opportunity for people to see the man behind the creation. Additionally, I love computers just as much as the next guy, but human interaction trumps all for me.

Book signings have allowed me to meet some pretty cool people and I can’t wait to meet many more.

-Mr. Avery

Do Goodreads Giveaways help?

So far this year I’ve done two Goodreads giveaways. Each time I gave away five copies of my book, Redemption Lost. The first time 698 people entered the giveaway and the second time 794 people entered.

With this project I wanted to build something sustainable. Readers are the foundation on which careers are built. If you have no readers then you have no career. Pretty simple stuff.

Before I decided to do a giveaway I did the proper research on possible outcomes, costs, and effectiveness. So I went into this thing with the proper expectations. I expected to get eyeballs on my project.

A total of 1,492 people entered both contests. Out of that total 477 people put me on their to read shelf. I’ll take that trade off everyday of the week.

At the end of the day its all marketing and you have to be strategic in how you build your platform. I’m building mine reader by reader. I’ve met some awesome people during this journey and I can’t wait to give them another project.

One of the biggest things an author hopes for is conversation. You hope that your work gets a person excited enough to tell someone else.

Word of mouth is still an author’s best friend.

Do Goodreads giveaways help?

Yes. It just depends on your expectations.

 

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I appreciate you visiting me here on my website. While you’re here feel free to look around and explore. I try to blog at least twice a week. If you enjoy randomness don’t hesitate to subscribe to the website!

Here is my bio:

Philadelphia native Marc Avery is a a husband, father, entrepreneur and habitual coffee drinker with a great imagination and an awesome beard. His debut novel, Redemption Lost, is a story of risk, restitution, and retribution. Marc lives in Delaware with his wife and children. When he’s not working, or writing his new crime fiction series, you can probably find him at Starbucks drinking iced coffee.

Also some random facts about me…

1). I’m 6 feet 2 inches and I’m the third tallest between my father and three brothers.

2). I prefer cereal at night.

3). I listen to R&B music when I type. (More specifically Tamia’s debut album, Tamia)

4). After I do a book signing I have to have chicken.

5). If a movie has car chases and explosions then sign me up.

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Martin VS. Fresh Prince: 5 Burning Questions To Determine The Better Reboot.

RIP to Tommy and Uncle Phil.

Quick question.

If every member of these two shows were alive today which show would have the better reboot?

Here is an arbitrary five questions to make a determination.

Ready?

Lets go!

Who is better between Martin and Will?

Martin topples Will in the comedic department and it’s not even close. Once you factor in the characters that Martin plays Will can’t keep up. Although Will’s daily clowning of Carlton certainly does make things interesting though.

Who has the better cast members?

Martin has Dragon Fly Jones.

Fresh Prince does not.

End of Story.

Who has the better theme song?

LOL.

Who would have more meme worthy material?

As I stated above, Martin has Dragon Fly Jones.

Fresh Prince does not.

End of Story.

Does either show have a cast member worthy of a spin off? If so how many?

Sign me up for the Cole and Pam show. Cole’s show is built around his stupidity and Pam’s show is built around her inability to find a man.

You’re welcome.

As far as Fresh Prince goes I would have to go with Jazz. His show would be similar to Cole’s. Would it work? Probably not, but man would I tune in.

Well there you have it folks. Martin’s reboot would be better than Fresh Prince’s reboot.

All Love,

Marc Avery

 

 

 

 

I Want My Books Adapted To Film

Every time I walk into a bookstore I curiously glance at the books to film section. It’s always littered with novels I didn’t know existed. Sometimes I’ll watch a movie and not know it was adapted from a book. Some of my favorite movies are book adaptations.

I’ve always wanted one of my books to be put on the big screen. I want people to pack the theater and yell at the screen while spilling popcorn. Or high fiving each or having an emotional moment.

I would even be okay with a made for television movie that the producers put time, effort and attention into. (Nothing too cheesy though)

When it’s done right the movie can take a character off the page and breath life into them. When it’s done wrong it can disrespect the source material.

In essence a film gives a book a longer shelf life. It might even make people go back and check out the book.

Maybe one day I can have that experience.

A man can dream right?

Why The Hell Isn’t New York Undercover on DVD?

I know we have a lot of dope TV shows on the air right now, but Fox’s Thursday night trifecta of Living Single, Martin, and New York Undercover couldn’t be touched.

I watched the show faithfully right up until they killed Eddie off.

That stunt was unforgivable and they really tried to continue the show, too. The operative word being ‘tried’.

They bricked the attempt.

The show had an unforced coolness. It looked natural and the backdrop of New York City helped enhance the visual.

I wanted to go to Natalie’s like it existed in real life.

Andre Harrell and Dick Wolf seemed to fuse two worlds together perfectly.

I assumed that I would just cop the first three seasons and be a happy man.

NOPE.

The show has never appeared on DVD. It ain’t on Netflix. It ain’t on HULU. It’s barely in syndication.

Truth be told it pisses me off.

It was a great show and I hope sometime in the near future it gets a proper release to a streaming service or on DVD.

In the meantime I’ll keep listening to this.

 

I Miss Borders

I enjoy going to Barnes and Noble. I also enjoy going to my neighborhood independent bookstores.

However, I miss going to Borders.

I don’t remember when I began going to Borders, but I had some good times there. Their coffee was solid. (Not as good as Starbucks. Still good nonetheless)

More than anything I enjoyed the atmosphere. The books I wanted to read were easy to find and I was always close to a location.

I did a lot of writing, reading, and coffee drinking there.

Then just like that they were gone. I thought there was a light at the end of the tunnel when I heard whispers of a merger. Sadly that opportunity never materialized into anything serious.

Now all I have are the memories.