NaNoWriMo 2016? Time For Something Completely Different

NaNoWriMo 2016? Time For Something Completely Different

A few months back I had an idea for a new novel, one I was calling “the most depressing book ever.” I’d named it Happier, Forgotten and I planned on cranking through it this November as a kind of NaNoWriMo followup to my last novel, A Confession. As it turns out, I’ve completely changed my mind. One of the biggest issues I’ve had as a writer is that I’m also a dad … and of everything I’ve written, not a single one is appropriate for my kids to read. I have three boys,…

‘Roommates’ is a FREE Kindle Short Story Right Now!

‘Roommates’ is a FREE Kindle Short Story Right Now!

To celebrate the release of ‘A Good Provider,’ the fourth of my “Creepy Little Bedtime Stories,” today through October 28th you can download the third in the series for FREE on Kindle. A series of short (15 minute-or-so reads), each “Creepy Little Bedtime Story” is its own, self-contained scary story – written to help you have a restless night of sleep, should you read it just before bed. About the Free Download Normally just 99 cents each, you can get your taste of the series free this week by downloading ‘Roommates’ FREE….

The First Draft of ‘The Unfortunate Expiration of One Mr. David S. Sparks’ is Complete!

The First Draft of ‘The Unfortunate Expiration of One Mr. David S. Sparks’ is Complete!

About eight years ago, in November of 2008, I started my first attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I failed miserably, only putting down a few thousand words … but those few thousand words were the start of something … something that stuck around in my head for years while I tried to figure the whole story out.  Over the last year or two I’ve been back at the story, getting those ideas down to paper – trying to get the entire complicated thing into one story that made sense….

Music I’ve Been Writing to Lately

Music I’ve Been Writing to Lately

If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ve probably seen me posting a lot of updates recently about all the progress I’m making on my next novel, ‘The Unfortunate Expiration of One Mr. David S. Sparks.’ The goal is to have this first draft done by the end of October, so I’ve been cranking through the rough draft and putting down a lot of words to meet my self-imposed deadline. As I’ve mentioned before, I do a lot of my writing to music. It helps me to set the…

‘Roommates’ – A New “Creepy Little Bedtime Story” is Now Available

‘Roommates’ – A New “Creepy Little Bedtime Story” is Now Available

Today marks the release of Roommates, my third “creepy little bedtime story.” It’s a story I started months ago, then it had to sit for a while for the missing part of the story to come into being. That happened recently, and the short is now complete and available digitally as a Kindle download. Here’s a snippet: Roommates By William F. Aicher Something is happening, here in my head. A something I can’t explain. Something I don’t know. But it’s there. A change. An opening. A transmutation. A metamorphosis. I…

My Experience of Goodreads Giveaway Effectiveness (as an Author)

My Experience of Goodreads Giveaway Effectiveness (as an Author)

Back in July, when A Confession first came out, I was in full-on marketing and promotion mode. I’m a professional marketer for my “day job” so online marketing is pretty second-nature to me, but promoting a book (much less my own book) is a whole different game than the larger brand promotion I’m used to. So, I did my research on ways to get in front of potential readers – including learning how important it is to just get the book into the hands of people and try to get some…

‘Pretty When You Sleep’ Is FREE On Kindle Right Now!

‘Pretty When You Sleep’ Is FREE On Kindle Right Now!

Update: The free promotion has ended. But you can still buy it for a measly 99 cents. The second of my “creepy little bedtime stories,” ‘Pretty When You Sleep’ is available as a FREE Kindle download right now. It’s only free for a few days, then it’s back to its regular price. So, go download it! Here’s what it’s about: In this “creepy little bedtime story” by William F. Aicher, we wake up with a young woman in the middle of the night. It seems poor Thalia can’t sleep, so she…

7 Tips for Editing Your Novel

7 Tips for Editing Your Novel

I’ve been a member of the writing community for almost a decade now, in particular the independent and self-published writing scene. As a member, I communicate with a lot of other writers – via social media, writer groups, my website, in person etc. and one of the most common issues I hear people dealing with is how to edit your own writing. Now, I’m not an expert writer. I’m still learning as I go, and getting a lot of help from the writing community myself as I continue to hone…