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More Superego

Lots of news on my first novel, Superego, including that I'm now looking for beta readers for the sequel. And the Superego graphic novel is coming! Let's get to it...

In Today's Issue

  • Beta Readers Needed for Superego: Fathom
  • Superego Graphic Novel
  • Hellbender Coming Soon
  • Today's Writing Tip


Beta Readers Needed for Superego: Fathom

The sequel to Superego -- currently titled Superego: Fathom -- is ready for beta readers, so I thought I'd ask you, my newsletter subscribers, if you're interested in giving it an early read. Honestly, I think the further adventures of everyone's favorite intergalactic, psychopathic hitman, Rico, is perfect as is -- just chock full of action, surprises, and humor -- so I don't know what any of you are going to tell me other than how brilliant I am. And I already know that. Still, it feels like I need to do some due diligence and have some beta readers give it a look before it gets published.

So if you're interested, just reply back to this email asking to be a beta reader. If you're someone who hasn't read the first one, that's cool, too, as I'd like a few opinions on how it reads if one is unfamiliar with the first. All I ask for being a beta reader is that you agree to write like an Amazon review when it comes out. Books need those early reviews; no one wants to order something with no reviews on it. That's risky. That's like being an explorer of the unknown as in days of yore. No one has that courage anymore.

So anyway, email if interested. And I still have the first chapter up here if you want a preview.

Superego Graphic Novel

In a regular novel, for you to get a visual picture of things, I need to write a bunch of descriptions and then you need to use your brain to make mental images using those descriptions. It's a lot of work for both of us, and I don't think either of us care for it.

Luckily, there are graphic novels where professionals come up with better imagery than we two working together can manage. And Superego will soon be out as a graphic novel thanks to the art of Romas and the editing of Allison Barrows. It will appear at a few comic conventions first. I'll get you more news on where to see it and how to get your hands on it soon.

Hellbender Coming Soon

My next novel, Hellbender, will be out soon. When exactly? Well, I'm still working on that. But soon is a good word for it. I'm really excited about it, as if you've read futuristic dystopias about young people being oppressed by uncaring governments, they always seem kind of bleak. So I'm bringing some humor to it. I'm also bringing Satan. Anyway, here's a short excerpt from the beginning:
Doug wasn’t sure whether he should trust Satan.

He stared a moment at the man who stood outside the donut shop. He was older than Doug without being what one would call “old,” and he was dressed nicely enough without being dressed formally. He had dark hair and a neatly trimmed goatee and eyes that looked to Doug like he could trust them and a mouth that seemed like he shouldn’t trust it because it had just said that he’s Satan. “Like the guy from the wrapper on hot candies?” Doug asked, to confirm what he thought he’d just heard.

“And extreme hot sauces,” Satan confirmed. “Come. I have things to discuss with you, Doug.”
I'll hopefully have the cover to show you soon (despite all the warnings to the contrary, everyone judges books by their covers) and the whole novel right after that. Get ready!

Today's Writing Tip

Have a Stand-In for the Reader

When you start out a novel, a reader is going to be confused. He's going to be asking questions like, "Who are these people?" and "What's going on?" and "Where are we?" That's why it's good to have a character that's basically a stand-in for the reader -- someone who doesn't know what's going on and needs everyone to slowly explain everything to him. You also need to make him someone the reader can relate to. So have him be kinda dumb, probably ugly, and constantly irritating everyone with his stupid questions. Then every so often the other characters can just kind of sigh, stop what they're doing, and explain everything to this idiot -- even though it should all be obvious if he were just paying attention.

Make sure to kill that character at the end.


That's it for today. Make sure to email me if you're interested in being a beta reader for Superego: Fathom.

Your friend,
Frank J. Fleming

P.S. Can you believe this beta reader scam? People getting to read my stuff for free -- that doesn't seem right, but everyone says you've got to do it. It's some conspiracy of people who just want to read for free, that's what that is.

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