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About J. Daniel Sawyer
After a childhood in academia, J. Daniel Sawyer declared his independence by dropping out of high school and setting off on a series of adventures in the bowels of the film industry, the venture capital culture of Silicon Valley, surfing safaris, bohemians, burners, historians, theologians, adventurers, climbers, drug dealers, gangbangers, and inventors bred in him an obsession with staying one step ahead of the future springing uncontrollably out of the past.
To date, this obsession has yielded over thirty books and innumerable short stories, the occasional short film, nearly a dozen podcasts stretching over a decade and a half, and a career creating novels and audiobooks exploring the world through the lens of his own peculiar madness, in the depths of his own private forest in a rural exile, where he uses the quiet to write, walk on the beach, and manage a production company that brings innovative stories to the ears of audiences across the world.
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“These enjoyable twisting short stories seem more like a stop in the Twilight Zone than pulp fiction.”
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Table of Contents
“String of Pearls” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Shoes I Wore This Morning” by J. Daniel Sawyer
“The Dust Devil, the Riffraff, and the Big Orange Sunset” by Valerie Brook
“Goin’ to the Chapel” by Rebecca M. Senese
“With Wings the End” by Rob Vagle
“Cogs in the Machine” by Paul Eckheart
“The Faerie Invasion” by Anthea Sharp
“Demon-touched” by Travis Heermann
“Same Time Next Year” by M. E. Owen
“The Story That Has to Be Written” by Louisa Swann
“Tyrph Rights” by David Stier
“Paradox. Lost.” by Stefon Mears
“The Night of Brahma” by Leigh Saunders
“Three Degrees Above Zero” by Doug Dandridge
Delivered in a witty, easy style by multiple-award nominated producer J. Daniel Sawyer, Making Tracks gives you the lowdown on today's audiobook landscape. From narrative technique to studio design to production management, you'll learn everything you need to go from zero to full production, including:
How to access the world's biggest audiobook markets
Industry history and business practices
How to choose your production style
How to leverage your audiobooks to build your stable of true fans
All about acoustics
How to pick your equipment
How to build your recording booth
Tried and true go-to-market strategies
Where to find music, sound effects, and voice actors
Professional standards, and how to achieve them
How to make your voice sound like a million bucks
And much, much more...
Those audio rights you used to sell to publishers now have real cash value. Learn how to make the most of them in this entertaining, accessible volume, freshly revised and expanded for today's marketplace. Don't miss out on the latest publishing revolution!
Twelve times a day, this sixteen-year-old proprietor of Luna City's best orn-suit shop fits his wings and jumps out into the open air to soar with the grace of an eagle. For forty dollars an hour, he can teach any groundhog how to fly bird-fashion in the moon's low gravity.
But when the tramp of military boots on the road to his home forces him to flee, he finds himself adrift between planets, on the run from government agents, without hope of home. Out of his depth and thrust into danger for which he's ill-prepared, Hadrian must learn the true reason for his exile, and finally spread his own wings...
...before war comes crashing down around him.
Prolific author J. Daniel Sawyer walks you through the process in this lively and fun day-by-day guide to going from blank page to a publication-ready novel...and doing it every month.
Now, J. Daniel Sawyer, longtime businessman, educator, and author of over twenty books guides you through the transition from thinking like an employee to thinking like an author-entrepreneur, and gives you the tools you need to make informed decisions about how to grow your fiction writing from a hobby to a life-sustaining career.
Nya Thales disappeared from under the nose of her helicopter parents, and the cops don’t care. She’s nineteen, obviously free-spirited, and no laws have been broken.
Convinced time is running out, her mother turns to disgraced-cop-turned-PI Clarke Lantham.Tailed by mercenaries, framed for murder, and forced into hiding, Lantham finds himself drawn ever-deeper into a surreal web of scandal and power and secrets that threatens to upend the normal rules of reality don’t seem to apply–all for the sake of a girl whose uncanny face haunts him every time he closes his eyes.
"A mystery so dark and complex you could lose a molar biting into it." —Seth Harwood, author of In Broad Daylight
"...full of snappy one-liners I'm dying to quote." —Gail Carriger, New York Times Bestselling Author of Soulless
"...a strangely beautiful noir for the future. And Then She Was Gone has all the history of the genre...packed with the trademark Sawyer intelligence." —Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist and Phoenix Rising
Sure, you could watch a lot of CSI, but as you'll quickly discover upon cracking open this volume, you can't trust everything you see on TV.
Entertaining and humorous in style, Throwing Lead shows you the gestalt of guns, showing you the history of small arms in one readable, accessible, graphics-rich and easy-to-reference volume. Packed full of revealing research shortcuts to help you find accurate information on your book's period and culture, and cut through the jargon to get you the information you need with a minimum of fuss, it'll leave you chuckling and get your creative juices flowing with tips on underexploited plot devices and hidden opportunities for comedy and drama that firearms present, but that authors often miss.
This unique tour of the history, technology, and cultural development of firearms, examines how they've shaped our language and idiom, influenced manufacturing technology, and created warrior cultures in different professions. More than just a "how to write about it" manual or a technical glossary, this rigorously non-political guide reveals the common myths about firearms foisted upon us by filmmakers while using those mistakes as springboards for deeper discussion.
Topics covered include:
Stupid author tricks
Stupid criminal tricks
Stupid movie tricks
Ballistics and Forensics
The visceral experience of shooting a gun
Police tactics and psychology
Urban warfare, Snipers, gunfighters and PTSD
Ammunition construction and the handloading culture
Space combat and Science Fiction weaponry
Gunshot wounds and medical science
Selecting the gun that best fits your character
And much, much more...
When ten-year-old Teddy Stride wanted to impress the professional snoop down the street, he opened his own detective agency. But when Teddy's father goes off the rails, and his precocious investigative prowess fails him, he turns to the only firm he knows who might be able to find out what's wrong before it's too late: Clarke Lantham Investigations.
Clarke Lantham hates family squabbles, but something about Teddy makes it impossible to say no. Lantham had no way to know that taking the case would send him straight to the heart of the biggest academic scandal in state history, and set him on a collision course with ghosts from his past that could jeopardize his freedom, ruin his career, and endanger the life of everyone he loves.
According to the official story, Martin Galloway shot himself in front of two cops. But his bereaved fiancee smells a rat, and when the system fails her, she turns to Clarke Lantham Investigations to prove that Martin was murdered. At stake: the reputation of one of the world's greatest humanitarians...and his twenty billion dollar estate.
Descending into a web of venture capitalists, patent trolls, security contractors, and evangelists, Lantham and his team must find a way through a world of loyalty and deceit more insidious, and closer to home, than any case so far...
...assuming he can survive the coma, and the arms dealer, and the drug kingpin who holds his life in the balance.
A Chinese assassin?
A missing meteorite?
Clarke Lantham is gonna need a Vicodin
The California Academy of Sciences, a bastion of integrity in scientific public relations, has agreed to play host to one of the most valuable traveling exhibits in the world: a Mars rock with microbial alien life. But the attention it's drawing isn't just international, it's interstellar. When a commando team of gray aliens steals the rock and abducts a security guard, in full view of the cameras, the head of the security contractor has only one place to turn: Clarke Lantham Investigations.
Clarke Lantham already turned down an alien-related job earlier in the week, and has had his fill of kooks, cranks, and crooks of all kinds. Unfortunately, with an old client suing him, a employee to pay for, and a new ward chewing through his finances, he needs the paycheck. This time, though, he's not the only one looking for a missing person: the FBI, Lloyd's of London, and the Chinese Ministry of State Security are all breathing down his neck.
From the dark underbelly of the Tongs slave trade to the shark-infested waters of Bolinas Bay to the skies far above the concerns of mere mortals, Lantham races against spies, assassins, and conspiracy theorists to find the missing man--and the treasure that went with him--before the theft becomes a diplomatic incident between the world's most fearsome superpowers and the alien overlords they allegedly support.
When the field gets that crowded, someone's bound to get hurt. But even that might be okay for Lantham...if he didn't have to sleep on the couch.
But when a Jeep runs him off the road and gunmen descend upon the accident, Lantham finds himself the unintentional custodian of the other driver and his business partner: two hapless geeks with a doomed tech company.
With no phone, no car, no partner, and no hope of rescue, Lantham must survive a deadly game of hunter-prey through steep mountain terrain in a fog bank as dark and deadly as the secrets surrounding the package he was hired to deliver...
...before the gunmen's employer finds another target, closer to home.
When Nya Thales started her basement remodel, she expected a good hard project. But when an accidental exhumation gets her a chance at solving one of the biggest unsolved crimes in California history, her only hope for claiming an FBI reward lies in the fears of her neighbors, the memories of the survivors, and the secrets buried beneath her floorboards.