by J. Allen Wolfrum
July 1 - August 31, 2018 Tour
Former Army helicopter pilot, Susan Turner is Selected as the next President of the United States. In order to avoid a nuclear war, she must overcome personal demons and learn to navigate the murky waters of international diplomacy.
Five years ago, the Dove Revolution changed the political structure of the United States. The President, Senate, and Congress are no longer elected by the public, they are Selected at random every two years. A shadow organization known only as The Board, advances their sinister agenda by taking advantage of their anonymity and Susan's tendency to make brash decisions. Blackmail, espionage and murder are all in play as The Board manipulates geo-political events to spark a war between the Soviet Union and the United States.
With the help of her former Squadron Commander, General LeMae, Susan Turner attempts to lead the nation through these turbulent times while battling her own internal demons. Susan is a battle-hardened war veteran but she must learn what it takes to be a world leader. Nuclear war and the future of the human race hang in the balance.
Book Details:Genre: Political Thriller
Published by: Indie
Publication Date: December 28th 2017
Number of Pages: 326
ISBN: 1981498974 (ISBN13: 9781981498970)
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Read an excerpt:
He pursed his lips before responding, “I don’t know. I only heard snippets of radio chatter while we were on the way to the helipad.”
Susan leaned back in her seat, cupping her hands over her face and replaying the events in her mind. The group stayed in radio silence for the remainder of the brief flight. The helicopter landed at Andrews Air Force Base and the doors immediately opened. Susan and her security detail rushed across the tarmac and boarded the Boeing 747. She walked onto the plane in her bare feet. Jogging on con- crete caused the pinky toe on her left foot to bleed. She left a trail of blood down the center aisle of Air Force One.
Excerpt from Selected by J. Allen Wolfrum. Copyright © 2018 by J. Allen Wolfrum. Reproduced with permission from J. Allen Wolfrum. All rights reserved.
5 Things I learned about self-publishing
I self-published my first novel, Selected in December 2017 and learned a few things along the way.
Lesson #1 - It’s not as hard as people make it seem
I read way too many blog posts about self-publishing while I was writing my first book. I’ll be honest, they made me nervous about the process and I write computer code for a living. It doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re writing your first book, keep it simple. All you need to do is have a properly formatted Word document. And you don’t really even have to worry about the “properly formatted” part (see Lesson #3). The hard part is writing the book not the publishing process. I’ve read articles where authors state that writing the book is the easy part and the publishing/marketing is hard. I have the opposite opinion, put your effort into writing a good book. The publishing/marketing will fall into place, don’t stress about it.
Lesson #2 - Hire a professional copywriter
Yes it’s expensive but in my opinion well worth the money. There are many websites out there that serve as marketplaces for copywriting services. I used reedsy.com and was extremely happy. Shout out to Susannah Noel, she did a fantastic job. That being said, I did not have her or anyone else proofread the book, so if you find a grammar mistake, that rests solely on my shoulders. Not hiring a proofreader was a financial decision on my part.
Lesson #3 - Hire a firm to make a professional book cover.
Same as Lesson #2, it’s expensive but in my opinion well worth the money. I used damonza.com for the cover design, ebook design, and formatting the interior of the paperback. Hiring a professional removes countless hours of frustration from your life. I tried doing the formatting myself before hiring damonza.com, it didn’t go well. Leave it in the hands of professionals.
Lesson #4 - Make an author website
This can be intimidating for those that aren’t familiar with technology but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are several companies out there that specialize in providing tools that allow the layman to make a professional looking website with very little effort. The company I used was squarespace.com. You can pick from a pre-designed template and have a professional site running in half an hour. It sounds too good to be true, but it really is that easy and totally worth it.
Lesson #5 - Pick a genre and stick to it
When I wrote Selected, I started with a premise and layered on the obligatory scenes and conventions of a thriller. For my next novel, I started with a specific genre and built the story within the framework of that genre. I bring this up because for me, the most embarrassing part of telling people about my book is that I don’t have great examples to compare it to. I want to be able to say, I wrote a book like X and Y popular books that people know. When you can confidently make that statement as an author, you likely nailed the genre question. I’ll nail the genre question on my next book. I’m getting better every day and I’m thankful for the journey.
In conclusion, self-publishing is not a wild beast, it can be tamed and the lessons your learn along the way are absolutely worth the effort.
J. Allen Wolfrum is a fiction author and former Marine. He served four years as a Marine Corps Infantryman in the most decorated Regiment in Marine Corps history. During Operation Iraqi Freedom he led an infantry squad on missions spanning from the oil fields of Southern Iraq to the streets of Baghdad.
After the Marine Corps, he spent the next fifteen years exploring life from several perspectives: press operator in a plastics factory, warehouse stocker, confused college student, Certified Public Accountant, bearded graduate student, management consultant, and data analyst.
J. Allen Wolfrum’s writing career began in 2017 with his debut novel, Selected. He uses the unique combination of his Marine Corps, professional and life experience to create a realistic perspective on the political thriller genre. He lives in Southern California with his beautiful wife and two cats.