Readers – Present Tense or Past Tense?

So there’s a debate that I’ve gotten involved in from time to time, and that’s about writing either in present tense or past tense. For me, I’ve been trained to write in present tense, and it makes sense. Why? Because present tense tends to keep you in the moment. There are some particularly action-based scenes in the book that amp you up as you read it, and the present tense keeps you in that moment. Present tense, in my mind, is telling you a story as it happens.

Past tense, at least in my mind, tells you the story after it happens. So to me, it’s more detached from the story, and thus, takes me out of the moment. But I’ve had two strong reactions from two reviewers who don’t like to read present tense, as it is too jarring.

So what do you think? Do you have a preference one way or the other? Sound off and let me know!

It’s Book Release Day!

I’ve been waiting for this day for quite a long time; Migration: Beginnings is finally available for sale on Amazon!

While the print copy has been available for a little while (due to a glitch on my part; who knew you couldn’t set a pre-release date on a hard copy book through CreateSpace?), the Kindle version is finally available. If you have a Kindle, or even have the Kindle software available for your PC, Mac, iPad/iPhone, or Android device, and are interested in the book, you can now purchase it on Amazon.com. Even better for those people that have Kindle Unlimited, the book is free as part of the Kindle Unlimited program!

And if you haven’t entered the giveaway, there’s still time!

Goodreads Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Migration by Walter H. Hopgood

Migration

by Walter H. Hopgood

Giveaway ends November 30, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Giving Away a Copy of Migration: Beginnings on GoodReads!

We’re also giving away a copy of Migration: Beginnings on the GoodReads.com platform!  If you’re a fan of GoodReads, please consider following me on there.  And while you’re at it, enter the giveaway!  Details below.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Migration by Walter H. Hopgood

Migration

by Walter H. Hopgood

Giveaway ends November 30, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

#RTtoWin A Copy Of Migration: Beginnings!

To celebrate the pending release of Migration: Beginnings, I’m going to give away a free printed copy to one lucky Twitter follower.  All you need to do is retweet this post, and you’ll be eligible.  You can retweet any time between Thursday November 3rd when this post comes out, and Monday, November 14th at 23:59 Pacific Time.  Then on Tuesday, when Migration: Beginnings is released, I will get the list of all who retweeted the tweet associated with this post, and use the website RandomNumberGenerator.com to pick the winner.

Good luck!

Migration: Beginnings Is Here! Kindof…

My long, long wait to see this book available to the public is almost here – mostly.  So while Migration: Beginnings is going to debut on November 15th, 2016 in Kindle (electronic) format, I wanted to put together a print version as well.  There are still people out there that prefer to have their books in printed form, so they can hold on to it.  I know there are many books in my collection that I started out with electronic form, but bought the paperback version because I felt like I needed to have it.  Sometimes you just connect with a book and need that.

I put together and approved a paperback version on Amazon’s “CreateSpace.com”, which is a pretty cool site.  After getting the paperback copies, I made a slight change here and there, and then approved it to be published.  Only thing is, when CreateSpace gets the greenlight for approval, they do so immediately.  There’s no way to pause it or put it on pre-order.  Once you say it’s live, it’s live, and there’s no way to change it.

So if you were waiting for a printed copy of Migration: Beginnings, your wait is up!  You can head over to Amazon.com and search for it, click on the paperback version, and order away.  The Kindle version will be here in 21 days!

Migration: Beginnings Now Available For Preorder!

The first book in the Migration series, “Migration: Beginnings” is now available for pre-order on Amazon!  I went with Amazon for exclusive rights for the first 90 days because I wanted to see if Amazon Unlimited would actually help me grow my audience.  But after that initial 90 days, the book will become available on other platforms like Kobo, iTunes, and Smashwords.

Until then, if you’re interested in reading Migration: Beginnings, head on over to Amazon and you can check out the details, maybe preorder if you’d like.  Details are found by clicking on the cover below.

We Have Book Cover!

So writing isn’t something I complain about too often.  I can take an idea and run with it like nobody’s business.  Over the last few years, I’ve written countless stories and two books – my nonfiction travel book, “A Million Miles Amok“, and the soon to be released fiction book, “Migration: Beginnings”.  But the one thing I absolutely cannot do is draw, or even illustrate beyond stick figures.

That’s why it helps to have awesome, creative friends!  My friend Alice, who is of the artistic type, took what I spewed forth over dinner one night, and came up with a book cover for Migration: Beginnings – and it’s as close as possible to what I wanted without me doing it myself (which, as I said, I’m totally incapable of doing).

That said, here is the book cover for Migration: Beginnings.  Huzzah!

MIGRATION_Cover_2_lettering

(Click on it for larger size)

Migration Beginnings is almost here!

The thing that they don’t tell you about books is that, while they may take a couple of months to write, that’s probably the shortest part of the whole process.  Once it’s written, you’ve got months of editing to slog through, including professional editors who need to take a whack or two at your book.  Then there’s the fact that you need to submit to publishing houses and wait quite a bit more for them to come back with a say.

For me, I’ve decided to self publish.  I changed Migration Beginnings around a bit, including a new prologue that jolts the reader into finding out just what big things are about to come, and there was a fair bit of rewriting a couple of other parts.  Now that all the writing is done, I’m at the point where it’s been professionally edited and now returned to me.  I’ve got the arduous task of going through the changes one by one and deciding what sounds the best, and we’ll almost be through.

But wait, there’s more!  Yes, the last bit of detail that an author needs, especially if they are self publishing, is a book cover.  That is being taken care of by a dear friend, but I’m on their timetable, so we wait a bit more.

All this to say that Migration Beginnings, the adventures of a gay couple as they see the world around them change, and their role in the new world grow, is ever so much closer to being released!  This book was such a labor of love that in a way I’m almost hesitant to let it go.  But I hope that, when I do, people love it as much as I do.

More news soon!

First Book Published!

So Lisa and I have been working on a nonfiction travel book for the last couple of years.  Well I’m proud to say that as of 5:30pm Pacific today, that book is published!

Normally this wouldn’t be such a big deal. But you have to consider that this is the first book either of us have published!  

Here’s a blurb from my iPhone that shows the book available in the Apple iBookstore.  It’ll be available soon in Amazon’s store for their Kindle.

Update: The Kindle version of the book is located here.