Amy J. Murphy

Author of the Allies and Enemies series.

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Red Rising

As I mentioned before, I’m taking a little R&R while I’m waiting for my second draft to get back from my editor. So I’ve read the second in the Red Rising series from Pierce Brown, entitled Golden Son. Loved it! This stuff is like Dune meets Hunger Games with the death toll from Game of Thrones mixed in. Cannot wait to read the next one.

Ugh. I feel so dirty…

So, I did it. I did what I vowed I’d never do. *sigh*
I made a Facebook page.
Why? I had to.

As I’m eagerly awaiting the return of my second draft from my tireless editor, Pat Dobie, I am researching the “next steps” in this little learning experience of epublishing. Although Skynet knows way too much about us as it stands, all the sages say you need “social media” to grease the wheels of self-publishing. In order to be able to promote anything from ebooks to Etsy, you need to have a Facebook page.

The 21st century sucked me in, kicking and screaming.

So, there you have it.

I have a Facebook page.  *shudder*

But I don’t have to like it.

Still here!

So I guess you may have thought I disappeared forever. That would be the easy answer. I’ve been deeply emersed in the world of editing the manuscript for Allies and Enemies: Book One. When I received the “sea of red” back from my stalwart editor, I was in shock. It really looked as if an actual massacre had taken place on the page… all those poor innocent adjectives and amputated bits of punctuation… oh… the humanity!

I realized in looking at it, that there was no way that if I were to do the edits the right way would I be able to make my original deadline of December 2014. I had to suck it up and lay it out for the wonderful folks that are my Kickstarter backers. Thankfully, they’re not only some of the most generous people on the planet, they’re also the the most understanding. But they will get their tshirts in December. I’m expecting those badass looking tshirts, featuring the brilliant logo design of Alex Winkler, to show up this week! So exciting!

Happy holidays!

Amy J Murphy

I’m baaack.

Miss me?

So, I’ve been a little busy. The Kickstarter was such a great success for Allies and Enemies! I’m still floored by the response. Right now, I’m getting the manuscript into shape to ship off to my chosen editor. But I thought it was finished, you say. True. However, there’s been a change to how the story is framed. Allies and Enemies is being shifted from a very confusing first person point of view narrative that’s shared by two different characters, to a more approachable, less mind-bendy limited third person narrative. The third person narrative is more in keeping with how I formed the story in the first place about six billion years ago.

I’ve had a minor struggle with getting funding straightened out between Kickstarter and Amazon. But I’m under the impression everything is under control… for now. That was a little disheartening. However, lesson learned.

To distract myself from the cumbersome red tape of Amazon, I picked up The Strain because I rather enjoyed the TV series that FX picked up. If I thought I had problems grasping point of view, the narrative approach on these was rather… unique. A passage will transfer from one view point to another mid-action, complete with tone and structure changes. Hopefully, this was done on purpose. My main disappointment was with the TV series. They showed the face of the main, big daddy baddy already. And I’m sorry but I’ve seen better makeup during a “foundation challenge” on Face/Off. They made the Master look like Sloth with too much botox. Fail.

Anyway, back to me. I’m finishing up the revamp (no pun intended) on A&E. And I should be done by the end of October to get it to my trusty editor. Fingers crossed to get this out there by December!


Ok, so maybe the context is all wrong and I admit I know next to nothing about soccer (or football to folks outside the US), but this is still SO awesome. Today, the Allies and Enemies Kickstarter reached (and went slightly over) its goal for funding! Very excited! Thank you to everyone that backed the project. This is so incredible.

Geek Mountain State shout out

So this was a very nice email to wake up to this afternoon. (I work nights. Don’t judge.)
I was contacted by a gent from an outfit called Geek Mountain State representing geekery in Vermont because of my outreach for Kickstarter support. I didn’t know our kind existed in large enough numbers to congragate this far north of the Mason-Dixon. Nice! (And I like the banner on their website. Reminds me of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.)

In the tradition of Spaceballs….

Allies and Enemies – the Tshirt
I couldn’t help but think of that Mel Brooks classic when I was working on the design for the Allies and Enemies backer reward.

All joking aside, I’m so very thankful and humbled by the response of backers to my kickstarter campaign to raise funds for professional editing services. One of the rewards for the “Commissioned Officer of the Regime” is this staggeringly beautiful and so well designed tshirt. (OK. I’m paiting it on a little thick there.)
It features the Regime standard that was created by the talented Alex Winkler. Cool, huh?

Trappings of a Commissioned Officer of the Regime

Project Kickstarter is go for launch!

So, I made the decision to utilize the services of a professional editor to fluff and buff the final manuscript in preparation for the ebook publication. Such an endeavor is a not exactly budget-friendly. Aside from winning the lottery or discovering a Picasso at a garage sale, I decided to dive into the realm of Kickstarter to search out kindly folks who might want to lend a girl a hand in paying for said editor’s services. I launched the project today and I’m already pleasantly surprised (and more than a little humbled) by the impressive response.

Check out my Kickstarter project page:

I admit I’m probably hamstringing myself by my nearly neurotic avoidance of “the facebook” and “the twitter”. But, I’ve got a pretty FB and Twitter savvy friend out there who has offered to help get the word out. Check out some of Clinton’s work at Comedy4cast. Thanks, Clinton!

A Booktango Project: Allies and Enemies Book One

Look for Allies and Enemies: Book One to hit the metaphysical shelves later this year by virtue of Free E-book Publishing Online – Booktango!

Hard Luck Hank

I think I’ve uncovered a little gem here, the Hard Luck Hank series by Steven Campbell. With some lovely dry humor, explosions and a henchman-turned hero for a protagonist, Campbell has delivered an incredibly entertaining read. Anyone who is a fan of Hitchhiker’s would definitely get a kick out of Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy or the follow up Basketful of Crap. (I just love the titles!) An more recent addition, Hard Luck Hank: Early Years was published earlier this month. Check it out at Amazon.com! I know I will.

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