John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

WIP Thursday 8-16-18

Sorry, I know I haven’t been very reliable lately on WIP Thursday posts. That said, I’m happy to share this one, and report that “Space Rogues 3: I Should Come up With 20 Books Worth of Names in Advance” (Definitely a working title) is coming along. As of my typing this post, I’m at 40,869 words! So I’m sitting here in Denver, enjoying a homemade pickle (The garden is going gangbuster!) and writing as fast as I can to get Space Rogues 3 out before the end of 2018.  In the meantime, enjoy this little bit, that I just finished. I really enjoyed writing it. Deep Thoughts at Weird Times “Where’s the Berserker?” Wil asks, bringing the Ghost around on an attack run on one of the larger captured vessels. “Well…

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I was looking at old posts and remembered that I’d posted a “one month in” update on leaving KDP Select (Kindle Unlimited). Now it’s two months, so why not another update? First of all, the biggest challenge of being on all the eBook stores… Tracking. There aren’t very many great ways to track sales without going to each site to see the data. I’m hoping one day Book Report adds the other stores. Of course, Kindle is still the king. Recent developments (Amazon finally cracking down on scammers) have made me second guess going wide, but I still think it’s the best approach. I hope it’s a sacrificing short-term (KU page reads going into my bank account) thing for long-term (more people on more platforms, plus really Amazon needs some competition!)…

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WIP Thursday 6-28-18

I’m working on Space Rogues 3 and am really enjoying it. I feel like the crew is really coming together. I finished a scene last night that I loved, so here’s a bit of it! Oh! Before you go any further, SPOILER WARNING FOR SPACE ROGUES 2. -=-=- Seriously, spoilers -=-=- Not kidding! -==- “That was me,” Gabe says, walking into the lounge from the hatch that leads to engineering. “You and Bennie were unable to walk, so I carried you back to the ship and put you to bed.” “Uh. I woke up naked.” Wil says, starting to blush. “It was my understanding from Bennie that you sleep in the nude.” Gabe offers, coming to stand near the kitchenette. Zephyr stifles a laugh and Wil makes a sour looking…

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A month of being ‘wide’

So, you may recall I took Space Rogues and went wide at the beginning of June, ‘how’s that been going?’ you ask? Well, it’s going OK-ish.  The biggest ‘downside’ of going wide is losing access to Kindle Unlimited. KU is a hot mess to be sure, scammers are winning while honest indies are losing. Amazon knows and well, says they care, but I don’t think they do. Even though, the page reads were a nice boost month-to-month. SO. Here I am, almost to the end of June, and sales are, well, ok. Not “Oh my God, I’ve made it” But certainly not horrible (but close). Part of going wide is that I can offer Space Rogues 1 at $.99 to (I hope) encourage folks to read through to Space Rogues…

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