MIKE BOCKOVEN

My Second Novel Is Happening!

May
21

No need to bury the lead (or lede for my journalism friends). I’m excited to announce the contracts have been signed and my second novel is officially happening.

At this point I don’t want to go too much into the details because a) while the contacts have been signed there’s still a ways to go before I can share details like release dates and titles with you (and part of me is forever worried that it will all fall apart in spectacular fashion) and b) I will be hyping it more than enough in the coming weeks and months.

Still, this moment represents sort of a high water mark for me in terms of this wonderful little writing thing I’ve been doing these past few years. A second book means the chances the first book was a fluke reduces considerably. That might still be the case but with professionals in the literary community that I know and respect saying they approve, I’m moving closer to that ever elusive moment where I can tell people “I’m a novelist” and have them take me seriously. A second book improves the chances for a third. A second book means I’m not that far away from the dream of having a bookshelf with six or seven books with my name on them on my bookshelf. That was the dream from way back.

I’m excited, obviously (I’ve said that already) but I’m also extremely grateful to so many people who encouraged me in so many different ways.  Specifically my family has been more supportive than I deserve, I’ve got an agent who buys me lunch and answers my emails, an editor who likes David Lynch  movies and wants to see what I’m doing next and people who engage with me on facebook, Instagram, or wherever. I can’t tell you how much that has meant to me and I legitimately think about it every day.

Please check back for details when they become available but the next book is happening, likely sooner rather than later. Until then, I’ve got some editing to do.

Thanks again.

FantasticLand Flash Sale

Mar
09

This week my debut novel “FantasticLand” is on sale for $1.99 from the Amazon Kindle store. If you have an e-reader, give it a shot. It’s a little freaky, a lot exciting and super cheap (or if you know someone who reads on Kindle, send them a link, will ya?). The offer is good through this Sunday.

I Wanna Go Fast

Jan
30

Today I was in church, walking down an empty hallway and ran into an older gentleman I am friendly with.

“When’s your next book coming out?” he asked.

“That’s the question, isn’t it?” I started. “You see…”

But by that time we had passed each other. He had tossed out a question that, at this point, has a fairly complicated answer. When is my next book coming out? That’s a loaded question.

Here’s the situation as it stands today – I have submitted my second book to my agent who liked it and sent it along to the fine folks at Skyhorse Publishing who put out my debut novel “FantasticLand”. They are currently considering it as they have the contracutal right of first refusal. I should know, if all goes well, in a month or so. I’m hopeful but realisitic about my chances.

Of course, that’s a paragraph worth of explanation and not suited to brief, social interactions but as they say in informercials, “wait, there’s more!”

I wrote a third book. I know, that’s a little much, but I did it. Instead of selling my first book, editing my second and thinking about a third I wrote a third, sold a first and let me my second sit fallow for a bit. That turned out to be a mistake as when I submitted my third novel to my agent, his response was a professional, compassionate “Nope, not this one.” I kind of liked it, but it’s what’s known as a “sock drawer” novel, which means it’s going to sit on my lap top until I figure out what the hell to do with it. In all liklihood I’ll do a limited run for friends and family and I’ll post about it here.

To get this out of the way, the second book is a bit of a departure but still in the horror/thriller genre. I don’t want to get too far into it because…GAH! I WISH I COULD TELL YOU ABOUT MY NEXT NOVEL! But I can’t. I have to wait and, as I’ve said before, waiting sucks.

Publishing is a slow process. There’s submissions and editor’s letters and first drafts and research and second drafts and word counts and third drafts and final passes and it’s a process that moves about as fast as sap rolling down a tree in the cold. Rest assured, I’m writing every week, I’m working on stuff all the time and I will share news with everyone when I get it.

In the meantime, if you’re the type to send good thoughts into the universe, now would be the time. And feel free to ask me about my next book but settle in for the answer. It’s a long one.