Tuesday, May 3, 2016

So You're A Writer Too by L.D. Beyer, author of An Eye For An Eye

An Eye for an Eye

Inside the Book:

An Eye for and Eye
Title: An Eye for an Eye 
Author: L.D. Beyer 
Release Date: January 15, 2016 
Publisher: Old Stone Mill Publishing 
Genre: Military 
Format: Ebook/Paperback
   

A powerful drug lord threatens to bring America to its knees. Only one man can stop him.

Two years ago, Secret Service Agent Matthew Richter faced the most difficult decision of his life, knowing that by saving the former, the latter would die. In the aftermath, he fled Washington and the agency that failed him. With wounds he’s certain will never heal, he seeks refuge behind a gun as the commander of an FBI SWAT team in New York. After a raid turns sour and Richter is sidelined, possibly for good, he is reluctantly drawn back to Washington by the man he once saved.

When drug cartels threaten to topple the Mexican government and the violence begins to spill across the border, Richter tells President David Kendall it’s time to take off the gloves. One by one, cartel warehouses and tunnels are raided and their drug caches destroyed. One by one, their sprawling compounds and bank accounts are seized. One by one, drug lords are targeted and killed. One by one—all except, that is, for Pablo Guerrero, the ruthless head of the Sangre Negras cartel, who has only grown stronger as others have fallen.

When the hunt for Guerrero finally draws first blood, he unleashes a war no one is prepared for. Now Richter must stop him before it’s too late.

An Eye For An Eye is the action-packed sequel to In Sheep’s Clothing, L.D. Beyer’s gripping debut novel.

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So you’re a writer too by L.D. Beyer

New writers are always asking other writers for advice.  We want to learn from those who went before us, hopefully avoiding the mistakes our more seasoned colleagues made, and possibly, just possibly, fining an easier path to success.  Here’s a few things I picked up during my journey to become a writer.

Write every day.  This is the advice I heard most often when I started writing.  Write for as long as you can, each day, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes.  While I’ll admit that I don’t always follow this advice, like any skill, writing takes practice and you will become better over time.  Look at how many hours professional athletes or musicians devote to their craft.  Writers need to do the same.
Read everything you can within your genre or chosen field.  Learn how other writers approach their craft and along the way you’ll learn what an intriguing protagonist, a compelling plot, and an engaging dialogue look and sound like. 

Network with other writers.  We tend to think alike and, even if it’s to commiserate on our all too common failures, writers tend to be very supportive of each other.  At a minimum, it’s a great excuse to get out of the house for a cup of coffee.

Learn everything you can about publishing, whether it’s traditional or self-publishing.  Yesterday’s rules for success are not today’s and new writers need to be aware of how rapidly the publishing and book retailing world are changing.

Beware the charlatans.  There are many people and businesses preying on writers, hoping to sell their cure all for your writing ills, their secret formula to your publishing success, promising they can open supposedly closed doors and bring you fame and fortune.  If this were the early 1900’s, many of these would be called Snake Oil Salesman.  Do yourself a favor and ask for references first.  Check out Predators and Editors to find out which advisors and firms are reputable and which should be avoided like the plague.  A simple rule: if they ask for money up front, walk away.

Get feedback.  Find a handful of people who will give you objective advice about your writing.  You can’t get better unless you know where you need to improve.  If you can, join a writer’s critique circle.  Put your ego aside and forget how much your mother “loved your book.”  She also loved those finger paintings you brought home from kindergarten.  But we’re they really worthy of the Louvre?  You want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly.

Finally, hang on to the dream!  Perseverance is as much a part of being a writer as a computer and a dictionary are!  

Meet the Author:

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L.D. Beyer spent over twenty-five years in the corporate world, climbing the proverbial corporate ladder. This meant a lot of time away from his family, extensive travel, a half dozen relocations, and the opportunity to live and work in Mexico for several years. In 2011 he decided it was time for a change—he was tired of moving every few years, he wanted to spend more time with his family and he wanted to chase his dream of being a writer. LD Beyer is an avid reader and although he primarily reads Thrillers, his reading list is somewhat eclectic. He believes a few hours with a good book beats a few hours in front of the TV any day. LD Beyer lives in Michigan with his wife, three children and a dog named Tope (pronounced Toe-Pay), which he adopted in Mexico. He enjoys cooking, hiking, biking, working out and fixing just about anything that breaks in the house. With 3 kids, a dog and an aging house, he always seems to be fixing something!

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