Kind Words Keep Coming

(Well that’s embarrassing. I realized this morning I’d already posted this as a tag to an earlier post. I had saved them in a file for something else, and just forgot I’d already used them here.

Oh well, I’m still proud of them. And the couple of grafs at the end are new, so that’s something.

I’ll try to keep on top of things better, – jb)

Enthusiastic reviews continue to come in for “Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter.” These were logged recently on the book’s Amazon page.

“I bought this book to bring with me on a cruise to the Caribbean, and enjoyed every minute of it. John Baur writes exceptional pirate stories, and this was no exception. His attention to historical detail, geography, and character development was great. I felt like I learned a lot about the pirate era from reading this book. I’m 43 and enjoyed this book, but my six-year-old daughter will enjoy it too when she gets a little older, maybe 8-9.”

Chris John

“I really enjoyed this book. Great storyline, full of adventure, and very entertaining. Well written without any holes, the author did a great job tying everything together. It was also nice reading a good story that is clean, thus making it suitable to young adults and adults of any age. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to be carried away on a high seas adventure in search of a villainous pirate! I hope a sequel is in the works, arr!”

Mark Beal

All I can say about it being “clean” is – The first draft was read, chapter by chapter as I wrote them, to the fifth grade class my wife was teaching, over the course of the school year. The kids helped steer the story, and they’re all listed in the acknowledgements. Obviously, under the circumstances I couldn’t put in anything that would get me in trouble with the teacher. She can be really strict!

And yeah, Mark, I’m planning a sequel. Two, actually. As soon as I finish the two and a half other projects I’m in the middle of.

And Chris, great thinking! I can’t think of a better place to read “Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter,” than in the Caribbean. After all, that’s where I wrote it! My wife’s fifth grade classroom overlooked the sea, she could have tossed a stone (or a student!) from her classroom window and hit the waves. It’s a wonder they ever got any work done there.

jb

 

 

This week’s words to focus on when I work

If you boldly risk writing a novel that might be acclaimed as great, and fail, you could succeed in writing a book that is splendid. You get what you dare, baby, and if you want big, you dare big. – Leonard Bishop

Risk big. Risk BIG.

Two new blurbs

Just collected these off the Amazon page for “Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter.”

I bought this book to bring with me on a cruise to the Caribbean, and enjoyed every minute of it. John Baur (co-founder of Talk Like a Pirate Day) writes exceptional pirate stories, and this was no exception. His attention to historical detail, geography, and character development was great. I felt like I learned a lot about the pirate era from reading this book. I’m 43 and enjoyed this book, but my 6 year old daughter will enjoy it too when she gets a little older, maybe 8-9. – Chris John

I really enjoyed this book. Great storyline, full of adventure, and very entertaining. Well written without any holes, the author did a great job tying everything together. It was also nice reading a good story that is clean, thus making it suitable to young adults and adults of any age. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to be carried away on a high seas adventure in search of a villainous pirate! I hope a sequel is in the works, arr! – Mark Beal

 

 

 

An Inspiring Young Man

Ol' Chumbucket with Raheem E. Allen at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, Oct. 31.
Ol’ Chumbucket with Raheem E. Allen at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, Oct. 31.

Before I move on from Saturday’s rainy Louisiana Book Festival, I wanted to mention someone I met there, whose kind of inspiring.

Raheem D. Allen is a young man, an 18-year-old freshman at LSU, who began writing novels since he was 13 years old. He has written and self-published a trilogy, “I Am Rick,” three stories about a teen who discovers he has super powers, though he’s only just learning how to use them. With the help of his friends, he has to overcome the plots of an evil madman and save the world.

Truth is, I have no idea if the books are any good. I toyed with buying one, but I’m trying to be very strict – I go to these things to sell, not to buy. If you come home with more books than you went with, you’re doing something wrong. It’s a business.

But I enjoyed talking with the kid. (Is “kid” the wrong word? I’m not being dismissive. At my age, “kid” refers to almost everyone I meet.) He’s very serious about his books. He writes a new story every summer, then spends several months editing and polishing before pubbing through Amazon’s CreateSpace.

He is confident. His table was stacked with books, a couple of hundred anyway, I’d guess. He had a whole spiel down, and it was difficult deflecting him from what he planned to say. He had a story to tell, and he was going to tell it. You have to admire that kind of confidence.

He also had a strong support system. His father was there, manning the table, taking care of business. You had to love seeing that.

I don’t know if he’s pursuing a literary life, never got the chance to ask what he’s studying now that he’s in college. But it was all there – The confidence, the support, the single minded dedication to the craft and to making it pay. I enjoyed meeting him and wish him well.

THIS JUST IN – Two new blurbs on my book, “Chrissie Warren Pirate Hunter.”

This from Willi Scheele from Germany – “I’ve bought and read your latest book, ‘Chrissie Warren.’ … It set me off in another world. It felt like standing in Caribbean sands of my own once more, seeing Chrissie, her mates and the pirates right before my eyes, worried and laughed with them. And surely, that´s what a good book is for. Your story is a delight, to read it was a great pleasure.”

Can an author ask for nicer words than these? Well, there’s this from Cindy Warner of Virginia:

“I have always loved stories of the adventurous girls who broke social customs and followed their hearts!! and I LOVED LOVED LOVED Chrissie Warren. Its a great story and well told with lots of action and adventure … I couldn’t put it down.”

It’s all the sweeter if you know who Cindy is. In the pirate community she’s known as Willoughby Caught, and she’s one of the organizers of the Blackbeard Festival in Hampton, Virginia. It’s one of the biggest pirate festivals in the country and they’ve invited me to take part next June. So she’s a good person to have in my corner.

“Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter” is now on sale at these sites

And here it is. Days of anxious waiting are over and now “Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter” is available for sale. Now months of anxious waiting are on the horizon as I try to keep from obsessing on sales numbers – if any.

Here are the links:

csFINALfrontFor the trade paperback edition ($12.95, 268 pages)

This link takes you to the CreateSpace estore, where the paperback is loaded.

This link takes you to the site where you can advance order a special, signed and numbered hardcover edition: ($45, 272 pages)

This is a one-time-only limited edition hardcover of “Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter,” signed and numbered by the author. This volume also contains three interior illustrations by cover artist/designer Katherine J. Bishop, not contained in the paperback.

Orders will remain open through Nov. 1. When orders close, that’s how many copies will be printed. They will be shipped to me where I sign them and mail them to those who bought them. They will arrive in plenty of time for Christmas. This is the only opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book online.

When you order, make sure you use the “Notes to Seller” tab at the bottom of the checkout page to tell me who you want the book signed to – your name, or the name of someone you intend to send it to as a gift. Otherwise i’ll just sign my name.

And of course, the Kindle version has been available all week. If you’re a Kindle reader, you can purchase it here:

And the first person to purchase the Kindle version has already posted an Amazon review, which I’ll share here, because, well, damn.

“This is a very compelling story, moving at a great pace. I hope there is a sequel in the works, because the story leaves you wanting more, in a good way. While I am technically not a young adult, I think they will enjoy this, too.” D. Van Middlesworth

I know that eventually someone is going to write a pan, tell me it’s a terrible book and I’m a terrible writer, because that’s the nature of the beast. I’m practicing being philosophical. I’m also laying in a supply of rum.

Well, THAT’S Encouraging!

Received the first “blurb” for “Chrissie,” and when you read it, you’ll understand why tears came to my eyes. They really did.

“If you like pirate yarns, adventure tales, wry humor, or just books, chart a swift course for Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter. Talk Like a Pirate Day founder and renowned pirate scribe John Baur’s first stab at young-adult fiction features top-notch characterization, breathtaking battle scenes, and as much plot as your favorite Rafael Sabatini and Hunger Games novels—combined. What’s more, Baur layers in maritime verisimilitude as well as anyone since Patrick O’Brian. You will taste the salt air. You will feel the four-pound cannonballs whistling past. You will not be able to wait to set sail with Chrissie Warren and her crew again.”

– Keith Thomson, NY Times bestselling author of Once a Spy and Pirates of Pensacola

Thomson’s book, “Pirates of Pensacola,” is one of my three or four all-time favorite pirate stories, so this meant a lot coming from him. You can read more about his at his site, http://keiththomsonbooks.com/

I’ve got nothing else to say, after that. Damn near took my breath away. Now, back to work.