STANDING IN THE STORM, The Many Worlds of William Alan Webb

We Sleep At Night Because America's Armed Forces, Police and Fire Fighters Never Do

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3 at once

Not that.

Books.

Today I’ve written parts of three different books. I didn’t plan it this way, it’s just how my mind works. Or doesn’t work.

Inspired by suggestions from my street team and in brain-storming with the world’s best publisher, Gunnar Grey, the plot points for Book 3 of The Last Brigade are really coming together. As the series goes on the stories become bigger, because the 7th Cavalry’s influence spreads and they encounter new friends, and new enemies. I keep getting ahead of myself writing it because I’m so excited by where it’s going. October 1 is the target date for release.

Meanwhile, the fantasy stories are coming along nicely. The publisher has a semi-edited version of Two Moons Waning, the first of the four novellas I’m working on. Today I worked more on The Queen of Death and Darkness, the second one. It’s 95% written, I’m just doing some back fill and minor editing. A Night at the Quay is about 98% finished, with one minor scene change to write. The last one, The Demon in the Jewel, is about 20% done.

And the third book is my WW2 history of the Battle for Austria in 1945. Still without a final title, I’ve cranked it back up in a big way and made a lot of progress. Now I’ve got to write a synopsis, which I dread.

So that’s a fast update for now. As always, if you have any questions just ask me!

Bill

 

Zero to Hero: My 8 Months From First Draft To Top Seller

I’ve just completed the first draft of a short new book, Zero to Hero: My 8 Months from First Draft to Top Seller.

When my first book launched last August 17, Standing The Final Watch, a number of long-term friends wanted to know how I came to write a book so fast.

Fast?

To me, writing both Standing The Final Watch and Standing In The Storm back-to-back seemed to have taken years, whereas it really only took thirteen months. Now, for some writers that is agonizingly slow. But I hadn’t written any fiction in thirty years, much less two novels, and compared to my usual output it was a whirlwind.

Anyway, I tried to explain what all I did but it just never seemed clear, even to me. What exactly had I done? Then I focused on the final eight months leading up to publication and it was all a blur.

So for those interested I created a timeline, did my research and wrote an account of what I did and when, all leading up to publication day. I also want non-writers to get some taste of what it’s like to be a fiction writer in today’s saturated, hyper-fast market.

Challenging would be an understatement.

I’m hoping to finalize it and get it published within the next two weeks.

 

The Little Indie That Could

I’m sure some people are tired of reading about how well my book is doing on Amazon. I get it. Enough, already!

Today’s blog is for other writers who are out there bashing their heads against the literary wall, be they published or not. 9 months ago I was a nobody, this website didn’t exist, I didn’t have a publisher and nobody knew me on twitter.

I don’t have an agent. That’s right, no agent. If you read my blog you know that dozens of them turned me down. Heck, one snotty freelance editor even made fun of my entry in a twitter contest. But I knew more than they did, I knew me.

Then I found the greatest publisher I could have asked for, who loved my book as much as I did. Dingbat Publishing was a God-send for me, and yours it out there, too.

As I write this Standing The Final Watch has achieved its highest ranking yet, roughly top 0.4% on Amazon. It may well go down from here, or I guess it could go up some more, but either way the message I have to convey remains clear: you can do it!

(Since starting this blog half an hour ago, it has risen another 500 spots…this is surreal.)

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But the whole point is this: if I can do it, so can you. It’s hard, yes, and you have to learn a lot and go through a bunch of disappointments, but you can still do it. You may even have someone mock you in public during a twitter event, but ignore them. No matter how many rejections you get, you’ve got to be the little indie that could.

I’m not a NYTimes bestselling author (yet). I’m a guy who rose through the ranks of twitter, and am watching others do it, too. Whoever you are, whatever you write, if I can be successful, so can you.

 

Movie Cast for STANDING THE FINAL WATCH

When I wrote this book (and its sequel), I had certain actors in mind for both descriptions and voices. I also wrote it as cinematic as my skills would allow. So here’s my dream cast for Standing The Final Watch when it becomes a movie.

Nick Angriff – Although he’s a little old to be Nick, and his accent would need to soften into that of a Virginian, the best man for the job is #TomSelleck. He has the gravitas to take on the role of breathing new life into a dead nation.

Norm Fleming – From the very beginning I had #DennisHaybert in mind for this role. Not only do I love his take on characters as an actor, but this physical presence, steady demeanor and melodious voice make him the perfect opposite for Tom Selleck as Nick.

 

 

Dennis Tompkins – I had trouble picturing the perfect actor for this role, until about three days ago when the perfect choice popped into my brain. #SamElliott has to be the choice. Elliott has both the stature to be believable as a man who survived fifty years in the wreckage of the country, while keeping his ‘aw shucks’ Alabama country-boy side. The interplay with the above two would be incredible.

 

Tom Steeple – This role requires an actor with the gravitas to be believable as the top officer in the U.S. military, but also be charismatic enough to influence a very angry Tom Selleck (as Nick Angriff). My choice? #EdHarris. I think the scene with interplay between the two would be incredible with those two actors confined in the small space where it takes place.

 

 

Green Ghost – Well, this is pretty simple. There’s only one person who could pull off this role, right? And no, it’s not Tom Cruise. (No offense Tom, it’s an age thing.) The best pick is #JasonStatham as the leader of Task Force Zombie, aka The Nameless.

 

Next time we’ll get to the other characters, and if you’re wondering where all the females are, just wait for Standing In A Metal Storm!

 

Holy snikees, people!

This blog post is to thank all of you, my friends and readers. You are awesome!

Amazon.com lists some 1.2 million Kindle titles available. (Some sources say 1.4 million) As of this writing, Standing The Final Watch is ranked in the top .7% of all titles.

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Holy wow, Batman!

If this measured the wealth of the richest 1%, I would be far ahead of Donald Trump. It’s crazy.

The reviews have so far been over-the-top great and I am truly humbled by the appreciation shown for my work. But I can’t take total credit for the end result.

Wife Kathy has endured my writing for more than thirty five years, and without her support none of this could have happened. She has my eternal love and gratitude for this ‘I don’t get it but at least you don’t play golf’ understanding, stretched over four decades.

Laura Turner of California believed in me from the very start, giving critical encouragement and advice when this book was a newborn needing a mom. Without her it would likely not exist in finished form.

Britt Linder was the best beta reader a writer could hope for. The prologue and first four chapters did not exist before Britt asked why these events were referred to, but not written. My answer?

Uhhh…

Tanya Marshall, Jim Irvine and a host of others gave encouragement at just the right moment, when my emotional batteries ran low and I needed a final push. I have left out many people and I can only pray they understand this was not meant as a slight.

The first publisher to offer me a contract (you know who you are) verified to me that the work could stand alongside the other great books available. I have every faith we will work together on a future project, as his imprint is headed for greener pastures.

Lastly, I’m remiss if I don’t give a huge dollop of credit to J. Gunnar Grey, founder of Dingbat Publishing. She is an amazing writer in her own right, you should check out her books, but as a copy editor I cannot imagine anyone better. I would suggest you hire her to edit your book, but I’m selfish. I don’t want you to. I want her working on my next one.

Please spread the word about STFW. I need the help, and the publisher needs a reason to bring Book 2 to market as soon as possible. I don’t like to twist their arm, but I don’t mind if you do.

So thank you all for your support! May God bless each and every one of you!

 

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The clock is ticking! Make sure you get

Standing The Final Watch as soon as it’s released!

Pre-order today at Amazon.com, itunes, Kobo and Smashwords

 

Humbled and honored

Hi everybody, Bill here.

As I write this it’s noon on Friday, July 22nd. Standing The Final Watch has been up for pre-order for almost a month now, but I am humbled and honored to say that it remains in the top 900 in three different categories!

For so many people to believe in my work is thrilling and a little scary. Because I really, really, really care about giving you the best possible read for your money. My hope is that you will finish the book and email me (better yet, my publisher!) asking when Book 2 will be published.

So this brief blog entry is simply to say thank you. If you know anyone who might like the book, or would like a flyer to pass around or post in a work-place break room, please let me know.

You are all awesome!

My best to you all.

Bill

 

First trailer out for STANDING THE FINAL WATCH

The production crew did a great job and I know Bill is thrilled with the results! Tell us what you think.

 

STANDING THE FINAL WATCH coming August 17th from Dingbat Publishing!

Excerpt

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“A great read! The main character is complex and engaging – someone you want to know. I started pulling for Angriff from the first few pages and the action did not let up or disappoint me. We like to revel in our superheroes and Mr. Webb has brought us very close to a new one.- Veritas

Now hear this, now hear this! Stand by for the Captain.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over! Buy your copy now! That is all.”

Standing The Final Watch is alive, kicking and a huge success.

Here’s a sample to whet your appetite.

Standing The Final Watch excerpt

Buy the book!

Your favorite bookstore

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Also available on:

  • itunes
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • Smashwords

Here’s a brief look at the evolution of the cover. On the right is the final cover. Below is the logo for the series, as developed by J. Gunnar Grey, founder, managing editor and genius-at-large for Bill’s publishing house, Dingbat Publishing.

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A note from Bill:

“This is an early draft of a cover idea that I had. The final cover is much different, and drastically better, than this one. Here I wanted to portray the MC, Nick Angriff, holding his two pistols, against a backdrop that makes clear the patriotic underpinnings of the book. Although I freely recognize it as an homage to th

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e American armed forces, at it’s heart this book is pure kickass fun.”

Below is a later mockup, which is radically different from the final cover. This was rejected for being too grim, the book is a lot more exciting than the impression this gives the reader.

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