Writing In The What Now?

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Writing In Suburbia is a newsletter/podcast by a guy just trying to navigate the complexities of being a professional writer, husband, father, and decent person.

This newsletter/podcast originally began as a way for me to voice my opinions on how to navigate the writer’s life. Intended for pro writers, those that want to be pro writers, and anyone interested in the crazy business that is publishing, Writing In Suburbia has helped dozens of new, and old, writers find a little solace in this crazy business/life.

Now that I am rebooting the concept, it has become even more than all of that. It will also become one more way for me to publish my work.

Don’t give a crap about the business of publishing? No worries! This newsletter/podcast is especially for fans/readers of my work! Get up-to-date news on all things Jake Bible Fiction! Plus serialized novels, podcast fiction, live readings, and so much more!

Things will start out slowly, so hang in there. But after September/October 2020 you’ll see it ramp up.

If you choose the free option then you’re going to get plenty of great stuff. Why would anyone pay for something that is free? Not everyone will, that’s for sure. But there are benefits!

Benefits for the Paid Subscriptions are:

  1. Get full access to the fiction I release right away. Instead of just one episode a week, Paid Subscribers will get the entire audiobook/podcast available to them from the start.

  2. Same goes with written chapters! I’ll be releasing old and new and redone novels a chapter at a time, but Paid Subscribers will get the full ebook right off the bat!

  3. Friday Night Drabble Party will be going paid in 2021. Free Subscribers will be able to read the latest two weeks’ worth of drabbles, but that’s all. Only Paid Subscribers get access to the complete archive! Don’t miss out on a single 100 word story!

  4. Participate in Paid Subscriber only threads and discussions.

  5. Are you a writer? You’ll be able to ask me anything! I’ll do my best to give you some solid, personal advice that maybe others (Paid Subscribers) can learn from!

  6. You get the ebooks and audiobooks first! Before I release anything on retail sites (including my own which will be coming soon) I’ll release the full ebooks and audiobooks to my Paid Subscribers. Get the new fiction and re-releases first!

  7. My undying gratitude!

Why listen to me?

I’m a Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, award-winning novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, audiobook narrator/producer, and inventor of the Drabble Novel. I have over a decade of experience as a professional writer/creator beginning with the podcasting of my first novel, DEAD MECH, back in 2007-2008.

I’m a co-host of the Asheville/WNC Writers Coffeehouse going on three years now (on hiatus due to COVID, unfortunately), helping mentor and advise new writers on the business of writing and publishing. Got a question about publishing and/or professional writing? Hit me up! I’m always here to help!

I’ve entertained thousands and reached audiences of all ages with my uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. I’m the author of 60+ novels including the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the bestselling Salvage Merc One, the bestselling ROAK series, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega series for Severed Press, as well as the YA zombie novel, Little Dead Man, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Teen horror novel, Intentional Haunting, the middle grade scifi/horror ScareScapes series, and the Reign of Four series, which I call “medieval space fiction”, for Permuted Press. I also published Stone Cold BastardsBlack Box Inc., and Blood Ghast Blues with Bell Bridge Books.

And so much more is on the way!

Oh, and what’s a drabble?

To put it simply, a drabble is a short short story written using only 100 words. Not 99 words, not 101 words, but 100 words exactly.

Now, knowing the Internet and its denizens the way I do, I know some of you want more, so here is a link to the Wikipedia page: Drabble

Okay, something you won’t find on the Internet is the answer to the question: What’s a Drabble Novel? Why? Because I made it up.

Yep, I created an entirely new literary form.

By stringing together a series of drabbles, I created long form fiction out of a micro-fiction style.

You can check out my Drabble Novel, Dead Mech, here!

Why write a novel in 100 word sections? Well, it really began as an exercise in character and plot development. Then I realized I could start piecing these together as bits of scenes. Viola, the very first Drabble Novel was born! It also allowed me to easily move pieces around to control the pacing and timing of the narrative.

Why do I like drabbles so much that I write one each week and give it away for free?

Well, because I am full of ideas (and other stuff… shut up) and a drabble lets me get those ideas out. I want to write about ghosts and ghoulies, aliens and space cowboys, serial killers and world dominating ponies, you know, the basic stuff. But, who wants to read another short story about all of those things? And who says a 1000 word story or 10,000 word story is going to pack any more punch than 100 words? I can write my quick tale and move on and hopefully entertain a few people at the same time.

And that’s it. What a drabble is and why I write them.

Cheers!