Writing In The What Now?

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.

Of course, all things evolve. Being a professional writer doesn’t mean you make a full-time living at it. I also have a day job as Director of Communications for an online learning platform. Life is tricky and hopefully I can convey that with this newsletter/podcast.

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 move slowly with me, so hang in there. You’ll always get a weekly podcast fiction release and my Friday Night Drabble Party micro-fiction/newsletter, but other stuffs will trickle in here and there. Why? Full time job, life, family, pandemic, life, full-time job, pandemic, family, etc.

So subscribe now and hang on for whatever ride this turns out to be. I guarantee that something wild will happen at some point because it always does. I just can’t say when. Anticipation is half the fun, right?

Oh, and I used to have a Paid Subscription option, but fuck that. You want to thank me monetarily? Buy one of my books or audiobooks or option a novel for a feature film or hire me to create a TV series, etc. You get the picture.

Most of all, just enjoy the fiction.

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 65+ 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.