By Jennifer Cabrera, Web Administrator
Have you ever had a dream die? It is an audio experience; it is the sound of crickets chirping and it is deafening.
Tony and Damian have had one of their dreams die in 2012, when in a last ditch effort, they teamed up and took the Dream Seeker to the Kindle and created this website for fans. The first Amazon reviews were great, but then there was some negativity, and then indifference.
Sales are brisk, but they are not good enough, so they pulled the plug on marketing the books months ago. They don't care anyone because you don't care.
Damian and Tony will never do any more projects with the Dream Seeker Universe.
Tony and Damian have sold hundreds of copies of their Dream Seeker books on Amazon Kindle in 2012, but there's just no Dream Seeker buzz on the web. It seems as if they misjudged the target audience.
The authors get it now. You didn't like the characters. You don't like anthologies. You don't like two authors dividing chapters up. You don't get the New York, Florida, baseball, or comic book references. You hated the first chapter. You think the books are boring or maybe you just didn't "get it" because it didn't follow the Hero's Journey template.
Or maybe you did like it. Why don't you let us know if you are fans?
They have moved on to other projects thanks to you not buying into the Dream Seeker Universe. You are buying it with your dollars, but we guess the books are just collecting digital dust on your Kindles, because reviews, feedback, and social interaction here are relatively nil. Or maybe they suck so bad and you're being too polite to let us know.
They have tried many different methods to attract readers since 2001, including giving away free content, offering writing contests, doing podcasts, creating a Wiki, traditional SEO tactics, blogging, dumbing it down, splitting the books up, and many other techniques.
They can take the hint.
RoJ 2012 has been cancelled. It has been removed from the front page.
We will keep this site up for the time being, only because many people have purchased the DSU books on Kindle and we do get traffic here- and heck- just leaving the books on Amazon is passive income-but you guys and gals are way too shy when it comes to interaction.
So, it's come to our attention that the Velvet Mask short story collection was confusing to some of our readers. We have gone ahead and corrected that, clarifying that these are short stories that are loosely connected, and making the division between sections clearer. Also, on Kindle, we have offered each section separately, so people can read the stories they want to read, and skip the characters they are not interested in.
Anyway, never fear. The Dream Seeker is still alive. We just took some constructive criticism to heart, and made some adjustments.
Here are the links:
Origin of the Dream Seeker (Dream Seeker Short Story Collection: Part 1)
Dream Seeker Tales (Dream Seeker Short Story Collection: Part 2)
Nihilist Tales (Dream Seeker Short Story Collection: Part 3)
Soul Patrol Tales (Dream Seeker Short Story Collection: Part 4)
Shadow Gentleman Tales (Dream Seeker Short Story Collection: Part 5)
Realtor Tales (Dream Seeker Short Story Collection: Part 6)
Hey, just wanted to give you the heads up: we are now selling our Dream Seeker books at a new low price at Amazon for the Kindle. Click here to see our offerings and the price.
And now for an update on the RoJ2012 project: I dictated a couple of more chapters this week. I'd say I'm about halfway or 2/3 of the way through the book, depending on whether I include some Soul Patrol chapters I wrote. As of now, I think I will offer those chapters separately, but you never know. Adding those chapters to the overall story would add an interesting subplot which relates to the whole story.
I'm not sure if I'm going to make the Amazon contest deadline, but that's okay. Damian and I are looking forward to getting RoJ2012 in people's hands this year!
Just wanted to give our readers a quick update on the progress of RoJ2012. I was doing this over at our old DSU blog over at DailySkew, but have decided it makes more sense to update you here. I finished dictating a couple more chapters this week. I plan on doing a lot of dictation tomorrow, as I have a two-hour drive in the morning, and another two hours back.
My current plan is to finish the dictation, and then start transcribing. I want to treat this like an assembly line -- finish one part first, then move on to the next part.
My writing process may seem strange, but try to understand that I am dealing with serious time constraints. I use the dictation method to get as much done as possible.
The transcribing is going to be the most time consuming part of writing this novel. I have estimated that it will take 3 times as long to type what I spoke. Right now, I have over two hours of dictated chapters that need transcribing; so that's close to 7 hours right there, not including what I have yet to dicate.
I am aiming to submit the book to Amazon for a Kindle contest at at the end of January. So, I'm going to put on the full-court press to get it done.
One of the two chapters I dictated this week deals directly with imagery from the Book of Revelation, like the breaking of seals on the scrolls, the celestial court, angels, and more. It's an awesome modern retelling, in a Dream Seeker context.
The second chapter I dictated is about Dace Senoit struggling with faith in his mission. He has what I call an "Ion moment" in this chapter. Fans of Green Lantern might understand the obscure reference.
These two chapters are pivotal to the book. I reviewed the concepts before doing the dictation, and I'm looking forward to transcribing it. I edit as I transcribe, so there's sure to be additional details that I glossed over the first time around. These chapters are going to leave you wanting more, that's for sure.
Anyway, I hope everyone had a great New Year celebration. 2012 is finally here! I'm looking forward to what the New Year will bring.
When you hear the word Parabola, you're first thought is probably math-related. If you listen closely to the word, however, you'll notice that it sounds an awful lot like Parable. As a matter of fact, the words are related.
Dream Seeker: Parabola is now on sale via ebook for Kindle and Nook. If you prefer a print edition, one can be found at Lulu.
I chose the word Parabola for the title because the storylines are like points in time moving in a curve, revolving around our main character, the Dream Seeker. The stories, like math, are individually deep and complex, and yet merge to form a beautiful shape. Also, some of the stories can be treated like modern-day parables, offering wisdom in this chaotic age we live in.
I highly recommend you read Dream Seeker: Parabola, our third installment in the Dream Seeker series of novels. You'll be contemplating the stories within for a long time to come. I hope you give it a try
Damian Hospital and Tony Vahl decided to launch RealDreamSeeker.com as a way to consolidate and simplify the Dream Seeker Universe (DSU) in one place for new fans.
In addition to easy access to their Dream Seeker books, RealDreamSeeker.com contains simple character profiles and visuals, and a blog and forum to interact with fans, give updates, and offer details about the history of the DSU and upcoming projects.
Welcome to the Dream Seeker Universe, we hope you enjoy your stay and come back for more.
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