It’s been a long time since I wrote an ongoing series of articles on this, or any other, website. That’s weighed on me. Since graduating I miss the exercise of penning essays. I’ve even encouraged my fellow Engen authors to write ongoing writing blogs (namely Ali House, Brad Dunne, Kit Sora, and Jon Dobbin, all of whom you should check out). But I never have myself. Writing advice is one thing, all our authors can offer that… but publishing advice? Marketing advice? Social Media advice… that comes with a different set of expectations, and a lot of hurt feelings.
Part of my anxiety around this has become the subject of today’s piece, because I want to address the evident hypocrisy in it right off the bat.
Today’s advice is: don’t post negative reviews, especially of authors at (or near) your current level of notoriety. Continue reading Watch Your Reviews | Writing & Publishing Advice with Engen Founder Matthew LeDrew
Engen Books is happy to announce that one of the established authors joining the 2019 Dystopia From the Rock team will be none other than Engen Books’ founder, Matthew LeDrew!
A native Newfoundlander, LeDrew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland.
He has written twenty novels for Engen Books, including the ten book Coral Beach Casefiles series, The Long Road, Cinders, Sinister Intent, Faith, Family Values, Jacobi Street, Touch Your Nose, Infinity, The Tourniquet Reprisal and Exodus of Angels. Continue reading Bestselling author Matthew LeDrew revealed as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!
Touch Your Nose | Matthew LeDrew
Simon Monk is a spy living a lie in San Francisco, struggling to maintain his cover as he attempts to infiltrate one of the largest companies on the Eastern seaboard: Shane International. Using his tech and his contacts and his cunning, Simon will get closer to some sinister dark secrets than anyone ever has… and possibly lose it all after a careless romantic slip.
How long can a man pretend to be someone else without losing who they are?
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“Touch Your Nose is a seductive potboiler that pulls you in and leaves your head spinning. LeDrew’s prose elevates this tale of corporate espionage beyond the usual pulp fiction fare, subverting cliches, tropes, and expectations. It’s sexy, clever, and fun with a final twist that will hit readers harder than a right hook from Daniel Craig”
– Brad Dunne, author of After Dark Vapors
“Spy Tale meets Corporate Espionage meets Romance meets What the Heck Did I Just Read?” — Ali House, author of The Six Elemental
“A fascinating dive into an area of the Engen Universe that was sorely in need of expansion.” — Sam Bauer, author of Dark Peaks
In late December we launched a new ad for the company as a whole on our website and Youtube, to celebrate the completion of our ten-year anniversary year. A lot of people liked it, and we thank them for their likes and comments, but we wanted to take a second to point out one of the features of the video that had special meaning to us: The Six Lights of Engen.
Despite being started by one person and having a three-person board, Engen Books has always been a company based around a hub of collaboration and creatively. We wanted to express in the video that it was all these great, talented people coming together that made Engen what it is… so we had the Six Lights start separate and then come together as one, exploding into Engen Books.
Who are the Six Light?
Continue reading The Six Lights | Engen Books
2017 was a crazy, nonstop roller-coaster ride of a tenth anniversary year here at Engen Books, but if anyone thought that we were going to shift down a gear in 2018 they guessed wrong! 2018 is looking like it’s going to to be the biggest year yet for Engen Books, with new titles, new authors, and new entire divisions of our company starting to peak over the horizon!
We can’t say much about some of these deals until the contracts are finalized and the ink is dry, but here’s a brief look at what we can tell you is in store from Engen Books in 2018: Continue reading Looking Ahead to 2018 | Engen Books
In this thrilling murder-mystery conspiracy novel, Xander’s war with the malevolent mob boss Stephen Fields attracts unwanted attention in the form of Engen, the sinister corporation that gave him his special abilities at birth.
Although Xander has isolated himself from others to keep from being manipulated, Engen pulls in characters from his once dormant past to try and regain control of his life and power. Can Xander overcome some of the most powerful minds on Earth to finally be free of their influence?
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For the last few years I have been using the term ‘World Building’ incorrectly. I always took it to mean the Tolkien-like appendixes and appendices that some authors chose to but in the front and backs of their books, often with maps and diagrams and schematics and character histories that had little to nothing to do with the story at hand, and which I often found exhausting.
However, my fellow author JJ King has recently educated me that this is not the case: World Building can simply be the slow process of letting the reader know what can and cannot happen in your world, a set of rules that you write by and provide information on on an as-needed basis, ideally.
I say that I used the term ‘World Building’ incorrectly because I only associated it with the sort of pedantic info-dumps I try to never do, but apparently this is just bad or expositive World Building. Good World Building can happen organically an naturally, giving small snippets of the larger world in book after book… much like I did with the Engen Universe. I was embarrassed to learn that such a pivotal term had escaped my vernacular, but such is life, we all have our knowledge gaps.
Since then I have spent months ruminating on all the wrong-answers I have given regarding World Building in my previous Writing Panel experiences. After some serious thought, I think I’ve come up with the ideal World Building scenario for those who have an exhaustive world and cast of characters in their heads without knowing where to start – and it works for any genre!
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