Using Keywords When Publishing

Posted: August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

Unless you’re on Twitter, John remains off grid. Here’s a video blog explaining keywords and how to easily find the best ones for your work. For more tips/ticks on self-publishing, check out the Self-Publishing Survival Guide on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords. – JM/SVP

A Leap Of Faith

Posted: August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Folks, tonight at midnight, we(the wife and I) are taking a huge leap of faith. Life without the internet. Not completely, as still have one smartphone that is internet capable, but aside from that we’ll be an internet-free household. I’ll still be able to reply to folks who comment, email and tweet, though it will take a bit longer. I felt going internet-free would help with the writing, having drifted onto the internet(most authors do) when I should have been writing. Some nights, instead of putting in work on the laptop, I found myself online gaming. Unacceptable. My readers deserve the very best I have, and I plan to bring it. My wife has also pointed out my children’s growing need to use the internet/cable. Reading has taken a backseat in our house to children’s television and tablets connected to the internet. Also unacceptable. After talking it over, the wife and I both agree that we refuse to have teenagers one day that “can’t live without their smartphones”.

I’m not sure why I’m blogging this, honestly, it just seems like a huge step. Hopefully a leap into the right direction. A good friend of mine will be handling all of my online accounts(aside from Twitter), and I plan to begin video blogging at some point very soon. Just went out and grabbed a nice HD video camera, and the plan is to podcast whenever I can and then hand the camera over to James for upload. I’ll be writing(hoping for 10-15 pages a day) and when a book is finished, I’ll invade the local Barnes & Noble, hook to their Wi-Fi and upload it to every major publisher. It will give me a chance to go the bookstore more often.

In closing, I just want to say what a blessing writing has been to me thus far. I blindly jumped into the profession back in 2011 and honestly had no idea that I would still be doing it with success in 2014. Eight books, 52k followers and dozens of real friendships later, I feel proud to lay claim to three #2 books on the Amazon Kindle(scifi/steampunk). But my work is not done. I am not done. Getting onto the New York Times Bestseller List seems like a pipe dream to most, but not to me. I have a plan that includes never quitting, working my ass off each and every day and a belief that it CAN be done. A special thank you to the online friends I’ve made over the past few years(you guys and gals know who you are). Without your help, I wouldn’t be halfway to my goal. For every single author/aspiring author out there, I leave you with the single most important piece of advice in the world. The words that I live by daily and the words that have carried me when nothing else seemed to be going right.

Hard work beats talent, when talent refuses to work hard.

Zombie Cowboys

Posted: August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


Zombie Cowboys (1/1/2015)

Imagine our world overrun with Zombies – during the Wild West! Zombie Cowboys is a brand new project that I’ve been working hard on(formerly known as Zombietown) and will include the best of both worlds. When I sent the outline out to several trusted people in the industry, the feedback was off the charts. Gunslingers, deadly poker games, badass vintage weaponry, saloons filled with whiskey, towns that survive by trading with other secluded towns and, of course, a Zombie-like plague.

What really makes Zombie Cowboys special is the fact that it is planned as a serial series. Meaning each installment should run anywhere from 40-50 pages, price out at just .99 and, best of all, publish monthly! I’ve always dreamed of putting together a graphic novel series, but those who know me also know that I can’t draw worth a damn. Zombie Cowboys will bypass the art, while sticking to the same recipe that appeals to fans of graphic novels. Fast-paced action that includes a core of characters the readers truly grows to love. I’m working harder than ever to make Zombie Cowboys the best new series out there, and I appreciate the opportunity to bring readers a brand new landscape in the world of westerns AND Zombie goodness!


Are you an indie author?

Posted: July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized



“If you want to move to the next level in marketing your work, buy this book.”

“Highly recommended. And it costs less than a coffee. Seriously, what are you waiting for?”

Just a short blog to let everyone know about the release of the Self-Publishing Survival Guide. It’s available on Kindle and drops within days on the Nook, iPad, Kobo and other popular formats. It’s a very simple approach to publishing your work. It is also a very powerful tool when it comes to marketing your work. Each day, I get several tweets and emails asking for help when it comes to finding a niche. I decided to release this in order to help those folks.

I’ll show you how to make social networking work for you, give you insight when it comes to things like cheap, professional covers, editing and all sorts of things that typically give self-published authors a fit. This is essentially a book which covers the most commonly asked questions, and it will help you in some way, shape or form. From tricks with #hashtags to raising your meta ranking up in order to be found on the internet’s most-powerful search engines, this guide is designed just for those folks who dream of publishing, or those folks who are published and need help finding sales.

If you are struggling to get to the top in your respective genre, be sure to take a moment and check it out.

Now Available!

Posted: June 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


Gunship: Book I    Kindle   Nook   Kobo

Gunship: Book II Glimmeria   Kindle   Nook   Kobo

Gunship: Book III Refelections   Kindle   Nook   Kobo

Gunship: Book IV Gears & Spears   Kindle   Nook

Gunship: Book V Legendary   Kindle   Nook

Gunship: The Complete Series   Kindle   Nook   Kobo   Paperback

It’s western saloons and Vampires in this outer space adventure! When a captain and his crew of wily smugglers take on a high-risk job, they soon find themselves in the middle of interstellar war. The Gunship series has picked up a huge following, thanks to its unique races and outstanding humor.


The Fleet: Book I   Kindle   Nook   Kobo  iTunes

The Fleet: Blood War  Kindle  Nook  Kobo

The Fleet: Chaotic Worlds (Announced)

A continuation of the Gunship series, The Fleet centers around fan favorite, Dalton James. A new race of beings arrives and they keep a horrible secret. Dalton James will have to lead humanity against the Viscion and he’s in no mood for games. With a brown duster to his back, revolver by his side and flask of whiskey in hand, his shit-kicking boots are about to be dusted off.


Guardian Angel: Book I   Kindle   Nook   Kobo

Guardian Angel: The Berlin War   Kindle   Nook   Kobo

Guardian Angel: Days of Ruin   Kindle   Nook   Kobo

Guardian Angel: The Trilogy   Kindle   Nook   Kobo   Paperback

When an ancient race returns to our planet in the year 2087, once again they plan to harvest most of humanity as a food source. This time, however, they find that humanity has grown stronger than ever. Our hero is nothing short of perfect in combat, although her personal life is a complete mess.


The Colony   Kindle   Nook   Kobo

The Colony is a short story that lists as science fiction/horror. It’s a quick, action-packed ride with an ending that will stick with you long after the story is over.




Next Up: Lost City, Immortal, The Fleet: Chaotic Worlds, Soul Candy


*Disclaimer – This post may or may not contain adult content, depending on how much coffee I drink from now until it’s finished.




What do Microsoft Xbox(pick one) and Taylor Swift have in common? They both believe themselves to be higher up on the glam chain than they actually are, continue getting into horrible relationships and then blaming everyone else. Microsoft XBOX, you are indeed the reason for teardrops on my guitar.



When I purchased the original XBOX system back in the day(huge black box with controllers the size of my size 14 shoes) I had high hopes. Halo was all the buzz, and, well, I’m not a huge Sony fan. So after shelling out a ridiculous price(Either, $349 or $299, don’t remember which), I arrived home with joy. Finally the moment had arrived, though, little did I know, it would be the first of a good plenty of XBOX sex romps with my wallet. Out of the box I discovered that I needed an additional $30 DVD playback kit in order to watch DVD’s. Why, you ask? Greed. There was no other reason for it, as the games themselves were on DVD and played back just fine. Over the next few years, Microsoft would beat me out of games that didn’t work out of their package, controllers going ape shit, a hard drive that failed, forcing me to wait as they tried to fix a supply shortage due to electrical problems with the system, and, finally, a pile of DVD’s that my XBOX had scratched beyond repair.

Enter the XBOX 360. This system looked like a piece of equipment at the local hospital, when it launched and, dare I say, was louder than a damn ventilator! I’m sure there had to be a reason for buying it at my local Wal-Mart for $399, other than stupidity. But, we’ll go with stupidity as I can’t remember why. I have effectively went through FIVE XBOX 360 systems, four of which have looked fate in the eyes and lost to red rings of death, power failure, disc drive errors and, let’s not forget, the fucking rings on DVD’s and games!



I once had an XBOX account specialist give me six months of XBOX Live service for free, leaving me to inform him that it was of no good because my damn XBOX 360 was broken. Hence the call. But my latest adventure, oh yes, my latest adventure down the XBOX road has proven to be the absolute worst yet.

We have two homes, one of which is in the sticks and without internet. I purchased another XBOX 360, though in my defense, it is a slim model that takes care of the above mentioned problems. $200. I then sit down and purchase another $200 in games from XBOX Live, which are entire games and are actually a bit more costly than their disc counterparts. My reasoning being, if the disc drive fails(again) then it won’t affect my gaming in the countryside. I arrive to hook up my system and discover that I must be online to play the games I overpaid for! Are you shitting me with this, Microsoft? Are you seriously telling me that I cannot play the games that I own on a system that I own because I am not connected to the internet and allowing you to stream commercials to my television? How mad was I after this happened? I’ll tell you.



I purchased an OUYA system and connected it to the internet back home. Loaded it with emulators/roms and purchased enough games from the OUYA Store to purchase a XBOX ONE system. Not the reduced price system that just released – which is admitting your original launch was a failure, but the $499 model. Fuck the XBOX ONE. I saw the commercial last night and I don’t need to record game footage or watch television while playing. I need a unit that works as advertised out of the box. So, while the twenty people that have purchased an XBOX ONE play Titanfall, I spent the weekend playing Zelda. Which one? Pick one, I own them all via OUYA.



If spending thousands of bucks on Microsoft garbage has taught me one thing, it is that restrictions are unwanted. When you force customers to connect to the internet in order to enjoy their games(and I actually re-downloaded several to ensure it’s a you problem), you are controlling their experience. It’s why you are falling from the top quicker than Lindsey Lohan’s undergarments. If I purchase a Harley, I want to ride the damn thing when and how I choose. So no thanks, I don’t want a game system I can talk to. I’ve done enough talking to the previous slew of shitty rigs I’ve bought from you. It’s not a money issue, it’s the fact that some suit and tie ruined my weekend of gaming for no reason other than greed. On a brighter note, when opening the OUYA I found a cool insert that read “So begins the revolution”. It felt good to spout out curse words in a positive way for a change when it comes to video games.


Posted: May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


Snapshot_2014-05-26_203403Welcome to my OFFICIAL website! I’m author John M. Davis, the guy responsible for Gunship, Guardian Angel and Kate Beckinsale’s broken heart. Yea, who am I kidding? I’ve had a couple of books land in the #2 spot for the Amazon Kindle, though #1 still eludes me. I’m working on that. After hammering away at jobs I hated for a mighty long time, a string of boring reads purchased from my local Barnes and Noble led me into the world of writing. I literally jumped into full-time writing overnight, and what a ride it’s been.

I write stories that read fast by design and are built for a single purpose. Entertainment. It’s why I love to read and I blindly jumped into the profession hoping readers would agree. I try to offer some of my work for free, because, to be honest, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. You’ll either love it or hate it, guaranteed. If it’s not for you, I completely understand. Thanks for at least giving it a go. If you fall in love with it, you’re not alone. And nothing makes my day more than hearing from readers who get the humor and sarcasm within my books. Either way, thanks for checking out my website and I personally invite you to check out my work!





Party Over Here!

Posted: May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Two blogs in two days, I know. A record for me. The truth is, I just had to celebrate. Yesterday this blog hit 15K views! I’m not sure what that means, exactly, but as a numbers guy I had to do something. Over the years I have shared tips on what to do(and not to do) when publishing your first book, bashed Twilight and the million clone novels out there, given myself a Cylon test, handed out countless goodies to those reading along and even locked myself out of the blog for nearly a year(by accident). Oh what a ride it’s been.

I write books for a living, so I have to throw some writing stuff in here. First, let me announce that there will be no more Guardian Angel books. Sorry to disappoint fans of the series, but it has run its course. I still grieve for Jackson, my favorite character in the series. Second, I want to thank everyone who has supported my writing up to this point. Seriously. I’m always saying that, but every single RT, Facebook share and minute invested reading my work is appreciated. This 15K isn’t about me, it’s about the work you fellow authors and readers have put into Gunship, Guardian Angel and The Colony.

These past couple of years have taken me from newbie author to semi-successful. I’ve posted two books into the #2 spot on Kindle(albeit briefly) and I’m proud to be able to say that. I’m also damned determined to reach a #1 spot, which is why I plan to work my tail off these next few years. Whoever is setting the table for #1 selling authors had better put out an extra plate and fork, because I plan to get there by the time this blog pounds out another 15K views. I like cake with my ice cream.



If you’re an author, I’m sure you know what that’s a photo of. If not, it’s the Amazon Author Ranking. I’m not here to announce that I’m number one and plan on rezoning every country on planet Earth in some mad plan to rule everyone. Wouldn’t that be something? I’m actually sitting at just under #2,000 worldwide. Nothing to sneeze at, but hardly anything to start bragging about. Damn you Nicholas Sparks!

If this blog actually has a purpose(I’m beginning to wonder), it’s that becoming a full-time author is a leap of faith. It’s like diving into a swimming pool with no numbers to be had. Hoping you don’t crack your damn skull open as you dive deep and search for whatever it is people search for. Money? Fame? Who knows? I just write. Gunship continues to roar in sales while the Guardian Angel series sits there. It should be the other way around, but who am I to say? The people have spoken!

Some days I really evaluate the sales and wonder what I can do differently. Other days, I nearly earn more than my wife and her job is a hell of a lot harder! The classic tale of feast or famine. I’m either doing a radio show by way of cell phone or talking to my characters and feeling alone. I have days when people here in town approach me and ask for a signed book. Other days, it feels like people wouldn’t take the time to throw rocks my way. This week I’ve gotten ten solid reviews. Five of them asking for more Gunship as soon as possible, while the other five hammered my work with terrible reviews. I’ve had someone message on Twitter and actually tell me to find another career, writing wasn’t it. I’m also approaching a sales record for the month and have a healthy bit of change in my pocket.

Do you one day dream of writing full-time? Are you prepared to spend nearly half of your “work” time doing something other than writing? Interviews by telephone, newspaper, Facebook, blogging, replying to email, promoting your work like you were selling from the trunk of your car at a local ball game. That’s what is in store for you, friends. Last year the wife and I became wise and invested what little money we had further into the woods. Her dad’s old place, and boy is it secluded! There’s absolutely no option for internet and cell phone service is very, very spotty. I call it heaven. This year, we’ve got a lot more money to sink into the place and really have it ready for the epic months ahead.

I guess I need to cut to the chase here. I’m about to finish up The Fleet #2, at which time I will begin working on a book that will be very personal to me. Three months of my life, both writing and otherwise, as seen through my eyes. I’m sure it will sell very close to no copies and that skyrocketing author rank above will drop like a stone from the sky, but I don’t care. It’s time people understand what authors go through. Not the famous ones, just the rest of us. If nothing else, my kids will have a copy to hold onto.


OK, before the hate mail begins flooding in, let me state my case. It’s the least you can do after I’ve had to endure an entire week of watching the media blitz that is Michael Sam. This is not a post bashing gays, I’m to the opinion of each person being happy. Whatever that means for them.

That said, I’m upset over the media coverage. I truly am. I cannot for the life of me understand how this guy has specifically asked to be treated as a football player, nothing more, and is being held up as anything but. He’s a 7th round pick and the ugly truth of the matter is 7th rounders usually get cut before the roster becomes final. That’s not opinion, that’s fact. Maybe he’ll squeeze onto a practice roster, or, even worse, he’ll make the team so the NFL can avoid negative media coverage. I hate to say that, but it’s the truth. I watched the scouting combine and this guy played horribly. I’m not with the pro-gay players in the NFL crowd and I’m also not with the anti-gay players in the NFL crowd. I’m with the shut up about your personal life and be a football player crowd.

Michael Sam is now sitting at the #2 jersey spot for rookies. #2! That is madness for a 7th round pick, but we now live in a world in which your personal life can merit stardom. I wasn’t offended by the kiss on national television…the first time. I was offended by the fact that a handful of guys were drafted after Michael Sam and weren’t even mentioned b/c nobody could stop talking about Sam being gay. These are also guys who played their guts out to get to the NFL, just as Sam did. Where is their show on Opera? In case you haven’t heard, she’s picked up a show about his incredible journey into the NFL. Why is it, exactly, that his journey is incredible just because he would rather sleep with men? If that’s his cup of tea, fine. It’s his life to live. But how is that incredible?

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that I don’t do CNN or Fox News because they, for lack of better terms, exist to feed propaganda and the beliefs of others onto those who watch. Sadly, I dropped the package on television over the weekend that included ESPN and the NFL Network for the very same reason. This is not an incredible story. This is a guy(who happens to be gay) that barely squeaked onto an NFL roster for training camp and will likely be cut. Just like the remainder of the 7th round picks. I do not feel a need for NFL Network analysts to drum into my head that being gay is alright. I know it’s alright. To each their own. I just wanted to watch some damn football and now that has been taken away. Best of luck to Michael Sam, you’re not to blame in all of this. I hope you make the Rams’ roster, but I hope it happens based on football ability. I blame those people(you know who you are) that insist on pushing their beliefs, views and religion onto others.

Goodbye NFL.


I’m John M. Davis and I write books for a living.