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How I Changed Kyle from an Asshole to an Antihero

When I was first outlining Full Coverage, my original idea was to make Kyle a total asshole in order to show how when compared to an insurance company even a total asshole like Kyle seemed like a good guy. This was not a good idea. Writing a book filled with nothing but self-centered assholes isn’t very fun and it wouldn’t have been fun to read either. It’s like watching a sporting event between two teams you hate. The only thing you can root for are injuries and maybe a meteor.

This led me to put a note in my OneNote outline sheet saying: Error on the side of FUN. If it isn’t fun to write it won’t be FUN to READ!

Even with this new focus on making things fun, my early readers consistently told me that I needed to make Kyle more likable. While doing some research on how to do that, I found this article called: Of Assholes and Antiheroes: Morality in ‘Borderlands 2 over at popmatters. It’s a really neat analysis comparing Max Payne (antihero), Kratos (asshole), the Vault Hunters (antiheros) and Handsome Jack (asshole). Sure it’s about video games and not books, but the idea is the same. Continue reading


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Deleted Scenes: My Michael Bay Moment

Over the course of writing Full Coverage, I wound up cutting out a lot of stuff that didn’t work. Now that the book is out I thought it would be fun to do some “deleted scenes” posts to take a look at what got cut out and why. There will be some mild spoilers involved in describing this scene so if you haven’t read Full Coverage: An Action Comedy yet, please go and check it out on Kindle or Paperback on Amazon first and then come back here.

The Scene

The excerpt below is from Chapter 21 in Rev 05 of the book, which was the first draft I sent out to my friends to read back in November 2015. For comparison, the final version of the book is Rev 10 and the text for that was done in March 2017. This scene would have taken place right before Chapter 15 in the final version of the book.

In this scene Kyle goes to a PrintStop, a futuristic version of Kinko’s that has 3D printers in it, to print out the parts for his silenced pistol and some knives for the hit he is about to do. While he’s there a couple of Latin ninjas ambush him. They then fight it out, pulling freshly printed weapons out of the printers as they try to kill each other. Sounds like it should be awesome right? It wasn’t. This chapter was universally disliked by all the people who read that draft of the book. Continue reading


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Launch Report: Full Coverage

It’s been a little over a month since Full Coverage: An Action Comedy launched so I thought it would be fun to take a look at how well my first attempt at self-publishing a book went. Here are the overall totals between launch on 4/1 and today 5/9:

Ebooks sold: 32

Paperbacks sold: 15

Kindle Standard Pages Read: 2,402

Full Coverage is 234 “Kindle Standard Equivalent” pages long so that 2,402 pages read means that 10.26 people (2,402/234) read it on Kindle Unlimited. Why the 0.26? Because Kindle Unlimited only pays authors for pages read, and a few people started it without finishing the whole book.

That gives me 57 readers total in the first month, sweet! Continue reading


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Final Edits in Progress for Full Coverage

As you may have noticed, I wasn’t able to get Full Coverage out before the end of February, doh. However, at this moment I am currently 70.5% complete on the first of my three final passes on the book. The majority of the edits are being made on this first pass, with small changes on the second and a grammar check on the third and final pass so they should go quicker. The new plan is to finish it and get at least the Kindle ebook version up for pre-sale (I’ll be doing a 1 week presale) by the end of March. The paperback should follow that a few weeks later. The next few weeks will be fun!


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Full Coverage Coming Soon!

What do cheeseburgers, assassins and bioprinting have to do with health insurance? You’ll find out this July when Full Coverage: An Action Comedy About Health Insurance comes out! I’ll be publishing it through Amazon for Kindle and paperback and once that’s done I’ll start figuring out how to make an audiobook version of it as well.

HEALTH INSURANCE! BIO-PRINTING! ASSASSINS! A NINJA! HMOs! BIO-LUMINESCENT PUBIC HAIR! DEFENESTRATION! PPOs! EXPLOSIONS! PUBLIC INSURANCE OPTION! CROWDFUNDED HITMEN! IMPLANTS! HASHTAGS! BUZZSAWS! CHEESEBURGERS! Yeah, it’s probably the most entertaining book about health insurance you’ll ever read.

For nearly two decades Kyle Soliano roamed the world as a top-tier professional assassin. Through his company’s insurance plan he had access to all the spare parts and body enhancing drugs he wanted.

When another hit goes poorly and Kyle has to get several more body parts replaced, his company lays him off for making their insurance premiums too high. Now Kyle must cope with his body reverting back to normal, fight off the other assassins who are hunting him down and find a new health plan with… FULL COVERAGE!

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