Benjamin Allen

Biography

Benjamin Allen is a writer, podcaster, and French Horn restoration artist from North Texas. He has been writing for over fifteen years, and has trained and worked in some of the top musical instrument repair facilities in the southern United States. Ben lives with his wife in Fort Worth.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use whichever device is most handy, and for a variety of reasons. My phone has several e-reading programs so I can read while waiting my turn at the dentist, but if I'm at home and relaxing on the couch I'll use a Galaxy Tablet with a black backdrop and white print. The black backdrop somehow makes the experience more dramatic.

The other reason I like to use different devices is for quality assurance. I use a Kindle Paperwhite and Nook to check my own text to make sure there's no unsightly page bleeding mostly in the front and back matter. I want to see text in my books and from other books compressed and viewed from the average reader's eyes. What you see and like in other eBooks needs to be what you see in my eBooks.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Figuring out what I like so I can release similar content through social media for people who think and feel like me has been the most effective marketing technique so far. It's been figuring out what's real to you guys without SELLING something to you. How many times have you heard about those special razors with the free offer, or the mattress that's going to change how you feel about a third of your life, or the underwear that's so smooth you don't even feel it? We're all tired of 20th century marketing and I believe it's a dying tactic.

My marketing technique is: "Hey, you like this? Me too, this place is great, right?" I want to buy things you like to buy, read books you want to read, invest in the podcasts and people who make a difference to you and everyone else. In doing that, you and I have a connection. I'm not some random person telling you my books will change your life, I'm a critical and very picky consumer that you can see very quickly isn't going to sell you junk because I don't buy junk. I don't think anyone's buying junk anymore.
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Where to find Benjamin Allen online


Books

Dreadnaut
Pre-release—available June 11, 2019. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
If you would have told me two years ago that I would both seal a monstrous demon to the Hell-Sword and be the one called to answer to The Great Old One, Cthulhu, I'd think you were trying to sell me a time machine or something because that's amazing you'd be able to know that, and maybe I won't go to that school for psionic students because that sounds really... not simple, guys.... Yeah....
Apocalypse Theater Podcast Transcripts — Episode Six: The Big Day
Pre-release—available December 24, 2018. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Episode six of the ATP begins the story of three military brats as they navigate a post apocalyptic landscape resembling that of the United States.
Apocalypse Theater Podcast Transcripts — Episode Five: The House On Swanson's Landing
Pre-release—available December 17, 2018. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
This week on episode five of the Apocalypse Theater Podcast, Acts One, Two, and Three feature a lake house's hidden secret and the belongings of a serial killer that's gone missing. Three children stumble upon the nightmare waiting for them under the house. Its unsolved mysteries will haunt them long into adulthood.
Apocalypse Theater Podcast Transcripts — Episode Four: House of Horrors
Pre-release—available December 10, 2018. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,220. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The ATP Transcripts for Episode Four. Act One: House of Horrors. Elgar King proves he's ready for psionic training by using his basic intuition to find a kidnapped young woman. Act Two is Jenna's terrible encounter with little green men with glowing red eyes.
Apocalypse Theater Podcast Transcripts — Episode Three: Facing Your Fears
Pre-release—available December 3, 2018. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Episode Three of ATP. Act One: Nightmare on the Ben, Four boys, one monster. Act Two: Facing Your Fears. Is it worth digging deep into your psyche to find out why you habitually avoid looking into the mirror at night? Maybe those fears aren't so unfounded after all.
Apocalypse Theater Podcast Transcripts — Episode Two: The Mountain King
Pre-release—available November 26, 2018. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,840. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Episode Two of the ATP. Short stories The Mountain King and Assassin's Feed to keep you busy on that long commute.
The Last Necromancer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,410. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
It’s true that I was recruited to hone my psychic abilities to curb the threads of entropy from leading the universe to destruction, but I neglected to mention a quest I accepted that caused the release of Ryptose the World Ender, and that I'm the only necromancer left who can use the Hell-Sword to stop him…once my friends and I fix it, which only requires a small suicide mission.
The Quasar Lite Novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 136,270. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Amber and Daniel find themselves trapped in another realm where giants walk the earth beneath a perpetual starry sky. Using the Quasar Lite Sport Aircraft, the two must find Amber's uncle and figure out how to restore peace and order to the realm before an ancient prophecy can come to fruition.
Apocalypse Theater Podcast Transcripts — Episode One: World of Glass
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In Act One, Hector finds himself in a world made of glass after he and his partner are separated while scouting a tunnel they find under a house in Montebourg, France. Act Two features a nightmarish encounter with a black widow.
The Chronicles of Aallandranon - Episode Three - The Prodigy Effect
Price: Free! Words: 18,000. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After relentless difficulty with the Aallandron natives of the planet Aallandranon, Jonathan Tabith learns and develops new skills in order to adapt to the new world.
The Chronicles of Aallandranon - Episode Two - Stranded
Price: Free! Words: 18,580. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Jonathan Tabith has crash-landed the Star Ship Enigma on an unknown habitable planet. Now, Jonathan and the crew must find their place on this new planet that has no shortage of surprises for them.
The Chronicles of Aallandranon - Episode One - Ant-Lion
Price: Free! Words: 16,840. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Jonathan Tabith and his crew of 5,000 begin their venture into deep space aboard the Star Ship Enigma. As an anomaly rips their ship apart, the crew's survival hinges upon whether or not they can survive the journey to a nearby planet.
To Kill a Monster
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,820. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
What would you do for success? Would you kill for it? And if you did, would you be able to remain the same person afterward? Ted Jones is a lowly writer with a plan to murder one of the most talented pop artists in the industry in exchange for the notoriety that will propel him to legendary status. He needs only ten seconds of access to Lady Gaga in order to change his future–at the cost of hers.
The Insomniac
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,360. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Lucian Ward returns to his home town from college to find his sister brutally murdered by a mysterious unnamed crime syndicate that she had been investigating. He takes action into his own hands in this short novel.

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