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Typo Squad (Typo Squad Book 1) by Stephen Lomer is on virtual book tour. The action, adventure stops at Readeropolis with an author ...

Typo Squad (Typo Squad Book 1) by Stephen Lomer is on virtual book tour.

The action, adventure stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card or an ebook of Typo Squad Book 1 (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What Do You Do When You’ve Got No Genre?
by Stephen Lomer

Ah, how I envy romance authors. And sci-fi authors. And horror authors. And fantasy authors. Authors of any genre, really.

I can’t even imagine what it must be like to upload your book to amazon and have amazon ask you “What genre is this?” and be able to click the drop-down menu and say definitively, “This one!”

When authors first start out, the first piece of advice that’s almost universally proffered is “Pick a winning genre and stick with it.” And that makes perfect sense. It’s the best way to make money as an author. You can join all sorts of writing support groups that focus on that genre. And it helps you stay in your lane.

Unfortunately for me, when I started out, nobody said diddly to me about genre. I knew the novel I wanted to write. It was Typo Squad. I was going to write it and that was that.

When I finished Typo Squad, I was really happy with it. It was good. It was unique. It said exactly what I’d wanted it to say. So I said, “Here you go, amazon. Sell this for me, would you? There’s a nice unfeeling billon-dollar corporation.”

And, of course, amazon said to me, “What genre is this?”

And I had no idea.

The overarching theme of it was humor. So was humor the genre? No, not exactly. I mean, it wasn’t Totally Tasteless Jokes Volume III or a Dilbert collection. So then I thought, “Well, in addition to being funny, there’s also action and adventure in it.” But then, wouldn’t you know it? Action and Adventure are two different genres.

So I started digging deeper. Typo Squad is set in a world where typos are lethal to 98% of the population. Therefore, it’s set in a different reality. Would that make it fantasy then? No, because then it would be lumped in with swords and dragons and whatnot. Would it technically be sci-fi? A parallel universe? No, I think the sci-fi fans would reject it outright.

What was my poor little book?

Ultimately, with “alternate reality typo adventure” not being a genre – yet – I categorized it under humor. Is that hurting the book? Helping it? I have no idea.

But to all you authors just starting out on your journey, I will say this – look at the genre options on amazon and pick one before you start. You will thank me.

Typo Squad 
Typo Squad Book 1
by Stephen Lomer 
Genre: Action, Adventure 

Typos are lethal to 98% of the population. Be thankful Typo Squad is on patrol …

Richard Shonnary was a Typo Squad legend. He had a gift for seeking out and destroying errorist cells, and was almost single handedly responsible for bringing about the end of errorism. But one night, a single errant bullet fired by his brother prematurely ended his career.

Convinced to come out of self-imposed retirement after five years, Richard unknowingly gives rise to his greatest enemy — Anton Nym. Will he and his new partner be able to stop this latest threat before deadly typos are unleashed upon an unwitting world? 

Return of the Wordmonger
Typo Squad Book 2 

The quest to find Anton Nym and his errorist army are put on hold as Typo Squad is called away to London to help one of their own confront a villain from his past — a mysterious foe known only as the Wordmonger.

Joining forces with Her Majesty’s Royal Typo Brigade, Typo Squad takes up residence in Buckingham Palace to try and draw out this dangerous madman.

With the lives of the royal family in their hands, will Typo Squad be up to the challenge of finding and capturing the Wordmonger? Or will history repeat itself?

The Typo Alliance
The Typo Squad Book 3

Typos are lethal to 98% of the population. Be thankful typo squad is on patrol …

Typo Squad is dealt a terrible blow by Anton Nym and his new errorist cell, known as the Erristocracy. But when all seems lost, the tide turns with the rise of the Typo Alliance.

With a new headquarters, a new captain, and the arrival of some truly unexpected allies, Typo Squad is set on a collision course with the most dangerous foes they’ve ever faced.

Will Dick and his team be able to overcome the odds and make the world safe from typos once and for all? Or will Nym and his inner circle be victorious in the end?

Stephen Lomer is the Amazon best-selling author of the hugely popular Typo Squad book series, the short story collections Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All and Hell's Nerds and Other Tales, and the holiday novella Belle's Christmas Carol. He also has featured stories in the anthologies UnCommon Evil, Once Upon a Time in Gravity City, and The Dystopian States of America.

Stephen wrote the screenplay for, and starred in, the short film Typo Squad: Words Can Hurt You, and is the host of the YouTube series Tell Me About Your Damn Book. He's a hardcore fan of the Houston Texans, despite living in the Hub of the Universe his whole life, and believes Mark Twain was correct about pretty much everything.

Stephen lives on Boston's North Shore with his wife, Teresa. 

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway! 

1 comment

  1. The covers are really eye catching! The colors and graphics are great.


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