Author Archives: Sechin Tower

About Sechin Tower

Sechin Tower is a teacher, game developer, and author of MAD SCIENCE INSTITUTE, a novel of creatures, calamities, and college matriculation. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

How to easily convert documents to ebooks

If I’ve ever given the impression that I know what I’m doing, I sincerely apologize. My usual approach is to decide I want to do something that I have no idea how to do and then go watch how-to videos … Continue reading

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Brick and the EMP blaster

  My sketching abilities are coming along a little, I think… or else maybe I’m falling back on the more familiar forms of comic book-style bruisers. Here I’ve shown Brick from his story in Three Weeks Before Doomsday. You might … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: updating backers

I know a guy who’s two years late with his Kickstarter delivery. Actually, that’s not entirely uncommon in successful projects, but all his backers are still perfectly happy—all because he keeps them regularly updated about the process. When people invest … Continue reading

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Thunder drones and lightning drones from Ghost Storm

  These two drone types are central to the villain’s plans in Ghost Storm. The thunder drones swarm an area by the thousands and use microwave emissions to alter the temperature and humidity of a region to tamper with larger … Continue reading

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Casting call for Mad Science Institute audio book narrator

Production: Mad Science Institute Non-Union Production Size: Independent Project Length: Audio Book ~ 5 finished hours Project Format: Digital Audio Posted On: 6/24/2015 Production Location: Everett, WA Production Company: Siege Tower Entertainment Auditioning Online Only Email: sechin@sechintower.com Compensation: $400 flat … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: working with vendors

When you order Kickstarter rewards for your backers—be they diploma covers, t-shirts, or even copies of the book itself— you just can’t help biting your nails in anxiety. Will it look as good as the computer-generated mock-up online? Will your … Continue reading

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Choop

Choop got his name when the members of the Institute mistook him for a Chupacabra. As such, his curious nature and stealth abilities make him the perfect mascot for the Institute. Choop’s actual origin is even more strange: he’s a clone … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: the most important thing of all

This can’t be emphasized enough: you must get the word out about the Kickstarter for your book. Once upon a time, you could simply slap anything on a crowdfunding site and people would find it, but you can’t count on … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: stretch goals

If backers want to get their hands on your project then they will be motivated to increase their pledge, boost the signal, and spread the word… up until it hits the funding goal. Then they’re guaranteed what they ordered, and … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: press that button!

It’s launch day!!! That day has now come. I have worked out my backer rewards, built my page, and provided plenty of social media support. Yet, somehow, I’m still nervous about hitting that button. Pre-game butterflies in the stomach, I … Continue reading

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