Writer Wednesday


More POD proofs shouls arrive today, so come back on Friday for part 2. Hopefully the CVE new editions will be live by the end of the week. And also Wyrd Worlds 2 – did you forget about that? Official release is on the 21st and whoever managed to read all the stories said it’s awesome. I’m waiting for the final version to read it myself, so looking forward to that. And to have more Wyrd Worlds authors on this blog! :)

While I figure out how to get myself on Patreon, here are a couple of people I should actually support: Neil Clarke and Cat Rambo. Putting them here to remind myself to open that Patreon account and start being a patron before I start my own page. If all of you who follow this blog gave 1$ a month, I’d be the happiest writer-creator in the world. But like Facebook “likes” don’t mean sales, blog followers don’t mean sales either, so I’m not asking you yet. If I did start a Patreon page, what would you like to see on it?

Other suggestions on keeping me happy and writing by David Farland – keeping writers as pets. I can be your pet writer if you want! ;) I only need survival money, I don’t think being rich would make me happy – but quitting the horrid DayJob yes! :D

Why listening to gurus can cripple your chances for success or survivor bias for writers! So, don’t listen to my advice and just experiment – which is what I’m doing. Trying to figure out which is the way to success for me – and again, success is a state of mind, not money. Anyhow, if you want tips for the sales down, here’s Joe Konrath. My sales of the Italian bestseller have stopped since 2 reviews popped up on Amazon – 2stars, in case your wondering. I don’t care. I can’t please everyone, I’ll keep writing what I want to read! ;)

Now back to writing that next generation… have a great week! :)

Happiness is…


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Sunday Surprise


My name is Brenda de Zorig and I’m a journalist for the Konigtown Gazette. I’ve been on the road for years as an actress in an itinerant company, but eventually decided to go back to my hometown to start living of the thing I like the most – writing. So while I write my Masterpiece, I took this job at the Gazette and they send me on various assignments… I thought I might as well starting interviewing random people. Since I intend to write fiction, but truth is always stranger than fiction, I’m eager to hear about people out there – on my world or Beyond.

Hello there. Tell me a little about yourself

Ruby Iyer, 17 ½ years

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Angry

Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

My Ma and Dr. Braganza.

My Ma’s been like my worst enemy forever.

Dr. B, she just parachuted into my life. She wants to destroy everything I love, and of course I am not going to let her.

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Yes. Perhaps ….

Where do you live(world/town/whatever)?

Bombay, India

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

It’s complicated

He’s just so different to me, Vikram. You know what I mean? He’s good for me. Yet he’s not the kind of person I would have chosen for myself. Still working this out.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Saving my best friend and my city from being destroyed by Dr. B.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

Unfortunately I do. But I normally pretend they don’t exist.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I had laser surgery to fix my short-sightedness when I was twelve.

What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

What is the one thing you want to do before you die?

Ans: Find a pair of jeans that really fit.

Okay, let’s see who else we have here… a young man! Tell me a little about yourself

Vikram, 22 years

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Tall, dark and… Surly

What is your role in the story?

Ruby would say I am her love interest. I say I am the one who saves her from many a tricky situation.

What is your relationship with the protagonist(s)?

Partners. We are the only thing standing between Dr. Braganza destroying Bombay city.

Where do you live(world/town/whatever)?

Bombay, India. But I studied at Oxford before I moved back to Bombay.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

Bombay – I love the city, which is why I chose to come back home to serve her. Ruby too I suppose. Though she confuses me. I love her innocence and her spontaneity. But she can be really confusing sometimes. She thinks too much and ties herself up in knots.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Saving Ruby from herself. And then saving Bombay from Dr. Braganza.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I love smoking cigars. Picked it up in Oxford. And Famous Grouse is my choice of whiskey. It’s the Brit in me.

What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

Is there a sequel to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer?

There is. I really come into my own in The Second Life of Ruby Iyer. Look out for it.

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Get your copy of The Many Lives of Ruby and The Ruby Iyer Diaries

About the author:

A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write. She never stopped. Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer, and the Bombay Chronicles series. London is where she writes. Bombay is what fires her imagination.

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Random Friday


Sparing you another rant on topics I do not wish to discuss on this public forum, I give you the proofs that arrived yesterday – 2 out of 3 since one was delivered at my parents’ and I’m picking it up on Sunday. Unfortunately my nice 90-year-old+ neighbor wasn’t in when the proof arrived yesterday, so I sent UPS to my parents who live in the next street.

Anyhow, here you have: the very first POD version for Lulu, cover by Barb. The current version on Lulu, cover by Barb. And the upcoming version on CreateSpace, cover by Silvano Beltramo. On these two I forgot to select Matte Cover, so you have the glossy version that won’t be the final. Anyhow, putting them here for comparison anyway.

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I’ve already seen there are some problems in the interior of these two, so I know what to do this weekend… sigh! Hope you have a better one than mine! :D

Writer Wednesday


I spent the weekend finishing the translation and preparing the POD versions of the CVE with the new covers by Silvano Beltramo (you saw only half of them on the ebook version – it’s real wrap-up covers, yay!). The proofs are ordered, and should arrive this week. I tried the matte cover for a change. Next I’ll do the first B.G. Hope POD book, a collection of the body switches! :)

I’ve started on Star Minds the Next Generation, although it’s still just a prequel, while I decide what happens to Shan-leo and Dadina 10 years after the end of the trilogy. I’m introducing new characters, sometimes not human, and maybe some new alien (or one of the races that hasn’t been explored much so far – i.e. NOT the Reptilians, LOL!), but I’m still pretty much brainstorming with myself, although I have started writing down the prequel. It will be a short story anyway – or maybe a novella, who knows. That’s why I love improvising.

This month the publications will be all in Italian, so don’t expect any announcement on my part – unless the POD versions go live! :) And remember that success doesn’t guarantee happiness – your state of mind does. And I’m not telling more about what I’m writing so I won’t create expectations. I’ve had experiences similar to Michelle’s in the past, when I told a story I wanted to write to a friend, and when she read the final product, she said she’d liked better my oral version. So… no more spoilers! ;)

Writers, well mostly indie authors, check David Farland’s latest series of posts. Especially the one on plagiarism and cyberbullying and follow his list of standards of excellence. I don’t have sock puppets accounts since I’d rather be writing (and even if I have 2 English pen-names, one is quite dead online, in case you didn’t notice). As for reviews, I don’t do them anymore, but if I like a book, I’ll post about it in my end-of-the-year reading advice. I wouldn’t go as far as Mr Farland not to read indie authors anymore, but I’ve always been wary of one-book-wonders, so if an author spends too much time advertizing his/her book, s/he lost me there and then. But that’s just me! ;)

Finally, I ended up on Barry Eisler’s blog because of Da Muse. I don’t normally follow him (although I read him when he is a guest at Joe Konrath’s) since I’m not really interested in politics. But this post isn’t his norm and it’s a writer’s point of view on books adaptations to movies or TV series. I thought he’s quite right (although the latest adaptation of a book I’ve seen in cinemas is 20 years old – Interview with the Vampire, I saw the movie and read the book and tried to compare, but it’s so long ago, that I will just shut up) and if I ever sell the movie adaptation rights, I do have a cast ready anyway… just kidding, might take years and they might get too old for the part, LOL!

That’s all for today… have a great week!

Happiness is…


116and it will happen again next month! Happines and awe renewed! :D

Sunday Surprise


My name is Brenda de Zorig and I’m a journalist for the Konigtown Gazette. I’ve been on the road for years as an actress in an itinerant company, but eventually decided to go back to my hometown to start living of the thing I like the most – writing. So while I write my Masterpiece, I took this job at the Gazette and they send me on various assignments… I thought I might as well starting interviewing random people. Since I intend to write fiction, but truth is always stranger than fiction, I’m eager to hear about people out there – on my world or beyond.

Soo… hello there! Tell me a little about yourself…

I am Anna Maria and I’m nine but who are you? How did you find me? Priscilla keeps me locked up.  She’s even pulled me out of school.

Uhm, those are good questions – very smart girl, you – but I’m afraind I don’t have an answer. Must have somthing to do with magic or something. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Violet eyes, long dark hair, tall.

Still growing, hopefully… Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

My stepmother and her two daughters hate me so that makes them my enemies. I looked up the word ‘nemesis’ in the dictionary (I had to sneak it into my room).

Nemesis means:

1 something that a person cannot conquer, achieve, etc.:

 2 an opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.     

 3 ( initial capital letter )  Greek goddess of divine retribution

 4  an agent or act of retribution or punishment

Priscilla and her daughters are not close to being any type of goddess and I haven’t done anything wrong for anyone to be an agent of punishment. But I am afraid I will not be able to conquer over Priscilla and her deceitful lies so that makes her my nemesis.

On second thoughts, I will NOT let her become my nemesis. I will escape.

Sounds like a plan – especially if she likes to lock you up! Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

I know Priscilla wants to kill me after she gets Daddy to sign those papers. Daddy doesn’t know. Sometimes, when she and Marcella push me around and taunt me about my daddy, I get so mad that I could hit them. I have never thought about killing them. But if they were to harm my daddy, I think I might.

Would I die to save Daddy? Yes, I would.

Of course, who wouldn’t… Where do you live?

I live in an American suburban town. I wish I could remember where I had lived when Mama was alive. I remember the house very well. It had a deep-red brick façade and white doors, and windows with boxes of flowers. There were lace curtains at the windows and a swing in the backyard. There was Mama humming and Daddy laughing and teasing.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

What do you mean?

Sorry, I guess it’s too early for this… and never mind, it’s all lies they tell to us women for when we grow up! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Survival. I have to survive.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

Mama died when I was five. We were both in the accident. I got injuries and my arm was in a plaster cast. Daddy is a scientist. He is always working. He is in China now, on a project. Mama used to tease him because he sometimes forgets simple things. She said he was like Newton who knew about calculus and gravity but wanted a big door and a small door for the house he got made for his cat and her kittens. The cat was to use the big door and the kittens the small door. Mama laughed when she said this, so did I.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I am a sort of child prodigy; I learnt to read sentences by the age of two, I was reading chapter books by three.

When Priscilla put me in school, I was in the same class as Stella and I was doing far better than her and everyone else too. Mrs. Edwards, our teacher, told Priscilla I should be in a special class. Instead of doing that, Priscilla removed me from school. Homeschooled.

You do sound smart! What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

I wish you would answer my questions instead. Are fairy godmothers real? And how did you find out about me?

I don’t know about your world, but in mine magic is all gone… so I have no idea how I managed to interact with people from other universes like this! I sure hope on your planet there’s still some magic. I’m sure that if you believe in faeries, they’ll become real and save you! Good luck!

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http://www.amazon.com/CINDERELLAS-ESCAPE-Gita-V-Reddy-ebook/dp/B00I805O7I

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Random Friday


IMG_9027And that’s more or less what’s in my head right now – fluffy clouds (that’s evening clouds for you) and I can’t think of anything to randomly write this Friday. Well, it’s September, schools will start soon, everybody is back from their vacations and crazier than ever and… I’m empty-headed. Or better, I’m boiling inside and would love to go on a tangent, but since I don’t want to rant on the internet, I will just shut up and go back to my writing cave. I don’t know if it’s a saying or if I’ve just made it up, but if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything. So I’ll leave you with a few more pics of these sunset clouds and wish you a great weekend! :)

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Writer Wednesday


New covers galore! The Chronicles of the Varian Empire now have brand new covers – at least on the e-books! I shall be working on POD versions next weekend, although probably they won’t be out until next month… anyway, here’s Silvano Beltramo‘s efforts:

newCVEblogFBAnd to celebrate the new cover of The Death of Queen Amazonia, I put it on NoiseTrade along with another title, Uncommon Amazons. On NoiseTrade tip is welcome, but not mandatory. Feel free to get your copy of either title now! And if you’d like to check a few cover attempts, here’s the reworking of The Death of Queen Amazonia’s cover! A special thanks for whoever gave advice on the first version that I posted on my private FB page – you know who you are, and I hope I managed to capture your suggestions in the final version! :)

Writing news: Assassins’ Guild wrapped and sent out to betas. Finishing the translation of Male Lovers – namely, working on Allan de Sayek – so I can publish it and move on to Star Minds Next Generation! :) And since in October I’ll be traveling and not writing much, I don’t know what’s next. Probably a couple more Amazons stories… and then it will be already 2015! :( Time flies, doesn’t it?

Writerly links! Advice for whoever is starting from zero by David Gaughran, or Joe Konrath (I subscribe to most of the advice he gives to his younger self), or even Dean Welsey Smith – what changed and what didn’t in the past three years in this new world of publishing.

When Giving Away Free Books Is the Smartest Thing a Writer Can Do by Scott William Carter – so if you have a series with more than one book, you might want to try it. Silvery Earth is not a series per se, but maybe one day I’ll try it with Star Minds...

One last thing – a last minute announcement I got from an author:

So I’m offering my book Cinderella’s Escape as a free download on amazon from 5th to 7th Sept. 2014.
http://www.amazon.com/CINDERELLAS-ESCAPE-Gita-V-Reddy-ebook/dp/B00I805O7I

I have created some pins for promoting the book.
http://www.pinterest.com/gitavreddy/quotes-and-books/

There you have it, from the author herself… go check it and have a great week!

 

Happiness is…


115I have since bought a plug for such workshops… and got gifted the British version by roomie Rachel at Loncon as well… but it was wonderful! :)

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