Linky Saturday

OK, it’s that time of the week again. Last day to buy When a Mullo loves a woman for a good cause! After 3 or more tries, I managed to snatch my copy from Decadent Publishing. Now of course I’ll have to read it, argh! šŸ˜¦ The ToBeRead pile doesn’t go down, not even in e-book format! šŸ˜¦ OK, I’ll make priorities – first the Smashwords authors as I already got a friendly reminder to review what I purchased, then the rest… be patient… I am reading more than usual, but I’ve got plenty! šŸ˜€

The linky links! On Clarion blog guest Christopher Farnsworth says we should never be ashamed, lose our enthusiasm for writing. And he’s damn right.

Guest blogger on Rachelle Gardner’s blog about vlogging… not for me. I don’t watch videos. Jai, go back to normal blogging, please! I hate vlogs! šŸ˜‰

All guest bloggers this week. From Self-published Author’s lounge: be true to your inner voice – which I totally agree with. I could never write slant stories. But then, my writing routine has been set up long before I actually started researching the market… šŸ˜‰ So I keep writing what I want to read – and went the indie publishing way! šŸ˜€

And some food for thought from Ruth Ann Nordin who is in the Top100 Smashwords Authors List (and sometime I’ll have to buy at least one of her books… and at the moment, the one that interest me the most is her lowest seller… will have to ask her the title and put it on the ToBuy list! ;-)) – I’m not there yet (I’ve just started), but indeed, what should she write next? Should we please our readers or ourselves?

When I’ll have my first 1000 faithful readers I’ll let you know… (haven’t reached 10 yet, in my second self-publishing venture, but I know these things take time!)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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  1. Viv

     /  30/04/2011

    Hmm…pleasing readers….?
    Well, I have a new non-fiction project underway that is about interaction with the readers: they get to dictate(or at least suggest) what is to come.
    I’m very excited about it. VERY EXCITED.
    It’s something dear and near to my heart and something unique.
    I’ve got a busy month at work this May, as well as surgery on Firday 13th, but after the 3rd of June, I have little work till the 25th, so have plenty of time to work on the second installment…
    Not being deliberately mysterious, just sharing what I can at the moment.
    And yes, selling does take time. It’s about building a relationship with readers and that’s not an instant thing at all.
    Keep on keeping on, Barb!


    • well, I’m my very first reader, and I know that even if I can accept suggestions, I’m not going to change a story because a reader didn’t like it, know what I mean? šŸ˜‰ You can love or hate my characters, but I’m not going to adjust them to your tastes… that’s the only thing I’m adamant about. But I’m always always open to suggestions… you never know where your next story might come from!
      Looking forward to your next project! šŸ˜€


  2. Viv

     /  30/04/2011

    Ah me too, on that one for fiction. I don’t share WIP details with anyone for that reason. A story is a living evolving creature, and you don’t want alien DNA in it.
    But this is non fiction…you’ll see what I mean quite soon.


    • cool! šŸ™‚
      the only non-fiction I might eventually write is my memoir… šŸ˜‰


  3. Yeah, same here, Barb. In fact I have my next book farmed out to beta readers right now and am begging them for suggestions, but they are people I trust, who I know see the characters the same way I do. If some random reader doesn’t like the way one of the characters is, or some event that happens, I’m not going to change it for them. Not even once, because I think that becomes a dangerous precedent. Once you start that then all your readers expect you to do it for them. As far as I am concerned once it;s printed in paperback (and the proof is approved, I mean) it;s done. The most I will do is fix typos if some kind soul is nice enough to tell me where they are :p Other than that published is published.

    I’m not a vblog fan, either. I have to pause my music, for one thing šŸ˜‰ Plus, I have a short attention span.. look, a shiny butterfly…


    • It took me so long with Air, because I kept changing things around at each round of betas. Now I’ll only have 2 or 3 to point out plot holes or inconsistencies, and then send it to editor and publish.
      I’m re-reading Air (printed version, already found some minor mistakes, gh!) and I want to change minor things around… like I’ve always done! šŸ™‚ I always thought that being unpublished was a blessing… but I’m going to turn the being published (no. More. Changes. It’s final!) into a blessing as well! Simply have to adjust the other stories to what is already out… šŸ˜‰


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