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And the vampires got revamped too! Just like Joleene Naylor changed all the covers, so did I – at least for the ebooks at this time. The old covers are currently still available on the paperback. Like her, I’ll let you know if they go away forever! πŸ˜‰

A great example of writing levels from my guru Dean Wesley Smith… very clear, and of course I’m still Level 3, but my English vocabulary expands continually, and I’m experimenting craft things with the latest project, so hopefully one day I’ll find myself on level 4! πŸ™‚

Mighty Editor added a week to the job, so she might be able to do the four novels now, but again, I don’t think I’ll publish anything until after the summer. My Smashwords page is slowly emptying, but I enrolled something for the July sale and I will upload at least one new title on there to complement the sale.

The other I’m considering of putting it on Amazon for 3 months to join the Kindle Storyteller. Then it will be out everythwere, as usual. Probably. Considering how slow KDP was on Saturday while I was updating the vampires books… I still have a few weeks to think about it! πŸ˜‰

The Books2Read links might not be updated and still show stores that are currently unavailable, but next week I’m off DayJob and I’ll see if I can update them manually. I also have to prepare those two titles for July publishing!

So, busy bee, trying to overcome the heat… now back to writing on that project, because it’s not over yet! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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Last day – possibly last hours for the Visions of the Future bundle! πŸ™‚ Get it now before it’s gone forever!

Last week I wrote over 12K, despite a couple of days during which I didn’t write at all and did all the other stuff. The vampires will soon get their new covers and blurbs, meanwhile Future Earth Chronicles is updated! πŸ™‚

When I’m done with all the updating, I’ll also update the header of the publisher’s site, but it will have to wait until possibly after the summer! πŸ™‚ At least I updated this very blog’s header, and you can have a sneak peek of the new cover of Rajveer the Vampire… that kind of matches Brainwaves… which is good since eventually the two series cross over at some point, LOL!

I sent the first three books of the new project to Mighty Editor while I give a last pass to book 4. I’ll either send it later in the year, or next week, if she can do all four in my two-week slot. It’s 40K novels, but it’s still a grand total of 170K approximately!

I still have to write a collection to go with these four. You can expect publication of these titles sometimes in the fall. I’ve experimented with craft and had a lot of fun, so hopefully you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I’m enjoying writing them and making covers for them! πŸ˜‰

I’m still tinkering with the Silvery Earth covers, trying to find a template that I like. Hopefully next weekend I’ll update the Vampires Through the Centuries, then we’ll see.

I backed to artists’ Kickstarters and both will deliver the art book or comic book in January 2023, yay! On paper this time, since the PDFs are nice and cheaper, but not as good as the actual book. You can still back The Art of Pascal Campion (already funded and headed for the first stretch goal), while Pixie and Brutus Gnome Sweet Gnome is probably over by the time you read this.

Check them out, they’re both great artists, I follow them on Instagram and I’m very happy they committed their strips to paper! πŸ˜€ I guess that’s all for now! Have a great week! πŸ˜‰

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Last week I wrote 18K, which means that this week I hit 250K, so halfway through my prospected wordcount, and there’s still room to go farther. Even if I was not planning to, or taking it easy, I might end up with 500K new words at the end of the year, after all! πŸ™‚

I’m back to the DayJob this week, so maybe I’ll write less. Monday was hectic, and I put down very few words. And I have to update another series as well, ebook and paperback blurbs included, and here’s a sneak peek of the new covers:

A nice guide for audio book authors and Finding the Highest Paid Royalties for YourΒ Audiobooks. I probably won’t make any more audio books, since the Findaway Reports are depressing, LOL! I won’t even listen to the audio books I got through a couple of Kickstarters, but well… it’s just me! πŸ™‚

Last week the bimonthly newsletter went out with a surprise: a free story. I will probably add one from now on, since I’ve become proficient using Book Funnel for delivery! πŸ˜‰ So if you want a free story every two months, subscribe to the publisher’s site. Next UPB Newsletter is due out on August 1st.

The heat has unfortunately hit this damn town, so I’m going to start my summer hybernation soon… Although the house is still relatively cool, so if I don’t reach it half melted by the 35Β°C I get while waiting the bus, I’ll probably be able to do something.

I mean writing and all that stuff I mention above. Maybe! πŸ˜€ Oh, and don’t forget the clock is ticking on the Visions of the Future bundle… Or you can try the 2022 Pride Bundle, and the Twisted Fairy Tales might already be over when you read this!

I guess that’s all for today! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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And the last title being out, the series is now complete, and the series page updated with all the links! The paperbacks should be on their way to the backers who requested them. So I guess this Kickstarter is done! πŸ™‚

Now I should be able to announce the second rebranding for the Star Minds Universe, and here you can see the new covers! There’s also new blurbs, if you’d like to check them out. The series page is updated too.

The titles are slightly changed, but the stories inside are the same – well, a couple of volumes have a new title, because “Interregnum” didn’t make sense anymore, so I changed it to “Confederation”. And you also get a sneak peek of the book coming in July! πŸ™‚

The Smashwords/D2D merging means the books will vanish from Smashwords for a few months, they still have no idea when they’ll be able to send titles to the Smashwords store, but since my only Smashwords customer already has them, I don’t think they will be missed! πŸ˜‰

Also, the slightly different title means I had to let go the Createspace paperbacks and make a new edition with a new ISBN on KDPprint. I didn’t change the art on the paperbacks, only the typography and the blurbs, but since the title is locked to the ISBN, I decided to create a new edition. Same interior, though! πŸ˜€

I wrote almost 13K on the new project last week. I hope to get that much done this week, but this rebranding will keep me busy as well. It’s not only the Star Minds Universe getting a face lift! I did mention I need to tackle Silvery Earth as well at some point, and I’m already starting experiments, but I probably won’t be able to do all the books until the summer.

Meanwhile I take care of the rest! πŸ˜€ And write the next book, of course! On TikTok I posted a couple of WiP videos, with things that won’t end up in the final book, like maps… but they’re useful when your characters wander a lot like mine! πŸ™‚

The strip is over on Instagram, so from Sunday you can check the Happiness is… vignettes there. Yes, truly, I’m getting rid of Da Muses, how cruel can I be? πŸ˜‰ I’m finding other ways to inspire myself, I did change the way I write my books through the decades, so I’ll be fine…

The next big news might be a Sunday Surprise! Have a great week! πŸ˜€

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And the last short novel is out! One more book and this series will be complete – for now. Read those books and then we can talk about sequels, LOL!

Last week I wrote under 7K (yearly total reached 190K) and finished Book 2 of the next project. Now onward to Book 3 so another project will be complete for Mighty Editor’s pass in June. Don’t expect this before the fall, though, the summer will be quite busy with other things as well as the two promised titles in July and August.

Check this post on how writers fail (part one) – I remember the whole popcorn kittens feeling. I probably got back to it this year, when I slowed down the publishing (also to tend the garden) and to re-assess where I want to go. And I love this quote from Kris:

Those of us who have made a longtime living in the arts know that the arts are a rollercoaster.

Rollercoasters are terrifying. But they’re also a hell of a lot of fun.

I wouldn’t give up my position in the arts for anything. I’ll always be a writer, even if I stop earning money at it. And I’m an artist in a variety of disciplines, some of which don’t even interest me on a monetary level.

I haven’t made a living in the arts yet, but I know that rollercoaster feeling, it’s what I’ve been on since last year. At least now I see the fun part as well. I found someone to help me through the un-funny part of this job.

So I might have to postpone any travel to Worldcon and beyond (i.e. September), but I’ll be all right, possibly paving the way for the future. Even if the Ten Years of Indie Publishing were celebrated last year, I didn’t have the energy back then to change anything. Now I’m working for it, with ups and downs and mood swings, but I shall overcome! πŸ˜€

Next week the last book of Otherside and possibly a surprise… meanwhile, have a great week! πŸ˜€

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And Book 2 is out too! Busy publishing month, LOL! Four books in four weeks, and then I shall rest… not! Because I have more ongoing publishing stuff I’m doing behind the scenes, and you shall see the results soon, hopefully. It’s something I’ve been postponing for way too long and even if I’m hating it, it needs done.

The turn of the season is giving me anxiety and depression again, and I found the only way to escape from my gloomy reality is to write. It might be why I wrote another 12k last week and almost finished book 2 of the next project.

I’m hoping to go to Worldcon (ten years later, same place, because I love Chicago) and I applied to be on the program with tonz of doubts. We’ll see if they’ll give me some panel or not. Maybe I’ll just enjoy being back in Chicago for a few days.

I’ll probably spend my next vacation time (end of May) at home again to finish some projects. I’m still unsure about the end of June, but we’ll see. I should really get my arse to a travel agent and talk to them about international travel!

That’s all for today! Have a great week!

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Yes, it’s now available for all at the usual suspects – ebook and paperback! πŸ™‚ My Kickstarter backers are happily downloading their digital rewards and besides keeping my tight publishing schedule (one title a week) so I’ll be able to send out the paperbacks to the few who backed them by the end of the month, I’d say I’m done! Now to you to enjoy this mini-series! πŸ™‚

Last week, being off the damn DayJob, I managed 19K by the weekend, so I took it off to do other publishing things. Yeah, still trying to revamp everything, but it’s going to take some time. But the next book of the current project is halfway done, yay!

In the end I had over 20K, which shows how much more productive I am when I don’t have to go to a boring office in the morning (and sometimes spend half hours waiting for damn buses which means it takes me one hour and a half to do five kilometers! 😦 ), so here’s to hoping I can quit at some point and think only about writing, publishing and reading! πŸ˜€

I also finished the Time Traveler’s Almanac. Of the 60+ stories I loved 15 and did not finish 11. Do I recommend it? Dunno. If you want to try reading time travel fiction, this door-stopper definitely gives you a wide (but not ultimate) view on the topic.

Now I better move on to other things, at least in reading! I’m going to get another couple of ebooks from Kickstarters, so I really should get the new Kindle going, but maybe I’ll read another paperback first. We’ll see!

Since Da Strip on Instagram ends in two weeks, I guess I’m moving the Happiness Is… posts there. You can still find them on this blod if you follow the tag on the sidebar. Now I better go back to writing! Have a great week!

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Last week I wrote only 7.6 words but again, there was a break between two books – and the Kickstarter work of completing the campaign, so two days went with that and brainstorming the next book. My yearly total is over 150K, though, so I’m not complaining! πŸ˜€

This week I’m off DayJob, so I should be able to a) finish the Kickstarter work and send out the digital rewards; b) write the next book of the new project; c) edit the short stories I sent to Mighty Editor (by the way, if you want to laugh, last week’s strip was an actual conversation between me and her) and decide if I want to submit them or keep them for other purposes later on.

Some will need to be published this summer anyway. And during the weekend I’ll upload the first book of Otherside to retailers. Meanwhile I tinker with mock covers of titles that might never be published for various reasons, but since it helps me visualize the story better, I’m going to continue, LOL!

In case you don’t have a huge TBR pile, check these out: a kids friendly series with dragons is now on Kickstarter. If you prefer sci-fi, Celestial Sagas is now on Storybundle, with lots of great authors! πŸ™‚ I’m still finishing the door-stopper Time Traveler’s Almanac (I got the paperback and it’s 900+pages long), and then I’ll probably check my copy of Crunchy With Chocolate, since I’m currently writing about dragons! πŸ˜‰

Then I might go back to ebooks and switch on the new Kindle (although I still have unread stuff on KK, but it’s mostly non-fiction or classics), sigh. So not looking forward to seeing what they have changed! 😦 Like the KDP dashboard and the WordPress notifications and… ok, I’ll stop complaining.

Sorry, grumpy old spinster here! πŸ™‚ Now I better go back to writing… have a great week! πŸ™‚

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And the Kickstarter is over, with one stretch goal reached, yay! I will send out surveys soon, and digital rewards will go out next week. Thank you again for believing in me! I might do another for the next trilogy… just kidding! We’ll see how long it will take me to recover from this one, LOL!

Last week I wrote over 14K on the new project, and yes, it’s probably a trilogy, but we’ll see. Like I said, I’m in no hurry to publish anything new until the next semester, and I do have a couple of short story collections that came back from Mighty Editor that should come out first.

One is an extra title for the Star Minds Universe, which should do for Sci-fi July, and the other is prequel stories for Ghost Bus Riders, that I may publish in August. I’m considering going back to Worldcon (Chicago, 10 years after my first, and I love the town), but I don’t think I’ll bring anything to sell, just enjoy the Windy City and seeing old friends.

My cover artist for some Star Minds Universe titles, Maurizio Manzieri, is again nominated from the Hugo, amd may he win this year! πŸ™‚ Below his covers on my books (two custom):

Easter Monday morning I wrote another 2300words on the new project, and spent the afternoon drawing and brainstorming the sequel. I will have to adjust everything when all the books are written, like I’m doing with Otherside right now.

Besides obvious typos (still wondering how “mavkerel”, “republix” and “disctionary” ended up in my manuscript), I also found a small continuity error in one of the short stories, since I hadn’t corrected it after writing Book 2. So, good thing I’m going through all the books one last time before sending them out to Kickstarter backers and uploading them to retailers! πŸ™‚

Next week I’m off DayJob, so hopefully I’ll be able to fulfill all of the above – set up the digital rewards on BookFunnel and start uploading the new books to retailers, although they won’t go live until May.

That’s all for today! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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And we entered the last week of the Kickstarter! I finished the last proofreading on Book 1 with a PDF of the paperback – unbelievable how typos jump at you from a printed page! Also, this book was written and edited last year, and I made minor changes when I wrote books 2 and 3, so there were little tweaks to do.

The next proofreadings should go faster! I have already done most of Otherside Stories and I’m on Book 2, speedily going forward. Let’s see if in the final days we reach a stretch goal – more ebooks for everyone! πŸ˜‰

I also found time to write, since I put down almost 12K last week! But then, I’m into a longer project, so words come easier, even though I keep cycling back because I come up with things when I have already moved forward. Did I mention I changed how I write through the years? Yes I did! πŸ˜‰

My friend Fulvio Gatti has a novelette, “The Poderosa Trap”, included in the collection “Cosmic Convocation”, out now by Starry Eyed Press. You can find it here, both as paperback and ebook.

The space pirates of the “Poderosa” believe in democracy. This is why every few years they elect a new captain. Elmo Van Der Brook is ending his duty at the helm of the ship, so he suggests the smart but shy accountant Marcus Kandor to run as his successor. As expected, things will turn out much more dangerous than expected.

It looks like I’m forgetting to post the Happiness Is... on Instagram, but since I can’t schedule them… and I’ll probably stop here as well soon, maybe at the end of May when the strip ends on Instagram and I’ll substitute it with the Happiness Is... vignettes.

And that’s all for today… Wishing you a wonderful week, and Happy Easter if you celebrate it!

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