Random Friday


I could ramble some more about GDPR or the very interesting What? comments (20 of them deleted before starting to write this), but since Kris Rusch has opened a can of worms, I shall talk about that instead. Well, she didn’t really open the can herself, but she’s the one I follow, so I read the report from her.

If you’re a young writer and you’re still looking for an agent, STOP RIGHT NOW! No matter where you are in the world, but especially if you are NOT in the US, DO NOT QUERY A US AGENT! Clear? Now, the why.

An Agent Nightmare Revealed by Kris Rusch. And for her Patreon patrons she added a couple of links I will share with you. My commentary will probably NOT be as informed as hers, but well… I’m not her, LOL! 😉

The Guardian about Chuck Palahniuk being close to broke because he was with That Agency. I mean, Chuck “Fight Club, now a major motion picture with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton” Palahniuk! It’s one of my 3 favorite movies of 1999 (and yes, I read the book, I have the paperback, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the movie – no Brad’s abs in the book, LOL!)

Here’s were he apologize for blaming publishers and piracy when it was his agent accountant stealing from him.

 I’ve worked with the same team of people since 1994.  To suspect anyone was stealing, I had to be crazy.

And then I wasn’t.  You may have read about this over the weekend in the New York Post.  All the royalties and advance monies and film option payments that had accumulated in my author’s account in New York, or had been delayed somewhere in the banking pipeline, it was gone.  Poof.  I can’t even guess how much income.  Someone confessed on video he’d been stealing.  I wasn’t crazy.

If you’ve written to me chances are that your letter passed through the hands of the accused.  He’d collect the mail and forward it to me.  He seemed like a good guy.  Like a prince of a guy.  Like man-crush material.  And then he wasn’t.

(…)

So on the minus side, I apologize for cursing my publishers.  And I apologize for any rants about piracy.  My publishers had paid the royalties.  Piracy, when it existed, was small scale.

I do hereby humbly apologize.

Headshaking. So take it from him. Forget agents. They are unregulated and even the big agencies can embezzle your money.

Now I’m not saying you’ll get rich quick by Indie Publishing – you won’t. I haven’t been able to quit my day job and I’ve been doing this since 2011. But I don’t write in the popular genres. And even if you do, don’t take it as a get-rich-quick scheme, cuz it doesn’t work that way.

If you want to go with a traditional publisher, submit to them directly. Cut the middle man. Let those darn agents die the death that awaits any obsolete profession. They are no longer needed. Not for your writing.

You don’t need their approval. Go write and submit or publish. Heinlein’s Rules, remember? 😉 Have a great weekend! 😀

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Sunday Surprise


Two more days and the anthology Nightly Bites will go live… have you pre-ordered it yet?

If you’re on Facebook, the anthology page is publishing the authors’ bios every few days… We already had David Miller and Russ Crossley, and more are coming in the next few weeks, so you can start knowing these wonderful authors who trusted me with their stories! 🙂

And it’s not all! The Vampires of the World bundle will go on sale on the same date! Check your calendars, DECEMBER 19, for these great deals… and more! Stay tuned… Have a great Sunday! 😀

 

A Vampire’s Journey Through Centuries… Check out this #paranormal #historicalfantasy series!


if you haven’t heard much about my vampires series (historical fantasy), check the excerpts here!

Guest Post – Publishing on Bundle Rabbit – Barbara Tarn


How to be a bundle curator…

Library of Erana

So, you joined BundleRabbit… great! You’re just another hopeful author waiting to be picked up! And when you do get picked up, all you have to do is follow Diane’s advice – she is one of the authors of my first bundle and I couldn’t have said it better. She explains everything about how BR works for authors.

But wait, months go by and nobody requests anything. You see dozens of other great authors and start thinking… why not? Maybe I should become a curator! How hard can it be?

Putting bundles together at BundleRabbit is great fun, but it’s also exhausting. Not very hard, but there is a small learning curve.

First of all, you apply for “curator” status. Create a draft with your vision (it can include your book or not) and choose a release date, but check what else is coming out that month.

Try to book…

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Writer Wednesday


Ta-daan!

So yes, you can go and grab it now! On BundleRabbit or on the retailer you pre-ordered it! 🙂 Book trailer here, in case you missed it… I look forward to reading all those amazing books, but I’m still on the previous bundle and had to stop to read non-fiction for the current project. And have you seen how many bundles are available for your summer reads?

I’m also prepping flyers for Worldcon, even though the final calendar hasn’t reached my inbox yet. There you go, busy gal folding paper stuff… I printed 50, but I’ll display only 10 at my first panel, since only 20 can get the free bundle… look me up at Worldcon! 🙂

Wordcount for June was 63K. Currently working on the July novel and since it’s historical fantasy, I have a batch of books to read and some quick Wikipedia checks every now and then. But my paper books pile is going down (I prefer non-fiction on paper)…

of these 3 – 2 are read and the third can wait, yay! 🙂

Some writerly links! 12 truths about publishing – if you want a writing career, that is. Customize your produtcivity to fit your life – for those of you who still have trouble finding time to write. I have a part-time day job and Monday I didn’t write a word of fiction, but I didn’t panic. I usually catch up on weekends (Sunday night I had already 20K in the new novel)… 😉

Some thoughts on writing a scene because terrible minds sometimes say absolute truth, like #0 says

As always, writing advice is bullshit, but bullshit can be fertilizer. Maybe this page of scene-writing advice helps something grow in your narrative garden, or maybe it’s just something to shovel out of the way. Use or discard at your leisure.

And ways to stay motivated in this shit-shellacked era of epic stupid because you never have enough motivation do you? I know I can beat Mr Procrastination if I put my mind to it, but can you? 😉

Now I better go back to writing. 18th century stuff… but ideas keep bouncing in my head like popcorn kittens! Have a great week! 🙂

 

Ebook Bundles


While you wait for my post, here’s the perfect explanation of how this works!

D J Mills Writer

Have you thought about participating in eBook Bundles?

BundleRabbit.com sells eBook bundles at all eBook distributors as well as on their own web site.

I have heard good things about BundleRabbit, so uploaded Rider, the first in my Tracker Series, to see how the process worked. And have been selected for an upcoming bundle.

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Writing All Over The Map: Leah Cutter’s Island Sampler


And since l can’t write much yet…. Here’s some writer’s wisdom to keep you enterrained! 🙂

Kobo Writing Life

By Leah Cutter

Welcome to the Island Sampler!

Why do I call this the Island Sampler?

Like many writers, I write all over the map.

I primarily write fantasy, but I write many different flavors of fantasy. I’m best known for my historic fantasy (Paper Mage, the first book I sold to a New York publisher), but I also write fantasy with shapeshifters (The Shadow Wars Trilogy) as well as more rural fantasy with clockwork fairies. And changelings.

And I write mysteries—I’ve had more than one short story published in “Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.” I also write science fiction stories. And post-apocalyptic fairy tales. And…

You get the point.

The problem with writing so many differently flavors of fantasy under a single name is that it makes it difficult for readers to find what they like. As I am now indie publishing all of these titles, I…

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Random Friday


Let’s make it sorta kinda Bollywood soundtrack Friday. I watched Ek Ajnabee and the soundtrack isn’t really my favorite, but the title track features Arjun Rampal dancing, whoot! So, there you go, Tall Man Dance – he’s not as good as Hrithik, but he can shake his booty! 😉

As for Mohenjo Daro, the title track is actually the nicest song of the whole sountrack, so… not to show off Hrithik’s skills, there you have him too! 🙂

Two very different movies and two very different kind of songs and dances… An action vs an epic historical…

Now another thought that occurred to me… lyrics of songs that end up being titles of the next movie! That’s the Akhtar siblings for you! Here goes:

Rock on (has the line “zindagi milegi na dobara”)

which leads us to the movie Zindagi na milegi dobara with the song Dil Dhadakne Do

which leads us to the movie Dil Dhadakne Do… Will Zoya Akhtar’s next movie be titled from some lyrics of Dil Dadakne Do? 😉

And that’s all for today… busy at the book fair… more next week! 😉

Writer Wednesday


Soo, after some procrastination (which is normal at the beginning of a story), I’ve now started Quests 4 and I’m almost 10K in – and the quest hasn’t started yet, LOL! But I’m trying to apply some of the tricks learned in online workshops, so I’m getting there. Slower, but getting there! 🙂

I’m also trying different alternate POVs, doing 2 scenes from the protagonist’s POV and 1 from one of the 2 co-protagonists. It’s tricky but fun! I think they will soon be off on their quest – for a physical thing this time. Book 1 and 2 were inner quests, book 3 is the quest for someone and book 4 is the quest for lost things, namely city destroyed centuries earlier. A sort of treasure hunt but not out of greed.

I hope to get to the end of a first draft or at least halfway by the weekend, otherwise I’ll continue after I’ve done my homework for the Anthology Workshop. Next year I’ll have a couple more contemporary stories to write from the assignments of the POV online workshop, so stay tuned for those… I really should start a priority list for next year!

This weekend I’ll go through Quests 3 so that I’ll be ready to send it to the editor and rework the opening of the Tor novella after some good comments from my writers group that I follow only because I came up with what I think is a better opening, haha! My critical voice is thankfully still fast asleep, and it all comes from the creative side of my brain, I swear.

And November is over, if you did NaNoWriMo, good for you, I have reached 430K words since January, so this year I might reach 450K if not the hoped for 500K! Still one month to go, definitely another 20K if not more! In the bad months (March was the lowest with 17K followed by August with 21K) I did write that much! Best months were Arpil (52K) and May (65K), and even in October I was in the 30K range in spite of not writing for nearly 3 weeks…

But I might post all the total wordcounts at the beginning of January with the final results! As for next year… I don’t think I’ll keep track anymore – or maybe I will, since I bought a little journal just for that, but I won’t report it, unless I hit that 500K mark – since it sort of takes out the fun.

I have artistic freedom and I’m enjoying it! 🙂 Have a great week!

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