Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote 12K and I’ve reached 3/4 of Book 5 while Mighty Editor is preparing Book 3 for publication. I hope to get done by the end of the week so I can revise all three at the same time before hitting that “publish” button (well, pre-order button, with manuscript).

I swear this future Earth keeps changing under me, LOL! But Book 5 completes a cycle, so I’ll take a break before continuing the exploration with other, younger characters. I’ll let Bel and Raj live happily ever after for a few years after their awesome feat! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m sure the Wanderlust Bug will bit Raj again at some point, but Bel is definitely not going anywhere after this journey. She’s fifty and tired of wandering! But Raj is younger and more active, so… he’ll be off again. That story might be quite into the future, though, so things will probably have changed again. Sigh. But that’s the fun of worldbuilding, even if it’s our planet, right? Here’s to the future! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now switching genres… and author! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Yes, here she is, and that’s the book I’ve read and it ended up in that year’s recommended reading! She’s a wonderful person and I hope to meet her again somewhere out there in the future… so here’s your pitch again, in case you didn’t bother clicking on the link above:

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Oh, and if you’re an indie or hybrid writer, you might want to back this other Kickstarter – the Intellectual Property Tracker! I will stick to my spreadsheets (submissions, bibliography and wordcount) for a little longer, since I’m still pretty much in the red… but yes, if you’re as prolific as I am, you probably need this! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great week!

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Writer Wednesday


Hope your year started better than mine! On the publishing side, covers were giving problems. Kobo had a glitch so covers didn’t appear in the dashboard – but they were present in the Kobo store. Amazon had the opposite problem! Cover showing in the dashboard and Look Inside, but NOT on the ebook page in the shop. How is one supposed to sell a book that doesn’t show its cover?

Sigh. And it was an experiment with KDP Select. When I don’t enroll the books in KU, the covers appear immediately… I ended up re-uploading and changing slightly the title and it went fine. So, Star Minds Lone Wolves Shorts is available on Amazon only at least until March.

I’ll keep going with this experiment for three months, unless it works, in which case it will remain an Amazon Exclusive. But fear not, oh reader-who-hates-Amazon! Those stories are reprints, and available in other collections that are widely distributed, so you won’t miss anything! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And Mumbai Dreams is available for pre-order. It will come out on India’s Republic Day, like the much hyped Bollywood movies it’s inspired from. It’s set in 2049, with some celebrity kids involved…

About Writing, well, 12K down. Halfway through book 5 of Future Earth Chronicles, maybe this week I’ll finish a first draft so I can check them all together that I didn’t contraddict myself, LOL!

Oh, and I finally signed the contract for that sale from 2017… I’m in very good company and I hope to be able to tell you more soon! Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And I agree with Chuck Wendig – in 2019: persist, persist, persist! I’m definitely trying to hit that wordcount again, it’s not the writing that worries me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But as my newsletter subscribers have learned, that goes on the back burner for now.ย  I don’t have the energy for weekly emails as suggested by the Newsletter Ninja.

That’s why I suggested subscribers “if you want to hear from me, follow this blog and its rants, if you don’t already” (which some people already do, thank you so much). I don’t have a timeline for my success, but it’s too hard to keep up at this time in my life. I’ll catch up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

In the meantime, I’ll just write… so if I suddenly restart publishing 25 titles a year like I did from 2011 to 2017, you will know I have some energy back! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great week!

Random Friday


So, I’m going to stay a little longer on last year. After doing the accounting (which is always depressing, by the way, but I need to do it every year to check how it’s going and if it’s worth keeping going), let me tell you that last year’s best seller was Pilot (Star Minds Lone Wolves 2). People loved Shanell. Icy Aya came second because she was also in the Sci-Fi July Redux bundle.

The bestselling book in a bundle is Beautiful, though. I’m still working on the illustration for the paperback, and I hope this year to publish it. It’s fun to draw Kerrien and Rithvik in a Chibi-style and it’s a shame I can’t color them, but the book with interior color illustration would be way too expensive. Maybe one day I’ll do a collector’s edition in color, but first I need to finish the b&w version! ๐Ÿ™‚

And I’ve been reading 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, which is really interesting, although it’s kinda adding to my new year’s depression, LOL! But it’s really useful to put some historical backbone to the Future Earth Chronicles and when my TBR pile goes down a little I hope to buy Harari’s other books.

I’m also reading a book on Cyberwar but it’s written in second person and it’s almost irritating, like the author is talking down to me. I understand it’s something “for dummies” (not in the official series, it’s a book in Italian for people who know even less than me, obviously), and every now and then I find things that can be useful to make more credible hackers, but still…

Well, if my hackers improve, you’ll notice. I’ve done my best so far with Hariel, Jes-syd, Alain and Shani (who will soon meet more hackers on Future Earth, stay tuned, we got male, female and even transgender hacker in the future!) but I’m not a computer expert, only a user, so I’ll simply try to avoid the worst mistakes (pointed out also in Putting The Science in Fiction, BTW).

And that’s all for this week! I shall leave you with all the novelties at Draft2Digital last year, although I haven’t tried them all yet – and possibly never will, but I won’t say never! Have a wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

Writer Wednesday


On Sunday I had a panicky moment. Here’s what I posted on my private Facebook profile:

End of the year panic. A revised story vanished from Dropbox. Laptop said document no longer existed.
In my backup I had deleted the file – I had worked on it from Laptop and not on Dropbox. Fishing it in the recycle bin saved the day. Tears ready to flow out are gone.
Resaved on the Dropbox version and even printed it for a final read before a January publication (as soon as Wendigo sends me the cover art, that is!).
Feeling much better now. Will go back to Future Earth Chronicles after lunch, though! Phew!

Yeah, I had to do some Bubble Witch Saga to calm down, switch on laptop again after checking there was no trace of the edits on writing netbook, and retrieve the file – December 2018 version. Dropbox had the August version still. I probably picked the wrong file (from Documents on Laptop instead of Dropbox) when I started working on it and was surprised not to find the document with the new title – doh! It was on Dropbox!

Anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Last week I added 2520 words to the above story as well as Future Earth Chronicles Books 3 and 4 and started on Book 5 for a grand total of 9K – which brings the 2018 final wordcount to +537K. Very happy with this result! Now here’s to duplicating it this year, LOL!

Last couple of days to get 10 novels for 5$, then the Sci-fi July Redux bundle will be gone forever! Don’t miss this opportunity! And if you prefer audiobooks, someone is giving away free coupons. I still can’t wrap my mind on listening to someone talk instead of reading, so I’ll pass – but I promise I’ll try to set up a couple of audios this year, just not in January! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ll also probably take Dean’s challenge again, the short stories one this time, but I want to finish this cycle of Future Earth Chronicles (i.e. the first 5 books, there’s probably 5 more with other characters) first! ๐Ÿ˜€ I really need to write more short stories, so the challenge is an excellent way of forcing myself to do it – and if some of them span novellas or novels… well, even better, right?

New Years’ plans next week, although I already mentioned them before… in the meantime, have a great week and a WONDERFUL 2019! Happy writing, reading or whatever is your preferred pastime! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote close to 15K and by Christmas I managed to more or less wrap up Book 3 and 4 of Future Earth Chronicles. I had to move some words from book 3 to book 4 and rewrite on epilogue and add a new incipit, but at least now both are around 41K (otherwise it would have been 47K and under 40K). Taking a break to revise a story I will publish in January, then onward to book 5! ๐Ÿ™‚

And we’re at the year’s roundup post! The Publishing achievements are 16 new titles, of which one is in Italian and 12 also have paperbacks (including a paperback for a book that came out last year). And since I have 6 Star Minds Lone Wolves novels and novellas, expect more box sets next year, along with more stories (the Lone Wolves Team and a collection of the shorter stories).

The writing achievements! As you know, I reached my goal of 500K two weeks ago, producing the above mentioned 6 Star Minds Lone Wolves + 15 Lone Wolves Team stories (still mostly unpublished, stay tuned), 1 Silvery Earth Heroine, 1 Vampires Through the Centuries short novel and revamped what became the Future Earth Chronicles – new blurb and cover on Book 1, Brainwaves, and publishing Book 2, Wanderlust, while writing the rest.

Now and until the end of January I hope to write Book 5, then I’ll take a break from this series and write 15 more Lone Wolves Team stories. In 2019 I hope to write at least 1 if not 2 Silvery Earth Heroines because I have the covers and they’re wonderful and I look forward to showing them off. And I also have the cover for what I have decided will be Fairy Tales Revisited Volume 2.

Then I’ll write a few more Future Earth Chronicles books and Vampires Through the Centuries books, since the series have crashed together. Again in the hope of reaching those 500K, but if I don’t, I won’t beat myself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And sorry if I didn’t enroll anything, but the Smashwords End of the Year sale is now on. If you want, though, Sci-fi July Redux is now on sale, and will be gone by the end of the year. 10 space opera novels for 5 buck… get it now before it’s gone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Writer Wednesdey


Last week I ended up writing 12K and even started a related short story I plan to submit to a traditional market (and if they reject it, I know where to publish it next, haha!). I’m still discovering where this is going and it’s a lot of fun – glad I’m writing them all at the same time! But then, it’s the first series with books that need to be read in a certain order…

Soon it will be time to set up next year’s challenges… although it’s probably going to be a yearly goal for the wordcount, since I know that if I want to reach that 500K I need to write 10K a week, which I did this year and can do again the next. I might try the 30 short stories in 30 days challenge – when I’m done with these series books, that is! ๐Ÿ™‚

And a post for you wannabes who think they can write to market: The Hero’s Dead-end Journey. I actually went to a couple of panels by Steven Barnes when I was still trying to conquer Hollywood, during the Screenwriting Expos of 2006-2008. He’s a nice, funny dude and his post is spot-on. Go read it!

You should know by now that I’m not a Big Fish all hype, quite the opposite, but I’m not a newby either. I don’t have a formula for you, although I’ve been indie publishing since 2011 and have almost 200 titles out (90% in English, 10% in Italian). I am grateful for every single reader who manages to discover me even though I don’t do ads and don’t tweet and don’t try to sell my books to every person that finds out I’m a writer.

Of course I still need my day job, probably will need it for a few more years to pay the editors and cover art, workshops and travels, but eventually, hopefully, I’ll find my True Fans… although the first two will always be in my heart, since they’d become friends by now! *waves at Tori and Joleene*

I had friends that were all hype and no substance. They no longer write. So there. Keep doing your thing and ignore the hype (I’m like Kris for that, I tune out every time a one-book-wonder tries to hit me with hype). Keep in mind that 20 books might not be enough to 50K – I have almost 200 and are nowhere near those 50K. But I keep forging ahead anyway!

Because I’m addicted to writing, LOL! Or married to Mr. Writing, like I sometimes say. Now that I’m wrapping up those 500K written, I look forward to what I’ll write next year. And I may rest for a day or three between projects, but not always, and not necessarily, because I miss it. Yeah, I’m a junkie like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week!

Writer Wednesday


So yesterday I reached my 500K/year goal – and there are still three full weeks before the end of the year, yay! I may not repeat the feat, although I’m kind of addicted to it now, LOL! Of course the publishing “suffered”, but I had a lot more fun… and since I always said I’ll never stop writing but I might stop publishing…

Well, you do the maths. Although next year I have Worldcon and 20BooksEdinburgh, so I probably should have new titles out. And I will, since half the Future Earth Chronicles will be definitely done for Worldcon (at least a first cycle, if not the whole series) and I’ll have more Lone Wolves stories out in the Star Minds Universe and two or three more Silvery Earth titles. And possibly vampires, since they’re living beyond the present, haha!

But since last publication was November 25 (Wanderlust) and the next scheduled is January 25 (India’s Republic Day for a reason), I thought I wouldn’t leave you high and dry for two months and published a short story collection. Newsletter subscribers might have read a couple of those, but the rest is new.

And after the Holidays I’ll publish a collection of Vampires Through the Centuries shorter works (no new story, probably, unless I squeeze one in before the end of the year, but it might be unedited, so no, not in this collection). I’ll do a final publishing post after Christmas.

I could send you to the usual suspects for writerly links, but I’ll spare you. You should know what I think about everything by now! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And even if they say BookBub Ads are The Next Big Thing, better than Facebook Ads and Amazon Ads, I’m not wasting any more time or money with those – not this year. In the future, we’ll see…

Still have to study a Patreon reward system and BookFunnel and start programming next year’s travels and… sheesh, where do I get off this mad train? It’s going too fast! Speed is dangerous! Ending on a song by Extreme (so 1990s – and looky-look, a steam locomotive!), I wish you a wonderful week! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Writer Wednesday


Book 3 and 4 are really one split in two, so I didn’t really stop “between projects” except for the creative weekend with Cristina (so last week only 8K), that I used for my large print and illustrated paperbacks experiments. Book 3 clocked in at 47K (Book 1 is 42K, Book 2 is 44K) and I probably have as much to write in the next, then on to book 5!

Hopefully I’ll be done by the end of January when I can take a break… In the meantime have a sneak peek at the first five covers on the series page… The blurb for book 4 and 5 is very limited, I’ll make it better when I write them – it’s only a vague idea still! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bundles Galore – Remembering Warriors is on sale for the last month of its shelf life. Grab it now at 3.99$ before it’s gone! ๐Ÿ™‚ Other bundles are still available, but they’re diminishing… I will do another couple next year (along with the next iteration of Sci-fi July for the Worldcon). By the way, this is the last month of shelf life of Sci-fi July Redux too, so if you want to suport us, buy it now, if you can’t afford it, wait until it goes on sale closer to Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

And I have one more reason never ever to get on Twitter, where people (newby writers) even attack longtime professionals like Nora Roberts! I might have not read her books, but I do know who she is, it would never cross my mind to accuse her of stealing my title/idea – which, by the way, is not copyrighted. It’s the execution that is. I hope that woman sinks into oblivion with her second book, she doesn’t deserve a career as a writer.

And if the above isn’t enough to dissuade you, here are six miths about traditional publishing (and not from Dean Wesley Smith’s blog!). But Indie Publishing isn’t easy either, especially if you put all your egs in one basket and your basket is leaking… Maybe the future will really allow us to go direct to readers with no middleman…

First The Why, Now The How: 25 Ways To Keep Making Stuffย ย by Chuck Wendig. Andย How To Make A Pretty Facebook Pageย by David Gaughran – cause we all want a pretty Author Page, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ I still think the Publisher’s page has problems on mobile phones, but I don’t seem to be able to find a solution. Next trip to Turin I’ll consult with my webmaster…

Now, as soon as I reach my yearly wordcount, I can stop and do another curated anthology (probably starting before Christmas, but I doubt I’ll be able to publish it this year – sometimes writers are really slow! ;)). In the meantime, you have your choice between, the two Nightly Bites, the two Sci-fi Short Stories and the Rocketpack Adventures curated by Russ Crossley. The paperback make excellent Christimas gifts… just sayin’! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great week!

Writer Wednesday


Okay, so the new series title is… Future Earth Chronicles! Sorry, Tori, but it felt the less spoilerish of titles. And it does deal with Earth in the future. The page is now called Futures of Humanity and includes both the standalone and the Future Earth Chronicles series (and look at that gorgeous Smashwords series page!).

So, Brainwaves has a new cover and a new blurb, but it’s the same text, so if you already got it, no worries, it’s just an outside job. And Wanderlust is out! While working on rebranding, I realized Brainwaves actually came out at the end of November, so since we’re at the end of November again… Book 2 comes out 1 year after book 1!

But fear not, you won’t have to wait that long for the next instalments. As you can see from the Smashwords Series Page or the Publisher’s Series Page (Futures of Humanity), there is already am assetless pre-order for Book 3 and I’ll set up the assetless pre-order for Book 4 as soon as I finish Book 3 (depending on how it ends, it will be either March or April 2019).

Last week I wrote 10K and have a couple more chapters to finish Book 3. I plan on starting Book 4 in December. And since I reached 478K yearly total, I’ll probably celebrate the reaching of my goal sometime the first week of December, yay!

Now a couple of writerly links. Even David Farland has advice on when to stop polishing your manuscript. So stop endless rewritings right now. I’m feeling very lucky that I started writing before wordprocessors and learned to do clean first drafts in the age of the typewriter (of course they sucked, but they taught me to write quickly and finish everything, LOL!).

And I’m keeping an eye on blockchain for books – what indie authors need to know seems extremely important, but at this time I cannot implement it. Which will give the blockchain solutions time to get more widespread and tested! ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for now! Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Writer Wednesday


Let’s proceed with some order! Writer Wednesday roundup! ๐Ÿ™‚

1) Wordcount! Last week almost 17K, getting me close to my 500K/year goal, yay! In spite of life rolls, I’m almost done with book 3…

2) Da Series! It’s changing name. Used to be Post-Apocalypse Chronicles, will be Future Earth Chronicles. Or maybe Gaia Reborn. Because the post-apocalypse thingy makes readers think it’s a Mad Max-like world. It’s not. The planet is doing fine with less virus… ehm, humans tampering with her! ๐Ÿ™‚ So, this weekend I’ll make up my mind and update the series page, make the new cover for Book 1, etc.

3) Plans! Finish Book 3 first draft by Friday so I can go through it during the weekend and then start on Book 4. Both will come out next year, but I’d rather get done with them before I take a break from this future! Did I mention I’m having a blast? Well, I am now! ๐Ÿ™‚

4) New Release! The spy story is finally here. Only the final version for now. Maybe eventually I’ll publish the first version (short story) in a collection. So check Joint Operations if you’re not so much into SFF! ๐Ÿ™‚

Joint operations work best in the War on Terror.

Ajay Roy, officer of the Research & Analysis Wing โ€“ Indian secret services โ€“ is about to apprehend a known terrorist.

Sarah Aiken, MI6 operative, has just discovered a biological father she didnโ€™t know existed.

Ajay & Sarah have worked together in the past and should probably work together again.

Being a spy is not as glamorous as in movies, but itโ€™s definitely an international job.

5) Sales! The bundle Thieves will be on sale from Thanksgiving to the following Monday, then it’s gone forever. So if you want to read some theft stories, grab it now before it’s gone!

Meet a bunch of past, present and future thieves, some not even human! Either protagonists or antagonists, thieves populate this box set in a great variety of stories.

Steampunk, urban fantasy, science fiction and contemporary stories where something is stolen and all hell breaks lose – will our hero recover the stolen goods? And if he or she is the thief, will they get off scot-free?

6) Writerly links! The Rewriting Metaphor courtesy of Dean Wesley Smith! I’ve been in Rewriting Hell back in 2008 and swore never again! ๐Ÿ˜€ Which was prompted by a question he got and his public answer. You might prefer David Farland’s advice on balancing productivity and art… the beauty of being all different, isn’t it? The most important thing is to be positive, pleasing and optimistic!

7) That’s it! But I like #7, so I thought I’d finish with it! Should I always do that? Nah, too neat! Have a great week! ๐Ÿ˜€

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