Saturday roundup

I couldn’t find anyone willing to do a guest post to fill the blanks between interviews, so I’m doing a little round up of authors who passed through this blog in the past week or years. Sort of Linky Friday but only about authors. An interview had to be rescheduled, so tomorrow no posts. I might schedule something duting my break between workshops, though… apparently wi-fi works and I’m getting used to my bro’s borrowed laptop! πŸ˜‰

Authors blogs/web pages

Nikalee Livingston – go shake her blog! πŸ˜‰

Shonell Bacon blog and webpage.

Holli Castillo’s blog.

Jonathan Gould blog – hey, he’s even on the Indie Authors ring (the frog on my sidebar)!

Book/series pages (recommended reading)

Prue Batten’s world of Eirie.

Joleene Naylor’s Amaranthyne Nights.


Musings on reviews

Someone on the Kindle Author and Readers forum on Goodreads asked “Should authors review each other?” which led to a three people discussion (I jumped it at some point, but apparently it was useless, and I got called an amateur) about the fact that apparently it’s unethical.

My post: uhm… just wondering if reviewing fellow author novels is really unethical? I mean, every writer should also be a reader, so he/she can appreciate also other people’s works, right?
I mean, whenever I read something that I like, I always review it on my blog (and here and on Amazon) – did it with Prue and other authors – what’s wrong with it?
I swapped manuscripts only once so we could each write a sort of endorsement for each other’s book (I have no idea if she used mine, I put hers on the back cover of my second book of the Immortals, Fire) and I admire Prue for having found two mainstream authors who did it for her.
So what’s the big deal? Just wondering… thanks for explaining your POVs to me…

OK, please note that in the rush to reply to the drama, I didn’t express myself very well – which probably prompted the “amateurish” comment – I did not swap manuscripts with Prue for endorsment, but with another author. I’m adding this note here, leaving the original post as it was – apologies for having come out as amateurish, next time I’ll think twice before posting in any forum.

Not that I’m going to swap manuscripts again – it was something I did because I had just published Air and had found someone on Six Sentence Sunday who suggested it – but that’s apparently the unethical thing to do, which leads to fake reviews and stuff.

Now, I’m obviously against fake reviews, but I’m sure there are plenty of genuine ones as well. So OK, the manuscript swap is unethical, or whatever. But the original question is “should authors review each other?” and I think the answer is “yes!”.

Because to be a good writer you must also be a reader, and what’s wrong with telling the author if you liked his/her work? You know my review policy is not to review what I didn’t like – you won’t even know I read it – but I do want the author to know if I enjoyed his/her work. What’s unethical about this? The book is out and anyone can review it, why not another author?

Unless we’re talking about those endorsements (like the one I got from my manuscript swap), but that’s different. I don’t think it’s a review. Actually it was mentioned as “writing each other’s book blurb” (and for me the book blurb is something else, but when I discovered it, it was too late). And if someone can pull it off like Prue, kudos, she had the balls even if she’s a lady to contact mainstream authors, and I bow to her. In my eyes she’s a professional writer, and she did the right thing. And no, I’m not going to ask her to read my books only because I loved hers, I think the offer should come spontaneously, but that’s shy me! πŸ˜‰

By the way A Thousand Glass FlowersΒ is due for Kindle release at the end of this week, and it’s on my ToBuy list. Hopefully I’ll even have a Kindle then – I plan on ordering mine soon after my birthday. So stay tuned for more stories of Eirie! πŸ™‚

Oh, boy, this is so complicated to explain… I hope I’m making sense! I don’t like some of the discussions going on in the Goodreads forums (bickering between two or three in a group discussion sounds… amateurish! ;-)), but I guess it’s my natural dislike of forums themselves (and I even joined another one, yikes!), the reason why I don’t go to Kindle Boards and why I want to be a hermit! πŸ˜€ So I don’t know when I’ll actually be an interactive Goodreads author and will be able to find my readers there… or when and where I’ll be able to get reviews of my books by someone, anyone, really! 😦

Linky Saturday

Wow, another week is gone, sigh. And it was a week spent at home working! 😦

Update: Fire will go to the editor soon. The Fern and The Cross still needs a lot of work, because there are a lot of things I want to add, and I have to find a way to shove them in without being boring. I’m taking notes on things to add and stories to twist, but I’m still musing on some things. Draft Zero is barely over 50000words, so not a real novel yet, but I want to try to expand it as a novel, and not a rushed story with masses of material in the background that doesn’t come out properly – and I haven’t worked on the end yet at all, so it’s an interrupted job. Will have to get back to study John’s reign before I can tackle that one. But I’d rather adjust the rest before I continue, to avoid too many rewrites later.

To the links! Wicked Writers has some pantser plotting techniques that are very similar to my own.

Contact announces the Steampunk Week at Carina (which is now over) with reflections on steampunk as a genre. My thoughts: I’m trying to redefine fantasy as I like it, and therefore having a hard time. Fantasy readers don’t dig my stuff, non-fantasy readers don’t get. It’s a tough world… I should have chosen a “newer” genre such as steampunk with less preconceived “rules”! πŸ˜‰

Noobcake tried the speech recognition software! If you like to talk to your computer, please check this hilarious post! πŸ˜€

I normally don’t post links to one of my favorite (and updated once a month) blogs, but if you’re afraid of the nuclear fallout from Japan, you can check this post about Radiation is Light. As the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy says: “Don’t panic”. It’s panic that will doom us all. And that’s what the darkness is working towards.

To more light (and writerly) subjects: have some fun with this book review at Blood Red Pencil. They also have a post on punctuating quotations – to which I noticed I’m obviously using British English punctuation with American English spelling. Interesting.

Muchelle Ule of Books&Such got hacked. Read about her Facebook nightmare. Makes you want to cancel all social networks accounts. (Not that I have many personal data on my personal FB account anyway, but still…)

Clarion has an excellent article on who edits you, with pros and cons of each choice.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch on agents

And agent Rachelle Gardner on Skype. Now, I do have Skype (but no web-cam, I have an “old” desktop). But I hate phone-calls anyway! πŸ˜‰ So I usually use the chat, even for file-sharing (like with my cover artist, because I have an old version of MSN, so she manages to send me files only through Skype). But I have it.Β  Still don’t believe in Twitter, though.

Same agent on will your first book be published: no, Rachelle is right, I will never publish my first books as they are, and not only because they’re in Italian and I now write in English. There was a time I was actually happy to be unpublished so I could twist and turn and change anything I’ve written. Now I’ll have to get used to the fact that when it’s out there, I can’t change it anymore, so I have to adjust the other stories to what’s out! πŸ˜‰

Oh, and I of course subscribe to Ruth Ann Nordin’s Author’s Bill of Rights in total… πŸ˜€

Last but not least, my very outspoken graphic novel character Ludwig, aka Lud, aka Luddyluddy (or Luddino in Italian) is talking about me at Leigh’s blog… so kind of her to have him, but I’ll have to reply to his ramblings sometime next week! πŸ˜‰ You might have noticed I don’t do characters interviews like Melissa or character guest posts like Loralee, but when Leigh issued her challenge, I remembered I have these characters who KNOW they are in a story, so even if it’s fantasy and they don’t know what a computer is (a magic-thingamagic? ;-)), they can ramble about me… they did so in the graphic novel, so why not here? πŸ˜‰

Have a great weekend!

Authors on this blog

As the year comes to a close, let’s have a look at my blog’s journey. I thought I had started a monthly feature, but now I realize it wasn’t really so. Maybe next year, hopefully…

Anyway, I wanted to celebrate the authors who passed through my blog this year. Here they are in order of appearance.

Mickey Mills, who wrote Haunting Injustice, which I reviewed and then interviewed the man himself in March.

April was the month of Prue Batten, who wrote The Stumpwork Robe and The Last Stitch (links to my review, find them for sale on the author’s site) and then interviewed her in two parts. She’s also the lady of the Masked Ball of last May 1st, the greatest event of the year – sorry if you missed it! πŸ˜‰

In June it was Vivienne Tuffnell‘s month. She wrote Strangers and pilgrims that I reviewed and I interviewed her in two parts as well. She’s a fellow Lulu author, but she’s also on Amazon, please do check her!

July I had Heidi M.Thomas and her book Cowgirl dreams – which I won at the Blog Jog Day and was a delightful surprise. I also interviewed Heidi.

August another Blog Jog Day win: Holli Castillo‘s Gumbo Justice. I reviewed the book (which was another delightful surprise), interviewed the author AND Holli did a guest post for me last month, much appreciated for her insight on promotion.

September… well, Cassandra Jade disappeared during her blog tour, so I never received her answers to my interview. She’s still MIA, but hopefully she’ll be back next year…

October was Fairy Tale month! I got Michelle Davidson Argyle‘s Cinders, and loved it. And I interviewed Michelle, of course.

November skipped for some reason… and December I had Jan Fortune Wood and her book Coming Home. which was actually a preview as the book will come out in January.

Holli did a guest post in November, Jan will be back with a guest post in January. Any of the other authors reviewed and interviewed here would like to guest post next year? Share their news, talk about their next projects, anything writing and/or publishing related?

I’m still deciding January0s Author of the Month (it depends on which book gets to me first, and I’ll start ordering in January itself. Hence it might be an e-book author, such as Cassandra). The To Buy list is very long already, and I know that Heidi’s second book is already out, while Mickey and Holli are still working on theirs. Michelle is almost done, although I might wait for her Monarch to come out, as I have already tried her self-published title and I’d love to see the difference with a work that has a publisher behind it – if there’s any.

So I wish all my guest authors a happy Holiday Season, and if any of them want to guest post next year… well, you all have my e-mail! πŸ˜‰

Also, if you’re unpublished or almost published and would like to share your experiences… I welcome one or two guest posts per month!

Story Wednesday

We’re running out of authors for the weekly rotation again on Serial Central, so if you have a longish story that you can’t submit to magazines or publishers but would love to get feedback for, please joins us and post it on Serial Central – Friday would be the day. Write to our main e-mail addy serialcentral (at) yahoogroups (dot) com.

The Twins ends today, I didn’t have one comment so far, so I guess it wasn’t much appreciated. Never mind. I’ll just leave it in the drawer. Next week I’ll either start a new story or re-post Best of Friends to give me one more week to prepare the next serial story – which will be “Modern Fairy Tales”, or my (contemporary) take on a few famous fairy tales. Pretty Woman can’t be the only Cinderella story out there, I want to have my saying too! πŸ˜‰

So I’ll be posting more modern writing for some time on Serial Central. I’ll be working on the editing of Jessamine so I can put it on Smashwords ASAP, so stay tuned for the new version. I have hundreds of stories that I could put on Serial Central, but most are still in Italian, and my writing time isn’t unlimited (even if I’m single, but I have to juggle with drawing time as I want to put out another chapter of SKYBAND and sometimes seeing friends, which in the couple of weeks before Christmas will be a rush – then they disappear during the Holiday Seasons, which gives me lots of free writing time! ;-)). I’ll have to rework my priority list so that I won’t leave Wednesdays empty on Serial Central…

Oh, and a reminder! Our beloved LUA will be back on Serial Central, on Saturdays from the next one, so don’t forget to check her new story! πŸ˜€

New Year I might change postings on this blog too, but we’ll see. We already have 3 steady features, Monday vignette to wish you all a nice week, Story Wednesday and Friday Love-story with… Would you like to see something else, like, I don’t know, Artwork day?

Oh, it’s snowing again on WordPress Blogs, just like last year… isn’t it neat? Just love it! πŸ˜€ I’m changing the theme for this month so you can see the snow better. I’ll be back to the old one in January (unless I get used to the new one in the meantime)! πŸ˜‰

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