Writer Wednesday

SMShalfblood_resizeLet’s say I feel jet-lagged, although I have no reason to (England is only one hour difference and 3 hours flight) – blame it on my age! 😉 I love winter, but the cold also slows me down, along with a couple of womanly things I hoped I had gotten rid of. But I digress. It’s Writer Wednesday again aaaand, as promised, I have a new short story out, at the moment only on 3 distributors but with more to come.

Star Minds Snippets – Half-blood, a 99cent short story out now on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes&Noble and eventually Kobo and Apple.

I’ve brought the proof for SMSnippets to London and found a few typos and duplicated words, so I’ll have to spend a day (next weekend) correcting and uploading the new doc. Hope I don’t get another email from CreateSpace reminding me about it – I know I have it pending, but they themselves recommend checking for typos and stuff, and you need time for that! 😉

Also, I received an email telling me the expanded distribution is now free, so they’ll refund me the 25$ I paid when I set up the new title. They haven’t credited my credit card yet, but I still have a few days before complaining, LOL! So SMSnippets will be distributed for free, while I paid for Star Minds. Oh, well. I still don’t think I’ll sell many printed copies and still can’t see the MatchBook thingy, so… good for me! 🙂

I wrote a final short story in English while in London, then I’ll be back to translating Star Minds in Italian – and by the way, the series won’t change name (translation) after a friend told me I should leave it in English and non-English-speaking friends confirmed it’s fine for them if the series has an English title. I guess we’re used to (mostly) Star Trek anyway… 😉 (Older people like me still remember Star Wars with its Italian title, but Star Trek was never translated).

I also spent one rainy afternoon at the Westminster Library instead of watching a certain movie for the third time (more on that Friday, of course) where I found a couple of books on armor and swords that gave me ideas for my Assassins’ Guild weapons – although I had to integrate with a Wikipedia search when I came back. So I used that research for both the short story I was writing and then I’ll reuse it when I’ll write Assassins (might end up being next year – I’m falling behind again, sigh).

So far the only assassin is Kumar in BoI – Air, and he’s a noose-operator inspired by the Thuggee. The short story is one century later, and I’m adding the Sikhs’ chakram, while Assassins is 4 centuries later, so things will probably have changed more (maybe I’ll introduce the shuriken?). These new assassins in the short story use not only the noose but also other weapons that might end up vanishing 4 centuries later. Maybe. I’m working on a cover and will send it to a beta-reader this weekend, hoping she’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Now a couple of writerly links: Reality check by Kris Rusch. Like her, I’ve never done NaNoWriMo and never will. If it motivates you to write the next book in the series, please do it! 🙂 But if it’s your first (or third) NaNo, you might want to keep that thing in a drawer until you’ve written your million words of crap.

Covers: careful what you use (that’s why I love fantasy and sci-fi, no photographic covers, thank you!). Here’s a list onf 150+ things you can’t show in a commercial stock image. Which includes the Eiffel Tower, for example, I didn’t know I couldn’t use it on a book cover. Glad I haven’t published stories set in Paris (although in Love&Prejudice they do go to Paris at some point, but I didn’t put it on the cover, LOL!).

That’s all for now… Have a great week! 🙂

The Aftermath

Sooo… Indie Publishing week ended yesterday night with map-making, uploading trailer and working on cover. And no web page. I decided that this blog will be enough for now. I already post daily, a web-page would be a duplicate. So I readjusted the blog (in case you didn’t notice) with all the details to be found:  book covers, book trailer, and maps – a link for the e-book that don’t really support JPG.If I google my (pen) name, my Facebook page comes first, then GoodReads, then blog posts (random), but the link to this blog is on both Facebook and GoodReads anyway, so I shouldn’t be too hard to find.

Lulu has sent the print copy (with temporary cover and map, but it will be only for me) and I’m waiting to see it, but April 1st I’ll upload Air on Smashwords – and as it’s a Friday, another Love-story with… post will be postponed (for a good reason). I’ll probably upload it also on Kindle, I’ve done it with Jessamine and it’s here, although very expensive! I put the same list price as Smashwords, so I don’t know why they charge more. So if you have a Kindle, buy it on Smashwords anyway! 😉 I did the double upload, as since January from Smashwords it hadn’t made it into Amazon, so I thought I’d accelerate the process…

I also asked my friend the map-maker for help in having the title coming out a little better, so here’s the new cover:

And the brand new map – rivers in black mean they’re borders, the others are not… And I cut the sea monster because he used a sheet too big for my scanner! 😉

Aaaand… the book trailer!

Now I better go check the guidelines, as I’ve been welcome among the GoodReads authors… It’s not over yet… 😀

Indie Publishing Week 3

Middle of the week and already procrastinating. Daunted by the prospect of working on a web page (in spite of WordPress support) and learning that Saturday I’m free – so one more day to work – I decided to do some extra work. Well, not completely.

I uploaded Air on Lulu, and I have problems fitting the cover on the Lulu Cover Wizards. So I’ll have to adjust it with the help of the cover artist. Sigh.

Then yesterday it occurred to me that I’ve worked with a Japanese artist in the past, and I haven’t heard from her. I e-mailed her, but she didn’t reply. She never does. She drops me an e-mail for my b-day or around Christmas and then disappears again. She lives south of Tokyo, so the tsunami shouldn’t have hurt her place, but…

So, after seeing JC Martin launching an anthology for Japan (check her guidelines here), I decided to upload on Lulu a compendium of our works – it’s manga, of course. I wrote them, Masayo did the drawings.

Except I have all of them on paper – I had one saved on a back-up CD, but half of it isn’t readable… – so today I spent the day scanning and preparing the PDF for Lulu. As soon as I check the proof copy, it will be available on my Lulu store.

All earnings will go to her, or, if I fail to get in touch with her, to her country (I will go to the Japanese Embassy in Rome to ask where it’s more needed).

Here’s a preview of the cover images –  I did the coloring, so blame me if it’s not so good. I have some drawings she did in color, but not the mangas, as we didn’t have color covers back then.

A bloody story of vampires



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