Writer Wednesday


Last week I was again over 12K and I’m almost done with the Lone Wolves Team. Soon starting the last Lone Wolves Book. But the Silvery Earth Kids are messing with my mind, and I’ve now written more than 60 strips – still to color and letter and everything. Sigh. Bouncing from Silvery Earth to the Star Minds Universe dozen times a day, but I love it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Putting on my publishing hat, I put some order in my book links on Books2Read and added Vampires Through the Centuries to Draft2Digital – excluding the retailers that I already distribute to via Smashwords – so there might be duplicate links for those. I used to put them only on Smashwords because of the assetless-preorder thingy, but since the next in the series won’t have pre-order buttons anyway and I reach more places with D2D, I decided to make the move (there’s even GooglePlay in D2D’s future, hence the addition).

I also added the library distribution on most of my books via Draft2Digital (after ticking off whatever was left on Smashwords, but most of my SW books don’t have an ISBN, so they didn’t go to libraries) and I had a surprise of 21 sales to Overdrive last Saturday. Never sold anything to libraries while I was on Smashwords and first month via Draft2Digital, using their nifty auto-pricing tool, and… well, I left some money on the table, I guess, but I’m making up for it, LOL!

My audiobook is also more listened to in libraries than elsewhere… and on April 30 two more should go live. I still have trouble finding the direct links, so stay tuned… and I’ll have coupons for US, CA and AU for the other two as well, in case you’d like to listen and review.

If you follow the publisher’s page, you might have noticed a new tab, Infinite Bard. I’m not supposed to share any link yet, but stay tuned for a series of free short reads from various awesome authors including yours truly! So get ready to visit the inn/pub called the Infinite Bard (aka, the Chain Story Hub)ย  and be introduced to authors you might otherwise not have found and find free fiction from an assembly of outstanding authors.

The project kicks off with three fantastic stories of excitement, adventure, and terror. They return every two weeks for another spectacular tale full of thrill and chills, or maybe laughs, romance, humor, or suspense. From May 1st… stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week!

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Random Friday


The anthologies (Fantasy Portals and More Portals) will soon go live and you will be able to hear about other authors. As for myself, I’ll quote the intro of Fantasy Portals, and since this is my blog, I can add links to the mentioned stories! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wrote my first portal story for the now closed Crossed Genres magazine. The second for the Anthology Workshop, and the third and fourth as an exercise for an online workshop on writing fantasy.

Two of those stories have become novellas with life of their own, but the other two wanted company. Besides my own stories, I mean. And I know plenty of talented writers, hence I did some direct requests and a closed call.

So half the stories of these anthologies are from fellow workshop buddies (Alexandra Brandt, Debbie Mumford, Laura Ware, Annie Reed, C.A. Rowland, Joe Cron and Ron Collins). Some were unavailable, but I had alternative stories of portals (thank you, Stefon Mears!). And then there was a closed call to fill the two anthologies…

But now, more on mine. The two novellas are Yash and Ryo, Lost in the Milky Way and of course much talked about Otherside! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The story I wrote for the workshop is The Portal, included in Fantasy Portals, and I wrote The Avalon Pub for the online workshop Writing Fantasy (as I did with the opening of Otherside).

And since the Eclectica bundle is also coming out this weekend (well, TOMORROW, yay!), I was interviewed by a fellow bundler! Check my ramblings at Sherry D. Ramsey’s place and stay tuned to hear more about her on this very blog… at the beginning of June! ๐Ÿ™‚

I might do another audiobook with either Yash&Ryo or maybe Mumbai Dreams… Not ready for novel-length yet, sorry. And no earlier than six months, since the first three drained me of energy and stole too much of my writing time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great weekend!

Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote less than 7K but I was still busy with the anthologies and approving the second audiobook – which might be shorter than the first, but it still took two hours out of my writing afternoons one day and another half hour the next day to check the corrections.

Yesterday I had to check and approve the third and last (for at least 6 months or until I earn back the expenses) audiobook. Hopefully this week I’ll go back to my 10K or more and glad I was ahead with the great writing of the past months! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, Otherside audiobook is obviously live, and The Hooded Man will soon follow. Unfortunately I can’t give coupons to the people I wanted to give to, since none of them are either in the US, Canada or Australia (one is in the UK, one in Italy and one in India, at least for The Hooded Man), so… I’ll decide later, when I’ve written this week’s 10K, LOL!

These are the places where I found the audiobook so far: GooglePlayiTunesNOOKaudio. Can’t find it on Kobo and they tell me that Audible distribution can take up to 30 days before the title is live there. I hit “publish” on Otherside on March 17… so I guess by Easter it might be at Amazon too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

In case you don’t follow the publisher’s page, there are a few books at 99c99p out now, in case you want to give this author a try. And there are the pre-order buttons for the anthologies.

Also, I’m in two new bundles now, Eclectica and Cat Tales #4, go check them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Again, I have updated the publisher’s page, but not this blog, so for the available bundles go there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

All this publishing stuff is stealing time from writing (although I’ll be fair, a lot of time is stolen by Bubble Witch Saga 3 too, maybe I should take it off the writing netbook and keep it only on the smartphone, but it’s sooo addictive, damn it!) but I’m still hoping to get back into the routine today.

The Lone Wolves Team is out in the galaxy fixing stuff, and bonds and relationships between members are blossoming. I already made the covers for the stories that will start to come out next month and I have chosen the images for the covers of the Legends of the Moren Empire even though I’ve written only Volume 1 so far (coming soon!), but I want all three to have the same feel.

I think the Star Minds Lone Wolves will keep me busy for at least a month, if not until the end of May, then I can go back to Silvery Earth. I have written 40+ strips for Silvery Earth Kids, but now I need to color and letter them… Now I better get back to those missions, the Lone Wolves Team has to save the universe – not! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week!

 

Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote again under 10K (but above 9K) because I had to go through not one but two manuscripts, one back from the proofreader and the other for it’s final pass before going to the proofreader. I still managed to write another short story that I plan to submit and then eventually publish later this year.

Now I’m trying to write another story, maybe two, so I can send them to the proofreader next week. I’m also pondering my Patreon options while I wait for Findaway Voices to find me narrators (I requested a male voice but still have to choose the female voice).

I also finished the drawings for the illustrated version of Beautiful, now I only need to put them in the text and upload the PDF to KDPprint… And since the latest story is also based on an old comic of mine, I’m itching to do a new graphic project, but I’m afraid I’ll never have time. It took me months to do about 80 vignettes for Beautiful, imagine a full comic book!

So, nyeah, not really. Sigh. I’m also way behind with translations back into Italian, so I’ll just give up the idea – although I’m going to Cartoomics cause I’ve got artbooks and comics to buy, LOL! And illustrators to meet. I might have to order another custom cover this year, although I’m doing quite well with stock rendering – again, I’d love to learn how to use DAZ Studio so I wouldn’t have to search DepositPhoto, but who has the time?

Maybe when I get a few months off Day Job I can find an online course and learn it. But for now, I better concentrate on writing, translating and publishing!

I had to reset my smartphone, and besides losing the MP3 player and having to find another email app, I “discovered” the Google docs on android. So even though I still have a paper Moleskine for notes, I discovered I can also write on that small screen and it will save on Google Drive and then I can moved it to Dropbox if necessary.

Now, my phone screen is often too small for me, but I kind of felt hyper-technologic for a moment, there! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll probably stick to at least this Moleskine, gifted to me by friends at the beginning of the new Millennium (one year I got two, one is full, the other almost) and then we’ll see. I know I have an alternative!

One Kobo sale is gone, but the other is still on until tonight… so if you have a Kobo eReader and want to try Future Earth Chronicles really cheaply, get it now! ๐Ÿ™‚ And if you already have Brainwaves, Wanderlust is already out and Across Continents goes live on Saturday. Himalayas already has a document if you want a sneak peek and as soon as the proofreader sends back Airships, I’ll upload that one too.

And I’ll try to ignore all the KDP emails asking me to make sure that the manuscript is the final one – doh! I don’t upload to KDP until I have the final one, it’s not as if they allow assetless preorders like Smashwords… ๐Ÿ˜‰

I guess that’s all for now… have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Writer Wednesday


And I’m back to my 10K a week, so hopefully the month will finish on track with my goal of writing 500K. Wrapped another Star Minds Lone Wolves short novel and working on the last (for now). I will keep my editor busy in September, LOL!

And since Tor rejected my novella and I already had made a cover for it, I will publish it soon. Stay tuned for a different kind of fantasy from my normal Silvery Earth stories…

Many thanks to the 25 people who downloaded my only Amazon freebie… although it you wanted a freebie, you could have gone to Instafreebie – much better stories there! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Especially The Painter, I’m quite proud of that one. Or you can subscribe to my newsletter, where I give away a free short story every two months.

Now this seems to have given that particular title new visibility on Amazon. If it has a halo effect, I’ll leave it out there, if not, in September I’ll remove it from all retailers. So I won’t have any free titles out anywhere except on Instafreebie, my newsletter and possibly Patreon.

I’m still trying to come up for a way to reward readers through Patreon, so if you’re a writer you can keep coming to this blog, if you’re a reader, I hope to move everything to Patreon sometime in the next six months. I’m probably doing something like Joleene Naylor, but I’ll have to come up with rewards that cover most of my series or something like that.

Now I’ll be busy with those darn dead-tree books. Because yeah, it’s official, CreateSpace and KDP to become one service. Sigh. There’s no set date, but at this point it’s probably really soon. So the next paperbacks will have to be done with KDPprint and I’ll need to learn the new dashboard. Sigh again.

And that’s all for today! Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

RandomFriday


Since I don’t have news, I’m going to randomly spam you with Buy My Books. Because this is a writer’s blog, so why aren’t you buying my books? I’ve got books for most tastes, adults only or clean, and I enjoyed writing them, so please become my first 1000 True Fans and help me spread the word.

Did I mention you could, nay, shouldย buy my books? Lots of e-books, some paperbacks and even bundles and box sets! And serieses (wow, big word! SERIESES! How serious is that?) Yes! More than one! Secondary world fantasy, science fantasy, historical fantasy and more!

Wait, I know I should mention something else to the Buy My Books Speech… I know! Just go buy my books! And spend the weekend reading them! Go now! Buy Links! Links a go-go! Whoot! Thank you!

Oh, and you can join my mailing list, of course… and follow this blog, which you already are, hello there! I shall conclude this random post with… you guessed it! Buy My Books!

P.S. This is a satirical post, in fact there are no buy links whatsoever. But if you’d like to support this writer, buy her books. There are links aplenty around here.

Thank you and have a nice weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

Writer Wednesday


Less productive week inbetween projects, I still tend to take a day off to check the previous work and prep for the second. Except I’m adding stuff in while I write the “companion”, so I’m waiting to re-read the whole draft until I’m done with both. Still having fun with those characters and even found models for the covers – one will be NeoStock, the rest will be DepositPhoto. So yeah, I’m also making mock covers, prepping for the summer, LOL!

Although the Silvery Earth covers are still illustrations (by the Awesome Federica Manfredi), but for sci-fi I’ll move to composites. Except the Post-Apocalypse Chronicles, whenever I get to writing book 2 (hopefully as soon as I wrap up these Star Minds novels) I’ll order the cover to the same artist who did Brainwaves. Gotta be consistent in the series, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

And we’ve got sales! Bundles sales! Spring Surprise is on sale until April 28. The Immortals and the Vampires of the World are on sale from 24 to 30 April. It is also the last week for Vampires of the World, it will be archived in May, so get it NOW! Only 3.99$ for 8 awsesome vampire novels!

And we got a batch of writerly links! ๐Ÿ™‚ First, Chuck Wendig entered an Amazon Bookstore! Yes, you read it right, a brick-and-mortar Amazon bookstore! Can you believe it? Those shelves look great, by the way.

David Gaughran on giving a voice to Indies AND how to make killer promo graphics in Canva – the one above is still plain old Photoshop 7.0, but we’ll see! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And if the demon of self-doubt bites you, Johanna Penn and writing and the fear of judgment. I obviously don’t fear judgment, but I do get self-doubt every now and then – with the umpteenth rejection, reading a much better writer, etc.

But then, scientists link depression and anxiety to high creativity, so… Even though I don’t say it out loud, I do have bouts of depression and anxiety. If it’s the price to pay for creativity, I’m okay with it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now back to writing and prepping the next bundle… Have a great week! ๐Ÿ˜€

Writer Wednesday


Trying to get into the new writing schedule that is supposed to concentrate the writing in a couple of hours per day and leave the rest of the procrastination – I mean, the rest of the publishing and social media out of it. I also set up a spreadsheet for Team Wordcount (two people is still a team, right?) to keep track of new words written.

I started keeping count in 2015 when I reported weekly to a list. I did the same in 2016. And then last year I decided to just keep count, report here once a month, and that was it. And I wrote even less than the previous years. So this year I’m reporting again to my teammate and we cheer each other onward.

I have completed one short story of the intended few and working on the second. Both will be sent out next month after a pass by Mighty Proofreader, just in case! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was so hard to get started on this one (unrelated to any of my series, so some worldbuilding to do) that I was considering keeping those shorter ideas as fillers when I’m done with the novel of the month, LOL!

Anyhow, we’ll see how this week proceeds. Now some writerly links! ๐Ÿ™‚

An article about Amazon that says it’s updated, but it doesn’t look updated to me. The top 10 things all authors should know about Amazon doesn’t seem to consider the birth of KU/KDP Select and the demise of the Createspace store (and keeps calling the algorithms “logarithms”, but that’s another story, LOL!). But I agree with most of it – except I don’t seem to get any reviews. Meh.

And I certainly won’t give them exclusivity ever, especially since they keep messing up. I don’t know how any author can put up with that shit. New year, old problem and Mighty Zon does nothing to correct. I’m almost scared to do anything on there, and I’m wide! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I even tried KDPprint, and deleted the book after a failed attempt. Back to Createspace for the time being.

And of course, like many out there, I hope one day to do like Tracy Cooper-Posey who went wide and quit her day job. You might remember her interview on this very blog for the bundle that is going away soon, so grab it before the weekend, since I’ll archive it on Saturday.

Yes, Sci-fi July is going away for good, but Remembering Warriors is now live and I’m still working on the Valentine bundle. And Mythic Tales will also go away at the end of the month, so grab it now! ๐Ÿ™‚

l got the most important cover (for a new titke, the other one is for a collection of published stories) by the awesome San and here you have a cover reveal!

 

Weekend formatting and upload, stay tuned… Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and Happy Birthday to Da Muse… here’s to hoping that his sabbatic year from Bollywood is over!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Random Friday


Random Friday isโ€ฆ A list of great books to add to your Xmas list.

I stole a great idea from my talented friend and fellow author, Douglas Smith, whose psychic vampireย  in Nightly Bites Volume 1 will suck you in. (And by the way, the anthology is also a very good title you could add to your Xmas gifts list).

I asked my author friends to give me the title of one of their books with title and genre, short blurb and buying link (the buy links were given by the authors, so they might not be universal). This is what I got and as you can see there’s something for everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Santa Claus: Private Detective (The Noel Kringle Chronicles) by Rebecca M. Senese

Genre: mystery/fantasy

When no one at the North Pole takes Noel Kringle seriously he relocates to Toronto to live his dream as a private detective. Mystery with a dash of fantasy, Noel Kringle mixes Christmas and sleuthing in a tale of magic and suspense.

https://www.amazon.com/Santa-Claus-Private-Detective-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B077Y2VXSD/

The Wolf at the End of the World by Douglas Smith

Genre: fantasy

The Heroka walk among us. Unseen, unknown. Shapeshifters. Human in appearance but with power over their animal totems.
A shapeshifter hero battles ancient spirits, a covert government agency, and his own dark past in a race to solve a murder that could mean the end of the world. http://www.smithwriter.com/the_wolf_at_the_end_of_the_world

Old Bones by Rita Schulz

Genre: cozy mystery

Inspired by a true story two friends try to solve the mystery of the Old Bones in this new mystery cozy.

http://www.53rdstreetpublishing.com/books/old-bones/

Tales from Space by Russ Crossley

Genre: science fiction

Robots locked in deadly civil war, explorers faced with impossible secrets, a continent-sized asteroid about to destroy the Earth…these are some of the stories in this volume of fantastic fiction. Welcome to the 21st century.

http://www.53rdstreetpublishing.com/books/tales-from-space/

The Bet by Vivienne Tuffnell

Genre: psychological literary fiction

Currently ยฃ1.99 for the remainder of advent. Jenny likes a challenge and Antony is the biggest challenge of her lifeโ€ฆ

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bet-Vivienne-Tuffnell-ebook/dp/B009ISHLYI/

Zeena Dragon Fae series by Victoria Zigler (Barb’s note: on my ToBuy list)

Genre: Fantasy

A four book series that tells the story of a faerie dragon named Zeena, and her quest to save the world from the evil Spirit fairy.
Smashwords series https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/20557

“Redemption” – a Christian suspense by Laura Ware

Genre: Christian suspense

When Mary Hollister Beamer was 16, she became pregnant. She is taken to an abortion clinic, where she is told her child was stillborn. Ten years later, Mary is married with a young daughter. One day she gets a note in the mail: “I know what you tried to do. Your son is alive.”

https://www.amazon.com/Redemption-Mrs-Laura-A-Ware/dp/0692298045

Shades of Gray (Amaranthine Book 1) by Joleene Naylor

Genre: paranormal

FREE! When Patrick is murdered, Katelina is left with questions. Jorick, one of his so-called friends, has answers of the darkest kind: Patrick was involved with โ€“ and betrayed โ€“ a coven of vampires; vampires that may now be after Katelina.

https://www.amazon.com/Shades-Gray-Amaranthine-Book-1-ebook/dp/B002RHP5D6

Offside by David Hendrickson

Genre: Young adult (but plenty of adults have loved it, too). This is the book that has been adopted by high schools for required reading.
“Rabbit” Labelle finally gets his chance to play the sport he loves the most, but he must also confront the dangers of “Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin.” Since it’s 1967 and cities are torn by racial turmoil, this includes his father’s greatest fear: “the Negroes.”

Rabbit, who’d been the most popular kid in Plainfield, Maine, struggles to make friends and wonders if he’ll even survive. Only football can save him.

https://www.amazon.com/Offside-David-H-Hendrickson-ebook/dp/B00QZ5Y3FC

Christmas comes to Oddleton (Oddleton Chronicles) by Dulcie Feenan

Genre: holidays humor

For the teacher Mrs Troyd, the pressure is on.

Who will stand in for the Angel Gabriel? Was it an unwise move for the Shepherd to have eaten three packets of Sour Squigglers and a Whistling Dayglo-pop before the play? And did donkeys wear sombreros in Ancient Palestine?

Whatever happens, this will be a Nativity the parishioners will remember for a very long time….

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-comes-Oddleton-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AS0UW8W

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY READING Y’ALL! ๐Ÿ™‚

Writer Wednesday


So I did this writing challenge last summer… I wrote three novels in three months. The first came out in September (with a slight change of title and cover before the paperback came out, but the beta-reader hated the original title anyway, haha!), the second was the programmed vampire novel of the year, Shashank the Fledgling that went live Nov.2 and the third one…

here it is! Ladies and gentlemen, I present you Brainwaves (Post-Apocalypse Chronicles Book 1) the first title in the Future Earth series. Do not worry about the “book 1” thingy, it does end, but I already have in mind a sequel…

Bel lives in Rainbow Town, a multi-level underground settlement for survivors of the Apocalypse that wiped out 21st century civilization. She shouldnโ€™t have a care in the world, pampered as she is by technology, but she still misses her ex boyfriend. And when she tries to contact him, he is nowhere to be found.

The Wanderlust Bug has bitten Raj who feels uncomfortable in Rainbow Town, and not only because his ex moved on. His memory losses leave him uneasy and he wishes to go out in the great unknown, even if it might mean certain death.

With the help of Shani, who has broken into the forbidden Darknet, Bel and Raj are truth seekers in a too perfect town that feels more and more like a golden prison.

A standalone post-apocalypse novel exploring the future of Earth.

The cover is by the awesome Leah Keeler who has made Bel even more beautiful than I had envisioned her, LOL! And the above pic shows how her cover fits my K.K. best… which is perfect, even though it loses its colors! ๐Ÿ™‚ But I still love my K.K. and hope it never dies on me because the new Kindle are ugly like hell! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brainwaves is the last new title of the year, since the others won’t be ready on time. Draft2Digital suggests to upload everything before the 11th and I’m sending stuff to the editor on the 12th, so… next week I’ll prepare some box sets of sub-series of Silvery Earth in case you want to gift someone for Christmas…

And the new titles will come out in January. I have also a couple of cover artists lagging behind, so… next year for more new stuff! Well, a collection of the Fall of the Southern Kingdoms (so technically nothing new) and a couple of new titles so far. Not sure what I’ll be writing after I send out the current projects to Mighty Editor! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Still making plans for the new year (I know, still one month to go, but one must be prepared, right?) and I’m wondering if anyone would be interested in a magazine of yours truly’s ramblings about the various series, with backstage and short stories and comics and stuff – all in print only, since images don’t come out very well in ebook format.

Of course the cost of paper is higher and I’d have to ask at least 4.99$ for a 150-160pp magazine… Unless I make a PDF-only version on DriveThruFiction. Thing is… will it be a failed attempt like Patreon? Should I give it a try with Issue #0 and see how it goes? Or should I just not bother and concentrate on the other projects?

Let me know in the comments. I might change the newsletter too and if I don’t do the mag, I could put more exclusive content in the bimonthly newsletter, that would then become longer… would that bother you? And if you haven’t subscribed yet, what are you waiting for? The next newsletter will go out in January anyway…

I’m full of questions today! Let’s move on! Writerly links… Mark Coker’s encouraging podcast notes (or you can listen to the podcast, if you prefer) and David Gaughran on the birth of the Kindle and its store. Still holding tight to my Kindle Keyboard, as you’ve seen above! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last request, please share these #Instafreebie giveaways of Half-blood, Guisarme and the Painter, thank you! Now I better go back to writing… gotta wrap some projects before the end of next week. I’m afraid my wordcount isn’t very high this month either, maybe next year I’ll hit that half-pulp-speed of 500K words… that’s a goal! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week!

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