Writer Wednesday


Last week I beat my previous record! Last year one week I wrote 19K… Last week it was 20K+! Two brand new stories, most of the second written on Saturday when I churned out 6K!

Okay, I might have had it easy, since it was the prose version of a comic book from the late 1990s, so I already had an outline and most of the dialog written, but considering how I failed with Lovers, I’m quite glad with these two! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, since one is under 10K and the other over, I will publish them together, to give you, the reader, more “meat” – two stories for 2.99$, that’s a bargain, right? Right? No? Oh, well…

It has a nice cover unlike some of the Double-Feature from the past… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I gave up trying to find the two guys on DepositPhoto and decided to have only one cover for the two stories.

Kindle Countdown starting on Star Minds Lone Wolves Shorts in the UK and US stores! If you’re Amazon-addicted, you know what it means… ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s always free if you’re on KU, of course… at least for the next two months. Then I’ll definitely go wide! ๐Ÿ˜€

Across Continents went live and next month you can have Himalayas or you can wait until May and get all four (or five if you missed Book 1).

I have considered following Dean in his challenge, but I still have a Day Job, and even though I’m fast and prolific, I doubt I can write 5 books in 100 days.

I’ll be writing more Fairy Tales Revisited this month and then I’ll probably go back to the Star Minds Lone Wolves Team… are you following me on Patreon yet? Why not? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just kidding…

Audio update #2: I chose a narrator for the first audiobook and got the production notes template. Yikes. It’s like when I first signed up with Smashwords at the end of 2010 and started uploading stuff there and on Kindle (a few months later) in 2011… Learning how to format and pass through the meatgrinder and all that stuff. I’m sure it will get easier! ๐Ÿ™‚

No writerly links this week either, so I wish you a wonderful week! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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


Wordcount: less than 10K, but I had to stop and check Across Continents before uploading the manuscript for pre-order. And on Sunday I was out all day, so I didn’t catch up. But I did finish draft Zero of book 5, this week I hope to touch it up so that next week I can write a short story in this series to send out to trad mags.

So this week might have a low count too because I’m in-between projects and editing, but I’m still ahead and it’s just the first month of the year, haha! In the meantime, if you have a Kobo reader, there’s a sale for CA, US, AU and NZ and Book 1 was accepted in the sale. You can get it for 99c, knowing book 2 is already out there and book 3 is coming soon.

And tomorrow starts another Kobo sale (stay tuned) and on Friday, Mumbai Dreams goes live. As for my KDP Select/KU experiment… not one. Sale or read. Not. One. As if I had never put it out there. I’ll try to schedule some free days or any other KDP Select gimmick soon, but let’s say I’m glad I’m wide! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And I’ve started listening to narrators samples at Findaway Voices. It was kinda fun, we’ll see how this goes! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Their support is very nice and put up with all my newby dumb questions! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m currently chosing female narrators, soon I’ll try to find the right male narrators… and then I’ll have to redo a couple of covers – I’m starting with the female-narrated because I already have a square version of the cover! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, even if I’m allergic to all those voice-activated thingies, I’m trying to keep up. I’ll probably spend my days off Day Job doing that stuff this year… but I’m getting slower with the publishing (not the writing, of course)! Have a great week!

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™‚

Do you like dragons that can get human shape (much like the Fajrulo of Silvery Earth, I daresay! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )? Then you must back up this Kickstarter. I have read at least one book of Dragon’s Destiny because it was in my first bundle and I highly recommend the series!

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:

Do you love dragons? Not the fierce โ€œI want to eat youโ€ kind of dragons, but a distinctive race of ancient, intelligent beings. If so, then Iโ€™ve got a story to tell you! The last story in a trilogy of books about a family of dragon shape-shifters.

Seriously, what’s not to love? Dragon-shifters! Romance! Danger! Betrayal! MORE Romance! And…

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Who doesn’t want to read about (and fall in love with!) DRAGONS?

Make a pledge (and get some awesome rewards!) and help me publish this tale!

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I really appreciate your support. And so do Luag and Eibhlinn! Theyโ€™ve been waiting (none too patiently, I might add) for me to tell their story.

And as we all know โ€ฆ itโ€™s never a good idea to disappoint a DRAGON!

To pledge, go here! And happy reading! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

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!

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