Writer Wednesday


I am done with one of the southern kingdoms stories and hope to wrap the second by the weekend. Then I need to write another story by the end of the month so that I can send everything to the proofreader in November, when I’ll move to redrafting an old story and writing two more shorter works to submit to anthologies.Rithvik and Kerrien were interviewed at Library of Erana. I love those two still, almost two years after I published their adventures. I have to slap my hands so that I won’t write a sequel to that story, already enough projects lined up! πŸ˜€ Anyway, you can find them in the Mythic Tales bundle that comes out Nov.1st! πŸ™‚

Writerly links: Myths about writing you need to stop believing. And I was on KWL blog again, in case you missed it. Kind of ties with the myths of the previous link, so don’t take it for law! πŸ™‚

Some good advice and tips for Indie Authors. And how often they should publish – I’m definitely slowing down but I have other projects coming up.

More unconventional writing advice and #3 goes well with my guest post at Sue Vincent’s. #7 is also very important. You need to find your process and don’t panic if it changes through the years. Mine certainly did! πŸ˜‰

And finally, if you want to win NaNoWriMo, here’s an excellent post on what you can find in the NaNoWriMo bundle this year. Like I said, I shall pass because I still have old bundles to go through. Have a great week! πŸ˜€

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And there’s a new bundle out with Technological Angel it it! This is all of cyborgs and machines and all that stuff, in fact it’s called Cyborg City! So if you’re all for sci-fi, go grab it at BundleRabbit which has also the links to the other retailers… it’s only 4$ for 12 novels!

Coming next is also Vampires of the World, which is already available for pre-order, plus a couple more not curated by me. Lots and lots of bundles this year! πŸ™‚ I will definitely finish the ones I got from StoryBundle in 2015 then I can start (or finish) reading the ones I’m part of! πŸ˜‰

For next weekend only, Honorable Assassins will be at 99c. The paperback will be available some time next week – I had to redo the cover and order another proof. Sorry about that… Let’s pretend I have the hardcover, while we’re at it! πŸ™‚

I also updated the pre-order documents for Shashank the Fledgling. I have added not one, but two bonus stories! The second is really short and I wouldn’t know where else to put it, so I added it to the ebook and the paperback.Not really bonus-stuffing here, at least the paperback (and the ebook, or course) is richer. I ordered a proof to see how it comes out, along with the revised version of Honorable Assassins.

Unfortunately it’s been a bad month for writing: only 22K for those two stories and some adjustments to other works. Maybe I should retake the novel challenge, LOL! Now I’m writing those final stories for the Fall of the Southern Kingdoms and then I’ll move on to the next project – a rewrite with sequel, then I will really stop recycling old stuff! πŸ˜‰

I also have to write three more stories, two from the current online workshop and one for some open call project with specific themes – there’s is more than one, but I’m afraid I can write only one of those three! πŸ˜‰ And the workshop’s not over, I might have to write another opening, so that’s another story I’m sure I’ll have to write… not to mention the opening of past workshops I didn’t have time to finish yet!

Tips for authors using social media on KWL blog. And a Kickstarter for Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, that will feature also yours truly sometimes next year! πŸ™‚

About telling a story vs. writing a story. I probably mentioned it before, but I’m a storyteller, not a wordsmith. I want to tell stories not spend days on writing down the right sentence of finding a brand new metaphor. I call that purple prose and I skim it when I see it! πŸ˜‰

I tried to read a Jack Reacher book, but I’m not too fond of first person narration, so it has gone in the backburner. I have enough reading to do before getting to that! πŸ˜€

One last thing: if you aren’t on Draft2Digital yet, you can join through referral now. They distribute to the usual suspects, have ebook templates (that I still have to try…) and now even allow audio! What’s not to love? They’re even better and faster that Smashwords whenever I had a problem… So, what are you waiting for? If you’re indie, join Draft2Digital! πŸ™‚

Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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Wrapped up a few things this week. The June and July novels are now complete and almost ready to be published. One is already available for pre-order, but by the time it will go live, it will have a bonus story, currently with the proofreader. And I made a book trailer for the whole series while I was at it! πŸ˜‰

The other will go to the editor next week, therefore it should come out in the first half of October. It’s a Silvery Earth novel, and after that there will be a small collection about the southern kingdoms for Tori, then the whole collection of their fall for whoever is still unfamiliar with the southern kingdoms of Silvery Earth. I guess I should update the Silvery Earth series book trailer, LOL!

Now, the usual suspects may have noticed I haven’t requested their feedback on my latest novels… besides Tori when I needed her opinion on a certain character, that is! πŸ˜‰ I am no longer looking for beta-readers (although I did have a first reader for the two novels above, since it was part of the challenge), but sometimes I might still need a fact-checker (right, Shafali? I’ll keep bothering you till the end of time!) for cultures I’m unfamiliar with.

So, no more betas – maybe I can leave one of those Goodreads group! πŸ˜‰ It’s probably quite rude on my part to go posting on their forum the new Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing post on beta-readers. They’re so well-meaning, then don’t understand the problem! But that’s another reason why I’m glad I no longer have an offline writers group.

Often I did like Dean, submitted pieces that I had already sent out, and they wondered why I had submitted them if I didn’t want their feedback? Maybe I should sent them the link to the article… πŸ˜‰ Or maybe they’ll read it on my Facebook feed, who knows… πŸ˜€

If you have set up a Google Alert on your name, you might sometimes receive alerts that mention your book listed on what you think is a pirate site. Might be, but might also be a phishing site! So, for the good of both writers and readers, who get scammed by these people, here’s how to get rid of them! πŸ™‚

“Should I give up writing?” never occurred to me. I may give up publishing, as I’ve said before, but definitely not writing. I’m not going to divorce Mr Writing any time soon! πŸ˜‰ And great comments too, from people who think just like me. I write therefore I am. I must make priority lists because of the popcorn kittens bouncing in my head screaming “Pick me! Oh, pick me!”… πŸ˜‰

Anyway, indie published or not, it’s a long term investment… forget the everything right NOW! And write what you love. You don’t like blogging? Then don’t. You hate social media? Don’t do them. I don’t do book signings. I struggle with panels. We all have a weak spot (mine is… people!)…

And I did it again! I’m on KWL blog this week also… how will I handle this popularity? πŸ˜‰ Have a great week! πŸ˜€

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I need to finish Sir George’s Journal by Sunday, so I can send it to Mighty Editor on Monday and then add it to both the pre-order of the ebook and the POD version I started putting together. I guess I better just write the darn thing and then maybe add stuff whenever I read something interesting.

Although most of the research will go in another book with someone who interacts with mortals a lot more. And if I don’t stop reading those old books/journals/chronicles, I’ll never get to my TBR pile that is neverending! Add to that more bundles with my books coming out soon… bwaaah!

Okay, enough bawling. I will manage to read everything, eventually. So next bundle is coming out next week. My next curated bundle is stalling because authors are not responding, but I plan on locking it during the weekend. There are so many people and bundles at BundleRabbit right now, that there’s a queue like on Smashwords to publish them! πŸ™‚

I’m postponing trying their collaboration feature to October, when I’ll have a week off and plan on exploring a few things. Work on projects and stuff like that. The marketing weekend bore no results yet, meaning I wrote to a couple of people, filled a couple of online forms and no answer whatsoever. Sigh. I guess I’ll have to try the paid services sooner or later.

I will run a sale anyway because I want to try the other new feature at Smashwords, Special Deals. And I’ll do a weekend-long sale on a title as well on all retailers. Title for October is brand new Honorable Assassins – hopefully the paperback will be out too. I shall work on it the coming weekend.

In case you missed it, last week I was on Kobo Writing Life Blog! I know, I could have reblogged it, but now hopefully more people will head to the Kobo guys and check their blog! πŸ˜‰ And check also lesson learned from 6 years as an author entrepreneur – I can’t leave my day job yet, since I don’t have a husband to support me, but eventually I will too.

And I’ll figure out how to be an entrepreneur in this darn countrym or maybe move to Finland, since they have Universal Basic Income! Or Canada… πŸ˜‰ Although I doubt any of them would have me right now, but well. One day I’ll get away from this warm country to a more civilized and cold one! πŸ˜€

And if you’re still wondering if you should take the callenge or not, here’s the attitude of a challenge. I did it, and it was fun. Instead of wasting time with NaNoWriMo, do this. Definitely more productive, trust me! πŸ˜‰ Have a great week!

Happiness is…


Hasn’t happened again to receive a royalty payment along with a utility bill, but that was fun and serendipitous! πŸ™‚

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So, I got my feedback for the novel challenge and I’m going to rework only one of them because my dear offline beta pointed out other problems besides the ones of that specific first reader (Thanks again, Dean, for the opportunity!). I’m glad he got through Shashank even if it’s not his kind of story.

And by the way, the pre-order is live! And I’m writing story that goes with it – if it’s short, I might give it with the newsletter or submit it somewhere. Short fiction is the only thing I want to sell to traditional publishers/magazines. Free marketing! πŸ˜‰ And I got another rejection from Clarkesworld, but I’ll keep that story in the mail – or email!

Oh, and if you want to do the novel challenge too, there’s the second edition coming soon. 30 short stories in 60 days or 3 novel in three months! I am already doing an online workshop, so I won’t be able to take any of the challenges at this time. But I’m one of the Victorious Five of the summer novel challenge! πŸ˜‰

And for those of you who are still looking for a traditional deal for novels, I shall refer you to the people I wanna be when I grow up (sort of, they’re not that much older than me, hahaha!) – Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch who as usual are almost synched in their posts! (and thank you, Kris, for explaining the Rip Van Wrinkle story)

I unfollowed a blogger on Facebook (didn’t unfriend her, but stopped seeing her newsfeed) because she kept talking about Dream Agent and stuff like that. Don’t talk to me about that stuff. I don’t want to hear it. It makes me sad, like Dean. But if you want help to become indie, I’m here to help, like Kris suggests.

Take your head out of the sand and join us – we’re a bunch of very friendly folks! πŸ™‚ And you’re lucky to be writing in the 21st century, trust me, I grew up in the age of the typewriter and remained unpublished until the indie revolution happened! πŸ˜€

Now next weekend is the dreaded Marketing Weekend. Do I need to say why I hate self-promoting my books? Just go to Chuck Wendig’s list! πŸ˜‰ I will use those weekends only to try and program sales across various sites that I have found in the past months but didn’t have time to try. So stay tuned for short sales on single titles or even bundles at BundleRabbit.

Actually I have books in seven bundles coming out between September and January 2018, including my own vampire-themed bundle. Still looking for NOVELS with vampires, since a couple of authors are not responding on BundleRabbit. Otherwise it will be a smaller bundle! πŸ˜‰ Please contact me before the end of September, so our Mighty Jo can start working on the cover! πŸ™‚

Have a great week!

 

 

Happiness is…


The very first royalty payment… now 5 years old… where did time go? πŸ˜‰

Writer Wednesday


The September newsletter went out to subscribers. Since I’m no longer on Patreon, the exclusive content will be only there, free of charge. If you’re interested in learning of my projects beforehand and read a free story every two months, subscribe now.

I’m slowly going back to writing after a week and a half break from the novel challenge. I have a couple of shorter works I need to write before starting on the next novel. And I’m also slowly going back to publishing after the summer, although the first “new” title will be in October, since this month I will publish only Honorable Assassins (or Talwar&Khanda with Saif’s story) also in paperback.

I also need to work on a couple of Italian paperbacks and start working on the October paperbacks, so Tori, you can wait until October for my next title! πŸ˜‰ I will do a special collection for you before the official anthology about the Fall of the Southern Kingdoms that will have all the stories in chronological order – some of which have already come out in Tales of the Southern Kingdoms.

The writerly links! If you still don’t feel like a writer, please head for the KWL blog and read this – then pin it to the wall, like she suggests. I did what the newsletter suggested and here’s the result: my Kobo Writing Life – or the sales I’ve had in 5 years on Kobo, all theΒ  countries I’ve sold to (you don’t see on the list below where I sold one copy, but you see the blue dot on the map). I’m everywhere, right? πŸ˜‰

This is for readers and authors alike – if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you NEED to read this, and if you’re an author, you need to share it even if you’re not KU or Kindle Select. Like I’m doing right now. And fill the survery while you’re at it.

If you missed it (like I did, LOL!), here’s a summary of the latestΒ  scam – the bestseller that doesn’t exist. And Kris Rusch’s examination of the case – which takes us back to the first link. Now you have proof that being on a bestseller list doesn’t make you a writer, writing does! πŸ˜‰

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And August is gone too, can you believe it? Wordcount for August is 40K or novel #3 of the challenge that will probably come out in October.

Now I’m checking #1 with the feedback I got. I really need to find more first readers, or better, to find a new one who is as fast as my offline beta who soon won’t be available anymore *sniff* but I will make a more open request when I have other things to read! πŸ˜‰

And yes, I’m in another bundle, More Than Human, so that makes a total of four, currently. And soon I’ll start curating my third bundle, which will be my fifth – and I still need to finish reading the first one that came out back in May, sigh. Anyway, here are the bundles that I’m currently in:

First Glimpse of Fantasy Secondary Worlds

Sci-fi July Fever Fun

Love Magik Glow

More Than Human

You may notice it’s four different books, but in fact the last two are the same. One curator wanted the whole trilogy, the other took only book 1. But it’s always Kol-ian on the cover, either drawn by Phoenixlu, or by Cristina Fabris.

The next bundle I curate will have vampires, so if you’re indie and you have a vampire novel, please join BundleRabbit so I can include you! πŸ˜‰ And Joleene Naylor, get ready for the request! πŸ˜‰ Might hope for some help for covers as well, Mighty Jo? πŸ˜‰

And now some writerly links! πŸ˜€ 5 ways to use Facebook pinned posts – I currently have my newsletter sign up in English and Italian pinned, but maybe I should pin new releases every now and then.

Like, the important ones that require pre-order. Like the one I’ll set up in September for a Nov.2 release… Shashank the Fledgling! πŸ˜€ But that’s marketing, and I’m not doing the marketing weekend yet, haha!

A simple solution for when your story hits a wall. I’ve had project blocks so I know what he’s talking about! πŸ˜‰ Don’t be afraid to throw away lines or scenes that don’t work. You might keep them as special content for your true fans or your newsletter subscribers! I have such thing for an upcoming story, but I probably won’t put the deleted scenes in the newsletter. Maybe in another project percolating… stay tuned! πŸ˜€

September is also the month I get back to work on paperbacks. Because I hate ordering stuff during the summer, even if I use UPS, but my parents are away and they tend to show up in the morning. As soon as my parents come back from Tuscany, I can start ordering proofs! πŸ˜‰

And if you’re wondering about the value of a paperbacks, well… I’ve given away dozens now (the ones I couldn’t sell I gave away either through Goodreads, Bookcrossing or whatever means I could find to get rid of them – no more shelf space at home), so hopefully someone will find me through those proofs sent wandering through the world…

I plan on doing other experiments with paper books this last quarter, and then maybe next year start exploring audio books. I just can’t wrap my head around those, because I don’t understand how one would want to listen to a book instead of reading it (unless one is vision-impaired, that is). But then, I get distracted easily when people talk, so…

And let’s not forget 7 Reasons to Smile When Your Book Is Not a Bestseller *waves* none of mine is, but I keep forging ahead. Although I should probably stop and look back, which is what I plan to do on those dreaded Marketing Weekends that await me… brrrr!!

Have a great week! πŸ˜€

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Well, after three months, I’ve reverted to Patron only… I’ll restart the creator page when I have more followers interested in exclusive content or maybe project-based. Next year. Or never. It’s kind of too hot to think right now! πŸ˜‰

I do have other ideas for next year, butΒ  I haven’t started working on them. I’m postponing everything to September, when I hope the weather will cool down and my mind clear enough to make business plans. Besides the writing, that is. Because writing into a void is kind of a bummer. If nobody buys my books, why bothering with publishing them?

I still have fun when writing. It’s everything else that is burdensome. So we’ll see what happens with the bundles sales – that are going quite well, but so far no halo effect on other titles. I guess I need to give time to people to read them – and considering how behind I am myself on those bundles, I can’t blame them if they read them next year! πŸ˜‰

I still have a couple of books from bundles I took on StoryBundle 2 years ago, so… Anyhow, if you want exclusive content, for now you better subscribe to the UPB newsletter. Next one is coming in September, and I’m not sure yet what the exclusive content will be, since I spent the whole summer writing novels that still need to be checked and proofread, LOL!

Now I still have to check a few support/resources/tools that I found at Worldcon. Will let you know if they’re worth time or money when I experiment. Like, someone swears AuthorsDB is worth the time. Others suggest to set up the Instafreebie and Bookbub profile even if you don’t run anything. Sigh. I guess I’ll have to start scheduling that “marketing weekend” soon…

Oh, and I downloaded and read the free ebook by ScriptMedic, besides signing up for her free class! So if you want to avoid the most common mistakes when hurting your characters, go grab it and read it, it’s really a quick read! And start following her blog too, she has great advice on medical stuff – including how to do research! πŸ˜‰

August novel almost done. Epilogue and double check means I’ll probably send it during the weekend… when I’ll finally be able to check the comments on the previous two! πŸ˜‰ I have received only the first so far, but I’m aware it’s taking time to read all those books, so I’ll be patiently waiting for that precious feedback!

Have a great week! πŸ˜€

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