Writer Wednesday


Last week I did my 10KΒ  and worked on publishing a couple of titles, so I didn’t have time to do much more. I couldn’t work on the webcomic/flash series either because I have now embarked in a double writing challenge. I’m revising and expanding a standalone fantasy that will not be translated in English, so this week my wordcount is a mix of English and Italian. I wrote that book in 2004 and there’s still some head-hopping to get rid of as well as settings to add.

I also decided where to end volume 1 of the Legends of the Moren Empire so that in April I can write short stories again. It will be 3 volumes instead of 2, but that’s fine. There is quite a lot of head-hopping there too, even though I’m using the 2004 version and not the original (I learned about POVs that year), so I’m trying to limit the POV characters, although it will be a multiple-POV novel like the Quests books.

At least I can finish it by the end of the month and move on. I have fifteen more missions of the Star Minds Lone Wolves Team to write! πŸ˜‰ The first batch will come out in April – when that KU exclusive title will finally go wide, yay.

Last week I also had to listen to the whole audiobook, two hours approximately, and request a couple of changes. The narrator was very fast and nice, and now I hit the publish button but I’m not sure when it will actually be available. So stay tuned for further links, probably on the publisher’s page. I also did the paperback so that hopefully Amazon will push it up on its recommendation engine because it has all three formats.

The lucky title is Otherside, and The Hooded Man started production. Still waiting to finalize the narrator for the third audiobook. Since The Hooded Man is shorter than Otherside, though, I probably won’t do the paperback. It’s already included in More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms anyway! πŸ˜‰

And I published Male Lovers of Silvery Earth Volume 3, with cover art by Eleonora Conti. The only new story is the cover story, Water Creatures. And most of the book is Saif’s Story since it’s a novella or short novel. I published the Italian version almost at the same time, hence the busy week, even though I was off Day Job! πŸ˜‰

And there’s a Kobo sale or two coming… with two of my older titles included. I don’t have a direct link, but the 500 under $5 Sale is in Australia and New Zealand. The March US Price Drop Sale is of course in the US.

Have a great week! πŸ™‚

 

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Writer Wednesday


Last week I managed my 10K by Thursday since I had to get on a train on Friday. And in Milan I wrote a few more strips for the webcomic, so Sunday afternoon I typed them. Since Feb.28, it’s another 700 words! πŸ˜‰ I have drawn all the panels, but now I need to clean them, color them, and put the lettering.

I’m exploring venues where to put them, probably Tapas, SmackJeeves and Patreon – which will mean adding a level and make another weekly post, whenever I’m ready to release the Silvery Earth Kids to the world! πŸ˜‰ At Cartoomics I asked for advice on webcomics and of course bought a few things – all this in barely two hours! πŸ˜€

If you’re a newer writer, check out this article on self-rejection. Last week I had the Day of Rejections, with 3 coming into my inbox – one, personalized, in the morning and two in the evening. Glittership was very fast (2 days since submission), Amazing Stories 1 month and the personalized one was long overdue, but they were nice in their rejection.

Which doesn’t mean I’m going to rewrite that story, mind you! πŸ˜‰ I still have two out and plan to submit another when the market opens on the 21st, then we’ll see. I might have to postpone the 30-stories-in-60 days, like I said! πŸ˜‰

Currently I’m gathering stories for another anthology and yesterday I uploaded Future Earth Chronicles Book 5 for pre-order everywhere. In less than a month the first cycle will be complete. I hope the dozen people who downloaded Book 1 from Smashwords or the other dozen who got it from Kobo promos will end up buying the rest of the series. I’m quite proud of it, and hopefully they’ll like it too! πŸ˜‰

I would like to thank the person who got a book at full price during the Read an eBook Week on Smashwords. And hope the half-dozen who got the other freebie will then go on to read the rest of the series. It’s probably the last time I participate in a site-wide sale, though.

Findaway Voices is prepping production on the two male-narrated audiobooks and hopefully the first will be ready soon. I’ll be editing and formatting another title for next weekend and then back to writing… Have a great week! πŸ™‚

 

Writer Wednesday


If you see me bouncing this week it’s because the announced sale is finally out! My first professional publication! I might not be on the ebook cover, but I’m so proud and awed to be in such good company! Yes, I’m in Pulphouse #5, out now! πŸ˜€

When I got that email, I forgot about Himalayas and the Smashwords sale, as you can imagine! πŸ˜‰ And I was so excited I postponed to the weekend listening to the narrators auditions for the next two audiobooks… but now two more are scheduled for production.

I also had time to write another 13K, but I have a fairly detailed outline, so I’m going very fast. I want to finish at least volume 1 of the Moren Empire this month, and it might turn out longer than usual (but it’s also 4 or 5 short books put together, haha!).

If I don’t make it, I’ll push the “30 stories in 60 days” to June and finish it in April. In the meantime I submitted another couple of shorts to traditional markets, although I like SFF fandom less and less. This year will probably be my last Worldcon, since my readers don’t seem to be attending members! πŸ˜‰

And I have a few links today to share with you.Β  Indie sci-fi authors are upending traditional publishing, and it’s turned into a war. I am a member of the 20Books group, although I don’t earn much, and will attend the Edinburgh workshop/conference because it’s closer than Vegas and it also has the writing days. But I’m nowhere their results with sales, I still have to find my readers. Let’s hope that whoever started a couple of my series with the free books in the Smashwords sale (see above) will turn into fans! πŸ˜‰

David Farland on when to stop polishing your manuscript with some good anecdotes from the past. Kris Rusch on priorities – have you made yours? I should probably push my health before my writing, since I don’t have a Dear Husband… although I’m married to Mr. Writing, so… conflicting priorities here… πŸ˜‰

And the longest article, but worth reading and mulling over – 35 Hard Truths You Should Know Before Becoming “Successful”. I like #20 very much and write what I’d like to read, not chasing the latest trend… which might make it harder to find my readers, but well…

I have a couple more, but I shall leave them for Random Friday Rant! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote 14K, almost two stories (the second I finished this week). I’m back on Silvery Earth exploring Water’s people for now. I had to check Books of the Immortals – Water and Chronicles of the Varian Empire – The Spell for some details, since Silvery Earth changed somehow after its first inception.

The first “part” of that world was the Varian Empire, “built” in 1993 with Lost and Oliver (now Chronicles of the Varian Empire – the Enlightened Emperor) but a major revision of the world happened in 2005-2006 when I introduced the Immortals and fine-tuned the Magical Races.

The Books of the Immortals were my first indie-published novels back in 2011 (available also as box set now) and from there the world expanded – its history if not its landmass, since the maps haven’t changed since. I do have a “bible” (some of it is in the appendix to Angelica, Scholar), but re-reading bits and pieces made things easier for me.

Audio update: the first audiobook is now in production! I listened to the extended sample and hope the narrator won’t have trouble with “epiteth” in the final version – it made me chuckle in the sample, but it’s probably not good for listeners of the final product. She’s very good, by the way. She kept me listening for 17 minutes! πŸ™‚ Still waiting for the male auditions, although I listened to a few samples.

I was about to publish something last weekend, but then decided to wait until the next, which is good since yesterday, as I started the translation for the Italian version, I realized I had skipped some corrections (I’m using the proofreader-marked version for the translation)… Phew.

Those were on page 1 and I haven’t found others yet, but hopefully at the end of the week I’ll be done with the translation and be able to upload – possibly both docs, haha. Then I’ll work on inserting the drawings in the Italian version of Beautiful. By the way, here are a few pics of that illustrated paperback.Β 

As for still having a day job that pays the bills, I’m not ashamed of it, but I’m definitely sick of it. I’ll be able to quit, eventually, and will even have a minimum pension after 30+ years – possibly. Dunno on your side of the world, but it looks grim in Italy. One wonders why waste decades in a soul-killing steady job to get peanuts when retirement comes. Whatever.

Also, it might be romance week on Goodreads, but I have no recommendations for you. Valentine’s Day never meant anything to this aromantic lady, so… look at that cute drawing up there, ain’t it romantic? That’s all you’ll get from me! πŸ˜€

Don’t mind this grumpy old spinster, don’t forget to check her Patreon page and have a great week! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ™‚

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… πŸ˜‰ 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… πŸ˜‰ It’s always free if you’re on KU, of course… at least for the next two months. Then I’ll definitely go wide! πŸ˜€

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? πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚

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

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! πŸ˜‰

And I’ve started listening to narrators samples at Findaway Voices. It was kinda fun, we’ll see how this goes! πŸ˜‰ Their support is very nice and put up with all my newby dumb questions! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜€

Now switching genres… and author! πŸ™‚

Do you like dragons that can get human shape (much like the Fajrulo of Silvery Earth, I daresay! πŸ˜‰ )? 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 β€œI want to eat you” kind of dragons, but a distinctive race of ancient, intelligent beings. If so, then I’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…

DRAGONS!!

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!

Not able to make a monetary pledge? No worries! You can still help fund β€œDragons’ Destiny.” Tweet the link to this Kickstarter out to the world!

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

And as we all know … it’s never a good idea to disappoint a DRAGON!

To pledge, go here! And happy reading! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰ But as my newsletter subscribers have learned, that goes on the back burner for now.Β  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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰ Have a great week!

Random Friday


So, I’m going to stay a little longer on last year. After doing the accounting (which is always depressing, by the way, but I need to do it every year to check how it’s going and if it’s worth keeping going), let me tell you that last year’s best seller was Pilot (Star Minds Lone Wolves 2). People loved Shanell. Icy Aya came second because she was also in the Sci-Fi July Redux bundle.

The bestselling book in a bundle is Beautiful, though. I’m still working on the illustration for the paperback, and I hope this year to publish it. It’s fun to draw Kerrien and Rithvik in a Chibi-style and it’s a shame I can’t color them, but the book with interior color illustration would be way too expensive. Maybe one day I’ll do a collector’s edition in color, but first I need to finish the b&w version! πŸ™‚

And I’ve been reading 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, which is really interesting, although it’s kinda adding to my new year’s depression, LOL! But it’s really useful to put some historical backbone to the Future Earth Chronicles and when my TBR pile goes down a little I hope to buy Harari’s other books.

I’m also reading a book on Cyberwar but it’s written in second person and it’s almost irritating, like the author is talking down to me. I understand it’s something “for dummies” (not in the official series, it’s a book in Italian for people who know even less than me, obviously), and every now and then I find things that can be useful to make more credible hackers, but still…

Well, if my hackers improve, you’ll notice. I’ve done my best so far with Hariel, Jes-syd, Alain and Shani (who will soon meet more hackers on Future Earth, stay tuned, we got male, female and even transgender hacker in the future!) but I’m not a computer expert, only a user, so I’ll simply try to avoid the worst mistakes (pointed out also in Putting The Science in Fiction, BTW).

And that’s all for this week! I shall leave you with all the novelties at Draft2Digital last year, although I haven’t tried them all yet – and possibly never will, but I won’t say never! Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote close to 15K and by Christmas I managed to more or less wrap up Book 3 and 4 of Future Earth Chronicles. I had to move some words from book 3 to book 4 and rewrite on epilogue and add a new incipit, but at least now both are around 41K (otherwise it would have been 47K and under 40K). Taking a break to revise a story I will publish in January, then onward to book 5! πŸ™‚

And we’re at the year’s roundup post! The Publishing achievements are 16 new titles, of which one is in Italian and 12 also have paperbacks (including a paperback for a book that came out last year). And since I have 6 Star Minds Lone Wolves novels and novellas, expect more box sets next year, along with more stories (the Lone Wolves Team and a collection of the shorter stories).

The writing achievements! As you know, I reached my goal of 500K two weeks ago, producing the above mentioned 6 Star Minds Lone Wolves + 15 Lone Wolves Team stories (still mostly unpublished, stay tuned), 1 Silvery Earth Heroine, 1 Vampires Through the Centuries short novel and revamped what became the Future Earth Chronicles – new blurb and cover on Book 1, Brainwaves, and publishing Book 2, Wanderlust, while writing the rest.

Now and until the end of January I hope to write Book 5, then I’ll take a break from this series and write 15 more Lone Wolves Team stories. In 2019 I hope to write at least 1 if not 2 Silvery Earth Heroines because I have the covers and they’re wonderful and I look forward to showing them off. And I also have the cover for what I have decided will be Fairy Tales Revisited Volume 2.

Then I’ll write a few more Future Earth Chronicles books and Vampires Through the Centuries books, since the series have crashed together. Again in the hope of reaching those 500K, but if I don’t, I won’t beat myself! πŸ˜‰

And sorry if I didn’t enroll anything, but the Smashwords End of the Year sale is now on. If you want, though, Sci-fi July Redux is now on sale, and will be gone by the end of the year. 10 space opera novels for 5 buck… get it now before it’s gone! πŸ™‚

Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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