Linky Friday

First an announcement: Stories for Sendai, the charity anthology for the Japanese earthquake, will be on sale until Dec.15. I’m still reading it and hope to review it by then, but I have a busy book-fair week and not much time to read. So hop now to buy your copy before it goes out of print/publish.

Also, Michelle’s books are at 99cents for the month of December if you want to check them out (I recommend Cinders, but I’m biased! ;-)).

Now, to links. A semi-serious post on how to write book jackets for indie authors. Apparently not everything written here is ludicrous, so have a careful look at it – and hey, it’s B&N! 😉

Kris Rusch on how to evaluate a trad pub company.

Guest posts between C.S.Splitter and Cambria Hebert – self-publishing vs. trad publishing with a small company.

C.S.Splitter’s short guide to self-publishing, which goes well with IlonaAndrew ‘s post on book cover design and Ruth Ann Nordin’s how to write 4+ quality books a year.

David Gaughran on how a bestselling self-published novel inexplicably disappears from Amazon UK. And I’m still struggling with the whole thing. Yikes.

Literary Lab on research! You know, that thing you’re supposed to do to write better… something I discovered only lately when I decided to write historical novels? 😉 Yeah, I’m still struggling with that!

Blood Red Pencil on Kindle and Smashwords quirks. Yeah, we all deal with the MeatGrinder and whatever KDP calls its system…

On agents and editors: Passive Guy, Dean Wesley Smith (on agents) and how we should demand some respect from editors (again Dean Wesley Smith) and hope for a writer-friendly trad publishing (Kris Rusch).

A guest post at Joe Konrath about e-book prices and the adventure of an indie.

Finally Writers Beware destroys some myths on finding agents and publishers.

Hopping off to my book fair… Have a great day! 🙂


Linky Saturday

OK, a few links for your weekend.

David Gaughran on incorporating historical figures into a narrative with a very good example from his own book. He’s also a guest at Joe Konrath’s blog with his own experience.

Dean Wesley Smith links to Penguin’s decision to moving to POD and Joe Konrath acts as Writers Beware on the BookCountry/Penguin deal. Joe is right, no need to pay Penguin and let them grab 30% of your royalties when you can upload your stuff for free and keep earning. Really, how hard can it be to format for those e-retailers? Come on, if technophobe me can do it, so can you! 😉 And I have Open Office, not Word, which means I had to adjust to the instructions in the Smashwords formatting guide… I guess the Bix 6 are panicking…

Clarion on promoting without selling – a guest post by Chris Evans. And a very detailed review of free press release sites.

Last but not least, Self-published Author’s Lounge Mari Miniatt on Google+ – you can have your brand page now. But I don’t think I’ll join yet. I have enough with Facebook, Goodreads and this blog! 😉

A couple of contests: for you NaNoWriMoers, there’s a contest for your first chapter – and you must send it out now, unedited! Yep, they want it raw. Small cash prizes. Also, Lulu has launched a short story competition which might make you win a Nook or something. If you can write 600 words (I know I can’t! ;-)) go check the contest page.

Also, Creative Reviews is hosting the 1000members giveaway, so if you’re on Goodreads, join the group and enter the giveaway – and don’t worry, if you don’t like ebooks (Soul Stealers is one of the prizes), the other two prices are dead-tree books, signed! 😀

That’s all from me for this week! Back to writing – although I have a “busy” weekend (meaning I have to socialize, so not much writing can be done, sniff! The Hermit Writer), but hopefully on Monday I’ll be able to print out that first draft and start the revisions. Still have to give it to the alpha-reader at the end of the month, and I need time to do the revisions and re-read it…

Have a great weekend!

Stop the bashing!

I have heard of a secret Goodreads group for authors where the current hot topic is reviewers. I didn’t join because the premise sounded ludicrous: How to deal with broken promises of reviews/interviews with no explanation after sending free reads for that purpose. Should we post these reviewers/blogs/bloggers or not to alert our fellow authors?

Excuse me? OK, it’s only a discussion, but if everybody votes for “yes”, that’s bashing. That’s a group for whining authors who complain about something that didn’t work over which they have no control. It’s like bashing a reviewer who gave a bad review.

Here’s my experience with BoI – Air on Smashwords (which is the easiest place where I can give away freebies to chosen people) where I published it on March 31: Downloads (free sample&paid) 66 – Sold 9  – Paid (half-price) 1. Which means the other 8 were given with coupons 100% off to reviewers. Reviews? 4 (and 1 is from the “paid” copy). What happened to the 5 other people who got a free read and never posted a review? Who knows. Maybe they haven’t read it yet (we all know how many ebooks we download to our preferred ereaders, I don’t think anyone can read that fast). Maybe they hated it and would rather not say. I don’t care. I’m not going to say who they are, I’m not even going to ask them “What happened to that review you owe?”.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. Eventually those reviewers will post something or spread the word otherwise. It’s like whining about piracy. I don’t think we need a sort of Writers Beware for Goodreads Authors. Or, if you really want to be an Indie Author Beware place, make it a public group. Stand up and take responsibility, like the ladies at WB do. Or the Self-published Author’s Lounge. Don’t hide behind a secret clique of wannabes.

A last reminder: writers write. They write a book, publish it and start writing the next one. They shouldn’t waste their time whining and bashing online or pretend to be Indie Author Police. Everybody makes mistakes. Get over it and move on. You won’t give free copies to that person again, and that’s it – maybe s/he was mean to you and perfect for someone else… maybe life got in his/her way when s/he was about to read your book. No need to blacklist someone. Move on. We’re all grown-ups here, aren’t we?

on publishing

Michelle pointed me to a series of post by agent Sarah Polla and I’m giving you all the links here. It’s interesting because it’s an agent’s view of self-publishing – and we thought agents didn’t care! 😉

Here goes the self-publishing/indie-publishing week at an agent’s blog:

What’s the deal with self-publishing

Interview with Marilyn Peake

Interview with Tracy Marchini

Interview with Karen Amanda Hooper

Interview with Michelle Davidson Argyle

Personally, I’ll stick to my own productions for Silvery Earth, as I don’t think any publisher (big or small) would do both novels and graphic novels – and that’s what Silvery Earth has. So I’m probably better off on my own for that.

But I can always consider other ways for other pseudonyms – even Dean Wesley Smith says we should keep feet in both worlds if we can, after all. But I’ll be able to tell you more about Dean Wesley Smith’s opinion when I get back! 😉

So if any of you are still wondering what to do, please check all those very interesting posts… And please, please, please if you choose to self-publish, DON’T go with Publish America! I’ve just found someone on Creative Reviews who even sounds proud of it… where does he live? Ever heard of Writers Beware or Preditors&Editors? Why do writers still fall for vanity presses – in the 21st century? I wish him luck and hope he doesn’t get screwed…

On the Kindle Readers&Writers forum there’s a discussion about writers blogs and you can check your ranking on Alexa. I’m around 5million and change. Oh, well. I still delete those spam comments that tell me I rank low on Google because. Not interested, thank you. Spare me the spam comments and the spam emails – I’ll drive traffic here slowly but steadily, LOL!

You probably know by now that KDP now sends the Kindle books to, but I doubt there are many English readers in French speaking countries (in fact it will probably be as dead as, but whatever! ;-)). Please do check this wonderful article on ebooks in Europe (and why I haven’t bought a single book from Kindle yet – might change if I go through, I’d like to avoid that VAT that increases the price of Kindle books).

And Smashwords/Apple iBookstore expanded their distribution, but I tried to find my stuff on Apple Italy and couldn’t search by author (and couldn’t find any of my titles)… so maybe it’s early. Or maybe it’s just me who can’t use Apple Apps! 😉 (I have only i-Nothing, LOL)

You can also upload your books on Indie Aisle, although I’m not sure how it works yet. It’s not free like Feed Books (i.e. you can set a price), so it’s probably very close to Smashwords – except it doesn’t distribute. Dunno, haven’t opened an account there yet, so if somebody has, please share! 🙂

Links and introducing Indie Publishing Week

Wow, another week gone. Geez. So, lots of links this time. First guidelines (genre writers, I’m afraid).

Daily Science Fiction (and fantasy – mostly flash fiction, delivered daily to your inbox) – submission guidelines.

Angry Robot is open to unsolicited submissions (SF/F/H only) for this month only – you have another 10 days to check the guidelines and submit.

Writerly advice!

Literary Lab on one sentence about your book. The good and the bad.

Blood-Red Pencil about dealing with fear of criticism & rejection. I have no advice here, so please check them.

Other writer-related things!

Colleen Doran points to a Newspaper Guild call for strike against Huffington Post – and how being featured there hasn’t really helped her.

Blood-Red Pencil again about Days of Kindle. On the same topic, Nathan Bransford on Amanda Hocking and more Kindle thoughts. It’s been months since I visited Nathan’s blog, but these were mentioned in Rachelle Gardner’s posts about publishing myths part 1, part 2 and part 3

Smashwords on DRM – noticed the neat new badge on my sidebar? 😉

On INDIE publishing in the words of

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Ruth Ann Nordin at Self-published author’s lounge.

Yours truly will entertain you on the topic the whole of next week, as I’ve taken if off Day Job to concentrate on the production of Books of the Immortals – Air. I’d post my schedule now, but maybe it’s better at the end of next week, to check if I’ve done everything and in the order I’ve written it! 😉 Just know it’s handwritten… maybe I’ll scan it during next week, if I have a very short post! 😀

As I will also be working on a web page, in the meantime I thought I’d update the blog in a more professional way, as suggested by good Michelle in her post about 5 basic things every writer’s blog should have. It’s a little late to change the blog title, but did you notice the differences?

Final link – if you’d like to see me making a fool of myself, just hop off to Shafali’s blog, where she did the caricature of my Muse… Some day I’ll have to discover who HER muse is and present her with a drawing! 😉

Have a great weekend!

More links and a new upload!

Busy weekend and Monday afternoon with all the Six Sentence Sunday snippets to read and those pro-blogs to check. Here’s the list of posts worth checking!

Amanda Hocking in her own words and as seen by Jim C.Hines.

Books&Such agents give advice on self-publishing – and it’s not that bad! 😉

Dean Wesley Smith is starting a new series to teach us indie writers too think like a publisher. I will follow it eagerly (even if some things won’t apply to me as I’m not American, meh! :-()! 😀

Finally Self-Published Author’s Lounge on writers personalities. I didn’t watch the videos, but I know I’m Miss Melancholy (I even wrote a story with that title… I even had a young friend doing the shojo manga version more than ten years ago…).

Last suggestion came from David Farland – he mentioned Dramatica. So for all you Plotters out there, check this Writer’s Companion (the link goes to where you can download the comic book of how it works). If you’re a Pantser like me, you won’t need it! 😉

Now let me announce the new upload on Smashwords, a short story that is a prequel to the upcoming Books of the Immortals – AIR (which I just got back from my editor, hopefully I will be able to put it out there at the beginning of April – next week I’m meeting with the artist for the cover). BUT it’s also my attempt at erotica, so don’t read if it offends it! 😉 In this story sex is only for lust, and love has nothing to do with it… and it’s a sad story… Maybe I’ll put six sentences up sometime. It’s a short story, so it’s free. Download your copy of Tarun, if you don’t mind the sex.

p.s. This post was written yesterday afternoon. Two hours before going live, I checked my Smashwords – Tarun is the most downloaded of my short stories! Over 100 download in less than 24 hours! It took a week for Starblazer to reach that number (and Jessamine is barely halfway there)! I guess erotica has a lot of followers after all… but I’m afraid it’s NOT my main genre! 😦

Saturday links

February is gone, the shortest month of the year… but I found many interesting posts this week, so let’s get down to business!

Dean Wesley Smith on the history of novel length and what is expected in the new world of publishing! Personally, I struggled to bring my novels to 90.000words, so I’m very happy I can now indie-publish and write as long (or as short) as I want! 😀 He also gives e-book pricing suggestions that absolutely match my idea (price according to length)…

Joe Konrath explain how to monetize on your properties, by doing multiple e-editions etc.

Agent Rachelle Gardner is very reassuring for those writers afraid to hit “send”. Don’t be afraid, believe in yourself, and you’ll be all right! 🙂

Rights of Writers has an extensive post on Publishing Agreements – the good, the bad, the ugly, anything, really! May I say that legalese is one of the things that pushed me toward self-publishing, so I don’t have to sign any of those ever? 😉 But I’ve added Keep Your Copyrights to the Useful Links For Writers, just in case…

Clarion has a guest post about… fan mail! Check it, it’s really also for unpublished authors! 😉

I found the Wicked Writers, and suggest you check their week’s posts on motivation… Then switch off the internet and go back to writing! 🙂

Michelle Davidson Argyle mentions the loneliness of self-publishing. That doesn’t scare me, I’m used to it. 😀

Literary Lab asks if your fiction has a comfort zone… and Cat Woods shows us how NOT to be passive – which I still will not apply to my passive co-protagonist in Water! 😉

Happy writing and have a great weekend!

Saturday links – mostly on Borders

OK, Saturday again. Time is really flying! Eek! 😦

From the Blood-Red Pencil ladies, here’s how to pull yourself back from the cliff. Don’t jump yet, there is still hope if you follow this excellent advice! 😉

Clarion defines different kinds of readers – I guess historical fiction caters to the same audience of SF/F (according to them at least), but I’ll keep a different pen-name anyway! 😉

Discussions on POD: Lightning Source vs. CreateSpace. Robin Sullivan (pro-CS) vs. Zoe Winters (pro-LS)! Humble international me went with Lulu because it’s… international! Lightning Source had only US or UK address deliveries at the time (I see it’s become international since), CreateSpace was just starting (from the ashes of BookSurge, if I remember correctly the former POD by Amazon) when I decided to go POD. Hence Lulu seemed the best alternative. Their support team is more efficient than Smashwords even with all those neat little forms even foreign citizens must fill for the IRS, and if I should recommend a POD, it would definitely be Lulu. Also, what I love about Lulu, is the cost calculator that allows you to have an idea of how much your printed book would cost… 😉

One more great post from Zoe Winters about this indie publishing second gold rush. Like she says:  “My goal is to BECOME the best and the brightest, not the person standing on the right street corner at the right time. The latter isn’t repeatable”.

And finally, what is on everybody’s mouth – Borders filing for bankruptcy. As Dean Wesley Smith puts it – “Basically, we’re screwed.” And here are David Farland’s wise words on the topic, his newsletter posted in full.

David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants—Changing TimesAs I’ve been forecasting since last April, we’ve seen some huge changes in the publishing industry this year. 

In the latest news, Borders has filed for bankruptcy here in the United States. Borders of course is the second largest bookstore chain in the United States, but they failed miserably at keeping touch with the changing times. The mistake? They didn’t respond to the online threat from, and they didn’t put together a program to sell electronic books.

As a result, in the fourth quarter of last year, the busiest season for bookstores, Borders group saw sales drop by a whopping 18 percent. So they’re filing for bankruptcy and will be selling about 200-250 stores. Since Borders stores are built, usually, near a Barnes and Noble, one must assume that customers will migrate to the competition.

Meanwhile, Borders doesn’t seem to have a viable plan to stay in business. Instead, some goofball decided to help wannabe authors self-publish their books electronically through a program called BookBrewer. Stay away from Borders’ stock, and stay away from their self-publishing model. Both are poison, in my opinion, and I’m not the only one to think that dealing with them is gonzo.

Borders has a plan to restructure which will pay only about 20 cents on the dollar to its debtors. This is going to hurt a lot of publishers and distributors—to the point that Ingrams, the nation’s largest book distribution company, has ceased providing them with books.

Meanwhile, we’re seeing similar news around the world. A day after Borders announced that it would go into bankruptcy, a major bookstore chain in Australia announced that they were going bankrupt, too. Last week in Canada, a bookstore chain tied to a major distribution company announced that both were filing for bankruptcy, while we see the same happening in England with one of their major chains on its way out.

In short, we’re seeing the dinosaurs all die off. Those businessmen who haven’t adjusted to the way that books are being sold will soon be gone. Whether they’re small private bookstores, major chains, book distribution companies, or publishers, those who don’t adjust will die.

Meanwhile, many publishers are actually showing higher profits right now. With electronic book sales up by 118% for the last year, publishers that take a chunk of electronic rights are actually seeing higher revenues with less in costs, thus increasing their profit margins. So the publishers are healthy. Barnes and Noble is feeling giddy over its sales of e-readers and the accompanying surge in electronic sales. Simon and Schuster, along with a number of other publishers, are seeing a big rise in profitability.

But this leads to a new problem for authors. Those same publishers are finding that the hardcover book market for bestsellers is shrinking. Many of the most active readers, the people who read ten or twenty novels per year, are now reading them on Kindles or iPads. As a result, some authors who were selling three hundred thousand copies in hardcover are finding that more than half of their sales are now made electronically—and that under current contracts, the publishers actually get to keep a larger percent of the author’s income. Thus, an author who might have made a million dollars on a novel last year is finding that he’s losing a couple hundred thousand dollars of that money to the publishers this year.

So now we’re coming to the next big battle. How much of the money on a new release should go to the author? I think that we’ll see some heavy contention—with agents and writers groups lining up to battle the publishers this coming year.

The real battle, perhaps, might re-shape the industry. The argument should be whether “electronic publishing” is really “publishing” at all. Under old-fashioned copyright law, when a publisher buys the right to publish a novel, he’s buying the right to make a physical copy and distribute it.

But with electronic publishing, there is no physical book being created and shipped. The book exists only as an electronic file, in the same way that music files are being downloaded and sold. So the question arises: is the selling of electronic copies in violation with the intent of the copyright law?

At least one judge has ruled that “electronic publishing” should be handled as “electronic licensing.” There is a huge distinction here as far as the author is concerned.

For example, a publisher in today’s world can publish your book, and then hold onto it indefinitely by claiming that he’s still publishing it electronically a hundred years from now, even though he has no other interest in it. The rights to the property would never revert, and the old contracts that are in the books in some cases give very little of the money from those sales to the authors. It creates a perpetual windfall for the publishers, and makes the writer wish that he’d never published the books in the first place.

So authors under the current system basically handle control of their work over to publishers for eternity. Savvy authors don’t want to do that, and if you understand that we see the emergence of a major new market over the next few years, where the control of electronic rights are all-important, it makes you as an author wonder if publishing a book right now is ultimately a mistake. In the long run, an author might make far more by self-publishing his works electronically.

A year ago I would have told you that you should stick with the traditional publishing route. Right now, as we move into a new age, I’m still going to tell you to stick with the traditional route. But here’s the thing: self-publishing electronically looks like a better alternative every day, even to someone like me who is a New York Times bestseller.

So when do you give up on the old system? So much depends upon you as an author. I’m an old guy in my fifties. For me, the old system still makes a lot of sense. But if I were eighteen or twenty, and I was looking at giving up thirty percent of my income on a book for life, just to have it published by some sloppy New York Publishing company that probably wouldn’t do anything to push my books anyway, I’d be giving New York the evil eye right about now.

Think about it: is an extra $20,000 in your pocket right now worth a loss of 30% in income on the sales of your book for the next fifty years? That’s the gamble you’re taking on publishing, and increasingly new authors are saying “No. I’m not getting enough of a push from existing publishers to make up for the long-term losses.” They may be right.

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Pseudonyms and other career plans

I’ve been following a few pro-authors in the past year, two are very much for self-publishing on Kindle, one is still the voice of reason. While Joe Konrath and Dean Wesley Smith keep showing indie authors can have success and the old world of publishing is slowly crumbling, David Farland is still cautious about it.

I think it depends on each writer’s expectations and capacities. Dave is right that most writers are delusional, both in Hollywood and New York (depending if you’re writing screenplays or novels). It’s true that some indie authors are awful, but not all of them. And I think readers are smart enough to pick good stories, well written and well presented, without bothering to check if there’s a publisher behind it or not.

Kindle (or Lulu, or Smashwords) allow a preview of the first, ever-important pages of any book, so readers will immediately know if it’s crap or not. As Dave pointed out (in his newsletter, you should subscribe to it even if you don’t write genre fiction):

I’ve done that same experience on more than one occasion, picked up a self-published novel only to see a dozen horrible mistakes—everything from typos to misspellings and just genuinely terrible prose—all within two pages.

So, depending on what kind of writer you are, self-publishing e-books might be for you or not. If you plan on being the next Amanda Hocking (who, BTW, worked her ass of, if you check her blog), it’s a gamble, just like trying to be the next JK Rawlings in traditional publishing. If, like me, you’re a prolific writer and you’re sick of watching your stories gather dust on your hard drive or old notebooks, I think you have nothing to lose. Dust them off, make them shine and put them out there. It’s a brand new world opening for us, and like Ollin said, it’s think it’s time to join the party and start taking our chances.

Here’s David Farland’s test to know if you’re ready – again from his unmissable newsletter:

So how do you know if you’re ready? There’s an easy test:

1) Write a book.

2) Print it off and pass it around to twenty people.

3) Wait for two weeks.

At the end of two weeks, if you have only a few people, say five or six, who have read your book, it’s not holding your audience. If you’ve got a book that has had fifteen or so people who’ve read it with excitement, you’re doing well.

But what you’re really looking for is “pass-along rate.” If at the end of two weeks you have people who are passing the manuscript to friends to read—to sons and daughters and neighbors—then you have a potential hit. If you’ve got thirty or forty readers at the end of two weeks, then you know that your book will have a life.

Hopefully, you’ll soon find an editor or agent who agrees with you, but if you don’t, that’s when you really begin looking at self-publishing.

As for me, it’s difficult to find 20 English-speaking people in Rome (although officially on the offline writers group there are 30 people) and mostly hard to find fast readers (there’s only one in that writers group). But I’ve done some self-publishing with comic books in the 1990s, so it’s not totally new to me, it’s just the media that is different.

I will use different pseudonyms for different genres, so if one doesn’t work I can rely on the other. I’ve used Barbara G.Tarn since the 1990s as creat0or of Silvery Earth, so I’ll keep using it for my fantasy world and a couple of sci-fi alternatives, but I already picked up two more, for the historical novel(s?) and for contemporary stories (and I might pick up another one if I decide to write in Italian again as well). I’ve seen on Smashwords I could upgrade to Publisher (recommended also for authors who use two or more pseudonyms) and I already have my own “imprint” on Lulu (as Unicorn Productions), so it shouldn’t be too hard…

I will take down everything from Serial Central this weekend, and reissue Modern Fairy Tales on Smashwords with another pen-name, along with the prose version of some of my screenplays, so those stories can see the light of day (and then Hollywood can come a-calling, I’ll be ready for them! ;-)). I won’t mention the historical novel anymore here (except maybe when I finish it), and I’m still looking for critique partners and/or fast beta-readers – I’m fast, compulsive, prolific. But I still need external eyes to see plot holes or inconsistencies.

I feel like a pro with lots of back catalog and I’m very excited to finally be able to put it out at my own pace, without waiting for anybody to tell me I’m ready! 🙂 I’ve written for long enough to be confident in storytelling, I know you never stop learning and look forward to this new lesson, and I hope to find my readers soon.

It’s the beginning of a new era. Let’s celebrate it! 😀

Spam and DailyPost Prompts

We all get Spam. Akismet (on WordPress, dunno about other blogging platforms) does a very good job at stopping them, but sometimes you have to adjust manually –  a spam-pingback requesting approval or a real comment with two links that goes in the spam folder. Nobody (and nothing) is perfect, right? But when I saw this one:

Hey fellow author! I wanted to leave you a note letting you know that I came back to your blog. I noticed you have not put up anything new in a while. Perhaps I can provide you the motivation of a committed reader. :)
Anyways, I hope you signed up as a writer by using the link in my earlier message and are making some extra cash. I want to share yet another secret with you. I utilize a script that is actually getting me near to $1000 every week. That is on top of my writing pastime. Here is the website, if you happen to be curious.

I knew immediately it was spam and should stay in the spam folder! 😀 I post every day and this guy says I haven’t put up anything new in a while? You’ve got the wrong blog, man! 😉 And besides, I don’t blog to make money, I write hoping to make money with my fiction soon, but not by blogging. Blogging is… a journal of how I get there, at least for me.

Now, to the writing prompts from those good guys at WordPress. From the Weekly Digest I decided to pick up the question:

If you could go back in time and have a 5 minute conversation with yourself ten years ago, what would you say?

As a recap: 2001 was the last year of life of the Italian Lire, as the next year we got the Euro. Some stupid law also wanted to outlaw fanzines in Italy – and I was still issuing my comics in photocopied booklets to my 10 readers I usually met at comicons. I wrote my very first screenplays in English. And I did my very first writing workshop/retreat. So what I could tell myself is this:

You received a detailed and personalized rejection letter from an Italian publisher who is pointing you in a brand new, unexpected direction. After all, you have a visual imagination, you always say you write down the movies playing in your head (hence the omniscient narrator, but I’ll get back to that in a minute). So go for it, write a screenplay. Or two. Or ten, try to get into Hollywood. Follow a couple of writers workshops. Learn some theory behind the practice – you can’t break rules if you don’t know them. Learn the different POV (deep penetration or not). Keep writing. Eventually you’ll be confident enough to go back to prose in a language that is not your mother tongue and will be able to self-publish with a technology you can only dream of at this time. Like they say on Galaxy Quest: “Never give up, never surrender.”

Barb 2001

And so, here I am ten year later, blogging (I didn’t even know what a blog was back then), uploading stuff on POD and e-publishing platforms, making career plans, choosing more pseudonyms to write in different genres (not all, but definitely 3) and ready to conquer my readers, now that I can reach them all over the world without relaying on snail mail…

I don’t like ending posts with questions (I don’t care if the Perfect Blogger should do so, I’m a rebel writer! ;-)), but feel free to comment with your own answers to that question…

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