Wednesday Weekly Roundup


As promised, here’s the last title in English for the coming weeks. The next one will appear in July, so plenty of time for you to try any new title that fancies you (if you’re new) or catch up (if you’re old-timer of this blog). A Taste of Silvery Earth – 7 stories to introduce you to the world and itโ€™s history should give you a pretty good idea of what the series is like if you’re unfamiliar with it.

Other titles and series are Star Minds Universe (for now complete), Future Earth Chronicles (complete), Vampires through the centuries (for now complete, although I have 2 unfinished stories on my hard drive), and everything else. And box sets, if you’re voracious. And multi-author anthologies if you’re in discovery mood.

Last week I wrote almost 14K between the portal story and another chapter of the Duology (that will probably need tweaks when I get back to it, but it was another 6K in the kitty! ;p). I’m at 190K+ yearly count, so a lot more for you to read – some of it already came out, granted, but there’s still a lot to come! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re a sci-fi writer, you might want to check the SPSFC and mark your calendars. If you’re a sci-fi reader, or, even better, a book blogger, they’re looking for you! (Giving up trying to use the “quote” block, and using italics for the quote):

What bloggers need to know:

Applications are now open to be one of our ten reviewers! Simply click here and fill out the form. As a former book blogger and reviewer, I know what youโ€™re in for. It will be a lot of work, but if you enjoy helping readers find hidden gems, it will be rewarding.

If you’re a fantasy writer, the original SPFBO opens even before the SPSFC, so mark your calendar for that one too. I participated last year with Magical Friends, this year I’m not saying yet! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Welcome to the wonderful world of indie publishing!

Signal boost for more sci-fi – if you’re a writer, it’s a paid market, if you’re a reader, well, it’s a new mag! ๐Ÿ™‚ Science Fictionery is ready to launch! Check it out – their first issue is full, but if you’re a writer, you can still submit to them. And if you’re a reader, stretch goals include:

  • Making each issue available in audio format
  • Custom artwork for our covers.

In their own words: ScienceFictionery is here to bring the best Science Fiction in the Galaxy, support writers, entertain readers, champion equality & diversity and to remind people that the future is theirs to craft. Check them out!

If, by any chance, you still think traditional publishing is for you, check this. I have a friend who writes literary historical novels, and she is rightfully looking for a traditional publisher. I told her to skip the agents and submit to the publishers directly. She found a British publisher who is accepting unagented submissions (and she’s British, so that works well for her), so I’m crossing my fingers for her.

But I’ve read her books and I know there would be no market for them, not even in the wonderful new world of publishing without some leverage from a big publisher. She already went the small publisher way for another book. and agreed it’s a waste of time.

Traditional publishing is still stuck in the 20th century, unfortunately. Avoid at all costs, unless you write literary stuff that won’t sell as indie. Anything else is fair game, if you manage to nail the metadata and follow David Gaughran’s advice on Amazon. Or grab the Write Stuff bundle before it’s gone.

You won’t get rich quick. You won’t be a bestseller in six months, unless you hit the jackpot and nail a subgenre where there’s little competition. But you’ll have a career.

Have a great week and happy writing and reading! :)In

Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Stories from the Twilight Zone. Foreword by Anne Serling. In my father's final interview he said that he felt his writing was "momentarily adequate." And, when asked what he wanted people to say about him, as a writer, a hundred years from then, he responded, "I don't care that they're not able to quote any single line that I've written. But just that they can say, 'Oh, he was a writer. Thatรฌs sufficiently an honored position for me.'"

and that’s enough for me as well!

So I wrote. Slowly but steadily working on the current WIP and planning the next book with Google maps and Wikipedia and all that stuff needed when writing in the real world, in places I’ve never been to (and never will, at least in the current case – Africa is too hot for my tastes). 12K last week, and I’m almost done with Book 7 too. Onward to book 8 this week, I guess.

I was thinking I wouldn’t extend the Smashwords sale, but after reading Kris Rusch’s post, I decided to do it at least for Future Earth Chronicles – with 9$ you get 5 ebooks and a complete arc about life after the apocalypse! And since it was either all or nothing, here’s the list of the discounted books again… only on Smashwords, extended to May 31!

And I also have a new title out – the last of the Lone Wolves, Fabio, who almost speaks like his great uncle Daniele, since even though Earth is now part of the Star Nations in this alternate future, he still grew up in Rome and sometimes uses the same words that probably drove text-to-speech and other software crazy in the Trilogy or wherever Daniele was present! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And of course it was already live when I realized I used the wrong background image (the watermarked version, not the actual JPG) on the cover… so one hour on Sunday late afternoon, just before dinner, was spent changing the cover everywhere, including Facebook. You can tell I’m not really myself from the rookie mistakes on the latest two titles! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next month more Team’s missions… meanwhile, happy reading! I’m currently on those Stories from the Twilight Zone that I mention above, having finished at least one of the bundles I still have on KK.

Another Kickstarter worth backing if you’re a writer – Writing Bundles (and workshops)! I am not ready to launch anything, maybe next year or later, but I’m keeping an eye on projects and will post the links here if I think they might interest you.

A friend of mine has a new ebook out, And Then…: An Assortment of 12 Delectable Tea-time Cookies (link to Amazon.com), a collection of 12 quick-to-read and delightful-to-savor stories in various genres. Also, there’s this new anthology out – no, I’m not in it, but I thought you might enjoy it:

It’s time to turn the “man and his dog wandering through a dystopian worldโ€ trope on its head, and tell the stories about cats and their women – their badass women!

CAT LADIES OF THE APOCALYPSE
Available in print and ebook from your favorite online retailers

RE: Covid-19, if you have enough of all this misinformation gone viral, here you have a few fact-checking by an expert trying to stop this. The guys knows his stuff. Feel free to follow all the links he gives. Also, if you wonder why some people are still not staying at home, here’s a research explaining our psychological response to Covid-19.

And here’s some words of wisdom about it all from The Chuck Wendig himself. I guess we’re all broken right now, and even if I’m still writing, it doesn’t mean that I feel good. I’m seeing a lot of things going in the backburner and my expectations are null – I have lost them and don’t see them anywhere around me. I will need some searching to get back on track.

Ending on a ligher mode, if you want to chuckle, check the 13 wildest conspiracy theories of all times, starting from Covid-19 is caused by 5G (debunked above)… But onward we go! Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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