Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last week I wrote 18K, which means that this week I hit 250K, so halfway through my prospected wordcount, and there’s still room to go farther. Even if I was not planning to, or taking it easy, I might end up with 500K new words at the end of the year, after all! 🙂

I’m back to the DayJob this week, so maybe I’ll write less. Monday was hectic, and I put down very few words. And I have to update another series as well, ebook and paperback blurbs included, and here’s a sneak peek of the new covers:

A nice guide for audio book authors and Finding the Highest Paid Royalties for Your Audiobooks. I probably won’t make any more audio books, since the Findaway Reports are depressing, LOL! I won’t even listen to the audio books I got through a couple of Kickstarters, but well… it’s just me! 🙂

Last week the bimonthly newsletter went out with a surprise: a free story. I will probably add one from now on, since I’ve become proficient using Book Funnel for delivery! 😉 So if you want a free story every two months, subscribe to the publisher’s site. Next UPB Newsletter is due out on August 1st.

The heat has unfortunately hit this damn town, so I’m going to start my summer hybernation soon… Although the house is still relatively cool, so if I don’t reach it half melted by the 35°C I get while waiting the bus, I’ll probably be able to do something.

I mean writing and all that stuff I mention above. Maybe! 😀 Oh, and don’t forget the clock is ticking on the Visions of the Future bundle… Or you can try the 2022 Pride Bundle, and the Twisted Fairy Tales might already be over when you read this!

I guess that’s all for today! Have a great week! 🙂

Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Two more older titles had a face-lift – new cover, new blurb – please, check them out! Lost in the Milky Way (formerly known as Yash&Ryo Lost in the Milky Way) and Soul Thieves are now gone from Smashwords as well, until they manage that actual merging with D2D, that is.

Last week was my most prolific of the year with 25K written, but then, I was off DayJob. It’s also a personal record, the previous one being 21K/week! Whenever I’ll manage to be a full-time writer, how much more will I be able to write? 😉

Although again it’s a series of novels… my wordcount drops dramatically when I write short stories, because of the day-break between projects. If I write a 40K short novel, I’m putting down more words in a month than if I write four 10K stories.

There will be a series of shorts when I finish these novels, but they’re all mostly connected, so I should be able to write them quickly. My poor editor doesn’t know what’s coming for her in June, LOL!

Now, about that Kickstarter… my author copies arrived, and I realized that one book has a cream interior, the others white. Teaches me not to check when I publish the rest after four years, but then… Future Earth Chronicles anyone? 😉

For whoever came late to the party, in Future Earth Chronicles, the paperbacks have alternatively white and cream interior because I screwed up with the first two… For Otherside I realized my mistake when I received my copies, so we have a vintage-looking first book and brand new ones! 😀

Otherside paperbacks

There is still time to get Visions of the Future bundle and get all those awesome sci-fi ebooks for a ridicusly low price. Check it out, and if sci-fi is not your cup of tea, share with friends, in case someone is interested! 🙂

Now I shall get back to writing… and working on that non-writerly stuff… and Friday I’m back to DayJob, sigh! Have a great week! 🙂

Sunday Surprise


And it’s another Storybundle! If you purchased last year’s Visions of the Future, this year you get practically next book in the Star Minds Universe, with the protagonist who was a child in Technological Angel and is now in his early twenties. But now I shall let our mighty curator speak and introduce all the fabulous books in this bundle! 🙂

THE 2022 VISIONS OF THE FUTURE BUNDLE

The 2022 Visions of the Future Bundle – Curated by Dean Wesley Smith

I knew, without a doubt, I was going to really enjoy putting Visions of the Future together as a StoryBundle. I just love science fiction of all types, and any form of looking into the future, seeing visions of the future, is science fiction by definition.

For me, the future is a bright, hopeful place. That’s my nature. No matter how bad the news is at the moment, I tend to look at the future as a promise. Doesn’t mean the future won’t be full of problems. I am not that naïve, although sometimes my wife Kris thinks I am.

Maybe that is why I wrote so many Star Trek novels and edited Star Trek for ten years. I love the positive aspects of how Star Trek looks forward.

So I loved the idea of this StoryBundle called Visions of the Future. It is full of visions of a lot of different futures.

I wanted to find a number of professional writers who I knew could really give a clear vision, and a great story, of what they saw in the future. And I opened this up to see if top writers had a book that fit, and many did.

Professional fantasy and science fiction writer Lisa Silverthorne sent me not one, but two books in an omnibus edition titled True Purple. These are the first two books in a military and genetic-engineering world that has heart, as all of Lisa’s books do. If you love character-driven science fiction, you will love these two books.

Then USA Today bestselling writer Louisa Locke sent me a book from her multi-author world she founded called Paradisi ChroniclesBetween Mountains and Sea is a stunning coming of age novel that different reviews have said reminds them of LeGuin, Butler, and McCaffrey. I can’t disagree at all. Amazing world and character not to be missed.

Next came a novel titled The Gaia Websters from professional writer Kim Antieau, who has been a professional writer and friend of mine for almost forty years. This is a novel where the future Kim sets up is after a collapse of society. The story is positive, upbeat, and challenging all at the same time. If you haven’t found Kim’s wonderful writing before, this would be a great book to start.

Next, professional writer Terry Hayman brings a sort-of modern day look in his book Jumpback. This book combines aspects of thriller fiction with science fiction concepts such as time travel. And ends up giving us a look forward at a somewhat frightening idea of “what if this was possible.”

Kari Kilgore gives us a really cool idea for the future. A certain element allows communication across the galaxy, but it can only be found in one place. And what happens because of that. Sort of a great metaphor for so many futures.

Barbara G.Tarn paints a picture of a massive galactic civilization that is very cool. And she does it through a space adventure and stolen manuscripts and old texts. As a person who loves old books, that really hit my tastes, let me tell you. Just a wonderful look at a far, far distant future.

Bestselling writer Maggie Lynch asks the question, “What happens if humans could live 800 years? Would that be a great thing or a bad thing? Only Maggie could paint that future in a way that is impossible to put down as you read.

New York Times bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers up a vision of the future from her major science fiction Retrieval Artist series. Domes on the moon, alien laws and the repercussions of alien laws. An amazing vision of the future where humans have expanded out into a galaxy full of aliens with very different rules.

I added a book from my Seeder’s Series. This book gives a glimpse of a far, far advanced civilization from the point of view of those who seed humans throughout many galaxies. They can travel from one galaxy to the next in minutes. And while seeding humans over such vast distances, they often lost in the process and need to be rescued. I love this future. Sort of advanced Star Trek.

And last, but no least, the ultimate in a look at the future. An entire volume of the award-winning yearly anthology Writers of the Future. This has three bonus stories plus 14 winning stories by some of the best new writers working in science fiction. These stories are picked every year by some of the top science fiction writers in the world.

The three bonus stories that show very different futures in the volume are:

“Museum of Modern Warfare” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: When an ambassador is asked to inspect the controversial Museum of Modern Warfare, she discovers life-changing secrets. .

“The Dangerous Dimension” by L. Ron Hubbard: Meek Dr. Henry Mudge has a dramatic personality change after discovering a mathematical equation that transports him to any place in the universe he can think of.

“The Phoenixes’ War” by Jody Lynn Nye: When a lover’s gift to her king turns out to be a perilous trap, the Phoenixes and their priestess face a test that will decide the fate of two realms.

So ten novels of different visions of the future, including an anthology with 17 different stories in it. This is an exciting bundle. Don’t miss it, since it will only be around for a very short time. Dean Wesley Smith

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For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you’re feeling generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.

  • Jumpback by Terry Hayman
  • Between Mountain and Sea by Louisa Locke
  • The Becalmed by Kari Kilgore
  • Next Generation by Barbara G.Tarn

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $20, you get all four of the regular books, plus SIX more books for a total of 10!

  • Paloma by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Rescue Two by Dean Wesley Smith
  • Eternity by Maggie Lynch
  • Experiencing True Purple – Books 1 & 2 by Lisa Silverthorne
  • The Gaia Websters by Kim Antieau
  • Writers of the Future Volume 37 edited by David Farland

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to AbleGamers!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, tweet us at@storybundleand like us onFacebook. For press inquiries, please emailpress@storybundle.com.

Wednesday Weekly Roundup


If you read also the comments, besides the post, you might have seen that last week I had a very dry spell and didn’t write Monday to Friday (well 900 words of conclusion of a story I started, like, a month ago). I caught up during the weekend and ended up with 8000 more words of a longer project. No idea how long and no idea when it will be done or even published, but well, I did get back to writing! 😉

My Kickstarter is still out there trying to catch your eye. Sharing it might be nice, if you don’t feel like backing it. On my Facebook page I started a series of daily reminders that I post at random times, since I have friends all over the world. Some people told me that they hadn’t seen my previous, shorter Kickstarter, so this time I want to make sure everybody sees it! 😀

a sample of what goes on my Facebook page

So yeah, I’m going to spam you with this until Easter, I’m afraid! 😉 The bimonthly newsletter will hit your inbox on Friday, and it’s not just about this Kickstarter, I promise. You can still subscribe here.

Now, in case you’re still looking for books and have enough of Kickstarters, there’s always Storybundle! None of mine at this time (but there will be one more this year, stay tuned…), but you can either grab The 2022 World SF Bundle – Curated by Lavie Tidhar, which includes my friend Francesco Verso’s novel Bloodbusters, or The 2022 Aliens Among Us Bundle – Curated by Dean Wesley Smith, which includes a whole batch of friends of mine, namely my workshop buddies Robert Jeschoneck, Kari Kilgore and Marcelle Dubé, as well as Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The only one I haven’t met in meatspace is Rebecca M. Senese, but you’ve read her stories in my Curated Anthos.

That’s all for today! Have a great week! 🙂

Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last day to get the Cattitude bundle! Grab it now before it’s gone! You don’t want to miss all those cat stories, do you? Get it NOW! Only a few hours left! 🙂

On Brandon Sanderson’s Kickstarter and why it’s good for us fiction writers. I am going to launch another Kickstarter this year, but it’s going to be a Kickstarter exclusive and I still need to write a few things for it, so stay tuned! 🙂

About those comics I got as Kickstarter rewards… The Woman in the Woods and Other North American Stories was the actual goal of the Kickstarter… it’s the shortest of the five, but I liked it anyway. I liked all the drawings and the First Nations stories were fascinating.

Then I read The Nixie of the Mill-Pond and Other European Stories – some well known like Rapunzel and Puss in Boots, but not exactly as I rememered them! And this is the one I like the least pertaining the drawings, which are important for me in a comic. An interesting take, for sure.

And last but not least, The Night Marchers and Other Oceanian Stories (limited at Hawaii and Philippines, actually) to complete the collection. A good batch of 5 PDFs (since the printed version was unavailable and would have arrived much later anyway) with color covers and black and white interiors.

A List of Ukrainian-born SF/F Authors Whose Fiction is Available in English – if only my TBR pile wasn’t so high already… maybe I should bookmark the post and get back to it when my Kindles are less stuffed? Which might be a tad too late, but we’ll see…

Last week I wrote a little over 6K, but that’s two new stories that count towards that Kickstarter project. The one I worked on this week might spawn a couple more and they could be gathered as some sort of episodic novel – maybe.

When I’m done playing with this and sending out shorts to mags (yes, I’ve submitted a few since I won’t publish them for another couple of months at least), I will get back to longer works, but I haven’t decided which one yet (expanding a short story or continue Otherside or something else altogether).

Don’t worry, Otherside is concluded with the upcoming books (uploading the first one this weekend, so it’s coming), but I might consider a couple of sequels if I don’t find an alternate history that keeps my mind busy for a few months.

I’m quite scatterbrained at this time, so I better not announce anything until it’s set in stone (like the upcoming publication – the covers are ready, now to format that book 1 and wait for the editor to send back the rest and I’m ready).

I may revisit old series/worlds for now and leave a brand new project for next year or later, but we’ll see. Like I said, I can’t really make plans at this time, not even for my travels and vacations. I’m taking it easy and just taking everything as it comes to me.

I also need to finish what I started during the creative weekend – ink, color and letter the final waves of the strip – which might allow me to brainstorm on the next project or send me into depression because I can’t keep out thoughts of the world.

But I’ll definitely keep writing, since it’s the only way for me to stay sane, escaping to those other worlds and other stories! 🙂 That’s all for today… have a great week! And get that bundle before it’s gone! 🙂

Wednesday Weekly Roundup


I hope you checked out the Cattatute bundle… Where else can you find so many cat stories all in one place? Read more about the 10 books in the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book! 🙂

If you like podcasts, the D2D/Smashwords merging is on Joanna Penn’s blog, with Mark Coker and Kevin Tumlinson interviewed. I’m going to wait with the English titles until next month, and then we’ll see.

Last week I wrote a little over 10K by the weekend. It was finally the creative weekend, so I managed to finish the pencils of the strip, although now I have to ink and color it. I’m doing a shorter thing first, that should come out this week if everything goes according to plans.

Boy, I had missed spending a day and a half with someone else trying to pursue the same thing! 🙂 I posted videos on TikTok and Instagram, and I used her to have this picture taken of me and my paperbacks so far – the latest, in Italian, should have arrived by now, but not on Sunday when the photo was taken…

So, the pile is almost as tall as me, by the end of the year it should be taller! 🙂 Now, if you want to read on paper, take your pick! 🙂

This week I hope to wrap another project (of shorter works), so next week I can start on a novel – I already have chapter 1, but I still need to figure out the rest. I also need to edit a title in Italian this week, so I might not write much, but we’ll see.

And February is almost over… That’s all for today! Have a great week!

Wednesday Weekly Roundup


And the big announcement this week is… another storybundle! Cattatude is now live and it includes Otherside, my novella of cats and women. Find more info here.

If you haven’t read Otherside yet, go grab it for less than 1$ along with those other awesome books! Because the next big announcement is… the Otherside Books! Yes, in March and April (with possibly a couple of weeks off to travel) I will publish three short novels and a collection of stories exploring the steampunk world beyond the portals!

Book 1 is ready, but Book 2 and 3 + half of the short stories still need to go to Mighty Editor who is busy until the end of the month. And the acquisition of Smashwords by Draft2Digital means that I postponed publishing Book 1 until I have all three, in the hope that meanwhile I’ll have only one dashboard for the two distributors! 😉

This month I’m going to put out a couple of old Italian titles (revised, and that I will not translate into English), since those go only on Amazon and Kobo. The first is the original story I based Soul Thieves on, which means I went through the English version, if only to remind myself how it had evolved.

And, horror of horrors, I found typos, missing words, but mostly, a typo in the blurb! Which meant that I had to redo the paperback cover. Originally made with Createspace, you’d think it would be easy to change the cover, right? I mean, it went smoothly with other titles…

Well, not this time. Soul Thieves has a white cover, and they kept telling me there was no bleed. So if you have a white cover for a paperback, remember to frame it with a black line. Still missing Createspace, sigh.

Also, the previous cover template calculator no longer works, as I discovered while I prepared the Italian book. Now you need to go here, and it’s actually better than the previous one, since both the PDF and the PNG are the right size (the previous version had the PDF already cut, so when you uploaded it to KDP print, it was too small)!

So, between dealing with KDPprint for myself and Kobo for a friend, I didn’t write a word until Saturday – I could have started on Friday, but I had to check a few things, which means I found a couple of typos in the first chapters of Thief and I really should find time to go through all my paperbacks catching typo fairies, but where is the time?

Anyhow, during the weekend I managed to write a full story, though, and my wordcount is a little over 7K (the yearly total so far is 64K, so at 6 weeks it’s perfectly fine – I need to write 10K/week for 50 weeks to get to 500K).

The Sunday event was canceled because Khabi Lame was in Dubai (his manager probably forgot to tell him he had a signing event in Rome, LOL!), but then I read this article about being an aunt, so… say hello to PANK Barb, and Dear Nephew still loves her even if he couldn’t have his comic book signed! 🙂

That’s all for today! Have a great week!

Wednesday Weekly Roundup


I’m absolutely delighted to announce that my Star Minds Starter is included in the Visions of the Future bundle at Storybundle! And look at the company! All those awesome authors sharing space with me! As always with StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay.

For 5$ (or more, if you’re feeling generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format – WORLDWIDE.

• Obeah by Marcelle Dube
• A Little Piece of Home by Kris Katzen
• Star Minds Starter by Barbara G.Tarn
• The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Space and Time by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus SIX more books, for a total of 10 !

• Gravity by Maggie Lynch
• Games of Fate by Kris Austen Radcliffe
• Plurapod Pathogen by Kari Kilgore
• Unexpected Futures by Annie Reed
• Grapevine Springs by Dean Wesley Smith
• Thieves by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a
code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when
your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

• Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
• Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little,
that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
• Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for
the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog.
Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there ‘s nothing
wrong with ditching DRM.
• Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to AbleGamers !
• Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!
StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for
thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their
desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com
and Lifehacker.com.

And now to the less important news! The latest title, Children of Darkness, is related to my story in the Halloween Spectacular. These seven stories of vampire-making as well as “Under the Samhain Moon” may well be the start of the next Vampires Through the Centuries novels or novellas… as soon as there is some interest, that is.

Because at the moment I’m fully immersed in another world, and until I finish those books, I won’t be able to concentrate on anything else. But I wrote 11K+ last week on this project, so I’m not complaining! 😀

A funny-sounding Kickstarter to back might be Artists are Weird but Writers are Crazy – if you still have some sense of humor, that is. Considering that I’m both artist and writer, I must be both weird and crazy, but then, normality is overrated! 🙂

Another good news for paper-books lovers is that Books2Read links will now include the print edition! Since I’ll have to add it manually, though, it might take some time until all the links are updated on the publisher page… But I’m on it, and I will announce there when I’m done! 🙂

The above rebrandingof the Star Minds Starter is only the beginning. The whole series will get a face-lift in December, around Worldcon. Some covers will be new, others will only have new lettering on them. Next year I’ll tackle Silvery Earth, but it’s a much more complicated and longer series of standalone…

And that’s all for today! Have a great week!

Wednesdey Weekly Roundup


Last week I wrote around 10K before taking my train. This week I’ll be mostly editing, so not much for wordcount, probably, but I knew about it.

A gentle reminder that one giveaway is almost up – and again, I won’t know you downloaded, since Smashwords won’t tell me unless you do. So feel free to grab Star Minds Sire Teens. The code is: TG65B and it expires on: 2020-8-31.

And of course a new Future Earth Chronicles book is out!

Yollanda is startled when her friend Carlos calls out of the blue to reveal the truth behind Rainbow Town. Soon she finds herself helping him and watches, aghast, as her hometown switches down.
Yollanda learns to live under the sun, in the ruins of Great Falls, with Carlos and Lucy, until she’s confident enough to climb ontp a horse-drawn closed wagon to explore more.
And when an airship reaches Roanoke, she jumps at the opportunity to cross the Atlantic, hoping to explore her African roots.
BONUS STORY: “Bran the Raven’s Last Night” – The Battle of Chittor seen in “Kristine the Youngest” from Bran’s point of view.

So there, go check it out! 🙂 Next one in a couple of weeks! 😀

Now, as soon as I’m done with the prequel, I’m going to write a few shorts to submit to markets in September and October. And no, I’m not keeping track of rejections time, although I do keep and Excel sheet with the submissions. And I like seeing those red marks that say “SOLD” next to some stories! 😉

Hopefully the stories I’ll write in September will be stories I can add to my existing series, if not, well… eventually I’ll publish all those random stories in a volume, LOL! I do have quite a few still… The Silvery Earth ones will be out probably at the beginning of next year, and I might write more in the Star Minds Universe even though theoretically I’m done with this section of history and should move on to the next galactic century.

For other publications I might just make up stuff, using their calls as writing prompts. I still haven’t decided what I’m writing after I finish the Future Earth Chronicles, so some unrelated shorts might spark the next series! 😉

A couple of interesting bundles on StoryBundle (so limited time offer, check them today):

The Innovative Worlds Bundle ending really soon that includes Future Visions edited by my friend and fellow author Francesco Verso, and The Exclusive Dark Fantasy and SF Bundle curated by my friend and fellow author Douglas Smith a remarkable set of eleven titles by bestselling authors and rising stars. As always, at StoryBundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity.

I ran into this wonderful post on how to buy a book, and who actually profits from it. I also heard of indie authors punished by vicious readers on Amazon (not to mention it’s impossible to be seen without ads on the various markets), so yeah, Amazon is definitely not the best place to sell our books, but it’s one venue (and eventually I’ll be able to sell from my own web page, but we’re not there yet), and as long as you don’t put all your eggs in one basket, you should be fine.

In the gap in my publishing that will happen in October (after FEC Book 10) there should be something coming out from another publisher, stay tuned for the official announcement. I got paid for that story, but I don’t see any official release date on the publisher’s page, so I’ll keep mum for a little longer. Wishing you all a wonderful week!

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