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Book 2 is out as promised! Giving the final touches to Book 5 so it will be ready for the November release… The series page is growing everywhere there is a series page (publisher, Amazon, Smashwords)… but unfortunately the Kobo promo in certain regions for Book 1 is over.

Last week I wrote 415 words in English then started thinking about the next project that will for now be in Italian. But I’ve discovered I don’t really want to translate my own works anymore, so from now on I’ll probably have different titles availabe in the two languages.

Although I might write another book on the same topic in English, eventually. I’m back to sci-fi for a couple of months, also to honor the Heroines of Space Opera bundle of which I’m part. I haven’t had time to read any of these books, but I hope to catch up on some fiction reading in the coming months. If you like SF, don’t let this bundle slip away, though!

The newsletter with a free story is going out soon, and you still have time to subscribe on the publisher’s site. Just enter your email, it’s a two-step process, so if you don’t confirm, you won’t receive anything. It’s bi-monthly, so it won’t encumber your inbox very often! 🙂

More changes coming to FB Pages (and we came a long way since Fan Pages already), so maybe I should write about a world without disruptive tech, LOL! But I decided to be optimistic despite the apocalypse going on around us and to write about a technological future (since the untechnological post-pandemic Earth is already featured in the Future Earth Chronicles).

After 21 Lessons for the 21st Century and Homo Deus, I’m going through Enough – Staying Human in an Engineered Age which was published in 2003, and some things are already happening… so Human Beware! 🙂

That’s all for today! September is over already… Have a great week and read through the apocalypse! 😉

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I had 4830 words written Friday night. By Sunday afternoon I had 17690. And I finished the book. So it will be done this week by Mighty Editor and by next week I’ll be able to move to the next project! 🙂 Which is good, because I got two more workshops from a Kickstarter that include writing a story! 😉

I also hope to catch up on some reading while I explore what to write next. I want to write something for the Italian market, so you probably won’t see any other title in English this year. But the Immortaland Dragons will keep you company until november, so unless I can put together another Themed Collection of Original Stories for the Holidays, it’s only a month left! 😉

If you have a Kobo reader you can still get Dragon Riders in the September 40% off eBook Sale in the following regions: Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand! 
Visit the following link to see the promotion: https://kobo.com/p/september-sale! It’s on until September 26!

And I have a book in another storybundle! Check out these Heroines of Sci-fi! My books is from the Star Minds Universe, and it’s the first of the Star Minds Lone Wolves, the story of Icy Aya who tackles her first missions with grim determination. Adventurer, hitwoman, mercenary, bounty hunter – a captivating space opera novel! Or, in the words of our Mighty Curator:

The Heroines of Space Opera Bundle – Curated by Robert Jeschonek

What is it about space opera that makes us love it so much? The action, the exotic settings, the colorful characters, the alien species? The promise of countless adventures in the face of the great unknown?

Or is it mostly just the incredible cool factor of all the ships…the technology…the planets…the ray guns and laser swords? In many ways, it’s the ultimate escapist genre, transporting us to places and situations that dwarf our everyday troubles. And yet, at its heart, space opera is all about us, what it means to be human, and how we can triumph over our human limitations.

Whatever your reason for loving the genre, this bundle has what you’re looking for in abundance. The eleven books I’ve selected—each written by a modern-day heroine of the genre—are packed with space opera goodness that will propel you to the furthest reaches of the known and unknown universe.

In this set of books—including three StoryBundle exclusives and three box sets—you will meet heroes and villains, all larger than life, all roaming myriad worlds and stations and outposts on quests for survival or freedom or love or redemption. You will find yourself with enough thrilling adventures to banish every doldrum, and every one of them will take you far in every way possible.

If you love space opera, science fiction, action-adventure, or great writing regardless of genre, this bundle will light up your universe in all the best ways. Grab your copy during the limited three-week sales window, load your e-reading device or app, and launch yourself into orbit for some breathtaking, soul-stirring, and thought-provoking reading. Robert Jeschonek

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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.

  • A Dead Ship in the Deep Black by Rene Astle
  • The Parallels by Keyla Damaer
  • Adventurer by Barbara G.Tarn
  • Infiltration – Mindspace Book 1 by A.K. DuBoff

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $20, you get all four of the regular books, plus seven more books for a total of 11, including three StoryBundle exclusives!

  • Bubbles in Space – The Complete Series by S.C. Jensen
  • Gray Lady Rising by Robert Jeschonek and Annie Reed (StoryBundle Exclusive)
  • Jelly the Belly and the Spires of Regret by Louisa Swann (StoryBundle Exclusive)
  • Colonial Explorer Corps – Books 1-3 by Julia Huni
  • TwiceFar and Beyond by Cat Rambo (StoryBundle Exclusive)
  • Star Compass by Anthea Sharp
  • Lightwave: The Folding Space Series 1-3 by AM Scott

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.
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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.

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

Sunday Surprise


Find what works for you. Do it. Keep doing it until it’s natural.

If you find yourself stuck, ask if you’re doing what works for you. If not, why not? Did it stop working? Or did you just lose the habit?

If you lost the habit, pick it back up, and do what works for you.

In the past four days, I’ve dictated at least 12,000 words. I haven’t counted yesterday’s and today’s words yet, but I’m confident I hit 18,000 words, possibly 20,000 (some on another project, because that’s how authors take a break: we work on another book). Adding in the weekend before that, I’ve written probably 36,000 words in the past 11 days.

All because I stopped fretting and just got in the Aldrin Express and started driving and dictating. That’s what works for me.

That burst of productivity far outstripped anything I have written in months. The only time in recent memory that I’ve been productive like that was last September — when I jumped in the Aldrin Express, drove completely around Lake Michigan (1,000 miles), and dictated the last half of The Last Campaign.

That’s what works for me. So I’ll keep doing it.

Find what works for you. Do it. Keep doing it.

Martin L. Shoemaker

I’m often wont to say that plot is Soylent Green – it’s made of people. Meaning, people make decisions, and that’s what forms an overarching plot or story, not some external hero’s myth, not some skeletal framework of A to B to C. And that’s in narrative, yes, but it also translates to the real world. Science and history are both driven by people – their decisions, their choices, their observations and recordings.

Chuck Wendig

The main things to remember when asking yourself “How can I improve my writing skills?”

1. Remember, free writing advice comes from the heart.

2. But watch out for ignorant advice.

3. Beware of teachers who hold back vital information.

4. Even the greatest writers can be poor teachers.

5. When seeking wisdom, search widely. Test the advice.

– David Farland

Tonight I read a story by an author. A really old idea, one I had seen a hundred times and rejected almost a hundred times. But the difference?

I had not seen this story, this idea done by this author before.

Understand that simple statement?

I had seen the plot, a very old plot, and the setting, a very old setting, hundreds of times. Cliche didn’t begin to describe it, and normally I would have stopped reading when it became clear it was going to be the same as all the others because the writer was imitating and rewriting. But this writer allowed personality and voice, both author and character, to come through the story from the first moment. And what was old to me became new and wonderful.

Each of us is what makes a story unique.

It is the writer that creates a story that will sell. Not some genre or some sort of plot or some sort of secret marketing handshake. Nope, it is the writer, if the writer allows himself to be in the story with the character.

Dean Wesley Smith

If you think about things like questioning the premise of, let’s say for instance, ‘writers write.’ Some writers think and some writers need to think to write. If I’m forcing myself to write just because somebody said writers write and it felt very resonant to me or they believed it a lot, they had a lot of certainty about it and I never think to question like, ‘Does that actually work for me?’

Or, ‘You can’t edit a blank page,’ is another one. People edit blank pages in their head all the time. It’s just, for about 50% of people, we found editing a blank page does not actually help them be more productive. But for about 50% of writers, it does help you be more productive if you allow yourself to edit before you write.

So there’s so much of this advice that we hear for writers that we just accept without thinking about it because the person who is telling us is either very certain and worth sensing their emotions of certainty or they sound smart or they’re successful. We assume if they’re successful, we should listen to what they say.

And, again, it’s not to say no one should give advice. That’s definitely not what I’m saying. It’s to say, when it doesn’t work for you as an individual, don’t assume you’re at fault and you’re stupid or unmotivated. Assume that that advice is not for you because no advice is for everyone.

Becca Syme

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And Book 1 is OUT! Check it out! There’s also the series announcement, and of course the series page! And since I’m still tinkering with all the books, giving them a last pass, I won’t be doing any pre-order on this series. Next year I hope to be more organized!

I’m impressed by how much I accomplished this year despite everything. Two short series, one Kickstarter and a few Storybundles – what else can I ask for? Yes, there’s another Storybundle coming soon, stay tuned for the announcement…

This week, despite “losing” a day to an unexpected trip, I wrote 17K, so I’m clearly still on a roll! 🙂 And I backed a Kickstarter that will give me two more short online workshops + the research books I brought back from England, I guess I’ll be fine until the end of the year, LOL!

Now I’m back to the dreaded DayJob and the usual routine… it’s still quite hot for September, but hopefully autumn (or the fall) isn’t too far away at this point. And maybe before Christmas Techie Bro will fix my laptop, LOL!

That’s all for today… have a great week!

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So, last week I was off for my first trip out of Italy since the pandemic, but I did manage to write almost 3K, longhand on a small notebook that I tiped when I got back home on Sunday. So I reached 350K this year and may reach 400K, but definitely not 500K. Although, there’s still four months, so you never know! 🙂

I also somehow reached 500 likes on my Facebook page (thank you very much) and keep getting new subscribers to this very blog, so welcome! 🙂 Gearing up for the next release, since I have to travel again to get my parents back to Rome (Saturday was a bad day for traveling – the train line was interrupted and Techie Bro couldn’t get to Tuscany and I arrived back in Rome at 2.30am instead of half past midnight), so I’ll go since I’m still of Day Job until next week.

The trip was a group tour of a part of England I hadn’t visited (not that I saw much besides London and the medieval castles easily reachable from there, LOL!). We went to Salisbury, Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Mount St Michael, Glastonbury, St Ives, Tintagel and Stonehenge (the order might be slightly wrong, I’m not checking my schedule), and I came back with a couple of books for future research.

I also had time to read another book before plunging back into Dragons of Immortalands, and I recommended it on Bookbub, as usual. I wasn’t the target audience, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Worldcon came and went without me, although I got a link for the virtual part even though I had donated my membership. I passed that on too, since I really wasn’t in the mood for it.

This week I hope to finish a few projects, but I probably won’t make it with Book 5, so I’ll have to ask Mighty Editor to postpone the second week of editing. It should be done on time anyway.

I may put up the pre-order of the other books whenever I finish book 5, but so far pre-orders haven’t really worked for me. But! It’s been ten years, and things might have changed, so… pre-orders it will be for the other books! 🙂

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

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COVER REVEAL!

Here are the covers of the upcoming new series! An exciting, new, wondrous fantasy world of dragons and magic! Book 1 will be out in two weeks, so coming real soon… 🙂

Last week I wrote over 12K, most of which on book 5 – still tinkering with the rest. This week I won’t be writing at all, but hopefully next week I’ll reach 350K for the year. And I still don’t know which project will take me to the end of the year, LOL!

Anyhow, I’m taking this week off writing – yes, another one! Its the third this year, sheesh! But this time it’s for a vacation, not for wearing the publisher cap, I swear! 🙂 I badly need to recharge the creative batteries!

Which doesn’t mean I will not write at all. I may do some new vignette or jot down ideas in my notebook. We’ll see. I guess a creator’s mind is never on vacation anyway! 🙂 But I’m sure even Laptop will be happy to be switched off for a week.

I hope to be able to catch up on some reading this week, and if I read something I like, you’ll see it on Bookbub, as usual. Because y’all are following me on Bookbub, right? I hope to fill that 2-month gap since last recommendation soon, promise!

That’s all for today… have a great week! 🙂

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Last week I wrote 10K… and discovered I need to write another short novel in the next project, LOL! I will still start publishing it mid-September, one title every two weeks, which will take us to November – so the Fall, or Autumn, as expected.

It will be five novels and a collection of prequels/shorts about secondary characters in the novels that can be read as standalone and as introduction to the series. Cover reveal coming up next week. Hopefully I’ll manage to write that fifth book for my September editing bracket, if now I’ll ask Mighty Editor whenever she has another week, but I should still be on time for a November release.

August 25% Off Boxset Sale started on 19/08/2022 in the following regions: Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand! It will last until 29/08/2022. My box set Books of the Immortals is included. Visit the following link(s) to see the promotion: https://kobo.com/p/boxset25!

Check out this Kickstarter if you love fantasy. “Angels, demons, & humans collide on a low-budget reality TV show. And the stakes are much higher than a game of matchmaking.” Among the rewards, you can get a postcard from Lucifer himself (admittedly for the American Holidays and your birthday)! 🙂 And we’re getting closer to the second stretch goal, which means… more books for everyone! Win-win! 🙂

Also, if you’re a writer, the good people at WMG are doing another sale for their workshops. I’m currently finishing my latest, but they’re all great, both the craft and the business workshops – I can tell after doing 6 workshops + 12 Pop-ups! 🙂 And there’s their Kickstarter free workshop too… so check them our! 🙂

And again, if you’r a writer and look for visual writing prompts that are not Midjourney generated, I’m having fun with a challenge of Photomanipulation and posting the results on my Facebook Page. Will I write all those stories myself? Probably not! 🙂

But who knows… when I’m done with the current projects, maybe… That’s all for today! Have a gret week!

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And the new title is out, later than expected, but it’s here! Terrans is a standalone book not included in the box sets, but if you want to try the series, this is a good one! 🙂 Check out this alternate history in which by now we’re cleaning up the planet and visiting the Star Nations! Out now, eBook and paperback!

I should probably mention the Smashwords edition has to Table of Content. I got a few tickets about the ToC missing in Silvery Earth books, but I took them all out of their distribution, and whenever the merging is complete, the Smashwords shop will get the D2D edition that has it. Apologies for the months in-between, but I don’t really see the use of a ToC in a fiction eBook – I certainly don’t use it, but whatever! 😉

Last week I wrote close to 9K and finished the next project last book. Now I’ll have to print it out and check it, but I have time to write something else before I send everything to Mighty Editor in September! And I skipped the Happiness is… vignettes on Sunday on Instagram because I had no internet and no landline from Saturday afternoon to Monday morning.

The heat has gone down a bit, but I still look forward to my week off. I badly need a break from the routine – work, write, publish and the likes. The Laptop is still acting up a little, but it looks like it works again, so I won’t have to move things between computers for now.

I’m also busy brushing up Italian titles and in September I want to try to send something out and possibly write something new, so there won’t be many more new titles in English this year. I also need to rebrand all those Italian covers, so I’m still quite busy, LOL!

Soon I’ll do a cover reveal for the new series… meanwhile, have a great week!

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And I’ve said as much myself, that for me, plot is Soylent Green: it’s made of people. Characters do shit and say shit, and they do so in pursuit of solving problems, chasing desires, and escaping fears. As they do this, they create plot. It’s watching an ant colony forming — they’re making art, chewing those tunnels. Characters are doing that. But of course, lots of folks also write differently and consider plot considerations first, and then slot in characters who fit that plot, and that’s fine, too. It’s all fine. The only bad way to write is a way that stops you from writing and readers from reading it. That’s it.

Chuck Wendig

(…) what also doesn’t change is creating valuable intellectual property assets, which is, I think, how I’m framing it for 2020 in my goals is “I create intellectual property assets,” which goes beyond “I write books.” That’s how I’m really trying to think about it going forward, which again, it’s two parts of the brain, I know, the creative side, the business side, but they have to go together. And that’s how we’re going to do this for at least another decade.

Joanna Penn

What do you do if you don’t have an insider team? You find one. This is the age of the internet. You offer to read for others first, in your genre. Don’t make the mistake of taking anything you can get. And you read as a reader, not as a budding author trying to show off your chops. Would you keep reading or not? That is what you’re looking for. Keep reading, need to know what happens. That is the epitome of a minimum viable product. It makes no judgment of your grammar or spelling. That’s what editors are for, unless your writing takes the reader out of the story, then you need to do better before you float it past someone.

No one said being an author was easy, but it doesn’t have to be an insurmountable barrier either. There are story elements and basic writing skill that one can learn before moving forward to discover whether your book will sell before you’ve written it. And that is not science fiction.

That is how professional authors get the most from their time investment.

Craig Martelle

So if you’re having trouble pacing yourself, try switching gears. Perhaps you could start your day by writing a fifteen-minute “blast” where you get ideas on paper. Then time yourself and do some “stress-free” writing using the technique that Dan Wells does, then finish off for another hour to two working to use my precision-driver method.

That’s what I’m going to try this morning.

David Farland

Writing advice: Read and reread. Think of a story you have never read but wish you had; then write it as carefully as you can. Finish it, and send it around till it’s published.

Samuel R. Delany

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Rome August average temperature 31°C, Cornwall, England 24°C – looking forward to going north and a cooler climate!

Last week I managed almost 15K, despite the above… and I’m past halfway writing that collection. I need to finish it before going to the cooler climate for a week, although I won’t have to send it to Mighty Editor until September 12, when I go back to DayJob. I need that extra week for other stuff, LOL!

It looks like writers aren’t on vacation! 😉 Check out this post by Chuck Wendig about AI art (and maybe write a flash fiction to his AI art prompts?) I don’t think I’ll ever use an AI to make cover art (especially since I do not write horror, LOL), but it’s fun to watch.

If you’re considering doing a Kickstarter, check out this post, including the comments! I probably won’t do another until next year, but I keep backing them and studying them (and my TBR pile keeps growing, waaah!).

And I like this idea of book binding POD books for special editions… I might do something like this in the future! 🙂 It would have to be a special title or something… mmm… so many ideas, so little time…

Anyhow, that’s all for today! Have a great week! 🙂

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