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Thoughts on writing, both general thoughts and relevant to anything I might be hacking away at, or thinking of thinking of hacking away at…

Mailing lists! Re-releases! Giveaway!

Legitimately not click-bait. In order:

  • Want to know when I have something being published or other writing news ahead of the blog? Join the mailing list! You’ll get notified of upcoming publications and pre-releases ahead of the blog! Just visit the newly rebuilt CummingsWrites and sign up!
  • Want to get copies of books before they’re released? Yes, I said books! Sign up for the ARC list here! There’s only one catch – by signing up, you agree to leave a review when the book is published. Failure to let me know about the review will have you removed from the ARC list.
  • Haven’t read A Scent of Roses yet? Good news! I’ve released an updated copy on Amazon, this time with (I’m ashamed to say) better spell checking and grammar checks. If you’ve already read the book, that’s fine too – there are no changes to the content of the book, only the corrections that should have been there the first time. As a part of this release, I’ve also switch to the new Amazon printing of the book, which means a lower cost for you!
  • Finally, between now and May 26, I will be running a raffle! Anyone that signs up for the mailing list will be eligible to win a free Kindle copy of A Scent of Roses, and one lucky winner will also get a copy of my upcoming book, Chrysalis.

Upcoming Footnotes

The next week or so will be pretty quiet in these parts. We turn in our internet equipment this week, then drive up to our new house in Portland. Not that there would be time for a lot of blogging anyway, but being internet-less for almost a week makes it a sure thing.

That said, I’m scheduling a guest blog post (not sure when it will be going live, though) for the upcoming release party for the Enter The Apocalypse Anthology. The release party is the 20th on Facebook (banner below), so expect the blog post some time before that.

More news to come after the long break (I hope), but until then, stay safe and see you in Portland!

Getting ready to move

EDIT: When I started this post, it had the title “Getting ready to move on,” and it was intended to be a reference to our leaving California. Between titling and posting, however, the post transformed a little, but I failed to update the title. I’ve corrected that now, but if you came here thinking I had a huge announcement about work or life (move aside), it was an unintentional piece of click-bait on my part.

In a little over a week, packers will fill a truck with 75% of what we own. The remainder will either be driven up to Portland, or tossed. Despite the fact that earlier this week we officially closed on the house, I’m still in a bit of disbelief that this is all real. When we stopped being homeowners for the move to California, I thought it would be a long, long time before we were back in that boat. Living in the confines of an apartment cured me of that.

Believe it or not, though, this isn’t going to be a reflective post. It almost was – in fact, it was in a few drafts – but I think it will work better as just a note. I’ve spent part of the morning going through A Scent of Roses and fixing typographical errors and, as a copy-editor explained to me on another piece, my penchant for UK grammar and spelling. I can’t change the way I write, but I can at least make an effort to clean it up before you all are subject to it. Once those re-edits are done, I intend to add some front and back material (ie, a note explaining this re-release is just a clean up with no story changes and no significant text changes, and an after you read the book note about how to find me), and then post it up. I’m toying with switching the paper publisher from CreateSpace to the new Amazon POD offering (they’re both Amazon companies to begin with, so I suspect the former will be going away at some point).

That’ll be when the fun begins. I plan on releasing Chrysalis in a month or two, but you’ll have plenty of preamble. This time around I’d like to correct for some of my past mistakes and not just dump the book on the world and see what happens. The next two to three weeks is going to be busy in my real life – next week is prep for the move, then the move, then the whole waiting for furniture – but expect to see some sample chapters gracing these pages in the coming weeks, along with a cover reveal (when I get one), and maybe even a give away.

But wait, there’s more!

You can already order it on Amazon, but I’ll be taking part in a blog post exchange for the release of Enter the Apocalypse, the anthology where you can find my kaiju/vampire mashup. This was my first time working with an anthology release, and I have to say it was a pretty pleasant.

OK, that’s it from this corner of the world. Have a good one!


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