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The Week That Was, June 11 Edition

The problem with having a day job is that it’s always finding ways of getting in the way, and this week was no exception. Because of reasons at work (all good), I’ve been on-call for the last two weeks, in addition to any of my normal work. Not complaining, but it’s made not-work time a real premium.

The Mermaid’s Tears continues on pace. It’s not a fast pace, or something I’d want to dance to, but it’s a pace. I only wrote about 5k this last week, nothing great, but every word counts as they say.  It’s hard not to say more, but spoilers!

Our middle daughter (13), after complaining about headaches when she’s reading, went in for an eye exam last week. We were told to expect it to take a few weeks for the glasses to be ready (nearsighted, like father like daughter), so we were all pleasantly surprised when they were ready this week.

I’m still reading It. It’s hard to praise a book that’s already well known and well liked. Believe me when I say, so far it deserves it. The paperback is 1400+ pages, and the first 300 are just introducing characters. I know the Dark Tower is the epic saga in King’s writing, any book that takes 300 pages to introduce the cast is epic in my opinion. This is King after he figured out how to write, and it’s smooth, engaging, and engrossing.

Finally, the week ended with a short story rejection. Normally I wouldn’t mention it, but this is a story that made it to second rounds, which I’m a bit proud of. Oddly enough, I’ve stopped pushing my short stories out lately. It’s not that I don’t have faith in them, but I haven’t written anything new (short) in a while. The stories I have lying around right now are stories that written by a me almost two years ago. My writing has changed since then, and I don’t think they are as fair a representation of me as something I might write now.  Of course, I’d have to not be writing a novel at the moment to have the time to write a short, so I guess that’s on hold for later this summer.

Finally, a funny little something I read this week on Tor.  My Lousy Children Are Both Fake Geeks was fun and funny, and a bit close to home.

The Week That Was, Ending June 4th

Trying something a little new. Or really old. Definitely not new in the untried sense, but in the “I’d like to see myself blog more” sense.

This week I managed to write about 5k on The Mermaid’s Tears. I actually have a blurb written for the book already (it’s been my guideline, of sorts, on how the plot should go in a general sense). When I get closer to the end of the first draft I’ll post it here. I did hit the 30k mark today, so by my estimates I’m about half way there. I know 60k is a bit short compared to many mainstream books these days, but I’ve never been one to write doorstoppers. I write books that are as long as they need to be to tell a story. For now, that mark is about 60k words or so (roughly 2-300 pages in your average paperback format).

Speaking of books, today Chrysalis was made available on Kindle Unlimited. So, if you have KU and were waiting to read it, now’s your chance to do it for free 🙂

What am I reading these days? Believe it or not, I’ve been on a bit of a Stephen King kick lately. I won’t lie, the slew of movies tied to him that are coming out in the next few months don’t hurt, but I’ve always been a fan. Right now I’m trying to catch up on some of his pulpier works, starting with IT. I’ve seen the made for TV miniseries (who hasn’t?), and I’d swear I’ve read the book before, but maybe not. Started reading it this weekend and failed to recognize much of what was going on, so either I’ve forgotten more than I remember, or I never actually read it. Probably the latter. Of course, I started by reading the sample on my Kindle, but then started to get a headache, so I’ve ordered the paperback copy. Should be here tomorrow.

Like many comic book fans, I took the girls to see Wonder Woman Thursday night. I’m pretty much an oddball in that I alone haven’t minded most of the other DC movies. But Wonder Woman? FANTASTIC. On top of everything else the movie did great, I actually felt good about taking my girls and telling them this was a hero they could enjoy and aspire to. Sure, the middle daughter may have had a few words after the movie about the mythical inconsistencies between the DC mythos and Greek mythos, but we’ll let that slide for now.

Finally, this week, said middle daughter (who has become somewhat of a book lover in the last six months) has been complaining about headaches after reading. We finally got her in to an optometrist  – and you guessed it, if you haven’t already seen the photo floating around, she’s a bit near-sighted. Her new glasses will be here in a few weeks.

I realize this ended up going out late on Sunday (some would even call it early Monday, depending on where you are in the world). I’ll try better next week 🙂

 

 

Chrysalis update, and the sequel

This week, I finally released Chrysalis for publication. It’s funny, this is my second time doing this, and this time around I feel like I’ve made the opposite mistakes from the first time. The book was copy edited, the typos early readers have found have been far fewer (and resulted in the creation of a secret beta group for the future), I did pre-orders, made some initial social media blasts, the works.

But this time around, I thought I would strike wide, and I now realize that was a mistake. With my first book, I confined myself to Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle Unlimited programs. In fact, most of my “sales” on that first book were in page reads on KU. But with Chrysalis, I thought I would be smarter. Rather than tie myself to Amazon’s programs, I would publish on the Kindle as well as a variety of other booksellers (iBooks, Kobo, Nook, etc.). This decision means I can’t be on KU (it’s a competitive thing), but I thought surely I would do better in the other markets, no?

No. While my Amazon sales have been surprisingly better than I expected, especially in paperback, my non-Amazon sales have been nonexistent. I don’t mean that figuratively – I have literally made $0.00 in sales on non-Amazon platforms.

I goofed.

I should have kept to the one platform, built my reader base over time, and only considered a broader reach when my readership had grown to the point to support and/or demand it. I’m not there right now, not by a long shot. The good news is that all is not lost. Some time in June, if sales continue to be nonexistent on other platforms, I will pull Chrysalis from the other markets and enroll it in KU, hopefully in time for the 4th of July weekend.

In other good news, initial reader feedback has been great for the book. Granted, most of the feedback has been from people I know personally, so a few of them might be pulling their punches, but overall the response has been great. I expect to have some reviews up soon, and I’ve started contacting book review sites to see if I can get it considered. It’s not the speed train you imagine publishing to be, but it is definitely a path forward.

Speaking of paths forward, the next book in the Writs of Blood is coming along nicely. I’m about 40% through the first draft of The Mermaid’s Tears (working title), and really liking how the story is developing. It’s a bit more grown up than book one, but then again, Chrysalis was intended as an introductory book to begin with. Mermaid’s Tears takes place a few years later, so it only makes sense that Niki has grown up a little in that time.

More updates on Mermaid’s Tears to come. I’m trying to convince myself to make these updates a weekly event again, but we’ll see.

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