Goals are important for just about anyone who wants to get something difficult done. It’s important to have a timeline, preferably one that both challenges you and gives you a little wiggle room if you stay on track. I learned this the way I have learned many of my lessons. Alas, the hard way is often my way. It doesn’t have to be for you, though; let me tell you what I wish I had known about eighteen months ago. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #014 – Publishing Goals”
This is a very appropriate day for this post, for a couple of good reasons. First, it’s Indie Pride Day! It’s like Thanksgiving for independent authors and publishers, an opportunity to be grateful for all the possibilities and relationships available in today’s writer’s world. The community of indie authors is a big one, and many make it a point to support other indie authors in various ways throughout the year. Today is a chance to say ‘Thank You’ to all those folks lending that support. It’s also a day to stop, take a breath, and feel a little pride for the work you have put in since last Indie Pride Day. Humility is important, but so is acknowledging how hard you’ve been working. Those milestones flew by because it was you at the wheel; today you get to pat yourself on the back for that. Okay, now get back to work!
Just kidding. Please, keep reading. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #009 – Paving the Path”
Things got pretty busy around here in March. The funny thing is, much of us being busy was all about getting ready for an even busier month in April. Oh, and look at that…here it is already! Happy April! I don’t think I could be much more excited about what is coming up.
Today I released the second of eighteen short stories to my newsletter subscribers, supporting content for my upcoming novel Zombie Zero: The First Zombie. Hop on over and subscribe if you want, if you’re not already: the only way to get all eighteen short stories is to sign up. I would tell you all about the benefits of being a member of The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning but…well, it’s kind of a secret. If you are already getting my weekly messages, hopefully you aren’t having any trouble decoding them; and thank you for stopping by here as well.
As you surely know at this point, I am kinda knee-deep in gore with my current writing project. In the same movement that stopped me killing trees and smearing graphite or gel ink all over my hand (yes, I am left-handed; no, I don’t want to learn to contort my hand so that doesn’t happen. Those people are in the same part of their brain as all the right-handers; there are enough of them already). So now I use both hands, and my brain lights up in more places, and we all benefit from that.
How do you benefit? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you! Let’s go back a little bit, so I can explain more throughly.
When I first started working on Zombie Zero, I thought it was going to be one long book. There were so many things happening in the story, and so many characters introducing themselves to me in my head; not only that, there was a whole world falling apart, and countless stories to be told within that fall. The thought of considering all of this supporting material ‘fat’, and cutting it, was an impossible one to consider; some of these characters show up in the sequel, although if their stories were told in the first book it would seem like a bunch of irrelevant fluff. I don’t mind the apocalyptic novel that spends a bunch of time on a bunch of characters that end up dying before the story really gets cooking; but it’s been done before, plenty of times, and that was not going to do anything but slow down the pacing of this book. Continue reading “Newsletter News: More Subscriber Perks”
Well, what’s the point of subscribing to a newsletter if it doesn’t get you special treatment? I know that, and so does Dawn, which is why she made the companion tale to the Walking Between Worlds trilogy (The Walker’s Way) available only to newsletter subscribers initially. Now it can also be found in the Sudden Insight Publishing anthology Paws For A Tale, as can a collection of other wonderful stories from some great authors. But other than that, we didn’t know what to do to keep up the budding friendship other than regular blog posts.
Then we had a thought. With the other books I have written, the first few chapters have been made available to everyone in the weeks preceding their respective releases. We decided to change our approach with sharing, as well as our schedule. Rather than wait for the book to be done, and have four weeks of public posts, we are taking a different route with Zombie Zero. Continue reading “Newsletter Perks (aka, the Zombie Zero prologue is here)”
Well, January looked a lot like September through December of last year did. I did a lot of book stuff, Dawn did a lot of book stuff, and most everything else got put off. That’s not bad; we added two new titles to the Sudden Insight Publishing library, and I wrote a lot in Zombie Zero. Oh, sorry, I should have capitalized that: I wrote A LOT in Zombie Zero. I wrote a little something every day, but most days I wrote well over a thousand words. Add that to the work I did on it in October, November and December leading up to that and…well, the first draft is pretty much done. Again, that’s not bad; but there are some issues. Continue reading “#TodayIAmAWriter – New Writing Goals”
There are two good reasons for me to post another Sudden Insight Publishing blog the week after starting this column. One is that we have been working with a new author on getting her first book together, and today is release day! The other is an outgrowth of that, a conversation that we had when it came time to look at pricing. Let’s start with the exciting news… Continue reading “Reblog: The Story Behind The Stories #002”
2015 saw me reaching out in ways I never have, communicating with readers and other authors while working like mad to complete the Walking Between Worlds trilogy. In the upcoming year, I look forward to making an even greater effort to reach out and meet people. More book conventions and author expos are being scheduled, to be sprinkled liberally throughout the year. We plan to hit as many local events as possible, but we are also looking to find a few destinations that will require travel. One thing I would really like to do is make it to Canada to connect with some readers and authors there. Continue reading “So long, 2015 . . . and thanks for all the fish!”