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Deadlines and distractions

Deadlines and distractions

I was so good on sunday and yesterday. I reached my goals, and made good progress. Today… was swallowed by being tech support for mum.  I wrote 140 words, far from the eight pages I needed.  The upside, is that I called Hotels.com and got a refund for Daytona Regency, which will cover half the cost for the new pricier hotel. (sigh.) Anyway. I am on a tight deadline, so I cannot afford distractions like today. To make sure I…

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Edits, edits, edits

Edits, edits, edits

I have the feedback from Aliette, who very kindly agreed to beta read Vanished for me. She sent me her feedback a couple of days ago. So I am going to begin the edits on Monday.  I have 3 weeks to finish them. Then I am sending the draft to Laura Anne, so that she can point out everything that I missed. While she does that, I am making another pass at Daughter of the Dark before sending it to…

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So much for that plan

So much for that plan

I am outlining a book.  A book that managed to wreck my publication schedule by being book 2 in the series. Not, like I thought, book 3. This is a problem, since I have already written what I thought was book 2, and planned to release it later this year. Obviously that isn’t going to happen. sigh.   I did consider releasing the books out of order, but I decided that while they are stand alone, more or less, it…

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Let’s discuss sales

Let’s discuss sales

So. Since it is almost 2016, I thought I would discuss the sales of my short stories and novellas. (Spoiler: They are pretty low.) Exile: 28 copies, 14 from Amazon, 14 from Apple. The Cauldron Bound: 11 ARCs, 8 free downloads, 17 sales ( Amazon). The Alchemist’s Apprentice: 6 free downloads, 12 sales ( Amazon), 1 BN, 1 Adlibris It is interesting to see though, that my sales at Apple have almost dwindled into nothing. Part of this is because…

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Lots of books coming

Lots of books coming

So I have been thinking about my release schedule for 2016. Oh, don’t worry. You are getting Daughter of the Dark, the sequel, and the collection.  But you are also getting all the separate short stories, since I changed my mind about just doing the collection. So what does this mean? It means that in March or April, I will begin to release the short stories, once or twice a month. Then, in June or July, Daughter of the Dark…

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So that was Octocon

So that was Octocon

I am back from a lovely weekend in Dublin. I had a great time, wandering the city with my mum, doing touristy things most of Thursday and Friday. Then at Friday night, I picked up my badge to Octocon and headed off to see my friends and attend panels. I had a blast.  i mean, it began with Catie squeeing and giving me fudge.  After that, it continued in the same way. I attended panels, with discussions and laughter. In…

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Rethinking things

Rethinking things

I am pondering which strategy to use for the rest of the Portal Universe series. Originally I had planned to release the books quite a bit apart ( 6 months), but now I am wondering if it would be wiser to release them closer to each other.. The reason for this, is because I want to create a momentum. And one of the most effective ways to build momentum is to release things close to each other.  Originally, I had…

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Irregular round up of what I’m writing and reading

Irregular round up of what I’m writing and reading

The publishing: First, Exile now has a permanent price of 0.99. The price has already dropped at Amazon, other retailers are coming during the next 2-3 weeks. Why? Because Kobo was charging 2.70, and since I want to charge 2.99 for The Cauldron Bound, I realised that was unsustainable.  Plus, I decided a low price is a good way to introduce new readers to my books. The Alchemist’s Apprentice has been revised based on betareader feedback, now it is off…

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A little bit of this, a little bit of that

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

I have been busy this weekend.  I have bought a new laptop ( a shiny Macbook Air!), downloaded all the software I need. And, I have edited and reformatted Exile. Yup. Exile has been tweaked and some rough spots smoothed over, so it is as new. It hasn’t been professionally edited, but it is as good as I can make it. I do have a plan to send it and Daughter of the Dark to Laura Anne at the same…

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Busy, busy.

Busy, busy.

Right now, I am revising the first part of The Shattered Ward so that I can send it to be betaread later this week. I am happy with how the opening scene turned out. It was good in the first draft, it is better now, and it will be even better after Thirzah has betaread it. As will the rest of the first part. 🙂  Then I am going back to finish the first draft, before I revise the other…

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