Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Shopping, in General, is A Nightmare (and other updates)

I only shop at the mall two, maybe three times a year. And let's face it--I'm mostly just helping others spend their money, because I'm a little lacking. So the Christmas shopping season has begun because we all like to have this stuff over with about the same time Christmas commercials get into the full swing of things.

This year's experience was much different. The mall was gross. And I don't mean because there were too many shoppers (there were), but that it was just dirty, and very visibly dirty (and I'm in no way a germaphobe). Yes, I understand the mall I go to is in a college town, but still. Ew. If I'm going to shop in store, it's going to be standalone stores from now on. And don't get me started on the balance of awful people--if fellow customers were super rude, there was excellent customer service. If the other customers stayed far, far away, the customer service was abysmal (yes, I'm talking about you Best Buy and all your frat bro part-timers). 

Online has been a smoother ride, but did you know that Amazon's Prime membership paywall has gotten much thicker, higher and probably has barbed wire on the top? Some people in my family love those crappy--I mean sappy--Hallmark Christmas movies, and now some of those are even locked behind the paywall. I mean, I get health and beauty stuff, I get the grocery service. Having no non-Prime access to those categories doesn't bother me too much. But DVDs, books and CDs were the bread and butter of Amazon. Why put a movie (that, let's be real honest here, probably isn't in high demand) behind your supposedly fabulous paywall? If it ever happens to vinyl, I know I'll have to find a new place to shop.

In actual writerly news, I finally sold my first Fiverr gig. You can check out the spotlight I did for an indie book award and then you can go to Fiverr and order your own book spotlight (if you are so inclined).

Verses and Vows is still chugging along, so there's no real news there, other than the first round of revisions still isn't done. Not to worry, though. I have plenty of time on the schedule. 

Which leads me to NaNoWriMo 2016. I'm ready to go. Are you participating this year? What will you be writing?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Haunting Melody Now Available #newrelease

Great news! You can now get The Callaways: Haunting Melody (Melody of Love #2) from Amazon. Technically you could have purchased it yesterday--my schedule was a little heavy and this was the first chance I had to write a blog post. I hope if you've enjoyed Melody of the Love that you'll pick this one up as well. Book number 3 is in the works, and that will conclude Mel and Austin's story.

And that project I chose for October? It's going to be Verses and Vows, another one in the chick lit sphere. I'm reading over my first draft from a couple of NaNos ago, and I keep seeing one thing--I hurriedly write to get the story out, and it's always too short. I managed 30k (didn't win NaNo that year, did I?!). I seriously envy writers who can churn out 70k+ in their first drafts, then have to go in a cut. I always have to think of things to add.

Anyway, that's what I'm concentrating on. I've found a small press (more of an indie collective) that I would like to present this project to, so this one is getting all my attention for awhile. We'll see what happens...

Monday, October 03, 2016

Proud to be #PoweredByIndie

I was surprised to receive an email this weekend from Amazon telling me that my work is being featured in their celebration of independently published authors.

Being self-published isn't an easy job. Even with the changes that are going on throughout the publishing industry, it's still a label that makes some readers and most critics turn their nose up. You have to be courageous to tackle the challenge. You have to be strong. You have to put everything on the line to grab your piece of the publishing pie.

Truth is, I'm not very confident if you meet me in person. I don't like to talk a lot to people I don't know well, and small talk is the most energy-draining activity I've ever had to participate in. But when it comes to writing, communication comes much easier for me. I never saw another option for a career path other than writing because of this gap in my communication skills. So why put a dozen barriers in front of my goal?

Yes, traditionally published authors can have advantages over self-published authors. But I would rather take the reigns on what I see is the total vision for my work. Places like Kindle Direct Publishing let me be me. Whether that's good or bad is for the reader to decide.

And that's why I'm Powered By Indie.


If you want to check out all of the self-published authors that Amazon's featuring this month, you can check out their Powered By Indie landing page. I hope you find something exciting and do your part to support indie authors.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Countdown to Release Day

Next week will be the official release for The Callaways: Haunting Melody. Who is excited?!

As usual, I'll be giving away a Kindle copy of the novella through good ol' Rafflecopter (contest starts 9/29, 12am). If you are interested in winning this copy, please feel free to complete one or all of the tasks to gain entries. And if you don't prefer receiving a copy directly through Amazon, a PDF copy can be made available for the winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Oh, and if you haven't read the first installment The Callaways: Melody of Love yet, you still have plenty of time to pick up your copy--just $1.99 and its yours. 

I've also found my new project for October--more about that one next week. Happy writing!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Last Chance for Early Access! #freebook

It's getting closer! Just a little less than two weeks until Haunting Melody will drop on Amazon. I've already sent out the first round of early access copies of the novella, but if you still want to get in on the action, I've got a couple more copies to give out. All you have to do is fill out this form and I'll have them sent out by Friday evening.

Now it's time for me to figure out what to do next. I've focused hard on this upcoming release, but it's time to find the next project to finish. There are three options in the running--and since I want this project to have a draft ready for revisions by NaNoWriMo time, it's got to be solid.

And I've already picked out this year's NaNoWriMo project. It's going to be the one that I intended to write for the last Camp NaNo, but switched at the last minute. I'm going to have to work hard to get my writing time in during the morning hours this November because it's a ghost story. And ghost stories freak me out a little. Okay, more than a little, but I think it's a good story, so I have to see it through.

Happy Writing!