• Financials

    Let’s talk financials

    Because why not? I like to think that I’m a scientist at heart, except, you know, without all that rigorous attention to detail and obsession over statistics and sample sizes. Also, this is a set up post to discuss KU and writerly plans and suggestions. Joking aside, I do think financial transparency* is a great thing and it puts things into perspective. (all separate links to various authors talking money) Like how someone can be a famous enough YouTuber to be mobbed at the Starbucks at which they work, yet be working at said Starbucks. Or how many entertainers can have a zillion (made up number) followers and yet still…

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  • Authoring

    Writing the Other – be wary but do not fear

    Yesterday, I rage tweeted. Yet another author I liked wrote Asian characters in such a way as to make me want to spork myself. Today, someone mentioned feeling twitchy about writing POC characters and I decided to get out my soap box. First, the reason behind the rage tweeting: It wasn’t anything particularly egregious. It was just …literally …evil Chinese dragon shifter lady who tries to invade hero’s territory and killed indiscriminately and her kinsman who didn’t understand the concept of “asking” permission to settle somewhere before burning everything to the ground. Asking, was apparently something completely foreign to these dragon shifters. *sigh* What’s the big deal, Katje? I mean,…

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  • Authoring

    Goddess in Waiting and an update on KU, etc

    Oh yeah, baby, I’m done. *flops* End word count is 39,600. Very neat. Nice. I do like my round numbers. I ended up deleting two chapters that turned out to be redundant, adding a chapter, doing some more edits, and boom. Off to my readers/editor. Only took about four months or so. (there’s a note from me to my reader asking about her thoughts on the alpha draft around Aug. 19th) So what now? I’m not sure yet. There’s still the Winter Solstice snippets I was thinking about doing, which might be fun for some down-time writing while I figure out the next long project. I also figured out the…

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  • Authoring

    News, projections and so forth

    Goddess is four chapters away from first-pass edits. I expect that I will be done before the end of December 2015.┬áDepending on various schedules, I’m hoping for a release sometime around my birthday in February. It’s later than I would like as I’d been dreaming of being able to push Goddess out the door before the end of 2015. Oh well! Of course, hopes will be hopes. Goddess started out at 28,677 words at the beginning of edits and it’s now sitting at 39,430. I’ve been saying “only four more chapters to go” for the last week and adding on words as fast as I can type ’em all the…

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  • Authoring

    Welp…that was fast

    *looks around sheepishly* Well…it’s near the end of October, and nothing much has happened since the last time I came up for air. I genuinely have no idea what happened or how or… Yes, Goddess in Waiting edits are going. No, they’re not done. I’m sorry they’re not done, but I think having a c’est la vie attitude is the only way to get past whatever is plaguing me without wanting to jump off the nearest bridge out of self-loathing. No, it’s not that bad. It’s just pretty bad. I do feel terrible and I think this is why authors stop updating about all the ten million and one reasons…

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  • Authoring

    Appalling it needs to be said…but…

    I do so hereby solemnly swear that I will not, under any circumstances, stalk, bully, harass, or even contact someone who’s expressed an opinion of my book. Any names and addresses I receive for giveaway purposes will be promptly discarded in a safe fashion after the book has been mailed out. I also swear to never pass along such sensitive information unless instructed to do so by the owner of said information. …. Seriously, this needs to be said? For those not in the know, suffice to say that an author stalked a reviewer online and off, culminating in the author driving out to the reviewer’s house. I’m not naming…

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  • Authoring

    Phoenix Chosen to be had for FREE this weekend!

    Yep! To celebrate the one month anniversary of my book baby, it’s now free on Amazon! If you’ve been wavering, on the fence, uncertain… you can now pick it up for freeeeeeeee on Amazon right now. For those who hate Amazon or are outside the US, email me and I’ll send you a free copy in epub form. As for the giveaway… Since there were zero entries (?!) I’m going to try again with rafflecopter next week and see if things work better that way. If not, I’ll donate the books I was intending on gifting to the local library. ­čśÇ

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  • Authoring

    Well, that was a bit of a flop *laughs*

    Experiment #1 in my foray into self-publishing promo results: 0 newsletter signups and 1 confirmed sale Well, actually, there’s been two paid unit sales since I started this, um, 6 days ago, but since the second unit was sold after I stopped tweeting about the giveaway, I’m not really counting it. Just to be safe. So, my thoughts on why it was such a flop. Keeping in mind my variables: 0 people on my newsletter when I started out. 70 followers on my twitter account, a substantial portion of which are other authors. First book. No regular commentators on my blog. Hrm, probably not even any regular readers at the…

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  • Authoring

    Phoenix Chosen now available on KU

    Yeah, yeah, I know I said yesterday that I’d put Phoenix Chosen on KU when book two was ready for actual book-gestation, but I’ve figured out a way to get around the whole sweepstakes etc whatever thing: KU will allow me to set my book for free, allowing anyone who’s interested to grab it. The Chinese have a tradition of celebrating when a baby reaches its first month anniversary. So, in acknowledgement of that and because I’m finally over the squee-nauseous-squee and have regained half of my brain, I’m going to have a book-baby celebration. As with the traditional celebrations, there will be a bit of lead up until the…

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    Parsing Kindle Unlimited as a reader and writer

    I’ve had Kindle Unlimited (KU) for the last two(?) months and I’ve come to some conclusions for KU as it stands right now. Of course, all hypotheses are just that, so we’ll see if my suspicions play out the way I think they will. As a reader, KU is useful for me because I can blow through multiple books a day. At $9.99 per month, it is very much worth it for me because suddenly I am limited to the KU selection for my reading and so in the end I end up saving money. Asides from my auto-buy authors, I no longer look at book blurbs of books that…

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