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    Giveaways are more complicated than I thought

    So. You’re a self-published author and you’re thinking about doing this promo thing called a giveaway and you think it’s easy and shiny and … it’s not. It’s really not. Not if you’re thinking about doing an international giveaway. If you’re thinking about restricting your giveaway to the US, then you’re in good shape, but things start to get twitchy once you start crossing borders. That said, be wary of not stepping on FB’s toes lest you get your page revoked. That link is really worth reading, btw, because the policy changes will affect many aspects of giveaways that people are used to seeing. Google + also probably has similar…

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    Tiny bites…

    I’ve been reading up on all the “how to make it as a self-publishing author” posts I can get my hands on and to be honest, it’s more than a wee bit intimidating. By that, I mean I got so overwhelmed by the idea of doing everything on the must-do-or-else-fail-terrifically lists that I curled up in a fetal ball and whimpered for a day or so. Not my best moments, no, and very poor use of time at that. Finally, I gave myself a stern talking to and decided to throw most of the to-do lists straight out the window. I may very well fish them back out in a…

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    The gods laugh at me

    So. Remember that business plan? The good news is I did …approximately manage 1500 every day for 8 days and I finished the zero draft of the second book. Of course, it’s sitting at about 35k at the moment, so if I aim for 75k, I’m technically not even half-way there. But. Good news! Bad news? I kinda stalled out after finishing book 2, which is why I had shitty word counts for the the last three days. By shitty, I mean nothing got written. I finally pulled out my sketchbook to do some communing with my muse. For the record, I don’t write longhand. I just don’t. The look…

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    On the business end of things…

    I realized I needed a business plan yesterday, so I’m blogging about it today because, well, I needed to blog and keeping it here is a good faith effort toward my ideals of transparency and accountability. The major reason I realized I needed a plan was because I realized I was burning out faster than a stray meteor and when I crashed, there would likely be nothing left. I’d written 10k words in the last 5 days. Not too shabby, no, and in fact arguably pretty great for my track record. It took me years to work up to being able to put out 1000 words a day reliably without…

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    My caterpillar eats mulberry leaves

    Hrm, where to start. Yeah, yeah, I know. Stop beating the dead horse, katje! But… but… Anyway, go read Gabrielle’s post and then come back. Or not, if you don’t need a second dose of the same kinda medicine. This whole thing is something I’ve struggled with, actually. The question of whether to try and agitate for more “mainstream” authors to write more diverse characters or to simply turn my back and solely seek out diverse characters who haven’t been discovered yet. Of course, one can ask why choose? Can’t you do both? Well, only so many spoons in a body in a day, really and right now my spoon…

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    Hades and Persephone re-telling

    So, my usual attention deficit self-sabotage at work, I am working on a Hades/Persephone re-telling instead of the second book of the Phoenix series. This, also before the boxset book that I should be working on since it’s due before Thanksgiving… Ah, brilliant life decisions. I am full of them. Including the notion to become a writer. What was I thinking when I chose that? Anyway, in my self defense, that is one of the myths that I have always felt needed a re-telling and I’ve been waiting for so very long for Charlene Teglia’s Bride of Fire that I’ve decided to scratch the itch by doing one of my…

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    Oh thanks gods…

    I just hit publish on the afterword of Goddess in Waiting on Wattpad. Yes, I suck. I finished updating it on WP instead on my own blog. In my self-defense, I think all of one person was reading it on my blog. It’s easier to read there, readers don’t need to hunt through my rambling not-story posts and I get beautiful stats on how many people are actually reading the damn thing from start to finish. I’m a geek and I love numbers with an undying passion. It’s simply how it is. I started that on Jan 30th 2014 and I’ve just finished it on May 25th 2014. To be…

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    The trek through Hell — entering the valley of Death …also, edits.

    My friend was discussing edits with me and I realized that it might be helpful to lay out my process, both in an effort to give myself something to refer to, but also to share it so others can add to it as needed. So, without further ado, let’s plunge into Hell.   1. I read back over the entire piece, referring back to my outline. This accomplishes a couple of goals: I make sure that my plot hasn’t deviated from the outline in a detrimental way. Since I’m often a pantser, I will sometimes write an outline after I finish the book, noting the major events as inciting event,…

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    Writing Process Blog Relay 2014

    Many thanks to Anoosha¬†at My Heart’s Blab for bringing this blog relay to my attention since I can be a bit oblivious about what’s going on around the web. It’s been fascinating to trace the posts backward through various blogs and I’ve been introduced to many authors I would not have otherwise met.   What am you working on? Currently, I’m working on Conflagration of Phoenixes, theta draft. I was doing a serial, but I’m a bit stalled out because it’s hard to write a scene to top killing the MC and bringing them back to life.   How does your work differ from others of its genre? I write…

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