Thursday, March 5, 2020

Print and Audio Update

Press proofs all, so ignore the "Not for Sale" banners.

I approved the press proof and got the email that Dilemma was available in the Amazon store, and it wasn't until I took this photo that I realized another mistake. The Dilemma cover is matte and the other 2 are glossy. Dang. So I just fixed that and set the wheels in motion again. It should clear in about a day.

Derek loaded all the files for Gleanings, so it's my turn now. I will start proofing the audiobook right away. There are reports of a backlog at ACX that's making the technical review take up to a month! So as of right now, I can't give an exact date when it will be available. But as soon as it clears all the hoops, I will let you know.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Dilemma Press Proof

Woo hoo the press proof is here!

And the best part of all is that there are only a couple of easily fixed snafus. For some peculiar reason the font on the second paragraph of chapter 4 is not only the wrong one, it's a different size. My hand must have slipped as I was formatting. 

I should be able to get on that this weekend. Which means that the print version will be available before you know it.

And since my writing schedule is working out so well, I am going to be really wild and say that the next book should be out in May. 

Fingers crossed!

I'm having such a good time with it. I've been hitting my goals almost every day. And since I finish in the morning, that gives me the rest of the day to think about the next scenes. So by the time I'm back at the keyboard, I have a good idea of what I want to put down. Amazing. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Plans and Planning

By making a little change in my schedule, I made a huge change in my productivity.

I was getting frustrated about not being able to achieve my writing goals. My dedicated writing time, at the end of the day, was getting stolen by other things. I'd sit down to write and remember a dozen things that I should be doing instead. And the writing always got put off. So I shifted the slot.

My schedule for the day is packed with things I need to do followed by things I'd like to do. But it occurred to me that parts of my day job do not require any creative energy. So I carved out a little time before lunch to dedicate to writing and it's made all the difference in the world.

Apparently I have a lot more creative energy at 11 am. And I am having fun again. Forcing myself to put words on paper at the end of the day was starting to turn into a chore. And I dreaded it some days because I didn't have anything to say. Now I look forward to it. And the story is practically writing itself.

What a difference! I am very excited about what this is going to do for my production schedule. At the very least I will be on time. I might even be a little early. I'd only planned on putting out 2 books this year, who knows what this new productivity will produce!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Audiobooks - Free and Cheap

Have you heard about Chirp?

It's a new audiobook newsletter that showcases the free and discounted. It also has a website where you can find tons of audiobooks discounted at all different rates.

Lethal Seasons has a steep 82% discount through 2/24. You can get the first audiobook in the series for $1.97. Click HERE to check it out.

Scattered Seeds has a 10% discount.

Gleanings is in the works and should be out by mid-March. I've already heard the first few chapters and Derek is doing his usual fabulous job.

A Changed World is a completed 5-book series that is available in ebook and print.

Children of a Changed world is a new series set 20 years later. The first book will be out this summer.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

A Touch of Spring

It's such a sweet surprise when the spring flowers start popping up.

There are a few crocuses in the garden trying to bloom. It's a cloudy, windy day, so they didn't really want to open up.

This little guy is a bit more intrepid. He's at a point in the yard that gets a bit more sun.

The pansies I put in the garden in October are starting to wake up a little. It's a little early for them to be re-flowering, but I love seeing the bright colors coming out of last autumn's pile of dead leaves.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

A New Book and Other Things

The Dilemma ebook is now available all over. Click HERE to choose a store. Print will be available in a couple weeks.

Facade is still 99c through 1/25. Click HERE if you would like to grab a copy.

The audio books for A Changed World are coming along slower than I'd hoped. Lethal Seasons and Scattered Seeds are available all over. Gleanings is in the works now.

My large print experiment is coming along. I just approved the press proofs of White Lies and Unintended Consequences. I hope to have links for them on the website very soon.

I got started on Book 1 of Children of a Changed world and had to take some time to create family trees. Then I got back into it and had to stop and do some world/setting work. Once that was done, I started writing again only hitting another snag. I needed to do some research on leather making...

There are a lot more parts to a book than you realize!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Story Behind the Artwork

Alex has put together a book about all the covers he has created for my books. It's a wonderful breakdown of the process and his sketches through to the final product. I wrote a little about working with him. I think it's a really cool compilation.

To download a free copy click HERE.

To visit Alex's website click HERE

In other news - Facade is discounted to 99c right now. Click HERE to grab a copy.
And the Scattered Seeds audiobook is rolling out to retailers. I'll have a central link for all of them pretty soon.