This report about what my readers have been up to is somewhat hampered by the fact that half of them seem to have wittlows which have prevented their finishing things.
The most creative excuse is from CF who was rescuing kittens and therefore can’t write. (Um… don’t you rescue kittens too, Sarah? Yeah, but I often also don’t write.)
So, I’ll start with the ones that have stuff, you know, actually up and for sale. So:
Karma’s Beach, in the Family Influence series
(Sarah note – your title should be larger and your name must be larger on that cover, Steve.)
And, being an overachiever, Karen reports on her endeavor, also:
Just published my very first novel (actually, my very first work of fiction), the first book of a fantasy series. Landing page here: http://perkunaspress.com/wp/books/the-hounds-of-annwn/to-carry-the-horn/
Took five months, morning before work (I was on a mission). I’ve been ascending the very steep learning curve and, while I have a lot to learn, it has actual architecture and I’m content that it’s good as I can make it at this point in my experience. Did all the cover and formatting work myself (I’m a techie, but Smashwords just about killed me.) Hard-copy proof arrived last night — what a rush! — should go up in about 2 weeks.
What I’m crowing about is that the very instant the book goes live on Amazon this week some kind person buys it. But even better, the instant it’s up on Smashwords, someone not only buys it, but reads it immediately and writes a 5-star review which cites a meaningful aspect of the book. In other words, someone paid me money and when he read the book, he “got it” in some basic way. Whoo-hoo! Better than drugs!
I haven’t announced it yet to my initial prospects, waiting for the hard-copy (they’re by-and-large Luddites), and who knows how it may chug along at just a few sales until the next few books in the series come out. But I couldn’t be more pleased to be rewarded with an intelligent and satisfied reader right out of the gate.
(And don’t worry Karen, Smashwords annoys everyone — Sarah)
She also reports: Peaceweaver, my 973 Wales book my agent said would never sell, came out last month from Desert Breeze. Working on its sequel and my first try at indie-work: Hello Again, a contemporary romance, will release as soon as I figure out this formatting thing.
D. JASON FLEMING:
MARTIN L. SHOEMAKER:
It ALSO comes with a report (for one the links above are kindle, but he has them in other formats as well:
My two self-pubbed stories are now on B&N and Smashwords as well as Amazon (where they’ve been all year).
“The Mother Anthony” tells of a teacher on a starship in peril, and the sacrifices she makes for the sake of her students. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mother-anthony-martin-shoemaker/1113474440?ean=2940015588194 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/244949
“Sense of Wonder” tells of a Lunar geologist and the price he pays to do science on the Moon. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sense-of-wonder-martin-shoemaker/1113474444?ean=2940015588262 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/244990
Kim Du Toit:
(In the interest of keeping Monsieur Du Toit from kicking the cat again, I’m adding links received via email which I was remiss in not posting — besides, if he kicks Greebo, he’ll withdraw a bloody stump.)
www.kimdutoit.com for the one-stop shopping experience; or, if you’d prefer the Amazon.com links:
Then there’s those that have stuff, but not for sale, yet:
- I’m revising my first novel “The Powers of the Earth”. Without false modesty I’m a pretty decent NON-fiction writer (I’ve sold something like 7 out of 7 articles I’ve submitted to national magazines), but fiction is new to me, and there’s SUCH a juggling act with plot, characters, dialogue, fore-shadowing, and so much more.
I started work on this libertarian-rebels-on-the-moon-vs-socialist-Earth-government (yes, yes, I know Heinlein did it first. …and better. novel about two years ago (1 Jan 2011). Since then I’ve
* written the first draft (160,000 words)
* revised it to make the plot coherent (220,000 words, split into two novels)
* and am now 40% of the way through revising it again
I hope to finish this pass (draft 3) in another 50 days or so, take a two week break for the holidays, then work on draft 4 (the FINAL draft, I pray!) for the first 3 months of 2013. Then off to copyediting.
Details, in case anyone is interested:
The Tiny Publishing Bidness just signed two clients this week, and I’ll have to be working on their books over the next two months – so I went all-out this week on my own next book: working title “The Quivera Trail” . It’s about an Englishwoman who marries a Texas cattleman in 1876; think of it as Mrs. Gaskell meets Zane Grey. I’ve posted sample chapters, and put together a list here: http://celiahayes.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/back-pages-and-sample-chapters/ I’m about three-quarters through. I think. Something may come up, plot-wise. Settled some of my Christmas schedule: three days at the Weinachtsmarkt in New Braunfels, and a Saturday at Christmas on the Square at Goliad, the first Saturday in December. And there was also a bit of the usual blogging, and an excursion into the Hill Country by back roads, which produced some marvelous photographs.
And yesterday, we went to the BMT graduation parade at Lackland, to support the son of a neighbor of ours, whom we had encouraged and helped to enlist in the Air Force.
Busy week, all told.
I am posting a novel on my blog http://scrambledsage.blogspot.com called Perchance to Dream. Plus I you can find some of my shorts there. Come on by and tell me how I’m doing
Perchance to Dream is about three protagonists talking in their own voices. I don’t usually use first person.
Then my readers pimp their friends:
But please put in a word for the free serial Ilona Andrews is running at their website:
http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/category/clean-sweep/ It’s urban fantasy but with Andrews’ distinctive flavor, so even if you’re tired of UF or would never give it a try, well, give it a try
Also you said friends – Shelly Arkon at her blog http://shellysnovicewritings.blogspot.com/2012/10/sir-poops-and-hair-ball-host-secondhand.html is doing a free drawing for her newly released book Secondhand Shoes. She has two dogs helping with the drawing and also does interviews of authors on her Nosh Tuesdays.
I recently Kindleized (probably not a word, but should be) a friend’s amusing fantasy novel, Aluvir and the Circle of Twelve. Old-school gamers should get a nostalgic kick out of it. Sean Rhoades, the author, was active on the gaming scene and wrote for Cosmic Encounter and Earthdawn. I’m also pleased how the cover came out, as I have minimal artistic talent; just took some photos and used Microsoft Picture It to apply some filters:
Aluvir and the Circle of Twelve
Reading your recent comments and articles, I’m going to have to raise the price soon from $2,99 by a buck or two!
The synopsis is: “The formidable mercenary guild known as The Circle of Twelve had perfected a simple, lucrative business model: Orc Exterminators Incorporated. Their latest job clearing caverns of dungeon vermin was supposed to be routine. But soon they were caught up in a web of ancient intrigue involving dark elves, daimonic possession, and nothing less than the dragon apocalypse. Would anyone be left alive to pay their wages?”
I’ve also been working on improving the formatting, redoing the covers and adding NCX to some early Kindle books I put up, which were vanity projects to publish the posthumous poetic works of my grandfather, chief among them the Gospel of Demetrius, which in 400 verses purports to explain where God came from, where the Universe came from, where You came from, where your Brain came from, where your Soul came from, and why Atheists are definitely wrong. With a full description of Life after Death!
Gospel of Demetrius
So much content to format, so little time…
Then I pimp my (family and) friends:
Written when he was 13 but NOT a YA. Not even though all that stands between the humanity and the end of the world is an alcoholic stray cat. The Gods Must Be Crazy meets Aesop meets The Terminator.
Vampires, succubi, incubi, werewolves AND my entire family tuckerized in the bargain. (Lies, all lies.)
If you like it, try the second, Nocturnal Serenade, too.
Then there’s Lawyers of Mars by Pam Uphoff – which is insane. No, seriously. It makes Cat’s Paw seem sane. Try it!
And if you don’t mind mysteries with gay main characters, give C. S. Laurel’s B. Quick a try. It’s the first of a series.
Next week I shall try to have some of my stuff up for free, and maybe I can get one or two of Dan’s stories up as well. I’m trying to get him to rewrite his space opera for NANOWRIMO. I put up an excerpt here. Maybe I can get help with the nagging?