I think that I am most motivated to write when I am terrified. I’m a slow writer either way. But I feel particularly unnerved tonight. I’m 7100+ words in to Anais and the Broken War. I think I have a slim shot of finishing this year, especially if awful things keep happening to me.
Anais of Gable’s House will be on sale from March 14th to March 21st on Amazon’s US and UK websites. My apologies to those of you located in different regions.
Anais of the Stolen Road is free from March 13th to March 17th.
Anais and the Broken War
4635 words as of this morning. Slow but steady. I would post but I’m working on Chapters 2 and 3 at the same time. Ugh. Are there people out there that write in a perfectly linear fashion. If so, I envy them. I’m constantly moving all over the document. This is why I broke up the books in little chunks and published. If I hadn’t I would still be tweaking Chapter 1 of Anais of Brightshire.
So I spent some time familiarizing myself with scrivener and redoing Anais of Brightshire. I fixed some grammatical errors and tried to improve the formatting. I uploaded my document onto KDP and it looked nice in the previewer. I republished. And the changes didn’t take. I have no idea what happened. Amazon sent me an email saying the updates went through. But they clearly didn’t. I’m going to have to press the dreaded Contact Us button and hope for the best. Sigh.
I wish I had more time. The words are flowing like water during the few moments I give myself to write. It’s painful have a story and have no time to write it. Chapter 1 is in the bag. Chapter two is in progress.
Anais of the Protector’s Path – Kindle Countdown Deal – February 19th-26th
The price will be $0.99 from Feb. 19 – Feb.22 and then at 4PM EST on February 22nd the price will increase to $1.99 for the remainder of the countdown deal.
2015 Revised Editions
I’m working on revised editions of all of my books. I am doing another sweep for obvious errors in grammar and I am moving my books from Microsoft Word into Scrivener. I am going to try to improve the formatting by making my own .mobi file. I may fail. We shall see.
Anais and the Broken War
Work on book 5 has been slow so far. See below for a little snippet. I’ll try to give you guys little snapshots from time to time. And I will have to remember to remove them before I publish.
Four of us sat around the large round table in the council chambers, while Gorman, the captain of the city guard, paced the floor. I stared at a groove in the table, tracing it with the tip of my finger. I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know what to do. We were in a world of trouble, and I couldn’t see a way out.
Cedric comforted Mediera, who cried softly into a kerchief. She kept glancing at Colin Pendragon’s slayed body, which lay crumpled in the corner of the room. To be fair, I think we were all stealing glances in that direction, as we tried to come to terms with Colin’s demise.
I couldn’t help but remember Thomas’s letter. He had said that Colin Pendragon was critical to Barriershire’s survival. It was his leadership that was holding the war together. How would we manage without him?
“Why is he here?” Mediera sniffed, her eyes turning to Fynn. “I don’t see how an artist can help us. We need a strategy not a painting.”
“It does seem unnecessary,” Cedric agreed, although he sounded uncertain. “We should probably keep this as quiet as possible.”
“He’s here because I asked him to join us,” Gorman countered as he continued to pace back and forth. He was the only one of us who had any real chance of fixing the problem, and I expected both Cedric and Mediera were well aware that they ought to listen to any request he made.
“I could leave,” Fynn offered, clearly more than willing to flee this sinking ship.
“No,” Gorman said, catching his arm. “Don’t leave. I haven’t figured this out yet.”
“Oh sweet sisters. What are we going to do?” Mediera moaned. “Can we pass it off as an accident? Or can we say he’s sick or something and not permitting visitors.”
“I don’t think we can pretend he’s still alive. He’s much too active of a leader,” Gorman said. “It won’t work.”
“You said Lord Pendragon sent an assassin to kill Lady Mediera. What happened to him?”
“He escaped,” I murmured.
“Did you recognize him?” Gorman asked.
I looked away without answering him.
“I feel sick,” Mediera moaned. “I think I need to lie down. Can we discuss this in the morning?”
Gorman’s jaw tightened. “It’s morning already. The sun is up.”
“I can’t think about this right now,” Mediera moaned. “Can’t you just take care of it? That’s why we brought you here.”
“She just needs to rest. This has been extremely trying for her,” Cedric added quickly. “We know we need you.”
“I’m not going anywhere. Go to your room. Rest and collect yourself. But, this can’t wait too long. We have to come up with a plan. And I can’t do it on my own. I will need both of you.”
“I understand. I’ll escort her to her bedchamber,” Cedric offered. “We’ll be back after she sleeps.”
After Mediera and Cedric stepped out the room, Gorman turned his glare on me.
“What happened, Anais?” Gorman asked. “I don’t understand how you allowed this travesty to occur. We needed Colin Pendragon alive.”
I took a deep breath, pinching the bridge of my nose with my fingers. “The fat man tried to make me kill Lady Mediera. Apparently, Colin wanted her out of the way.”
“If he ordered you to do it, why isn’t she dead?” Gorman asked. “That seems like a simple enough request.”
“I didn’t want to kill her. She’s my friend.”
“Wait,” Fynn said. “The fat man doesn’t make polite requests. He sends orders. How the shyte were you able to overpower him? It’s not possible. I’ve tried to push him out of my mind. He does like to drop in at the most inconvenient times, but I’ve never been able to do anything about it. How did you even try to fight him?”
I shrugged. Both Gorman and Fynn were staring at me, waiting for some explanation that made sense. I had to say something. The truth was unbelievable and terrible. But I had no substitute.
“Magic,” I stumbled. “I can use blood magic.”
“Really?” Fynn asked.
“Even if we accept that you have some skill, are you to have us believe that you’re stronger than the fat man?” Gorman asked. “I can’t fathom that as a reality.”
I sighed. “Look, do you want me to finish telling you what happened, or do you just want to refute me?”
I checked Amazon, and was pleased to see that Anais of the Protector’s Path is available. Yay! I hope you guys enjoy the story. I loved writing it. I am pricing it at $0.99 for now, but I do plan to increase the price to $2.99 in a few weeks. I figure that if you were interested enough to find it in the first few weeks, you deserve a good price.
Now, more importantly, I get to start working on Book 5.
Happy New Years!!
I just pressed the submit button on Amazon. Making the formatting look okay is a nightmare. Although I have been hiring a cover artist and an editor, I have been doing the dirty work formatting myself. It was painful. I hope it looks okay. I do not love Microsoft Word right now.
It should be about 12 – 24 hours before the book is available. That is usually how it goes with Amazon. Pretty reasonable I think. I am going to crash into sleep now. I hope you guys like the book. Good Night.
Anais of the Protector’s Path is pretty much done. Once again, Amber did a fantastic job editing. The cover art is finished, and I’m more than happy with it. I am giving one more person (my dear sister-in-law) a chance to provide any very last minute input. But that is it. I will post it on Amazon on Wednesday (no matter what). I am so excited. I’m grinning from ear to ear.
After much consideration, I have decided to go with Kindle Select for the first three months. I had misgivings due to some issues with the Kindle Unlimited program. I was concerned with some manipulation of the system by people who had created borrowing circles that artificially gave certain very poorly assembled books higher rankings. I *think* Amazon has cleaned up this problem, and in a very timely manner. At least the one author I was most concerned with seems to have been removed. I realize that Amazon didn’t do this for me, as I am just one of many self publishing authors. But I think we all take this sort of thing seriously as we consider how to distribute our books. After my three months of exclusivity with Amazon are up, I will use Smashwords to distribute to Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc. Most of my sales come from Amazon, which is why I am willing to give them exclusivity. I think the reason I do better on Amazon is because Amazon does a very good job of allowing unknown writers to be *findable* through their many subcategories. The other sales channels will get there, I am sure. They just aren’t doing a good job of it yet. At least, not for me.
The first draft of Anais of the Protector’s Path is finished. Finally. I am putting my drafting pen down and picking up my editing pen. Writing this book took much longer than I anticipated. Mostly because I had a perfect beautiful baby in December. Yes it is all his fault. He is very time consuming.
That being said, I promised myself no blog posts or anything of that nature until the draft was done. Now it is finished and you get to hear from me at least until I settle into writing book 5. Beetiful Graphic provided another absolutely astounding cover. I highly suggest anyone looking for a book cover to go over and visit Beetiful’s website. Also, after I go through and edit, I will try to enlist the help of my sister-in-law Sam to proofread and then I will try to get some time on Amber Bungo’s calendar (from editingbyamber.com) to go through a second edit. I think having both passes helped a lot with the first three books. I made the mistake of initially publishing with no external editing and there were countless typos. I am fairly sure that my less favorable reviews were from people who had the misfortune of downloading an unedited version. My apologies to them. It is surprisingly hard to edit your own work.
Conversation Topic 1 ) I am trying to decide if I should enlist the new book in Kindle Select / Kindle Unlimited for the first three months. I did this with the last book (although that was before Kindle Unlimited). My concern is that there are apparently a large amount of scammers putting up tiny booklets and then setting up borrow circles in order to make money from the program, as you get paid per borrow. This sort of questionable behavior makes me feel uneasy. If self publishing goes away, due to people scamming the system, I lose my opportunity to distribute my story. Obviously I would be over the moon if I was picked up by a traditional publisher, but I’m not an idiot. It’s not going to happen. Therefore, I don’t know what to do. I’m now wondering if I should pull the first three books out of Oyster and Scribd, as they could fall prey to the same scammers who are gaming Amazon. Does anyone out there who reads my books want me to stay in these subscription programs?
Conversation Topic 2) I am working on fleshing out my Goodreads page. I only have one friend on Goodreads. If you liked my books please feel free to send me a friend request. I would love to see what other books you are reading.
Conversation Topic 3) I read the Guardian article that Kathleen Hale wrote about her experience going crazy after receiving negative reviews. I probably don’t have time to do anything like that so feel free to write honest reviews if you don’t like my work. I’ll survive. I like the ones with constructive criticism. If you point out something I can fix, I will endeavor to fix it. One issue that comes up a lot about my books is a critique on the length. I agree that they are too short. However, I can’t make them longer. My problem is that if I try for anything too long, I get stuck. I spent five years on book one. It was a very long disaster. In 2012, I decided to break the story into manageable chunks. It was that or have it remain buried half in my head and half in my computer and never see the light of day.
The Anais Collection – Cover from Beetiful
Anais of Brightshire – Cover from Beetiful