Monthly Archives: November 2013

Okay, that was a little weird, please let me make it right

I just had two people tell me they downloaded a preview or bought a copy of Bloody Murder and ended up with  Post Parcel. I’m not sure how it happened or how long this has been going on. Amazon has been of limited help. Okay, that’s a bit unfair. Their answer made no sense to me and seemed impossible so I’m just not happy with it. But in the interest of being fair they’ve done the best they can with the information they have. Regardless, the problem has been fixed going forward.

That isn’t quite good enough for me, however. If you purchased Bloody Murder on Amazon and ended up with Post Parcel, I hope you will please first, accept my apology. From now until the end of the year 2013, if you respond to this post with your email address, I will personally provide you with a free copy of Bloody Murder courtesy of yours truly.

In other news, the editing and revising of Snow Job continues in earnest. Since everyone involved is, like me, and independent, we have to be understanding that (inconveniently) these people have lives, so if we want a good job done, we must be patient. I’m looking forward to its launch and I will continue to keep you updated.

Meanwhile, I need to make the most of a day off from the day job and get back to the creative process. I’ve hit 20K words in the latest manuscript today and I might be able to get 500 more before I pack it in for the evening.

Thank you for reading, and as always, thank you for your support.


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year or I’m a real writer, damn it.

No, I don’t mean Christmas, or Thanksgiving (American) or even Hallowe’en. Today is November first and as such is the first day of the worldwide insanity known as Nanowrimo. I am proud to count myself among its participants.

Bloody Murder began as a Nano novel. The first draft was written in November of 2002. Fifty thousand words in thirty days. I’d thought it was a ridiculous thing to try, but then I thought it’s so crazy I have to try. The result was my first novel. Several revisions, edits and years later, a dear friend said, “You can self-publish on Amazon . . .”

There are people out there who think my participation in this event, and/or that I’m an Indie author and publisher means I’m somehow not a “real” writer.  Two examples. There’s this nonsense from several years ago. Then there’s the friend who said, “Well we know if you’re self-published that means you’re not really published.” I smiled, too polite to bite her head off. It would have been an abuse of someone’s hospitality had I done so, but I did not forget this.

Nobody I’ve ever met during Nano is trying to be Robert Louis Stevenson, who put together Jekyll and Hyde in forty-eight hours. Nano participants are from all over the demographic spectrum and the one thing we have in common is we have a story to tell. If we’re taking the time to put this down on paper or in a text file, who the hell is anyone to tell us we’re not writers?

And who is anyone to say an independent publisher isn’t really published? Admittedly, I’m not living off my writing. I don’t have the perks of a traditional publisher like an art department or a marketing guru, but my book is for sale at one of the largest retailers in the world and they have cut me more than one royalty check. 

One last ramble, as it is late and I need to go to bed eventually. The changes in the publishing industry over the last decade or so have been immense. E-books (and yes, Zo will address that in a future novel if she wants the bookstore to stay competitive), the ease of self-publishing, print-on-demand. I hope I see more of a welcoming attitude from people about who is and isn’t a writer or published.


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