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One day more. . .

Okay, not quite. Maybe two.

I just finished reviewing the last round of Snow Job edits from Fae, and naturally did some more revising while I was doing so. I forget from session to session just how exhausting editing is. I always feel happy when I’m done with a round of it.

Another revision, I think. Check the continuity again, make sure I spelled everyone’s name consistently throughout.

I probably look ridiculous to the casual observer while I’m editing (my darling Nexx, bless his heart, leaves me alone when I do this). There are times when I curse thoroughly, there are times when I laugh out loud. Occasionally I give the manuscript a blank stare and say, “What the hell did I mean?” And more often than I care to admit, there are times when I bang on the keyboard with incredible force and then lift my hand as if I’m conducting a symphony orchestra.

This may explain why my wrists hurt.

I don’t have a publication date yet. I have a mental target, but a few things have to happen first, and I do still have a full-time job with a crazy commute.

Thanks for sticking with me.


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It was an ambitious morning. I got up at 7:30 or so, had a lovely cup of Tanzanian peaberry coffee laced with Kahlua and Faretti (Faretti tastes like biscotti. Italian cookies without all those annoying crumbs), and sat down to look at the latest revisions from the editor in Missouri.

I thought I could get the last fifteen chapters done today. Ah, no. I keep forgetting that editing, in some ways, is more challenging than writing. It’s not just a question of analyzing the edits and accepting all the changes, it’s a chance to revise, expand, describe, make connections between the sentence fragments Zo sometimes things in.

It’s exhausting. It’s a good kind of exhaustion, it’s certainly been a productive day, but it appears 5.5 hours of it (this does not include the break for pancakes) is enough to turn my brain to tapioca pudding.

So, I’m taking a break with some Red Sox baseball and came her to WordPress with a very special announcement:

All the edits for Snow Job are back. I will be announcing a publication date by the 2nd of August.

One of the nice things about indie publishing is you can go pretty quickly from final manuscript to the market. There will be another revision, then there’s formatting, and then the actual publishing. I’ll be looking for reviewers–ideally other authors, or perhaps some people with review blogs. Busy as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, in other words.

I’m thinking I need a logo . . .

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and from the Department of Things Long Overdue . . .

First off, a big shout-out to Christine Rice, who undertook the intensely meticulous task of formatting Bloody Murder at Smashwords. She actually did this quite some time ago, but Things Happened that I’m not going to get into, but I am pleased to say the book is available as of this morning. It made it through Smashwords’ aptly-named Meat Grinder on the first try, it has its own ISBN an because of the distribution plan, will shortly be available on iTunes and in pretty much any e-book format out there.

Meanwhile, work continues on Snow Job. I have the first sixteen chapters revised, though there will be at least one more total revision before I consider it ready for publishing. 

In other nifty news around the Interwebs, a dear friend of mine in Tampa recently founded, ourgreatteachers.com. If you’re a teacher, have one in your life, or have been inspired by one (or more!) I encourage you to check this page out. 

You may not know this, but both myself and Bloody Murder Books have G+ pages, and you can find me on Facebook as well. Just let me know you’ve seen this post, so I know where to add you.

Thank you for reading, I hope to have more fun things for you soon!

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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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First off, I want to thank everyone that

First off, I want to thank everyone that tuned in or visited the Man’ority Report last week. If you follow the link, you’ll be taken right to the YouTube recording of our hangout. T hey’re a great bunch of guys, and I am also proud to say I was their first female guest.

Feedback from friends, family and complete strangers often spurs my productivity when it comes to writing, and the day after the show, I got quite a bit done. Snow Job is still in the revision stage, where it will be for a while.

My available time has suddenly become more precious because I have so little of it during the week. Sundays tend to be when I do a lot of writing and editing work. Especially if I can find a crime show marathon. I just love the background even if I’m only paying it one quarter of my attention. Some writers have certain music they like, some like their peace and quiet, others like the bustling atmosphere of a good cafe. I’d go visit my local cafe (which goes by the amusing name of Oo La La), but I’m more in the mood for quiet today.

Also this weekend, I need to do some plotting of another sort. The D&D game is proceeding well. Only two player characters have died. Coming up is an adventure in a deep untamed forest. People in this world are generally suspicious of untamed woods–they farm trees.

I’m going to give them reasons. To set the mood for working on the campaign, I will immerse myself in some HP Lovecraft. This will also help with the Bloody Murder books when it comes to dealing with fear and suspense.

I can’t wait.

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April 27, 2013 · 12:04 pm

It’s not about men’s rights, I promise

When a friend I’ve known for mumble years started a weekly magazine call the Man’ority Report, I immediately gave him a lot of grief. Mark and I have known each other more than half our lives and he’s never been what I would consider a sexist pig, which is what was immediately triggered in my brain.

But it’s not, it’s about tech, entrepreneurship, cars, politics and it’s run by a great bunch of guys. I was invited to be a guest this week to talk about my experiences as an independent writer and publisher.

I had a blast. The host, Christian Reyes, guided the discussion well, allowing me to touch on several topics–how I write, what got me started, Kindle Select vs Smashwords, how ebooks are changing the industry.  I hope you’ll give it a look.

Meanwile, edits on Snow Job are progressing. I don’t have a publication date decided just yet. Nor have I decided on distribution. While Post Parcel has been accepted into the Smashwords premium catalog, it hasn’t been distributed yet to B&N, Baker & Taylor, iTunes or GooglePlay. I was hoping this part of the process would be quicker.

Also, B&N is offering a full-fledged self-publishing one-stop creative space. This is worth investigating, though I am very fond of my current novel-writing software.

The industry continues to evolve. It’s an exciting thing to be a part of.

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About bloody time

I am pleased, if slightly embarrassed to announce that Post Parcel is now available in pretty much any format you could possibly want. Plain text, PDF, Sony Reader.

This was a bit of a challenge. If you’ve ever seen the Smashwords style guide, it’s eighty pages. Yes, I said 80. It was an arduous process, but I think it will be worth the effort. I know I have readers who prefer epubs, and I’ve been asked more than once if I publish on iTunes (and Apple’s hoops are nothing to sneeze at either). 

Please pass this on. Meanwhile, I am revising Snow Job for publication later this year. I’m excited about this one. I think I took some interesting chances. #4 is in its beginning stages. It will want several revisions before it gets edited by outside eyes.

Thanks for sticking with me.

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Holy cats, has it been that long?

It has, it has. Nobody to blame but myself. Surgical recovery period is well past, my project management classes are done (the certificate is in the mail), and while I’ve been studying for the PMP, that isn’t as all-consuming as it probably ought to be.

I have been revising, thanks to the editorial assistance of one Kimberly Aden, BloodyMurder #3.

It will be called Snow Job and it takes place in January of 2004, almost a year after Post Parcel. I haven’t written the blurb yet, but I will say that this story has Zofia doubting her own powers of observation. It will also reveal some things about Michael that she didn’t expect. 

Post Parcel is in the process of being reformatted for SmashWords. I apologize sincerely for this delay, I was hoping to have it ready by Christmas. The thing is, when a kind soul brought some of the formatting errors in the .mobi format to my attention, I realized I needed another set of eyes. One of the biggest problems of reviewing my own work is I know what it’s supposed to say. Because of that, I might see what it’s supposed to say.

I guess I’m doubting my own powers of observation. How’s that for a juxtaposition?

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