Publishing

  • Podcasting,  Publishing,  Writing

    The Creative Plan for 2023

    by Overall, 2022 was a good year, but you’d never know it by looking at my blog. Fewer than 40 posts for the whole year. But my total word count for 2022 was just a few words over 155k. Yes, not the most productive year I’ve ever had, but it’s nothing to sneeze at and I’m very happy with the progress I made on the projects I focused on. And 2022 is over. To borrow a quote, “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” (Edna Mode, The Incredibles) I actually look back quite a bit. Nostalgia and I are close friends. But that’s not what this post…

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    New Ebook Live!

    by Had I been smart enough to have a blog post prepped, I would have made this announcement yesterday. Unfortunately, I wasn’t smart enough and yesterday got demolished by other commitments. So…. “History Isn’t Cheap” is live! His name is Foog, Kymbflikpk Foog. He’s an agent for the Xiyan Historical Service and prefers his Flemlik Ooze scrambled, not whipped. He’s also discovered evidence of a lost Xiyan colony deep in the territory of a hostile alien species and it’s his job to find the truth of what happened to that colony. But he can’t do it alone. Wallace Tran isn’t sure he wants to help, but the paycheck is very,…

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    Bringing Back the Monthly Writing Report

    by Only now it will be called the Monthly Writing and Publishing Report. Or maybe just the Monthly Report. I reserve the right to add other creative endeavors to it. I used to do this as much to give myself a boost for accomplishment as to keep anyone who cared to read up to date on what I’ve been doing. For the rest of this year, I’m not going to match anything up with goals – the 2022 goals went out the window sometime in January due to academics, which is something I should have known would happen based on how much I got done in the Fall term. Or…

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    My Ko-Fi Shop

    by I’ve mentioned it here and there but haven’t made a big deal out of it. I don’t often make a big deal out of things, do I? Probably, I should make a bigger deal out of this. There are a lot of crowdfunding models available for creators now and a lot of different services to take advantage of them. While I likely will branch out to a couple of other things as well, I’ve picked Ko-Fi as a starting point for several reasons. Ko-Fi has been around for a couple of years and they seem fairly stable. How little they take in commission – nothing on tips/donations and 5%…

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    Launch Day!

    by Yup! Draugr Rising has been released all the places it’s supposed to be so far. Which is basically all the Amazon market places and in my Ko-Fi shop (which is more important to me, at least). Again, the first four chapters are here if you’d like to check it out and see if you’ll enjoy my writing style and the story first. I think it’s a fun story but I’m also self-aware enough to recognize that not everyone likes the same stuff. Be well, everyone. by

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    Publishing

    Draugr Rising Officially Launches Tomorrow

    by But through the strangeness of Amazon, the paperback is already available. And I’ve just gone and pressed go on the epub version available in my Ko-Fi shop. Call it a soft launch, if you like. Again, I’m not looking to do a big splash with this book, though I think I’m at the point with this release that I have enough of a body of work available that it’s time to start doing some higher level marketing than just blog posts and social media. Which is why item #31 on the ever expanding (currently 38) Publishing task list is “Develop Marketing Plan”. For reference, I’ve finished item #19 and…

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    The 2022 Publishing Schedule

    by I didn’t actually say, did I? Time to remedy that. There are seven things in total (not counting Star Trek fanfic) on the list for 2022. I did mention that I’ll be releasing something for each even numbered month. That gives us: June Bits of the Multiverse – fifty-ish thousand words of SF that may represent a cross-section of my work in that genre. The first few chapters of four novels plus four complete short stories. I’ve talked about this before, and actually managed to get it done and out ahead of June Scattered Realms just went up a couple of days ago. Same idea as Bits of the…

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    Announcement,  Publishing

    The Next Novel

    by As in the next one I’m going to publish. Prep work is done. Files are uploaded in most of the places (one left and that’s for today), Draugr Rising will release on 21 June 2022. On the Solstice for an obscure reason that ties into the book, sort of. I think this might be the first novel I’m releasing that’s in the first person, told from the perspective of Jerry, a man approaching forty who’s been widowed and lost both his parents in the past year so is left to raise his teenage daughter on his own. He discovers that he’s also the mortal descendent of a Norse god…

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    Publishing Update

    by Just a quick update today as I try to get into the habit of blogging regularly again. The basic list of 3 things is well under way. These were: Standardize what I’ve published so far. I have the plan for this and have started to standardize the short fiction covers. After that, the covers for longer work. Once the covers are done, I’ll be doing the insides and updates in batches of five. Prep the next few things for publication. By next few, I decided on four, two of which are samplers. The first of those, Bits of the Multiverse, is SF, complete, and available. The second is called…

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    Giving It Away

    by Once upon a time, it was possible to give your e-book away for free on Amazon. This was not really recommended unless you were trying to hook people into a series. Lots of hopeful authors did it anyway, forgetting that most people don’t value what they don’t pay for. Lots of hopeful authors would still be doing it if they could. Amazon will now only let you give away your book if you’re part of the KDP Select program (which appears to mean that you only sell your book through them, something I’m not willing to do at this point) and only for a five-day period once in a…