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    Publishing,  Writing

    Launch Day for Ancient Runes

    by It’s launch day! Which means that Ancient Runes is no longer listed as pre-order anywhere. Instead, it’s immediate delivery for ebooks and Amazon-speed shipping if you’re after the paperback (which appears to be Prime eligible for those interested). I haven’t really done a launch before, being more focused on building up a bit of a title list over the last two years so that there’s some selection to go with my name. Product before presence, which seems to be the opposite of normal these days. At this moment, Ancient Runes is novel number 6 available, and there are a dozen shorter ebooks and three collections (one of poetry) to…

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    Announcement,  Publishing,  Writing

    The Launching of Ancient Runes

    by So I’ve decided to have some fun and actually have a my own version of a book launch for Ancient Runes, which will be available on May 7th at $2.99 US (modified by exchange rates into other currencies which I unfortunately have no control over). That price will last for exactly 30 days, at which point it will move to $4.99, which is what I’m calling my “normal” price in the current version of the market for a novel that comes in under 85k words. Ancient Runes is only a few hundred words under that threshold. There won’t be a tour of any kind, but I do want to…

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    Publishing Goals For 2021

    by Like the writing goals for this year, the publishing ones are significant. But they’re also a lot more organized than last year. With the exception of the short fiction piece, all works to be published I’ve been picked out already. Also like the writing goals, there are standard goals, stretch goals, and super-stretch goals. The rough details: Short Fiction, which, for publishing purposes, I define as anything shorter than a short novel (novella), but I generally won’t do something under about 5k words by itself. Goal = 6 Stretch = 9 Super-Stretch =12 Long Fiction. The definition for novella or short novel varies depending on who you ask. For…

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    Serial Changes

    by “Traditionally”, at least for the last few months, I’ve typically had three serials running at once. One novel, one shorter work, and one Star Trek fan fiction. I wrapped up the most recent short piece (“Behind False Doors”) a couple of years ago and the most recent fanfic (“Subsolar Whispers”) last week. And I haven’t started the next on in either sequence, leaving just the novel (Heroes Inc.) currently running. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the serial thing and what my plans should be for publishing over the next couple of years. A novel can serialize over a long time. Months, really, or as much as…

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    2020 Q2 Writing Overview

    by Q2 being April, May, and June or all but about two weeks of the time my industry has been shut down (so far) by the pandemic and all but about a week since my job was classified as unnecessary. As a result, my production levels have been far higher than they would have been if I were still out of the house or dealing with work stuff for 60 hours per week. Setting that aside, it’s been a good quarter. A very good quarter. Lots of boxes checked, lots of words forged, lots of words polished. On a raw wordcount basis, I averaged almost 1700 words per day and…

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    June Writing Accomplishments

    by I’m not saying “quick” this month since the quick version for May still turned out to be 600 words. The overall breakdown for Q2 will follow tomorrow and look at how things match up in terms of goals I set as well, but June was a great month, the best this year, and with a word count comparable to a couple of my best months ever early last year when just about all I was doing was pounding out first draft fiction in every spare moment. On the writing side, and note that I’m typically working on at least two things at a time, one drafting and one editing:…

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    I Think I’ve figure out my E-book Pricing Structure

    by After extensive study of far too many recommendations and analyses, plus examining what far too many Indie authors are actually doing when it comes to e-books, I’ve come up with a pricing strategy that I think works for me. Looking at the market overall and wanting to provide perceived value for money spent for the reader, I’ve come up with something that’s essentially based on story length, or length of the total fiction text in the volume. It also incorporates a couple of thoughts I have and that I’ve slowly learned appear to be backed up by people who actually know what they’re talking about. Giving away your work…

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    What if I Change My Mind?

    by I’m not sure when it became a bad thing for people to change their minds in the light of new information or an evolving situation. If you look back at things, are you likely to hold the same views on everything at forty as you did at twenty? Seems unlikely. The world is different, the things that surround you are different, and you’ve had twice as much life experience so you’re different. So what have I changed my mind on today? Pursuing traditional publishing at novel-length as a productive use of my time. I had been working on the route where I’m pursuing both routes, independent and traditional, but…

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    Evolving Phases of the Indie Plan

    by I’m a planner. Have we talked about that before? It’s probably fairly obvious from how much I enjoy writing about my monthly and yearly goals and plans, and how things are going with them. It goes deeper than that, of course. But so do the plans themselves. I’m moving a bit away from the traditional publishing goals I’d originally set (more on that on a later, but not too much later, day), and deeper into the indie goals. Accordingly, I have a plan. Actually, I have a plan that’s been modified to suit vision that no longer includes traditional publishing at novel length (again, more another day). That vision…

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    So The Undead Didn’t Publish

    by The wonderful thing about Indie publishing is that you can change your mind about stuff and no one can overrule you because you’re the publisher. The Undead: More than Just Brains and Hauntings was supposed to release on the weekend. This is a collection of spec fiction stories ranging from a 200-word flash piece to an 8300-word novelette all featuring, in some fashion, an undead creature. Something around two thirds of them are fantasy stories with the rest falling into a Science Fiction classification. Very, very few of the 40 (yes, 40) tales can be looked at as horror. Not really my genre for reading or writing. And yet,…