• Announcement,  Publishing,  Writing

    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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    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…

  • Publishing

    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…

  • Announcement,  Publishing,  Writing

    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…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Something About Balance?

    by And then three months with no blog activity. Well, after reading week, things got busier and there’s a certain amount of pressure for me to perform at my absolute academic peak right now. Not that that will change when I manage to get my major shifted to Honours Physics (with a couple of additions on top of that) and when/if I manage to get accepted into an education program. Sure, I’ve put a lot of that pressure on myself, but that’s because I know making a change of this magnitude at my age doesn’t really give a lot of wiggle room to make mistakes and figure things out. So…

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    Writing

    Construction in Progress

    by Or maybe spring cleaning. Or both, really, but the cleaning part will likely go past spring. Some significant changes are happening around the site right now. I’m trying to completely reorganize so that it’s more intuitive to find things and folks who visit are seeing the things they care about as well as the things I’d like them to see. The big changes: I’m switching to a static-ish front page (you may already have noticed this, or maybe not; it’s not like I get a tonne of traffic – click here to see if you’re interested). This will ultimately have a sort of standard format that includes a few…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    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…

  • Publishing

    Book Releases for 2019 Q2

    by The basic plan for the second quarter of this, my first Indie Publishing Year, has a total of 6 things in it: 2 short, 1 long, 1 collection, and 2 fan fiction pieces. In a little more detail: April Turn the World Around, a SF novella coming in at just barely under 35,000 words. Inspired by a particular episode of the Muppet Show. The original Muppet Show. Ebook and probably paperback. Wolves and Sheepdogs, a 5,300 word short story starring Lieutenant Leslie of Star Trek, The Original Series fame. PDF only and only on the fanfic page here. May Heroes Inc, a superhero novel and the first book in…

  • Publishing

    The Ease of Indie Publishing

    by Warning: long post. So diving into the world of independent publishing with your books is easy, right? Finish the story, slap some art on it, save it in the right format, upload, and let the millions role in. Okay, first, if you’re using the word millions and talking about your independent publishing empire, you’re probably in the wrong field. Second, easy? Seriously? When I decided that it was time for me to broaden my publishing efforts into the independent route as well as continuing to pursue traditional publishing, I already had some idea of what I was in for on the traditional side. No matter how good the short…

  • Life,  Publishing,  Writing

    Submission Log and More Commentary On Society

    by I have decided that I’m going to reboot the Submission Log, mostly because it’s been a long time since I’ve done any serious story submitting. I have a lot of short fiction I would like to get in front of readers and there’s no reason I shouldn’t get paid by someone for some of it, right? Even if it’s only a token payment here and there. I’ve never written or submitted to “exposure” markets, because I disagree with the concept. If the publisher is expecting to make any money whatsoever, some of that money should go to the author. If you’re not interested in paying your authors, I’m not…