#KoHQoL Now Available on KU

My new serialized series, King of Hope, Queen of Light is available on Amazon.

You can find the list of available episodes (available on Kindle Unlimited) at my author page by clicking here.

Click the cover below to grab your copy of the 3 episode bundle.

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Be safe and be well.

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Almost Done Editing, Covers Coming Soon and Liliana Nirvana

So I plan to have the first three installments of my “Surveillance Pre-dystopia” series, about 60K words, available on October 1.
You’ll have the choice of individual novellas (about 20K words each) or the bundle of three, which will be at a discount to buying them individually.
I’m doing this for three reasons.
The first: I like writing this way (for now). The second: I want to give readers a choice between the shorter and longer reads. The third: I want to test the “Literary Bomb”, AKA the “Lilliana Nirvana Technique”, but I don’t want to hold off on 300K words to do it.

Let me ‘splain…no, there is too much…let me sum up.

If this technique is supposed to send your discoverability through the roof, the size of your work should have less to do with it than the function of carpet bombing the interwebs with said work.
So, I’m going to simultaneously release 4 items this month (#1, #2, #3 and 1-3 bundled). I’ll shoot for 5 simultaneously released titles in November (#4, #5, #6, 4-6 and 1-6 bundled), then do #7, #8, #9,and 7-9 in December. 1-9 might go up as well, but that’s gonna cost $15, so maybe not right away.
So that will be 4 products in October, 5 in November and 4 or 5 in December.

I’ll let you know what happens. December 2014 & January 2015 sales will tell me if this works. If it does, I might just keep doing it this way. If not, back to the drawing board.

I’ll show you the covers for the first four products next week.

Until then, be safe and be well.

Novel Months

This is my first post-by-phone, so if KitKat decides to autocorrect something out of context or insert a random emoji, you’ll know why. 🙂
So in my last post I discovered that I’m, at his stage of my writing career, more interested (or capable) of writing novellas of about 20K words than I am of whacking away at a single novel length manuscript.
To that end, I will be producing these novellas as standalone, complete episodes within a serial story arc.
Think Veronica Mars, the eBook.
Not that the story mimics VM, but the structure might have similarities. This won’t be like House, where the whole story, with slight nods to exterior continuity, is summed up and complete between the credits.
Nor will it be like Lost, a continuing serial story that just runs out of time at 59 minutes, to be continued next week.
Let’s have a few stories that have a beginning, middle and end (or possibly *gasp* five acts), and are microcosms of the entire work, itself with a beginning, middle and end.
How about 9 of them?
Three episodes of about 20K words (available independently at 99¢), combined into a larger ‘Part One’ of about 60K words (about 200 pages) done three times for a trilogy of about 600 combined pages.
Bah! Artists don’t write to word count!
Perhaps not, but professional writers do.
I’m a storyteller and a publisher, not an artist. There is art to writing, no doubt, but I’ll take your filthy lucre if those artists over yonder don’t want to taint their art with it. I don’t even think ‘author’ has the same meaning anymore.
But whatever.
What I’m trying to say is that in the next 3 months, starting in September, look for about 20 new products from me, of various lengths and combination.
And yes, I just called my books (my babies, my art) a product. Because that’s what publishers do; they sell products, and I’m wearing my publisher’s hat, not my writer’s cap.

Be safe and be well.

My Fifteen-Thousand-Word Day

Below is the chronicle of what I did yesterday, followed by observations on an epiphany.

6:30 AM : Setting things up to begin at 7:00. I’ll be writing for the next 8 hours, maybe 10, with occasional feeding and watering. Plus I have to drive my son to work.

7:00 AM : It begins.

Cumulative Word Counts:

Hour 1 7-8:    1625 (1625)
Hour 2 8-9:    3692 (2067)
Hour 3 9-10:  5791 (2099)
Hour 4 10-11: 7754 (1963)
Hour 5 11-12: 9732 (1978)
Hour 6 12-1:   12762 (3030)
Hour 7 1-2:     12762 (0 – lunch break)
Hour 8 2-3:     13496 (734)
Hour 9 3-4:     15505 (2009)

So, in the last nine hours, I did eight hours of writing, taking a 10-15 minute break every hour.
My average is 1938 words per hour, though I admit I lost focus in hour 8 (the 7th hour of writing).
My best output was hour 6, 3030 words in that hour or 50.5 words per minute. Considering I took a small break in each hour, the Words-Per-Minute are a little higher.

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NaNoWriMo and Indiegogo

Or is that NaNoGoGo and IndieWriMo?

So confused…

It’s been quite a rough week, getting too little sleep and not enough butt-in-chair time for my NaNoWriMo.

Why? I am SO glad you asked. I’ve gone and done the stupid (or perhaps just the ill-advised) and decided that I’m going to not only  NaNo myself into an early grave, but also try and crowdfund a new author anthology in the same month.  What the HELL was I thinking? *you weren’t* SHUT UP, I know!

Not one to shrink from a challenge, I boldly went where angels fear to tread on the wings of love.  Or something like that.  GAWD my eyes feel like they have sand in them,  but what did I do tonight?  Futzed with a website I don’t need to have ready for THREE MONTHS.  I’m not gonna have anything ready to sell until late January, but I HAD to get the fonts on the website just right.  TONIGHT, not eight weeks from now.

Moral? Prioritize!

The countdown timer I put up on TAFpub.com tells me I have a little over 26 days until the Indiegogo campaign is over (but I think its messed up).  So that means I have 24 days for NaNo which means I have to crank out 2100 words a day on a story I am only 1000 words into.  I’ll have to re-write those as well, because I had an epiphany about NOT going back in time TWICE in one story through a flashback-within-a-flashback.  Sounded like a good idea…for about 10 minutes. Then I realized it was “Inception” and said ‘eff it’.

So I’ll just play it out as a trilogy, making NaNo the first installment. I’ll tell you what it’s about when I get it all figured out.  Not quite sure just how Lovecraftian I’m gonna get, ‘cuz it’s sure heading that way in the fevered little space behind my oh, so puffy eyes.

Yeah… the IndieGoGo campaign is at http://bit.ly/1aVVybo. If you would be so kind as to tell everyone you know about it 3 times a day for the next 25 days. LOL J/K… I mean 5 times a day *wink, wink*.

No, seriously, anything to spread the word without being a spammy jerk about it.

How do I feel about all this? Sometimes I feel like the Kid in the clip below, sometimes I feel like the gung-ho iguana.  You can stop watching after 40 seconds, that’s all it will take.

 

Be safe and be well.