I am proud to announce that the Inkslingers 2014 Anthology: Global Voices is available in the Amazon Kindle store. I have two stories among the far better works included in the anthology. If you like short stories and poetry by all means add this to your Kindle read list. It’s a steal for only $2.99.
SciFi/Fantasy Authors Panel & Writers’ Workshop
Saturday October 11th, 2014
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Red Mountain Library – Think Spot
635 N. Power Road Mesa, Az.
I will be part of a panel of local Science Fiction authors for a discussion on current trends and the process of writing Science Fiction. Joining me on this panel will be. Seating is limited so be sure to register at events.mesalibrary.org. Joining me will be:
- Michael Bradley http://mbtimetraveler.com/ author of The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash and The Ghost Ship. As well as Twisted History and Twisted Nightmares.
- Tina Marie Williams http://www.theaccidentalwriter.com/ who has written The Apocalypse: Undead Winter, the Bohemian Grove Trilogy, and others.
- Chris Wilke http://www.writerwilke.com/ author of Scarlet Angel, and contributions to several anthologies.
- Randy Lindsay http://randylindsay.blogspot.com/ http://www.randylindsay.net/ author of The Gathering.
So come on by and join the discussion. Afterwards all the authors will b eon hand to sign copies of their books.
We are just 11 days away from the opening of submissions to the 2015 OneBookAz contest. Submissions will be accepted from the first of October until the fourteenth. There are three categories, Adult, Teen and Kids. The contest is open to all Arizona authors. For more information please visit OneBookAz.org. This is a great opportunity to get your work in front of a broad audience.
Something that I think independent writers overlook is the possibility of getting their books in their local library. Whether or not this results in future sales is open for discussion but at this point it simply comes under the topic of affirmation. I have my books available in the Avondale Public Library and at the Estrella Foothills High School Library and get a warm feeling when I see them on the shelf. The link below is an interesting article with some tips on getting your books on the shelf at your local library.
You may have wondered, is it rude to ask a writer how many books he or she has sold? One might think it is more polite to ask a writer if he or she picks their nose when no one is looking than ask about book sales. Talking about things like sales numbers and returns on investment sounds more like business talk and not the usual artistic talk shared among proper purveyors of the written word.
Before one enters any kind of business venture it is prudent to inquire as much as he or she should. Just as long as that business isn’t writing and selling books. Well I am going to pierce the mists of secrecy surrounding my sales. To date I have sold 54 copies of Undead Heart considering that it has only been out for 5 months that is an average of 10 books a month. The bad news is those numbers are going down. As expected, the longer the book is on the market the less it sells. I have also found that in person sales are much higher than anything from Amazon or Createspace.
I’m sharing this not to brag or ask for sympathy, but to make one point. By the time Undead Heart hit Amazon I had already finished the first draft of my next book, the rough draft of Undead Heart’s sequel and was about half way through my latest book. Suffice it to say to me, at least, Undead Heart was old business.
Another thing, I am not very good at marketing myself. The question I still haven’t answered is would hiring a professional help? Would it even pay for itself? When it comes to Amazon.com my books are very small fish in an ocean that stretches beyond the mind’s ability to comprehend it’s boundaries. So let these numbers stand for what they are, whether it is a caution or inspiration. Always love what you write, love to write and don’t let anything persuade you otherwise. For me writing is something I do whether or not I sell a single book. The good news is I am just one of hundreds, thousands, millions of other writers in this same spot. Technology finally allows us to get our works on the market, sometimes we are even able to network, make appearances, give interviews and almost feel like the authors we dreamed we’d be. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it wasn’t fun.
I just confirmed I will be sitting in on two panels Sunday afternoon at Leprecon. I will have my table down in the vending room all beginning Friday May 9th in the evening and into Sunday, May 11th. I’ll be signing books and chatting, but no singing, (sorry). Stop by, it will be a great time.
How would our world be different is Rome never fell, or the South negotiated a draw, or if they built a full sized replica of the USS Enterprise in Las Vegas instead of the Fremont Street Experience? Can you change one small detail and change the world? Or are the currents of history so deep as to be ultimately inevitable?
Time / Room:
Sunday 12:00 p.m. Ballroom B (please check on day)
Rick Cook; Jamie Wyman; Vincent A. Alascia
What’s My Genre?
Bring your story concept, and our experts will tell you what genre it actually belongs in and why.
Time / Room:
Sunday 2:00 p.m. Ballroom E (please check on day)
Emily Devenport; Sharon Skinner; JoAnna Senger; Vincent A. Alascia
So this week I completed the first draft of my Steampunk novel, The Fourth Prometheus. I am quite happy with how it turned out. Now I just have to see what my editor thinks. It could be the start of a series, I like the characters enough to revisit them at least. I also think the twist at the end opens the story up for more. Look for this sometime in 2014.
So you spent the last eight, twelve, eighteen, thirty-six months, working, slaving, sweating and bleeding into your manuscript pages. Your characters are so real they are now a part of your life. The plot is honed, buffed and not a hole in sight. Your style is so well crafted that the prose dances off the page. The book hits Amazon and only your mom buys a copy. Houston we have a problem. What the fudge could have gone wrong? What could these people be looking for? What could you possible have forgotten? What does a writer have to do to sell some books in this crazy digital tromping traditional publishing environment?
I chose my first two books on Amazon primarily because they were never going to find a home with an agent or traditional publisher. They don’t really fit into a clear genre and would have a small audience no matter what. So they were my experiment and I did not have really high expectations. That being said, my sales have have lived up to those expectations. I have since raised them for my next book, Undead Heart, so I eagerly read this article when one of my fellow writers shared it with me. Thank you Gale. The article is from The Creative Pen and I urge you to add it to your RSS feed, as it is a great resource.
I flirted with some of these ten tips previously but for my next book I am working my hardest to use every single one. Some of these will involve spending money and that is the hardest thing to wrestle with. How much is enough to spend and how much is too much? You must always be aware of the return on your investment. They key to being a professional is to think like one. Spending more than you can or should reasonably expect to make is just bad business. But as the saying goes it takes money to make money. I think I might append that to say, “it takes money to make money and treating your work as a professional is the first step to being professional.”
For this month’s guest post I have a little bit of information from author Eris Kelli for any writer still on the fence about starting that first book.
How to Write a Book from Beginning to End
By Eris Kelli
The most popular topic for authors to write about is how to get published. It’s a great topic, but so many of us jump the gun. You will never, ever, ever publish a book no matter how awesome it is, if it isn’t finished.
So why haven’t you finished your novel? Here are some of my old reasons and other that I’ve been given.
- No time.
- My computer is having problems.
- I’m still working on my outline.
- I can’t get started.
Here is my advice and you can take it or leave it.
As far as not having time goes, if you can carve twenty minutes out of your day, then you have time. It’s true just hang in there with me, and I’ll tell you.
If you were to write one page a day without fail you would have 365 page book at the end of one year. Hey, it’s a book more than no book at all next year, right? And I believe once you get rolling on it’ll be more than just a page a day.
The thing is if you really want to write you’ll find a way.
I am a busy mother of two. If I were to try to sit down at my computer while my youngest was about, he’d attack the keyboard. I had to write! So, I carried a notebook with me and wrote the old-fashioned way. Typing it later once my little ones were down for the night was a chore, but now I have Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth.
If it’s trouble getting started, don’t stress it. Just begin and keep going. Nothing is in stone. You can return later and perfect your beginning, middle, or end. I went back and re-wrote the beginning for Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth, six times and even more with other books I’ve written.
If this sounds like work, you don’t want to do than writing may not be your thing. If you love it and want it, then you have to do the work which comes after the book is written, believe me!
I had the best time writing, Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth. Not only did I get to go on a great romantic adventure with Piper, who is a fun young woman to tag along with, but I got to explore the Gypsy culture and experience magic!
My wish for you is a great writing adventure of your own. I hope you’ll get the chance to read Piper Levine, A Gypsy’s Truth and feel free to find me on Facebook and tell me what you think. Until then, happy writing and exciting reading.
About “Piper Levine, A Gypsy’s Truth”
Piper LeVine is the daughter of wealthy Senator, Harold and Katrine, or so she thought. When a stranger arrives in the night and throws her identity into question, Piper must uncover the secrets of her true origin.
Treacherous demons from a past she never knew she had are coming for her and only the Gypsies know how to deal with the monsters of myth.
Nicholas proves less than truthful from the get-go, but who can she hold onto amongst a sea of mystic if not hostile strangers? He is dangerous, captivating, and the only one who she knows that will stand against the creatures of the dark that seek her.
In search for the truth Piper will find more than her identity. She will discover her destiny, what she is made of, and the family that determines her fate.
About the Author
Eris Kelli grew up in the Pacific Northwest as the youngest of eight children. Her writing is fueled by her love of adventure, learning and her drive to explore an idea. She now resides in Midwest America, with her husband, 2 beautiful children, and happy old dog. Currently she is fast at work on the third book in the Piper LeVine Series.
Connect with Eris Kelli:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/eris kelli
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/ErisKelli,
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eris kelli
My Author blog: eriskelli author.com
Second blog: www.authoreriskelli.blogspot.com