I capped off a busy week with a super fun breakfast/reunion this morning. I got together with two friends who went on an exchange program to England with me in 1990 and the guy whose family hosted two of us. I had a wonderful time catching up with everyone – we talked about work and following your passion and kids and we reminisced and laughed and ate good food. It was one of those “picking up where you left off” experiences, really. And, I scored a roll of Rowntrees Fruit Gums. 🙂
Then I took the kids to a fun Star Wars birthday party (did you know that there are blow-up lightsabers?) and now we’re all worn out and I finally have time to do my ROW80 update.
I was a blogging fool this week. I participated in the YA Scavenger Hunt – which was a blast! Many thanks to Colleen Houck for including me. I also wrote a lengthy post that will go up on the 10th for the 12 Days of Christmas Reading. So, if YA books aren’t you thing and you didn’t get in on the scavenger hunt, you’ll want to make the rounds on 12 Days – lots of giveaways of all types of books.
Writing-wise, this week was a bit of a bust, but I don’t feel too badly about it because I was doing so many other author-centric things. 600 words on Back in Time and 87 on a pen name story on Friday. I want to finish both stories this week. We’ll see what happens – when I think my week is going to be chill it suddenly becomes busy.
Here’s to us all getting off one stop before Crazytown Central.
Good morning! Okay, it’s 11, but I got to sleep in until 9, thus my morning is still new. I slept for ten hours last night and have maybe never needed it more. While I was jealous of all the Halloween parties my friends and family were attending, I woke up this morning refreshed and not hung over, so there is a plus to being a boring grown-up once in a while.
Have I mentioned that Glimpse is Free on Amazon? (Like, EVERYWHERE.) Sorry for being so annoying, but I just can’t help it! I’ve had over 5K downloads since Friday evening and it’s making me a spazmatron 5000. Right now it’s holding steady at #16 overall in Free and is #1 in both Contemporary Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic. Can you all frickity-frackin’ believe that?
Thank you SO much to everyone for tweeting about it and posting on Facebook and other places – www.woot.com – who knew? I have no doubt that all of you made those 5K downloads happen.
If you’re over me and my spazziness, take heart, I’m sure someone will write a review on Goodreads soon calling me a no-talent fuck-up and then I’ll go back to being my normal, sedate self. 🙂
*snort* That is so not true. Is this your first time reading this blog?
Wrote the pants off of my pen name short story this week and got that puppy edited, beta read and published on Friday and Saturday. My alter ego is pleased that she’s already sold a handful of copies.
Added another 253 words to my Death by Chocolate story last night – mostly pumping up the description and adding more back story to the first scene. Nothing on Dissent or the Glimpse pilot this week.
Worked on the pen name website, PacNWYA website and wrote a blog post for the DBC blog.
I’m taking the day off from writing today, because at this point I wouldn’t even let a hoarder into my house I’m so embarrassed by the state of it. The kids laundry is done, but I haven’t done my own laundry since the beginning of October!
Thanks, Sarah, for the 8 new pairs of hand-me-down jeans. I couldn’t have survived or clothed my lower half without them.
I’ll talk at you all again on Wednesday, but will be missing next Sunday’s check-in as I’ll be at the beach with my ladies doing 8-counts, drinking cheap beer and eating Combos.
Happy Halloween and thank God October is almost over!
What started out as a kind of bummer day has really turned itself around!
I got edits and beta comments back on my pen name short story today and I think I’ll publish it tomorrow. Yay!
The Cardinals won the World Series. Yay!
I carved two most excellent jack-o-lanterns this evening. Yay!
AND Glimpse went free on Amazon! Double Yay! If you all could help spread the word it would be much appreciated. I have no idea how long this is going to last, but I’ve already “sold” as many books this evening as I did in the last week.
I doff my cap to the power of FREE. (Please tell me I’m not the only one watching 2 Broke Girls.)
Have a swell weekend, y’all.
Such a busy week! We had three RBR tour stops, our last at A Children’s Place Bookstore yesterday, I saw Footloose, took my kids to the pumpkin patch and ended the week last night at Billy’s bar with pizza and vodka tonics and my Cards kicking some World Series butt.
The YA author tour went so well that we’re planning another one in the spring – with even more local authors! Cheri Lasota, Cidney Swanson, Craig Hansen and McKenzie McCann will hopefully be joining us next time around. (That’s a lot of C’s, people!! Just noticed that.)
If you’re a YA author and live in the Pacific Northwest, drop me a line at: Pacific Northwest YA Authors and we’ll talk. Going on tour as a group makes the experience a little less daunting. Plus, we have all kinds of fun – where else are you going to meet people IRL that geek out on e-book formatting and platform building? 🙂
Now that the tour is over and all I have to worry about are birthdays and holidays and cleaning my hole of a house, I’m going to try to write every day. I’ve got three long short stories to write by the end of the year – one I hope to publish by the end of this month. So, if you don’t see me around on the interwebs quite as often, you’ll know what I’m doing!
Word Count: I wrote 788 words on Thursday on my story for the Death By Chocolate anthology. Right now, the story is called Do Over. I totally hate that title and am sure it will eventually be called something awesome. 🙂
I’m off to write! Have a splendiferous ( or glorgious as Kait Nolan would say) week!
Yes, I’m going to see the new Footloose tonight. My greatest hope is that it’s like Original Footloose and Step-up had a baby.
The only thing I’m conflicted about is that I find both Kevin Bacon and Kenny Wormald attractive. Do I have enough room in my pop culture heart for two Ren’s? I’m sure it will depend on how much wine I have with dinner. Pastini’s Summer Sangria certainly improved my overall enjoyment of Daniel Craig in Cowboys and Aliens, so Wormald’s got a chance. (He totally wants my approval.)
ROW80 – Monday – came up with my short story idea for the Death by Chocolate anthology and had a RBR event in the evening. Tuesday – worked on my pen name story for a couple of hours. I cut two paragraphs and wrote another scene, but I haven’t been keeping track of word count because I don’t work on it that often. Wednesday – 345 words on Dissent. Yes, DoS #5 has a title! I’ve yet to come up with a good subtitle. Ass-kicking Lesbian Angels just doesn’t seem like the right fit. 🙂 I might get a few more words in on it today, but the kids are being clingy monkey children at the moment and not letting me concentrate.
I’m hoping to get some work done on the Glimpse pilot tomorrow before doing the second to last RBR stop at the Beaverton Library.
On the marketing front, lowering Glimpse to 99 cents on Amazon and BN seems to have done what I wanted it to – get more people reading the Zellie books! Glimpse got a nice new review, the first its had in three months, so that’s happy.
I didn’t check-in on Wednesday (except on Facebook) because, well, I haven’t written a single word on any of my goals this week.
What I have been doing is marketing/networking for the Pacific Northwest YA Authors site. After Wordstock last weekend, I had SO MUCH to do on Monday that I believe I was at my computer for 12 hours straight with a short break to take my son to and from school.
If you’ve read Glow, then you’ll know why I made Ben a character that once he latches onto an idea, he can’t let go. Nope, didn’t model that characteristic after myself at all. 🙂
Things had settled down a little by Tuesday and I spent the rest of the week contacting people who had signed up to have us speak at their school/library or had traded cards with me and weren’t already connected to me/PacNWYA on all the social media sites.
You guys know how much I love to market and network.
But, now I feel like my part of that is done for a while and the other women in PacNWYA are taking over most of the duties from me.
Back to writing.
We’ve got three tour dates this week, so I’m sticking to my Tuesday/Thursday writing schedule. I have gone ahead (’cause you knew I would) and added more work for myself by signing on to write a short story for a YA paranormal romance anthology. That story is due in two months and needs to be around 13K, so I’ve got to get on it!
I’m still excited about all the projects I’m working on and now that I don’t have to be all manic marketer until the New Year…Yay!
Other stuff: Like I posted the other day, Jenny Pox by JL Bryan is free right now on Amazon and other outlets. There is a Glimpse excerpt in the back of it. I thought it would be a wise move to lower Glimpse to .99 again so that the people who got Jenny for free would be more willing to pick up Glimpse.
I also made Glimpse and Day of Sacrifice FREE on Smashwords. Just to see what would happen. I’ve never made anything free before, but my sales have been kind of sluggish, so I thought I’d see if this draws some interest. Plus, Day of Sacrifice is a year old! Woot!
Have a great Sunday you all and I’ll talk at ya again on Wednesday.
It’s only been since Wednesday that I last blogged, but it feels like it’s been weeks! Since Wednesday, I’ve made a Rain Boots Required stop at West Linn Public library and spent two long days at the Wordstock festival in Portland.
Dudes and dudettes, so much has happened!
The tour stop in West Linn was fabulous. We had another great turn out and this time our audience was filled with actual young adults. They asked great questions – about writing and publishing and technique. Watch out, y’all, the next crop of writers are gonna be some savvy upstarts!!
Thanks so much to Elaine, the Teen librarian at WLPL. She made us feel so welcome and she is such a dedicated and awesome librarian. The kids of West Linn are lucky to have her and her bosses on their side. The teen section of their library is a place that I know I would’ve loved to spend time in as a YA because I’m now having fantasies about escaping to there as an adult.
My apologies to Lisa Nowak and Laura Elliott for my less than stellar AV skillz. I think we can all agree I shouldn’t be in charge of taping the talks anymore!! 🙂
Saturday and Sunday were spent at Wordstock from 10-6. We had VooDoo Doughnuts at our table and let me tell y’all, doughnuts are the great equalizer. We talked (and talked and talked and talked) to so many people who might not have stopped by our booth if it wasn’t for those crazy doughnuts.
I shared a booth with authors Angela Carlie and Laura Elliott. Lisa Nowak was at another booth, but she popped over frequently to hang out. We had such a blast!
Since I had to register the booth name before we had even named our author tour and I wasn’t sure who exactly was going to share it with me, I named it Pacific Northwest YA Authors. Good name, right?
Plenty of folks thought so. In fact, a lot of people thought we were an organization and wanted to join. At first, we laughed about it and told them we just needed a name for our booth, then, well it occurred to us that maybe we were an organization of sorts. More of a group, but we had authors wanting to join and librarians and teachers wanting us to come give talks at their schools.
Never one to turn down an opportunity…
I give you Pacific Northwest YA Authors.
The website and e-mail address were created on Saturday night when I couldn’t sleep but for thinkin’. Today, we signed up four schools/libraries to give talks at and collected over 20 e-mail addresses from people who want to receive our newsletter.
There’s just a welcome post up there right now, but by the end of this week I should have all of our Abouts, videos, reference links, contact info., guidelines for joining, etc. up.
Another awesome thing that happened at Wordstock besides networking our asses off, was that Lisa Nowak noticed the Trends in Publishing panel was the most well attended one of the whole event. And you know what? The panelists talked about self-publishing, but didn’t have a ton of experience with it. So, Lisa and I tracked down the incoming director of Wordstock and pitched her a self-publishing panel for next year. She seemed into it and said we were the first people to pitch her a panel for the following year. Who knows what will come of it, but I can’t stress enough that it never hurts to ask for what you want!
ROW80 update: If you’ve stuck around, I have good thangs to share about this too! (Seriously, I had three doughnuts today and am soooo high on the sugar!!) I talked about my decent word count for Tuesday on Wednesday. Yay! On Thursday, I fired up my new Final Draft software.
Guys, I’m in love. Yes, I actually heart software.
Although my ultimate dream would’ve been to pick a TV format and then copy and paste what I’d already written directly into it, what I got was pretty close. I selected the script format that they use on Grey’s Anatomy and copy and pasted line by line what I’d written so far. Voila! Formatted script. So easy to use. I spent the last hour of my writing time creating new stuff for the script. It’s such a fun project because I get to rewrite my book without having to actually rewrite my book. Writing new dialogue for the Rosedell gang made me absolutely ecstatic. There’s a new conversation between Avery and his best friend Jason that had me laughing my butt off. It’s fun to be back in Zellie’s world in a new way.
Okay, I’m off to work on the PacNWYA website before my sugar crash commences. Peace out.
Hey all! Remember when I said there would be future chances to win the complete Zellie Wells trilogy? The time is now. 🙂
Jessica over at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile is having a giveaway. Two copies of the trilogy in paperback are up for grabs. I also did a guest post over the weekend revealing Pastor Paul’s top-secret potato salad recipe from Glow.
I’m thinking Pastor Paul might need to self-publish all his recipes, he’s got some good ones. 🙂
Well, my books are up at Powells.com.
Glow comes up immediately when you type Glow into the search feature. Same with Zellie Wells trilogy. Of course, they’re only available in paperback.
Glimpse and Glimmer come up if you change your search parameters to Electronic. They aren’t available in paperback.
There aren’t any synopses on any of them, but all the Goodreads reviews transferred over for Glow.
If you’re a fan of random pricing, you can get Glimpse for $2.99, Glimmer for $4.43, Glow for $10.75 and the trilogy for $24.75.
Needless to say, I’m a bit underwhelmed with accomplishing this particular dream. Therefore, I think I’m going to wait a while longer to post links until all the formats and prices even out. (Dear God, help a girl out. Surely you’ve got some pull at Google, those people owe you big time.)
I do get a kick out of seeing the books on the Powell’s site, though.
Now over at Google ebooks (which is responsible for all of this weirdness, as they are the distributor) I’m not so forgiving. They deserve the WTF of the year award. They’ve managed to import the reviews and synopsis for Glimpse from Amazon… along with the old cover, a random price and the predominant keyword of “death.”
Say you’re perusing Google books and you feel like reading about death. Glimpse comes up. You’re confused by the synopsis, but you see that it has lots of good reviews and a strangely alluring cover with a picture of a diner on it. You click on it. What you find is a different cover (although just as alluring) with a smiling girl on the front. What does this chick have to do with death? The description indicates that she’s the stalker of a boy named Avery, but it doesn’t appear that he dies or that she tries to kill him. Hmm. Maybe this keyword cloud at the bottom here will give me some insight. Who the hell is Jenny Pox? Why is I’ll highlighted? Why is Zellie’s? Zellie’s what?
Your guess is as good as mine, strange person that wants to read about death.
Your guess is as good as mine.