All right! I am trying to keep organized here, but the book is eating me. I’m moving into the denouement now, and looking ahead to a lot of editing of all three books together to ensure continuity before handing them off to first readers and proofers. If I am slow to respond to things, that’s why. I’m sorry about any delays! Please be patient with me so I can finish up this series for your enjoyment!
Meanwhile, news and Qs!
Tuesday, I’ll be a guest on the the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast! This apparently involves a live broadcast via Google Hangouts at 9 PM EST, so you’re all welcome to come see me look simultaneously tired and cheerful. Among other things, I’ll be discussing why indies should consider joining SFWA (timed nicely to coincide with the publication of the indie qualifications on March 1st).
Speaking of indie qualifications, your crowdfunded revenue via sites like Kickstarter will be eligible to get you into SFWA. We might be one of the last organizations to hop on the ‘indies can join as pros’ bandwagon, but I think we’re the first one to acknowledge that crowdfunding counts. I am really proud of all of the people who pushed that through (and not just because they listened to my vociferous and constant arguments that it was necessary. >.> ).
I am currently chatting with the owner of Fictionary about the possibility of creating custom dictionaries for my e-books. Basically, this is a file you download for your e-book reader and set as your primary dictionary, and then pressing on all my alien terms and character names will get you definitions, just as if you were using the device’s stock dictionary! I am still trying to understand the process, but I’m hoping you’re as excited by the possibility as I am. Can you imagine having one of these for the Kherishdar books? No more wracking your brain to remember the language!
I am tentatively scheduling the Shell audiobook podcast for Sunday, March 15th. I have a lot going on in March, so this is (as noted) tentative. But if I can’t swing it then, we’ll have to put it off a month, so I am going to try to hold to that date!
And now, your opinions are needed! I am trying to decide on a good Patreon gift for March (besides the Shell audiobook download). I’m soliciting opinions now! What would you like to receive?
Finally, I’m seeing more reviews cropping up on my books, and I am really grateful to you all. Reviews help sell books! Also, the more reviews I have, the more likely it is the book promotion sites will pick up my books. There are some that won’t even touch books with under 25 reviews, or under 50, and (naturally) those are the good ones! So even your two line ‘this book was great, I enjoyed it’ one-liners count.
Thanks to you all–your word of mouth, reviews, and enthusiasm–I have had my third “as much or more than my day job” income month. From writing! I am crossing my fingers that March will be month four, and that this represents a new plateau. Thanks so much for coming on this adventure with me, and making it possible.
And now, to make breakfast for me and hungry Child. She’s been reduced to drawing pictures of bacon and cookies. I think I’d better take care of this before she graduates to trying to fry things on her own. O_O