Author’s Log: And Now For Something Completely Different (& #ROW80)

completelydifferent Er, kinda.

I don’t think it’s any secret that I love to help my fellow word monkeys out when I can by sharing my own experiences. In fact, it’s safe to say that’s what this whole blog is about, other than keeping my readers up to date on the shifting sands of my Production Schedule. It’s one reason I hang out on certain forums a couple of times a week with other writers, and engage in the occasional chat to offer encouragement and assistance and the odd witticism or movie reference. (You can generally tell the age of my fellow chattees, if they get my reference or not, as some of them can completely from the Left Field of Obscurity.)

And I noticed certain questions being asked, over and over, in different threads, with plenty of myths and “known facts” and “Everyone says” type of statements being made. Because these are forums for writers, everyone tries to help everyone else, because writers are generally awesome that way (at least in my experience). But misinformation is being perpetrated, there’s a lot of conjecture, in addition to a great deal of concern. So I’d like to address some of those here, as I come across them, especially when I start leaving essentially the same two-page responses in multiple threads. Because it seems to me these are the Things You Want To Know. I’m also going to include all the resources I can, and keep a list on a separate page, for easy reference. And if I don’t have an answer, I’ll do what writers do, and research it until I do.

So look for these not-quite-changes to begin soon.

Until then, I have another Epic Flail for you. BEHOLD!

kermit I found a couple more pre-order setups for Brighid’s Mark, on Barnes & Noble (at a price that doesn’t look much pre-ordery, to tell you the truth) and Kobo, which is slightly better, but not the best price–which is also the same price as Amazon. What the heck–I saw much better prices the other day! If that $0.41 discount isn’t tickling your fancy, let me know and I’ll add you to my ARC list. I’ll also start adding these links to my home page. (Someone really needs to get a thing together for authors that will keep track of this stuff instead of making us search each site individually every couple of days.)

Also under the heading of YAY: Keepers of the Flame: Origins #1 is now also available at Barnes and Noble, here. Not shipped to Amazon yet, but I expect it to be shortly. It’s also due to be shipped to the following online vendors, including being available at Smashwords:

  • Sony
  • Kobo
  • Apple
  • Diesel
  • Page Foundry
  • Baker & Taylor Blio
  • Baker & Taylor Axis 360
  • Flipkart
  • Oyster

So, thank you Smashwords, for making that part easy, at least. 🙂

ROW80LogocopyProduction Schedule (&ROW80):

BRIGHID’S MARK (In Production): Pre-Orders are beginning to pop up here and there (YAY), and I’m expecting my ARC at almost any moment. We’re nearing the home stretch on this one. (Double YAY!)

KEEPERS #3 (In Revision): I’m on the final polish, giving the manuscript the ol’ spit shine. This is due to go to Editor Awesome on or by Jan 31.

KEEPERS #4 (In Development): Cleaning up some plottiness on this one, now that I’ve mind dumped everything I think I know about the story onto paper. Now I need to arrange things neatly into a semblence of plot architecture and make all in readiness to begin drafting on Feb 1. I changed the names of my main characters to Tess McKenzie and Nathan Riley (and these could change again at almost any time at this juncture). I changed them because I could not have characters named Jack and Daniels, and then have Tess partial to–you guessed it–Jack Daniels. And she’s not a scotch girl. So…

ORIGINS #2 (In Development): Still in the research phase. Luckily I developed Callie’s backstory for Brighid’s Mark so that’s not the issue–the historical details are. Callie ascended back in ’20s Chicago, so I’m essentially building my set and costumes right now, and seeking casting for the Bad Boy she fell for. Then I need to arrange Callie’s back story on a plot framework so it actually reads like a story.

How about you guys? How’s your January going? And do you have any burning questions you’d like to see covered? Cuz I’ve got my fireman’s hat and I’m ready to douse ’em. 😀


4 thoughts on “Author’s Log: And Now For Something Completely Different (& #ROW80)

  1. nancyrae4 says:

    If you are referring to misinformation and conjecture about publishing platforms (or whatever it’s called on any particular day), I would love some real information.

    As for progress on WIP, today I realized I am about one-third of the way through first draft. Somewhat behind schedule, but this working without an outline process is new to me:)

    1. catemorgan says:

      Good luck, Nancy–since working with outlines I can’t imagine working without one now!

      Also, pssssst….I have a book review coming out tomorrow you might be interested in. Turns out someone already wrote the bible for Self-Publishing! 🙂

  2. Skye Callahan says:

    Sounds like you’ve been busy! And I can’t agree more on needing a better way to find all of those links. I recently put my first book on Smashwords after having it on KDP Select and I still haven’t jumped through the hoops to find it at all of the new stores.

    Keep up the good progress!

    1. catemorgan says:

      I know what you mean, Skye–so much to know, so much info working at cross-purposes and contradicting everything else, no rules or standard practices for guidance. It’s exciting–and confusing!

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