Author’s Log: Ripples Vs. Waves (& #ROW80)


I’m happy–nay, THRILLED–to report the Cold of 2014 has officially been eradicated. I’ve found there are few colds that can stand long against the onslaught of an Irish hot toddy, and this was no exception. The Five-Alarm chili has been consumed (The Tech Monkey started to actually taste it a few days ago, so Score!), and things are more or less back to normal. Thank goodness, because cotton wool where the Gray Matters should be plays merry havoc with both my Divine Muse and my Infernal Editor–meaning very little gets done, and what does get done does so with very little coherency. Much like that last run-on sentence. 🙂

Hopefully, this means I’m good for another couple of years. *crosses fingers*

Anyhoo, my first ninety days on KDP Select with THE LADY TENNANT is nearly up, and I’m debating whether I should take it down from Select to distribute widely. On one hand: distributed widely across multiple platforms. On the other hand: the advent of KDP Unlimited. I released LADY TENNANT prior to KU. Which will get me most visibility, and thus more potential reviews? With enough reviews I can then go begging for book ad space. Also, more review=more visibility. I’m still at the point where I have plenty of room to experiment without having to worry about sales.

After listening to Rachel Aaron (aka Rachel Bach) on the Self-Publishing Roundtable last night, and hearing her numbers and how well KU is working for her, I’m tempted to follow suit. Exclusivity sucks–we all know this. On the other hand, Amazon has done eye-popping things to make exclusivity more attractive to indie authors. For one, I’d get paid for borrows, and my ranking would go up. Plus, borrows may decide to buy the book if they like it, or my next book. Or put my name on their Must Have list, and/or join my newsletter so they’re notified of when I have a new book out.

Will I get more visibility on KU, or by distributing across platforms? If I decide to stick with KDP Select, how do I compensate my readers who don’t have/want a KDP platform? Rachel Aaron/Bach responds to reader emails with free copies of her books. If I’m going to make mistakes, NOW is the time to make them–when I’ll make ripples instead of tidal waves.

On this note, I also picked up David Gaughran’s new edition of Let’s Get Digital this week. As the Grand Master Poobah of all things Self-Publishing, I’m interested to see his take on the current industry, and what and isn’t working.

In other news, the plot bunny that smacked me between the eyes a couple of weeks ago has been growing like Tweety Bird after taking a Jekyll/Hyde potion. In other words, like a big, drooly monster. I had this slated to start production in the first quarter of next year, but I’m not sure it can remain contained for that long. I opened a new Scrivener project for it to get all my notes in, and started a Save The Cat plotting worksheet. The world is pretty much building itself without any help from me, and the characters are coming to life even in my dreams. This must be what it’s like to be struck by lightning. Or something.

So I’ve been eyeing November as my next non-drafting month to potential relieve the building pressure of this project that SO DESPERATELY wants to be written. We’ll see if I make it that far, since the opening scene downloaded itself directly into my brain, in its entirety. *dazed*

Oh, hey–look! Goals!



  1. DRAFTING: FALLEN ANGEL (Waking Muse #3)–On Track

I hit the 25% mark this week, so YAY! I made my 9K-10K weekly word count goal this week without too much trouble, despite being hindered by The Cold. Two more times, and I’ll have a rough draft complete. I always dread the Act II Slog, so hopefully with my plotting worksheet in hand I’ll be able to navigate my way through to Midpoint without too much trouble. That quarter of a manuscript is usually my trouble spot. Like, La Brea Tar Pits trouble.

2. IN REVISION: Keepers of the Flame #4–Getting There

I didn’t get quite as much accomplished on this one this week as I would have liked, but that should pick up again this week. I’m hoping to get at least 2/3 of the way through by the end of the week. This one begins really well, but I feel like I lost control of it somewhere in the second third, so I anticipate a lot of hacking and slashing. But I love how completely badass Tess is–my whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking, sword-wielding heroine can rock the cowboy hat like no one else I’ve ever met. She drives like a banshee out of Hell, and is something of an adrenaline junkie. I refer to her as my Big Damn Hero, since she’s a Texas-bred combination of Zoe and Jayne from Firefly. In case you couldn’t tell, I kind of have a crush on her. I hope my readers will, too, because she’s kind of awesome.

COMPLETE/RELEASE: HEARTH & HOME (Waking Muse #2)–Quest Completed!

HEARTH & HOME is now officially uploaded–YAY!! I even started a H&H Pinterest board so I can save post recipes to it. September 26 can’t come fast enough. 😀

Your turn–how are you guys doing in the final stretch?


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