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Friday Write-Day: Holy Crap NaNoWriMo is Coming!

Holy crap it’s almost November! I’ve been looking forward to National Novel Writing Month basically all year, and it somehow still snuck up on me.

So I guess it’s time to announce my project for NaNo 2017. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Holy Crap NaNoWriMo is Coming!

THE LONG PATROL Still Captures the Imagination

Sometimes a story just sticks with you. The words pass from the page through your eyes and are spun into vivid images in your mind. Occasionally, those images linger somewhere within you. Their presence may not always be obvious, but their echoes reverberate in quiet moments, reminders of those fleeting images. Continue reading THE LONG PATROL Still Captures the Imagination

PARABOLIS Review: Engaging the Audience in Layers

I think the best stories come to us in the most interesting ways. Yet again, I have encountered an author and a world in the most unexpected of places. I first saw Parabolis  in an imgur post a couple years ago. I bought the book immediately. I regret that it took me this long to read.

Continue reading PARABOLIS Review: Engaging the Audience in Layers

Friday Write Day: Revisions Phase 2

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I did not come into Manuscript: Beta intending to rewrite entire sections, entire chapters, or even entire characters. I thought it would simply be a matter of using the foundation I had with Manuscript: Alpha to write a more polished story. Continue reading Friday Write Day: Revisions Phase 2

How to Find a Cover Designer

I believe I mentioned in one of my recent Friday Write-Day posts that I had begun the process of finding a cover artist for my novel. I did this not because it was part of my strategic process of preparing for publication — that would have been the smart thing to do. Continue reading How to Find a Cover Designer

Marketing Your Novel: Where to Begin?

Disclosure: I work for a marketing firm. While I have no formal education in marketing or business and would never claim to be an “expert”, working in online marketing for two companies over the last  four years has taught me a lot. This series will explore the marketing strategies I will use to promote my upcoming novel. Also, I know free stock photos are lame. I’ll get my own legit photo for this series at some point, I promise.

Telling people that I work in online marketing typically induces one of two reactions in people. Either, “holy crap, how could you work in such a scummy, manipulative industry,” or “wow, marketing my work is so intimidating, where do I begin?” Continue reading Marketing Your Novel: Where to Begin?

Book Review: REVENANT: ADVENT, Valerie Dugie – A Sci-Fi Thrill-Ride

Revent: Advent by Valerie Dugie

The Book: Revenant: Advent

Author: Valerie Dugie

Published: 2010

Genre: Science fiction

Indie books are fun. I came upon Revenant: Advent because I happen to know the author personally. When I found out recently that Valerie Dugie had published her first book in 2010, I promised I would read it.

And I really enjoyed it. Continue reading Book Review: REVENANT: ADVENT, Valerie Dugie – A Sci-Fi Thrill-Ride

Friday Update: Short Story First Draft!

My new schedule is awesome. I have a new schedule at work, by the way. For well over a year I had been trudging through an early shift, 6am to 3pm. I loved having a full afternoon of daylight ahead of me when I got home, and I even enjoyed being in the office a solid three hours before most everyone else — 3 hours of peace and quiet before the fluorescent lights blazed and the coffee machines were overrun with empty mugs waiting to be filled.

Continue reading Friday Update: Short Story First Draft!

What is that Novel Really Worth?

Now that The Warden of Everfeld: Memento is officially past the stage of being just a collection of ideas and dreams locked away in my brain and/or on a flash drive, it’s time to start thinking about it in terms other than its qualitative worth. Yes, I am of course talking about money and its necessary attendants: marketing and business — the collective bane of artistry, creativity, and human-made beauty in the world.

Because when we talk about publishing, that’s really what we mean: the promotion and sale of a piece of work. As writers, we tend to lean on the adage that the writing of a novel is its own reward, and that any material gain that comes of it is a bonus. Luckily, most of us are telling the truth when we say this. Continue reading What is that Novel Really Worth?

Manuscript: Alpha is a Go – and it has a title!

manuscriptWell, it is actually finished now, at least for the current moment. Manuscript: Alpha has been revised, printed, bound, and sent off to my four lovely, devoted, selfless alpha readers. 176,000 words, plus a glossary, and a crudely drawn map to guide their mental wanderings as they read. Continue reading Manuscript: Alpha is a Go – and it has a title!