Posts Tagged: fantasy book series

A crying shame

What a waste. It was an ugly experience running through my first book again and correcting the constantly repeated error I made.  Ugly, but necessary. One of the most basic rules of grammar:  punctuation goes inside the quotation marks.  I messed that up on probably 70% of the times it appeared in the book.  70%!!!… Read more »

Is my face red!

A special emergency Sunday edition of the blog for a big mea culpa! So there I am, cleaning the shower doors and mirrors when I am saved from my least favorite thing in the world (cleaning) by the sound of an email.  Now, normally, an email isn’t enough to get me to jump up and… Read more »

When, suddenly…

…there was nothing to do. There I was, flush with the thrill and pride from completing my fantasy trilogy and then…meh.  Oh, there are several projects to talk about, writing and otherwise, but between now and when the book actually releases, well, not so much. Now, a more experienced or talented marketer than I would… Read more »

Little oops

Close is good enough sometimes, horseshoes and hand grenades are the popular suggestions.  Then again, sometimes it’s not good enough, such as dodging bullets, jumping between buildings and lotto tickets.  It’s also not quite good enough when pre-releasing cover images. A last second check by my cover designer found that one of the images he… Read more »

Passing the checkered flag

I’ve crossed the finish line with the last book in my Jeremy Shuttle Adventures trilogy.  The story is complete. Now comes the real adventure. The challenge with all new authors, self-published or small press, is creating enough of a convincing argument to the general public that (a) your writing is good and (b) you’re committed to… Read more »

And awaaay we go!

And we’re off! “What Now?” has been released to my publisher. Now the pre-publication process begins.  First there is formatting for printing and a final proof.  Simultaneously, the discussions with the cover designer begin.  Final confirmations will lead to a galley copy and the big “OK” on the book’s printing and release to the distributor…. Read more »

To read or not to read…that is the question.

I’m confused. Yes, that’s not exactly breaking news, but this is something new, so bear with me. You all know about my giveaways on Goodreads (or you should, by now, I’ve mentioned them enough).  The online reading/reviewing site keeps track of the people who put in requests for the book(s) and lets me know on… Read more »

What to do with a bad review?

“There is no such thing as bad publicity” No one can tell who first said this popular quote, but there are plenty of examples of it not being correct. Sooner or later, I am going to get a bad review.  It’s inevitable, especially as I gain a wider reading audience across my books.  The recent… Read more »

Writer’s remorse

Ever have that feeling after you’ve made a big purchase that goes something like, “I probably shouldn’t have spent that much” or “I wish I had bought the other one”? It’s a common feeling and it’s called “buyer’s remorse”.  Many times it happens well after the actual purchase as the thrill and pleasure of possessing… Read more »