Boise Book Fest is this weekend! I’ll be at table 21 in room 100 CDE of the Boise Centre. Doors open at 8am for panels and people with tickets for early author signing can get into room 100 CDE at 12:30pm with general author signing opening up at 2pm. The after party starts at 7pm.
And tonight at 7pm MDT, I’ll be taking over Boise Book Fest’s Facebook page. Feel free to drop in and say hi.
Oops, almost forgot to put up something for today.
Lately I’ve been focusing more on the other side of writing, or rather, the business side. Lining up events, marketing, sending off whatever information someone needs… It’s been a bit of a whirlwind month and it’s only going to pick up from here.
Which means I’m not getting a whole lot done on the writing/editing side.
I look at my schedule with trepidation as events get closer. Facebook takeover – how do I do that? The without sounding boring part. I got some awesome advice at Library Comic Con for when I’m doing those types of events, but what about that panel coming up?
While all of that is enough to scare this introvert, I think I might be more concerned that I’m falling behind on my schedule of getting editing done on Twice Cursed. And to think, I was ahead. I’ve already pushed aside a side project that I like to work on in these couple of months leading up to NaNoWriMo while whatever book I’m working on is out to beta readers.
I guess my insecurity for the month is if I can stay on task and keep up with all the new things happening. And that’s not even counting all the personal changes that have happened lately either.
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If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram (think it went to Twitter also), you saw the announcement of the next title I did at Library Comic Con last weekend. If not, here it is:
I have a few more events lined up for this year and I’m excited to announce some new ones.
Boise Book Fest
I’ll also be doing a Facebook takeover on September 13th at 7pm.
Local Author Monday at Rediscovered Books
This one will be a YA panel. That’s about all I’ve got right now.
Death Rattle Book Fair at the Death Rattle Writer’s Festival
The whole event is 4 days, but this is definitely where you can find me.
Indie Author Day at the Boise Public Library
That’s it for now. I’ll post updates to my Facebook page as I get them. I’m working on creating a newsletter and I’ll let everyone know when I get it up and running so you can sign-up for the mailing list.
By now a few people have heard me being excited over the 3rd book I’m working on. And surprisingly, the title hasn’t changed so it might be the one. But what entertains me doesn’t necessarily entertain the next person.
Of course, the people who have heard me talk about it at all have looked at me funny over some of the ways I’ve described things/people in that completely not serious manner. This one just really fell in place and while there’s still plenty of work left to do, I’m actually quite happy with it.
But then I come off of that excitement and worry about how it’ll be received. And only having my alpha reader to really go off of at the moment (he’s the only one to have read the whole thing), I don’t really have a good gauge. I’m fairly certain I will when I send it out to my beta readers next month.
IWSG Day Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?
I guess my biggest one that I’ve been hitting lately is way too much description. The kind where it pulls you out of the story because there’s so much of it. There’s been a few recently that I’m wondering when I’ll get back to the plot.
If it’s something I’m reading for fun, I’ll put it down and walk away if it gets to be too much. Might come back to it later and try again. If it’s something I’m critiquing, I’ll note it and keep trying to plow through. And I’m not immune to writing it myself, though I usually don’t have enough description in early drafts. I can get carried away sometimes and have someone else point out that it’s not necessary.
I think the next one is repetitive words/phrases (though there are occasions that they fit nicely). I am so bad with this on the initial draft and go nuts trying to find them during the editing process.
There are others, but it’s little things that I often pick up on because I have to look for them in my own writing.
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IWSG Day Question: What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?
Yep, just answering the question this month. Figure it’s better than my fretting about pretty much the same thing I have been for months.
I guess the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I need to write what makes me happy. If I can make some others happy along the way, great! If not, well, at least it’s still my story. I went through I forget how many revisions on some projects, trying to make the massive changes people suggested and suddenly it wasn’t my story anymore and I was forcing my characters to act in ways they wouldn’t.
And of course this meant they didn’t play well with me.
In a way, I suppose this is also a lesson in finding people to look over my work who aren’t trying to change it to their story. I was losing what made it mine. I’m completely open to fixing issues and ramping things up in areas or what have you, but also in recognizing when a recommendation isn’t worth taking.
On that same note, those recommendations can shed light on an aspect I need to bring more to the forefront. While I may not take directly what is said, I do pay attention and take it under consideration.
And I’m sure my groups think me weird when my brain starts taking off on a suggestion, trying to figure out how I can incorporate what is being said.
I now have physical copies of Shattered Illusions available. $9.99 each or get both Twisted Magics and Shattered Illusions for $17.99. And if you’re local in the Treasure Valley, go ahead and select pick-up and I’ll get in contact with you on where and when to meet up.
Both books are still available on Amazon and currently Rediscovered Books also carries Twisted Magics.
The release of Shattered Illusions is only a week away! To have some fun, Twisted Magics is on a Kindle Countdown Deal.
Here’s the breakdown for Amazon.com (all times listed are PST):
- $0.99 June 14th 12:00am – June 16th 7:59am
- $1.99 June 16th 8:00am – June 18th 3:59pm
- $2.99 June 18th 4:00pm – June 20th 11:59pm
Here’s the breakdown for Amazon.co.uk (all times listed are GMT):
- £0.99 June 14th 12:00am – June 17th 11:59am
- £1.99 June 17th 12:00pm – June 20th 11:59pm
It’s a great time to pick up the first book if you haven’t already and get to know my crazy cast of characters before they get into even more trouble. Also both books are available/soon-to-be-available on Kindle Unlimited.
Sadly, I will not have physical copies available for pre-order through my site. Being wicked sick these past few days really threw my tight schedule for a loop. I will post when I have copies available, but feel free to check out pricing and the bundle package I have ready for when I get physical copies in.