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Indie Author Day: sharing a table with the amazing Loni Townsend

Here you’ve heard me talk quite a bit about Indie Author Day and those who follow me on Facebook have gotten to hear me go on about Boise Book Fest. With the two events running back-to-back weekends, it was hard not to be super excited about both.

I didn’t get the chance to escape my table for Indie Author Day so I missed out on the panels, but had a great time talking to everyone who stopped by. This was the first year this event ran and I can’t wait to see what they decide to do next year. I shared a table with Loni Townsend as you can see in the picture and just had fun.

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Boise Book Fest 2016

Now onto Boise Book Fest. This was simply so much fun and I can’t wait for next year (September 16th, 2017 – mark your calendars). I went as an attendee and managed to drop in on a number of panels. Got some great ideas from people, picked up a few books, and most importantly, made new friends.

Where Indie Author Day was, as expected, all indie and hybrid authors, Boise Book Fest had a mix and it was just so incredibly interesting to listen to the different points of view. Both events also pointed out at how bad I am in talking about my book. I  go into ultra-shy mode unless I’m trying to help sell someone else’s books. I guess I’m just weird like that.

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I came home from Boise Book Fest with even more, but not as many books as I would have liked.

A few people have inquired when I plan to release Shattered Illusions. I’m aiming for next summer just to give myself some breathing room. I’m drafting out book 3 next month during NaNoWriMo and I recently dug an old short story out of my archives to rewrite while Shattered Illusions is out to my beta readers. I have no planned release yet for the short story as it’s going to be part of a set. Yay, something new!

I learned so much just by listening and observing at both of these events. I’m so glad I attended both and look forward to seeing what the future holds for both these and other upcoming events.

Reading Recommendations and Indie Author Day

I finally just sat down and started working my way through my backlog on reading. I previously read This World Bites by Loni Townsend, which I thoroughly enjoyed and am now working my way through Thanmir War. I highly recommend fantasy readers to take a look at her work. She’ll be at Indie Author Day in Boise so if you’re in the area, come meet her! Her bio is in the list below.

Indie Author Day is now only a week away! Below I’ve shamelessly copied some of the information about Boise’s upcoming event:

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If you’re a writer – aspiring, bestselling, or anything in between – we hope you’ll join us for Indie Author Day.

Festivities will include panel discussions on publishing, author resources, and elements of craft; a local author reading and book sale; and a digital gathering featuring authors, agents, and other industry leaders.

Events
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Panel discussion: Resources for local writers: Idaho Writers Guild, The Cabin, Rediscovered Books, and more

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Digital gathering: The publishing industry. This discussion features Jon Fine, previously from Amazon, as the moderator, and the following panelists: Kiera Parrott of Library Journal; Robin Cutler of IngramSpark; 2012 Mover and Shaker award-winning librarian Jim Blanton; and BCALA award-winning author L. Penelope.

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Panel discussion: Writing (and re-writing) effective dialogue: A discussion of craft

Panel discussion: Marketing your book to fans and fans-to-be

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Panel discussion: Traditional publishing vs. self-publishing vs. small press: How do I know where to start?

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Local author reading

Ongoing
Local author book sale

Speakers and participating organizations:
The Cabin annually serves about 500 member households, more than 2,000 children and youth, and more than 16,000 people through educational and cultural programs. Their mission is to inspire and celebrate a love of reading, writing and discourse.

The Idaho Writers Guild offers professional networking and educational opportunities as diverse as the writers who join it. In addition to serving as a networking resource for writers wishing to become actively involved in the writing community, the IWG plans and develops programs to aid writers. Our membership reflects all genres and media.

E.L. Skip Knox is a writer and historian. He is the creator of the fantasy world called Altearth, a place where magic is real, monsters roam the land, and the Roman Empire never fell.

Skip has published a novelette (The Garden of Hugo Vuerloz, 2013, available on Amazon) and a short story (The Roadmaster). The short story was selected as an Editor’s Choice at Bewildering Stories for 2012. He is currently completing his first Altearth novel, Goblins at the Gates, and is one of the moderators of Mythic Scribes, a forum for writers of fantasy.

With an M.A. in Medieval History and a PhD in Early Modern History, Skip has been published in a Festschrift, in Asynchronous Learning Environments Magazine, and has four articles published by ABC-Clio. He has also presented several papers at Educom and at academic conferences.

He is a pioneer in web-based teaching, developing the first virtual course on the Renaissance (1993) and the first college-level virtual Western Civilization course (1994) to be available on the Web. He also teach courses on the Crusades and the Reformation. All course essays are free to read at europeanhistory.boisestate.edu

When not writing or teaching, Skip loves to spend time with his wife and childhood-sweetheart, Debra. Two dogs, video games, cooking, and travel occupy much of the rest of their time.

Logan Miehl loves writing from anywhere with a plugin for her laptop—ideally among her native Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and camping with her husband. The travels that inspire her stories include the year she spent exploring the country of Ireland, and later living as a volunteer missionary in both Virginia and Rio, Brazil. Logan believes traveling is life’s greatest teacher, and she hopes that her readers will discover new and exciting places through her stories.

Joanne Pence is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling author of the Angie Amalfi and Rebecca Mayfield mysteries as well as historical fiction, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, a fantasy, and a supernatural suspense series. Joanne has been both a “traditionally” published and an “indie” published author, with about 14 books in each category. Her books have won or been nominated for a number of high honors, including the Willa Cather Literary Award for Historical Fiction; RWA’s Rita and Golden Heart Awards; the Daphne du Maurier Award; Romantic Times Career Achievement Award; and the Idaho Top Fiction Award for mystery. Born in San Francisco, she now lives in Boise, Idaho where she has been president of the local Sisters in Crime chapter, and is a founding member of the Idaho Writers Guild.

Bruce and Laura DeLaney opened Rediscovered Books in September of 2006 to create a place where people could find books and conversation. Since then, Rediscovered Books has grown into Boise’s downtown community bookstore, providing literature for the Boise area, author events, and an expert staff to help match customers with the right books. Rediscovered Books is active in engaging in discourse about interesting books, and we are always ready and excited to share our passion for reading.

Matt Sharar is the author of the 5-book all-ages fantasy series, GARDEN TIME. He has also published two short story collections, SAN PEDRO STORIES (about his hometown) and GOTHIC TALES, as well as the novella for Banned Books Week, THE STORY OF THE COMMON HANGMAN. He has also finished the first book in his adult fantasy series, THE SHADOW CABINET. He lives in Boise, Idaho. His books showcase covers by celebrated artists: photographer and musician Mike Watt, NY Times Bestseller Nate Powell (MARCH), and Eisner Award Nominee Brett Weldele.

Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID.  Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading mostly YA books and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.

The Dracian Legacy is her first YA paranormal romance series. She strongly believes that true love conquers all and that’s a common theme you’ll find within her novels.

She is published through Reuts Publications.

Loni Townsend Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel. By day, she writes code. By predawn darkness, she writes fantasies. All other times, she writes in her head.

People call her peculiar with a twisted sense of fashion, but don’t let those understatements fool you. Her behavior is perfectly normal for a squirrel disguised as a human. That’s part of being a ninja—blending in.

She makes her home in Idaho with her sadistically clever—yet often thwarted—husband, two frighteningly brilliant children, and three sneaky little shibas.

Lisa L Wiedmeier loves hiking, camping, watching her boys fish, and taking long walks with her yellow labs, Taylor and Mandi. She enjoys cooking when the mood hits, and not only has she published a nine-book YA paranormal romance series, but she’s the master of redesigning just about anything. She’s the DIY author who has made Idaho her home for 28 years, and she can’t wait to spend another 28 years here.

Christian Winn is a fiction writer, poet, and sometimes journalist who writes and teaches fiction at Boise State University, The Cabin, and the Writers Writer Workshop Series. He is the 2016-2019 Idaho Writer in Residence. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Santa Monica Review, The Pinch, Story Houston, and elsewhere. His debut collection, NAKED ME, is recently out from Dock Street Press who will be publishing a second collection, WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU IS WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME, February ’17.

Erica Crockett knew she wanted to be a writer as soon as she could chew on a pencil. Her first novel, Chemicals, exploring the dystopian nightmare of a world without pharmaceuticals, was released in 2014. Her newest venture is the twelve-book, serial killer thriller series, The Blood Zodiac, which began in March 2016 with The Ram. In addition to writing novels, Erica also writes comics, including the webcomic Kali, and Subterra with Mike Dreher. Her comics work has appeared in the anthologies 6×6:Feral and The Wisdom of Fools. She’s also delving into humorous picture books with artist Sarah Ragan Olson, beginning with What Weeds Are Thinking. When not writing, she’s traveling the world, adding to her list of countries visited. She’s currently at twenty-three. Erica has been a book-schlepper, an adult educator, a marketing rep, and a gold miner. Twitter: @EricaCrockett

Heather Lee Dyer lives near Boise, Idaho. She has published three books in the Recycling Humanity Series, and one romance novella. She is a poet, space enthusiast and fangirl of most things YA, Sci-fi, romance, or paranormal. Addicted to Sci-fi Conventions and Pepsi. Book nerd.

Kurt Zwolfer is The Cabin’s Executive Director. He has over fifteen years of experience creating and administering public education programs including previous work at Idaho State Parks and The Idaho State Historical Museum. He has a BA in Rhetoric with a minor in film studies from the University of Illinois and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University.

Margo Kelly loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She loves writing mysteries and thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give you the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things. Margo is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. Her award-winning debut, Who R U Really?, was published by Merit Press (an imprint of F+W Media) in 2014. Her second novel, Unlocked, also published by Merit Press, released October 1, 2016.

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This event is turning out to be amazing. If you’re in the area, I urge you to come down and check it out. There are also other events scheduled in the Treasure Valley in both Meridian and at the Ada Victory branch (though I can’t find their schedule). If you’re not in the area, check the national site for who is holding events near you.

I’ll be in Boise with copies of Twisted Magics for sale. Come down and say hi!

Indie Author Day

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I’m getting excited (and quite nervous) about it. I’ll be at the Boise downtown library with copies of Twisted Magics for sale. There will be panels and readings going on – lots of local indie and hybrid authors to meet and greet in multiple genres as well as local writing communities.

If you’re in the area, come check it out on October 8th from 10-4:30. The Boise event has some great people lined up (and I’m fairly certain they haven’t announced everyone yet).

Stick to the plan

Back in February/March, I sat down and set up a schedule to deal with getting Twisted Magics ready for publication. This included my desire to try and get work done on the second book during Camp NaNoWriMo in April.

I decided everything would be done by the end of April so I could enjoy May as a month of reading. That plan has been shot. Repeatedly. By a highly trained firing squad.

Now, I realize the month is far from over, but a good chunk of it is gone and my reading list is continuing to grow. I managed to sneak in a book at the end of last month (mostly because I needed to return it to the library), but nothing so far and I don’t know where to start. Do I try to finish books I’m currently reading? Read some short stuff first? Get the reviews done and out of my head?

Except that my attempts to finish book 2 have overridden all of these questions. I’ve also been trying my hand at a couple of other projects. I have come to the conclusion that I don’t know how to write short. A particular project that I started to help me out with details in book 2 has started on its path to becoming a novella. The other one…I don’t know yet, but I’m fairly certain that it won’t stay short either.

Predominantly on my list for reading are stories by friends and local authors. I have a few others and a list of recommendations that rivals most short stories (I know, it isn’t that long mostly because I’ve been lax about jotting things down). Hopefully I’ll get what I really want to write finished soon and start enjoying the outdoors with a good book.

Pricing

So part in parcel, pricing is obviously on my list of things I need to consider as I trek the path of self-publishing.

Recently I received an email about one of my favorite authors who is coming out with a new book soon. It was a sure-fire sale because I’ve bought all of the other books in the series.

And suddenly it wasn’t. This particular author is traditionally published and I’ve noticed an upward trend in the prices of the ebooks over the years. I stopped short at $13.99. I had to make sure that wasn’t the price for the hardcover (no paperback version will be available yet).

There was another announcement of another book of hers now coming out in paperback (that I’ve already read) and I did a double-take on the cost of that versus the ebook version and they were the same price.

Now, I know people need to make their money and whatnot, but the pricing from traditionally published books has gotten to be ridiculous when it comes to ebooks. I trend towards ebooks personally for the sake of space, though I do love the feel of a book in my hands. It looks like I might be getting myself on the long list at the library to borrow that particular book.

It hurts to not directly support this author who has taken me on some fun journeys so far. If the ebook was priced at even the same amount as a paperback version, I would have happily pre-ordered. I just can’t support the publisher pushing these prices. Not when I’m considering selling my ebook version for over $10 less.

Proofreading?

I just finished reading two completely different articles from two vastly different websites. One of those, I can go from reading an article about a video game to something more politically based without batting an eye. Both had spelling and grammatical errors in them. What happened to proofreading or at least an editor reading over the piece before it is published?

Neither one was a lengthy article. I finished each one in under a minute even with a pause at each error. Longer works, heaven only knows how often I’ve read and reread the same parts of my book and still missed them because my brain fixes it automatically. Still try to find them though.

I just find it hard to take articles seriously that have blatant errors like the ones in the articles I read. It was the same reason I stopped reading The Legend of Drizzt series I forget how many books in. After a while, the errors just drove me mad.