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I write ebooks, but I read voraciously…and always have done. Hence I have bookshelves full of paperbacks I’ll never part with. They’re old friends. How could I part with them? I might want to read them again someday.
But…I write ebooks. Shouldn’t I join the digital age, scrap my print versions, and load up an e-reader?
I will admit to being an early adapter for ebooks. I owned the original Rocket eBook Reader. Compared to today’s models it was huge, heavy, clunky, and required specific formatting, but it was the wave of the future, and I was happy to be along for the ride. I’ve owned several e-readers since that early model, but I’ve never given up my print books. Indeed, I’ve always harbored a preference for print.
My husband and I were discussing this the other night and I suddenly realized that I’d reached my tipping point. I now not only prefer ebooks, I actually avoid print. Wow! What a change!
I have several print books sitting on my bedside table. They’re by authors I enjoy, in series that I’ve searched for, and yet they sit unread. Why? Because I prefer to read on my iPad Mini. It’s lighter than a book, easier to hold, the typeface is adjustable, as is the backlight. I can flip back and forth through multiple books at the touch of a finger, and I don’t have to carry a small suitcase in order to have them all with me.
Yep. I’ve crossed the line. I’m now fully in the digital age.
My husband is still clinging to print, but I see him eyeing my Mini and wonder how long it will be before he finds the tablet / reader that suits his style and finds his own tipping point?
Mind you, I have no intention of tossing all those old-favorite print books, but I’m no longer adding to their number on a weekly basis.
How about you? Are you a digital reader, a print-aholic, or are you straddling the fence trying to find a comfortable seat?
If you’ve read FAERY UNEXPECTED, then you already know Lexie. She’s Claire Murray’s BFF and trusted side-kick, but in this story, Lexie takes center stage.
Prom is just around the corner, but Lexie has mixed emotions. The guy of her dreams has issued the invitation, but she can’t afford the kind of dress that makes her drool. Fortunately, her best friend is a faery princess. No. Really. Claire is an honest-to-goodness faery princess with flower faeries at her command. The girls want gorgeous prom dresses? No problem! The flower faeries can deliver. Unfortunately, nothing in Faery is what it seems, and prom dresses for mortal friends carry a hefty price. Will Lexie earn her dream dress? The outcome is totally in her hands. Too bad no one told her she’s on trial…
And while we’re discussing related stories… Did you know that Smashwords now has a “series” feature? Books can now be linked so that you can tell what their relationship is. NICE!!
Here’s the page for my Sorcha’s Children Series
I just finished a fabulous class on Cover Design with Dean Wesley Smith and Allyson Longueira. (Dean is an amazing writer and knowledgeable publisher. Allyson is a professional book designer with a masters degree in design.)
I really never thought I’d be able to publish my own work, mainly because the cover art terrified me. Dean helped me over that hurdle in July, 2011 when I took his “Be Your Own Publisher” workshop, a face-to-face class on the Oregon coast. Learning to create simple but functional covers using PowerPoint (or in my case Keynote) enabled me to put my first ebooks up for sale.
Dean’s “Promotions” class in February of 2012 pulled my work up a notch. I learned so much about fonts and the placement of tag lines in that one. My redesigned covers improved a LOT. I even managed to brand one series of novels.
But THIS class *faints* OMG! What an eye-opening experience. Let me share a before and after example. I think you’ll see the difference…
Currently published cover:
Needless to say, I’ll be upgrading all of my cover art in the near future *lol* BUT since I just signed up for Dean and Allyson’s “Interiors” class, I think I’ll wait until I’m ready to upgrade my total POD packages
I’m really grateful to all my teachers (Dean, Allyson, Holly Lisle, and many more), but especially to Dean for giving me the courage and the confidence to create WDM Publishing …. and for leading me step-by-step into this new world of publishing.
What an AWESOME time to be a writer!
The GOOD news: even though it began at one minute past midnight Pacific time on July 1st, the special Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale promotion catalog continues to be available on the Smashwords home page! Readers can browse the catalog and search by coupon code levels and categories. The BAD news: at the stoke of midnight Pacific time on July 31, the catalog disappears.
(The coupon codes only work at Smashwords, not at retailers served by Smashwords.)
Ever wondered about your muse? I’ve known mine since I was a little girl. I’ve ignored her a lot, but I’ve always known who and what she was.
I met her when I was about nine…on a school field trip to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She wasn’t part of any traveling collection, she was a piece of statuary from when the museum was a private (very posh) residence. I loved her so much, that when DH and I were first married I took him to Philbrook for the express purpose of meeting her.
But I’ve never had a decent picture of her…until the wonders of the Internet arrived. A quick google search and I FOUND HER! I immediately contacted the photographer, Bob Smith, and asked for permission to introduce her to my world. He graciously gave it. So here she is…my muse:
Here’s a more detailed photo, also courtesy of Mr. Smith:
I’ve always thought of her as joy personified. If you ever have the chance, visit Philbrook and get to know her in person. She’s worth it!
Dani Erickson is a hereditary demon hunter. The seventh child of a seventh child, she was born to battle the nasty monsters she sees infesting her small Colorado town. With the help of her best friend Allie and her sensei Wick, she’s getting into fighting trim — just in time for her first day of high school.
I hope you’ll enjoy meeting Dani. She and I have some interesting commonalities. We’re both the youngest kids of large families, and both the only girls! However, I only have FIVE older brothers, so no extraordinary demon fighting skills for me *lol* Not to mention that I’m lots more like Allie than I am like Dani. I totally fell for the “act like a girl! We’ve got enough boys in this family” admonition, so it’s been fun watching Dani rebel
I’ve really enjoyed imagining Dani’s world in these two stories, but boy is she going to get in lots of trouble in the novel I have planned. Watch out Dani! The demons are out to get you … literally.
It’s here: DRAGONS’ FLIGHT
In this second volume of the Sorcha’s Children series, shifter siblings Brandubh and Morag take flight. Brandubh travels to King Leofric’s court to discover if his destiny lies in the human realm, but his visit is marred by the news that dragons have destroyed a human village. King Leofric charges the dragon-shifter with seeking out and subduing the renegades, but the stakes increase when Brandubh meets a fascinating female dragon … who considers humans vermin to be exterminated.
Meanwhile, Morag shows no interest in life among the humans, preferring to live life on the wing. But can she convince the male dragon of her choice that she is the bond mate he has been waiting for? Only time will tell if these dragons will succeed in mating flights.
This is the book I never thought I’d get to write. I was contracted for it with my former publisher, but Sorcha’s Heart and Dragons’ Choice sold so poorly for that press that we decided not to pursue the last two books *sigh* Who would’ve guessed that the series would take off when I Indie published on Amazon? Here’s hoping Dragons’ Flight sells as well as–or better than!–Dragons’ Choice!
Limited Time Offer: I have a 20% off coupon going at Smashwords – now until April 1st!
Coupon Code: FG45K
It’s here: DEMON DAZE
Dani’s family is unusual. She’s the youngest–and only girl–of seven. Being the lone female, her family would like her to be all girly and sweet like her best friend Allie. But Dani is a tomboy born and bred, and on her fourteenth birthday she discovers why.
Life is about to get decidedly strange!
I’ve been having a terrible time deciding where to start my latest Deb Logan novel. Should I begin with Dani’s discovery that she’s a demon hunter? Or should I start with an action-packed battle sequence … one where she obviously already knows who and what she it?
DEMON DAZE solved the dilemma! This short story tells of Dani’s advent: her discovery that she’s not a too-tall, gawky imitation of her very feminine best friend, but exactly who and what she needs to be
Now, as my father used to say, “Let’s get on with the fighting!”
I’m a firm believer in goal setting for my writing. How can you know whether or not you’ve arrived if you don’t have a destination in mind? Consequently, the final week of every year is devoted to reviewing last year’s goals and setting new ones for the coming year.
I’m always over ambitious, and for some, that would be a downer, but not for me. I mean, why be safe and set goals I won’t have to stretch for? I figure if I don’t aim high, I’ll never know if I can soar. I didn’t meet all of my 2012 goals, but I met enough that I’m very pleased with my progress. 2012 has been a very good year. I expect 2013 to be even better!
This year, I’ve discovered a new guide to my goal planning. Dean Wesley Smith is doing a blog series on getting ready for the new year. He starts with a retrospective of publishing changes in 2012 and then moves into goal planning, so be sure to look at the first three posts that he references. I’m currently taking an online class from Dean and learning a ton about publishing and my own strengths and deficits, so taking his advice is a foregone conclusion for me at the moment.
For 2013 I’m planning to follow Heinlein’s Rules as closely as I can:
- You must WRITE.
- You must FINISH what you write.
- You must NOT REWRITE unless to editorial demand. (That means an editor who’s paying you, not one you hire. Fixing typos / mistakes is acceptable.)
- You must put your work on the MARKET.
- You must LEAVE your work on the market.
I’m also setting a word-count goal: 3,000 words/week for 50 weeks, totaling 150,000 words for the year. Dean suggested 250,000 words for the year, but 150,000 will be enough of a stretch for me! That’s NEW words, by the way. He’s not counting revision and editing work (which I shouldn’t be doing since it violates Rule #3), nor time spent on covers and layout and publishing work.
So, depending on how my year works out, I should have a new novel and quite a few short stories, or perhaps two new novels by the end of 2013!
Onward and Upward!!
I’m cheating a bit this week and giving you a modified version of a post from my personal blog. It’s important to me, and will hopefully be informative for you.
Last week I discovered yet another interesting (frightening? disturbing?) effect of the aging process: PVDs
To quote the literature my doctor sent home with me:
A posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a rather dramatic event in the normal aging process of the eye. The vitreous is a clear gel like substance that fills most of the back cavity of the eye. The vitreous gel has normal attachments to the retina, the all-important nerve layer in the back of the eye. Normally with age, after trauma, or commonly in highly nearsighted eyes, these attachments often pull loose. As a result, these attachments can tug on the retina, or pull loose from the retina, causing transient flashes of light, usually in the outer periphery of the eye and cause a sudden increase in annoying objects floating in front of the eye. The sudden symptoms of a PVD require immediate examination.
I experienced one of these “dramatic events” last week and it was not pleasant. No trauma was involved, just aging, nearsighted eyes.
Imagine sitting at lunch with your best friend having a pleasant conversation, when suddenly a blood-red blob appears in front of your friend’s face. You glance around the room and as your eye moves, so does the blob, remaining in the same quadrant of your vision.
As the day progresses, the blob changes from red to gray-black, but it remains a barrier between you and what you’re attempting to focus on. Occasionally, you manage to look past it enough to become absorbed in your work only to glance away and be reminded that you have a desperate need to clean your glasses or swat a bug crawling on your desktop.
Unfortunately, no amount of cleaning will rid you of the offending detritus. It’s not your glasses. It’s not a bug. It’s your eye.
You visit the doctor the first thing the next morning. The good news: it’s not serious enough to warrant surgery. Hooray!! The bad news: the resulting floater is right in the center of your field of vision, and there’s nothing to be done about it. It’ll probably go away … in several months.
In the meantime, you adapt. *sigh*
I’m still in the adaptation phase. The floaters are new enough that it takes a good deal of work to look past them. Consequently, I’m stressed and headachy, but this too will pass. I still have my eyesight. I’m not facing surgery. I will learn to ignore the lacy black amoeba floating smack dab in the middle of my field of vision.
But at the moment, THIS SUCKS!