Weekly Update – April 2, 2019

At last, it’s April, which means it’s almost time for the New England Speculative Writers Conference! Next weekend I’ll be heading to Maine for a very full day of presentations designed to boost any indie speculative author’s career. If any of you want in, I believe there’s still time to register.

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Waiting on cover art. SO CLOSE!

Well-Behaved Women: I’ve received my edits on book two, Transition, from my editor Julie, so now it’s time to do one last pass and then move on to the tedious task for formatting.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: I had a serious streak on book four last week and I feel like it’s coming back together. My goal is to have it ready to go by the end of the year.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Saturday, October 5, Lebanon County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, CT: I’ll be back again to sell and sign books as part of CTRF’s Local Authors Series!

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

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Weekly Update – March 26, 2019

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Waiting on cover art. The WIP stuff I’m seeing is a lot of fun.

Well-Behaved Women: Book two is with my editor and the new draft of book three is finished.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: I had a serious streak on book four last week and I feel like it’s coming back together. My goal is to have it ready to go by the end of the year.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Saturday, October 5, Lebanon County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, CT: I’ll be back again to sell and sign books as part of CTRF’s Local Authors Series!

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Weekly Update – March 19, 2019

Sale alert! Between March 21 and 25, the e-book version of Well-Behaved Women – Awakening will be on sale for $1.99 through Kobo. If you haven’t picked it up yet, now’s the time to grab it for a great price!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Waiting on cover art.

Well-Behaved Women: Book two is with my editor and the new draft of book three is finished!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress and I’m back to work on it, so I will hopefully get some good work done on it this week.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Saturday, October 5, Lebanon County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, CT: I’ll be back again to sell and sign books as part of CTRF’s Local Authors Series!

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Weekly Update – March 12, 2019

An interview I did last month with the Table to Stage podcast is now up! You can listen to it on the TtS website or follow the links there to your favorite podcast venue.

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Waiting on cover art.

Well-Behaved Women: Book two is with my editor and the new draft of book three is finished!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress and I’m back to work on it, so I will hopefully get some good work done on it this week.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Nothing currently scheduled.

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Weekly Update – May 10, 2016

Bit of a slow week this week due to my Connecticut Renaissance Faire commitments, but progress has been made here and there. By the way, you should all come check out the show and see what I do when I’m not writing.

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WRITING PROJECTS

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Assassins Brawl: Revisions continue. I am now into the third act of the book and my hope is to finish draft two before the end of the month at the latest. After that, it goes out to my test-readers. Meanwhile, Tricia has received my notes for the cover and is getting ready to start work there.

 

Action Figures – Issue Six: Power Play: Pre-editing revisions are done, in the queue for editing.

Action Figures – Live Free or Die: Pre-editing revisions are done, in the queue for editing.

Action Figures – Issue Seven: The Black End War: About a quarter of the way through the first draft. Once Assassins Brawl is out of my hair, I’ll be getting back to work on this so I can have it ready for a spring 2017 release.

APPEARANCES and EVENTS

MISC.

My friend Phil is planning to start up a podcast about the art of storytelling, and he’s asked me to participate. I love talking about the craft, but what I love even more is helping my friends with their creative endeavors.

The podcast will feature a segment about the art of storytelling followed by a reading by me. I’m considering the first chapter of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich (which also happens to be the S&L short featured in Cheap Thrills Digest) for my reading – which will be my very first, so I should probably rehearse it a couple of times.

Finally, I’m passing along this link to an essay about one of the lesser known problems facing independent authors: requests for free books.

Now, I’ve been asked to donate copies of my books before, to libraries and fundraisers and the like, and I’m always happy to do that, but this article isn’t about benign requests like that. This is about regular readers trying to get free books from writers just because they don’t want to pay for them.

Long story short, people: that’s a shitty thing to do. Aside from the fact some indie authors (like me) depend on book sale income for their livelihood, most indie authors self-fund their projects and pay out-of-pocket for editing, cover art, advertising, etc. In some cases their passion to create may be so strong that they’ll gladly go into debt to keep providing readers with new stuff, but many others cannot afford to do that and rely on their book sales to fund future projects.

If you love an author’s work, asking for free books — or worse, reading the book and then returning it for a refund — isn’t how you show it. You support independent authors by leaving reviews for their work, telling family and friends about it, and by paying for it.

Podcasts And Pimpery

A quick post today, and probably my last at least through Christmas — and the giving spirit is the sort-of theme of this entry, which focuses on a couple of things tangentially related to me.

First is a new podcast series The Writer’s Blueprint by Jonathan Krieger, a friend of a friend, and the debut episode features an interview with me. The series is about the challenges of becoming a full-time working author and will feature, along with author interviews, tricks and tips for getting your writing out there. Go give it a listen!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00009]The interview name-drops J.M. Aucoin; my wife Veronica’s business, Storied Threads; and my cover artist Tricia Lupien — who is the subject of my next plug. She recently added several new designs to her RedBubble shop, including some of her Action Figures art. Of particular amusement to me: the cover for Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect (which you can get on many products sans the text) is behind a “mature content” filter, presumably due to the presence of blood.

Go support both of these independent creators!