Some updates

Some updates since the last time I was around here…

I have sold two short stories! The first is titled The Sugimori Sisters and the Interplanetary Concept Clash, and will be appearing in the 2015 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. This publication is full of science fiction stories aimed at middle grade readers, and stresses inclusion and diversity, as well as strong female characters. You can find a preview of my story, and many of the other stories appearing in the anthology, here on their Wattpad page! My dad will also have a story in this one, which is pretty cool.

The second story is titled Man of the House, and will be appearing in the March/April issue of the MCB Quarterly. This is a publication that spotlights LGBTQ fiction of all genres (meaning it’s not all just romance! My story certainly isn’t one!) This piece is a more mainstream one dealing with gender issues.

I’m very excited for both of these, and can’t wait to be able to share these two stories with all of you, my beloved readers!


 

Also, my dad has finally released book one of his eight part fantasy novella series, Saga of the God-Touched Mage. This first book is titled Glamour of the God-Touched, and can be found in numerous places. Check out his blog for the links! Here’s the back cover copy to whet your appetite:

A mage’s apprentice.
Sorcerers on the hunt.
Unnatural magic of devastating power.

Garrick is a mage’s apprentice, soon to be a full-fledged sorcerer. The course of his life is clear—he will be an apprentice, a mage, and then a superior. But a tragic accident finds him wielding a god-like power over life and death, and as rumors of mage war grow stronger around him, he learns his future is not fated to be as simple as he dreamed. Glamour of the God-Touched follows Garrick as he discovers the forces behind his new magic. The lessons he learns and how he deals with them will threaten the very nature of who he is.

 

The whole series is very, very good traditional fantasy. I’ve read them all (I was actually his copy editor for books 2-8) and thoroughly enjoyed them. Book two is available for pre-order as well. If you’re looking for a bit of sword and sorcery with political intrigue, this would be an excellent series for you.


Finally, following from my small comment above, I am thinking about offering my professional services as a copy editor. I enjoyed working on my dad’s series, and now have some substantial proof that it’s something I’m good at. I’ve got to think about things like rates (per page? per hour?) and how to actually find work, but I figured I’d put a little feeler out here and see what happens. Considering that I’m just starting out, I can probably guarantee good rates! I’d prefer to work on fiction, but whatever you have that needs grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage checked, I can do.

See you all next time!

 

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New release announcement, and reflections on Detcon1

So, my new book is published! The Southern Dragon is available now through Amazon, Kobo, NOOK, Smashwords, and Google Play, both in print and ebook formats! You can find links to it in my Books and Stories page above. The price on Singer has dropped, as well, in celebration! Check it out, and if you like it, please leave a review in your preferred reviewing location. It’d be much appreciated!

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As I mentioned, I had some plans for this past weekend’s Detcon1 surrounding my promotion of the book. While my sweepstakes to win free copies of my books didn’t pan out, I did manage to pass out a number of my business cards. I’m hoping to see some results from that at some point, though we will just have to wait and see. The con itself was fun, with lots of interesting and useful panels surrounding aspects of the business. Of course, there were lots of whimsical panels as well, but I kept myself to the business oriented ones. I listened to Neil Clarke (the publisher/editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, to whom I have been furiously attempting to sell my short stories) speak on two panels, one about the state of Science Fiction magazines today, and one about what sorts of things editors and agents are looking for in stories and submissions. I heard another panel talk about the economics of self-publishing, though I can’t say that one was particularly useful to me, since I’ve been doing this for a little while now and have already experienced a number of the things they talked about. I also attended a panel discussing covers, which was interesting from an artistic standpoint.

It’s definitely interesting to listen to other people who are essentially trying to accomplish the same thing as you are talk about how they have been going about it, or what else they plan to try in the future. The debate on whether or not to go full indie publishing or to hold out for a traditional publisher’s notice still rages, with both sides giving good arguments. For now, I think I intend to remain an indie publishing author, but I am trying to keep my mind clear and unbiased as I go forward with this venture.

Anybody else have Detcon experiences to share? I’d love to hear about them!

Wearing the Publisher Hat

I’ve been working for the past week or so on things to get ready for publishing The Southern Dragon. It’s getting really close now! I’ve got the proof copy in my hands, and am pouring over it to make sure it’s up to snuff before hitting that ‘publish’ button. I’m hoping to publish in time for Detcon next weekend. I already have some tweaks I want to make to the cover, and we’ll see how the interior goes as I read through it. Hopefully there aren’t too many mistakes!

In the mean time, I’ve also been working on some other business-y things, such as getting more organized with my finance tracking and putting together some promotional plans. I’ve got these snazzy little business cards that I’ll be handing out at the convention. They have information on my two books and my publisher website, including a QR code to it. They’re meant to be easy hand-outs, and I’m hoping to get them printed up sometime early this week. I’ll also be running a sweepstakes, I guess? I’ll have a sign-up list and be giving away three free e-copies of Singer and The Southern Dragon to randomly selected participants. The hope there is that these lucky people will read and review my books, thus bringing me more publicity.

I’m considering doing something similar on twitter, once I can figure out how the logistics will work.

I also have plans in the works to set up a newsletter soonish. Still working on that, but would like to have it set up and the first issue out this week if possible.

I did manage to get some bits and pieces of writing in during this time, and actually finished the first draft of a short story yesterday, but to be honest, the publisher stuff can be distracting sometimes. It’s got its own sort of fun-ness to it, and it feels hella productive, but when it comes down to it, doing your publishing duties is necessary, but not a substitute for writing. I’m still learning how to balance my time between the two. I’m in a scramble to be all publisher, all the time right now due to the upcoming con, which I think is okay, but once it’s over, I’ll be returning to more focus on writing for a while. I had been hoping to start on my next novel earlier this month, but it will probably end up having to wait until after the con just because I’m so busy getting ready for it.

 

In other news, it’s the last game of the season for Detroit City FC today, unless we make it into the tournament… I dunno, I’m not the knowledgeable one on soccer in my family. But we’re going to the game and screaming and shouting to push them to a win today. I know a lot of people who aren’t ready for the season to be over yet.

 

Singer now available in print!

You know, I thought it felt real when I hit the ‘publish’ button on Smashwords, releasing the ebook version of my novel to the world. But I was wrong. That real feeling comes when you hold a physical copy of your book in your hands. I received the proof copy of Singer in the mail today, and it was beautiful. Everything looks just the way I wanted it to.

Therefore, I am happy to announce that the print version of Singer is now available for purchase on the CreateSpace eStore! Beyond this, the Kindle version will be available on Amazon in a few hours, just as soon as they finish reviewing it, or whatever it is that they do to it over there. I’ll be sure to let you know about it once it happens. In the mean time, check out this link to the CreateSpace eStore’s version! I really hope everyone enjoys it!

New novel, Singer, now available on Smashwords!

Hey, everyone!

Finally, my first novel, Singeris available for purchase! You can find it on Smashwords, right here. It’s a fantasy YA story, with some Sci-Fi undertones. I’d really appreciate it if you went and checked it out! For those who may prefer physical copies, I’ll have that out as well very soon.

This novel was kinda sorta a NaNoWriMo project. What I mean by that is I actually started writing it in early October of 2012, but I got the bulk of the writing done using the push of NaNo’s word count goal. I’m actually planning on working on the sequel for NaNo this year, so if you enjoy Singer be sure to check back here for updates on my progress on that!

Anyway, I’m very proud to finally have it out and available for everyone to read. I hope you like it!