Saturday, January 23, 2016

Pins!

Remember that resolution I made -
5. Promote more. – I need to spread the word a bit more. Hiding under a rock does not appear to sell books. That’s a shame. I rather like my rock
Well, I've signed up for a low key local author event for the spring, and in preparation for it, I'm having some swag made. Here's the first thing I've gotten which are small one inch buttons. They turned out a little darker than anticipated, but still pretty good. I'm getting some magnets made as well. Hope to have them in a few weeks and I need to print more bookmarks. I've run out of those. I need to figure out as well how many books to have printed, but I don't anticipate selling many, but they'll be nice to have. It's a large group event. There will be many authors there.

So I haven't really crawled out from under my rock, but I am peeking out.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

My Demon Volume 2 Published!

Quizzes, guards, homework, fights, basketball, switched pills, galas, kisses, assassins, secrets, lies. All part of the Noble Academy experience.

Sarah knew going to Noble Academy would be tough, but she didn’t expect it to be perilous. Still recovering for the attempt on her life, she tries to get back to normal, but at Noble, there is no normal. Between catching up with classes, she has to contend with Damien’s hot/cold mood swings. One moment he’s her best friend; the next, he’s completely ignoring her. He’s the most difficult boyfriend in the world, but he isn’t Sarah’s boyfriend. So why’s she stuck with all of the difficulties?

And it doesn’t help that Noah Nash has entered the mix. If she thought she had trouble with the richest boy in school, that’s nothing compared to the second richest. She knows Damien likes her. She’s not sure if Noah cares about her at all, as in if she were drowning, would he bother to throw her a rope? Actually, she suspects he’d be the one to push her into the water.

So what’s the poorest girl at a rich academy supposed to do with the two richest boys? Sarah’s not sure, but she’s open to suggestions. Well, she wants to punch Noah, but security wouldn’t like that. She’s not sure what to do about Damien. Maybe she’ll fix him pancakes.

Available at:

Amazon
iTunes
Kobo
Google Play
Barnes & Noble

I have to say that it's a relief to get this out now. I feel like I'm slowly getting back on track. I plan to release Volume 3 on April 15 of this year.

For now, I'm going to put My Demon away for a month or two and focus on the new Scary Mary book. I have a rough draft written and it is in need to serious edits. I don't know how long this process will take, but I'm hopeful I'll get everything done in a handful of months.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Looking Ahead

It’s New Year’s Day 2016 and I’m looking forward to what comes next.

I want to keep this year simple. I want to foster what I have and get stuff done. So with that in mind here are my resolutions.

1. Write more. – I’ve tried in the past to quantify writing goals but have decided that only stymies me. I shouldn’t feel pressured to do what I love. So I’m just going to tell myself to write more.

2. Read more. – It is rather appalling how little I read in 2015. I want to read more this year. Again, no numbers, just a simple resolve to do it.

3. Exercise more – This one will unfortunately be quantified by my health insurance provider, but since they are also providing a Fit Bit, I’m not going to expend too much brain power on it, and also, I purchased a treadmill about a month ago that I’m finding very conducive to this simple goal. I can even read while using it.

4. Social Media more. – What does that mean? It means not letting my blog, Twitter, and Facebook go fallow for long stretches of time.

5. Promote more. – I need to spread the word a bit more. Hiding under a rock does not appear to sell books. That’s a shame. I rather like my rock.

And that’s it. I’m cutting it off at five because as I wrote at the start, I want to keep things simple. And if I make any further resolutions, I'll just pull myself in too many directions and fail all of them. I'm, though, that I can get these five done.

Do you have any resolutions? What are you looking forward to?

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Monday, December 14, 2015

My Demon Episode 10 Published and FREE (for a limited time)

The wait is finally over. The final episode of My Demon is now out! And it's a biggun at 22K! But the best part? IT'S FREE! For the next 5 days until 12/18/15, Episode 10 will be free on Amazon to download. I decided to make it free as an apology to all of you. I feel terrible about making everyone wait so long. To everyone who messaged me support and encouragement, I'm sorry I did not respond to you when you reached out. I thank you and hopefully you'll hear from me personally in the next few days. For the past two months, I've been in ostrich mode. As in head in sand, refusing to acknowledge anything that was going on around me. I knew things were bad and I didn't want to face them.

I was struggling, but things look like they are getting back on track. But you may have noticed Volume 2 of My Demon isn't released yet. I will admit that I pushed it to the back burner while I worked on Episode 10, but I discovered recently that I may not be allowed to publish it until February due to Amazon Select's restrictions. I've asked to be released early from the exclusivity, but I have not heard back yet. It's a long shot, but I figured I should at least ask if they'd be flexible. So that's in limbo for the moment.

Because Episode 10 was released so late, Volume 3 must be delayed until mid-March. But I think it will all work out. I'm going to start working on other things. I've got a lot of projects that I need to start editing and I'd like to do some writing of new material. I'll let you know more about them when they're a little further along.

12/14 ETA - WOOT! We're back on to getting vol. 2 out soonish! Amazon let me out of my exclusivity early! Didn't really think it would happen. Thank you, Amazon!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

My Demon Ep. 10 Delayed

I'm very sorry to announce that episode 10 of My Demon will be delayed. I think I knew this would happen even as I scrambled to get episode 9 done for last month. During final prep, I didn't set up episode 10 for preorder on Amazon. I don't know if doing so set me up for failure or if I subconsciously knew I would fail, but I have not finished episode 10 yet which I know must be a big let down since it is supposed to be the finale.

When I set out to produce My Demon, I thought I would always stay ahead of schedule. When I started putting these episodes out, I had five episodes ready. I thought, no sweat, I had five months to write the rest and finish it, but I didn't appreciate how much work putting out a serial would be. I've been working on this project now for a year. I worked on it during NaNoWriMo last year and kept working on it steadily until now. I split my time early on with other projects thinking I would get so much work done and publish other books alongside My Demon, but that was a bad idea. I should've stayed focused on this project and saw it through. It seems that I am no good at writing multiple project.

I don't know when episode 10 will come out. I hope it'll be up by mid-month, but I can't be sure.  

Again, I'm very sorry that Episode 10 is not ready. I hope I will be able to present it to you shortly.