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Voices from the Void March 20, 2019

Writing can be a very lonely pursuit. Even though I’m in constant contact with other authors, editors, cover artists. Answering emails, messaging on Twitter, responding to Facebook posts. It still sort of feels like your tossing your baby into the void.

It takes me between 1-3 months to write a book. That’s just the actual typing the word count portion of the process. The planning beforehand and editing after take a whole lot longer. Take all that time and multiply it by the number of books in a series. All those hours of plotting, writing, polishing, then you just toss this book baby out into the cold cruel world of the internet and hope its wings are strong enough to fly.

But even if the book is doing well, there’s still this constant fear of the void.

Now that I’ve gone Indie, I can see the download numbers for Girl of Glass. I can track the daily data down to what country the downloads are coming from. Thousands of people have downloaded Girl of Glass since its release less than a month ago. Like…multiple thousands.

But I don’t know if any of them have actually read the book. I don’t know if they’ve fallen in love with Nola’s giant heart. I don’t know if they think Jeremy or Kieran is a better match for her. I just don’t know!

And it’s maddening. (more…)

 

Reading Reviews May 8, 2018

There are a lot of similarities between acting and authoring. The love of storytelling, artistic nature of the endeavor, the constant threat of rejection… and reviews.

Reviews as an actor have never really bothered me. You win some, you lose some, but at the end of the day, you have to do the show the director set to the best of your ability. Altering your performance to fit a review is horribly unprofessional, so you soldier on and keep your chin up.

It’s a little different for books. The book is out there, and there really isn’t anything you can do. Unless there are semi-colons mid-word (as was found in a big name book that will remain nameless), in which case your publisher has to scramble to send a new version out into the world, the book is the book.

But you’re working so independently on your books; you could let the review pressure trickle into your work. Declaring that you’re never going to use a love triangle again, you will avoid writing on all social issues, or banning magic from your books are easy traps to fall into.

I know a lot of authors refuse to read any reviews of their work, and I get it; avoiding psychological damage is important. (more…)

 

The Trouble with Time November 18, 2017

I have come to the conclusion that either I have aged significantly or I am living in a time vortex.

I am not old. In the grand scheme of life, I’m still pretty young. So the vortex is the easiest solution.

I believe the vortex might have been caused by tour. Wake up, get on a bus, try and sleep on the bus, get off the bus, forage for food, go to the theatre, try and figure out the shortest way to the stage, do the show, get back on the bus, go to sleep.

Shockingly enough, I feel like the show is the easiest part of that routine. (Seriously though. There are some venues with so many stairs between the stage and the dressing rooms, I’d almost prefer to be a naked Ozian than go all the way back up to get a new costume on. Getting arrested for public indecency is a great motivator for climbing the mountain of stairs to get a new costume on.)

But why, you might ask, are you suddenly so concerned with the time vortex that is tour sucking away your days and weeks? (more…)

 

Book Blogger Extravaganza September 23, 2017

Book Blogger Peeps!

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Just wanted to give a quick shout into the blogosphere to make sure everyone knows that there is still time to get a review copy of How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days!

Book reviews are some of the best tools that an author has in reaching new audiences. The more reviews you get, the more likely your book is to be seen on Amazon, the more promotional opportunities become available, and the better the word of mouth!

So, for my awesome non-book review blog followers, if you’ve read any of my books, please take a minute and leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads if you’re a member. Even if the review is only “Nice read!” it counts and helps to no end!

If you’re a book blogger, click here to sign up for the book review extravaganza!

 

 

A Boatload of Book Reviews June 3, 2015

The book review tour has begun! And sweet baby Jesus, it is more stressful than hiking off a mountain to outrun a storm, which I did yesterday.

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And the storm won. I got hailed on, fell on my butt, and may have cried a little.

But still, getting four reviews of your book as soon as you wake up in the morning is terrifying.

So far everyone has been really happy with both books in The Tethering Series and has had wonderful things to say.

“The journey they go on felt like a mixture of Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland, as the adventure is filled with danger and drama and interesting characters they meet along the way.”

So, The Siren’s Realm is like falling down a hole into a world of insanity with nothing but a wand, luck, and love to keep you alive. Actually…a really fair assessment. And I love both books even if the caterpillars freak me out, so I’ll take it! (more…)