Saturday, February 23, 2019

Copy, paste, stupid

If you're not in Publishing Land, you're probably unaware of a big copyright/plagiarism scandal occurring right now. I'll add a link about it all. There are a lot more links out there (just google it and you'll see).
The bottom line is: some people copy, wholesale, what other authors have written, mush it all into a book, then slap it on Amazon and make money off it. I will not call those people authors.
Have I been copied? Maybe. I honestly don't know. I know my books have pirated (copied and put on a site where people can just download them for free). Not much I can do about it except get angry.
Readers: please. Pay a fair price for a book. Believe me, 99% of authors are NOT getting rich. We're writing our stories because we want to write them.
And copiers: don't piss off a romance author. You seriously do not want to tangle with them.
Here's a link that describes it all. Or go to Twitter and put in the hashtag. You'll see what's happening.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Bring on spring!

February has been more challenging than usual. I always think of it as the longest month. It's a transition month and those are bad. We're getting tired of winter, spring is too far away, autumn is a pale memory, and it's day after day of crappy weather.
I don't mind the cold. I don't mind the snow. Ice, though -- Father Weather and Mother Nature can just shove that you-know-where. One day last week we had rain, wee tiny snowballs, sleet, snow, more wee snowball things, then sleet again. It was like a weather machine gone bonkers.
But, again: perspective. I am warm, I am dry, I have ample firewood and wine, my electricity is on and I have food in the fridge. Life. Is. Good.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Life is change, I know, but ...

I now have 5 orphan books.


Yes, a second publisher closed up shop. Now my Dalton family mysteries (Shadow of Doubt, Brilliant Disguise, Lie to Me, and Nowhere to Run) are homeless.

These books are all tied together in that the main characters either know each other or are related to each other. I have plans to add If Not To You into this mix and make the ties between the books even stronger, making a 5-book set.

"Plans" being the operative word. For now, it will just have to wait. I am deep into writing in my current world (the dystopian future 9-book series) and I don't want to pull out of it to focus on business stuff.

I love these homeless books. They're some of my earlier work, but I think they stand the test of time. I hope to give them some of my time later this year.

Until then ... fingers, don't fail me now. I have two books to write by July 1.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Yikes. What have I gotten myself into?

I did a major re-read of all the books in the Endless American Dream series and decided that Book 8, which I wrote last year, really has elements in it that belong in Book 9.

So I did a re-thinking of the plot lines for all of volume 3 and now I am writing Book 8 (with pieces from old Book 8) and I will also write Book 9 (which will have lots of new words but also parts of Book 8).

Yes, it is confusing. No, I'm not crazy ... yet.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

That age-old conflict

Well, it seems age-old to me.

It's the conflict between business and creativity. I really need to focus on the business aspect of writing: publishing. Yes, I have a publisher that I love (The Wild Rose Press) and they manage most of my books.

But I have 5 orphan books that have come back to me from publishers who folded. So I need to figure out what to do with those.

And there's the series coming up: The Endless American Dream. It's not a good fit with Wild Rose. That means I'll need to pitch it to a publisher or self-publish.

Then there's publicity: I don't do squat for marketing and I really should.

Business takes energy that I want to use for writing. This is a familiar complaint to anyone who is creative. I'm not rich enough to pay someone to do my business for me, so I need to do it. But I'm not doing it. I'm writing, which is what I love to do.

If you have an answer to this quandary, I would love to hear it (as would a bunch of other authors). Until I have an answer, I've decided that I'm going to focus on writing for the first half of the year. The second half, I'll focus on business. I'll try to set aside two days a month in the creative half for business, and two days a month in the business half for creativity.

That's the plan, anyway. Let's see if I can make it work!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Welcome to 2019!

What will be in store for me this year?

Let's see: I started a new job (part-time) and I'm enjoying that so far. It keeps me just busy enough.

I'll be writing the last book in the original Endless American Dream Series. I have plans to write another one that is a follow-on to the originals, but the initial 9-book series should be done this year (except for major edits, I'm sure!)

I'll write one or two more mysteries this year. I have at least one releasing this year, and maybe two.

My health appears to be fine and no major worries there (fingers crossed!)

Based on all that, it looks like smooth sailing ahead -- stay tuned and I'll let you know if I'm right!