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Jolly Motivation: Week One

Jolly Motivation: Week One

Well, here we are already! Week one of my ‘come on old chap buck up and fly right’ self-motivation schedule has come and gone, so how’d I do? Well, not terribly, but not terrifically either. I have yet to achieve either of my goals, but I wrote quite a bit and sorted out a couple of tricky things that had been hanging over my head. The arrival of hideously addictive space roguelike-like FTL slowed productivity quite a bit, especially after I got it into my head to take notes during a session and it turned into something I just had to write (Crew Of The Osprey: A Recollection). That wasn’t such a disciplined thing to do, although I had a lot of fun and it’s been a while since I got into that kind of writing space, where everything was clear and all I needed was time to hammer out the words—it feels like everything I’m working on right now is fiddly and intricate, with a lot of things to balance and think about and consider, and just splurting out ten thousand words of straightforward space adventure was a nice break from all that. All in all I can’t say I regret it, but in terms of focus I feel that I need to improve.

Taking down the rebel flagship with fire bombs is an accomplishment, but is it productive? (Spoiler: No.)

So! My stated goals for the week were:

1) Charlotte Powers #5 outlined to a basic degree; connection with #4 firmly dealt with.
2) Episode 10 of Tactics Heart outlined and written.

And on both counts I have failed. CP#5 still isn’t outlined and the connection to #4 needs further expansion. Tactics Heart 10 IS outlined, but only around three-quarters written. So, in terms of actual new words over the past week (not counting the FTL thing), I got around ten thousand out. Which isn’t bad, but still, Could Do Better. With that in mind:

* Charlotte Powers #5 outlined SERIOUSLY.
* Charlotte Powers #4 sorted out in terms of continuity and such.
* Tactics Heart Episode 10 very definitely written.
* Tactics Heart Episode 11 outlined.

* Tactics Heart Episode 11 written.
* Charlotte Powers #4 edited.
* Stop playing FTL so much gosh.

See you next week!

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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Of Writing


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And They Have A Plan

Why yes, that IS a Battlestar Galactica reference in the title! Blood & Chrome, eh? Can’t come fast enough, am I right? Caprica was gone all too soon, the BSG finale and most of the final season was a bit naff what’s with all the head angels is this scifi or fantasy etc etc

(Although let me just say, aside from a couple of filler blips, season two of the new BSG was among the best and most compelling television I’ve watched in the last decade.)

(Also frakking Adama, man.)

(“Wouldn’t count on it.”)

(And and and Doc Cottle; “… was unforgivable.” YES.)

Somehow this has become a post about how much I love BSG, but let’s get back on track. Previously my plan, regarding the whole indie author thing, was to just write whatever I liked and publish it when it was ready and if people enjoyed it then that was great and if nobody liked anything I wrote then that was fine too. And actually that’s still the plan, because it’s working for me and it’s fun. But over the last half year or so I have been thinking about things, future things, and a vague sort of solidity has begun to form.



Forty books published by 2021.


After polishing and releasing all of my currently-written books, focus on releasing first-in-series and second-in-series, as well as standalones. Subsequent-in-series driven by demand, unless I really just want to write them.

Publish something new every four months or so. Every season a new book, as it were.


Have ten books out by the end of the year.

Have fifteen books out by the end of next year.


Gain enough popularity to kickstart a comic version of a certain upcoming project into being. (I feel almost guilty about writing it as a book, it really would work better as a comic.)

Bump into Peter Jackson while he’s filming The Hobbit near my house, happen to mention my books, ????, movie.

Be able to say “I have a platform!” without it being an outright lie.


Just Keep Writing.

So, with all of that said, the projects I will be working on next are most likely, and in no particular order:

Against Darker Days (Resonance 2: Resonate Harder)
The Enduring Unlife Of Imogen Shroud (ImoShrou 2: The New Batch)
This Impossible World, This Impossible Girl (Miya Black IV: The Legend Of Curly’s Gold)
Hidden Power (Charlotte Powers 3: The Quickening)
Fantasy Losers (Or Whatever I End Up Actually Calling It: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor)
Time Is But The Stream (Again, Probably Not The Final Title: Hypercube)
Swansong (Jean Scarlet: Operation Condor)

Goodness, that’s quite a lot of different series (although I’m doing my very best to make the two new books standalones). This is like a very slow, methodical version of ‘keep the plates spinning’.


Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Of Writing


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In Which The Author Person Gets His Groove Back (He Didn’t Even Realise It Was Gone)

I had to wait a full day before writing this, because every time I tried before all that came out was OH FAR OUT SO EXCITING YES YES YES DID YOU SEE AND OH AND AH AND EEEEEEEE. I couldn’t express myself, basically, except in squeeish.

So. Here we go. Calmed down a little now. Of course, I’m talking about Avatar: The Legend of Korra. Avatar is pretty much my favourite cartoon–heck, why not just admit it, it’s one of my favourite things regardless of medium. I’m not alone in this, and there’s a reason: it’s amazing. Truly a marvel in this odd world we share–but many people have already spoken at length about how and why Avatar is as great as it is. I don’t need to sing its praises; they’ve already been sung. And my excitement at this new trailer isn’t unique, there are thousands of people, millions, all squeeing along with me. I mean, sure, I could go on about how much I already love Korra and how splendid everything looks and how TOPH’S DAUGHTER IS THE METALBENDING CHIEF OF POLICE OH MY PORK but I’ll attempt to restrain myself. Maybe a cleansing breath. Maybe a fresh paragraph.

Usually I avoid information about upcoming things that I know I’m going to enjoy–Mass Effect 3, for example, I know I’m going to buy it just as soon as it’s released, so I don’t need to seek out every little detail released about it. I’m already ‘sold’, so to speak. It was the same with Final Fantasy VIII, lo those many years ago, I actively avoided EVERYTHING to do with it because I wanted to go in fresh, and I’m really so glad I did.

But Korra, though … I can’t help myself. I think I’ll be able to hold myself back once the buzz from the trailer wears off (I’m still kind of tingling about it) (and yes, I’ve watched it like twenty times), but right now I’m finding it difficult to think about anything else.

Except one thing:

This is what I want.

In the past I’ve struggled to clearly define my goals as an author person, beyond ‘writing lots of books and making them as good as I can’. I like getting sales and I love getting feedback and I’m always happy when I hear that someone enjoyed what I wrote, but even if nobody ever reads my books I’m still going to write them. It’s not really for other people that I spend so much time on tiny details and on editing and proofing until I’m sick of the sight of the blasted thing. It’s because when I make something I want to be proud of it–proud to have my name on it. I write selfishly; for myself, not for others.

But now I realise that THIS is what I want, sometime in the distant and misty future. I think I mentioned once about wanting a hundred fans, people who felt that my books were FOR them. This is becoming a more solid goal, but the specifics are … changing. I want to announce something, or release details of a future project, and attract the kind of excitement that Korra is generating. Is this feasible? To be totally honest, I think it is. Not on the same scale, of course, I’d be crazy to expect that, and not soon, I have a lot of writing ahead of me, a lot of years to slowly find those people out there in the world who care about things the way I care about them. But that’s my goal, and I feel it’s not an unrealistic one. That’s what I’m aiming for. Not just to be ‘successful’. Not just to sell some books. But to create something that inspires passion and excitement and love to this kind of depth. I may not be there yet, but I believe that I’m on my way. It could take five years, it could take a decade, and maybe it won’t even be any of my current series that put me where I want to be but I believe that if I just keep going, I will get there.

I’m riding blind, but I know where I’m heading.

For now, and for the future:

Just Keep Writing.

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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Of Writing


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State Of My Personal Indie Nation – June 2011 Edition

That month seemed to go by particularly swiftly. I don’t feel like I got a lot done in it, either, although sickness (both my own and that of my daughters) played a part in my lack of productivity. In any case, let’s begin, as always, with some numbers:

June 2011 Sales

Miya Black, Pirate Princess I: Adventure Dawns – 3
Miya Black, Pirate Princess II: Freedom & Responsibility – 0
Charlotte Powers: Power Down – 23
Resonance Book One: Birds Of Passage – 2
The Undying Apathy Of Imogen Shroud – 10
The Boy & Little Witch – 3

So quite a jump for Charlotte Powers, from 9 to 23. Why has it suddenly taken off? It’s the only one of my books that I haven’t done a giveaway for and yet it’s by far my biggest seller. In fact, in June Charlotte Powers: Power Down sold more copies than in the four previous months combined, and went from my second-lowest seller to my highest-seller. There’s only one thing I did this month, one change I made; I added Power Down to the Kindle / Comics / Superhero category. Apparently you only need a few sales to get into the top ten in this category, and apparently a couple of people actually look at those lists. Currently Power Down is at #3, although its position fluctuates wildly–yesterday, for example, it was at #12.

In any case, my total sales for the month comes out to a rather pleasant 41 in total, which makes it my best month yet by, oh, five. So far I’ve had a small increase in sales every month, which is really nice, I’m comfortable (and very happy) with a gradual increase. I received quite a few reviews this month, too, my sales-review ratio is about 6:1 right now, although it’s a little skewed due to the giveaway reviews I’ve received. The Boy & Little Witch, for example, is in the odd position of having more reviews than actual sales.

This month I started entering data into a spreadsheet, just to be able to more easily keep track of things:

So, aside from making fun charts, what have I actually accomplished this month? First, let’s talk about promotion. I did zero promotion this month–wait, no, that’s a lie, I had two guest posts on two different blogs. Unfortunately, I can’t say that they helped, as in both cases they led to days-long sales droughts. Oh well, I had fun doing them, that’s the important thing. As previously mentioned, I also switched categories for Charlotte Powers, which definitely helped. Other than that, nothing.

In terms of writing, this was not a productive month. Around forty thousand words on the first draft of Against Darker Days, around fifty thousand on Power Play. Blergh. I know it’s not a race but I expect more of myself. In terms of other activity, I did a little editing, wrote some notes, spent a day researching something that probably won’t even end up in the final book–just odds and ends, nothing substantial or noteworthy.

Looking at next month (my ACTUAL sixth month as an indie author), I think I need to be more disciplined with my writing. I’ve let myself slack off lately, mostly due to tiredness, but that’s no excuse. My solid goal is to have the first draft of Power Play finished, and it’d be nice to get a first draft of Against Darker Days done too–there are a lot of structural problems with that book, but I need a finished first draft before I can really start addressing them. I’m also very definitely releasing Miya Black III, I’ve just kept putting it off and putting it off but it has to be done. Formatting, final proof, release. So:

July 2011 Goals:
1 – Very definitely release Miya Black III.
2 – Finish first draft of Power Play.
3 – Finish first draft of Against Darker Days.

After all that’s done, I’m not really sure what I’ll do next. I’m going to take a break after finishing those two first drafts and just potter around for a few days, so I’ll work on whatever takes my fancy. I’m quite keen to get the third Charlotte Powers book (Hidden Power) done, so maybe … I’d quite like to release the second and third reasonably close together. I have a feeling that the third book will be easy to write, too, since it’s a much tighter story than the second one–closer in feel to the first, although at the same time completely different. I’m also going to spend more time working on the overall story arc for the whole series, once the second book exists as a first draft I’ll be able to really start thinking about what I need to include and foreshadow and so on. I had one small idea that completely floored me when it came to mind–almost like a joke, like “What if this happened, that’d be totally bizarre, hahahaha, oh man, that’d … hmm …” so I have to think about that some more.

Website also. I have some ideas for the layout that I think might work nicely. Kind of a template system. Not as important as actual writing, but it’d be nice to have more of a presence than just a WordPress bjournal. Not that there’s anything wrong with this, but a website is more … solid.

As for actual releases this year, Power Play’s a definite, probably in August or September, Against Darker Days is a maybe (perhaps November at the earliest, it’s going to take a while to edit it into shape), Miya Black III is a definite for July, Miya Black IV is a probable for maybe October. Charlotte Powers 3 could be on for November or December. I’d like to have ten books in total out before the end of the year. I think I’m well on track to that. Then for next year? It’d be really nice to finish off the Charlotte Powers series, actually. If I could just get myself to focus on one series, just get it all out there–and the story lends itself to shorter books, so maybe … that might be a good goal. After all, it’s my best selling series, even if that only means I’ve sold forty copies.

In any case, it’s been another fun month as an indie author. On to the next!

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in My Personal Indie Nation


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Kindle vs Japanese: Nobody Wins, Lots Of People Like Doctor Who Apparently (who would’ve guessed?)

So apparently the Kindle can’t display non-English characters. Boo. That kind of puts paid to my great idea of writing bilingual short story things. I guess I could make each page an image file … but then again maybe not. Once again, boo.

Also, check this out, search terms leading to this bjournal:

where did pirate go doctor who
doctor who what happened to the other pirate
doctor who, spoilers, the black spot
doctor who who is woman with eyepatch
doctor who: curse of the black spot
eye patch woman, doctor who curse of the black spot
what happened to the other pirate doctor who
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what happen to pirate on doctor who
doctor who historical accuracy curse of the back spot
dr who pirate episode awful
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“it’s a big club, we should get”
where did the pirate go doctor who

… so apparently there are a couple of people out there who like Doctor Who. Hello, people! I like it too! Game of Thrones tonight, do you like that as well? We should all get together and talk about what a great show it is.

Anyway, I’ve been really unproductive lately–yesterday was special, Mother’s Day, so that’s a valid excuse, but today? No excuses at all. I have to edit. My goal is to do six chapters, so that’d take me up to chapter ten. Achievable, I think.

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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Of Writing


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Popular Indie Authors, Slight Disappointment, Not Trying To Judge, What I Want

All right! I feel like I’ve been really neglecting my self-promotional activities lately. Mostly due to not being able to think of anything new to do. So I got the thought that maybe I should study ‘the masters’ to see what makes them great. To that end, I’m going to download and read the samples of one of J.A. Konrath’s books and one of Amanda Hocking’s books, and see if there’s anything they’re doing that I could maybe learn from. It’s long shot, I admit, but worth a go.

I’m going to start with Amanda Hocking’s Hollowland, chosen because I have more interest in zombies than vampires or … whatever her other books are about, to be honest I saw ‘zombie’ and lost all interest in everything else. Everyone. Loves. Zombies. Without further ‘ado’, let’s get into it! I’m kind of excited about this, to be honest.

Hm. Maybe I need to do a review thing here. I think I need to separate my thoughts.

Amanda Hocking’s “Hollowland”

Cover: Fine. I don’t personally like photo covers but at least the colours are nice and it’s been competently put together–although the title blends into the background too much.

Title: Good. It’s a little generic but that doesn’t matter, it’s evocative and has good series potential. It also rolls off the tongue nicely, Hollowland, you’ve got that double L-flick which is always fun.

Formatting: Oh dear. Not good, I’m afraid. I was expecting a lot better. No page breaks–not even between the legal notice and the actual story–indented first paragraphs, no table of contents, bizarre chapter breaks (kind of a writing thing but we’ll get to that in a minute), generally sloppy. It doesn’t take much to fix these problems, so really this is inexcusable for someone with Hocking’s resources.

Editing: Oh, DEAR. By the time I’d reached the end of the sample–and I was really forcing myself by that point–I was far more focused on spotting errors than on anything else. Missing letters, missing words, incorrect capitalisation–simple things that any decent editor should have caught. I expected much better from Amanda Hocking–her work is, after all, the ‘first contact’ with indie authors for a lot of people. No wonder indie books have such a reputation for being typo- and mistake-ridden if this is our most triumphant example. Disappointing.

Writing: Poor. Flat characters, cliched dialogue, multiple examples of telling when showing would be better, instances of telling when we’ve ALREADY been shown, similes that simply didn’t make sense, ‘gaggle of zombies’ instantly removes all sense of menace (not that there was much to begin with) as well as being flat-out wrong (unless I missed something and the zombies are all geese), sentences that simply made no sense, jarring use of ‘head-hopping’, parts felt like I was reading an outline rather than a story, ‘hella gross’, general feeling of being talked down to by someone who doesn’t really know what they’re talking about. I’m not even going to go into the lion. I could go on but I’m actually starting to feel mean now. I expected the writing to be better.

Zombies: Ugh. Again this ‘mutated rabies virus’ thing. Let it go, it’s not interesting. Is there a campaign against fast zombies? If not there really, really should be. WALKING dead, people, WALKING. Also, apparently Hocking’s zombies eat each other, which begs the question, why would you ever see more than one really fat zombie at a time?

Conclusion: Mediocre. Not terrible, but not good. I love zombies, I love zombie stories, but I was truly forcing myself to get to the end of even the sample. Mostly it was the characters who kept me at a distance–if they’d been engaging and interesting I would’ve been able to forgive dull zombies and poor writing and bad editing and shoddy formatting. But they weren’t engaging or interesting, and I felt no attachment to them whatsoever. I didn’t care what happened to them, and so I didn’t care about the book.

What Can I Learn From This? Um. Possibly that you don’t have to be a particularly good writer to succeed? I already knew that, though. Write to your audience, maybe? A five year-old will seem impressive to a three year-old, I guess if Amanda Hocking’s audience is used to this level of writing–or worse–then this could seem okay.

Just to be clear about this, I went into the book with an open mind and no expectations–no, actually, that’s not true, my expectations were that I’d enjoy it. That I’d find something to like. I don’t begrudge Amanda Hocking her success nor do I want her to fail. But she really needs an editor and a formatter. She can certainly afford them.

Right! Onto the next. Let me cleanse my palette with a little Zane Grey, and then I’ll take a look at J.A. Konrath’s The List. My expectation going in is that I’ll find competent-to-good writing but a story that doesn’t engage me–nothing to do with Mr Konrath, thrillers just aren’t my thing. I chose The List because, well, honestly it was the first book of his I found that seemed ‘standalone’. Also ‘technothriller’ seemed marginally more interesting than just a straight ‘thriller’.

J.A. Konrath’s “The List”

Title: Does nothing for me. The List. Generic and dull. But then most thrillers have titles like this, so I guess he’s playing to the genre.

Cover: Adequate. The composition is nice. Not sure what’s going on with the teeny-tiny ‘the’ over the enormous ‘list’. “History Is About To Repeat Itself…” does nothing for me. I think if you wanted a cover that could blend skillfully with other covers, this would be a good choice.

Formatting: Ah, now THIS is more like it. We’ve got a custom title page, custom chapter headings (ugly and a little blurry but oh well), proper page breaks, (mostly) good indentation, a pleasure to read. One thing, though; the first line is dialogue, so it should be indented even though it’s the first paragraph. Tiny little mistake there that we’ll overlook; I award The List a “Well Done!” for formatting.

Editing: I only read the first three chapters (to be honest I was fairly burnt-out after forcing my way to the end of Hollowland’s sample), but the things I caught were minor. I thought there was one, but apparently ‘Dumpster’ is an actual brand! So it wasn’t a mistake at all. Still kind of distracting, though. From what I read, this is fine.

Writing: Has ‘show, don’t tell’ gone out of fashion? If I was trying this for real–that is, if I’d downloaded the sample because I was actually interested in the book–I would’ve stopped at “Ugly way to die”. Putting that aside, none of the characters engaged me, nothing about the prose sparked anything in me, dialogue was cliched, secondary characters might as well have been cardboard cutouts with tape recorders sellotaped to them, branding seemed out of place and distracting (do I really need to know it was a Maglite flashlight or that the coffee wasn’t from Starbucks?) (putting brands in italics (inconsistently) I also found odd). “His breath was garlic and peppers”, no. To sum up, I’d say the writing was mediocre. Not bad but not great.

What Can I Learn From This? Again, ‘um’. To be honest this is pretty much what I’ve seen in other thrillers I’ve tried–mediocre-competent writing, unengaging characters, mysteries and threats I can’t quite bring myself to care about. So in short, I have learnt nothing.

But that’s okay! To quote Seinfeld, “No hugs, no learning”. And I kind of feel good now. These aren’t some kind of super-writers who are achieving these successes. It’s partly down to luck, I know. It’s partly down to writing in a genre people actually read. But I’m not looking for Hocking/Konrath levels of success, to be perfectly honest the thought of that gives me the willies. So what do I want? Good question! I’m glad I asked it! I’m coming on up to the end of my second month as an indie author, my first full month, and it seems as good a time as any to think about what I’d ideally like to achieve with all of this.

You know what I’d really like? I’d like a hundred fans. I’d like a hundred people who enjoy my books, who understand my books, a hundred people to whom my books speak. I’d like them to speculate on what’s going to happen next in the series, to discuss the little hints and scraps of foreshadowing I’ve scattered about, to talk about their favourite characters and moments, to say “Wasn’t it AWESOME when …”, to do a happy dance when I announce a new book or a new series. To talk about how a Miya Black videogame might work, about who they’d cast in a movie version. I’d like to read the ‘popular highlights’ and go “Oh yay, I love that line too” or “Why is this so popular?”. I’d like them to complain about the changes I’ve made, the directions I’ve gone in, about my choices. I’d like them to come storming onto the Internet after they read books six and seven of Miya Black or pretty much any Resonance book screaming “YOU IRREDEEMABLE BASTARD!”. That’s what I’d like.

And so back to work. Editing! I should finish today, only seventy pages to go, phew. Home stretch. Editing isn’t strenuous but it does get a little, I don’t know–when I’m not actually creating anything I get a bit twitchy. Still enjoying reading and I’m almost up to the climax, which I’m just … I’m so happy with how it came out. I think it’s one of the best climaxes I’ve written, everything comes together just so. It’s very satisfying. Still have the warm little hopeful feeling that Imogen Shroud could be my ‘break’, that Everyone Loves Zombies and so maybe, just maybe, this could be the gateway through which more people find me.


Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Of Writing


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Electronic vs Paper, why can’t we all get along? “That’s right … ELECTRONIC PAPER!” *zap* “Ouch!”

Thinking about electronic books versus paper books, specifically my decision to focus on the Kindle. Hardly anyone in New Zealand has one, which means my ‘local’ market basically doesn’t exist, it’s only through iPhones and such that people around me can buy my books. I’ve read a lot of people saying how they’ve encountered a kind of pity, when they tell people that they publish electronically, but I have to say I haven’t encountered anything like that at all. What I’ve gotten has been curiosity, about the process and how it all works, and quite often disappointment–that they can’t easily buy my books, as they don’t have a Kindle or similar device. But never the kind of “Oh, so you couldn’t get traditionally published” reaction that other people have reported.

I actually never tried to get traditionally published. For a start, I live in a small city in a small country, and our publishing industry is not the largest. Most New Zealand writers get agents based in New York, but to me that seemed like a huge amount of hassle. Also, I was always so worried about losing control, I’d heard so many horror stories from people who’d actually managed to get a publishing contract but felt they’d ‘lost’ their book, that they had no control over the cover, that they were required to make changes–I literally had nightmares about this, in one of them Miya Black got picked up but the cover was a photograph of a pretty blonde girl with an eye patch, “Oh, we’ve changed Miya to be blonde and pretty and tall and now she actually looks like a pirate” “NOOOOOOO~” etc.

I did investigate agents, way back when, but none of them seemed right for me. Maybe if I had been able to meet with them, to talk with them–but, again, small city fellow here, no agents nearby. I’d have to go to Auckland or somewhere even to meet with them, not an easy (or cheap) trip. For a while I went through Createspace, and my books are still available from there, and I may publish more through them in the future, but I never felt quite comfortable–for a start, ordering my books cost me so much in shipping that I couldn’t bear to sell them for anything resembling a profit. Putting them in local shops was out of the question, nobody would make any money at all. Since then there has arisen a new printer in Nelson, Copypress, and the books they produce are of comparable quality to Createspace’s–but they’re still very expensive, over ten dollars a book with no discount for bulk.

Electronic publishing is … it’s great. I love it. I love the concept, I love the execution, I love the Kindle. I love that it allows me to potentially reach millions of people without leaving my office. (Well, couch.) I love that there are no overheads and that I can sell books for 99 cents each and still make a profit–that’s mental, don’t you think? I still can’t get over how amazing that is, I feel like running into the street and grabbing people and saying, “Have you HEARD about this?”. I love that I can see this becoming a career, that this could actually lead to my having some freedom, that I could even maybe sometime in the future have the opportunity to move my family to Japan for a while–impossible right now, because of our financial situation, but I know my wife would love it, and I would too, and it’d be great for our daughters to properly experience that side of their heritage. My wife has a huge extended family too, the opposite of what I have here (which is a close, tight family), and every time I’ve been over there I’ve loved that feeling of belonging to such a wide, lovely group of people. So I guess that’s part of it, too, I’d like to be successful enough to have the financial freedom to go wherever I wanted, to live wherever I wanted … and that I could do this from anywhere, I could write and publish from anywhere.

Maybe there is still prejudice against electronic publishing, even if I haven’t personally seen it. But I think that’s going to change, and soon, and drastically. The big publishers are already running damage control. The old models and systems are collapsing. I see the future as one of individuals–freelance editors, designers, writers, marketers, all of us working together to create great things. We’re riding the wave, and the future is bright. Things are just going to get better.

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Of Writing


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The Dull Stabbing Pain Of Criticism, Goals, Troping, Indecision

I submitted the new Adventure Dawns cover to Cover Art Review, which is a fun little critique blog. I think I take criticism quite well, but there’s always that initial, oof, that first little stab of cold pain through your chest when someone’s less than 100% enthusiastic about you or your work. Maybe other people don’t get this, for me it’s something I have to overcome every time. Still, I like getting feedback, positive or negative. That’s why the Internet is great, people don’t have to see the look of anguish on my face as I read about how terrible I am.

I’m not actually counting that as my promotion for the day, mostly because it’ll take a while for it to come up in the queue. So sometime today I have to come up with another idea for promoting myself. Hmm.

In the meantime, let’s talk about goals. Are goals important? I think so, yes. Here are my current goals for 2011:

Sell 108 books. Why 108 rather than a neat 100? Well if you have to ask

Publish The Undying Apathy Of Imogen Shroud, Miya Black III: Fractured Lives and IV: This Impossible World, This Impossible Girl, Resonance Book Two: Against Darker Days, Jean Scarlet: Swansong, and Charlotte Powers: Power Play. (Phew!) Ambitious but achievable, I think.

This song is good, what is this? Markus Schultz, ‘Goodbye’. I like this, this is nice.

That wasn’t a goal, I just got distracted. Um, where was I? More long-term goals? Well, why not! Let’s go:

Publish forty books before I turn forty.

Get a TVTropes page for one of my books, made by a fan rather someone I asked to do it. Also, have one of my works be the source of a Most Triumphant Example, Codifier, or Namer for a trope. A couple of Crowners would also be lovely.

I owe TVTropes a lot. I honestly don’t think I’d be half as good a writer without it. Also, I love finishing a work and then scurrying over to TVTropes to see what other people made of it. Or just reading the TVTropes page for something I can’t be bothered actually reading/watching/playing; efficient!

Yesterday was a break day after finishing the first draft of Imogen Shroud, but today I have to start working again. That means deciding what to work on. There are a couple of options in front of me:

Do the final proof on Miya Black III
Except I still feel like I need a little more distance from this one, a little more time apart.

Work on Resonance Book Two: Against Darker Days
Which would mean notes, research and outlining. Lots of outlining.

Work on Charlotte Powers: Power Play
This is the project I’m the furthest through–I have lots of notes and a substantial chunk of it already outlined. I could even start writing at this point.

Work on Jean Scarlet: Swansong
I do want to write this one, but maybe not just yet.

Proof-and-editing run on Miya Black IV
I have to admit that this is tempting. But also not the most efficient use of my time right now. I just kind of want to read it again.

Well, anyway, while I think about what I should be doing, let’s distract ourselves with a BJK Factoid TRIPLE THREAT:

BJK Factoid #38: My favourite PSX game is Vagrant Story.

BJK Factoid #39: My favourite Final Fantasy is VIII.

BJK Factoid #40: My favourite Breath of Fire is Dragon Quarter.

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Of Writing


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