I’ll be reading excerpts and signing book one in Richmond, VA on November 11 at 5 p.m. Come to the Weinstein JCC at 5403 Monument Ave Richmond, VA. Turns out I’m closing the JCC Book Fair, which is kind of neat.
The writing is going well again. The holes in the middle of the book are starting to be filled in, and the buildup of the end chapters is, well, building up. Now I’m at the part where I discover what’s going to happen myself. It’s an interesting thing about writing. You plot the story, make an outline, even write a few paragraphs of a scene, and then when you write the full scene you sit back and go, “Where did THAT come from?” or “Oh, I guess that scene isn’t going to work. Oh, well.”
When you’re writing, the words are perfect in your head before they hit the computer screen. And then you sit there and wonder how they changed in the few moments between the thinking and the typing. I’ve always said that if they ever perfect a tool that brings your thoughts into words on a page, writing a book would be a heck of a lot easier. Of course, I would never attach a computer to my brain, so I’ll never find out if that’s true.
In the meantime, my impossible goal is beginning to look possible, and Darkness Ascendant: Book Two of The Catmage Chronicles is getting closer to release.
Here’s one of the good (or bad) features of selling ebooks on Amazon: Your readers tell you immediately if they like your book in several different ways. They can tell you with a review, but very few actually rate the book when they finish reading it. However, there’s a marker that’s just as simple to read and also speaks volumes: The refund. You can return an ebook for the first seven days after you bought it on Amazon.
One of the things that made me very happy about my big September sale month is that nobody returned my book.
I’ve had one return so far all year, and that one came around the time of a Goodreads giveaway. I’m just fine with that.
I’ve been updating The Catmage Chronicles Facebook page, but it occurs to me that I need to keep all six of my blog readers up to date.
I got off track in recent months, but things are better now. Book two will be out no later than mid-November, and if I can get it to you earlier, I will. Julie Dillon has sent me some sketches for the cover art, and it’s her usual outstanding quality.
When I have an exact date to report, I’ll post it here. But for now, I’m planning on no later than November 15th–which also happens to be my birthday. (I love giving myself presents!)
Amazon is instituting a program called Matchbook where publishers and authors can bundle their ebook with their print book for a price of their choice. I have chosen to bundle my ebook for free if you buy the print version.
I thought about just dropping the price of the ebook, but a very wise friend pointed out that readers are already paying for the print book. They should get the digital version for free, just like you get on a DVD.
And so you will, come October. Darkness Rising is running about 30% print version to 70% ebook version. It will be interesting to see if this changes anything.
I reviewed KC Sprayberry’s fantastic new series for teenage boys, Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates (Volume 1).
You can find the review on Goodreads or Amazon, but let me just say that I don’t normally read detective/mystery novels, and I could not put this one down. It’s a SF novel set on a space station in the 24th century with a teenage protagonist who runs a detective agency. Target audience is teenage boys, but this older woman had a great time reading it!
Saw this on reddit. It’s hilarious. Click to embiggen.
Yesterday, someone bought the 250th copy of Darkness Rising: Book One of The Catmage Chronicles. I feel like this deserves some kind of celebration, but I have no idea how to find the buyer.
Tell you what: If the person who bought the Kindle version of the book on Sunday, June 23rd (possibly bought on Saturday and it took a few hours to come through in my report) comes forward with some kind of proof of purchase, I’ll send him or her a signed paperback copy. Pass it on.
Today is the last day to get the ebook of Darkness Rising: Book One of The Catmage Chronicles for $2.99 and the paperback for $11.99 ($10.70 with the added Amazon discount).
And starting tomorrow, I’m going to put the paperback into expanded distribution at CreateSpace. I’ll be asking my readers to see if they can request the paperback at their local bookstores in about a week or two.
And here’s a picture of Gracie. Just because.
Orson Scott Card in an interview about writing, on wise readers:
These boil down to belief, concern, and clarity — or, to help readers of the Pauline epistles remember it, faith, hope, and clarity. And the greatest of these, as Paul said, is clarity.
The wise reader then points out these marginal marks to the writer and says, Here I didn’t believe; there I was confused; in this spot I found I was thinking of grocery shopping. It is the writer’s job to figure out what in the text caused these poor responses, and then to figure out how to fix the problems. Foolish writers argue with the wise reader, pointing out how it’s perfectly clear, or this really happened once so it’s definitely believable, or how can you not care! Such writers don’t deserve a wise reader. The good writer thanks the wise reader and then reinvents the story so belief and concern are not lost, and edits the language so that the narrative is perfectly clear and never, never, never confusing.
I will be looking for a few wise readers for book 2, and I think these are perfect rules.