When magic and murder collide, a half-trained seer and a former NYC cop-turned-PI may be your last chance....
Four novellas, no waiting!
Did you work today? Are you sure?
There is a trend among many writers, fostered by nifty word-count bars and graphics, to post metrics of daily word count. This is a useful tool. It forces accountability and many of us – lazy writers that we are – need that public accountability to get shit done.
However, the trend is also a dangerous one, because it leads to the feeling that unless you have nailed a certain word count you haven’t actually “done” anything.
We’re all guilty of it – “I did X and Y but I only wrote 500 words so the day’s a failure.”
Let me respond to that as pithily as I know how.
A story isn’t words. Words are what convey the story. The stronger and more effective your conveyance, the better people respond. That’s the goal. But there is more to “writing” than the actual act of crafting sentences.
There is research, and planning, and thinking. Note-taking and chasing down facts, and considering about how it all connects. It may not feel like writing, and it’s not always as much fun as writing (except to the few, the proud, the research junkies), but it feeds the writing. It creates a deeper, more layered and thoughtful story. More, research triggers ideas, and the ideas trigger thoughts, and those thoughts move the story in ways we-the-writer might not have anticipated or planned.
So how can that process be any less “writing a story” than the actual choosing/typing of words?
Idea + Plotting + Research + Word choice + Editing/revising = Writing.
Post your word counts if it works for you. If it doesn’t, if it makes you feel stressed out or unhappy because it highlights the fact that you spent the day ears-deep in research or inputting editorial corrections rather than laying down new words? Don’t. Deep-six the word meter and wallow in the fact that you were doing some damned heavy lifting.
Don’t allow yourself –or anyone else – to discount everything that comes before (or after) the laying down of words as “not writing.” Because you ARE. From inspiration to perspiration to polish. And you should give yourself credit for the whole damned difficult process.
(to find the collection this ended up in, check out
The Usual Path to Publication
27 stories about 27 ways in
edited by Shannon Page
A BVC Original
With as many "success stories" as there are authors, there is no usual path to publication. Here, for your edification and entertainment, are a double dozen (and more) examples.
An essay collection of the many Unusual, inspirational, bizarre, even dreadful tales of how writers actually got published -- and how even that is not the end of the story.
Danny Hendrickson — ex-cop turned PI — and his partner Ellen could be any low-rent private investigators trying to make a difference, and a living, in New York City.
Except Danny’s father was a faun, and Ellen is a storm-seer.
Which means that they bridge the line between human and fatae, between Talent and Null — and specialize in helping people who fall into the dangers between…
In “An Interrupted Cry,” a blackout hits New York City. Talent — cut off from the current that fuels their abilities — are at a disadvantage. Already reeling from one of her visions, Ellen discovers that her partner/mentor, Danny Hendrickson, has gone missing, leaving a violent scene behind…
…and the city is in the dark about what’s coming, in more ways than one.
(this edition has been slightly and carefully revised from the Kickstarter edition.)
MILES TO GO
PROMISES TO KEEP
(for December only, at BVC only. Once 2016 rolls in, the price rolls up again)
(note: TWOH will not be on Amazon/BN until after T'giving)
I had not been aware, previously, that foghorns could convey exasperation and rudeness quite so clearly as they do.
Slogging along on many thing that need to be written and re-written and rewritten once again. Meanwhile, it's my turn in the "whatcha reading?" hotseat over at Book View Cafe.
And my epic fantasy novella (with sea serpents! And wine!) "From Whence You Came" is 50% off!
“A thoughtful examination of the consequences of magic; stands alone and away from its progenitor series well. Getting to see a legendary hero as a real and flawed person is a strong technique, and the author takes full advantage of that…..” — SF SIgnal
(and remember: all books sold through BVC support the writer directly...and are NOT device-specific.)
*snarls a little*
If you want to give a finger to pirates, and a hand-up to the creators, may I suggest stopping by Book View Cafe to do your shopping? All monies from books bought at BVC go directly a) to the author and b) to maintain the BVC co-operative.
And I shall add here, in addition to the books recommended there, the following:
Perfect Pitch by mindyklasky
I'm not a heavy romance reader, nor am I into baseball-themed books, but Mindy has a lovely, light touch, and how can you resist this description? "Reigning beauty queen Samantha Winger is launching her pet project, a music program for kids. All she has to do is follow the pageant’s rules—no smoking, drinking, or “cavorting” in public."
otterdance, aka Lynn Flewelling, has a new Nightrunner book out! SHARDS OF TIME is the 7th book in the series, and if you haven't read the first 6 you really really really should. And then pick up the 7th, which is on top of my TBR pile even as I type this...
The OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE is replicated below, in all its glory. But the important thing for readers of this blog:
AND "MILES TO GO" AND "PROMISES TO KEEP."
And yes I am very ljf*&jh!; excited.
(I've already heard from the narrator for the first two projects, and he seems to be having a good time with them. Updates when/as I have 'em, including on-sale dates...)
Book View Café
Contact: Sue Lange
Book View Café Signs Deal with Audible
August 21, 2013 -- Book View Café (BVC), the author-run publishing company, today announced an agreement with Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content. The worldwide English-language audio rights deal, which includes a substantial part of BVC’s rapidly growing catalog, will make more than 100 works of romance, science-fiction, fantasy, young adult, mystery, as well as nonfiction titles available as audiobooks to a global readership. Book View Café’s impressive line-up of author-members includes Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick award winners and New York Times bestsellers.
“Having our titles available at Audible is further evidence of the momentum Book View Café has gained in the past year,” says Pati Nagle, BVC president. “In that period we’ve launched our new online bookstore, signed distribution agreements that are getting our ebooks into libraries and online booksellers worldwide, published 113 works, taken on six new members, and seen our first New York Times ebook bestseller for a BVC original.” She adds, “It’s a huge win for BVC, enabling us to outsource our audiobook services and give our authors immediate access to a vibrant and growing market segment.”
BVC’s business development manager Chris Dolley agrees. “This is the first of more such deals,” he says. “We look forward to making other titles we acquire available at Audible going forward. We want all of our authors to benefit from more exposure to Audible’s engaged and increasingly significant audience of book lovers. ”
“We are delighted to add titles from this strong group of Book View Café authors to the Audible catalog,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Our members, who download an average of 18 books a year, will especially welcome this increased selection among many of their favorite genres.”
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content comprises more than 150,000 audio programs from content providers that include leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.
About Book View Café
Book View Café is an author-owned cooperative of over forty professional writers, publishing in a variety of genres including fantasy, romance, mystery, and science fiction. In 2008, BVC launched a website,bookviewcafe.com, initially offering free fiction and gradually moving to selling ebooks of members’ backlist titles, then original titles. The cooperative has gained a reputation for producing high-quality ebooks, and is now moving into print editions. Book View Café may be found online at www.bookviewcafe.com.
For more information about BVC, please contact Sue Lange at email@example.com
Originally published at Writer. Editor. Tired Person.
In better news, this weekend also brought the BVF royalty fairy. One of the glorious things about BVC is getting more-or-less realtime (and easy to read!) royalty statements. Many kudos must go to Madeleine Robins, who - no matter how large we grow - still has not killed anyone in the sorting and sending of said royalty statements....
(And if all you know of BVC is our admittedly active and interesting blog, you really should check out the bookstore... http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/. DRM-free publishing, and home to my SFnal novella DRAGON VIRUS as well as much else that is nifty....)
Other than that, I spent the weekend working (slowly but steadily) on GIN & TONIC #3, running errands, and saying "Cas, what are you doing?" a lot. Also, "Cas, leave your brother alone." And "Cas, you idjit." Boomer is being pretty damn patient, and only hissing when the tail-jumping gets too obnoxious.
Cas is still having trouble with that whole "do not bother mom while she's working" thing...
excerpt from G&T#3:
Teddy wanted to protest - it felt wrong, to poke at a friend, a co-worker- but she was only dividing things up according to their strengths: she researched, and he, well, poked. "If either of them takes a swing at me, you're paying for my ER visit. My insurance sucks."
"Hello, self-employed here," Ginny said. "Mine's not much better. They swing, you better duck."
A few links:
what crowdfunding can do: "Inspired by Star Trek. Run on NASA technology." Pretty Damn Cool.
Burka Avenger: Potentially Seriously Awesome.
Also also: I need to do this. For Research Reasons. Who's in?
When I first started out in this biz, I heard a lot of writers talking about “casting” their books, and researching for visuals (typically actors, but not always) as part of their research prep.
And this struck me as strange (then again, I don’t create playlists for projects, either. So I may be an outlier.)
Y’see, I don’t ‘cast’ my books before/while I’m writing them – or even after, honestly*. It’s not because it wouldn’t be fun, or because I don’t think about what my characters look like… it’s just that I have to wait until they tell me what they look like.
Crossposted to BookView Cafe, if you prefer to comment there.
2) The Skiffy Internet is in an uproar because some white male readers got ewwwww!cooties from all the females and non-whites (and non-white females!) on the Nebula ballot. All I can say is: cootie-fearing fandom, grow the FUCK up already. And if you can't, then stay in your own cootie-free playpens and leave the adults alone. Sometimes there are more guys than women on the ballot(s). Sometimes there are more women than men. Genders and nationalities and skin tones shift. This? Is all GOOD. It means we have a vibrant and expanding genre with lots of good work to choose from. If you think this is something to moan about, please see above re: playpens.
3. There are a lot of new books out from Book View Cafe this week! Go checkit.
4. 2013, in addition to being the year of Being Really Damn Busy, is also the year I let myself work ALL the hours... M-F. And very few hours S-S. So far, this is... working extremely well. Workaholicism With Limits. It's the hot new
Today I: wrote 2k words. Edited someone else's story. Signed on for a long-term freelance project. Mended a coat.
All four of those things filled me with the same level of competent accomplishment. Or accomplished competence. Whatever.
The daily darling:
The boss never forbade them anything stronger, but Marie frowned on the girls drinking while they were working, saying men could make themselves foolish, but a woman never should.
$4.99 at BookView Cafe Amazon B&N
From Whence You Came: A Lands Vin Novella
$4.99 at BookView Cafe
Centuries before the Vineart War, massive sea-serpents roamed the seas, endangering the lives of all who sailed there. Only the greatest magic could keep them in check, and protect the coastlines from their depredations. And then…they disappeared. Legend credited Master Vineart Bradhai, and called him a hero.
Legend…. is not always accurate. And often, the truth is a better story.
Set in the world of the Nebula Award-nominated Vineart War trilogy
Practical Meerkat's 52 Bits of Useful Information for Young (and Old) Writers
$2.99 at BookView Cafe
Writing is a craft. Publishing is a business. Today’s world requires you to understand both.
A year’s worth of first-hand advice from the popular “Practical Meerkat” series, including:
• Knowing When Not to Complain (and how to do it)
• Bar Schmoozing with the Big Dogs (even if you don’t drink)
• Dealing with a Difficult Editor/Agent
• and 49 more!
Edited by Deborah J Ross and Phyllis Irene Radford
$4.99 at BookView Cafe
Edited by Tiffany Trent and Phyllis Irene Radford
$4.99 at BookView cafe
(and yes, this is a sideways reminder that my DRAGON VIRUS, FROM WHENCE YOU CAME, and PRACTICAL MEERKAT'S 52 BITS OF USEFUL INFORMATION on sale!) are available direct from the publisher here.... but also books from Vonda McIntyre, Pat Rice, Judith Tarr, Chris Dolley, and many others...)
You can also get DRAGON VIRUS from B&N and Amazon....
Having hit send, I then tried to figure out how many words I've written (novels and short stories, but not including multiple rewrites of same) in 2012. I'd say 350,00-ish, best guesstimate. No wonder my brain now feels like a slice of processed cheese food. Worse: if I do as planned in December, it will hit over 400,000.
I may have done more the year I was writing one Vineart book and two Cosa Nostradamus novels, plus short fiction, but considering that was the year Madame Agent said "don't do that again...."
Anyway. On to happier thoughts! Ebookses! That you can buy!
DRAGON VIRUS is now available at Amazon and B&N, for those of you who prefer to stick with your regular ebook
Buy early, buy often! And if you prefer the limited edition hardcover, Fairwood Press still has some available!
Meanwhile, BookView Cafe is having a December Sales Event on many of their ebooks, including my own PRACTICAL MEERKAT and the anthology BEYOND GRIMM.
And now, if you'll excuse me, my cheese food brain and I are going to drink some wine, and stare at the tv, and maybe try to read a book I didn't write....
EtA: Oh, and eat. I should eat something more than the bowl of rice and yogurt I had for lunch, huh?