Monday, February 23, 2015

Another reading challenge update

Well, I am making much better progress on the 2015 reading challenge than I had anticipated. I've finished my 7th book of the year with Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. It was a great way to get introduced to the imaginative world of Steampunk, and I recommend it if you are wondering what all those gears and fanciful costumes are all about.

I also had to add All the Stars in the Sky by Sarah Lyons Fleming which I read last week. Have I told you all how amazing the Until The End Of The World series is? I haven't?? Well, let me tell you that it has been an amazing read, and All The Stars In The Sky is a fantastic final book. You have GOT to look this series up if you are even remotely interested in survivalist stories, zompoc, chick lit or... anything else that a normal person would be interested in. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

So many thanks

I am so in awe of all of you readers out there.

It has only been five short months since the release of Adaline. Already, it has sold nearly 1/3 of the copies I was hoping to sell in a 5 year period. I have gotten email from readers excited for the next book in the series.

I've been writing for pay for several years now, and although I am not cashing checks like JK Rowling I will say that my gas tank is a little fuller, and my purse is a little heavier than it was when I first started.

I am so thankful to those of you who have bought, downloaded, borrowed and found the time to read Adaline. It means so much to me to be seeing the numbers growing. Thank you all for your support. Thank you for asking for Adaline at your local libraries, borrowing through Kindle Unlimited and coming out to see me at signings and events.

There isn't anything else to say except that after a couple of the hardest years in my life, this glimmer of growth is keeping me moving forward. I sincerely thank each and every one of you.

Friday, February 6, 2015

On Snooty Authors

I am about to have a soapbox moment, so if you don't want to hear it please navigate away from my blog to look at sleepy kittens, adorable toddlers or playful puppies.

OK. Here's my beef: What is it with authors who belittle other authors?

I recently had a conversation with someone who made a comment about the little people who use print on demand, co-publishing, vanity publishing, etc. to produce their books. It went a little something like this: "Ick."

What I don't understand is, why does this even matter? A person sat down and put their whole being into a piece of work. This writing took away from their other hobbies, relationships, responsibilities, sleep and lifestyle in general for a period of time. Then, once complete to a point that they were brave enough to share it with others, they sat down, Googled some options, and chose the publishing route that worked best for them. Maybe they slogged away for years to find a publisher (like I did for Age/Sex/Location). Maybe they said "Eff this" and self published (as I have for A Giraffe in the Room and Adaline). Maybe they were lucky and they knew a guy who knew a guy at one of the big publishers. Maybe they got together with a friend and formed a small press or joined a writer's co-op. Maybe they dumped their whole book onto a blog or forum. Maybe they sent an entire novel out in a series of text messages.

Yes, I completely understand that different publishing decisions have an impact on what happens to a book. There are a lot of sharks out there who are eager to help a writer publish for a fee. There are lots of small presses who don't sell more than a hundred copies from their catalog in a year. There are a lot of dead ends, short roads and winding paths in the world of publishing. Who the *$&% cares which option an author chooses? At least they chose something. They made the effort, and they are either happy with the result or not. It is not up to other people to judge.

Look. Here is the bottom line for me. People talk about writing books. They might jot down notes once in a great while. But the overwhelming percentage of people who think writing a book sounds like a great idea, DON'T WRITE A BOOK.

If you, or someone like you, happens to have found a way to fight through months/years of writer's block, family demands, eye rolls and chuckles at the coffee shop long enough to write "The End" and then get a cover around those pages, Kudos to you. It doesn't matter how you get your book into reader's hands. What matters is that you had an idea, tended to it until it grew into a complete story, and then were brave enough to put it in front of readers. Maybe the only person who reads your story is your spouse, maybe it's a million people following the New York Times book lists. It doesn't matter to me if you dispense your work on foot or on the top shelf of your local bookstore.

You did it. I did it. We did it our own way, and screw anyone who poo-poo's the effort.

/end rant. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Don't Judge a Book

Earlier this month I was able to provide some copies of Adaline to some wonderful readers on Goodreads for review. I am so pleased to share this review with you from Emily-Ann at Don't Judge a Book.

I am so pleased when one of my books is enjoyed by a reader. Here is just a glimpse at what she has to say:

"There's so much wrong with the world inside this book, but it's not a bad kind of wrong. The sameness, the lack of freedom, and the constant hovering of evil robot nurses that will spray you with sleeping gas if you aren't a good boy, is unsettling, and for me, angering."

Please click the blurb above to head over to her blog to read the rest of this review. Many thanks to Emily-Ann for reading and giving her opinion.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Updated Reading Challenge

Here is my updated reading challenge list! I am just getting into All the Stars in the Sky by the great Sarah Lyons Fleming. It will be a sad read as it's the final book in a series that I have thoroughly enjoyed.  

How are you doing on your 2015 reading challenge?