21 Apr

Reading Challenge: March/April 2018

Posting a little early because the rest of my month looks like a postapocalyptic hellscape and I’m not in the mood to read more fiction, anyway (as will become apparent below). I set my 2018 Goodreads Challenge for 24 books because 2 books a month seemed achievable even in a disaster situation. Since they count every type of “finished,” including DNF CLEANSE IT WITH HOLY FIRE, I’m already done for the year, according to them!  🎉 🎇 ✨ 💪 💃 🐙 🎆 🎊 🌟 Going by books I’ve actually read all the way through, though, I’m at 16, so I’ll hold off on my victory parade a little while longer.

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18 Apr

Progress Report: It’s all over but the screaming

We’re whizzing toward preorder time!

Editor Angie has done what she can. I have addressed her recommendations.

The sad placeholder text on the cover has been replaced.

Silent Song Cover

We tried a dozen “realistic” options for the claw-mark tattoo, and the cheap “suggestion” looks less obnoxious, so that’s how it will stay.

I’m looking at the book file like a reader will be looking at it soon.

Silent Song loaded on my Kindle.

The copyeditor will get it tomorrow, but first I have to do the writerly equivalent of tidying up before the maid comes so she can concentrate on the really messy parts.

The plan is to have preorder set up by close of business Friday. If I somehow miss the preorder cutoff for a May 1 release, I’ll release it immediately rather than make you wait longer for such a stupid reason. WE HAVE ALL WAITED LONG ENOUGH!

ETA 4/19: Proofreading is done. Amazon is loaded.

Preorder for Silent Song set up for Amazon

If I fuck it up, they’ll revoke my preorder privileges for a year, so I wouldn’t have gone forward if I wasn’t absolutely 100% ready to go. They have THE FINAL FILE, not a placeholder.

I’ll format for the other vendors and upload to them tomorrow. I’d like to get it done NOW, but I’ve put in a 14-hour day and I’m about to drop.

ETA 4/19, Later: Okay, I wasn’t going to be able to sleep, so it’s all done and trickling through the system. Links will go up as they become available!

Amazon  |  Google  |  Kobo  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Apple

I’ll work on the paperback tomorrow.

ETA 4/20: One of these days, I’ll remember to design a paperback cover FIRST and chop it down to an ebook cover because it is always SUCH a drag trying to make a wraparound cover out of the front only.

Silent Song print cover

Now that I look at it here, my name on the spine is too big. If I shrink that, I can move everything toward the center.

This whole finishing stretch is like that. Stare at the text or the graphics for 12 hours and think it’s fine. Look at it on another device and immediately find 10 things wrong with it.

ETA 4/22: Ebooks are where they belong. Paperback is formatted and awaiting approval so I can order proof copies. Copyright is filed. New-release-and-nothing-else newsletter is scheduled to go out on release day, May 1. I have a couple of ads to design, and then I can stuff this book in a box, forget everything about it, and start cluttering up my desk with something new.

ETA 4/27: The print proof arrived, and the cover is blacker than a politician‘s heart. I knew there were color issues between screen (illuminated) and print (opaque flat), but it hasn’t been a problem with bright-colored covers. I upped the brightness by 20% and the contrast by 10% and sent the cover file back for review.

If you want a paperback, sorry about the extra delay. I just don’t want anybody getting a book as ugly as the one I got. Fingers crossed this round of adjustments is the last.

02 Apr

My Writing Manifesto

(The Book is with The Editor, so I’m twiddling my thumbs and don’t know what to do with myself for the first time since 2016. What better way to pass the time than by publishing a manifesto?)

Several years ago, I had a publishing experience that was so wretched, I said, “Fuck it. I hate writing. I quit.” I did quit, but I slowly came to realize what I hate is publishing. In fact, I love writing, I’m miserable without it, and breaking up was a dreadful mistake. But before we got back together, I insisted on setting some boundaries defining who I am and who I want to be (and don’t want to be) as a writer, as well as matters on which I will never again compromise. Sometimes I add to this writing manifesto, but mostly I simply review its message to keep me focused and on course.

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16 Mar

Recipe: Cheddar and Chive Buttermilk Biscuits

Cheddar-Chive Biscuits, Touching

Once upon a time, I was looking for recipes to use up an excess of buttermilk, and I came across a recipe for drop biscuits full of cheese and chives. I don’t know what the writer of that recipe left out, but the bowl of mostly dry flour that resulted from following the recipe as written could not possibly have been scooped and dropped.

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26 Feb

Reading Challenge: January/February 2018

I set my 2018 Goodreads Challenge for 24 books because failure traumatizes me and two books a month seemed achievable even in the worst of circumstances. I’m well ahead of schedule (as in, more than halfway done in two months), so barring a coma or equal/greater catastrophe, I’ve set myself up for at least one success this year. 🎉 🎇 ✨ 💪 💃 🐙 🎆 🎊 🌟

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