February 2008

More ideas for my tagline:

1. Teenagers sometimes make idle threats, but not Gwenn-she has a wrathful Goddess and an army of Northmen waiting to overthrow her mother, Queen Katrione.

2. Gwenn has a goddess inside her, an army of Northmen behind her and a killer sword in her hand-now all she needs is… revenge.

3. Gwenn Faircrow must choose between the awesome powers bestowed by a tyrant Goddess and the freedom offered by a gentle-hearted slave.

4. A cruel Goddess has given the young warrior Gwenn Faircrow awesome powers, but it is a wandering monk who helps her understand freedom.

Actually, #2 is based on a comment made by my MIL, Jill and is my current favorite. Short, sweet and to the point.

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My editor has asked me to write a tag line for book II, Ketha’s Daughter. This is a single sentence that encapsulates the meaning of the book and “hooks” the reader. Twenty-five words or less…

It’s tough.

How do you take a book of 129,000 words and condense it into twenty-five words?

I have already done this exercise once, with Heart of Hythea. So it should be easier the second time around, right? And yet every book has its own special meaning, and I have to find the right twenty-five words for Ketha. (more…)

I was browsing WordPress and came upon this blog:


It has several entries by guest-bloggers extolling the virtues of getting out there to sell your own books. You know, passing out bookmarks, reviewing other’s works, giving talks, book signings etc etc.

I bet these things all work quite well to help move books off the virtual shelves. (more…)

Borrowing, with permission from bookbabie, the following fabulous idea:

What would you say if you had to summarize your life in only six words?

Bookbabie got the idea from a book written by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, Not Quite What I was Expecting: Six Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure. It is a compilation based on the story that Hemingway once bet ten dollars that he could sum up his life in six words. His words were- For Sale: baby shoes, never worn. (more…)

To honor Read an Ebook week, March 2nd through March 8th, I thought I would tell you about a couple of mailing list/groups I belong to. These will be of special interest to those of you out there who, like me, have had their writings issued as Ebooks. The first group is called ebook-community.

It is a Yahoo group, open to anyone. Anything devoted to ebooks is discussed, from publishing, to writing, to marketing, to general gripes about not getting enough respect. I have learned a lot from this group.

The second group is quite new, but also has the potential to be very useful. It is called EbookPromos-reviews, and is also hosted by Yahoo. The name is self-explanatory. You can post a promo of your own work, reviews of other author’s works, cover art and links to websites.

I also belong to a Gather.com group called “No Whine, Just Champagne,” which holds on-line discussions once a week.

The danger of course is that you might spend all your free time in correspondence. I try to strike a balance, and tend to blog and read postings when I am too tired to write complicated plot things. (Like now for instance.)

I am sure there are lots of other writing groups out there. Does anyone else have a favorite one they would like to share?

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Though I still continue to struggle with writing new words for book IV, the last few days have been good for cutting some of the material that I already wrote. Yesterday I condensed two chapters into one, by removing a scene that was very similar to another that takes place later in the story. I am happy with the result.

I have to be in the mood to do this. Sometimes I look at various chapters, and everything I see looks relevant and absolutely unassailable. Other times I think it is complete crap, and I want to get rid of it all.

Neither of these times is a good moment to do any serious deleting.


When I was just starting, working on my first novel, I really didn’t have to think too much about managing my writing. I just spent my time putting new words down, or looking at what I had just written. It was all the same project, so it wasn’t too difficult. Now things are a little different, and I struggle to apportion the proper amounts of time to each of my endeavors. In addition to writing new words (for book IV) I am editing book II with an eye to publication sometime next month. I am also going through book III, so that I can submit it to the publisher when book II comes out. It can be very difficult to switch gears between these things, because each kind of writing requires a different sort of mindset. Also I am not nearly so fond of editing as I am of new stuff. 🙂 (more…)

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