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…)

By popular demand, here is the way to add those cute little buttons to the bottom of each post. They are the icons for various networking sites like Stumble, Digg etc. They can drive traffic to your site.

The main thing to remember is that you have to edit each and every post in order to include the buttons. There is no way to modify the html of the template so that they will automatically appear. But once you get the hang of it, it doesn’t take long to add them in. (more…)

I started on a new chapter 1 for book IV last night. and so far it is flowing pretty well. This isn’t unusual for me–in three of the four books I have written, the first chapter ends up being chapter 2 or even chapter 3. In this case I wasn’t happy with the beginning of “Beyond the Gyre” as it introduced four new characters, and left the main character from the previous books on the sidelines. I still want to keep the material, but I think having my established characters speak first is going to work much better. Also I can add in some action (and sex) into new chapter 1, which is always good for grabbing the reader. (more…)

I finally got to the part of the narrative in which I kill off a couple of characters, one of whom died rather unpleasantly. It depressed me for two days, but I got through it and finished the chapter. I am pleased with the results, more so than with much of the rest of the book. I have a better, more detailed outline now, and that is helping. But I still have a long way to go. (more…)

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