Writing update

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Writer in editing mode

It has definitely been awhile since I updated the blog on the writing side of things. A few reasons. I really don’t like writing about writing.  I also discovered that I’m not really a fan of reading about writers expounding on writing. Bores me to tears.

When I took the plunge into actually publishing my work, I friended up quite a few authors and independently published writers in the social media world to get their take on things. Educational yep. Exciting and fun to read? Nope. So my blog has evolved to the things I DO find interesting to blabber about, namely my 8-legged cats and other hobbies.

That all said, I haven’t stopped writing, but it has slowed down this last twelve months. You’re probably asking yourself at this point, if this dude hates writing about writing so much, what is this for? The answer is that I have actual readers now who are waiting for the next book(s) in the series that began with “Princess”. Folks wanna’ know where things are at, and a few have asked politely how stuff is going, so here ya go.

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Writing progress

Screenshot from 2015-07-16 06-28-24As you can see from the picture, I’m playing with progress meters on the site. Part of this is for you loyal readers who have been asking where I’m at with the second book in this series. The other part is a small prod for moi to kick things into higher gear. I am not as happy with the progress as I would like to be, and any “anti-cat-vacuuming” tool that I can think of to sit in chair and put words in the word processor is a good thing.

Now some of you might think that this in and of itself IS cat vacuuming, but for me, “seeing” where I’m at rather than staring at a page of text every now and again is a good thing. It is also teaching me more than I ever wanted to learn about CSS and HTML, and this is NOT a good thing, but hey.

I’m an “admin” bigot from the IT arena going all the way back to the days when I taught myself visual basic and clipper/foxpro thinking I’d make a go of a programming career.

Yeah, that didn’t fly.  😀  Coding sucks. heh.

Anyway, while I am not as happy with the progress, I will admit that if I were running a race with G.R.R. Martin, I would have probably won it a couple of years ago.

Also, while I had the “bones” of book 2 going as far back as last June, I didn’t really buckle down until after Book 1: Princess was finally up and finished in print form on Createspace in early December of last year.

So, all things said and done, I guess I shouldn’t really be complaining. 70,000 words isn’t just a sneeze in the short story bucket.

Lastly, the target number you see of “145,000” is just a place holder at the moment. At a guess this word count may go as high as 200,000 in the first draft. BUT, based on the outline itself at this point, 145k is doable.

Now, off of this writing platform and back to scrivener.

Paranormal Bromance and self publishing

In which a NYT bestselling author sees da’ light. 🙂

Filling the Well

Vaughn-ParanormalBromance - CopyIt’s been a little over a month since I released Paranormal Bromance.  Now, I’m going to talk a little bit about the hows and whys of it.

I think it’s an indication of how far self publishing via e-book has come over the last few years that no one has asked me, “Hey, you self published that thing, why did you — a traditional bestselling author — do that?”  No one from either the self pub camp or the traditional camp is pointing at me yelling “Splitter!” But for the sake of getting a few more data points out there, I thought I’d offer my answers anyway.  Why self publish?  Why now? Why this?

First, it’s a weird length, about 22,000 words. It’s tough to find markets at that length.

Second, I did a test submission to an established market to get feedback. The story was rejected, but with…

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A surprise on the writing side of things

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I WAS going to bed, but oooh no…I figured I’d check ol’ Amazon’s ranking stuff first as I hadn’t looked in awhile. While I’m not going to set any sales records on fire….I’m still in the top 10k in Scifi/fantasy and in the top 5k in the fantasy category…and its’ been in the top 15k for over a month. So in dribs and drabs, people are still getting my book. The paper version is dropping back down (as I expected)…but the ebook has picked up sales.

Smashwords is still in the first 10 pages of the epic category as well.

While I”m currently completely absorbed mentally with the 2nd novel, this was quite a surprise as I don’t check the stats all that often. My “marketing” schedule is to get 3 books in the channel FIRST…but yeah. I’m smiling. 🙂

So I’m a best selling author now!…er, well, sorta’, kinda.

So I’m doing some research on marketing my work…still waiting on da’info regarding smashwords ‘n’ amazon before getting into it whole hog, and I decided to look at where my book sits over at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/284350 …and drumroll… I’m on page 5 of the bestseller filter in the fantasy category in my price range.

GO ME!!!

It means little to nothing compared to a zillion copies sold by the big names in the writing field, but hey, it made me grin, and since I put my blood, sweat n’ tears into the thing, I might as well enjoy it…and I have, after all, sold some copies and gotten a couple 5 star reviews.

The sad thing for writers trying to publish, either self or traditional, is that most of us don’t sell a single copy of anything…or so few copies as to make no never mind.  Some of this is due to the glut of works out there, but sadly it is also due to the fact that fewer and fewer people are READING.

In my alter ego, as CABDUDE, I hear it all the time.  People get in the taxi, conversation ensues, and they get all enthralled that I’m doing the taxi thing to allow me to focus on writing…and then the bomb drops:

“That is so cool…but I never have any time to read.”

I want to scream:  “MAKE THE TIME!  You have time to do every damn thing else, including sitting in front of a bottle of booze or watching mindless drivel on the tube WHILE consumin’ ze booze for hours on end!” …and then I stop myself.

Their life.  Their loss.

As for me, I make the time, all the time.  Reading enriches the soul, educates the mind, and is so much more fulfilling than anything else I can think of doing…er, well, ‘cept for writing.

And so, back to pounding away on the next one…and reading the next one!

My life.  My win.

Must..post…moarrrrr…here

Okay, now that I’ve published my little brick of a novel, I’ve got to start the marketing stuff soon-ish.  (Well I’ve got a couple more weeks, as it takes time for the work to filter to other re-sellers…and I MIGHT have to publish to Amazon separately…but other than that.)

As an integral part of the process, one of the self marketing bits is this blog.  Up until now, it has been just me ranting n’ ravin’ on whatever I wanted to, and while that will continue, hopefully to your entertainment and interests,  I’ve now got to start focusing on the other hat a self published writer must wear…THE MARKETING DUDE BEANIE O’ LOVE.

So anyway,  I will continue the taxi shenanigans stories as they present themselves, but I will also start blogging about this whole new journey I’ve embarked upon, that of 21st century self published writer dude.

Oh and back to 7 pages a day on the next book as well, so that I can avoid the “G.R.R. Martin decades ‘tween book” syndrome.  🙂

Of course all of this stuff also depends upon whether the folks who actually READ my stuff think its worth a crap.  So if you HAVE read/purchased/etc. my novel, please make sure to review it either on:

http://www.kobobooks.com/

https://www.smashwords.com/

http://www.goodreads.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/after-the-burning-cj-peter/1114769445?ean=2940044328310

—and I’ll attempt to update locations and such as the book becomes available.

So I went and published my book!

It took a bit longer than I thought it would, but here it is:

After the Burning: Princess

Now to keep pounding out the pages for the next one!

The book cover is done!

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After the Burning – Princess a novel by C.J. Peter