And….we’re on Patreon now too!

What’s Patreon?

It’s a service designed to help people patronize artists, writers, and musicians that they like. For a small fee (the user gets to decide how much they want to spend), the patron gets certain benefits or rewards back, and the artists get a steady income from people who enjoy their work.

Why Patreon?

In my case – patrons will get first dibs on new books, BEFORE they are available in any store. Different levels will give ebooks, postcards of the cover art, or even print editions. Again, all before people buying from stores actually get to see the books. This is my way of reaching out to you directly and giving special bonuses to fans who love my stories. (more…)

Writing Life: Priorities

bigstock-Alarm-clock-standing-on-stack--52359475I saw an interesting article today, and it inspired a few thoughts of my own.

Kris Rusch wrote a blog article in her Business Musings series. She put those essays out weekly, each a commentary of some sort about the business of writing. This one was called “Whining”.Β It’s totally worth reading, but here’s the TL;DR version:

Writers often complain that they have “no time to write” in today’s world. They blame the lack of time on having to do promotion, social media, blog tours, work on getting covers, and myriad other things. Kris outlines some really basic math showing that even in the “old days”, writers who wanted to write could find time to write amidst even the most intensive of promotion schedules – book tours, conventions, and the like. Dedicated writers would find a couple of hours of “extra time”, even in the most heated of promotion activities.

And then at the very end of her essay, she hits what I really think is the heart of the issue: she suggests spending that “extra time” on social media and other promotion stuff, and put the primary focus where it belongs – on writing new words. She recommends writers carefully control how much time they spend on promotion exercises, and put the writing first.

Which brings me to my title: priorities. (more…)

One Month, Over 75k Words

writinginpublicJanuary was a good month.

I set the goal at the beginning of the year to produce 500 words of fiction – minimum – every day this year. The idea is to not miss even a single day. I can go over, but not under. At the end of the year, I’d have a minimum of 182,000 new words, which would be more than I’ve ever produced in a year before. It seemed like a solid central goal (I named some other goals, too, but this was the core one), because my main obstacle to success has always been consistency. I’d skip a few days, then a few more, then suddenly two months would go by without accomplishing anything toward my writing career.

So how’s that working for me?

I managed a complete success in January. I never missed even a single day. A few days I did just the goal – there were six days with 500-600 words, and about the same number where I did 601-750. But I never missed. And I think the focus on writing every day was HUGE for me.

January was my most productive writing month. Ever. I finished 75,250 new words.

Other stuff I did: (more…)

King of the Dead: Episode 1 is here!

kingofthedeadDrum-roll. Fanfare. And can I get an “about time”? πŸ™‚

It’s been a long time coming. I want to do this project justice, so the work has taken a while to get right. The first season will be six episodes, each a short novella. When the whole season is done, it’ll be compiled into a full length (and quite long!) novel.

I’m excited about this book. It’s a serious step up for my writing, and it’s a fun, interesting new idea. I’m looking forward to playing around with King Arthur and his zombie foes for at least another two seasons.

Here’s the “back cover copy”:

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Happy New Years! Looking back – and ahead!

kingofthedeadWow, just like that, another year has gone by. Tonight 2014 rolls away, and 2015 comes in shiny and new. I’m REALLY looking forward to this year, on all sorts of levels. Personally, my life finally feels in order and working well. Professionally, I have set some awesome goals for myself.

It’s gonna be a great year! I’ve got tons of stories ready to go, and a bunch more that are burning to be written.

Today though, I want to look at how I did meeting last year’s goals, and then look at setting some fresh targets for 2015.

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Writing in Public, Too: Month 2, Day 3

writinginpublicSomething I thought I probably ought to clear up – technically, I guess this ought to be month four, not month two. I did this before – over a year ago, shortly after Dean Wesley Smith started his “Writing in Public” series. I managed to maintain it for a month, then sort of fell apart shortly into the second month.

I’m rather hoping to do better this time! πŸ™‚

So I’m into day three now. Spent some time in the morning managing some edits on an existing work, and then re-read the entire fourth episode of the King of the Dead serial. I found I was having to go back to it often, so it seemed better to just read it and get it back in my head. I’ve got two more episodes to write to finish this first season.

I got 500 words done in the afternoon, after all that. Then out to some appointments.

Dinner and an episode of Game of Thrones in the evening, followed by… Photoshop!

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